“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!
“I freed a thousand slaves; I could have freed a thousand more, if only they knew they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman.
July 4th is a national holiday commemorating the declaration of independence of the U.S. from the British Empire. A lot of Americans are celebrating today by having get-togethers, barbecues, going to beach, shooting fireworks, etc… However, the U.S. and a lot of Americans are still not truly independent. In the Bible, Proverbs 22:7 says, the borrower is the slave of the lender. How can you be independent when you’re $22 trillion in debt?
Sure we have some freedom but we don’t have it in all aspects of our lives. If you work at a job you hate but have to keep on going back to it, you’re not free. If you’re buried in debt and living paycheck to paycheck you’re not free. You have some freedom but real independence is when you have complete autonomy over your life and living out your purpose.
When we decide to step outside of our apartment or house to drive somewhere, there will be stop signs, red lights and potholes on the road. It’s the same thing when we are striving to accomplish a goal or a dream. When we hit a stop sign or red light, we don’t turn around and change our mind about where we planned on going because of a red light or stop sign. However, we do plan for traffic. If we know there’s going to be traffic, we might plan to leave early, or wait for traffic to die down before we leave. It depends on the importance of the place we’re trying to get to.
When we’re going to work, it doesn’t matter if there’s traffic, we have to go. We just have to plan to leave early to make it there on time. We are also mentally ready to hit traffic. We have to use the same willpower we tapped into to wake up and go to a job for our personal goals. Be positive of the outcomes but be mentally prepared to maintain a positive attitude in the event of failures. Be ready to keep going forward. Never allow failure to discourage you or to quit. We may take a different route to get there if there are roadblocks, closures, traffic, but nevertheless, we should still aim to get to that final destination.
As long as we have a very good reason why to do something, we will be motivated to keep going. That’s why once you have your goals written down, you also have to write down your reasons why as well. Your reasons why will keep you going when things get tough. It will be a reminder. It will be your fuel. It’s easy to give up when something is not important. You have to constantly remind yourself of the reason why you started in the first place.
Real success is not achieved overnight. Never compare your journey to someone else’s. You have no idea what a person had to do or go through to get to where they’re at unless they’ve told you. It may seem that it should have been you in the position but that kind of thinking is not going to get you far. Jealousy is a trait of unsuccessful people and God wonderfully made you to serve a unique purpose. People with a success mindset are inspired by the accomplishments of others and energized to pursue their own goals.
Enjoy your journey to success no matter what obstacles you have to go through. Once you’re there, average people will look at you and say, you’re lucky and you’re an overnight success. The truth is, you just had the guts to work relentlessly harder than them over a long period of time despite setbacks and failures. Be one of those people who don’t give up and it will be rewarding in the end.
A closed mind can be detrimental to your life, happiness and success.
There’s a saying that goes like this, the mind is like a parachute, it only works when it’s open. Shutting down new ideas without giving it a fair chance to sync in to analyze how it could be a benefit to you can be very costly.
Piece of advice, if you’re entrepreneurial, when an opportunity present itself to you, just remember to open your mind before you open your mouth. Do your due diligence and see if the opportunity falls in line with your long term goals. Don’t be too quick to say no because in this entrepreneurial world, we may start with plan A and then finish with plan W for the win.
At the same time, one should not be too open. Just as a parachute needs to open to work, if it is too open, or open all the way, it won’t work and you will fall. Find the right balance of wisdom to know when to be open and when it’s time to just focus on what you’re already doing and just persevere.
Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
People in our society go about success in different ways. Just as beauty, success is in the eye of the beholder. Do what’s makes you happy. As long as you’re successful in your eyes and secure in who you are, you are successful. At the same time, if you are ambitious, and want more than just a safe and secure life, go for it.
Feel free to be who you really are and achieve what you really want. That’s success. Just because someone don’t view success the same way that you do, doesn’t make them any less successful. We were born in this world unique and our purpose is unique. Be comfortable in your unique self.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Over the years, I’ve invested a lot in my personal development. This blog is simply a way for me to share what I’ve learned and what I’m currently learning along the way. Hopefully you feel inspired or learn from what I have to share.