Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful. – Warren Buffet
The world is experiencing a lot of fear right now due to the Corona Virus. People have emptied the shelves at supermarkets because they want to stack up on food and supplies. We’re experiencing a lot of social distancing currently due to this pandemic. Countries are closing their borders, business are asking employees to work from home. Business meetings and social events are being cancelled, the stock market is down, schools are closed, universities are now conducting classes solely online, etc…
There’s a lot of fear and anxiety going on and a lot of people have been greedy when it comes to buying food and supplies in case the country completely shuts down. But what else can we be greedy in so once this is all over with that we’re in a better condition going forward? What can we take advantage of during this time? No matter what’s going on in life, there’s always a positive. What’s the positive in all of this?
Through every economic crash, those who fear gets poorer and some use that time period to create more wealth. Instead of living in fear everyday, ask yourself how you can use this time period where everyone is living in fear to create a better life for yourself going forward.
For instance, if you have a job that doesn’t allow you to work from home and it forces you to go see people everyday while this virus is so easily transmissible, think of a way to earn a living from home, invest in a skill set that doesn’t require you to be physically there all the time to make a living. If you have money saved, invest in the stock market and buy everything for cheap. If you have a business, think of a way to increase profits during this time and take your business to the next level. If you’re just at home doing nothing, invest in yourself and come out of this a better equipped individual who can thrive through any crisis and be ready for the next one.
Be greedy in a way that will make you better once this is all set and done. Use fear to make you stretch yourself never to bend and fold.
If I were to die today, you’d wish that I Rest In Peace. I’d rather that while I’m still alive. Wish me to Live In Peace, wish no harm upon me and let me live my life how I want to.
Failure is an essential part of success. If you’re not succeeding, sometime it can be because you’re not taking enough attempts. You need to fail to learn and get better. Without adversity, achievement would not exist. You must be willing to fail in order to succeed. Don’t let your past failures dictate whether or not you take on new challenges. Failures are experiences that we need to learn from to get better.
To be successful as a salesperson, you must be good at dealing with no’s. The more no’s you get, the closer you get to a yes. At the end of the day, it’s a numbers’ game. Success requires constant effort. If you persist long enough, you will succeed. Be relentless in your pursuit, and you will always find a way to achieve what you’re after.
Michael Jordan once said, I’ve failed over and over again and that’s why I succeed. I advise all my readers to go fail their way to success. It’s part of the process. The only failure is when you give up. Fail forward!
It’s easy to write down your goals and make a plan to achieve them. However, most people can’t even gather the mental discipline to sit still to write down their goals.
It’s true when they say, what’s easy to do is also easy not to do. Through anything you’re trying to accomplish in life, there will be roadblocks, there will be something that you have to overcome to get to your desired result. The difference between those who achieve and those who stay stagnant is that they don’t follow through.
In sales, the secret to closing a lot of deals is in the follow up. After your presentation, you’re face with objections and you have to be equipped with rebuttals for those objections. Even if your prospects don’t buy the same day, you have to follow up.
The same goes in life when you’re trying to accomplish something. You have to expect to be faced with some type of difficulties and be willing to embrace those moments with a positive attitude. It’s easy to set goals, but those who succeed, manage their frustrations along their journey and follow through until they get their desired result.
The amount of money you make has a direct correlation with how much benefit you bring to the world. You are paid in proportion to the difficulty of the problems you solve. If you solve a big problem, you get a big paycheck. Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook which is used by more than a billion people, therefore he’s a billionaire. Billions of people use Microsoft software for their computer, therefore Bill Gates is a Billionaire.
You might be proud of your work and a hard working individual but are you solving problems that millions of people could benefit from? If not, seek to serve more people.
1 Corinthians 9:19 says, For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
If you want to make more money, you have to serve more people and increase your value to the marketplace. You increase your value by the person you become. Your level of income rarely exceeds your personal development. To have more, you have to become more. Start working on yourself and make personal changes. Develop unique skills that the world could benefit from. Identify your super power and build on it. Get better every day. As you get better, you will think better thoughts, have better ideas, and make better decisions.
Most people would rather live in misery by playing it safe than to face uncertainty. Playing it safe will lead you to living an insignificant life. To reach greatness, you have to risk failure and face uncertainty.
My mother moved us to the U.S. back in the early 2000’s. She left the certainty of her job to move to the U.S. in hope of a better future. Living in Haiti, we were considered upper-class and when we moved to the U.S., we were at the very bottom. Most of the time, when you embrace uncertainty and you have work-ethic and grit, you will overcome whatever comes your way to ultimately reach your desired destination.
In life, you have to continually ask yourself if the path you are currently on is the one you really want or is it just the safe choice. Ask yourself that for your career and your relationships. Don’t let your wings be cut off by settling for certainty. Take risks, have faith, and work hard until you breakthrough!
