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Billionaire Mark Cuban’s Advice On How To Get Rich

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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The investment titan and billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, shares his examples and advice on how he created a way to Get Rich! This guy brings it to you raw and real on how to really make it out there and what you can expect on your journey to success.

We also share a video of Mark Cuban explaining how he retired in his 20’s, what ideas he likes to invest in and much more. Checkout it and learn a thing or two from Mark Cuban.

 

HOW TO GET RICH!

Thats what so many want. Right ? I’m certainly not going to lie and say it is not a whole lot better having lots of money. I had a whole lot of fun and loved my life when I was eating mustard and ketchup sandwiches and sleeping on the floor of a 3 bedroom apartment that housed me and 5 buddies.

I have a whole lot more fun now. It doesn’t suck to be rich.

The question everyone wants answered, is how to get there. There are ways to get there. But there is not a template that works every time for everyone. It works sometimes. Getting there requires being ready when opportunity presents itself.

IMHO, change and uncertainty create opportunity. Times like we are facing now, with complete financial uncertainty are perfect times to start on the road to getting ahead financially.

First, here is WHAT NOT TO DO:

There are no shortcuts. NONE. With all of this craziness in the stock and financial markets, there will be scams popping up left and right. The less money you have, the more likely someone will come at you with some scheme . The schemes will guarantee returns, use multi level marketing, or be something crazy that is now “backed by the US Government”. Please ignore them. Always remember this. If a deal is a great deal, they aren’t going to share it with you.

I dont broadcast my great deals. I keep them all to myself. The 2nd thing to remember is that if the person selling the deal was so smart, they would be rich beyond rich rather than trolling the streets looking to turn you into a sucker. There are no shortcuts.

So what should you do to get rich ?

Save your money. Save as much money as you possibly can. Every penny you can. Instead of coffee, drink water. Instead of going to McDonalds, eat Mac and Cheese. Cut up your credit cards. If you use a credit card, you dont want to be rich. The first step to getting rich, requires discipline. If you really want to be rich, you need to find the discipline, can you ?

If you can, you will quickly find that the greatest rate of return you will earn is on your own personal spending. Being a smart shopper is the first step to getting rich. Yeah you have to give things up and that doesn’t work for everyone, particularly if you have a family. That is reality. But whatever you can save, save it. As much as you possibly can. Then put it in 6 month CDs in the bank.

The first step to getting rich is having cash available. You arent saving for retirement. You are saving for the moment you need cash. Buy and hold is a suckers game for you. This market is a perfect example. Right at the very moment when cash creates unbelievable opportunity, those who followed the buy and hold strategy have no cash. they cant or wont sell into markets this low, that kills the entire point of buy and hold. Those who have put their money in CDs sleep well at night and definitely have more money today than they did yesterday. And because they are smart, disciplined shoppers, their personal rate of inflation is within their means. Cash is king for those wanting to get rich

The 2nd rule for getting rich is getting smart. Investing your time in yourself and becoming knowledgeable about the business of something you really love to do

It doesn’t matter what it is. Whatever your hobbies, interests, passions are. Find the one you love the best and GET A JOB in the business that supports it.

It could be as a clerk, a salesperson, whatever you can find. You have to start learning the business somewhere.  Instead of paying to go to school somewhere, you are getting paid to learn.  It may not be the perfect job, but there is no perfect path to getting rich.

Before or after work and on weekends, every single day, read everything there is to read about the business. Go to trade shows, read the trade magazines, spend a lot of time talking to the people you do business with about their business and the people they buy from.

This is not a short term project. We aren’t talking days. We aren’t talking months. We are talking years. Lots of years and maybe decades. I didn’t say this was a get rich quick scheme. This is a get rich path

Now you wait for times of uncertainty and change in your business. The time will come. It may  come quickly, it may take years and years. But it will come. The nature of our country’s business infrastructure  is that it is destined to be boom and bust. Booms are when the smart people sell. Busts are when rich people started on their path to wealth.

You will know when that time is here for you because you will know your business inside and out. You will be ready because you will have been saving up for this moment in time

With all the change and uncertainty in the financial markets, there are people right now making more money than they ever dreamed of. They are the ones who have been living the real estate market and the financing behind it and understanding what actually what was going on. They re the one who understood the complexities of the credit markets. When everyone was following the crowd, they kept on saving their money and avoiding the temptation of groupthink.

Boom and busts happen to every industry. The question is whether you have the discipline to be ready when it happens for you ?

If you do, you will find out what it feels like to get lucky.

 

Article By Mark Cuban

 

Mark Cuban – The Rich Life

 

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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  1. manny

    Jan 17, 2015 at 7:01 am

    mark cuban must be smoking some good stuff. he just suggested a 6month cd which is avg 0.80% when last year inflation was avg 1.4% so my money is doing nothing not even keeping up with inflation and somehow im richer then everyone else? whats next mark keep working at my dead end job save my money at the bank and retire so broke on social security that I have to keep working until I die? Also you say that great ideas are never shared thus everyone else is just scamming each other? LMAO Oh boy tin foil is next for you. This post was for suckers imo.

  2. Angel Villanueva

    Oct 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Hello, Mr. Cuban , my name is ANGEL, It’s funny. I’m going to start with. I to believe it or not I am a Multi-Billionaire, I am a Farmer by trade, I got my Real Estate License back in 2006 While I got sick, well to make things short I got shot with a Shot gun on my back, I have 3 fuse disc on my lower back, plus 3 on my neck. About 40 pallets all over my back. Ok, I almost lost my farm while I was sick. I got well started Real Estate sale’s done well since. Just enough to get by. But here is my lesson to you an everybody out there..Please Thank GOD for what ever you have. I have my Wife an 3 children, 1 beautiful Grand daughter an son inlaw. Best of all my Life. I Enjoy Everyday I Thank GOD. I am a Multi-Billionaire, I have a Family.
    Angel Villanueva

  3. B.Veenman

    Sep 2, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Nice article Mark, I’m confronted with change in my industry at the moment and I know I’m just in the right place at the right time. I have already recognized that this might be my burst, the one that I have been working towards for 6 years. I want to just let other readers know to take to hart what Mark writes here, It is very true, from gaining knowledge about you business to that the change in you industry will come.
    It does not matter if your industry is a big industry, With the right idea a small market can be turned into a big market, or you will see related opportunity in a much bigger market.
    Good luck to everybody into becoming bilionairs

  4. Vital KARANGWA

    Jan 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Well, very nice article! I have very many ambitions and I need help of people like you! I think this article will help me in many things , especially in savings! because I spend more than I earn. So, at the end of the month I find my self in looking for extra mony!

  5. Ibukun

    Dec 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Nice article

  6. Darlington

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

    well, others who can help yu should find you already helping yourself.This good advice and it works

  7. Hollington Tong

    Nov 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    In the section First here’s what not to do he is doing what he said not to do.
    Billionaires Rich Devos And Jay Van Andle seem to disagree with his first not what to do also.

    I am not saying the advice here is unsound but its self defeating when you say no one will help you in an article designed to help you. Simply because if you believe others aren’t there to help you succeed then your advice is would be designed to make sure others don’t.

