Posts Tagged ‘Success and Lifestyle’

The Legend of the Goat

09/23/2009

From the mean streets of Harlem came the greatest basketball the world has never known.

Upon his retirement Lewis Alcindor, later to become known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was asked who was the greatest player he had played with or against. After a long silence, he answered, “That would have to be “The Goat”.

From “The City Game”: In the litany of quiet misfortunes that have claimed so many young athletes in the ghetto, it may seem almost impossible to select one man and give him special importance. Yet in the stories and traditions that are recounted in the Harlem parks, one figure does emerge above the rest. Asked about the finest athletes they have seen, scores of ball players in a dozen parks mention Connie Hawkins and Lew Alcindor and similar celebrities. But almost without exception, they speak first of one star who didn’t go on: Earl Manigault.

In the HBO Special Rebound: The Legend of Earl “the Goat” Manigault, a young man growing up in Harlem, mentored by a janitor in the Harlem parks, builds his reputation as a star. But trouble with school and drugs brings the legend to his knees. Nevertheless, he returns to society to help the younger generation develop their abilities, their game and their potential.

Earlthegoatmanigault2We often think of success as a goal or a dream fulfilled.

We have visions of Olympian Gold Medalists or Nobel Prize winners. But in truth, motivation can being great people to do great things without much stage or hoopla involved. There is no real reason why a seasoned music artist should get any more credit than a recovering alcoholic. Everyone has to fight their own battles. Some become renown legends to the world, others become positive role-models for their families.

Success is not a destination, but a process, a relentless consciousness to do better.

To get back up when we fall, no matter how hard or sacrificing it may be. To do your best. To shake it off when you’re down, and deny righteousness to those who doubt your inner strengths. To become the greatest you could possibly become.

Earl recognized that although he could never again be the athlete he once was, he was able to influence the lives of younger, less experienced souls. Life is not about overcoming all your weaknesses. That would only make us mediocre. better to develop your strengths. That way you become proficient at one skill in a manner that makes yourself truly unique and valuable.

Everyone has to fight their own battles. And those who do fight, well… they’re all stars in my book!

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Buying Nice Cars And How We Think

09/15/2009

What do you get when you cross a car and the subconscious mind?

It all depends on your attitude!

Allow me to explain. You just bought a new car. And you love it. “Amazing” you think to yourself that you never thought of buying that particular model/brand/style before. You begin to feel as if you found a diamond in the rough. A secret nobody else knows about. But suddenly, as you cruise down the highway, it seems that “everyone” has your car! “They’re selling like hotcakes!” you think.

Now let’s move over to your mind. In reality there are hundreds of cars on the roads at any given moment. Thing is, you never cared to notice them all, and couldn’t possibly notice them all, as that is just too much information for your mind to process. So what the mind does, what we call RAS (Reticular Activating System) is segment your focus on the thing most relevant to you. We only notice things we care about (hence the saying “You’re one-track minded”).

How does this all relate to success?

Well, as you may have caught on by now, success too is a mindset. They say “Success is something you attract by the person you become”. In reality there are hundreds of doors and thousands of opportunities, yet like cars on the road, the mind cannot possibly process and evaluate each one. So it focuses your attention only those most interested by you. You get what you wish for because you don’t get what you don’t wish for (if that makes any sense at all).

When you condition your mind to be always optimistic and seeking success. Success in your life, your family, your business, even the people around you. You subconsciously change your perceptions into reality by filtering-out the noise and clutter that’s irrelevant and zero in on that which matters. Call it the “Find Waldow Effect”.

Next time you think about accomplishing something be positive and be proactive. Look for the opportunities and do something to move toward your success. As the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once noted “He who has a why can endure any how”. So Focus on what you truly want and let your mind figure out the rest!

Our Perception becomes our reality not as a matter of delusion, but rather by virtue of our brilliant selection process!

