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.

 

Quit nights

At night, I sit in my kitchen with a cup of herbal tea and work on my goals. In the past year, I found a new job which no longer had a free gym to workout in during lunch. Working out is one of my main anchors. He helps ground me and keeps me sane. I decided I’d have to commit to working out in the morning before work which is something I had failed to achieve consistency multiple times.

I’m happy to say that this experiment of working out in the morning has been going surprisingly well. I haven’t missed a workout since I started this new plan on January 2nd. Though I did have to change almost every other part of my morning routine. I’ve found that I don’t really have much time for anything else in the morning if I hope to complete a solid workout before I have to leave for work.

The other anchor in my life is writing. For the past few months, I’ve struggled to find the consistency of completing my morning pages before my workout. Today, I’ve decided I’m going to quit trying to pack too much in my mornings. I’m going to solely focus on getting my workout complete and getting to work at a reasonable time. Instead of morning pages, I’m going to use nightly pages as the first step in my nightly routine before I write my nightly blog post.

During the past few weeks, my nightly work sessions have really helped me to accomplish much more work than if I was still trying to pack everything into my morning. I’m watching a little less TV but I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing much. My typical nightly routine is to get to work after my kids go to bed which is around 8:30 and then work on my goals until 11 or 12. By completing the habit, I’m able to get between 12 1/2 to 17 1/2 hours of work accomplished each week, which is over double the amount of work I was accomplishing.

Find your quiet place to work at night. You might get much more accomplished than you thought possible.

Following passion

“The Most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children. – Jim Henson

I’m thinking about passion. I’m thinking about what I really want to do with my life. There are so many competing factors. I could easily create a list of all the things I should do for someone else.

I can’t worry about those things. I need to focus keenly on the diriving force in my life. What not only makes me happy but what really drives me to produce my best work. That’s what I’m looking for in my life. I won’t take any shortcuts. I’ve already tried that path and it wasn’t pretty. I was miserable and making the peopole around me visible.

Fin the anchors in my life and stick with them.

 

Read life changing books

Read life changing books

That’s my goal going forward. For the rest of the year, I’m going start reading all the books I always talked about reading. I’m not going to read what I think I should read. The rest of this year is about reading what I need to read.

I’m starting with, Walden, by Thoreau. A book I’ve talked about reading for years. I’ve tried and failed multiple times. This is the year I do it.

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Add a skill

Add a skill

Skills are tangible. Skills are real. You can show them to people. You can describe them.

Figure out what you want to learn. Then go practice it every day until you know it. While you’re practicing tell people about what you’re doing. That has two benefits: It will help the person you’re telling and it will also reinforce the skill in your mind.

Ask yourself this question tonight before you go to bed, “What do you want to learn? Then create a plan of how you’re going to achieve that goal. The only thing left to do is to get to work.

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