  8. jacob

    Sep 6, 2012 at 3:27 am

    hey my name is jacob fowler ,im a high school student in montana . ive read alot of your stuff about helping you succeed with your goals ,i have many goals of my own ,and its fascinating how you to be where you are now.thank you and it would be great to talk to you . thanks

  9. Reemo

    Aug 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Just a heretical thought to add to the conversation… Wheres the fun in getting rich when the rest of the people are down and out with markets crashing…. I want to be rich when the markets are up so I dont have to be alone in my success….I want to be rich when the economy is booming and everyones happy . I dont want to enjoy at a time when others are weeping … Just my two cents

    • Steve

      Dec 18, 2012 at 4:03 am

      Everyone one wants to grow rich and everyone wants to grow rich with their ones you love. The difficult part is when you start becoming successful and your loved ones are struggling with taking the initial sacrifices, like adding discipline to their lives. What then? Do you carry them on your back so they can “be there” with you in your success? For someone to be successful, first of all they have to want to for themselves.Then take action.

    • Matt

      Dec 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      I think you are missing the point…making money is a zero sum game. When someone makes a bunch, someone else lost a bunch. Statements like ‘I want to make money while everyone else is’ is something that someone who will never make money says. Capitalism is just that, capitalizing. If capitalizing on something for your own gain hurts your feelings for someone else, than just start a non profit. Don’t get me wrong I want people to all succeed but the reality is most wealthy people make money by taking it from others. There is a finite amount of money out there, it’s not meant to be shared, it’s meant to be exchanged.

  10. Mike

    Jul 29, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Couldn’t agree more about the statement regarding cash.

  11. Nedu

    Jul 14, 2012 at 4:18 am

    I ve read d post and comments dat ve followed.i observe dat as d years go by and inflation is hitting d roof,a lot of pple wil find it difficult 2 cope not 2 talk of get rich. U save up money and inflation preys on it and u think u ve moved an inch. IF U THINK ABOUT GETTING RICH INSTEAD OF THINKING ABOUT CREATING VALUE THAT U RE PASSIONATE ABOUT,it maybe difficult and impossible 2 be rich.

    • Shamus Mac

      Jul 30, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      “If you think about getting rich instead of… creating value that you’re passionate about, it may be difficult and impossible to be rich.”

      @Nedu: Truer words have hardly been said!

      MLM companies are group-think institutions which dedicate their training seminars to teach only recruitment and ignore retail techniques, because their customers are, in fact, you “independent distributors” which are coerced to fulfil minimum monthly purchase levels to maintain your precious and hard-won discount rate.

      And what an ideal customer you are! Whether you consume or resell or not is no concern of the MLM parent company. The more inspirational seminars you attend, and the more resources you dedicate to reach those exotic locations, the longer it will take for you to accept reality, despite your pantry full of overstock, and friends which have either become your direct competitors or ostracised you for attempting to profit off them.

      I now profit off independent distributors by providing prepopulated e-commerce solutions for a specific MLM company in a sincere attempt to help those who, like members of my immediate family, persist because the mark-ups do look great on paper. What inspired this? Aside from sympathy, the realization that many people made a smart profit off the California gold rush; but almost all of them simply ran tool shops to supply the gold diggers.

  12. Adrian Keys

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:55 am

    “Boom and busts happen to every industry. The question is whether you have the discipline to be ready when it happens for you ?

    If you do, you will find out what it feels like to get lucky.”

    The most important for the very last…sweet! Nice post….

  13. dave amos

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I think Lauren is right on the button, he has spelt it out in a simple black n white way to make a point, but basically he is right, learn about business from the bottom up, save your money, work 10% harder than the average and you’ll do well, my dad had a phrase – if you want something done “Find a busy man” I never understood at first, only thing I would add is – don’t let the corporate ladder be the thing that ties you into a salary, jump off at some point and do your own thing … apart from that delay a family as long as you can – that’s advice for men of course … good luck, it’s hard work. 🙂

  14. Mark Hibbitts

    Jun 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Lauren is correct that the areas are pretty broad, but I think this is a pretty good article as it tells it like it is. Getting wealthy takes time and discipline, and there are no short cuts. Yes you need to learn investing too but without cash that’s a waste of time. Cash flow is king.

    I’m also interested in seeing Laurens website as I write books for children about the same things and there may be a potential JV for us.

    Mark Hibbitts

  15. DeJuan Collins

    May 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I agree with a lot of his advice, except the business model of a good MLM company this business model may not make you rich, but could create you seed money to invest in other entrepreneurial opportunities. For a few hundred dollars to get started you could break even really fast and be on the road to profit pretty quickly.

  16. Gabriel Do Carmo

    Apr 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I disagree with some, if not most, of what Mark Cuban said. For anybody reading this comment, go read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. It will COMPLETELY change your mindset for the better

  17. Eduardo Salido

    Mar 22, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I dont agree with him, if you have a family it means two paychecks not one! Of course a parent spends with children but the amount is not alot. I think this guy got lucky, Ive read a couple of blogs from him and he just sounds nonsense.

  18. dbizzle03

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I stopped reading after he said that most things are schemes and to put your savings into a 6 month CD at the bank. Clearly, not the way to get ahead when there are better ways of saving. There are plenty of vehicles to use to get to where you want to go, the key really is you have to WORK to get there.

  19. Lauren Sainz

    Mar 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I have a website that targets getting financial information to young adults, information that they aren’t getting from high schools or colleges. In my opinion, it’s great that Mr. Cuban has created a rich lifestyle for himself and was able to retire in his 20s. However, some of the points he makes are very broad and won’t work for everyone.

    In a perfect world, starting in your teenage years you’ll know the ins-and-outs of managing money, you won’t charge up credit card debt, you’ll spend less than you make, you’ll save 10% of your income, and you’ll always be able to buy what you need without struggle. For Mr. Cuban, he seemed to understand that and I applaud him for understanding at such a young age.

    However, this new generation of young adults are accustomed to the life of buying now, paying later. They don’t have the discipline to save money and pay for things with cash. They want to go to college and cannot pay for it so they must take out student loans.

    The idea of getting a job and learning all there is to learn about that business and then waiting for your opportunity to strike sounds like an idea that will fail for most. Nobody wants to be told to wait to get rich.

    I’m a firm believer in knowledge is power and I understand the idea of learning all there is to learn about a business. However, ultimately an investment has to be made in yourself either through additional schooling or to start a business.

    I started my website almost a year ago. I’m only just now seeing revenue come in from ads that I place on my site. All my information I give on the site is free to my readers and I never charge for anything. I found something that I love doing and I do that through writing about personal finance on the web.

    But before I started my site, I had to get my knowledge from somewhere. I went to school. I took out massive student loans. I racked up credit card debt when paychecks were too short to pay bills. I made financial mistakes and I’ve learned from them. I’m doing better.

    Most young adults are not starting out with a clean slate. They have debt to repay. They don’t have the time to wait to save money. Some are too strapped that they cannot pay more than the minimum on their debt and there is no room for savings. So, based on Mr. Cubans idea of saving every penny, that won’t work for them because they don’t have enough pennies to save.

    The key to getting rich isn’t just finding a business that interests you and learning about it and saving every penny you have, it’s about deciding where you want to invest your money. You can invest in an education for yourself, invest in a venture someone you know wants to do, invest in a business opportunity for yourself, or invest in your future (retirement accounts). Yes, stay away from scams, but multi-level marketing isn’t evil. There are legit MLM companies out there to choose from. You just have to do your research first and be passionate about the product they sell. If you aren’t passionate about a product, you won’t be able to sell that product through a MLM business. There are also legit stay-at-home jobs online.

    The point is your options for getting rich are endless and as long as you remain focused, it can happen for you. You just have to find your passion and start from there.

