What We Do in Life is Within Our Control: Success Vs Failure
Most people wait and wish for Luck, to be successful you have to make your own Luck in real time.
That is if you want to become the kind of person equipped with the skills and abilities to do brilliant things.
People who do highly influential work solve problems, help improve people’s lives, and share.
The quality of who we are, and the work you do, is within our control. There is no wishing for it to happen, we make it happen.
To make it happen you have to do the following:
Invest in Yourself
“When you do not pay for things, you rarely pay attention”.
When it comes to self-improvement, investing 10% of your income on yourself will yield a 100X or more return on that investment. For every cent you spend on your education, skills, and relationships, you will get lots back in returns.
If you want to do something extremely well, surround yourself with the right mentors. Anything that you will ever do well will be the result of high quality mentoring.
It is when you invest in something that you have the motivation to make it happen.
If you are not getting the results you want, it is because you have not invested enough to get the results.
Your #1 investment must be yourself, and become fiercely committed that the notion of withdrawing will be out of the question
Invest in Learning
Most people are consumers not creators, they work for paychecks, not to make a difference.
When left to their own devices, the majority of people consume their time. But, it is by investing your time that you get a return on time.
Education and learning is Key, as they provide greater returns in your future, the world’s most successful people are serious learners.
They learn that what they know determines how well they see the world. They know that what they learn determines the quality of relationships they can have and the quality of work they can do.
Input directly equates to output,
Never Work for Money, Work for Knowledge
Wealthy and happy people work to learn, unsuccessful and unhappy people work primarily for money.
Only 20% of your energy should be spent doing your actual work. The rest should be spent learning, improving yourself, and resting.
Work to become a better thinker, communicator, and better at your craft, the quality of your work will continue to increase. Learn to be super at what you do, because no one else can do it like you can do it.
When doing things be 110% on or 110% off. That way, you can get more done in a few hours than most people get done in days.
Time well spent means clear priorities, get good rest, and your mind will be stimulated.
Learn To Create Value
Information and knowledge are 2 different things.
Knowledge and wisdom are 2 different things.
It takes wisdom to determine what you should learn, why you should learn it, and when you should learn it.
Unless you’re invested, you probably will not learn with the intensity needed to maximize knowledge.
Unless you understand the value of your time, you likely will not have the discernment to ignore almost everything while learning that which will bring the highest return.
When you learn something, you should get a return on that learning.
Lots of people read books now just to say they have read lots of books, they do not applying what they learned. What they have done is consume and waste time.
5. Invest in What Generate Money
Fact: Very few people create true wealth.
Even those who have high incomes are not truly wealthy. Most people’s lifestyles match their incomes. When they make more, they consume more. In fact, most people make money solely to consume.
Very few people make money to invest that money.
How well you manage your money is determined by how well mentored you are. If you want to become brilliant with money, invest in education and mentoring.
Tomorrow does not exist for people who do not do things today.
Start Now, make your money make more than enough money to be comfortable along the path.
Shift from Getting to Giving
Most people focus only on what they can get out of life.
But, once you become consciously awake to the world, your desire will shift from receiving to giving.
You will come to realize that it is more satisfying to give than to get, and be driven by your cause.
Most people only have transactional relationships. They focus only on what they get out of the relationship. It is about furthering their own agenda. It is rooted in selfishness, and small-mindedness.
Transformational relationships focus on giving and gratitude , the marks of abundance. Here the parties transcend their own small-mindedness and become something more.
At the core, this requires being a giver, not a taker, and when 2 givers come together, the results are astronomical.
Note: do not surround yourself with takers.
When your motivation is to give, you’ll often get insights about how you can improve your relationships.
Thank you and peace become Key elements in living with others, thus bringing forth have ideas about how you can improve other people’s lives and businesses.
Work will be motivated by a higher cause, thus far more inspired and impactful.
Acknowledge Dependence on Others
Constantly seek help and your will receive help.
