nstead of being everywhere and trying to do all things, we're going to narrow our focus and ramp up our greatness. Get back to our core ideology of helping other people be awesome.
I'm changing how we work. I'm changing how I work. I'm changing my focus. Deliberately. My future is about individuals. People. Not necessarily business challenges, but the people behind those challenges. Programs, events, webinars, community, and lifestyle. Some of it free. Some of it for a fair price. All of it focused on individuals who are looking for radical help. Individuals who want to make more money the right way. Individuals who are looking for happiness and fulfillment the right way.
Have you noticed how many people want to tell you what you need to do to be successful? You don't have to go far to bump into someone who has an idea or brand-new methodology that is guaranteed to make you rich, happy, and extra desirable in the bedroom. Fast methods. Quick results. Explosive impact.
Life is always going to find a way to overwhelm you. To try to beat you down. To try to get into your head. No matter what you want to achieve or how well prepared you happen to be, you're going to face frustration, chaos, and uncertainty.You're going to feel overwhelmed. But you get to choose if you let yourself stay that way.
Ed McCracken. He was the CEO of the company. Handpicked by the board. But Jim couldn’t utter the man’s name without referring to him as “Fucking Ed McCracken.” After everything he had been through. The highs and lows. The heartbreaking disappointment. The billion-dollar skyrocket of his company Silicon Graphics. This moment was perhaps the most absurd. The very people he had enriched were the same ones stealing his business out from under him.
You're going to make mistakes. That's just what happens. If you are human and try, you're going to fail. Which means you're going to hurt people, disappoint others, and leave results that are less than stellar in a trail behind you.The secret to success is to learn from your mistakes. To stop the cycle that caused you to make them in the first place
It is usually always a scary long distance between where you are now and where you want to be. Which is why it's important that you focus on progress rather than where you are right now. In other words, focus on taking it one step at a time. That doesn't mean you need to go slow. It just means that you need to stay focused on what really matters and not let yourself become discouraged because success hasn't already happened.
There isn't a problem hard work can't fix. It's the great equalizer in life. Regardless of your gender, race, wealth, status, or education, hard work accelerates you from where you are to where you want to be. It catapults you past your competitors. Past your peers. Around your problems.Nothing is more effective than getting things done.
As Kurt stepped out of his truck, the icy wind ripped at his face, turning his cheeks a splotchy red. He shoved his hands in his pockets. Making sure his finger tips could feel the cold coins inside. He had run out of gas on the way back home. Not his home, mind you. He was living in the basement of his girlfriend's parent's house -- with her two kids.He had a dream of playing in the NFL but found himself working third shift at the local grocer.
Activity isn't the same as focused effort. Trying isn't the same as obsessing about the details. Learning isn't the same as practice and rehearsal. The activity itself isn't what makes the difference. It's the intensity with which you do it determines your effectiveness. Anything else is just going through the motions. Good motions usually lead to good outcomes. Bad motions usually lead to bad outcomes.
There really isn't much you can accomplish in life if you're not willing to work hard. Effort isn't just the great equalizer, it's the cornerstone on which all greatness is built. Accomplishing goals takes time and energy. No one else is going to do your work for you. Most people aren't even going to do their own work. To do yours is absurd. Which is why you need a mindset of activity. You need to be constantly thinking about what needs to be done. How can you be more efficient? What could you do to accomplish more by optimizing how you spend your day?
Belief is a powerful drug. When you believe something is possible, your entire being springs into action to support that belief. You see things differently. You feel things differently. You interpret what goes on around you differently. You can't help it. It's automatic. Your belief is what inspires your perspective. It determines if you quit or not. Which is why hoping isn't good enough.
You're not the first person attempting greatness. And you're certainly not the first person to think about giving up along the way. The truth about doing something amazing is that it requires massive amounts of focus, effort, and human resolve. Whether you call it inspiration, motivation, or the will to win, you're going to need it along your journey.
At 11 years old, Wilma’s mother caught her playing basketball outside--in her bare feet. No special shoe. No leg braces. Just bare feet and a grin that stretched ear to ear. That was the end of the helpless little girl and the beginning of a legend. From that moment on, she was a “normal” kid.None of it had been easy.
Do you know what makes you special? What's your superpower? Maybe it's your ability to be blunt. Your ability to see the big picture when one of the people get bogged down in the details. Your knack for befriending almost anyone. Creating wealth is a skill. Strategic insight is a skill. So is bringing smart people together, convincing other people to give you their money, being a source of inspiration, and fierce focus. It's important that you know what makes you special.
