Category Archives: Motivation

What’s Wrong With Success?

You know… I have been thinking a lot lately about how challenging it is to find other people who are passionate about their possibilities….passionate about making a difference….about succeeding in an extraordinary way in the world today.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I know there are plenty of people out there who have worked hard to get a decent job, get paid pretty well, and even have an occupation they love, and I don’t mean to take that away from anybody…but is not the success I am talking about.  That type of success is typical…it’s predictable, and in the overall scheme of things….it’s easy, not to mention very ubiquitous.  Who I am talking about here, are the people with fire in their bellies.  I am talking about the people who look at succeeding as a virtue and not as a vice?  The people who are excited to see what they can do with this thing called life.  People who want to not only see how far they can go, but also, how far you can go.  Where are these people?  Have they all been scared away into hiding!?

It’s really odd, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been exposed to people whose credo was “que sera sera” or “if you are trying…you are trying too hard.”  I mean what kind of bunk is this?  When did striving to be our best become so undesirable?  When did people start believing that being a go-getter, a risk taker, was incompatible with being compassionate, socially conscious, or good?

And the naysayers!   Wow…there’s no shortage of them.  You would think that there was some special/secret “discouragement fraternity” where being a charter member was something to be celebrated.  You know who I am talking about….those people who want to keep you in their own comfort zone.   Of course I don’t want to be harsh…I do understand that it’s not that this group doesn’t want you to be successful. They just don’t want you to be more successful than they are.   Are you starting to get the picture?…..When did complacency become in vogue?

Here is a thought.  If I were to come up to you at your workplace or your home and say “You ready?…let’s go do it…let’s go change the world! Let’s go create your destiny!”  What would you do?  Would you look up at me like I was crazy…and say, “uhhhh, no thanks”? Or would you say…”let’s go do it…let’s go put a dent in the universe Nate?”  Statistically, many people would be the former…of course It’s my hope that you’d be the latter.

I know, I know…”but success is subjective” one might say.   It’s true it is…but I feel that there is a universal quality that can be applied to this thing called success…and here it is….”It’s the progressive realization of a worthwhile goal, while making a difference in the lives of others”.  Would you agree?  Well here’s a quote from one of my favorite Leaders/Entrepreneurs that is worth the read especially if you have a little voice popping up in your head right about now telling you that I am full of “it”….so here it is, Robin Sharma says  “I have a sense that the best part of you will feel a little hollow. Part of what makes us human is the hunger to realize our greatest gifts and live life fully. We were built to shine. And without significance, I believe that we will feel that we have walked the planet in vain.”….gosh I love this guy!    So, hey…I guess it’s okay if you choose to walk this life in vain, I’d hate to see it happen, but if does, please let’s not pretend that to do so is honorable, and then cast a shadow on success as if there was something wrong with it.  There’ s nothing wrong with success, just like there’s nothing wrong with leaving the world in a better condition than you found it.

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The Terror Barrier

I went to an event last week where I had the pleasure of seeing Bob Proctor, a 75 yr old millionaire and world renowned entrepreneur who carries himself like a youthful 25yr old.

It was a pretty phenomenal experience and EXTREMELY valuable, and I stress extremely because I personally walked away with powerful ideas and insights from an event which usually costs anywhere from $500 – $1,000 all for free!!!

One of the main ideas that I walked away with and really want to share with you, was this idea of the “Terror Barrier”.  An imaginary barrier that many have but probably won’t experience until they try to achieve something great.  If you are one of those who have ever been on the hunt of bigger and better things you probably have very intimate knowledge of what I am talking about.  So, this barrier usually appears when we are just about to make some critical gains in our endeavoring that would definitely set us apart from the also-rans, but….we stop short.  And of course this happens because of an internal block or fear we have, or because of a rule or paradigm which is programmed deep within us.  The barrier manifests itself in self-sabotage, excuse making, circular arguments or rationalizing with ourselves as to why we aren’t doing or can’t do the activities absolutely necessary for our break through towards our success.