    • kirk davis (@kirkd12)

      Mar 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Nice post Lauren and very noble of you not to advertise your website but I would be interested in reading some of your stuff so please do provide a link or tweet me (@kirkd12)

      thanks

      • Raymond Duke

        Mar 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        I too have recently started a site, and have been leaving comments on blogs I follow or find interesting. And Kirk, I agree with you about not linking to the site in your comment because it makes it seem as if you are fishing for hits. If you are leaaving a genuine thoughtful comment, then you are more likely to gain the interest of its reader who will then go on to your site which hopefully leads to more genuine and thoughtful information. By the way, you can visit the site of the person who left the comment by going to their avatar and clicking “visit site” underneath it. Doing this, or clicking on the person’s name, will bring you to their site usually on most most places or sites that let you leave comments.

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What You Can Learn From My Ultimate “I Am Screwed” Moment.

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When I was 16 years old, I had the ultimate “I am screwed moment.”

Everything from this point on happened in slow motion. What I’m about to describe probably happened in the space of thirty minutes but it felt like five hours.

I was walking down the street with my buddy one night, eating a paddle pop ice cream. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a group of about twenty teenagers running towards us, dressed in black.

I instantly knew that something was up and as they got closer, we both realized we were screwed and there was nowhere to run to.

Seconds later the gang of teenagers came straight towards us as fast as they could.

“I got lucky and copped a baseball bat to the head. My friend wasn’t so lucky. He was repeatedly stabbed by several different people and there was blood everywhere.”

As I saw what happened to my friend, I knew I’d be next. I was hit so many times with the baseball bat that I was numb from the pain. Everything started to go white.

Then I heard a faint voice. The voice was calling my name out.

I listened to what the young man was saying and realized he was saying that his little brother knew me. All of a sudden, he put out his hand, lifted me off the ground and told me to run in the other direction, or I’d end up like my friend.

I somehow managed to get on my feet and run, but I was not giving up on my friend. I ran around the back of the shopping center that we were standing outside of and entered the building. I ran to the first security guard I saw and told them I needed help.

In my search to get help, miraculously, my friend had made it into the shopping center and he was being treated by a number of bystanders for his massive knife wounds.

I went over and spoke to him. He was okay and things looked better than I expected. I had about sixty seconds of calmness. Then I looked to my left.

Through the glass doors, I could see the same gang of teenagers running into the shopping center. Everyone including the two security guards ran in opposite directions.

My friend with his multiple knife wounds also ran and there were bandages everywhere as he made a run for it (I’m not even sure how he was able to move).

This time I was the unlucky one. I ran into the part of the shopping center that was closed for the night and three of the youths followed me. I’d never been so afraid because I saw what they did to my friend.

I ended up in the shopping centers food court and I hid in the darkness. I tried to control my breathing, but it was hard to silence the fear inside of me. I still remember the white Nike pants I was wearing and the bright red Sean John jumper I had on (I later discarded them because of the memory they left).

Again, through some kind of miracle, the three boys did not see me. They ran off in another direction and I stayed under the table.

The pain of my wounds started to set in. I knew deep down I was safe and so the fight or flight response was turned off. All of a sudden, moving and walking felt very painful.

I could feel broken bits of teeth in my mouth.


The aftermath.

After some time had passed, I manage to reconnect with my friend. By that time there was an ambulance on the scene and he managed to get his knife wounds treated. He got lucky and no vital organs were affected.

The next day I went to school and people could see I had gone through one hell of an ordeal. One of my friends in the year level below, came and found me and explained to me that it was his older brother and friends that attacked me.

They had mistakenly thought that we had come from a party, because of the direction we came from, where he was beaten up. He told me that because they had recognized me, to some degree, I was spared.

The story doesn’t end here though (I wish it did). Even after the brutal event, one of the attackers was still upset with me. I didn’t know why and it made no sense. I had multiple times where he and his friends were waiting for me in certain places and I was told they would harm me.

Through a mutual friend, I was able to resolve the conflict and I found out that a few of them were close friends with a few of my friends. In the coming years, I got to know my attackers.

“They were not the horrible violent people I encountered on that night. They slowly changed their ways and one of them has gone on to do extraordinary kind acts all over the world.”


A revelation from this “I am screwed” moment.

After this horrible event had occurred, I tried to make sense of it. I was not a violent person in any way but in a way, I had created this path for myself.

During my teenage years, I let rap music and violence dominate my life. I thought they were both cool.

The revelation from all of this was that I knew I had to change my life. I knew that the path I was on had led me to this moment and only I could change things. The next time an attack like this happened, I may not be as lucky.

I gave up rap music, I changed my group of friends, I started a business with my brother, I quit smoking and I disengaged from anything that was violent. Looking back, an “I am screwed” moment can be extremely valuable. It’s during these difficult times that we learn about who we are and what we can do to change our lives.

I would never have become obsessed with legacy, giving back and personal development if I hadn’t had this life or death experience.

I’m now fully aware of my mortality and I’m never going to take another day for granted.

Everything can change in a split second for better or for worse. What you do in that moment is up to you.

Nothing happens randomly (even this attack). Everything happens for a reason and when you ensure you get the lesson from it, you can go on to do extraordinary things.

I’m typing these words and reaching millions of people with them, partly because of this “I am screwed” moment.


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3 Things We Can Learn About Success From a 13 Year Old Girls School Project

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Success comes in all shapes and sizes. So, when I read about a 13 year old that was solving a major problem in the dog adoption industry, I was intrigued. It turns out that many families often choose the wrong dog for their family and end up giving them up to a shelter.

When a school project came up, this young girl decided she would try to tackle the problem. First, she created a survey that would help potential dog foster parents determine which dog would be a good fit for them. Then, she teamed up with a local shelter who gave her information on the dogs. Finally, she added the survey to a website she built called Dog Do or Dog Don’t. So far, it’s seen success in just a few months by pairing 5 dogs with the perfect home.

Here are 3 important points we can learn about success from this little girl’s innovation:

1. Focus on your why

No matter what we do in life, we need to know why we are doing it. This girl didn’t care about the end result of making money or getting attention from local news channels. She wanted to solve a problem and her why was clearly defined. “I wanted to come up with a way to help get dogs adopted or help people get the right dog for them and their family,” she says on her website. That was her why and it drove her to the success of what she eventually created.

When we have a goal in life, we need to focus on why we want to achieve it. It doesn’t matter if it’s being successful in business, raising our family or traveling the world, we need to clarify why. Without passion behind what we are doing, the dedication required to achieve success is hard to come by. Only when we focus on our why will we really be on the path to success.

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek

2. Define what success looks like

It sounds simple when I say to define success, but oftentimes we don’t. We set goals of working out more or making more money or even adopting more dogs. However, if we don’t define what that actually means, it’s really hard to know when we have hit the success we are working toward.

Success can quickly become like a bully on the playground that draws a line and when you cross it, he draws another line. When that happens, it’s hard to understand what we have achieved and keep moving onto the next goal.

When this survey for the dog adoption was built out, the goal was to adopt a dog to the perfect home. Now that the goal has been achieved, it’s time to set another goal and keep moving forward. By defining success clearly, we can make sure that when we work our plan and hit our goal, we will know it. Then, we can define another goal and work toward that.

3. Do the important work

What I didn’t mention earlier was that this was actually called the “Passion Project” and they were given an hour and a half each week to work on something they were passionate about. She found her topic through research and discovered that about half the dogs at shelters were there because they were the wrong type for the family.