One should not just flow through life without goals. If you’re in existence, it is your duty to seek achievements. You do so by setting goals.
One advantage that I’ve had in life is that I always start my “New Year Resolutions” on October 1st. While most people wait for January 1st, I started 3 whole months before them. By doing so, I’m already ahead of the competition and can kick into a second gear while everyone else is just getting started. My personal fiscal year ends on September 30th and my new year starts on October 1st.
Another reason why I set my personal fiscal year to start on October 1st is because it’s my mother’s birthday. I celebrate her by being all that I can be and I know that’s what she wants for me everyday. It’s amazing having a mother like her who simply wants all the best for her son and made sacrifices to make sure I had opportunities to succeed in whatever I wanted growing up.
Sometimes, we are willing to do for others what we’re not willing do to for ourselves. Sometimes, you might be okay with letting yourself down but when there’s someone else that you don’t want to let down, you can always find that inner strength to persist and overcome. Identify who that person is in your life. Find your reason why and the actions you have to take to get to your desired results won’t matter.
“Any fool can increase their labor hours for more money. The smart people find ways to decrease labor hours and make even more money.”
Most people have the mindset that, one has to work more to make more money. While very few people have the wisdom to work to establish a strong foundation then invest what they’ve earned to receive a return.
Buying brand-new cars or luxurious items don’t mean you’re doing well financially. If you have to make monthly payments, it means you’re in debt. If you have to finance your vacation, maybe it’s not the right time for you to go on a vacation. Be mindful of where you spend your money. Once you are drowning in debt, it’s hard to climb out of that hole to start having surpluses.
“You cannot solve problems at the same level of thinking that creates them.” – Albert Einstein.
Invest in your mind to get better so you can start making better decisions. You can start by investing in books, listening to audios or watching videos that will get you thinking positively.
As you begin each day, think about some changes that you’d like to make to get better. Don’t wait for the New Year to make a resolution. You can start TODAY. Take control of your life and aim toward the results you want. Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis.
The reason most people don’t become successful is because they neglect to do the simple things. Procrastination is a hell of a drug just like cocaine. Check yourself into rehab and get it out of your system.
Clarify what you want to accomplish and make a list of the things that you need to do to accomplish it. Focus on the steps you have written down and do them repeatedly until you get the result that you want. Sometimes you may have to adjust the steps to get there but never the goal unless you’re expanding.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. But don’t use that as an excuse to quit after a few failed attempts. Make a new route to get to your destination if needed. Used the failed attempts as experience to build a better plan for your goals. Be wise enough to know when you need to stick to it and wait for a breakthrough or when to move on into a different strategy.
Success wouldn’t be rewarding or fulfilling if it was attained easily or instantly. There are a few things you must do and go through. You have to discipline yourself to do them REPEATEDLY. For instance, when you decide to start going to the gym, you don’t instantly get in shape. You have to go and workout repeatedly in order to improve to lose weight or gain muscle. It’s not achieved on the first set or the first day. Only the ones who are disciplined to follow through on a regular basis are successful. The process is the same for anything else in life that you’re trying to be successful at.
To conclude, Identify the things you need to do to be successful and don’t neglect to do them. Discipline yourself to follow through and don’t allow procrastination to take over. Success only comes when you follow through.
We have always been taught that having common sense is a good thing. Common sense is defined as having good sense or good judgement in practical things. Being common is average and ordinary. Common sense is good if all you want in life is to be average by living an average lifestyle, have an average job, drive an average car, have an average house, eat at average restaurants and travel to average places.
If you want to be great or want great things in your life, you have to tap into your superior sense and be impractical. Nothing great will be accomplished by being average. Common sense is essential as the basic fundamentals in life just like basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills but you will need more than common sense to make a massive impact in the world.
Being superior is to be higher in rank, status or quality. Majority of people use common sense. They work a common job, and get an average paycheck. Common sense will get you common results. If you learn how the elites of the world think and act then you will get elite and superior results.
Some people get ridiculed when they don’t have common sense. They get laughed at and the average person will say, you make no sense, or you have no common sense. Sometimes having no common sense is being insanely smart. Imagine all the great inventions we have today, do you think the inventors used simply common sense to come up with their ideas? I’m sure common sense played a role because a person must have normal operating sense before they can even attempt to do anything great. However, they had to tap into their superior sense and be impractical while the average, common-sense minded, and glass half empty people were telling them no they can’t do that.
In whatever you do, remember, average and common are good but superior is better. Never settle for good enough when great is available. You wouldn’t want your kids to settle for good enough so why should you? Lead by example by operating on superior sense and force your offspring to elevate their game!