So, what’s the solution?  Well, it’s a change in your mental paradigm so you can ultimately change your behaviors.  How do you change your paradigm?  Change your thinking!  How do you change your thinking?  First……START THINKING, (and it’s important you don’t mistake mental activity for thinking), then decide to change what you put into your mind.  Learn, Grow, Challenge yourself and in so doing be selective and very vigilant with what you read, watch, listen to, and then of course with what you think.  It’s as simple as that.

[Disclaimer – This post is written soley for those interested in doing extraordinary things.  If this is not you, please disregard NOW.  This post will self-destruct in 25 seconds……no not really, 🙂  I hope you are smiling!]

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Entrepreneurs Beware – Failure is Subtle

Failure is a sneaky thing.  It usually shows up in our lives when least expected and interestingly it is usually determined from the choices or acts we made long before the moment it is realized.

For instance.  Consequences have a very canny way of not seeming to be a big deal at the moment, even after a couple of days or months.  We can eat  our twinkie or drink our daily beer and think to ourselves “hey, it’s been a month and  I am still looking good, who said this stuff wasn’t good for you”  and so proceed to make the same choices.  And for a couple of months you are probably right, no big changes..no big deal.    And you still look good, well…somewhat, and you haven’t had a heart attack yet.  All is well right?   But..no, it’s down the road where that unwanted failure figure is lurking.  It will show up…and in this case it eventually does as a nice double chin, or that cute spare tire you’ve developed, or in extreme but still very possible cases…..death.

Another example of how failure is subtle can be seen by the employee who happens to take an innocent 10 extra minutes at lunch for personal time.  Thinking to him/herself that it will all be okay since it’s “only” 10 minutes and that their boss will never notice.  But what happens is a year goes by, and those 10 minutes (assuming the avg.  50 week work year) turn into a whopping 2,500 minutes of slack time.  In other words, you just took 41.6 hours of illegitimate paid time off.   Which may be good for you depending upon who you are or what you want.  But the failure comes in the lost opportunity, the lost options.  Now that you just took a whole week off, your competitive coworkers who might not have been as much of an opportunist as you  are now being considered for the promotion you wanted and it’s probably mostly because they are at least one whole week ahead of you!

The same could be said for the entrepreneur.  In this instance you could be a whole week behind in the preparation of an important presentation which was to get you the start up capital that you needed to move your business idea forward.  So, instead of practicing a few simple disciplines a day, and deciding not to sweep away those few “innocent” pleasures,  you lose out to the more prepared entrepreneur who actually does the sweeping that matters and sweeps the investors of their feet.

You see failure is a subtle and scary creature if you are not careful.  No need to fret however…. I am pretty sure that if you practice a few simple disciplines everyday you can still turn everything around.

Stay vigilant my friends.

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The Art of Living Dangerously

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I put together a lens on Squidoo the other day titled The Art of Living Dangerously.  Now, I built this lens for a couple of reasons.  First of all I have a slight fascination with the idea of Dangerous Living, Second, it embodies an idea which I have been striving to live by for quite some time, and finally, it’s a way of living which I think is necesarry for entrepreneurs to have…. especially if they are to  achieve any kind of extraordinary success.  So, for all of my already adventurous and enterprising readers I hope you enjoy the happy reminder of what you are, and for all my readers who are on the fence awaiting “that moment” to which you are to start making some big things happen in your own life, I wish it to be a catalystic experience for you.

Now  if you decide to leave this page before reading it…remember….that our biggest failures in life will be our failure to try, and our biggest risks in life will found in riskless living.  Take a risk today and go and enjoy The Art of Living Dangerously and please don’t hesitate to comment back.

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TGIF….but If not NOW, then When?

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It’s Friday, yahoo!!, the weekend is just around the corner and I am tempted to turn off the laptop, take a nap, go to the pool, and then maybe even prep for a nice night out on the town.  It’s exciting!  So much “FUN” waiting to be had, but, then I realize I have some things that I really want to accomplish.  Activities that I really would like to begin…things I wrote down yesterday and promised myself I would do today.. creations and dreams that are dying to be manifested.  So…what should one do?

