Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ignore Everybody

Head over to this site and read the first %25 of this book for free.
"You don’t know if your idea is any good the moment it’s created. Neither does anyone else. The most you can hope for is a strong gut feeling that it is. And trusting your feelings is not as easy as the optimists say it is. There’s a reason why feelings scare us.

And asking close friends never works quite as well as you hope, either. It’s not that they deliberately want to be unhelpful. It’s just they don’t know your world one millionth as well as you know your world, no matter how hard they try, no matter how hard you try to explain.

Plus a big idea will change you. Your friends may love you, but they don’t want you to change. If you change, then their dynamic with you also changes. They like things the way they are, that’s how they love you- the way you are, not the way you may become.

Ergo, they have no incentive to see you change. And they will be resistant to anything that catalyzes it. That’s human nature. And you would do the same, if the shoe was on the other foot.

With business colleagues it’s even worse. They’re used to dealing with you in a certain way. They’re used to having a certain level of control over the relationship. And they want whatever makes them more prosperous. Sure, they might prefer it if you prosper as well, but that’s not their top priority.

If your idea is so good that it changes your dynamic enough to where you need them less, or God forbid, THE MARKET needs them less, then they’re going to resist your idea every chance they can.

Again, that’s human nature.


Good ideas come with a heavy burden. Which is why so few people have them. So few people can handle it."

So what is the message? IGNORE EVERYBODY!
I still come back to this page from time to time and re-read the awesome advice from this book. Isn't it crazy how much you have to remind yourself of all these principles? It's a constant fight against yourself in your own mind. There is so much push to CONFORM, CONFORM. It's so difficult to rise out of that and try to do something different than everyone else.

Just ignore them. That's what I have learned to do as well. Listen to yourself. Do it for yourself! In the end it doesn't matter what they think and who cares if they don't understand. Also you should know that this resistance is what you are going to face and sometimes on a daily basis. It's just part of breaking away from the sheep!

Friday, July 15, 2011

How To Follow Through


The only real competition is my own mind. Always trying to do better the next time around because you KNOW you can do better. No matter what kind of project I'm doing and even if it's busy work. I will put MY BEST into it and I will use that opportunity to learn and build experience.

What kind of life do you want to live?

What are your rituals?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

American Express Supports Small Business

Hey I know this is a commercial but the idea is really big and the message is inspiring. I thought I would share! 

Failure is the Fertilizer for Success

Something I need to be reminded of is that failures are part of success. They go hand in hand. It's hard to stomach though because when you are trying hard to reach your goals you start to find more and more failures will come your way. You deal with more problems than the average person. You start to wonder "Why is my life so hard?" and "Why does this have to be so damn difficult?". It's because you are trying to be something bigger than you are. This pain is part of growth. You learn through your mistakes. Those with success didn't just have it handed to them. They EARNED IT. You will earn it too every time you pick yourself up and try again. It's that spark in you that won't give up. It's that spark that will guarantee success because eventually you WILL SUCCEED. It's the one that doesn't give up that gets what they want. It's when you keep on going when everyone else has wussed out.

Don't worry about your competition. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing. Keep your eyes on your goal and learn through your failures. This is where you learn to be humble. This is when you learn that you are forever a student of life and you will always have something else to learn. You NEVER stop learning and growing.

Denis Waitley is one of the great motivational speakers. This little interview is full of motivational GOLD.

"Problems are a normal part of change and because we are changing we are going to be dealing with a lot of problems. "

"Turn that stumbling block into a stepping stone."

Fertilize your life with your mistakes!