This girl didn’t do this for accolades or attention as she was focused on doing the important work on something she was passionate about. It was only then that she found the problem she could solve and decided it was important to do so.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Real world problems are all around us from financial issues to poverty to famine and much more. Often, we look at a problem and think to ourselves that it’s too big for us to solve or there’s nothing that can be done about it anyway.

This young girl has a lot to teach us about looking at a problem and finding a solution for it. We need to pay attention to the things she has taught us about achieving success by doing the important work which is close to our heart.

What do you think is the most important aspect to success? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to 10X the Likelihood of Completing Your Next Big Project

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According to Bob Proctor, you have a 95% chance of making personal change happen if you make a plan and set a specific time to share your progress with someone. At the opposite end of the spectrum, you only have a 10% chance of making a change if you say “that’s a good idea” to your next inspirational brain wave without doing anything else.

Now think about it, how many times have you thought “that’s a good idea” and been inspired to do something without actually pulling the trigger to take one single, simple step towards doing something? This is one of the biggest challenges standing in the way of people from achieving their fullest potential.

Here are 6 steps to help you jump-start your next project and take action right away:

1. Identify which ideas are actually good

Not all ideas are created equal, and not all ideas are worth pursuing. In fact, some ideas and goals should be actively avoided. Warren Buffett tells a story about having someone write out their top 25 career goals on a piece of paper. After looking at the list, he asks the individual to circle the top 5 goals on their list. After that, he tells the person that the 20 remaining goals should be “avoided at all costs” until the first 5 goals are met.

It is a mistake to think that you can split your energy in multiple directions and succeed at anything. Instead, focus on the top 2 or 3 things that are most important to you, and actively avoid anything that takes you away from pursuing those goals or ideas.

2. Tell yourself you will do something with this new idea

Once you’ve decided that something is important enough to pursue, make a point of telling yourself you will do something to further explore the idea. This doesn’t mean making a commitment to quit your day job to pursue a vague idea for a startup. Nor does it mean dropping everything to travel the world for 6 months. Rather, it means that you commit to looking into something to get a better idea of what’s involved before taking the leap on a project.

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” – Michael Dell

3. Choose a deadline or create a window of time to get something shipped

Outline a specific window of time to accomplish something, and then write out that plan in a calendar. The most important thing is to make sure the deadline is reasonable and that you are realistic. If you make a goal to double your income and launch a new business in the next 12 months, you may find yourself becoming disheartened when things aren’t working out after 3 weeks. I typically choose to work on tasks and projects in 1-3 month sprints, at which point I check in and reevaluate my progress.

4. Outline a specific plan of action on how to do it based on the timeline you have created

I use a variety of tools to help plan out my tasks and remind myself what I’m supposed to be working on, but at the end of the day, the best tool I use to schedule activities is a simple Excel spreadsheet to track tasks on a day by day basis. Check out the book “12 Week Year” for some ideas on how to choose specific action items and tasks which will help you move the needle on your work.

“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki

5. Make a commitment to accomplish something specific based on the timeline and plan

Now that you have spent the time to research your idea, develop a timeline for the idea and structured a plan with specific tasks to accomplish this idea. You must make a commitment to yourself to carry out the tasks on your list and to strive to complete everything on time.

This task is incredibly important because it requires that you tap into a deeper level of motivation that goes beyond acceptance by the group or fear of failure. Instead, you need to reach deep down and make a commitment based on a deep need to accomplish the task that goes beyond recognition.

6. Set a specific time to review and be accountable for your plan and progress with someone else

We all know that even the most powerful source of internal motivation may not be enough to keep you going when times get tough. This is why you should make a habit of meeting up with a friend, mentor or colleague to review your progress on a certain project and to get ideas on how best to proceed. Make this meeting at a time that you both agree on well in advance, be clear on the feedback you want, and then don’t miss your deadlines!

At the end of the day, taking action is perhaps the biggest deciding factor that will directly contribute to your success and your ability to achieve your goals. If you don’t act, you’re dead in the water. So make a commitment to yourself today to give this a shot.

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5 Easy Ways to Apply the Law of Attraction in Your Business

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Are you a great fan of The Secret? Then you must absolutely be a great believer in the underlying principle of the Law of Attraction. We can attract all that we desire right into our lives. You may be familiar with applying these principles in your personal life, to your health, wealth and relationships. Have you ever wondered about applying this to your business as well? Can business success be a consequence of applying the law of attraction? We say Yes!

Here are 5 easy ways to apply the Law of Attraction to your business:

1. Imagine how you want your day to go down to the last detail

This is the most critical step. You know what is lined up for the day, now it is up to you to imagine with great detail and enormous positivity how you want to see each element playing out. Say, you have 3 meetings lined up for today. The first one is a morning meeting to negotiate the pricing terms of a contract. It is not enough if you have only visualized the how’s and what’s of the contract. Think and plan to excruciating levels of detailing.

Imagine yourself, what you are wearing, how you will arrive at the meeting, the time when you will be going, how your body language will be during the discussion. Preempt their moves and visualize your responses well ahead. Then imagine how you will commute to the next meeting and carry forward your victorious attitude from this one.

“Greater self-esteem produces greater success, and greater success produces more high self-esteem, so it keeps on spiralling up.” – Jack Canfield

2. Visualize clinching the deal

Once you have planned down to the last detail, visualize your victory. Try to imagine beforehand the moments just before finalizing the deal. How do you imagine it? What are your words going to be? What is the spirit of your counterpart’s response then? Imagine the actual deal signing. Think of this like a wedding rehearsal and plan accordingly.

3. Conjure the ideal client

It is not enough to just visualize the business transactions and negotiations, you have to conjure the client you want as well. All clients are not the same. There is no one who is a perfect client. You have to convert all clients into the ideal client. Think of each client listing their positives and ending with what you would like to change about them. For example, say to yourself that I love this client for their clear briefs and great team spirit, however, it would be much better if only they would pay on time.

Now visualize them paying you on time. What is happening that is making them pay on time? Perhaps you have visualized sending invoices earlier or sending a friendly reminder their way by way of a personal chat or a quick call. Visualizing the ideal client and then your own set of actions that can help convert every client into the ideal client is the way of applying the law of attraction principle to client relationships.

4. Dream up the perfect team

Great business ideas, amazing discussions and the ideal client still do not make for great success. The dream team is what creates success. We all know this. Just like perfect clients, there are no perfect employees, however, the good news is that you can shape your team into the ideal team.

Say you have a great team with skills in Strategy, Distributor relationships, Retail merchandising but lacking in Marketing skills. Visualize as having a great team with all skills except an acquirable skill of Marketing. Visualize every smaller team being equipped with Marketing skills.

How do you see this happening? Are you going to be employing a marketing skill set equipped person in each team? Are you going to train team members who have the aptitude for it to perform marketing tasks as well? It could also be a mix of both approaches. Whatever it is, you need to visualize it to the last detail, even to the degree of what kind of training you would be providing to them.  

“Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it.” – Mark Cuban

5. Count your highs at the end of the day

This is the only part where future oriented visualization has no place. You have to go over the entire business day and religiously note down all the positives. Sometimes the positives may not be tangible acquisitions such as a contract or a payment or project completion. There would be intangible acquisitions such as the realization of what was needed to improve your team, or the first steps taken towards visualizing your negotiation.

It doesn’t matter, you have to count the positives that today has brought. Celebrate the key notes of the day with your team and verbalize why you are celebrating. This brings the entire team to apply the law of attraction in their own business days as well.

Successful entrepreneurs apply these skills with great mastery. Follow these easy ways and apply the Law of Attraction to your business as well. Your success is certain and imminent. Are you ready for it?

