The 1 Tip That Helped Me Every Day For The Last 5 Years
I brought home a report card with two C’s (C+’s but who’s counting). My dad wasn’t pleased when I presented him with these grades.
I said. “Dad, Joey and Jimmy both got a D! I did better tha….”
“I don’t care about Joey. I don’t care about Jimmy. I care about you.” he said.
I was in shock.
“And don’t ever compare yourself to anyone, but yourself!”
Drake just partnered with Sprite for $850k.
In his “soon-to-be” released commercial (06/2015) he said:
“I’m not worried about these other rapper. I’m not competing with those guys. I’m worried about the kid that’s sitting in his house that wants to be better than me and all of those guys.”
To answer your question: “What can people start doing now that will help them a lot in about five years?” Only compete against yourself. Yet it doesn’t stop there. Nor does it start there.
Let me explain.
STAGE 1: Know thyself.
Warren Buffet investment timing is impeccable. He’s a billionaire because he invests in the right company at the right time.
Steve Jobs saw the future, too. Yet he needed to build this. Steve creates.
Yet Steve wasn’t a builder. Like Mark Zuckerberg. Steve was the idea guy. Like Richard Branson.
Steve wasn’t beloved either. Not by everyone. Steve was no Oprah.
Who are you?
Do you create the idea? Build this idea? Sell this idea? You may be all three. However, ONE of these you are naturally gifted at. Find it.
STAGE 2: Set your standards and vision.
Most ambitious individuals have ENORMOUS goals. This goals are so high they have to touch to the sky reach them. However, most have low standard. Standards that put them standing on the sidewalk.
They do everything to reach these goals. One day they reach them. Only to land back to where they were standing. Next to chalk on the sidewalk.
That’s why having big goals doesn’t make you successful. High standards do.
Goals are what we reach for. Standards are where we stand.
How much easier would it be to touch the sky if you were standing on skyscraper then the sidewalk?
I recommend you raise your standards to the level of the individuals you look up to (ironic). I used these questions to raise mine:
- How did Steve Jobs spend his time?
- What type of environment did Steve surround himself around every day?
- What type of attitude did he have?
- How did Steve spend his money?
Those are the standards I focus on.
Once you answer those questions. You’ll have a picture of your future self. Who YOU will be.
That’s the vision.
(Need to make a hard decision? Ask your future self. What would my future self do? Powerful.)
STAGE 3: Stick to the plan. (Action)
Now you have the roadmap. Stick to the plan. Use your strengths to align to your vision.
Yet understand. In nature nothing is rushed, yet all is accomplished. — Lao Tzu
In a previous album Drake revealed who that kid in the basement he’s competing against is,
Started realizing a couple places I could take it
I want to get back to when I was that kid in the basement
I want to take it deeper than money, pussy, vacation
And influence a generation that’s lacking in patience — Drake
It was him. More importantly, a VERY hungry him.
Don’t forget who you’ve been.
Don’t forget who you are.
In five years, don’t forget today.