“Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.” – Alfred A. Montapert
I often hear people telling me how hard they’re working, and I ask them what kind of results they’ve had. Sometimes they’re good, and sometimes they’re bad. The point is that we often tell ourselves we’re working hard but at the end of the day we can’t confuse trying with results. If you find yourself not making any progress get help. People often make the mistake of treating their business like their baby by isolating themselves from help. This is a bad practice, and doesn’t leave much opportunity for growth. If you’re stuck in analysis paralysis you’re wasting time which is money that someone else could be saving you by helping you move ahead. Business is not measured in days or hours but seconds (just look at the stock market). The same goes for all things in life. If you’re not moving ahead, it’s time to assess the situation, and make a plan to see the reality. “Dream, think, be, do.”
“Smart people hire smarter people than themselves” Rich Dad Poor Dad
It’s important to surround ourselves with smart, driven, talent with the positive attitudes to reflect that balance back into us. I always try to surround myself with people around me that are either more talented than myself or people I aspire to learn from. Looking at Richard Branson we see that much of his success is attributed to his employees. Similar results can be found from Bill Gates, and all other successful people. We can’t move ahead if we’re surrounded by people who hold us back.
“In life it’s not the track we’re on it’s the direction we’re pointing.”
Most people throughout their life will change jobs, and businesses at least a few times. During the course of our lifetime we will fail, and some of us will learn from it. Fail, and fail forward by learning from your experiences. Two thirds of new businesses fail in their first two years, and the average entrepreneur fails three times before becoming successful. Try to avoid these mistakes by learning from other successful entrepreneurs in the industry before jumping in the deep end. The same goes for anything. There are no accidents as there’s order even in chaos. Most successful people owe their success to analysts, advisors, and other professionals to advance their life into success. If what you’re doing is not working then change the course or get help to make it work.
“Failing to plan, is planning to fail.”
The biggest lessons from the literally dozens of jobs I had over the years is that consistency is often the best way to move ahead. One step at a time, one foot after the other. If we make a plan, and stick to it inevitably we should accomplish our goals if we set the right plan in place to get to it. From all the successful people I’ve met they’ve literally all met failure in their field at some point or another. The one thing that all these successful people share in common is that they remained dedicated to their goals. Their success was met by adjusting the track they were on to get to where they wanted to go. Even people working their way up to managing a Mcdonalds can earn upwards of 50k a year, and a manager at Futureshop can make upwards of 100k. Even if you’re in the most humblest of positions like a bolt maker think about the changes you’re making with what you’re doing. After all wealth isn’t measured by how much you make, it’s measured by how much you keep, and the life you live. I often see people dropping out of school after being nearly done their education. Even if a person doesn’t use their education they need to understand that people don’t judge us by what we think we can do, they judge us by what we’ve done. Finish what you started, and when something better comes along advance to that. I was fortunate enough to identify that the college I was going to wasn’t the right one right away saving myself a fortune in debt, but if you’re almost done stay the path. A sure way to failure is to be inconsistent in life, and I learned this the hard way. If we never grab the ladder we’ll never make it to the top. Fortunately I failed forward, and learned to plan my goals by creating realistic steps to get to where I wanted to be. I now run a successful company from my home, and work my own hours. I can have vacations when I want, and get more work when I want. While I’m always advancing I recognize the significance of making a plan, and sticking to it. Each goal is treated like triage, and executed in the most effecient effective way possible. I have a whiteboard, a schedule, and people surrounding me to make sure I’m accomplishing my goals. Time is money, and in life we only have so much of that.
“Doing the same thing, over, and over again while expecting different results is insanity.” Albert Einstein
A friend once told me that if someone tells you that you can’t do something they either think it’s a good idea or scared to try it themselves. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people tell me I couldn’t be successful at many things, and despite all odds I usually accomplish my goals. Don’t get me wrong I’ve failed, but I’ve also failed forward. If we assess the situation, and things look right after doing the right research then take a chance. The worst thing that can happen is you fail or hear the word, “No.” With out forward motion we can not advance toward our goals. There’s a big difference between making an uneducated risk, and an educated risk. If you don’t know the answers find the people that who can get them for you.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
In order to build a solid foundation one has to reinforce it. People that are successful do more than their competitors, and often this comes through innovation. If we look at we look at most successful, and famous people they’ve all done something unique that stands out from all others. This often comes with education, and especially with innovation. When we look at Einstein he was most definitely a product of his environment working in a patent office. If we situate ourselves in a place of success, the rewards are sure to follow. My financial IQ, comes from school, experience, and especially the positive, smart, driven, people around me. I try to follow the kaisen philosophy which is continuous learning because the only difference between you, and the next person is how fast you can learn. Even today at the age of 28 I’m still attending university, and hope to continue for as long as I can afford. Not only do these institutions offer great learning value but the positive people there build on the foundations of success as new innovation is created. Success can be met any where there’s synergy, education, and productivity combine.
“FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real”
Take a chance on success it could be the opportunity to transform your life, and the lives around you. Just remember respect is earned not given. Pride often comes before the fall, but it’s ok to fall so long as we learn to stand. As long as you’re thinking what can you do for us instead of what you can do for you, then you’ll be on the right track regardless.
Fail with confidence, win with out question, never give up. – Adam J. Humphreys