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What You Can Learn From My Ultimate “I Am Screwed” Moment.

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When I was 16 years old, I had the ultimate “I am screwed moment.”

Everything from this point on happened in slow motion. What I’m about to describe probably happened in the space of thirty minutes but it felt like five hours.

I was walking down the street with my buddy one night, eating a paddle pop ice cream. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a group of about twenty teenagers running towards us, dressed in black.

I instantly knew that something was up and as they got closer, we both realized we were screwed and there was nowhere to run to.

Seconds later the gang of teenagers came straight towards us as fast as they could.

“I got lucky and copped a baseball bat to the head. My friend wasn’t so lucky. He was repeatedly stabbed by several different people and there was blood everywhere.”

As I saw what happened to my friend, I knew I’d be next. I was hit so many times with the baseball bat that I was numb from the pain. Everything started to go white.

Then I heard a faint voice. The voice was calling my name out.

I listened to what the young man was saying and realized he was saying that his little brother knew me. All of a sudden, he put out his hand, lifted me off the ground and told me to run in the other direction, or I’d end up like my friend.

I somehow managed to get on my feet and run, but I was not giving up on my friend. I ran around the back of the shopping center that we were standing outside of and entered the building. I ran to the first security guard I saw and told them I needed help.

In my search to get help, miraculously, my friend had made it into the shopping center and he was being treated by a number of bystanders for his massive knife wounds.

I went over and spoke to him. He was okay and things looked better than I expected. I had about sixty seconds of calmness. Then I looked to my left.

Through the glass doors, I could see the same gang of teenagers running into the shopping center. Everyone including the two security guards ran in opposite directions.

My friend with his multiple knife wounds also ran and there were bandages everywhere as he made a run for it (I’m not even sure how he was able to move).

This time I was the unlucky one. I ran into the part of the shopping center that was closed for the night and three of the youths followed me. I’d never been so afraid because I saw what they did to my friend.

I ended up in the shopping centers food court and I hid in the darkness. I tried to control my breathing, but it was hard to silence the fear inside of me. I still remember the white Nike pants I was wearing and the bright red Sean John jumper I had on (I later discarded them because of the memory they left).

Again, through some kind of miracle, the three boys did not see me. They ran off in another direction and I stayed under the table.

The pain of my wounds started to set in. I knew deep down I was safe and so the fight or flight response was turned off. All of a sudden, moving and walking felt very painful.

I could feel broken bits of teeth in my mouth.


The aftermath.

After some time had passed, I manage to reconnect with my friend. By that time there was an ambulance on the scene and he managed to get his knife wounds treated. He got lucky and no vital organs were affected.

The next day I went to school and people could see I had gone through one hell of an ordeal. One of my friends in the year level below, came and found me and explained to me that it was his older brother and friends that attacked me.

They had mistakenly thought that we had come from a party, because of the direction we came from, where he was beaten up. He told me that because they had recognized me, to some degree, I was spared.

The story doesn’t end here though (I wish it did). Even after the brutal event, one of the attackers was still upset with me. I didn’t know why and it made no sense. I had multiple times where he and his friends were waiting for me in certain places and I was told they would harm me.

Through a mutual friend, I was able to resolve the conflict and I found out that a few of them were close friends with a few of my friends. In the coming years, I got to know my attackers.

“They were not the horrible violent people I encountered on that night. They slowly changed their ways and one of them has gone on to do extraordinary kind acts all over the world.”


A revelation from this “I am screwed” moment.

After this horrible event had occurred, I tried to make sense of it. I was not a violent person in any way but in a way, I had created this path for myself.

During my teenage years, I let rap music and violence dominate my life. I thought they were both cool.

The revelation from all of this was that I knew I had to change my life. I knew that the path I was on had led me to this moment and only I could change things. The next time an attack like this happened, I may not be as lucky.

I gave up rap music, I changed my group of friends, I started a business with my brother, I quit smoking and I disengaged from anything that was violent. Looking back, an “I am screwed” moment can be extremely valuable. It’s during these difficult times that we learn about who we are and what we can do to change our lives.

I would never have become obsessed with legacy, giving back and personal development if I hadn’t had this life or death experience.

I’m now fully aware of my mortality and I’m never going to take another day for granted.

Everything can change in a split second for better or for worse. What you do in that moment is up to you.

Nothing happens randomly (even this attack). Everything happens for a reason and when you ensure you get the lesson from it, you can go on to do extraordinary things.

I’m typing these words and reaching millions of people with them, partly because of this “I am screwed” moment.


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  1. manny

    Jan 17, 2015 at 7:01 am

    mark cuban must be smoking some good stuff. he just suggested a 6month cd which is avg 0.80% when last year inflation was avg 1.4% so my money is doing nothing not even keeping up with inflation and somehow im richer then everyone else? whats next mark keep working at my dead end job save my money at the bank and retire so broke on social security that I have to keep working until I die? Also you say that great ideas are never shared thus everyone else is just scamming each other? LMAO Oh boy tin foil is next for you. This post was for suckers imo.

  2. Angel Villanueva

    Oct 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Hello, Mr. Cuban , my name is ANGEL, It’s funny. I’m going to start with. I to believe it or not I am a Multi-Billionaire, I am a Farmer by trade, I got my Real Estate License back in 2006 While I got sick, well to make things short I got shot with a Shot gun on my back, I have 3 fuse disc on my lower back, plus 3 on my neck. About 40 pallets all over my back. Ok, I almost lost my farm while I was sick. I got well started Real Estate sale’s done well since. Just enough to get by. But here is my lesson to you an everybody out there..Please Thank GOD for what ever you have. I have my Wife an 3 children, 1 beautiful Grand daughter an son inlaw. Best of all my Life. I Enjoy Everyday I Thank GOD. I am a Multi-Billionaire, I have a Family.
    Angel Villanueva

  3. B.Veenman

    Sep 2, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Nice article Mark, I’m confronted with change in my industry at the moment and I know I’m just in the right place at the right time. I have already recognized that this might be my burst, the one that I have been working towards for 6 years. I want to just let other readers know to take to hart what Mark writes here, It is very true, from gaining knowledge about you business to that the change in you industry will come.
    It does not matter if your industry is a big industry, With the right idea a small market can be turned into a big market, or you will see related opportunity in a much bigger market.
    Good luck to everybody into becoming bilionairs

  4. Vital KARANGWA

    Jan 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Well, very nice article! I have very many ambitions and I need help of people like you! I think this article will help me in many things , especially in savings! because I spend more than I earn. So, at the end of the month I find my self in looking for extra mony!

  5. Ibukun

    Dec 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Nice article

  6. Darlington

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

    well, others who can help yu should find you already helping yourself.This good advice and it works

  7. Hollington Tong

    Nov 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    In the section First here’s what not to do he is doing what he said not to do.
    Billionaires Rich Devos And Jay Van Andle seem to disagree with his first not what to do also.

    I am not saying the advice here is unsound but its self defeating when you say no one will help you in an article designed to help you. Simply because if you believe others aren’t there to help you succeed then your advice is would be designed to make sure others don’t.

