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Why The World Is Not Going To End Because Of One Man

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So recently we had a new world leader join the ranks. Some love him, and some believe he is going to destroy the world, as we know it. Despite what some might say, the world is not going to end. One man cannot bring down the entire world.

Here are the four reasons why the world is not going to end because of one man:

1. He’s showing us our dark side

The world has reached a certain point because of technology and the way we have treated the environment. This one man cannot bring us down and what he is doing is showing us our own dark side. He is showing us what we’ve become and helping us to look in the mirror.

We shouldn’t be afraid of our dark side that is represented by this man; we should use it to highlight where we need to improve. Racism has been tucked under the carpet as a thing of the past, but it’s more prevalent than ever.

I’ve shifted my belief to one of love for one another and forced myself to believe that we are global citizens. This one man is telling us that we are not global citizens and we must rebel against the sheer thought of that idea.

Sometimes we need to see our dark side and we need to come face to face with it. When we see what we’ve become as a society, instead of letting it rip us apart, we can use it to rebuild the world as we know it. There is so much power in darkness, and we have to band together and shine the light through which we cannot see through right now.

We have to have hope that this one man’s reign is only temporary and that good will prevail like it always does. Maybe we need a real hero like Batkid to return and not just save Gotham City but the planet.

2. He’s forcing us to seek change.

As long as we avoid the world’s problems and continue to talk about the issues rather than try and solve them, we’re never going to get the change we all seek. Our world is not in dire straits despite what the media may tell us, but we do need to change.

“No longer can we let hate rule some parts of the world. No longer can we stand for wars instead of peace. No longer can we refuse to love one another and live together. No longer can we let money and greed be the idealism that we teach our children in schools and through the content they consume. No longer can we let our food supply keep killing us”

This one man is helping us seek change, and it’s up to us to demand it. We can’t blame this man we can only learn from him. Blame will just suck our energy and motivation away from solving the problems we need to fix.

The protesting around the globe is a good thing. People have a right to voice their opinion and do so in a peaceful way without violence or hatred for one another. When we unite as one rather than remain divided like we are right now, we can achieve so much more together. Love is the answer.

3. He’s helping us hit rock bottom

As I’ve said before, we need to hit rock bottom before we can take the human race to the next level. The information age has come and gone; Technology has given us solutions as well as a new set of problems to solve. We’re now in the spiritual age we’re we are going back to our roots.

We’re questioning the operating manual of our human mind. We’re looking at each other now for solutions. We’re discovering that our human genes are fundamentally flawed and designed for a prehistoric world that has come and gone.

We’re learning to love all over again, and we’re discovering ancient practices such as meditation and gratitude as a way to solve conflict. We need this one man to help us through this new era, and I believe – while this may sound controversial – that this one man will change in the process.

I believe he will learn a thing or two and see what the human race is really possible of achieving. Maybe he will even change for the better. People can change they just need a reason to do so. This one man is not as evil as we think he’s just misguided and lost.

We’ve all been through this confusing time so remember that before you judge him. Yes, he’s said some horrendous things, but the power to forgive and know that no reign of terror can last forever is far more crucial.

4. He serves a purpose

Everything that happens in our world happens for a purpose. Think of it this way: the leaves and stems of an indoor plant fall off and die every year. As the leaves and stems go brown, through this period, the plant can lose some of its beauty.

Then one day, a spark of green comes from the center. Within a few days, the plant is surrounded by new green growth and the plant is on the way back to standing tall and green again. In case you’re wondering, I have an indoor plant sitting next to me as I write this and that’s how I thought of this analogy.

This one man has been sent by a higher power to lead us towards some unseen new direction. In my eyes, he’s the brown part of the plant that comes before the new green stems start to grow in our world. By having him reign terror on us for a while, we give the opportunity for someone else to stand up.

“Maybe after this man’s reign we’ll have a new Nelson Mandela that comes into power”

Maybe this new inspiring leader would never have stepped into the spotlight if it weren’t for the short term challenges we’re facing right now by his future predecessor.

Have faith in what we humans have created and don’t allow one man to destroy our happiness. Voice your opinion with your heart, not with your animal hunting, predatory instincts. Everything happens for a reason, and after this season is over, we’ll have an even more spectacular season to look forward to.

Focus on what you can do to make the world a better place. It takes just one idea to change the path of humanity, and you may (unbeknownst to you) be the one that leads that change or even inspires it.

Do you still think one man can bring the world to an end? Let me know on my website timdenning.net or my Facebook.

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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  1. Richard Saldana

    Jan 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Beautifully written Tim! We need hope! That’s right! Keep up the good work!
    Maybe one day you can be a guest blogger on one of my sites/blogs!

  2. Marquita Herald

    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I find I’m less focused on the man right now than I am his followers. I want to understand how we got here and why, and it doesn’t take a deep thinker to see that the two candidates were only the surface issues. While a few have tried, I don’t believe one man can bring the world to the end. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stand up for our rights and beliefs.

    • Tim Denning

      Jan 5, 2017 at 12:41 am

      I’m totally with you Marquita and I’m glad you have an interest in wanting to understand the followers more. This is only the beginning not the end 🙂

  3. Elisa

    Nov 22, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Nice piece of writing. ..
    Well thank you Tim for putting the beautiful and deep words to some thoughts I had or some people may have regarding this man and the situation.
    I believe in Forgiveness and Love. Too.
    Many new “Mandelas” in several countries would be the greatest hope, thoughts and believe we should have.

    • Tim Denning

      Jan 5, 2017 at 12:40 am

      Elisa I’m glad you share the same sense of optimism that I have. More Mandela’s would be my dream 🙂

  4. Martha

    Nov 22, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Very inspiring and brilliant. A refreshing look at what is happening.

