You’ve just about had it with your job and you want to start doing something with your life. You’ve spent too much money trying to attain happiness, but the truth is… no matter how much money you have spent, you still haven’t found it.
Is the best part of your workday lunch time?
Do you feel as though, no matter what you do… you just can’t seem to get ahead in life?
It’s time to quit dreaming and start achieving, because the wise man sees opportunity where ever he looks. You must become that wise man (woman).
First and foremost, you MUST stop beating yourself up about education. The world is full of educated derelicts. The titans of the industrial revolution had barely an eighth grade education. Look at Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, they were not scholars; all had numerous failures, all had difficulties, but what sets them apart is persistence and vision.
Difficulty and struggle are all part of the success process, the better life process, and the better-than-ever you process.
Would this make sense to you?
A very talented young man in baseball quits the game in what others consider to be his threshold of greatness, because he feels that he might strike out. Nonsense. If you expect to do it right the first time and every time, you are sadly mistaken.
Why do you think they are called out-takes, bloopers, and re-takes in Hollywood?
The actors don’t always get it right. I’ve worked in Hollywood on productions. Take after take, after take and the spokesperson can’t even say the name of the product correctly… and they’re professionals!
Sometimes your mind takes a vacation on you. I remember one time, during a “LIVE” broadcast, in a serious moment and on a very big station in a major city, I started laughing in the middle of my report… and I couldn’t stop. Oh yes, I heard about it the next day from the boss and luckily saved my career.
If the fear of doing it wrong is holding you back, you have to realize that it’s just you holding YOU back. Go ahead, do it wrong, get it over with and move on.
Do you think your first kiss or intimate moment was top-notch? Was the first time you got on a bicycle without training wheels blue ribbon worthy? It’s the people who stop after their first blunder that lose. Don’t let that be you.
I often wondered why they don’t teach things like;
Dealing with rejection, Coping with humility, and, Making the most of mistakes in schools.
They’re all treated like “taboo” subject matters. They really should be embraced and openly discussed often. One of the biggest fears, is fear of the unknown, as in;
What will people think if I fail?
Don’t worry about what others think, concentrate on what you want and go after it.
Forget about harping on which school you didn’t go to. Mark Twain said, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education” and neither should you. If education was the end-all to all problems, every fresh college graduate would immediately be given a major corporation to run, but that’s not the case is it? Why?
The reason why, is because not all book-learning transfers well to the real world economy. You probably know people who have a degree in a subject that in no way relates to their career/job/business. I know a guy with a degree in Police Administration and he works in purchasing for a major corporation.
Some people seem to be so afraid of the real world that they wrap themselves in education like the warm womb of their mother. Can you name the smartest three people on the planet? However, I think you might know the names of a few current billionaires. Randy Newman has a song, “It’s money that matters.” The lyrics are very well written.
Your advantage is that you can function in the real world, but you also have the brain power to shape your OWN world. The beaten path leads to mediocrity. It’s stepping off the beaten path, that leads to innovation and triumph.
Do you think that you’re too old to start something new at your age? Hogwash!
Age is irrelevant. Many people use it as an excuse. The smart ones use it as a fuel. Do you think Clint Eastwood has to work? No. He works because he loves what he does and it’s the work, deadlines, time tables, and projects that keep him going strong.
Colonel Sanders was in his sixties before his life took a dramatic turn for the better. Shakespeare never saw the magnitude of his work, but his passion to tell stories drove him into world history as a great author. Orwell died before the book 1984 became a best-seller, but he had stories that he wanted to tell and opinions that he wanted to express to whomever would read his works.
It’s not your age, it’s your mindset. Forget about age, start a new now. Begin now and promise yourself that you’re going to make things better in your life.
If someone who has entrepreneurial blood running through their veins graduates from college, what do you think they’re going to do? Are they going to go out and take the first job that comes along? I doubt it. If they’re smart, they already have the big picture in their head. Do you have the big picture of what you want from life in your head?
So, with just the decision to change your life for the better… you have already changed. You have set yourself apart from your peer group.
Some young minds go on to advanced degrees, many will achieve greatness as a C.E.O. of a Fortune 500 company, but is that you? Wealth and greatness, take time…the road is full of obstacles, hazards, and hardships, but it’s a great journey. When are you going to begin your journey?
I’ve interviewed a lot of people, I’ve gotten their story. A recurring theme is that their happiest times were when they were building their businesses. The challenges, cash-flow problems, employee matters, and competition really made them feel alive.
There are no shortcuts to greatness….but there are people who will judge you, ridicule you, laugh at you, disassociate with you, ignore you, think you’re crazy, bad-mouth you, and even sabotage your efforts (I’m speaking from experience here), but who cares? You shouldn’t.
