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37 Life Lessons That Will Get Your Mind Right

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Every moment in our life is an experience. We can either choose to learn something from them or let them pass us by.

Over the past year I have made a conscious effort to:

  • Stay curious
  • See the good

The reason?

Experiences help us develop a better perspective on life and I believe it is our perspective that determines our future success.

When seeing the good and staying curious, it will challenge us to learn from each experience. We will grow in ways we never thought possible. Adopting this mentality while working on building two companies has enhanced my perspective.

Below are the life lessons I have learned thus far:

 

37 Lessons Learned In Life

 

1. Life is NOT a marathon; it is a series of sprints.

2. You rarely have regrets when you have the courage to fail.

3. Focus on being productive, not busy.

4. Once you find your dream, risk everything to make it come true.

5. Your state of mind is the most important factor in the outcome of your life.

6. Those whose names are worth remembering never lived a life of ease.

7. You can take what life gives you or you can take what you want from life. Your choice.

8. It’s easy to get motivated but hard to stay disciplined.

9. Worrying never changes the outcome.

10. Most people quit because they look how far they have to go, not how far they have come.

11. If you don’t help yourself, you can’t help anyone else.

12. Judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who you are.

13. Beliefs give direction to your life.  Stand for something.

14. Find the good in others and you will find the good in yourself.

15. In order to have faith in your path, you do not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.

16. All change, even change for the better, will be accompanied by discomfort and hesitancy. Yet when you have an unrelenting belief in your mission, you charge ahead knowing everything will work out for the best.

17. If you’re going to do something, do something that matters.

18. You only have so much energy so stop wasting it by worrying about what others do or say. Keep doing what energizes you the most.

19. Your best friends should bring out the best in you.

20. Stop wishing to be something you are not.  Instead recognize that you are unique and there is no one else in the world like you.

21. Everyone faces obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.

22. Don’t sit around and wait for someone else to make the change you want to see.

23. If you want something bad enough, you will make the time for it regardless of how busy you may be.

24. Jealousy comes from counting others blessings instead of your own.

25. You are either going to go through the pain of disappointment or discipline in your life. The latter makes the pain worth it.

26. If you don’t start building your dream you will be hired by someone else to build theirs.

27. No one is fearless.  The difference between achievers and everyone else is that they take action despite their fears.

28. Be that friend and leader that everyone aspires to be like.

29. There will never be a perfect time so start today.

30. If what you do doesn’t make others better at what they do then you are not living up to your potential.

31. Everyone has what it takes. However most are not willing to give everything it takes to live out their dreams.

32. When you help someone accomplish something they never thought possible, it creates a ripple effect that positively influences the lives of many more.

33. If you treat others well and give each day your best, things start to work in your favor.

34. Trust actions not words.

35. The only moment that matters is the one that is happening right now.

36. Those who say it’s not about being the best know they will never be the best.

37. Want to know your past?  Look into your present conditions.  Want to know your future?  Look into your present actions.

 

 

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28 Comments

  1. Dan

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Blake,

    Excellent write-up. I especially like #27. I live a faith-based lifestyle and have learned that at any moment fear (doubt) can creep in at any moment. It’s the actions I take to insure I get through those moments instead of the them stopping me. Thank you for the tips.

    Dan Redd

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

You’re not! With the possible exception of the true sociopaths, that feeling you’re feeling is very normal to EVERYONE. It might not seem like it on the outside – because people don’t like to acknowledge this remember – but I can guarantee you that it’s true. But unlike 99% of the world’s population, YOU’RE not going to let this feeling stop you in your tracks. Are you?

4. Stop Thinking You’re Supposed To Be Superhuman

In fact, it’s very likely that you’re already doing, learning and succeeding at WAY more than most other people are. But for entrepreneurs, somehow, that never seems to be enough. You don’t just want to be successful after a few years of hard work (which is normal). You want to be successful after only a few months. Because you’re special…or at least you think you are…

Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

5. Stop Being So Incredibly Stubborn

Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

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Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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