  8. jacob

    Sep 6, 2012 at 3:27 am

    hey my name is jacob fowler ,im a high school student in montana . ive read alot of your stuff about helping you succeed with your goals ,i have many goals of my own ,and its fascinating how you to be where you are now.thank you and it would be great to talk to you . thanks

  9. Reemo

    Aug 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Just a heretical thought to add to the conversation… Wheres the fun in getting rich when the rest of the people are down and out with markets crashing…. I want to be rich when the markets are up so I dont have to be alone in my success….I want to be rich when the economy is booming and everyones happy . I dont want to enjoy at a time when others are weeping … Just my two cents

    • Steve

      Dec 18, 2012 at 4:03 am

      Everyone one wants to grow rich and everyone wants to grow rich with their ones you love. The difficult part is when you start becoming successful and your loved ones are struggling with taking the initial sacrifices, like adding discipline to their lives. What then? Do you carry them on your back so they can “be there” with you in your success? For someone to be successful, first of all they have to want to for themselves.Then take action.

    • Matt

      Dec 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      I think you are missing the point…making money is a zero sum game. When someone makes a bunch, someone else lost a bunch. Statements like ‘I want to make money while everyone else is’ is something that someone who will never make money says. Capitalism is just that, capitalizing. If capitalizing on something for your own gain hurts your feelings for someone else, than just start a non profit. Don’t get me wrong I want people to all succeed but the reality is most wealthy people make money by taking it from others. There is a finite amount of money out there, it’s not meant to be shared, it’s meant to be exchanged.

  10. Mike

    Jul 29, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Couldn’t agree more about the statement regarding cash.

  11. Nedu

    Jul 14, 2012 at 4:18 am

    I ve read d post and comments dat ve followed.i observe dat as d years go by and inflation is hitting d roof,a lot of pple wil find it difficult 2 cope not 2 talk of get rich. U save up money and inflation preys on it and u think u ve moved an inch. IF U THINK ABOUT GETTING RICH INSTEAD OF THINKING ABOUT CREATING VALUE THAT U RE PASSIONATE ABOUT,it maybe difficult and impossible 2 be rich.

    • Shamus Mac

      Jul 30, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      “If you think about getting rich instead of… creating value that you’re passionate about, it may be difficult and impossible to be rich.”

      @Nedu: Truer words have hardly been said!

      MLM companies are group-think institutions which dedicate their training seminars to teach only recruitment and ignore retail techniques, because their customers are, in fact, you “independent distributors” which are coerced to fulfil minimum monthly purchase levels to maintain your precious and hard-won discount rate.

      And what an ideal customer you are! Whether you consume or resell or not is no concern of the MLM parent company. The more inspirational seminars you attend, and the more resources you dedicate to reach those exotic locations, the longer it will take for you to accept reality, despite your pantry full of overstock, and friends which have either become your direct competitors or ostracised you for attempting to profit off them.

      I now profit off independent distributors by providing prepopulated e-commerce solutions for a specific MLM company in a sincere attempt to help those who, like members of my immediate family, persist because the mark-ups do look great on paper. What inspired this? Aside from sympathy, the realization that many people made a smart profit off the California gold rush; but almost all of them simply ran tool shops to supply the gold diggers.

  12. Adrian Keys

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:55 am

    “Boom and busts happen to every industry. The question is whether you have the discipline to be ready when it happens for you ?

    If you do, you will find out what it feels like to get lucky.”

    The most important for the very last…sweet! Nice post….

  13. dave amos

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I think Lauren is right on the button, he has spelt it out in a simple black n white way to make a point, but basically he is right, learn about business from the bottom up, save your money, work 10% harder than the average and you’ll do well, my dad had a phrase – if you want something done “Find a busy man” I never understood at first, only thing I would add is – don’t let the corporate ladder be the thing that ties you into a salary, jump off at some point and do your own thing … apart from that delay a family as long as you can – that’s advice for men of course … good luck, it’s hard work. 🙂

  14. Mark Hibbitts

    Jun 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Lauren is correct that the areas are pretty broad, but I think this is a pretty good article as it tells it like it is. Getting wealthy takes time and discipline, and there are no short cuts. Yes you need to learn investing too but without cash that’s a waste of time. Cash flow is king.

    I’m also interested in seeing Laurens website as I write books for children about the same things and there may be a potential JV for us.

    Mark Hibbitts

  15. DeJuan Collins

    May 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I agree with a lot of his advice, except the business model of a good MLM company this business model may not make you rich, but could create you seed money to invest in other entrepreneurial opportunities. For a few hundred dollars to get started you could break even really fast and be on the road to profit pretty quickly.

  16. Gabriel Do Carmo

    Apr 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I disagree with some, if not most, of what Mark Cuban said. For anybody reading this comment, go read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. It will COMPLETELY change your mindset for the better

  17. Eduardo Salido

    Mar 22, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I dont agree with him, if you have a family it means two paychecks not one! Of course a parent spends with children but the amount is not alot. I think this guy got lucky, Ive read a couple of blogs from him and he just sounds nonsense.

  18. dbizzle03

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I stopped reading after he said that most things are schemes and to put your savings into a 6 month CD at the bank. Clearly, not the way to get ahead when there are better ways of saving. There are plenty of vehicles to use to get to where you want to go, the key really is you have to WORK to get there.

  19. Lauren Sainz

    Mar 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I have a website that targets getting financial information to young adults, information that they aren’t getting from high schools or colleges. In my opinion, it’s great that Mr. Cuban has created a rich lifestyle for himself and was able to retire in his 20s. However, some of the points he makes are very broad and won’t work for everyone.

    In a perfect world, starting in your teenage years you’ll know the ins-and-outs of managing money, you won’t charge up credit card debt, you’ll spend less than you make, you’ll save 10% of your income, and you’ll always be able to buy what you need without struggle. For Mr. Cuban, he seemed to understand that and I applaud him for understanding at such a young age.

    However, this new generation of young adults are accustomed to the life of buying now, paying later. They don’t have the discipline to save money and pay for things with cash. They want to go to college and cannot pay for it so they must take out student loans.

    The idea of getting a job and learning all there is to learn about that business and then waiting for your opportunity to strike sounds like an idea that will fail for most. Nobody wants to be told to wait to get rich.

    I’m a firm believer in knowledge is power and I understand the idea of learning all there is to learn about a business. However, ultimately an investment has to be made in yourself either through additional schooling or to start a business.

    I started my website almost a year ago. I’m only just now seeing revenue come in from ads that I place on my site. All my information I give on the site is free to my readers and I never charge for anything. I found something that I love doing and I do that through writing about personal finance on the web.

    But before I started my site, I had to get my knowledge from somewhere. I went to school. I took out massive student loans. I racked up credit card debt when paychecks were too short to pay bills. I made financial mistakes and I’ve learned from them. I’m doing better.

    Most young adults are not starting out with a clean slate. They have debt to repay. They don’t have the time to wait to save money. Some are too strapped that they cannot pay more than the minimum on their debt and there is no room for savings. So, based on Mr. Cubans idea of saving every penny, that won’t work for them because they don’t have enough pennies to save.

    The key to getting rich isn’t just finding a business that interests you and learning about it and saving every penny you have, it’s about deciding where you want to invest your money. You can invest in an education for yourself, invest in a venture someone you know wants to do, invest in a business opportunity for yourself, or invest in your future (retirement accounts). Yes, stay away from scams, but multi-level marketing isn’t evil. There are legit MLM companies out there to choose from. You just have to do your research first and be passionate about the product they sell. If you aren’t passionate about a product, you won’t be able to sell that product through a MLM business. There are also legit stay-at-home jobs online.

    The point is your options for getting rich are endless and as long as you remain focused, it can happen for you. You just have to find your passion and start from there.

