Category: Success

Win the Daily Battle

The following is an excerpt from John Maxwell’s Success: One Day At A Time.

People who achieve daily success have learned to conquer four common time-wasters.

Laziness: Time put to no useful purpose, not even relaxation.

Procrastination: Putting off things that should be done now.

Distraction: Time frittered away on the details of side issues, to the detriment of the main issue.

Impatience: Lack of preparation, thoroughness, or perseverance, usually resulting in time-consuming mistakes.

House Rules

The following rules come from a frame hanging outside our kitchen wall.

  • Be Happy
  • Always Tell the Truth
  • Laugh Out Loud
  • Work Hard
  • Love One Another
  • Don’t Whine
  • Keep Your Promises
  • Help Others
  • Do Your Best
  • Say Your Prayers, Please and Thank You
  • Try New Things
  • Use Kind Words
  • Smile

7 Steps to Success

John Maxwell describes the seven steps to success in his book Success: One Day At A Time. I am listing them here.

  1. Make a commitment to grow daily.
  2. Value the process more than events.
  3. Don’t wait for inspiration.
  4. Be willing to sacrifice pleasure for opportunity.
  5. Dream Big.
  6. Plan your priorities.
  7. Give up to go up.

Make a commitment to grow daily

One of the greatest mistakes people make is that they have the wrong focus. Success doesn’t come from acquiring, achieving or advancing. It comes only as a result of growing. If you make it your goal to grow a little every day, it won’t be long before you begin to see positive results in your life. As the poet Robert Browning said, “Why stay on earth except to grow?”

Value the process more than events

Specific life events are good for making decisions, but it’s the process of change and growth that has lasting value. If you want to go to the next level, strive for continual improvement.

Don’t wait for inspiration.

Basketball great Jerry West said, “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” The people who go far do so because they motivate themselves and give life their best, regardless of how they feel. To be successful, persevere.

Be willing to sacrifice pleasure for opportunity

One of the greatest lessons my father taught me was the principle of pay now, play later. For everything in life, you pay a price. You choose whether you will pay it on the front end or the back end. If you pay first, then you will enjoy greater rewards in the end – and those rewards taste sweeter.

Dream big

It doesn’t pay to dream small. Robert J. Kriegel and Louis Patler, authors of If It Ain’t Broke, Break It, assert, “We don’t have a clue as to what people’s limits are. All the tests, stopwatches, and finish lines in the world can’t measure human potential. When someone is pursuing their dream, they’ll go far beyond what seems to be their limitations. The potential that exists within us is limitless and largely untapped. When you think of limits, you create them.”

Plan your priorities

One thing that all successful people have in common is that they have mastered the ability to manage their time. First and foremost, they have organized themselves. Henry Kaiser, founder of Kaiser Aluminum and Kaiser Permanente Health Care, says, “Every minute spend in planning will save you two in execution.” You never regain lost time, so make the most of every moment.

Give up to go up

Nothing of value comes without sacrifice. Life is filled with critical moments when you will have the opportunity to trade one thing you value for another. Keep your eyes open for such moments – and always be sure to trade up, not down.

In conclusion …

If you dedicate yourself to these seven steps, then you will keep improving – and you will be successful. Your growth may not be obvious to other all at once, but you will see your progress almost immediately. And though recognition from others may come slowly, don’t lose heart. Keep working at it. You will succeed in the end.

8 Rules for a Healthy, Happy & Long Life

These 8 rules have been observed and created over a period of years (maybe a decade or so). I expect the list to grow, as I learn more, and grow myself. For now, there are eight rules for a healthy, happy and long life.

They are:

  1. Eat with someone else whenever possible, as opposed to eating alone.
  2. Plate should have – 50-60% vegetables, 30-40% proteins and rest whatever.
  3. Hydrate Well – 8 to 10 8-oz glasses of water.
  4. Exercise moderately for 30-45 minutes 5 times a week.
  5. Spend time in nature, out in the open.
  6. Have positive interactions with friends and family on a regular basis.
  7. Make a lot of money so you don’t have to worry about it.
  8. Spend time on your passions.

Eat with someone else whenever possible, as opposed to eating alone.

We are social animals. We need interaction with others. It’s a core human need. Complete isolation is what they do in prison when they really want to punish you.