I understand the choice will be different for everyone.  Many will choose to “go have fun”…”live it up”….”let their hair down” ….release their Dionysian spirit so to speak.  And this is all good,very tempting, and even healthy(when done in moderation of course…else you end up like Jim Morrison).  And some…more than likely a very select few, will choose to channel that energy into something else.  They will use it to create their dreams, do their  “perpetually procrastinated pet project”, write a book, work on themselves, give back to the world, or become something more than they were yesterday .

What will you do?  Are you going to do the usual, give in to your habits, do what’s easy and more enjoyable, and what everyone else is doing?  Or are you going to put off a little bit of that excess fun to do a little bit more of those activities which you are always complaining about not having enough time for?  And hey, if you choose to go out and play… awesome TGIF!!… please have a brewski for me, but remember this, if you don’t make time for your biggest plans now, then when will you?

Before you decide, process this quote that John C. Maxwell said so well…   “Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.”

Have a Phenomenal Friday!!!

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Think and Grow Rich

I have recently decided to revisit the pages of Napolean Hill’s classic book  Think and Grow Rich.  I am just about half way through the book and I am loving every page of it.

This morning I opened up the book to read, and before I came to the chapter which I left off at yesterday, I decided to quickly scan all the pages I’ve read and to pay really close attention to all those sections which I had already highlighted and found important. Doing this small scan made me think how amazing this book is and how riddled it is with gems of truth and success increasing principles.  Literally.. almost every other page had some form of coloring from my highlighter and pen markings.  So out of the inspiration of my early morning scan I thought I would post some of the ideas that I’ve highlighted to share some of the subtle and not so subtle principles with individuals who haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading this fantastic book. (please ignore the informality…i hope you enjoy)

Think and Grow Rich

“Seek expert counsel before giving up.”

“The better part of all I have made were made after people had said NO”

“keep on keeping on no matter how hard the going may be”

“The person who stops studying merely because they have finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what their calling.  The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”

“learn the art of converting defeat into the stepping stones of opportunity

“Riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work.”

“Acquire a state of mind that will acquire riches.”

“Success comes to those who become success conscious.”

“Stay on the job until you succeed, no matter how much time is required.”

“Desire: knowing what one wants.”

“I will burn all bridges behind me, and stake my entire future on my ability to get what I want.”

“we win or we perish!”

“Cut all sources of retreat.”

“Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.”

“The turning poing in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their “other selves”.”

“Recognize no such word as impossible, and accepts no such reality as failure.”

“To get satisfactory results you must follow all instructions in a spirit of faith.”

“Specialize knowledge, plus imagination.”

“Proper planning may circumvent lowly beginnings.”

Well, I’ll stop now before I quote the whole book.  Hopefully you find some value in a few of these words.  If you did and now you are thinking about thinking and growing rich, don’t miss my blog on the easiest ways to wealth.

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Billionaire Mentor Next Door

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It’s pretty rare to get an Olympic Gold Medal, wouldn’t you say? Only 1,210 Americans have received one. It’s unusual to climb Mt. Everest, too: Just 2,300 people have done that. But there’s an even rarer category: The number of billionaires. No more than 1,125 people in the world can claim that distinction.

My friend, Bill Bartmann, did just that. Now keep in mind that this group of 1,125 people includes people who had major help along the way: Many were born with it, inherited it, or had every advantage while growing up.

In the history of billionaires, Bill Bartmann stands alone. He’s the ONLY former homeless person and gang member ever to have made a billion dollars. That’s right, Bill went from eating out of dumpsters and living under a bridge viaduct, to having after-tax, take-home pay in a single year of more than $100 million and being listed as the 25th richest person in America.

Here’s where it gets extremely interesting: Bill is willing to coach individuals…and that includes YOU on how to succeed in business.

