“The first billion is the hardest. So is the first thousand…”
- Adapted from T. Boone Pickens
What you are about to read will allow you to make an extra $1,000 or more next month — if you decide to apply it. I fully believe that. So I’d suggest that you pay attention.
“How Do I Fund My Passion?”
I hear this all the time. People know what excites them but don’t have the resources to get their big idea off the ground.
It’s time to change that.
How would you like to earn an extra $1,000 this month, on the side, while you’re still at your regular job? …
“When you really want something to happen, the whole world conspires to help you achieve it.” ― Paulo Cohelo, from The Alchemist
Today I pose a challenge.
This small act that might change everything.
You see, without a deadline, many of us are nothing. We think and think about the things we want to do, like the dreams we have and the changes we know we need to make. Yet nothing happens. They remain in our future. They eat away at us — the things we wish we could do, but never actually take the action to make a possibility. …
“Smile, breathe and go slowly” -Thich Nhat Hanh
Yesterday I woke up with a ton of things on my list. Instead of rolling right out of bed and into a day of trying to do more than was possible, I went for a walk.
I spent two hours walking along the beach in San Francisco. I had no agenda, no plan or and no place I needed to be. It was awesome.
How often do you feel you have time to take a two-hour walk? …
Whether you know it or not, you are an entrepreneur.
Even if you’ve worked for someone else your entire life, you’re still the C.E.O. of the most important and valuable brand in the world — your own.
As defined by Wikipedia, a brand is the name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s product as distinct from those of other sellers. In other words, an entrepreneur is commonly seen as an innovator — a generator of new ideas, and business processes.
It’s everything that contributes to the way people perceive you and your value to the world, whether you’re working your way up a 10,000-person company or you’re huddled at a table in the corner of your kitchen building the next Facebook. …
Environment is everything. Who’s in your corner?
Have you ever had a passion that you desperately wanted to turn into a business, but the only problem was nobody was paying attention and it didn’t make a dime?
Yeah, that was me. I thought if I just worked harder and faster and figure out all of the best marketing angles on my own, I’d finally earn the notoriety I was seeking.
I woke up early and stayed up late. I studied the best books and attended well-respected workshops. I imitated the masters. …
Today I want to challenge you to be different.
Not necessarily better. Just different.
Stand out in a way no one has.
I challenge you to do something that causes people to say: “You have got to be crazy!”
The path to this type of recognition (and even fame) in business, social circles or whatever is not as complicated as you think.
So why is it that some people seem to crush it while so many others flail around in mediocrity?
We think that somehow a lucky few become famous in an overnight flash while everyone else spins their tires.
Now I’m not suggesting that overnight success is something to strive for, since nothing meaningful happens overnight. But I’ve made a study of ordinary vs. extraordinary lives since as long as I can remember. …
“I’d start if I only knew what to do next.”
I hear this a lot. It comes up too often, in fact.
Sometimes it feels like progress is impossible — like every distraction was designed for you, and any thought of your next step makes you run for an hour-long Facebook session.
When you’re first starting out, moving forward can feel like a massive weight — heavy and debilitating. It can put you well beyond overwhelm, leaving you panic-stricken.
I know the feeling all too well.
You can’t possibly see how you’d get from here to there.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. — Jim Rohn
I live by this quote.
It’s a quote I read almost daily.
In fact, let’s read it again for good measure…
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
I believe there is no more powerful life hack in the history of the world than the people you choose to surround yourself with. Start a business, change careers, lose 50 pounds, run an ultramarathon. No matter what you’re looking to do, the people change everything.
And what’s every crazier is the impact community can have on your health (or lack thereof). …
My first job out of college was pretty much a disaster. It was mostly monkey work and not useful for me or my employer. It took me about a month to realize how poor the fit was and then another six for me to finally decide to leave.
That was right around when I heard Warren Buffett’s unorthodox advice:
“Taking a job just to build a resume is like saving up sex for old age.”
That made the decision a little easier.
I left with one goal in mind: I wanted to find something I could screw up.
That’s how bad it was. I desperately wanted to have some type of an impact. I wanted to know that the work I did had the potential to actually make a difference. …
"If you follow your heart and act real bold, next time it’ll be your story that’s told."
- My favorite line from "Be The Change" by MC Yogi
This has been my biggest lesson since I stepped away from the corporate grind to find work I loved.
No matter what your age, your stage, your perceived disadvantages or shortcomings, there is always a way for you to make a unique impact on the world and those around you. And it's often much more powerful than most give themselves credit for.
And I'm not talking about becoming the next Gandhi or Steve Jobs. I have no doubt that some of you will fill those shoes, but all that matters is how you decide to take a stand and start doing something that matters - to you and to the world. Find a reason why your excuses for inaction are no longer valid - and trade them for action. …