Isn't it amazing how far you have gotten? If you look back at everything you've had to do to get to where you are today, it is truly amazing. In fact, the chances of you being alive today are so infinite, it truly is a miracle.
But, put that aside for a second. Now I want you to think about all of the people you have met and that have helped you and that you have helped along the way. Think about that one connection or that mentor or that person you helped and how your actions with them helped your life and success. I bet there are too many to count! And then think about how the chances that these things happened are even more infinite that you being alive!
The people you meet along the way, the relationships you build and create, and the lives you impact or are impacted by, are a huge part of your journey. And they are rare in the probability arena.
What have you learned from them? Are you taking it and using it to it's fullest every day? Are you doing your best to honor these people and their contribution to your life and success? The short answer for all of is, "Probably not." Me included.
But perspective is an important thing and it pays to take some focused time and think deeply about these connections in your life and what you have learned from your experiences with them. It will help to bring forth ideas, thoughts for how to take yourself to your next level, and how you can become a better overall person.
This happened to me just the other day. I was doing some work and came across some old notes taken from a mentor. As I thought about the wisdom in those words, I became excited at how much they had helped me over the years and felt a deep feeling of gratitude. The time spent reflecting was well spent as it gave new ideas for a problem I had been looking to solve.
It also gave me another idea for when these instances come up in life. After you have taken the time and reconnected with the incredible lessons, advice, and acts of service that helped to shape you and your future - take time to reach out to these people. Reconnect with them if it has been a while. Tell them "thank you" and share how your experience with them has made a difference in your life. In fact, I did this and ended up having a very timely call as this mentor had an opportunity that they wanted me to participate in.
So you never know, new opportunities and ideas could just happen through reconnecting. Never forget the people you meet along the way!
You are hero. You may just not know it yet. The clip above from Thor is a funny scene, but the words spoke are simple and true.
"Heroes run toward their problems, not away from them."
One of the best ways to get real results and up your game is to grow yourself to be bigger than the problems you encounter. To embrace going after your problems - running toward them.
Most people avoid their BIG problems. The ones they know they really need to deal with. They put them aside as long as they can until ultimately they have to be dealt with or blow up in their face. This does not good for them or their ability to reach their potential as they are always playing from behind.
If you can see it through to embrace and attack your BIG problems as they come up, you will get better at solving them and you will get better at handling problems. And the bigger the problems that you can solve, the bigger the business you can have and the more you can grow. Think of it this way. If you are set to be able to level 5 problems (on a scale of 1-10) and you get a level 8 problem - you're in trouble. But, let's say you attack that level 8 problem and in doing so, learn some great lessons that you can use for problems in the future thus growing yourself to be able to handle a level 7 problem and so on....Pretty soon no problem or issue you run into seems to big or insurmountable.
The reason is that you have learned and grown and gotten better at solving problems and put that knowledge into action. As you repeat this cycle in your life getting better and better, you will find that you will be able to accomplish more than you ever thought possible.
So, run toward your problems and take pleasure in working through them - Because, that's what Heroes do!
Everyone wants to get more done and spend less time time doing it. There are also a billion different books, courses, and articles on how to maximize productivity.
And that's the problem. There is so much information on how to be productive and so many methodologies that most people spend more time trying to figure out what to do to get more done than actually doing it.
I've spent a lot of time figuring these things out myself over the years and have come to find a few things that really work well for just about everyone.
One of those is maximizing your "Productivity Zones."
What is a productivity zone? A productivity zone is the time or times where you are most focused and productive during the day.
For example, for me, 6am-8am and 1pm-4pm daily are the times that I have found myself to be most alert, focused, and productive. It may make sense as first thing in the morning I am refreshed and ready and things are quiet. But after putting in a couple solid hours of work, my brain is ready for a break, so I go and do my fitness regiment. This wakes me back up, feeds oxygen to my body, and gives me energy. After my daily fitness time, I am ready to go again, so I can settle in and be highly productive from 1-4pm.
I found these productivity zones by observing myself over time and tracking when I was most productive. And now, I make sure to schedule my most important tasks and meetings during these time blocks. In fact, I actually block the times on my calendar to make sure others do not take those times.
If you can tap into your productivity zones, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. And that is the hack. It is not just about scheduling time to do things, but scheduling the time during when you are most productive. This will allow you to get substantially more done with the time you.
Everyone's productivity zones will be different, but ask yourself, "I am maximizing my productivity zones?" If not, do what you need to do to make sure you are. You will be amazed at what happens!
We have some of the most amazing listeners at the Misfit Entrepreneur. Not just for their incredible support of the show, but because of their own knowledge, insight, and curiosity. I am constantly amazed at the email we get and the ideas that people share.
And fairly often I get asked what solutions we use at the Misfit Entrepreneur and that I use personally to stay at the top of my game and succeed. I thought I'd share a few of them with you. If you are a long time listener, you probably know that when I find someone that I really like and use, I typically will reach out to see if they would like to be involved with the show. Full disclosure, you will see links below to special offers for some of the tools I mention.