Seriously, what can you learn from someone whose daddy died and left him a billion? (The answer is…probably not much) But it’s totally different with Bill Bartmann: He worked in a slaughterhouse. He was an alcoholic at age 17. And at one point Bill was paralyzed from the waist down. Yet Bill discovered a DIFFERENT way of thinking and acting that enabled him to overcome all of that, and become a self-made billionaire.

After scaling the highest peaks in the business world and getting his fill of toys like $25 million aircraft, what’s Bill up to now? Well, seemingly…he has one current passion: Showing others his special techniques for overcoming any challenge and being as successful as they want to be. An aspiration truly respected and applauded by the Educated Entrepreneur.

Do you think Bill might know a few things YOU could use to overcome your own challenges? What if you could get his thoughts on dozens of business topics?

Well…it appears you can. Bill has launched a one-of-a-kind online service, called his “Billionaire Business System”. From the looks of it…this is not some one-size-fits-all deal. (thank goodness) Instead, Bill has built a mentoring tool that provides you with laser-targeted advice on many individual topics.

If you are already running a business but not sure what’s the best way to secure financing for your next stage of growth or if you are not even sure if business is right for you? Bill will help. He has various video sessions on these specific subjects alone.

In fact, the Billionaire Business System currently has almost two dozen topics, and is constantly growing.

I strongly recommend that you take a look at Bill’s system and see for yourself how it can remove whatever roadblocks are in your way to greater business success. You can find it by going to: BILL BARTMANN ENTERPRISES

Name me anywhere else on the planet that you can get specific, useful, and comprehensive business-building advice from a self-made billionaire? That’s OK, I can’t think of any, either.

The sooner you have somebody like Bill Bartmann in your corner, advising you on business success, the sooner you can sit back and bask in your own dreams coming true. Right?!

Well, hopefully you can get inspired by this guy. He truly has “been there done that”…and the chances are really good that whatever challenges you have, Bill’s been there, and found a way to overcome them. Seriously consider giving Bill a chance to show you how to side step many mistakes on your path to the top and visit His Website. He may just be the Billionaire mentor we all need.

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The Answer

Here’s a book that is getting great reviews.   It’s called the The Answer.  This book will be a great jumpstart to many individuals considering the enterprising life of an entrepreneur and will be a serious positive addition to the current entrepreneur mindset.  Entrepreneurs!!!   This is a must read.

I have a feeling The Answer is going to be a definite breaktrhough book for business development for the 21st Century.  Go buy it or check it out at your local library

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Jobs Become Obsolete Talent Doesn’t

Yesterday I sat in on a wonderful conference call.  We covered a few in-depth and inspirational insights towards increasing our skill levels to a point where becoming obsolete as an employee is diminished.  The speaker was Boyd Matheson who is a peak performance coach, so the topics he covered included confidence, goal setting, effectiveness, and habits.

I believe in the “Givers Gain” Philosophy, so I thought I might share a couple of key points that could possibly help anyone out who is looking to create more security for themselves by developing and optimizing their personal skills and talents.

Here is a brief summary:

1.) Be Sure to live with confidence: To do this we must first know what confidence is, (It’s never arrogance, It’s having respect for challenges, It’s having a vision for the future, It’s an emotional and spiritual certainty.) Then know where we are at.  Assessing honestly our current situation (understand what behaviors are keeping us from success).  When these aspects are understood it is easier to live confidently and go confidently in the direction of our dreams.

2.) Be sure to loathe mediocrity: We must understand what mediocrity is and what greatness/excellence is.  Juxtapose the two ideas and then do the same for comparing the lives of people who have lived in either category in the past, then, assess their outcomes.  Finally, assess how you want to live and figure out if living in mediocrity will grant it.

