While other people sleep

What are you doing while other people sleep?

Are you sleeping, slacking, cheating, lying, whining, or procrastinating?

Or,

are you working, hustling, planning, studying, managing, or creating?

There are two paths. Which one do you think will lead to success?

How valuable are you?

What are you doing in your spare time? Are you thinking, learning, doing, challenging yourself to be better?

What are you doing on a daily basis?

How are you improving?

Are you giving more value than you take?

Be honest with yourself. What have you done today? If the answer is nothing or the bare minimum. Then you have no reason to complain when things don’t turn out the way you intended.

What do you do?

When life knocks you down, what do you do?

When it kicks you when your down, what do you do?

When your journey brings you to brick wall, what do you do?

When you’re given bad news, what do you do?

When you’re turned down, what do you do?

When you figure out you’re going in the wrong direction, what do you do?

When you feel like you’re dying, what do you do?

When you’ve lost hope, what do you do?

When you love leaves, what do you do?

What you do in these situations is one of the biggest determinant in how your life turns out. You’ll never have enough information. You’ll never have all the right answers. You need to trust your gut and move forward.

Become a giver

Become a giver

Last week, I read the book, The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, by Bob Burg. It was recommended by Josh Brown of the Reformed Broker blog as the one book he’d give a new graduate. It was excellent. What makes a great book is their ability to take simple ideas you’ve heard many times before and allow you to understand their importance. ¬†Ideas like give more value than you take, be yourself, and stay open for opportunities.

I read a copy from my local library but I enjoyed the book so much that I’m going to order my own copy. I can tell this will be a book will be one I read again and again.

I’ll be talking about this book more in the next few days.

Don’t complicate things

Don’t complicate things

Most great businesses started with a simple idea.

Henry Ford wanted to improve transportation.

Phil Knight, Nike founder, wanted to make a better running shoe.

Jeff Bezos wanted to sell an easy to ship item online. He chose books to be that item.

Walt Disney wanted to make a cartoon.

Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO, wanted to give great customer service.

Warby Parker, the eyeglass company, wanted to sell affordable eyeglasses.

This list could go on and on. Today, everyone wants to be the Amazon of this or the Warby Parker of that. They want to build the next Facebook or Uber. It’s important to remember that these great billion dollar companies didn’t appear out of thin air and immediately dominate every industry. They began, like almost all companies do, by trying to solve one problem. Over time they solved another problem, then another until they got where they are today.

In business as in life, it’s important to not complicate things.