Can you feel it? Can you feel it? Can you feel momentum pushing you from where you are to where you want to be? The single greatest power you have is to create and manage your own momentum. The first time you do anything is the hardest. You don't exactly know what you're doing and you're not sure what results you should be expecting.
If you can solve a complex problem with easy answers, then do that. If you can make a lifetime of bad choices disappear by pushing a button, that's the wise choice. The hard truth is that achieving turn-around in your life is a little more difficult than pushing a button, yanking a lever, or wishing it to be so. You can't just wish your way to better outcomes. You can't just execute a series of micro-tweaks and hope that your problem is solved.
It was April 22, 1951, Donald "Lofty" Large and the boys in B Company found themselves face down in the dirt. "Lofty" laid in the ditches by the Imjin River, holding his breath and waiting for the order to be given to attack. At 20 years old, he was at war. Defending troop routes against the Chinese. Fighting against communism. His night was spent watching the fireworks in the sky from gunfire and returning fireworks of his own. The rest of the time he spent huddled in the cleft of a shallow hole. Hoping to avoid the damage of enemy gunfire.
It's a battle out there. The daily journey that you undertake isn't meant to be fun or friendly at all times. A lot of the time it's a struggle. A struggle to stay focused mentally. A struggle for financial resources. A struggle to stay motivated. It's natural for you to feel like you're always in a fight. Especially if you're going places. Creating progress requires friction. You going to feel pain in your life.
The answer is out there. You're not the only one facing the problem that is in your way right now. Others have been there before and figured it out. You're there now. And even though it feels like your situation is all-consuming, the answer is out there waiting for you to discover it. It's not going to come to you automatically. You have to seek it out. You have to be obsessed about the answer.
There isn't room for everything. There's not enough space in your life for both negativity and inspiration. They won't fit. You have to choose one or the other. You have to choose between bitterness and acceptance. You have to choose between believing the best in others or assuming the worst. You can't do both at the same time. You don't have room for both compassion and conflict.
Everything is a choice. You realize that, don't you? No one can force you to do anything. Make no mistake, other people are going to try to pressure you. They are going to try to force your hand. You might even have a gun to your head at some point -- literally or figuratively. But you still get to make the choice. You are in complete control of your life. Even when things seem to be spiraling madly out of control. You're the one calling all the shots.
“It’s very sad for all of Kokang,” said a former soldier of her death. “We have come to say farewell to our leader.” On July 13, 2017, in the hills of Burma, "Uncle Olive" passed away peacefully in her sleep. She had retired years earlier to the beautiful countryside, guarded in her secluded compound by a militia of loyal fighters. She was the world's most fearsome warlord you've never heard of. She didn't set out to rewrite history books. She just knew that she was different. Instead of trying to be what other people told her that she should be, she lived life on her terms.
Did you think that it was going to be easy? That you are going to get the lucky break that no one else in your position will get? Come on now. Stop being delusional. The truth is that you have a dream, but so do a lot of other people. The world is full of people with dreams. Having a dream doesn't make you special. It just makes you a person -- a person just like everyone else around you. It's not your dream that determine your greatness. It's your resolve. It's your ability to put in the unrelenting effort that progress demands.
What would you do if someone told you that you only had three years to live? Charlie Wedemeyer got the shocking diagnosed of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when he was in his early 30s. Better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, the disease was a death sentence. He had been healthy all his life. A shocking specimen of human achievement. The quarterback superstar of the Punahou School football team star in high school, he was named Hawaii Prep Athlete of the 1960s. After playing football at Michigan State University, he married his high school sweetheart, Lucy. Together they had two beautiful children. A son and a daughter.
Can I share a behind-the-scenes story about failure? My failure. Almost two years ago we started working on a podcast here at The EDGY Empire. As we begin to talk about putting together a production of our own, we began to throw around some really crazy ideas. Our dream was to put together a series based on the real-life stories of ordinary people who lived life heroically. When I wrote my book, we had developed over a thousand stories, so I figured sharing those stories via podcast wouldn't be much more difficult than writing about them in a book or doing research.
You probably heard yourself say it before: "If it were easy everyone would be doing it." It's witty. And it seems true. But it's not. It's easy to make a phone call and talk about something that you're passionate about. You might call that selling or pitching or cold calling. It's really just you having a conversation. It's easy.
When you feel like giving up, do it tomorrow. When you have finally decided that you've done all you can do, and make the call to quit -- put it off until tomorrow. Wanting to quit isn't something that's ever going to go away. The harder you struggle and the bigger your goals, the more you're going to feel the overwhelming pressure to quit. No matter how tough you are, life is tougher.
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Which is why it’s important that you focus on progress rather than where you are right now.
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