Everyone is dependent on other people to do what they do. But it takes wisdom and humility to openly acknowledge dependence. Rather than seeing it as a weakness, realize that it is strength not weakness
Create Win-Win Strategic Partnerships
“All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition.” — Peter Thiel
People for the most are in a state of competition, not collaboration.
Collaboration is a higher mark than competition.
Competition is focused on self. And what we can do on our own is limited.
People who compete grind, not creating solutions.
Collaboration creates connections that work alone does not.
What you can do well, someone else may struggle with. What you struggle with, others can do extremely well. So, partner up speed the process and progress; 1+1=3
Only those who engage in collaboration experience true transformation. People who only work well by themselves are stuck in their own narrow worldview and agendas.
When you merge with others, your ideas and goals change. They become bigger and better.
Only seek long-term transformational relationships, period.
Set Goals High, Face Fears
When we set a 100X goal, we are required to think differently about your daily behaviors. We are required to be more serious in all aspects of your life. And to eliminate limiting thinking and consumptive distractions.
Lofty goals should be created when in a peak state.
The peak state means being well rested, passionate and doing something powerful.
When manifesting this goal, do not deviate from the natural flow of ideas that follow.
You cannot get 100X your results by engaging in the lame thinking, while thinking about the goal, you will get ideas about what you need to do, to achieve that goal.
Remember, you do not know what you do not know.
So start really educating yourself about how you could conceivably achieve your goal. Create more, fail more, it is path to quality.
When you do work that scares you, you cross a boundary that most people never cross. Scary work is often highly profitable and valuable work.
Get Really Good At Marketing
Marketing applied psychology, it is about connecting with people, persuading them, and helping them, it makes work easier..
People do not just appear and buy or read your stuff.
Marketing is the how to whatever it is we do.
A Key reason most people are not successful is because they either fear and/or avoid marketing.
The how is just as important as the what and why. You have to create the want by promoting and packaging the what intelligently.
Focus on Results
If you are in the time and effort economy, you are focused on being busy. You actually believe the amount of time and energy you put into something merits praise.
When you are in the results economy, you are only focused on achieving a specific result.
The bottom line is what matters, as it becomes very important to find the most effective way to get there. This is a Key difference between entrepreneurs and employees.
The Vast majority of people do not think in terms of results because their security is in a paycheck. But, when you shift focus from how little you can do to how much you can do, you change how you work.
You take on greater responsibility, you change your environment, and realize just how important sleep and rest are to achieving the highest possible results.
Take time off, get good rest.
When thinking 100X bigger than everyone else, your are operating under short timelines and high pressure. You can tax yourself to extremes while you work because you spend lots and lots of time resting and preparing. Get good rest.
Wealth & Success, What Does it Mean
Success and wealth are not all about money.
There are a lot of people who have money and little capital in the other Key areas of their lives.
Yes, money is very important. It solves a lot of problems, it speeds processes.
But money can do nothing alone, it is a means to an end. Money must be directed.
Know and Operate within the Reason of Doing
This is simple, but it takes honestly.
The Big Q: What about what you are doing is really important?
The Big A: The Big Q begs several levels of Big A’s till you get to the core.
But you want to remind yourself of your answer when you are doing something. And you want to operate from that mark, because at the deepest level, you will be operating from your heart, not your head.
Thus, performance will be deeper, more authentic, and powerful, the stakes will be higher.
It will not be about just feeling good, it will expose something very personal about your fundamental beliefs in life.
Know yourself is Key, then act with power and passion, brilliance will shine.
Your Stand Becomes Your Brand
In order to be successful, you must believe in something, and take a stand.
All successful people and brands have clear visions, people do not buy what you sell, they buy the why of selling it.
To be compelling and interesting, you must truly believe in something and have a clear stand. That stand becomes your brand. It becomes your mark. It becomes how you distinguish yourself from others.
You stand out to make a change in the way things are.
The result: people will either love you or hate you. If you are flat to neutral means you have nothing to say.
Your audience/network is a group of people who agree with the stand you make. They are your song birds.
People with firm stands get really really good at marketing. Because they care enough about their message to get it out there.
The Create the Want
Have a terrific President’s Day weekend.