5 Things You Must Have on Your Bucket List

08/23/2009

The key to successful living is to keep life exciting. But you can’t always count on others to lighten things up. You have to go out and “make it rain”. The number #1 habit of highly successful people is to be proactive – “carry your own weather” and take charge – and you’re life will never be the same! There are many things you cab start with. Here some suggestions that will differentiate you from the crowd (and impress them at the same time):

  1. Learn a New Language. Venturing into a new vocabulary engages the mind to become more conscious of its own thoughts. (Besides it makes poking fun at English so much more exciting!) Two great places to start: 200 Words and Flash Cards.
  2. Learn a Musical Instrument. Music is often associated with greatness. Einstein played violin, Edison played piano Bob Hope played the saxophone, Charles Dickens played the accordion and billionaire Warren Buffett still plays the ukulele at his shareholder meeting each year!
  3. Go on Vacation! Schedule another honeymoon to Bora Bora, or take your business mobile and travel to Europe for a few weeks. You surely won’t regret it! Here are some famous hot-spots.
  4. Buy an Investment Home. It’s nice to own a home, but how about buying property that provides income and cash flow? Even in tough times there are always opportunities. Robert Kiyosaki says “Go look at 100 homes, make a fair offer on 10 and purchase one that offers you net cash flow” (i.e. that your tenant’s rent exceeds property mortgage and expenses).
  5. Start your Own business. While this seems to be a life-changing decision, it doesn’t have to be. There are many career driven professional who run a part-time business on the side. Those who have read The Four Hour Workweek are familiar with the concept. Every year each of us has a potential million dollar idea, yet we chose to let it pass us by.

Read our follow-up articles

5 More Intense Things to Add to Your Bucket List!

How to Achieve Your Bucket List

9 Qualities That Will Rock Your Career

08/21/2009

From www.dumblittleman.com

Success in life is always relative. Some people are happy with small achievements while there are others who won’t be satisfied until mountains are moved.

Regardless of our ambitions, our career spans through a series of jobs and experiences that truly polish our personality and will. While we all have defining moments that will determine our core beliefs around hard work, persistence, determination, etc., these are all simply components of a greater foundation that defines ‘you’. A rocking rise through corporate ranks involves a radical understanding and possible change in your attitude and behaviors.

There are millions of brilliant people who pursue aggressive career paths and have their sights set on great achievement. While their ability is nothing short of genius, many lack the soft skills that could put them over the top. These are the traits, qualities and understandings are what make good people great. Practical and time tested, mastering and practicing the following qualities will make if difficult for success to elude you.

  1. Out of Box Thinking Many dislike this term but the concept is for real. All it requires is thinking of problems though a different set of eyes, or different dimension. This is why many brainstorming sessions fail; most people sit and think of work problems in the context of what it means to the company, not the user, not the environment, etc. Sit back and try to solve the problem from the eyes of a 6 year old, turn things upside down, and absolutely challenge the norm. Go outside and sit in a subway station (or somewhere you generally don’t sit to work) and think about why other solutions not worked? What has worked?Remember the best ideas come from people who are hands-on with their work. When everyone thinks and recommends a lackluster way, lackluster results will follow. Change your surroundings, change your views, change your thought process and come up with a killer idea!
  2. Taking Ownership When no one is willing to own it, be the first to grab the opportunity. A process involving various stakeholders normally loses vision and momentum. A process with a good leader, input from others, and true direction, has a much better chance of success. Be the person that jumps in and takes on a new project (just don’t over-commit). An ability to own and work towards success is a skill which gives long lasting returns.
  3. Eagerness to Learn After a certain period, a job becomes monotonous and people become bored and eventually even lazy. They lose all the zeal to learn new things and although they won’t admit this, their actions would make you believe they have thrown in the towel and are satisfied with a status quo life and career. If you really want to move ahead, don’t get into this rut. Don’t tune out.Always remain eager to learn; you never know what knowledge or capability will push you up in your career. Remember, you need an open mindset and positive attitude to approach work. If you are constantly learning, it will be tough to be or appear to be interested in mediocrity.
  4. An Eye for Detail If you are hands on with your work there is no reason why you won’t know the intricacies involved. Therefore, have the confidence needed to make difficult choices. When you master something and know the minute details, your logic and ideas will be highly regarded. While people love to argue, they get easily impressed by intelligent reasoning too.
  5. Willingness to Help Much of life is give and take. Work is no exception. If you are the person that is constantly stepping out of your comfort zone in order to help others, people (most) will return the favor when you ask. That’s the key though, you have to be willing to help someone and not too proud to ask them for help when you need it.
  6. Networking Your network should never be restricted to people in your domain but it should span other departments too. Again, break away from comfort and get engaged with someone from a different department. When you sell yourself in the market, you need people who can vouch for you and the broader the network, the better. A strong network always gives you an upper hand, not only to receive but also influence the information flow.
  7. Solution Seeking Mindset People love to mention and talk about problems. However, when you ask for their solutions to those problems, they aren’t willing to go on record with sweeping changes. The majority of employees lack an attitude to solve issues and love to keep them burning for long time, almost to encourage sympathy. It is these times that a positive mindset can send the right vibes across and can really give you a lot of attention. Don’t avoid complainers, listen to them just long enough to hear the problem, then try to come up with a solution.
  8. Humility Arrogance has its own advantages but it never attracts more people than the magic done by humility. When you know your work and are humble about it than there is no reason that you would not get the desired appreciation. Humility needs to be pitched with much care lest it lets people take undue advantage of you. Strike the right balance and you would see its real magic.
  9. Being Practical Human beings are emotional and many fall for popular decisions. A practical decision made at right time with right attitude has the ability to shower you with long lasting fame. Remember, the people who are at the top are nothing but practical.

