“Entrepreneurship is not about owning a business, it’s about owning your life.” - Paul Orfalea
Run your life like an entrepreneur – even if you’re in a cubicle farm or on the factory floor or find yourself among a hundred thousand colleagues. You’re more than that someone who follows a process, completes a task, and fills out a timesheet. Every day, take the time to promote and develop your position as Me, Inc. – no matter where you find yourself.
You have a obligation to yourself to create and sustain your brand, your unique value, your self-worth - regardless of where you stand in the job market, or classroom, or social setting. Resist becoming a complacent, compliant cog in the machinery. Become accountable for owning your life. Choose to step forward and make a difference – to yourself, to your world. Own your life.
All beings must experience suffering and pain at some point in their lives.
– Buddha ~ Dukkha
Do not avoid pain.
Your effort would be misplaced.
Pain and suffering are inevitable.
Choose your pain wisely.
— Geoffrey Hale
Everyone wants to live a care-free, happy and easy life…
What pain do you want? What are you willing to struggle for?
— Mark Manson, The Most Important Question Of Your Life
“Why think out of the box?”
There is no box. There is only choice. It’s not enough to say you live outside the box. You must recognize and embrace the fact that there is no box.
At an early age we felt the pain of being shunned, ridiculed, and bullied – if not against ourselves, then against others we knew. We were taught to feel shame for who we are, for how we think, for what we choose – so we conformed and built walls around our lives. We avoided the possibility of pain. But we’re no longer children, and yet we continue to conform. Why?
Why not open our minds to unlimited possibilities? Why not pursue the opportunities we choose, and reject the common wisdom and suffocating pressure of the crowds? Why not recognize that there is no box?
“Look, don’t fake it until you make it. Just get busy making it.” - Darren Hardy
It’s too distracting to live a lie, to create a web of self-deceit. If you didn’t do the homework, attend the class, take the test, why act as if you aced the course? Why not get busy with reality, and just do it?
“Your head needs bread.” - adapted from Jim Rohn
What was the last book you read? And when? And what’s on your bookshelf or bedside table today?
Without books, and seminars, and other ways of introducing yourself to new ideas, you are starving your mind, you are diminishing your capacity to think, to create, to excel. Stay ahead of the curve in an accelerating world, feed your head – read more books, attend more seminars and webinars, and join the library – it’s free.
“…each choice leads to a new path.” - Walter Bishop
Life is not a linear progression. It’s more like a mind map, branching out with every choice into new directions, with infinite possibilities. Every choice leads to a new path, and every path becomes in some way a new reality.
Your goals are what connect your dreams to the choices you make, to the actions you take. And as you remain receptive to possibility, you encounter new forks in the road, you get to choose new directions.
As an achiever, as someone who keeps growing to new levels of excellence and mastery, you follow your dreams yet stay receptive to new possibilities, new forks in the road that show up along the way. At every fork you encounter you choose a new path, and you don’t look back. You don’t try to retrace your steps, to retreat to the old journey you gained comfort with; you keep moving forward, blazing new trails, creating new realities. And that makes all the difference.
“I get bored easily, and that is a great motivator. I think everybody should have dyslexia and ADD.” - Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinkos (now FedEx stores)
Why do some see difficult conditions as limitation, while others find within them motivation? Why, when you assemble the names of some of the most wildly successful and notable people of our age, do you discover many who had to overcome serious problems and seemingly insurmountable barriers - stuff like dyslexia and ADHD, as well as countless other physical, mental, social and financial challenges? Did they succeed in spite of their condition, or because of it?
You define the challenges and difficulties that show up – are they roadblocks or opportunities?. You choose whether you frame them as impairments, or motivating gifts. Your choices make all the difference in the trajectory of your life.
“We teach people how to treat us.” - Phillip McGraw
You are responsible for how others treat you. Whether they are clients, colleagues, friends or significant others, you are accountable for shaping expectations and teaching others how you wish to be treated. If you are doing something that somehow signals permission to others to mistreat you, that behavior, that mindset, also needs to change.
Every relationship needs to be defined. Every relationship is open to negotiation and renegotiation. You have not only the right but the responsibility to ensure you are treated with respect and dignity. And it’s a two-way street. You must also be receptive, and to adapt your behavior, to similar messages from others.
Part of becoming more, part of your personal growth, is cultivating your self-esteem, cultivating your inner power to define your mutual expectations in relationships – whether business, academic, or personal. Love your life: set boundaries, set expectations.
“No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future.” - Darren Hardy
Your future starts today, in the now. No matter what happened last year, last month, or even yesterday, you start today with a clean slate. Will you embrace that fresh start?
Today, and every day, you choose how you will deal with the past. Will you rewind the tape, back up the DVR, and live in playback mode? Or will you choose future forward?
“Your income can grow only to the extent that you do.” - T. Harv Eker
How are you trending? What does the forecast look like? Even when you allow for some element of economic fluctuation caused by stuff beyond your control – the cycle of booms and busts – are you trending upward, or stalled, or spinning out of control?
The velocity of change is accelerating in our flat world. Your value to the marketplace, and what you receive for that value – in whatever you do – is tied to how well you adapt and stay ahead of change. It’s about how you remain relevant and in front of the curve. It’s about how you grow, how you expand your knowledge, your skills, and your circle of friends.
So, once again, how are you trending?