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6 Important Things Schools Will Never Teach You

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I have so much respect for those who continue their education past traditional schooling. Learning, studying, and investing in yourself doesn’t stop when you become successful, that’s when it really starts.

The sooner you learn that all the skills you need to learn to really thrive will occur after you leave the confines of educational conformation, the sooner you will succeed. Here are 6 Game Changing ideas that you won’t learn in the classroom. My goal is to get you to think differently and interrupt your normal thought patterns.

Hopefully this will create change in you, and stir some new actions. So if you run a sales organization, interested in starting a movement of your own, or just want to be a part of something meaningful these were made strictly for you.

1. A powerful “why”

Realize that no matter where you are right now, you can always take it up a notch. Are you really giving your all daily? Your possibilities are endless when you come up with enough compelling reasons. The goal is to create a “why” so strong that it pulls you through any challenge, all doubters, and even your own limitations.

We’re in an economy that now welcomes the entrepreneur, and it’s become easier to design your ideal future. It just takes compelling reasons, clear intentions, and the right guidance. Never forget. Reasons come first, results come second.

“When you know why you do what you do, even the toughest days become easier.”

2. Focus on strengths, delegate weaknesses

Anybody that tells you to focus on your weaknesses hasn’t experienced consistent peak performance. The idols you and I respect, along with all well known achievers got to prosperity by deliberately focusing on their strengths. If you’re not sure what your strengths are start asking other people around you.

This isn’t always what you love, but where you get results. The goal is to be so good at your strengths that it propels you to stand out. Everybody loves doing what they’re good at, and your creativity will flourish if you love what you do. If you’re focused on too many things it will cause you to be average in many instead of exceptional in a few.

 

3. Habits always trump inspiration

Inspiration is needed to create consistent action, but your habits are ultimately going to define your success or failure. It’s been said that after seminars and conferences only 5% actually use what they’ve learned. Why is that? It’s because inspiration is very short term, and feels good in the moment but doesn’t last past the activity producing it.

In our Game Changers Academy we focus on shifting habits, gaining better perspective, and interrupting bad thought patterns instead of just inspiration. I’ve realized that the biggest inspiration of all is seeing progress and results, which comes from new habits. When you begin the formation of a new habit, stick to it, and see the lasting change in your new-found life.

 

4. Mastery vs. information overload

Mastery is the highest form of accomplishment. The only way to become successful is to master the fundamentals and skills needed to reach your goals and dreams. We have so much information available to us it’s easy to become overwhelmed, and when overwhelmed we seek distractions.

Instead of reading 50 books this year, master and implement 3. The immature learner wants to get as much information as they can as fast as they can, but you’ll find them broke, stressed, and lacking real progress. The mature mind is very deliberate with what they study.

The achievers focus on listening to something until they’ve adopted it into their daily agenda, and seen their results improve. Jim Collins says it perfectly, “If you have more than 3 priorities, you don’t have any.” What must you start saying no to?

 

5. The real education

Entrepreneurs understand this at a level most don’t. Jim Rohn said, “If you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work on yourself you can make a fortune.” He wasn’t kidding, and investing in yourself is at the top of the list of ways to solidify an exceptional future.

Apple said it bluntly….“We shouldn’t be criticized for using Chinese workers, the U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.”

Ouch! When I say develop yourself, grow, and improve your skills I don’t mean school. School sometimes distracts you from the things that actually matter in advancing your life and legacy. Weird, but true.

The best education you can get is investing in yourself, and that doesn’t mean college or university.” – Warren Buffett

6. How to create something meaningful

Most companies nowadays don’t have compelling stories or a vision behind it. The companies that are attracting top tier talent are those who have a mission bigger than themselves. A couple examples are: Google, Apple, Amazon, Tesla and Zappos.

What could you create that helps other people? I challenge you to start a movement. I will tell you from experience that life becomes much more fulfilling when you become involved in a movement or a cause greater than yourself. Having a meaningful mission isn’t optional anymore. There are perfect business plans failing left and right, while movements are thriving.

We are in an economy where information, entitlement, and intentions are at an all time high, while mastery, confidence, and authenticity are at an all time low. We’ve set out to change that with the Forbes featured Ambition is Priceless Mixtape.

When you take action NOW you can download your copy 100% free. I assure you that you’ll never have a motivation issue EVER AGAIN. The tracks are formulated to inspire sustained motivation and create real change, and do so by catching hold of an audience’s emotional state through music.

You can download the entire motivational album free for a limited time at www.AmbitionMixtape.com.

Peter Voogd is a 2x Best Selling Author, and the founder of the prestigious Game Changers Academy.  He’s been labeled the leading authority on Gen Y leadership. He’s been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, inc.com, Time, HuffPost along with many other international publications.  He’s trained over  6,000 young entrepreneurs personally and his podcasts, videos, websites, and social media reaches over 1 million people monthly.  He’s known for his No BS approach to life and entrepreneurship.

