These 5 quotations help me stay the course that has led to a rich and fulfilling life of Success, Ownership, Entrepreneurship, and Investing.
1. Everything In Life Is A Choice
Everything in life is a choice. I think about that all the time. I teach my kid that. To me, that’s a very empowering phrase. It reminds me that I’m in control of my life and I believe that, really, everything is a choice. From who you want to be as a person, to what you want to achieve, to your relationships, to how you behave, the list goes on.
While we may not have control over all the circumstances that life throws at us, how we react to those circumstances are fully within our control once we become aware of that choice. Nothing is forced on us and if we feel at times that they are, just remember: we can choose a different path.
We can choose a different response.
We can choose a different mindset.
We can choose a different attitude.
Everything is a choice.
Once we grasp that concept, it opens our life up to a whole new level of empowerment.
2. Loyalty Is Invaluable
Loyalty is something that it takes a long time to find in others and once you find it, it’s priceless. I really value that, so I encourage people to seek loyalty and more importantly I encourage everyone, from my students, to my staff, to my family to BE loyal.
But loyalty is more than participation, it’s anticipation!
If you want to be successful, you have to constantly look for opportunities to be loyal. Don’t just wait for someone to ask you for a favor or request your support. In order to foster those connections, you must actually seek out those opportunities before being asked.
That will transform you from a mere mortal into a superhuman being. So many of us are looking for loyalty and dedication in every area of our lives. When you can be the one to give loyalty, you’re elevating yourself to a really special place.
3. Get Up, Get Out, and Get It Done.
I love this one.
This is something that I got from my father and probably he got it from his grandfather, but I think it’s summarized as follows:
Stop messing around, stop fooling around, stop delaying, stop procrastinating, stop finding distractions, stop getting sucked into other vortexes.
Get. It. Done.
This is key right now. You see this a lot in the podcast world, in the business world, in the world in general:
An obsession with efficiency tactics.
Some call it “productivity porn”. Of course, tactics to increase productivity are useful if you put them into practice. But sometimes we use the pursuit of trendy tactics as a distraction from actually doing the real work.
Do you find yourself trying various routines and methods to stay on task and nothing seems to work? If you feel like you’ve searched under every rock and googled every last site for tips and tricks, there’s one thing left to do. Get up, get out, and get it done. I mean, it’s so clear and concise and to the point that when I say it to people, they immediately draw a connection to it in their own life.
So be honest with yourself. What do you need to get done today?
Think of something? Ok, good.
You know what to do.
4. Yes I Can
Be a yes person. With everything.
Look, it’s very easy to say no.
No, that’s not for me. No, I’m not going to try. No, I’m not going to do that. No, I’m not going to succeed. No, I’m just going to stay put.
No, no, no, no. I mean, we hear that so much and so many of the people in our circles and orbits are like that.
But, if you look at successful people, they’re not “no people”, right?
Successful people are yes people.
I’ve never met a successful person that was more “no” than “yes”. Never. They don’t exist. It doesn’t happen. It’s not possible by nature.
You have to be a “yes person”. People who succeed are yes.
Because, everything has a solution. Are there limits? Well, look, I can’t jump up to the moon. That’s physically impossible. Understanding our literal limits and having self awareness is important. But our default state should be constantly looking for a solution. It’s our job and our responsibility to go out there and find those solutions every day.
Problem solve every day to imagine how to get from point A to point B, and then actually get from point A to point B. Yes I can, yes you can, yes we all can.
“Yes” is my breakfast. Skip the Wheaties.
Yes for breakfast everyday.
5. It Can Always Be Worse
I think of my mom a lot when I think of this because I think I got this from her.
“It can always be worse.” My mom would say that. And I think the other half of it that she implied was, be thankful for what you have. I believe that and try to live like that and that enables me to be positive and put a glass half full spin on life.
This applies to everything from an annoyance to a serious incident. Even if you fall down and break a couple of bones, you could have broken more bones or lacerated an artery or a vein. Thank God that didn’t happen. Everything will be fine. You pull yourself back up. You go see the doctor, cast your broken bones and it’ll be good one day soon. Be thankful that it wasn’t worse.
I find myself saying these kinds of things to young people, to my own daughter, as a reminder that life is hard, but that
even in the difficult moments, gratitude is an option.
It’s so easy to say no, to be negative. So do what’s difficult. Have gratitude, be thankful for what you have, and apply that to any situation. Physical, mental, business, doesn’t matter. By seeking gratitude, it enables you to say “yes”, to get it done, to be loyal, and make the right choices to bring you success in life.
5 Simple Quotes…
I think about these all the time. Every morning, every night. Go and do likewise and you will find that life has more opportunities than you ever thought possible. I believe that, and I look forward to you believing that as well.
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