The 6 Things Schools Will NEVER Teach You
Let me start off by asking you this, Are you doing everything you can to experience life at the highest level? Are you getting the most from each hour? day? week? month? Are you focused on something bigger than yourself? These are important questions you should be asking yourself on a consistent basis. The ultimate motivation is bringing meaning to what you do, and when you do, the quality of your life will increase. Wouldn’t you agree that a meaningful life is a very different life than most live? That’s not because it’s unattainable, but because most people rarely think about it (or strategically manage) their long term energy and engagement in life. Over the past 8 years, I’ve learned some powerful insights that have helped me on my journey towards success, and they have played a very important role in our creation the Prestigious “Game Changers Academy” and this “Young Ambition” clothing line. My goal is to get you to think differently and interrupt your normal thought patterns. Hopefully this will create change in you, and stir some new actions. So if you run a sales organization, interested in starting a movement of your own, or just want to be a part of something meaningful these were made strictly for YOU. Enjoy! (Oh and Share this! via social media if you learn something!)
A Powerful “Why”
Realize that no matter where you are right now, you can always take it up a notch. Your possibilities are endless when you strengthen your why and come up with enough compelling reasons. The goal is to create a why so strong that it pulls you through any challenge, all doubters, and even your own limitations. In my opinion, a big portion of our society doesn’t have enough strong reasons for building a world-class life. Settling for mediocrity is becoming the society norm. If you don’t like or enjoy what you do then re-evaluate why you’re doing it. Immediately create an action plan around what you want to do, and who you should connect with that will help you get there. We’re in an economy that now welcomes the entrepreneur, and has made it easy to design your ideal future. It just takes compelling reasons, clear intentions, and the right guidance. When you don’t have enough reasons for why you do what you do you’ll give up and settle, and that is the worst thing on earth.
Focus on Strengths, Delegate Weaknesses
Anybody that tells you to focus on your weaknesses hasn’t experienced consistent peak performance. The idols you and I respect, and all well known achievers got to greatness by doing what they were good at, and deliberately focusing on their strengths. If you’re not sure what your strengths are start asking those closest to you. This isn’t always what you love, but where you get results. The goal is the be so good at your strengths that it propels you to stand out, and of-course everybody loves doing what they ‘re good at. If you’re focused on too many things it will cause you to be average in many vs. exceptional in a few. I would start crafting your dream team, and find those who compliment your weaknesses. What can you become the best at?
Habits Always Trump Inspiration
Inspiration is needed to create consistent action, but your habits are ultimately going to define your success or failure. It’s been said that after seminars and conferences only 5% actually use what they’ve learned. Why is that? It’s because inspiration is very short term, and feels good in the moment but doesn’t last past the activity producing it. We want those associated with Young Ambition to focus on shifting habits, gaining better perspective, and interrupting bad thought patterns instead of just inspiration. I’ve realized that’s the biggest inspiration of all is seeing progress and results: which comes from new habits. When you begin the formation of a new habit, stick to it, and see the lasting change in your new-found life!
Mastery vs. Information Overload
This concept helped me early in my career and was a huge part of my first 6 figure income. I call it the Mastery vs. Overload Principle. Mastery is the highest form of accomplishment. The only way to become successful is to master the fundamentals, but the fundamentals you adopt must be congruent to your end results and goals. The problem with most people is they have so much information: they read books/articles, listen to audios/CDs, they have “coaches” from different backgrounds telling them one thing here and another thing there, etc. This causes them to become so overwhelmed they take the wrong action, or even worst stay paralyzed.
Instead of reading 50 books this year, master 3 of them. The immature learner wants to get as much information as they can as fast as they can, but you’ll usually find them broke, stressed, and lacking real progress. The mature mind is very deliberate with what they study and put in their mind. The achievers focus on listening to something until they’ve adopted it into their daily agenda, and seen their results improve. Then they move to the next skill. “If you have more than 3 priorities, you don’t have any,” is one of my favorite quotes by Jim Collins. What do you need to start saying “no” to?
The Real Education
Jim Rohn said “if you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work on yourself you can make a fortune.” He wasn’t kidding, and investing in yourself is at the top of the list of ways to solidify an exceptional future. Free advice is everywhere. Your manager, your neighbor, your parents, your friend who obviously knows it all, the internet, the promoted sales guru in your company, the trash man, your teachers, etc. Usually if it’s accessible to everybody it’s not very valuable, AKA you get what you pay for. How much is accountability, increased results, and a deeper network worth to you? Tony Robbins, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, & many other well known millionaires and billionaires admit they have invested millions into mentorship and masterminds. The reason I am passionate about this is, because when I was at the lowest point in my career I invested in a mentor, and just knowing I was investing in myself when most weren’t gave me great confidence. That was my best year ever, and two years later I found a higher level mentor that took my results to an even higher level. Elevating your circle of influence, and being around people who raise your standards is priceless.
Create Something Meaningful
Most companies, whether a start up or a billion dollar company don’t have compelling stories or vision behind it. The companies that are attracting top tier talent are those who have a mission bigger than themselves. A couple examples are:
Google – Apple – Amazon – Tesla – Zappos – Young Ambition
Would could you create that helps other people? I challenge you to create something that shifts a lifestyle! With our Game Changers Academy (www.GameChangersMovement.com), we weren’t interested in creating something that eventually died off. We weren’t interested in something that related to everybody, and we didn’t want something for the “average joe”. We wanted to create a movement that made a dent in the universe and shifted our culture forward. Something that shifted the lifestyles and attitudes of those apart of it. I will tell you from experience that life becomes much more fulfilling when you become involved in a movement or a cause greater than yourself.
Your life is formed by your perspective, and I hope this article shifted it a little bit. There has never been a better time in the history of our economy to create your ideal life. As long as you have strong enough reasons, and realize the only person you should try and better than is the person you were yesterday. Get clear on exactly what you want this year, and figure out the type of person you need be on an everyday basis to reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. I would do everything you can to find a community of like minded people to encourage you along way, because they are the ones that won’t let you give up during the toughest of times. We’ve created a brand that does just that, and we ask for your help to share the movement with those you feel it would help! Let’s work together to shift our society in a positive direction!
What are your thoughts?