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The story of human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short. I’m not being negative, I’m dealing in reality. The average person settles for far less than he or she is truly capable of. The truth is we’re all extraordinary. We came into this world with more talents and abilities than we could ever use, but our potential is only pulled out if we’re focused on our strengths, and start embracing who we really are. The most successful people our world has ever seen have built legacies staying true to who they are. Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, was asked what her key to success was and her answer was simply: “Stay true to yourself.” See? Simple, but powerful. How do you stay true to yourself when you’re surrounded by friends and/or family that have an opinion on EVERYTHING you do? Who constantly offer their opinion, whether you asked for it or not? Who seem to imply they “know better”? It’s not easy! However, if you’re going to lead the life YOU really want, you’re bound to run into a few people who just won’t (or can’t) understand where you’re coming from. I’m a firm believer in mirroring the successful, and doing what already works. One of the many reasons our society is struggling is people are taking advice from those who don’t practice what they preach. We learn so much from what we hear so be a selective listener. One of my mentors Isaac Tolpin taught me when I was 23 years old to take very few opinions.
“Take very few opinions.” — Isaac Tolpin
That advice has served me extremely well. Start listening to voices of value, and ones that have the experience, ideas, and the reputation you’re striving more. Listen to people you would trade places with, and listen to people who have already experienced the success you’re striving for. Have you ever experienced or seen any of these? I’m guessing you have, and it always rubs me the wrong way.
- Broke people and those in debt giving money advice
- Overweight people giving health advice
- Those who hate what they do giving career or business advice
- Divorced people giving marriage advice (Might work if they tell you what not to do)
- Coaches who haven’t actually gotten results, giving advice on how to get results
- Parents promoting what they learned 30 years ago, and not what currently works
- Biz Professors telling students to go in debt as the first step to building business
I’ve grown up trying to fit in, and I thought that’s what we were suppose to do. You get reprimanded and disciplined if you speak up, act out, or try to be “different” in school. Well in entrepreneurship and business, it’s a great way to separate yourself from the herd. When I say go against the grain, I mean stand out vs. fit in and instead of comparing yourself to others, differentiate. Earl Nightingale was one of the first business philosophers of our time and he said something I’ll never forget.
“If you really want success, and you don’t have any mentors or guidance you can get a head start by looking at what everybody else and doing the exact opposite.” — Earl Nightingale
This is the foundation for how I live my life, and it should be for you to. It’s strange advice for those not familiar, but a real GAME CHANGER. It’s also a great strategy for those serious about improving their life, business, and overall happiness. The more people do something, the less valuable it is. When I say I mirror the successful, I mean mirror those with the results and lifestyle you want. I strongly urge you never be be like most people. Here’s why.
- Most people over eat and eat based off pleasure vs. health
- Most people don’t have enough energy to go after their dreams and goals
- Most people sleep in and have no morning routine
- Most people make excuses instead of progress
- Most people focus on the negative vs. the positive
- Most people spend more money than they make
- Most people talk about success vs. take action
- Most people go to college, get in debt, and get a job unrelated after
- Most people pray for weekends, and hate Mondays
- Most people SELL THEMSELVES SHORT
- Most people associate with people who let them off the hook vs hold them accountable
DON’T BE LIKE MOST PEOPLE. I know deep down no one wants to be typical or average, and everyone wants to be special and different. Here’s the problem, we all do the same things over and over. The majority of us live like one another and then wonder why we continually don’t achieve any real results or success in our lives. We follow each others lead and rarely break the mold. Your life will become much more convenient when you take this seriously. All the greats in our society lived life to their own choosing, not other peoples. One way to be outstanding and become more valuable is to do what others aren’t willing to.
“I’d rather go broke building my dreams, then just get by living somebody else’s” —Peter Voogd
When I was at rock bottom and felt like I had no way out, I realized “most people” would have quit, which is the exact reason I didn’t. I often think “what would the majority do?” I then continue doing the opposite, because I don’t want to end up like the majority. Here is an insert from the best selling book “The Millionaire Fast Lane,” by MJ Demarco that explains normal perfectly.
“Normal is waking at 6 a.m., fighting traffic, and working eight hours. Normal is to slave at a job Monday through Friday, save 10%, and repeat for 50 years. Normal is to buy everything on credit. Normal is to believe the illusion that the stock market will make you rich. Normal is to believe that a faster car and a bigger house will make you happy. You’re conditioned to accept normal based on society’s already corrupted definition of wealth, and because of it, normal itself is corrupted. Normal is modern-day slavery. Don’t be normal.”
How can you differentiate yourself from everybody else? I can assure you there is something different about you, and it’s your obligation and duty to find it. One of the most important questions you can ask in business is: Why should someone do business with you versus any and every other option available to them, including doing nothing? It’s time to get serious about who you are, where you want to go, and understand that an amazing life is available to you if you start thinking and acting differently than most people. It’s one thing to say you’re different, but it’s another to think, act, and live differently. MBA’s are selling shoes during the day and waiting tables at night. College grads are pouring coffee and living at home until 29. Retirement age has morphed from 65 to 6 feet under, till death does employment part. Yet we have 18 – 21 yr old’s in our Game Changers Academy who love what they do, and on track to retire by 30. Why? Because they’ve chosen to go against the grain. You should too.
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