101 Skills to Teach Your Kids
I came across this fantastic thread the other day of skills to share with and teach to your kids. Take 10 mins to give it a read and ask yourself, "Which ones can I start teaching my kids today!"
A lot of people ask me about how to succeed. The ask me for my best advice or for the step by step plan needed to attain success.
It won't suprise you to hear me say that there is no "step by step" plan to achieve success that everyone can apply. The steps to success are different in every case.
But, there is something consistent when it comes to success that everyone can apply and it will help them. It's pretty darn simple.
The best thing you can do to achieve success is to "Act" and do it now. Don't put things off. Start right now and take a step toward you goal. Most people don't even take the first step to get what they want. Maybe out of fear or the potential of failure, etc. But, the only way to reach any form of success is to act. As I said before, there is no step by step. You will have to figure things out as you go learning and iterating, improving and getting closer. You just have to act
Stop thinking, planning, and comptemplating. Take the first step and act.
I came across this video featuring Simon Sinek this past week and it grabbed my full attention after the first few seconds. The wisdom he shares is something everyone should hear and think about in their life. Watch the short video below and ask yourself where you can change to have a better life...
Go the Extra Mile...
Have you ever heard the phrase, go the extra mile? Do you know where it comes from?
Under Roman rule, a conquered people was subject to the whims of the Romans and their laws. One of those laws stated that a Roman soldier could ask a citizen of the conquered nation to carry their gear and that the citizen would need to carry it for 1 mile.
Obviously, this was a burden and a tough task of which the conquered people resented and despised. It angered them, but if they did not do it, the penalties were harsh.
The phrase, "Go the extra mile," comes from Jesus's Sermon on the Mount where he discussed a number of topics and made some shocking statements for the people of that time. Things like "Turn the other cheek" when discussing if someone slaps you on the phase, telling people to turn the other cheek and let the person hit that one too - essentially saying forgiveness and not taking revenge was the answer.
When it came to the Roman law, he stated, "If asked to go one mile - go two instead." What? Really? People are being compelled against their will to forced labor and Jesus is telling them to not only do the labor, but double down on it? This was controversial.
But, the message was simple, love you fellow man and help them. Go above and beyond and leave your resentment behind. Above all forgiveness.
Taking this lesson to today's world in life and business, there are many areas where we can and should go the extra mile, but we don't. Many times, we know we need to. Take a look at the areas in your life and decide where you need to go the extra mile and do so. It may be carrying a burden and taking it off others. It may be digging in and doing some very hard and tough work that will make a big difference. It may be doing something like forgiving someone in your life for the problems them have caused. Whatever it is for you, don't why away from it. Go the extra mile.
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