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You, want to be rich right? You want to make more money? You want to be able to buy more of the things you want and live the lifestyle you want, right?
What if i told you, you were focused on the wrong thing.
You, probably like most people, are focused on getting "rich," But, if you really want have everything you want, you need to be focused on getting "wealthy." This is a major distinction.
Most people measure their wealth by how much they make. If they have a huge paycheck and make a lot of money, they think they are rich or wealthy. Being wealthy is not about how much you make, but about how much you keep.
Wealth, simply put, is the amount of days you can live without having to work. For example, if your bills are $5000/mo and you have $10,000 in the bank, you are 2 months' wealthy. Most people that make a lot of money are not wealthy. They are rich because they make a lot. But, they also spend a lot. In fact, if a lot of these people lost their primary source of income, they couldn't through a month at their level of lifestyle.
If you really want to have what you want, you need to change your focus from getting rich, to getting wealthy. Part of that is understanding that getting a big W2 paycheck is the worst way to make your money because it is the highest taxed form of money. The wealthy know this. That is why Warren Buffett says he pays less taxes than his secretary - because on a percentage basis, he does. His money is made from dividends, capital gains, and distributions from his businesses, which are all taxed at lower rates than the W2 income tax rates. Remember, it's not how much you make, it's how much you keep that matters.
Additionally, the wealthy have their money work for them in the form of assets such as business ownership, real estate, and investments. This helps to ensure that they remain wealthy and never outspend their ability to be wealthy. For example, if you have 10 rental properties that pay you $1000/mo each after expenses and your personal monthly bills are $7500, you are effectively infinitely wealthy.
How about you? Can you see the difference between being rich and being wealthy? Can you think of a change you need to make in the way you approach money that will help you begin to build wealth? Maybe you can set a goal to be so many days' or months' wealthy by a certain date.
Whatever you do, focus on being wealthy, not being rich!
Decisions. Decisions. Our life is full them. Everyday we make decisions in all areas of our lives, but every so often we have BIG decisions come to the table that we have to make.
This can be a challenge. Many times the big decisions can affect our lives, the lives or others, our family, our future, our career, and much more. We go back and forth agonizing about what to do and the ramifications of our ultimate decision. Doing this makes it even harder.
So, how do we go about making a big decision with logic and reason and ultimately confidence that we are making the right move? Years ago, I read about a strategy that none other than Ben Franklin had developed for just such a situation.
Ben wrote about it and said the following:
My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro and over the other Con. Then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of the different motives, that at different time occur to me, for or against the measure. When I have thus got them altogether in one view, I endeavor to estimate their respective weights; and where I find two, one on each side, that seem equal, I strike them both out. If I judge some two reasons con equal to some three reasons pro, I strike out five; and thus proceeding, I find where the balance lies; and if after a day or two of further consideration, nothing new that is of importance occurs on either side, I come to a determination accordingly.
The beauty of what Franklin came up with is it's simplicity. You simply write down your pros and cons of the decision and give them a weight of importance. The key is to give yourself a few days of doing it. Sleep on it as they say. Over the course of a few days, you'll have developed and settled on a pretty solid list.
At that point, you can see your pros and cons clearly and the decision will be become evident. I have used this method for many years and it has proved to be very effective and allowed me to come to great decisions in the end. Put it to work for you and see the difference it can make in your life!
In every episode of the Misfit Entrepreneur, we get amazing wisdom, success tips, lifehacks, and strategies for how to perform at our highest levels. But, my favorite part of the episode is when each Misfit Entrepreneur gives us their Misfit 3.
The Misfit 3 are their 3 most important pieces of advice that each guest wants you to take away above all else. If you have not gone through the episode archives and checked them out, you should make it part of your weekly personal growth routine in 2019,
To help you, I have gone through all of 2018's Misfit 3 from each guest and come up with my Top 25 for you. Feel free to print the list to refer back to help you succeed in 2019!
The Misfit Entrepreneur "Misfit 3" Top 25
I am going to make a guess that you don't have everything you want. Maybe you don't have the success you think you should have. Maybe you don't have the relationships you think you should have. Maybe you don't have the money you think you should have or the health or body you want.
Why not? Why is it that people want so much, but get very little of it?
There are two reasons. First, most people don't get what they want because they actually don't know what they want. They think they do, but when it comes down to it, they don't know. Think about the things you "think" you want. Are they true? Are those really the things you want? Or when you think hard about it, do you find you actually want something different.
I won't say that you will ever be crystal clear on all that you want. But, you should take the time to do some deep thinking about it and challenge yourself to make sure.
Second, and more important, is that most people don't get what they want because they simply are not willing to do what it takes to get it. And that also goes to the first point in that most people don't know what they want. Think about it. If you truly and deeply want something, you will move heaven and earth to get it. You will do whatever it takes. You will work around the clock. You will keep going through the setbacks that get in your way. You will not stop until you reached your goal.