Dr. Wayne Dyer spoke words that I’ll never forget; “Your opinion of me is none of my business.” Give that statement some thought. The message is that if you have no control over something, don’t bother with it. And you have no control over someone else’s opinion. You can, of course, mold their opinion, or influence them to reshape it or alter it through your actions, but it’s just their opinion of you. Who cares? Again, you shouldn’t.
You must define what you want… and rich isn’t an answer. You can’t hit a target if you don’t know what the target is. You should, while staring at the ceiling from the comfort of your bed, use the stillness of the night to decide what it is that YOU want.
This isn’t about what you think others would like you to have or be, or what you think would look good in a magazine profile, just what YOU want. Make sure it is what you really want, because if it is, your whole subconscious mind will begin working toward it.
Modern day education is limited. Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Norman Conquest, who cares? Being able to recite a piece of literature, recall a mathematical axiom, or interpret a Beckett play are all well and good to round out your view of the world, but imagination is magical. Self-education is powerful and should be on-going in your life.
Everything that exists, began with a thought. An intangible, undefinable thought. Ideas are great, but they’re useless unless acted upon and that’s the magic ingredient; action.
What do you want to do. Forget about education; you can hire the brain power. Forget about nepotism and old-boy connections; the internet can pull together an incredible amount of network power. It’s not being born in the right or wrong place, it’s all about walking in the direction of what you want… everyday… all the time… day after day… for as long as it takes.
I was taught at a young age that all good things are upstream. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it. Every family has a dark cloud or two in it’s past, even the wealthy old money families have shoved a little dirt under the rug. Biographies and auto-biographies make for great reading and can teach even greater lessons.
The grabbing stories center around the people who are rich; The Forbes List, The Fortune 500… not who has the highest education?
It’s all about money in the headlines. How you make it, is your business. What you do with it, is your business. People love to talk about wealth and getting rich, not who has the greatest degree from which ivy league school.
Maybe you’ve just settled on not going back to school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t read a book, buy a course, or seek a mentor. You have to ask yourself; would you benefit from going back to school? Is it too late to go back to school?
Will getting a degree and spending the rest of your useful years in a cubicle fulfill your ultimate wish? If it is, so be it and good luck. The key is in SELF-education. At most companies you can walk in the door, get hired, and what’s the first thing they usually do? They train you… you can read about people who are successful, you can read about people who are already doing… what you want to do… you can study material, your choice, about what it is you want to create… you can draw on the experience and education of others.
Self-education is the key, but you have to go after it, you have to apply yourself. Your mission is to become all that you can be, not twenty percent of what you are capable of. If you want to be rich, concentrate on being rich enough to treat yourself to the best, rich enough to cower any rival, and rich enough to choose in any situation.
Age; there are people who never lived to be 35, let alone, 50 or 60. When are you going to die? Who knows. Today, next week, 50 years from now? Forget all about age, death, and a better life tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow (always tomorrow for too many people). It’s all about now… you have to begin now, otherwise the next five years will be just like the last five. Make a decision of where you want to go, what you want to do… and go.
It’s amazing, but along the way, you will probably discover a path that you will want to take instead, but, you have to begin somewhere. Benjamin Disraeli, the former Prime Minister of Britain said, “The man who waits to see perfectly clear before he decides, never decides.” Begin, NOW. You’ll learn from the experience.
Keep your dreams and goals secret, share them only with others who share your passion (those that can help you accomplish it), don’t tell the neighbors. It’s your life and you’re driving. Don’t let Madison Avenue decide what you want, you decide what you want.
I know it’s a tough way to go. That’s why most people have stupid jobs, because they are so afraid of making a mistake and going after a career or entrepreneurial goal. Nobody’s going to shoot you, so just go out there and mess up a few times… it’s all a learning process.
Coca-Cola stumbled with their New Coke formula, with Coke One, and many other products, but they keep testing and trying… and as a result, the company is strong. McPizza didn’t go over real well. Ford doesn’t make the Granada anymore, the Cadillac Cimarron is long gone, non-alcoholic wine isn’t a big seller, smokeless cigarettes were a big loser. Billion dollar companies, with all their MBA and PHD insight, and all their market research made wrong decisions, but they’re still around, you will be too.
Take a stab at something, if it doesn’t work, try again. Money is waiting to be made. Keep swinging. If I would have listened to people around me, I would never have been a successful Investment Executive or reporter. Needless to say, those people, the naysayers, are no longer in my circle of friends.
I can not emphasize this enough; read about people who have become successful. There are a lot of great stories that they want to share, but you have to invest the time to read about their lives. Keep a spiral journal notebook handy. Write down your thoughts and ideas and your game plans. The more you examine and investigate things, the more you’ll be prepared to deal with your new ideas and you’ll have the ability to discard or embrace future ideas.
Small steps will turn into large strides and increased confidence as your self-education expands.
Begin your new life now. WHAT DO YOU WANT? Until you answer that question, you will go nowhere.
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