3.) Be sure to know your E.V.E Ratio: The E.V.E ratios is a tool that was provided for achieving a better grasp on our current direction as individuals related to growth.  A high E.V.E Ratio indicates mediocrity and a low E.V.E Ratio indicates a momentum in a direction of excellence.  The Ratio is calculated using  hours spent on Entertainment compared to hours spent on Education/Edification. (Entertainment Vs. Education).  A ratio can be created using money spent for each area of focus as well.  A key point to be made here by Boyd was that, generally, when we spend more time entertaining ourselves, the less chance we have of going out and doing something that will positively impact our lives.

4.) Be sure to focus on a strategy: Emphasis was on the thought that focus precedes success always.  So it is essential that we are always focusing on strategy.  Some questions that we can constantly ask ourselves to maintain this focus on strategy are;  What did I do right today or in this situation?  What did I do wrong today or in this situation?  How can I do better next time?  and to be sure to plan your week the week before, and to plan your day the day before.

5.) Be sure to take action: It’s important to understand that nothing happens unless we take action, and the biggest principle to remember regarding action was that Elephants don’t bite, but Fleas do.  In essense, failure is subtle.  Thus, keep a focus on the details, because when all is said and done, the winner is usually only a winner by a tenth of a second or a nose.   We must be determined to do the little things exceptionally well and understand that they will make the biggest difference.

Hopefully some of these snippets of knowledge will provide a clearer idea on how you can ensure for yourself a future free of becoming obsolete.  Don’t be the Atari of tomorrow!

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Are You A Failure!??!

In Robin Sharma’s marvelous book, The Greatness Guide, he states to his reader’s surprise “Show me someone who is satisfied, and I’ll show you a failure”. It’s a tough quote, yet I think is packed with much wisdom and insight, and if it were up to me it probably would have been stressed a bit more frequently throughout the book. Here’s why. We NEED this type of tough love as a society! A large portion of the general public is complacent, comfortable, safe, and satisfied in their day to day activities and in their general awareness of life. How do I know?….. Nations, Countries , and Governments are Satisfied with the status quo…which = Poverty. Many people are Satisfied in always carrying with them a somber and agitated mood or attitude and expressing a state of unhappiness or bitterness towards others and the world in general…which = Grumpy/Negative People. A great majority of people are Satisfied in their choices on how to react to confrontations and thus do so in hurtful and unconscious ways…which = Anger, Hate, & Violence. Many people are Satisfied going from job to job slaving for this company or that company and never taking any time to plan their best lives out, or never taking any initiative to make the best of their employment situation, or worse….deciding to never take any risks…which = Lives Lived in a Quiet Desperation & Lives Half Lived.

Many of us live day by day without taking any risks, without looking for better circumstances, or without thinking for more than a few seconds on how we can find solutions for bettering our lives. Once our thinking get’s to the seemingly uncomfortable zone of choice, we experience our own loud inner voice saying “Wait it might be hard!” or “It’s going to be difficult”, or “What will others think?” or “Will I be laughed at?”, or “Will I fail” or even worse “That’s not my job”, and consequently we decide to remain in our safe harbor of comfort, safety, complacency, and satisfaction. How many of us are guilty of this?

How many of us have decided to work for a big company, intentionally functioning as an anonymous drone, staying way back to avoid risk and criticism?  How many of us have decided to not apologize and take responsibility for our actions because of our EGO?
I don’t wish you to be a failure as a person or a failure in life.  There is so much potential in all of us. Remember this….the people who would avoid a riskless career or a riskless life, are those that never get on in the world…..they are those that never end up as leaders, never end up fulfilling their true potential, never getting out of their parent’s house, never getting to travel the world, never being able to help change a person’s life, never being able to make an impact, never getting to meet their soul mate, and never having the chance to experience deeply and truly all the beauties inherent in this world and in this life.
So…get unsatisfied! Get unsafe. GO TAKE SOME RISKS
….Going it safe is one of the most riskiest things you can do.  Safe is risky, being Satisfied…….even more so.

SOME GREAT QUOTES

Live dangerously and you live right. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously! – Friedrich Nietzsche

The lesson of the cow is worth repeating: Safe is Risky.   – Seth Godin

Run towards your fears…face fear fast. – Robin Sharma

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