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.

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.

You’ve already lost

If you’re calling Bill Murray on his 1-800 number then you probably already lost out on the chance of having him in your next movie. That doesn’t stop people from calling and leaving messages.

If you think Bill Murray’s 1-800 number sounds crazy then what do you think are your chances of hearing back about the job you recently uploaded your resume on the company Job’s page.

If you’re simply uploading your resume for jobs online then you probably already lost that job.

There has to be a different way. A better way.

Don’t be satisfied with doing the same thing everyone else is doing. Figure out a new way. It maybe better, or it maybe worse, but you’ll never know, if you never try anything new.

Lending a hand 

Lending a hand 

Many people looking for jobs or opportunities are looking around a people and companies they don’t know and asking them for work.

Another option will almost always endear you is lend a hand to help solve someone else’a problem. It doesn’t matter if it’s a. company, person, or charity. Everyone has a problem to solve. That’s what they care about. Don’t ask people or company’s to solve your problems.

Figure out how to solve their problems. If you figure out how to do that then you’ll never worry about work again.


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When to stick and when to quit

What’s the difference between success and failure?

Persistence.

Read about any person who’s earned some type of success. There is always a similar theme in their lives. The are usually born or grow up with some type of disadvantage: poverty, disability, or the loss of someone they cared about. They were faced with some type of set back. This is the point in the story where successful people differ from the rest. Most people give up when faced with a set back, or what Seth Godin likes to call, The Dip.

Basically, The Dip is the point in  any project when you have to decide to stick with the project or quit. When your in the dip it’s hard to tell which is the right decision. Sticking with a project can lead to success but sticking to the wrong project can waste time and money.

Successful people realize that The Dip is a part of the process of achieving their goal. If you believe in the project and your main goal, then you need to persist through the dip.  It’s the only way you’ll make it to the other side.

Op-Op-purtunity

How do you look at life? Is everything a challenge or struggle to overcome? Or do you take every circumstance as an opportunity? 

Two different views by two different kinds of people can lead to two drastically different types of outcomes. Your attitude determines a lot of what you accomplish and how you feel while doing it.

A positive attitude isn’t easy. It’s easier to be miserable. Another way to look at this issue is to think about the type of person you like to be around. Do you like being around people who are miserable, sad, whinny, or helpless? I’m guessing your answer is, “No.” If you don’t like being around negative people, then how do you think your spouse, family, friends, and coworkers feel. 

You attitude can have a much deeper effect on your life then you might have thought possible. When you wake up in the morning will you choose to look at the start of your day as an opportunity?

HT Zig Zigler