Tom was not as excited about the upcoming fight as Algernon. After all, he had nothing to gain or lose by fighting. It wasn't his plantation on the line. When Algernon found out that Tom refused to listen to his new trainer or fully participate in any training that would benefit him in the upcoming fight, Algernon was furious. He threatened Tom with a beating if he didn’t do what he was told. Which did little good. Tom had endured plenty of beatings. He didn’t see what one more could hurt. He was a slave. His life was not his own anyway. If he died, so be it. Day after day, Tom went to training. Day after day, Algernon got word that Tom wouldn't train. Finally, Algernon decided to make Tom a deal.
To be successful you have to do hard things. That's the only way to grow. You have to do the things that other people make excuses to avoid doing. You're not happy that what you're doing is hard. You're not pleased that what you're doing hurts. You're left gasping for air. Searching for answers. Wondering why it's so difficult to achieve the goal you set out for yourself.
It might require personal sacrifice. I might mean that you have less free time. Less money to spend on fun. But that's the cost of being awesome. That's the price of taking back ownership of your life. And destiny. You will earn everything you deserve out of life. Now or later. You can't predict the time. You can't predict what other people will do to you. You can however put your head down and grind.
You aren’t the first person to try and fail and try again. And you certainly won’t be the last. If you need a little encouragement, here are a few millionaires -- and billionaires, who were standing exactly where you are right now: looking at their failing companies. Wondering what to do next. One thing separated them from everyone else and led them to the success they have today. They wouldn’t quit. Here are 11 billion dollar businesses that should have failed. But didn't.
If you move the discussion of being awesome from the context of business to sports, you get a clearer picture of the genome that is awesomeness. Awesome athletes like Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods, Mickey Mantle, Wayne Gretzky, or Alberto Salazar put in place a specific plan to create the results and experience that we all look at and describe as incredible, shocking, or awesome.
You think that other people will look down on you if you reboot. By starting over you think that you're admitting that there's something flawed with you. That you're not as smart as the next guy. Or that your plan for greatness isn't worth pursuing. The hard truth about success is that you rarely get it right the first time. Most people don't get it right at all and just give up. The answer isn't to pretend like you know what you're doing. It is to do whatever it takes to realize progress. To reboot.
You see, that same behavior you can't understand in someone else is how you yourself have reacted in the past. Maybe it's been a while. And maybe not to the same degree of intensity. But you've been overwhelmed. You've responded irrationally. You've been that person that has other people scratching their head in bewilderment. In truth, when you were overwhelmed, others didn't know everything that was going on in your life and in your mind. You kept that to yourself. You determined to power through.
You started off fearless. But now you've let fear and mediocrity break your will to win and convince you that if you don't just "go along," your life's going to explode around you. Broken into a thousand tiny pieces of nothingness. If you're not living the life of your dreams. If you're not achieving the level of greatness that you know you can achieve. If you're not happy, fulfilled, conquering, and magnificently obsessed. If that's not you, then today is the best time to change that. Right now is the best moment to get started.
Ordinary people give up. They look at the consequences of trying and decide that they aren't willing to face the battle another day. They make excuses for quitting. They chase another tactic that seems less painful.But a champion knows that on the other side of heartbreak is every lasting glory. That world record, that multi-million dollar pay day, that romance of a lifetime -- that is only realized after facing the demons of failure, pain, and emotional tragedy.
It's scary work. It's lonely, unpredictable work. But it's the only thing that will fulfill you. It's your purpose. Your reason for existing. That uniquely amazing superpower that only you can bring to the world. It's okay to be scared. It's okay to be nervous. The truth is that you have leveled up your game. You're doing something that truly matters in the world.
There is no straight line toward success. It's a series of awkward jumps forward, left and right. Each time you land, you find your footing. Looking for the best possible place to position yourself for where you're headed next. You don't need to be afraid of not knowing what to do. Just move towards where you want to be. Don't be crippled by your fear. Don't let not knowing what to do stop you from doing anything good at all. You're tough enough to do what it takes. You're smart enough to figure it out.
Successful people never stop looking for answers. You can find most of those answers in great books. So take a moment and think about what matters most to you. What are you looking to achieve? What has been holding you back from making progress? Read. Lead. Grow. Improve. Level up your life.
Isn't it interesting that you seem to perform the best when you're under pressure? When your back is against the wall, and your life depends upon you figuring it out, somehow you always do. You get creative. You're suddenly willing to try something new. You stop noticing all your problems and instead search for answers.This, my friend, is about mindset. What you think about. What you allow yourself to focus on.
If your first response to feedback is an excuse, a reason, or a perfectly good explanation, you're not acting like a winner. Think about that the next time you're put into a situation where someone else is judging your performance and telling you to do better. Think about that the next time you're left wondering why everyone else around you is succeeding and you're left feeling stuck in place.
Here are 11 ways for you to be a complete badass. You can try them all at once, but I recommend spreading them out over the course of the next few weeks. Subtle change is always better than abrupt change. It’s a momentum play, after all. Start slow. Build your way to awesome. Find your favorite thing. Then do it.
To change in a meaningful way, you have to do more of the uncomfortable things that you're not used to doing and less of the productive things that you can check off your list and feel good about each day. For a while, it looks like you're doing less. That you're falling behind. But you know the difference in intensity and purpose. You're giving change the respect that it deserves.
From quickly prepared food to grocery stores full of supplies, technology that allows you to call just about anyone anywhere in the world, and countless other niceties you take for granted, very many people are working to help you get closer to where you want to be.
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?
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