Our lives are never totally balanced. We have to deal with distractions, priorities, goals, and challenges. If we are not careful, we can easily lose balance and never get it back. Just like anything else in life, we have to make sure that our goal is to find balance in our life.
Many mornings before I start working I read books. I always have a few books in the queue waiting for me. Primarily, I read self-development and marketing books. These books help me in my life and in my business.
Recently, I have been busy on a project. So, I have been neglecting this habit of morning reading. This new project could be a game changer. However, instead of reading, I find myself researching and asking a lot of questions on YouTube and myself.
One morning, I decided that when I got to my computer, I would open a book and read. I told myself not to check emails and not to open YouTube. All I did was turn on Pandora...
As we settle into our lives and achieve a modicum of success, it’s easy to stop growing and make big assumptions about what it takes to succeed or, at the very least, to maintain our lifestyle. We base these assumptions on how we feel life should be, not how it really is.
Sometimes this “settling” can cause one to stop. It may be that there is no longer a push to keep growing and expanding themselves or maybe it’s just that one ceases to keep learning. Whatever the stop looks like it will most likely result in: not growing yourself, not listening to any new information, or just proclaiming that they figured out everything.
This is a recipe to become rigid and narrow in one’s thinking.
One part of the success journey is to never stop growing, always assume that there’s something new and exciting to learn, and know that you can always improve your life.
Remember that the Fourth of July has deep and important meanings. It’s not only about food, fireworks, and sales. It’s about independence.
My family immigrated here so I could have a good life or a life at all. The U.S. has provided me amazing and awesome opportunities.
Don’t forget not to take this independence for granted or this independence as a given. We always have to affirm our independence our rights and other privileges.
I want to give you two quick and powerful ideas.
I absolutely love creating content, writing, and developing frameworks. However, I haven’t been writing very much. I’ve been working on business development, marketing, and sales.
Oftentimes, what we need to do is not what we want to do. Put your focus on what you need to do today to get your life on the right trajectory.
In the book, The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday tells a story about Charles Schwab who often took interviewees to a restaurant for breakfast. Unbeknownst to the interviewee, Schwab would have the manager intentionally mess up the order. The point of this exercise was to determine how the potential new hire would react to adversity.
Success is not about how you react to good times. It’s about how you act in not so good times. Every single challenge or every single tiff should not derail your day or derail your...
I just had two amazing adventures. First, I spent the week in Hawaii with my extended family. Then I went to the Dodger game where I witnessed Tyler Anderson take a no-hitter into the ninth inning.
In order for me to take part in these experiences I have to first travel through the San Fernando Valley. If I want to get to the beaches of Hawaii, I have to go through the Valley. I can go another route, or technically, I guess I can take a private plane. If I want to get to Dodger Stadium, the most direct route takes me through the Valley. To get to some of the best times of my life, I first to go through the Valley.
This year, I have been thinking a lot about how most successful journeys are filled with unbelievable challenges that you will not even think about. Plus, my disability presents even a couple of more layers of challenges. For example, when I’m at home everything is sent up for my needs. When I travel, I need even...
Find people and interact with them so that you can live an amazing life. We are all interdependent on ideas, and strategies, and we can’t achieve success by ourselves.
The learning process and the feedback loop involve emulating others and getting advice.
Being a good recruiter and being able to positively interact with others is one of the most important skills that you can have.
We can pay attention to our dreams or we can pay attention to our challenges.
We can pay attention to our past or we can pay attention to what we need to do for our future.
We can pay attention to how people did us wrong or we can pay attention to improving our relationships.
Achieving success is about giving the right focus to what we need to do to improve our lives.
There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is learning about a specific event or history or a specific skill. We learn how to tie our shoes (bad example from someone who can’t), learn how to do a job, learn how to navigate a new city, learn the rules of a new sport, learn what our friends like for their birthday or anything needed to live out the day. We all need knowledge to live our lives.
Wisdom on the other hand is more universal. Wisdom can be described as a life philosophy that can be used in most situations. Wisdom can be used in decision making in relationships and any career. Wisdom takes more discipline to implement and more maturity.
Wisdom has principles that people live by. Principles are universal. Learning wisdom and principles can make your life fulfilling. It can also be a tool for understanding and gaining knowledge.
Throughout time, many philosophers including Epictetus, Seneca, and the...
Challenges are just a part of life.
If you really get to know any successful person, their story is filled with ups, downs, and unbelievable obstacles that you cannot imagine. One of the cornerstones of success is just having the bandwidth to deal with any obstacles in your way. Just like an athlete needs to have physical endurance, anybody that wants to go after their dreams needs to have emotional endurance.
Whenever I read or learn about somebody’s journey to success, I’m always inspired by their challenges that they had to deal with. You would think that this would be discouraging. However, it’s nice to know that everybody goes through challenges.
Develop your own sense of emotional endurance.
There is a difference between getting stuck dealing with day-to-day obligations or challenges and dealing with the challenges that will get you to amazing success.
Rise above everyday challenges and deal with challenges that will have more payoff.
When I started writing I assumed that I needed to be honest by sharing every single thought and every single emotion. But, now I realize that I can be nuanced with my words and convey my message without airing out all my feelings.
With the abundance of communication tools and ways to instantly publish, it’s easy to express every single emotion, every single time. When we are cut off on the freeway or encounter a rude person, it’s easy to text our loved ones or even post it on social media.
Before smartphones, we had a cooling off period where we could honestly put everything into perspective, and most of the time after assessing our initial emotions we realize that the situation or offense was not that bad.
But now some people want to air out all their prostrations and all their dirty laundry in front of others to see. This can be unhealthy because what you put out in the world matters. You attract what you put out in the world. There are...