If you are not getting something you say you want, it is probably because you really don't want it that bad. It is not as important as you make it out to be. That is OK. Understanding this helps us to fully understand the things we do want and to re-prioritize and go after them. Use the 80/20 rule. Out of all the things you think you want, most likely 20% or less of them are the real ones - the ones you will stop at nothing to get. Go after those. Make them a reality. Simplify, Execute. Succeed.
Now go get what you want.
My wife sent me this video the other day and I was amazed at the m incredibly important life-lessons is gives in less than 2 minutes. Watch it and you'll see what I mean.
Here are 3 lessons I took from this powerful video...
I originally wrote this article originally for Influencive. You can view it here
Billionaire Warren Buffett once told a class of Columbia University students, “Right now, I would pay $100,000 for 10% of the future earnings of any you, so if you’re interested, see me after class.” After the laughter quieted down, he said, “Now, you can improve your value by 50% just by learning ONE thing – communication skills, specifically Public Speaking. If that is the case, see me after class and I’ll pay you $150,000.”
We have all been told about the importance of public speaking and how it can impact our business, career, success, and our income. Make no mistake: this is one of the most important skills you can develop. But, where do we start? How do we learn the critical skills to deliver a great speech?
I’ve always made a practice of accelerating my learning by seeking out the best in their fields and either partnering or convincing them to coach and train me. When I want to accelerate my ability in presenting and speaking, I turn to one person, Thom Singer. Thom is one of America’s top speakers and MCs. He is a CSP that has delivered over 800 speeches in his career, written 12 books on the subjects of speaking, entrepreneurship, and success, and has interviewed over 350 CEOs and business leaders on his podcast, “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do.” When I decided to write an article on how to crush your next speaking appearance, I reached out to Thom and asked him, “What are the critical elements of a great speech? Is there a secret formula?”
Here is what he said…
There are five things that make a great speech: relevance to the audience, a highly prepared speaker, the connection the speaker makes to the participants, the stories told, and actionable content.
What Makes a Speaker Relevant?
Not every speaker is the right fit for every audience. Too often, meetings are looking to “fill slots”, but great events have presentations that are tailored to the needs of each audience. This means that the speaker not only needs to have content, but they must make that content matter. For too long, we have been told that “Content is King”, but just because someone is smart does not make them a great speaker. Instead, it is about context. How the speaker takes their content and creates a bridge to the needs of the people listening is what matters. If you hear a speaker at a convention of plumbers and then at a conference of lawyers and they do not change any part of their talk, they are not really being relevant. The content alone can be the same, but the context must be customized for every audience.
Can a Subject Matter Expert Wing It?
Or Do Speakers Prepare for Each Talk?Anyone who says they can “wing it” is going to come up short. No great speaker ever wings their presentations. Great presentations have a lot of preparation. People mistakenly think that TED and TEDx talks are great because they are short. The reality is the best TED and TEDx talks were written, re-written, and rehearsed. I put in 40 hours when I did a TEDx Talk, and each time I speak for an association or company I easily put in 4-8 hours of customized planning. Preparation is the foundation of a memorable speech.
What Is It That Makes Some Speakers Connect More With Audiences?
The personality of the speaker matters. Not just on stage, but before and after the talk when they are mingling with the audience, how they engage with people does matter. When I say personality, I am not referring to them being “bubbly” or “outgoing”; many more reserved people make great speakers. It is hard to describe the X Factor, but the speakers who have that little extra spark will connect. A lot of it has to do with their motivation. Being a speaker involves some level of ego, but the ones that deeply connect with a whole audience keep their ego in check and are there to serve others.
Why Do Stories Matter?
Humans are wired to remember stories. If you go back thousands of years, we learned via elders telling stories. Studies have shown we remember a story longer than we remember a fact or figure. But in our world of big data, too many people love to pepper their speech with graphs and charts. But data without a story will be quickly forgotten. I recently was getting on an airplane, and another passenger asked me if I was the speaker who presented at an insurance industry event several years earlier. When I said “yes,” he told me he always remembers the story I told about my daughter, Kate. Even after many years, he even remembered her name. Finding the right stories for a speech is not hard, but it must be intentional, and the story must have a purpose in supporting the overall message. But the right story can forever anchor that speaker in the minds of the audience.
What Separates a Powerful Speaker From Just Entertainment?
Getting people to take action is the difference between a powerful talk and an entertaining speech. While some people roll their eyes at the idea of “Motivational Speakers” (remember, Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live painted motivational speakers as frauds who lived in vans down by the river), the truth is all speakers should approach their talks as motivational. What is the opposite of motivation? De-motivating. Too many speakers do just that. They bore people with their brilliance and do nothing to get them to want to act. If a speaker is going to do more than fill a slot in the agenda, they must know their purpose in getting people to take action. When people are moved to do something new or different, you are impacting their future.
So, there you have it, 5 powerful secrets to crush your next speaking appearance from Thom Singer. Now, it’s your turn to “take action” and use them to make a difference.
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