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5 Comments

  1. Josh Steinberg

    Oct 11, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Peter,
    I couldn’t agree more that schools only show us what to get done, but not how or why to get it done. A lot of people chase the wrong “why,” leaving themselves feeling puzzled.
    Another thing that schools don’t teach us is how to manage and handle our money! In a world that is so reliant on money, you’d think we would learn more about how credit works or how to budget.
    I really enjoyed this post. Thanks!
    Josh Steinberg

  2. Sija

    Jul 26, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for sharing your insight, Peter. Fortunately I had the privilege of mentors that taught me some of these lessons while I was still in school and it has helped me a lot to date.

  3. Sija

    Jul 26, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Thank you for the article, Peter. It is very insightful. From some personal development events that I have attended I have learned that the schooling system is designed to keep people from reaching their full potential which is sad. The world would be a better place if that wasn’t the case.

  4. Natalia

    Jul 21, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Peter, you inspire! Thank you!

  5. Tim Denning

    Jul 9, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Peter thank you for this article I got a lot out of it. I wish at school they taught me how important it was t work on myself. As I have excelled my own learning and begin to understand myself better, it has transformed the way I make decisions and what I dedicate my precious time to.

    Thanks for all of your mixtapes Peter I always enjoy them. Keep doing what you’re doing!

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How many times did you wake up feeling like you could conquer the world? You set ambitious goals for the day, you put on your best attire and walked out the door with a big smile on your face but eventually, life took over. Traffic, emails, work, family, and everything else you have around slowly but steadily started to drain your energy and made you feel exhausted.

You run out of battery, and the only solution that seemed viable was to rely on more caffeine. When that stopped working, all the temptations around you started to look much more appealing, and that sense of drive and commitment you had before slowly faded away. This is you running out of willpower.

Willpower: what is it? Why is it limited?

The American Psychology Association describes willpower as “the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.” In the book “The Willpower Instinct”, Dr. Kelly McGonigal, explains how every person’s willpower is limited, and slowly depletes throughout the day. The more “willpower challenges” you face, the quicker your reserve drains. Dr. McGonigal divided the different types of willpower challenges you might encounter in three categories:

  • I will: We face this type of challenge whenever we should do something, but we simply don’t feel like getting it done right now.
  • I won’t: We face this challenge when we try to resist temptation, or we try to keep cool in stressful situations.
  • I want: This is a particular type of challenge where we keep track of our long term goals, dreams, and desires. In this instance, we feel like we should take action right now to come one step closer to the goal. 

It’s easy to recognize it when you face a willpower challenge because you literally “feel it in your body.” Imagine being really hungry and walking in front of a bakery. The sight and the smell of pastries quickly triggers an “I won’t” type of challenge, and it takes a severe amount of effort and energy to walk away.

Every time you manage to win one of those challenges, a little bit of your willpower reserve gets used. The more challenges you face daily, the harder it will be to stay true to your goals.

Can you train or recharge your willpower?

A growing body of research suggests that willpower should be considered a muscle. To strengthen it, you should exercise it regularly, but you should not overwork it. Therefore, we shouldn’t try to “be good” at all times. Instead, we should learn how to relax and recharge our willpower.

The general advice on how to improve willpower involves sleep, proper nutrition, and regular exercise. This broad and general recommendation is often not downright applicable by most, because it consists of changing various daily habits. Luckily, three very effective hacks have been discovered, that have an immediate effect on our willpower and take just a few minutes to apply.

Here are the 3 ways to refill your willpower reserves:

1. Focused breathing

Breathing, when done correctly, can stimulate the release of calming hormones while reducing the release of stress hormones like cortisol and catecholamines. To make this effective, you should deeply and slowly inhale through the nose for at least five seconds. Fill your belly with air first, then your chest, and when there’s no more space for air, still try to do tiny inhalations through the nose.

You should feel a pulling sensation around your neck and trapezius muscles. Once your lungs are full, try to hold the breath for five seconds, then slowly exhale through the mouth for at least five seconds. If you repeat this process ten to twenty times, you should feel dramatically more relaxed. Use this method several times a day, especially when you’re experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety.

2. Reward yourself when you accomplish a micro goal

According to a recent study, frequent instant rewards can boost motivation, and therefore, willpower. Creating your own reward system can help you to accomplish your to-do list, and also resist temptations. Since every individual has different tastes, you should come up with creative ideas about the small and frequent rewards you will give yourself upon winning any willpower challenge.

You can see this hack in practice in Apps like the popular Duolinguo, where after completing each lesson you get presented with a chance to open a treasure chest. This rewarding system seems to keep the users much more likely to keep learning new lessons.

3. Taking cold showers

Your body has an autonomic response to cold water. Getting into a cold shower is a difficult (but minor) willpower challenge on its own. As I previously mentioned, winning a willpower challenge strengthens your willpower muscle. Having a morning cold shower, on top of having multiple health benefits, will set you up for a positive winning streak of further challenges.

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