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4 Lessons You Can Learn From the Incredibly Popular Book The School of Greatness

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While there are tons of successful people in the world, the self-made, comeback stories are the ones that tend to be the most compelling. Stories like Tony Robbins, Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Arnold Schwarzenegger. A newer version of this story is Lewis Howes — a top 100 Podcaster, best-selling author, and ex-professional football player.

Here are four lessons I learned from Lewis Howe’s first book “The School of Greatness.”

1. Create & Align Your Life With Your Vision

As a kid, Lewis was 100% committed to his vision to become a professional football player. After years of hard work, he finally achieved that vision. But it was short lived as a freak injury ended his career suddenly and left him feeling lost on his future.

As he found out, when you have no vision you will lack identity. A vision is something that defines you, it’s not simply a goal you can achieve. Your vision needs to be specific and makes you jump out bed on both good and bad days. It should inspire, motivate, and make you become a better version of yourself.

“A powerful vision emerges when we couple our dreams with a set of clear goals.” — Lewis Howes

Creating a vision takes time but once created it can help you transform your life. To start crafting your vision, spend time thinking about big picture life goals and desires.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • What do I want to create in my life?
  • What type of legacy to do I want to leave?
  • Where do I want to live in my lifetime?
  • Where do I want to travel? What experiences do I want to make?

Another great way to help create your vision is to constantly invest in yourself. Whether you are reading books, listening to podcasts or walking on fire at a Tony Robbins seminar, it all will help you understand what you want in life. Once you create your vision it will be easy to make decisions as anything you do will either move you closer or further from it.

2. Develop a Winning Mindset

As an ex-professional football player and current professional handball player, Lewis has some great sports references in the School of Greatness. One of the big lessons is taken from the elite athletes; ones like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Muhammed Ali, and Michael Phelps. For everyday people, these athletes look like they are living in a different world and in some way they are. Top athletes in any sport are clear about what they want to achieve. They have fully committed their vision.

This is the mindset you have to create to achieve your goals and make your vision a reality. It doesn’t just come to you, it takes a lot of work. These athletes didn’t get to the top of their sport by doing the minimum amount of work. They are the first to practice, last to leave, and thinking about their goals 24/7. This is how you need to feel and think about your goals. Your goals should be top of mind all the time. Whether you are writing your goals in a journal daily, visualizing your goals as complete or constantly talking about your goals.

All of this work will pay off, not always monetarily but almost always in the form of belief. Once you begin to cultivate a winning mindset you will instill a belief in yourself that is unwavering. If you believe you can accomplish your goals then you will. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t you are right.”

Check out these epic quotes from Lewis Howes!

3. Write in a Journal Daily

Lewis a huge fan of writing in a journal on a daily basis and can help you design a successful life. Start this daily habit by spending time each morning writing in a journal. It doesn’t need to be legible or read by anyone else but it should be focused toward creating your future. Start by putting yourself in a peak state by focusing on your accomplishments and three things you are grateful for in your life already.

Journal writing is important in the morning because while you slept, your subconscious mind did not. Instead, your mind was trying to find answers to the problems you are currently facing. This is why you might wake up with an answer to your biggest problem, have vivid dreams or have an “aha” moment showing in the morning. By writing in your journal you can capture some of these ideas and take action.

Write your top three goals down that you are trying to achieve in your life every single day — burn them into your memory! When you verbalize and write down these thoughts you will become more aware of your thoughts and understand what you are trying to create on a daily basis.

The majority of time journaling is in the morning but I’ve taken Lewis’ advice to spend 5 minutes writing before going to sleep. Here’s how:

  • Write down all the things you reacted to or failed at during the day. Were you rude to someone at work? Did you get angry when someone cut you off in traffic?
  • Write down all your wins for the day!
  • Ask yourself the hardest questions you are trying to solve so your subconscious mind can get to work on them while you get to sleep.

Journaling will also allow you spot patterns, solve problems, gain clarity, and keep you aligned with your vision.

4. Always Give Back

As Lewis achieved more success he soon began to realize that personal achievement is important but giving back and helping others is even more important. He has helped build schools with Pencils for Promise and loves how impactful his podcast is to the millions of listeners.

“Slowly but surely, moments happened where I witnessed and started to understand the value of giving back and being in service to others. This may be my most important lesson to date.” – Lewis Howes

When you climb the ladder for success don’t forget to look back and help bring someone else up. Giving back could come in many forms — donating money, time or creating a business that helps others. Find a cause you love and find a way to give others more opportunities.

As Lewis ended his book, “Greatness is a voluntary degree. Its study is self-administered. That means it’s all on you. And you get out of life what you put into it.”

What did you think of his book? Comment below!

Michael Leonard loves to write about self-improvement, motivation, and teach others how to create a successful future at Inspire Your Success. Learn from his “Success Cheat Sheet” to create the daily habits and morning routines that will help transform your life.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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