    • kirk davis (@kirkd12)

      Mar 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Nice post Lauren and very noble of you not to advertise your website but I would be interested in reading some of your stuff so please do provide a link or tweet me (@kirkd12)

      thanks

      • Raymond Duke

        Mar 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        I too have recently started a site, and have been leaving comments on blogs I follow or find interesting. And Kirk, I agree with you about not linking to the site in your comment because it makes it seem as if you are fishing for hits. If you are leaaving a genuine thoughtful comment, then you are more likely to gain the interest of its reader who will then go on to your site which hopefully leads to more genuine and thoughtful information. By the way, you can visit the site of the person who left the comment by going to their avatar and clicking “visit site” underneath it. Doing this, or clicking on the person’s name, will bring you to their site usually on most most places or sites that let you leave comments.

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What You Can Learn From My Ultimate “I Am Screwed” Moment.

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When I was 16 years old, I had the ultimate “I am screwed moment.”

Everything from this point on happened in slow motion. What I’m about to describe probably happened in the space of thirty minutes but it felt like five hours.

I was walking down the street with my buddy one night, eating a paddle pop ice cream. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a group of about twenty teenagers running towards us, dressed in black.

I instantly knew that something was up and as they got closer, we both realized we were screwed and there was nowhere to run to.

Seconds later the gang of teenagers came straight towards us as fast as they could.

“I got lucky and copped a baseball bat to the head. My friend wasn’t so lucky. He was repeatedly stabbed by several different people and there was blood everywhere.”

As I saw what happened to my friend, I knew I’d be next. I was hit so many times with the baseball bat that I was numb from the pain. Everything started to go white.

Then I heard a faint voice. The voice was calling my name out.

I listened to what the young man was saying and realized he was saying that his little brother knew me. All of a sudden, he put out his hand, lifted me off the ground and told me to run in the other direction, or I’d end up like my friend.

I somehow managed to get on my feet and run, but I was not giving up on my friend. I ran around the back of the shopping center that we were standing outside of and entered the building. I ran to the first security guard I saw and told them I needed help.

In my search to get help, miraculously, my friend had made it into the shopping center and he was being treated by a number of bystanders for his massive knife wounds.

I went over and spoke to him. He was okay and things looked better than I expected. I had about sixty seconds of calmness. Then I looked to my left.

Through the glass doors, I could see the same gang of teenagers running into the shopping center. Everyone including the two security guards ran in opposite directions.

My friend with his multiple knife wounds also ran and there were bandages everywhere as he made a run for it (I’m not even sure how he was able to move).

This time I was the unlucky one. I ran into the part of the shopping center that was closed for the night and three of the youths followed me. I’d never been so afraid because I saw what they did to my friend.

I ended up in the shopping centers food court and I hid in the darkness. I tried to control my breathing, but it was hard to silence the fear inside of me. I still remember the white Nike pants I was wearing and the bright red Sean John jumper I had on (I later discarded them because of the memory they left).

Again, through some kind of miracle, the three boys did not see me. They ran off in another direction and I stayed under the table.

The pain of my wounds started to set in. I knew deep down I was safe and so the fight or flight response was turned off. All of a sudden, moving and walking felt very painful.

I could feel broken bits of teeth in my mouth.


The aftermath.

After some time had passed, I manage to reconnect with my friend. By that time there was an ambulance on the scene and he managed to get his knife wounds treated. He got lucky and no vital organs were affected.

The next day I went to school and people could see I had gone through one hell of an ordeal. One of my friends in the year level below, came and found me and explained to me that it was his older brother and friends that attacked me.

They had mistakenly thought that we had come from a party, because of the direction we came from, where he was beaten up. He told me that because they had recognized me, to some degree, I was spared.

The story doesn’t end here though (I wish it did). Even after the brutal event, one of the attackers was still upset with me. I didn’t know why and it made no sense. I had multiple times where he and his friends were waiting for me in certain places and I was told they would harm me.

Through a mutual friend, I was able to resolve the conflict and I found out that a few of them were close friends with a few of my friends. In the coming years, I got to know my attackers.

“They were not the horrible violent people I encountered on that night. They slowly changed their ways and one of them has gone on to do extraordinary kind acts all over the world.”


A revelation from this “I am screwed” moment.

After this horrible event had occurred, I tried to make sense of it. I was not a violent person in any way but in a way, I had created this path for myself.

During my teenage years, I let rap music and violence dominate my life. I thought they were both cool.

The revelation from all of this was that I knew I had to change my life. I knew that the path I was on had led me to this moment and only I could change things. The next time an attack like this happened, I may not be as lucky.

I gave up rap music, I changed my group of friends, I started a business with my brother, I quit smoking and I disengaged from anything that was violent. Looking back, an “I am screwed” moment can be extremely valuable. It’s during these difficult times that we learn about who we are and what we can do to change our lives.

I would never have become obsessed with legacy, giving back and personal development if I hadn’t had this life or death experience.

I’m now fully aware of my mortality and I’m never going to take another day for granted.

Everything can change in a split second for better or for worse. What you do in that moment is up to you.

Nothing happens randomly (even this attack). Everything happens for a reason and when you ensure you get the lesson from it, you can go on to do extraordinary things.

I’m typing these words and reaching millions of people with them, partly because of this “I am screwed” moment.


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3 Things We Can Learn About Success From a 13 Year Old Girls School Project

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Success comes in all shapes and sizes. So, when I read about a 13 year old that was solving a major problem in the dog adoption industry, I was intrigued. It turns out that many families often choose the wrong dog for their family and end up giving them up to a shelter.

When a school project came up, this young girl decided she would try to tackle the problem. First, she created a survey that would help potential dog foster parents determine which dog would be a good fit for them. Then, she teamed up with a local shelter who gave her information on the dogs. Finally, she added the survey to a website she built called Dog Do or Dog Don’t. So far, it’s seen success in just a few months by pairing 5 dogs with the perfect home.

Here are 3 important points we can learn about success from this little girl’s innovation:

1. Focus on your why

No matter what we do in life, we need to know why we are doing it. This girl didn’t care about the end result of making money or getting attention from local news channels. She wanted to solve a problem and her why was clearly defined. “I wanted to come up with a way to help get dogs adopted or help people get the right dog for them and their family,” she says on her website. That was her why and it drove her to the success of what she eventually created.

When we have a goal in life, we need to focus on why we want to achieve it. It doesn’t matter if it’s being successful in business, raising our family or traveling the world, we need to clarify why. Without passion behind what we are doing, the dedication required to achieve success is hard to come by. Only when we focus on our why will we really be on the path to success.

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek

2. Define what success looks like

It sounds simple when I say to define success, but oftentimes we don’t. We set goals of working out more or making more money or even adopting more dogs. However, if we don’t define what that actually means, it’s really hard to know when we have hit the success we are working toward.

Success can quickly become like a bully on the playground that draws a line and when you cross it, he draws another line. When that happens, it’s hard to understand what we have achieved and keep moving onto the next goal.

When this survey for the dog adoption was built out, the goal was to adopt a dog to the perfect home. Now that the goal has been achieved, it’s time to set another goal and keep moving forward. By defining success clearly, we can make sure that when we work our plan and hit our goal, we will know it. Then, we can define another goal and work toward that.

3. Do the important work

What I didn’t mention earlier was that this was actually called the “Passion Project” and they were given an hour and a half each week to work on something they were passionate about. She found her topic through research and discovered that about half the dogs at shelters were there because they were the wrong type for the family.