It is a jungle out there where you not only need to survive but flourish too. Develop the killer attitude for success and no one would ever dare to stop you.

Always:

  1. Work Hard
  2. Make sure the world knows about it
  3. Make sure to sell it in right manner to right people

Go, Get Success!

Are You Dumb Enough To Be Rich?

08/21/2009

So you got your MBA from Harvard, saved $20k from your last job and have 5000 friends on MySpace. But are you dumb enough to be rich? That’s what analysts of correlations between brains and bucks have concluded. You don’t have to be smart be become wealthy, and as a matter of fact, brains may even stifle your potential.

You see, wealth requires high-performance and rapid-execution. You can’t get stuck on details when there is someone far more qualified for that job.

As an entrepreneur, you must take on the task of creating everything from scratch and that requires leadership and more strategic long-term big-picture thinking. Leave all the nitty-gritty systematizing and organizing to management and for heaven’s sake – get a professional designer to do your website.

Wealth requires Four distinct elements: Motivation, Skill, Knowledge and Focus. Let’s define each one.

Motivation: The Desire To Be

From when that great idea pops into your head, until you start to do something about it, you’re in the motivation stage. An optimistic point of view that convinces you that you have the next multi-million dollar idea. The problem is that in order to turn great ideas into profitable business, you’ll need more than just a desire to create a great product or service.

Skill: Expertise vs. Scalability

The problem with Professions (besides for requiring an immense amount of both time and capital) is that they require a technical expertise that is designated to the person who is skilled. How many surgeries can a surgeon perform a day? Each one requires his physical presence, full attention and time occupation. McDonald’s on the other hand spews out millions of Big Macs each day with a work-force of teenage students. Scalability is the ability to run at full capacity whether its for 1 or 100, offering the same product or service, with the same results, every time without fail.

In business, the hierarchy works like so: Shareholders elect Executives who hire Directors, who find Managers, to teach Supervisors how to oversee Operators.

If the machines run on they’re own, all you need is a tech-savvy operator to make sure everything runs smoothly. But while technicians may be very smart, learning the service manual backwards and forwards, knowing where every nut and bold belongs – no one ever became wealthy on minimum wage.

Knowledge: Chris Langan vs Henry Ford

In the war of brains vs. bucks, you’d think Chris Langan had it all. You may have heard of Chris, as he was featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s best-seller “Outliers”. However, even though Chris boasts an IQ estimated at 210 (Einstein was 160, and Darwin a mere 120) he nevertheless makes an honest living working in bars. No mansions, no rolls-royce, no big shareholder meetings. Genius in other words has failed. (For those familiar with the collapse of LTCM this would not be the first time.

Enter Henry Ford. Someone once walked into Ford’s office and presented him with a complex math problem they knew he couldn’t solve since Ford lacked schooling. “I do not know the answer”, he replied “but I can definitely find someone who does”. He may have not had an IQ anywhere near 200, yet he practically invented the assembly line concept and industrialized the automobile. They said the Model-T was impossible. Langan would agree. Ford would laugh them out of the room.

It’s not that wealthy people aren’t intelligent. It’s just that they focus not on academic genius, but on practical intelligence. Focusing not on predetermined rules, but on what works and what doesn’t. For them business is not science, but art.