Therefore, I suggest you eat all your meals with someone else. If you’re at home, find your spouse, partner or child to eat with. When you’re out, invite friends. When you’re at the food court at the mall, walk up to some stranger who is eating alone and ask if you can share the table with them.

Why eat with someone else? Well, isn’t breaking bread together one of the best ways to connect with someone?

Plate should have – 50-60% vegetables, 30-40% proteins and rest whatever.

When you fill your plate with vegetables and protein (preferably plant-based), your body will thank you.

I’d recommend you read two books The China Study, and Younger Next Year. Both of these should be available for rent at your local library.

Hydrate Well – 8 to 10 8-oz glasses of water.

Hydration is a cure to many ailments. Drink plenty of water everyday and watch your body, mind and spirit transform in amazing ways (especially if continued for extended period of time).

I highly recommend you make this a life-long habit. Matter of fact, all of the eight rules suggested here should be life-long habits.

Exercise moderately for 30-45 minutes 5 times a week.

Exercising keeps your mind sharp, and your body strong, balanced and agile. Experiment with different forms of exercises. Build your own exercise program.

I train hard 3-4 days a week, and I train easy for another 2-3 days a week. Important thing about exercising is consistency. Show up everyday. Workout everyday.

Spend time in nature, out in the open.

Spending time outside of the house, out in the open is an amazing way to spend you free time. Spend it with a friend, spouse, partner or child if possible.

Doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you do it. If you can’t get out for long walks every day, spend little time outside. But, get out of your house.

Have positive interactions with friends and family on a regular basis.

Memories are what live on long after we’re gone. The rest is immaterial. Spend time with people you love, and those who love you.

Life is nothing but a collection of moments. And when you spend those moments with people you love, you turn them into memories. Those memories eventually become stories that continue living longer after we stop living.

Make a lot of money early on in life, so you don’t have to worry about it.

Most people spend their entire life trying to make money. Don’t do this. Figure out how to make a lot of money early on, so you can spend the rest of your life on your passions, having happy interactions with others, and change the world.

Spend time on your passions.

Our passions make us happy. More time we spend pursuing them, happier we become.

Six Asset Classes to Cultivate for Success

Money is what usually comes to mind when we think of assets. It’s not the only asset class though.

I believe there are six asset classes. They are:

  • Knowledge
  • Experience
  • Time
  • Health
  • Money
  • Relationships

These are not listed in any order of importance or priority. If I had to choose the most important of these assets, I’d go with Health. Time would be next.

Better health and longer time horizon can give me a much better chance of acquiring the other four assets.

Money is usually a by-product of the other assets, especially knowledge, experience and relationships. But, you can also use money to develop your other assets.

Knowledge is available widely these days, usually for free as long as you have the time and desire to pursue it.

Experience can be easily gained too. All you have to do is offer to do “it” for free, or for a testimonial. That reminds me. Anytime you get a testimonial for your work, ask for these five bullet points.

  • What work did I do for you?
  • How did you find me?
  • Why did you choose me to do the work over other people / candidates?
  • As a result of my work, what changed in your life / business?
  • How likely are you to work with me again, and who would you refer me to?

Time is the only limited asset we have. And, it decreases as we get older. It is also the most unpredictable asset. I’ve had people in my family die in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. And, there are also people in my family who are 90+.

It is important that we use the time we have today, wisely. It is important that we focus on activities that make a lasting difference, bring us long term happiness. It is important that we don’t squander time with meaningless activities or things that won’t matter soon after we do them.

Health is by far the most important asset in my opinion. It takes a time, discipline and knowledge to build a body with sound health. By the way, you body can communicate with you and tell you what it requires. Listen to it closely. Experiment when possible, and strengthen it.

When it comes to health, I have my own SEEDS Wellness formula. It’s a simple formula that works extremely well for me.

  • Sleep well
  • Eat well
  • Exercise well
  • Drink well
  • Socialize well

When you focus on doing these five things well, you will automatically develop a healthy body, mind and soul.

Relationships is by far the toughest asset for me to cultivate. I unfortunately can’t give you much in terms of advice here. But, I do know they are very important in building a fulfilling life.

So … what are your thoughts on assets? Can you think of other assets one can cultivate? Or, are most other assets simply a subset of the ones listed above?

Also … got any advice on relationships?

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