This girl didn’t do this for accolades or attention as she was focused on doing the important work on something she was passionate about. It was only then that she found the problem she could solve and decided it was important to do so.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Real world problems are all around us from financial issues to poverty to famine and much more. Often, we look at a problem and think to ourselves that it’s too big for us to solve or there’s nothing that can be done about it anyway.

This young girl has a lot to teach us about looking at a problem and finding a solution for it. We need to pay attention to the things she has taught us about achieving success by doing the important work which is close to our heart.

What do you think is the most important aspect to success? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to 10X the Likelihood of Completing Your Next Big Project

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According to Bob Proctor, you have a 95% chance of making personal change happen if you make a plan and set a specific time to share your progress with someone. At the opposite end of the spectrum, you only have a 10% chance of making a change if you say “that’s a good idea” to your next inspirational brain wave without doing anything else.

Now think about it, how many times have you thought “that’s a good idea” and been inspired to do something without actually pulling the trigger to take one single, simple step towards doing something? This is one of the biggest challenges standing in the way of people from achieving their fullest potential.

Here are 6 steps to help you jump-start your next project and take action right away:

1. Identify which ideas are actually good

Not all ideas are created equal, and not all ideas are worth pursuing. In fact, some ideas and goals should be actively avoided. Warren Buffett tells a story about having someone write out their top 25 career goals on a piece of paper. After looking at the list, he asks the individual to circle the top 5 goals on their list. After that, he tells the person that the 20 remaining goals should be “avoided at all costs” until the first 5 goals are met.

It is a mistake to think that you can split your energy in multiple directions and succeed at anything. Instead, focus on the top 2 or 3 things that are most important to you, and actively avoid anything that takes you away from pursuing those goals or ideas.

2. Tell yourself you will do something with this new idea

Once you’ve decided that something is important enough to pursue, make a point of telling yourself you will do something to further explore the idea. This doesn’t mean making a commitment to quit your day job to pursue a vague idea for a startup. Nor does it mean dropping everything to travel the world for 6 months. Rather, it means that you commit to looking into something to get a better idea of what’s involved before taking the leap on a project.

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” – Michael Dell

3. Choose a deadline or create a window of time to get something shipped

Outline a specific window of time to accomplish something, and then write out that plan in a calendar. The most important thing is to make sure the deadline is reasonable and that you are realistic. If you make a goal to double your income and launch a new business in the next 12 months, you may find yourself becoming disheartened when things aren’t working out after 3 weeks. I typically choose to work on tasks and projects in 1-3 month sprints, at which point I check in and reevaluate my progress.

4. Outline a specific plan of action on how to do it based on the timeline you have created

I use a variety of tools to help plan out my tasks and remind myself what I’m supposed to be working on, but at the end of the day, the best tool I use to schedule activities is a simple Excel spreadsheet to track tasks on a day by day basis. Check out the book “12 Week Year” for some ideas on how to choose specific action items and tasks which will help you move the needle on your work.

“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki

5. Make a commitment to accomplish something specific based on the timeline and plan

Now that you have spent the time to research your idea, develop a timeline for the idea and structured a plan with specific tasks to accomplish this idea. You must make a commitment to yourself to carry out the tasks on your list and to strive to complete everything on time.

This task is incredibly important because it requires that you tap into a deeper level of motivation that goes beyond acceptance by the group or fear of failure. Instead, you need to reach deep down and make a commitment based on a deep need to accomplish the task that goes beyond recognition.

6. Set a specific time to review and be accountable for your plan and progress with someone else

We all know that even the most powerful source of internal motivation may not be enough to keep you going when times get tough. This is why you should make a habit of meeting up with a friend, mentor or colleague to review your progress on a certain project and to get ideas on how best to proceed. Make this meeting at a time that you both agree on well in advance, be clear on the feedback you want, and then don’t miss your deadlines!

At the end of the day, taking action is perhaps the biggest deciding factor that will directly contribute to your success and your ability to achieve your goals. If you don’t act, you’re dead in the water. So make a commitment to yourself today to give this a shot.

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5 Easy Ways to Apply the Law of Attraction in Your Business

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Are you a great fan of The Secret? Then you must absolutely be a great believer in the underlying principle of the Law of Attraction. We can attract all that we desire right into our lives. You may be familiar with applying these principles in your personal life, to your health, wealth and relationships. Have you ever wondered about applying this to your business as well? Can business success be a consequence of applying the law of attraction? We say Yes!

Here are 5 easy ways to apply the Law of Attraction to your business:

1. Imagine how you want your day to go down to the last detail

This is the most critical step. You know what is lined up for the day, now it is up to you to imagine with great detail and enormous positivity how you want to see each element playing out. Say, you have 3 meetings lined up for today. The first one is a morning meeting to negotiate the pricing terms of a contract. It is not enough if you have only visualized the how’s and what’s of the contract. Think and plan to excruciating levels of detailing.

Imagine yourself, what you are wearing, how you will arrive at the meeting, the time when you will be going, how your body language will be during the discussion. Preempt their moves and visualize your responses well ahead. Then imagine how you will commute to the next meeting and carry forward your victorious attitude from this one.

“Greater self-esteem produces greater success, and greater success produces more high self-esteem, so it keeps on spiralling up.” – Jack Canfield

2. Visualize clinching the deal

Once you have planned down to the last detail, visualize your victory. Try to imagine beforehand the moments just before finalizing the deal. How do you imagine it? What are your words going to be? What is the spirit of your counterpart’s response then? Imagine the actual deal signing. Think of this like a wedding rehearsal and plan accordingly.

3. Conjure the ideal client

It is not enough to just visualize the business transactions and negotiations, you have to conjure the client you want as well. All clients are not the same. There is no one who is a perfect client. You have to convert all clients into the ideal client. Think of each client listing their positives and ending with what you would like to change about them. For example, say to yourself that I love this client for their clear briefs and great team spirit, however, it would be much better if only they would pay on time.

Now visualize them paying you on time. What is happening that is making them pay on time? Perhaps you have visualized sending invoices earlier or sending a friendly reminder their way by way of a personal chat or a quick call. Visualizing the ideal client and then your own set of actions that can help convert every client into the ideal client is the way of applying the law of attraction principle to client relationships.

4. Dream up the perfect team

Great business ideas, amazing discussions and the ideal client still do not make for great success. The dream team is what creates success. We all know this. Just like perfect clients, there are no perfect employees, however, the good news is that you can shape your team into the ideal team.

Say you have a great team with skills in Strategy, Distributor relationships, Retail merchandising but lacking in Marketing skills. Visualize as having a great team with all skills except an acquirable skill of Marketing. Visualize every smaller team being equipped with Marketing skills.

How do you see this happening? Are you going to be employing a marketing skill set equipped person in each team? Are you going to train team members who have the aptitude for it to perform marketing tasks as well? It could also be a mix of both approaches. Whatever it is, you need to visualize it to the last detail, even to the degree of what kind of training you would be providing to them.  

“Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it.” – Mark Cuban

5. Count your highs at the end of the day

This is the only part where future oriented visualization has no place. You have to go over the entire business day and religiously note down all the positives. Sometimes the positives may not be tangible acquisitions such as a contract or a payment or project completion. There would be intangible acquisitions such as the realization of what was needed to improve your team, or the first steps taken towards visualizing your negotiation.

It doesn’t matter, you have to count the positives that today has brought. Celebrate the key notes of the day with your team and verbalize why you are celebrating. This brings the entire team to apply the law of attraction in their own business days as well.

Successful entrepreneurs apply these skills with great mastery. Follow these easy ways and apply the Law of Attraction to your business as well. Your success is certain and imminent. Are you ready for it?

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