Focus: Thinking like a Laser

Ask anyone successful – Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Peter Drucker, Michael Gerber – “What is the most important trait in business?”. They would answer: Focus. Or as Chet Holmes refers to it “pig-headed discipline”. I had many friends, who I was convinced, would be millionaires before they turned 30. They had diverse interests and skills across a broad spectrum, had storehouses of energy, could hold a complicated theological discussion with any philosopher, even take apart a fridge and put it back together again. Some were even running small businesses in their teens. To “execute” efficiently and effectively requires intense discipline and discipline requires laser-like concentration.

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  • How to improve your motivation: Read into the lives of the successful. Examine how their thoughts compelled them to do anything from controlling their destiny to changing the world. Focus on gratitude, on everything positive in your life. Relay your dreams repetitively to yourself to confirm your subconscious beliefs. Genuinely desire to create value for the rest of the world.
  • How to improve your skills: Enhance your strengths, don’t fix your weaknesses. Learn to deal with people, organize and systematize. I recommend devouring the works of coaches such as Michael Gerber, Chet Holmes, Warren Bennis and Robert Kiyosaki. Get familiar with concepts of Cash Flow, Entrepreneurship, Scalability, Delegation, Optimization and Management.
  • How to improve your business IQ: See the article “5 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read“.
  • How to improve your focus: Set goals and set out to achieve them. We often lose sight and therefor direction. It doesn’t come easy and it requires practice and conscious application. Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish over the next 12 months. Just this document alone will propel you to bigger and greater things!

On Success

08/18/2009

When you can’t relate to people you can’t envy them. Why are people jealous of Bill Gates but not the Queen of England? A man can be perfectly fine with his life, family and career – and then he gets invited to a college reunion.

If you believe in a top for society then you also believe in a bottom. The problem with an elitist mindset is that it raises you up by lowering others. True greatness is achieved by helping others through your strengths.

We fear the ridicule and judgement of failure (lack of acceptance). It’s not the physical pain or even self-deterrence that plagues us but what others will say. This has become extremely prevalent due to mass-media and the internet. The higher they rise the farther they fall.

We must differentiate between loser and someone who has lost  (Hamlet wasn’t a loser). I guess it also goes together with the difference between poor and broke. The former is a frame of mind, the latter is a mere point in time. Tragedy too is a mindset that either brings man down to his own insecurities, or helps him rise above them.

You can’t be successful at everything – so choose what you wish to give up. Know something about everything, and everything about something. That way you’re always either learning or teaching. You can’t be the best at many things, but you can be the best you.

We must be the authors of our own ambitions. Many people stumble simply because they lack direction, a conscious awareness of what they truly want out of life. It’s because of this that so many remain underdeveloped in their potential and get side-tracked by what others have come by – many times only by chance. True, you can’t always choose your destiny, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up at the first sign of resistance.

Find what makes you tick, develop it to the fullest potential possible and then radiate it to others.

The Anatomy of Success

06/02/2009
Why so few succeed and why even the many who do seem to fail. What is the secret of the select few who rise time after time above their failures?

How many times a day do we forfeit happiness for immediate comfort? Why would most people sit and sulk over a coffee that just isn’t right rather than get up and make themselves a new one? Many are the man who will procrastinate now even though he’ll have hell to pay tomorrow.

The human mind is preconditioned for stimulus while the heart is insistent on sloth. “If it ain’t broken why fix it?” (IIABWFI?) the world seems to believe, is at best an neutralistic philosophy.

One of the most famous marketing campaigns ever has been successful due to this one fact: The 30 day money back guarantee. Whether or not the product is of any good, the customer will, more times than not, choose to live with his mistake rather than travel across-town to return his guaranteed-money-back item.

Simple mind-over-matter would save families hundreds of dollars in faulty products a year, from a bad coffee at Starbucks to an item they bought from a 3 AM infomercial, but instead they choose the IIABWFI? quick-fix.

Imagine Micheal Jordan saying to himself “Well, I do have an awesome jump-shot, why jeopardize it with more practice. If it ain’t broken why fix it?”.

The fact remains that “successful” (read: “active”) personalities understand that life is all about action – not for action’s sake but for the betterment and increased happiness of their lives and the lives of others.

The answer to the IIABWFI question is: Innovation. An individual, group or organization that intends to cleave only to its past and immediate present will approach a future of oblivion. It’s opportunities, skills and position will inadvertently be possessed by those who promise to learn and grow to cultivate an atmosphere of activity, execution and ever far reaching goals.

So hit the gym, meet some people, learn and implement something that will further your career. Anything but sitting around pondering how life could be so much better!