Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Alright, here you go, episode number two! I’m very excited to introduce a new podcast and I hope you learn a lot from it. I’ve put a tremendous amount of time and energy to make sure I provide you with as much valuable information as possible so that you can become successful at anything you attempt!
Part 1: This is what success is to me. (If you’re curious to know)
Well, success is a combination of many important parts of my life, not just business – most people believe that in order to be successful, you must become rich or famous or both but not for me. There is nothing worse than a rich man without anyone to share it with. And there is nothing worse than a rich man who is not happy with himself, his family or his situation.
- Business & Finance
Why do we want to become successful?
- First of all, success is a part of life – this brings us positive feelings and emotions.
- Success is fulfilling and there is a sense of accomplishment – there is also an element of feeling significance.
- Finally – we love the taste of winning because it boosts our ego. While an egocentric personality is not desirable, continued success does provide the benefit of confidence within us and I believe each one of us needs this in our lives.
Part 2: Ten lessons from some powerful and influential people throughout history.
- The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark – Michael Angelo
- Most don’t set goals
- Most live in mediocrity just to get by
- Most don’t believe they are capable of doing better.
- Most people don’t have anyone to look up to except for celebrities, football stars or musicians.
- We all need to go big or go home!
Find what you love to do and do it.
- You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. –Oprah Winfrey
- I love this one – this is my personal favorite because I believe that if you do what you love, the money will come.
Learn how to Balance Life.
- There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success. – Phil Knight
- All work and no play makes for a dull boy
- Beginning of the business – talk about it.
- Time with friends, time with family, time for leisure
- Quarterly retreats four times per year.
Do not be afraid of failure.
- Failure is simple the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. – Henry Ford
- Heck, I’ve failed multiple times – I am here because I’ve failed and do you see my crying?
- “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas A. Edison
Have an unwavering resolution to succeed.
- I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since and I win by it. I know – Colonel Sanders
- Sometimes you must give up everything to succeed.
- Your mindset counts, the psychology and the self talk
Be a man of action.
- It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things – Leonardo Da Vinci
- I believe that if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person – why? Because a busy person will get it done over someone who is sitting idle
- When you are inactive, this creates a lot of doubt in your mind – However, action breed’s confidence and courage.
- The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. – Theodore Roosevelt
- I have some friends on public forums and on Facebook who thrive on this stuff – their days are spent being keyboard jockeys sparing with words and sarcastic banter, which often times as a result of creating a lot of friction, causes conflict. Avoid it at all times; successful people need only to spend time with positive people. After all, we become the average of the 5 or 6 people we spend our time with.
Don’t be afraid of introducing new ideas.
- The person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. – Mark Twain
- Some people have tunnel vision; it stops them from accepting a new perspective.
- We’re all human and we all need to refresh our brains so I do a weekly review, then a quarterly review and finally a yearly review.
- I also try to go to at least 3-4 seminars per year to meet new people in my field who I can learn from. This process not only brings me more clarity but also, new ideas.
Believe in your capacity to succeed.
- If you can dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney
- Most people don’t succeed because they don’t have the confidence.
- A great way to build confidence is by doing something you’re afraid of and surviving it – give it a try, I guarantee it will work for you.
Be brave enough to follow your intuition
- Your time limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs
Part 3: Here are some of my own personal secrets:
Get comfortable at being uncomfortable
- Pain is a great teacher
- Constantly avoiding discomfort means you will never grow.
- Don’t become your parents, your boss, your best friend or anyone – find your place in this world.
- Be like water. Powerful. Gentle. Adaptable. Ever-changing.
- If you can’t adapt, you cant succeed
Traits of successful people:
- They easily adapt to their environments
- They are goal oriented
- They are avid learners
- They eat healthy & exercise regularly
- They are mentally positive
- They are consistent
- They are persistent and don’t believe in failure.
Part 4: Do some inner work:
Do some inner work (self-healing)
- Calming the mind down
Reading a mind provoking book
- Eckhart Tolle – A new earth
- Gawain – Creative visualization
- Dr. Wayne Dyer – The Power of intention
- Robert D. Smith – 20,000 days and counting
Self-examination (Link to 20 questions to ask yourself below)
- Self-awareness – how well do we know ourselves?
- What am I really passionate about?
- Do I have goals in life and why not?
- What are my strengths and weaknesses?
- Where do I see myself in 5-10 years from now?
- How do I want to be remembered
- Education & Constant reeducation
- Commit to success by setting goals & priorities
- Find out what your strengths & weaknesses are – leverage them.
Part 5: define success for yourself.
- What kind of quality of life you want for yourself?
- How much do you want you want to earn?
- What types of relationships do you want in your life or want to remove from your life?
- Are you healthy or do you need a reboot?
Wow, there is enough in this blog post / podcast to write an entire book about if someone wanted to. Surely there are a lot of lessons to be learned and so much to apply. What was your most favorite take-away or ah-ha moment and how do you think it will improve your life and/or business?