    • Tim Denning

      Jan 5, 2017 at 12:39 am

      Thanks Martha and glad you saw value in the post!

  5. Thea

    Nov 22, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Nice piece. After all those negative views and news about the upcoming Trump Presidency, it is good to see something optimistic about.

  6. Ginny Bowman

    Nov 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    That has got to be the most optimistic way of looking at Trump’s presidency that I have ever seen (except of course for the people that voted for him). Thank you! What the world needs more than anything is optimism and a sense of hope, because no, the world will not end because of one man.

    • Tim Denning

      Jan 5, 2017 at 12:38 am

      Really appreciate the kinds words Ginny. Thanks for reading!

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Why You Should Prefer Emails to Phone Calls if You Want to Be More Productive

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“Email” and “productivity” rarely go together in a sentence. Emails have been declared as one of our largest time wasters. A McKinsey report stated that people spend around 2.6 hours each day responding to emails. That’s 13 hours a week, 52 hours a month and over 60 days a year! Imagine what you could’ve achieved in 60 days!

Emails also negatively affect our cognitive resources. When we think of responding to them while doing other important tasks, it takes up to 23 minutes and 15 seconds after being disrupted to return to full attention to a current task. Imagine how much our cognition and productivity gets fractured when we get distracted over and over again.

Constant emailing also drains us mentally. And at the end of a day, we realize that we’ve achieved nothing worth mentioning. With a phone call, you can sort issues and solve problems quickly, right? In theory, you’re right. But we live in a practical world where many variables come into play.

Below are three variables that make phone calls adversely affect our productivity, and why emails are a better alternative:

1. Wasting Time

Most “five-minute conversations” can quickly turn into 35-minute calls because people ramble about irrelevant aspects. This derailment, several times a day, severely limits the limited time and energy you have for important tasks.

Emails, on the other hand, force writers to streamline their thoughts and stick to the point. Emails can save you plenty of time and energy because you avoid lengthy phone calls. The constant strife to keep your own emails short and crisp also makes you a clearer thinker, which rewards you in other aspects of your life.

“It’s better to waste money, than it is to waste time. You can always get more money.” – Hal Sparks

2. Inaccurate Responses

An unexpected phone call can catch me caught off guard on a topic. I might respond emotionally or give an answer that doesn’t do justice to what I want to share. In a world dominated by panic buttons and fire-fighting, these don’t just stress me out but the caller as well.

Emails give me flexibility to prepare a coherent response and share it when I’m satisfied. If I feel a surge of emotion, I can sleep over the thought and share a better (more rational) response the next day. Many page-long email responses to emails that upset me have turned into a simple “thank you for your email” the next day.

3. Constant Back-and-Forth

Phone calls often are ineffective to solve business problems. Accounting for multiple people, their views, their timelines… One phone call can quickly turn into three.

Emails are quicker and more effective than even conference calls. They let you communicate with multiple people at the same time. You can share information, assign tasks and give status updates while being as specific as possible.

You must be wondering, “What about back-and-forth emails then? Why do we waste precious time on them?” Yes, email has earned a bad rap. But it’s not because of the medium; it’s because we handle it ineffectively.

A Better Approach to Emailing

For most people, constantly refreshing the inbox is part of the daily to-do list. It keeps them busy and gives them a kick of dopamine – the feel-good chemical.

Ironically, this quest to remain busy makes people compromise on taking action that can move them forward. Using emails prudently, rewards you with plenty of energy and mind space to focus on tasks that truly matter.

Here are three steps that benefited me without succumbing to the side effects of email:

1. Checking Them Less

I check emails just 3 times a day – at 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. If you don’t have the luxury to do the same, you can start by checking your emails for ten minutes at the end of each hour. Most senders expect a response in a little over an hour. So they won’t mind a slightly delayed response. This gives you 45 undisturbed minutes each hour to work on your core tasks.

2. Responding Quickly

People delay responding to emails at least 37% of the time, which turns finding emails and responding to them into additional tasks that cost time and lead to attention residue. Most emails take under two minutes to respond. When you can respond to an email, do so instead of putting it off. This won’t just put your mind at peace, it’ll also reduce the number of “did-you-see-this” follow-up emails in your inbox.

“I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.” – Elon Musk

3. The If-Then Technique

The If-Then technique helps you address multiple scenarios at once. For instance, an email that says, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM?” becomes, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.”

This technique is also effective when you want to suggest ideas or provide instructions on alternative steps. For example, “Here’s Plan A. If it doesn’t work, connect with [name] and ask for [specific information]. If you don’t get what you need, inform me.”

I’ll admit. This sounds like more work in the current moment, but it drastically cuts down the number of trail mails, confused correspondences, and fire-fighting instances that occur due to miscommunication.

The If-Then formula is the single most effective technique I’ve learned from The 4-Hour Workweek. All of this doesn’t mean that you abandon phone calls, In fact, it’s better to use the phone for sensitive topics or if an email conversation gets dragged. But remain mindful to not let phone calls waste your time.

If you want to pursue a meaningful life, place a premium on your time. Do things that create time for you to pursue meaningful actions and avoid doing what pulls you away from them. In the knowledge economy, this is the key to success.

Do you prefer email or talking on the phone? Share your thoughts below!

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4 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Reach the Level of Success You So Desperately Crave

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It’s normal that every person in the world wants to reach success and happiness. Yet, everyone defines both of these things differently. For some, success is making a whole bunch of money while for others this can be to become a good parent. Happiness is defined differently as well. Some people need to own a jet, boat and 3 cars to be truly happy, while others are happy just to be able to wake up in the morning.

It doesn’t matter how you define success and happiness, the truth is, you want to achieve them both. But, to be able to reach success and happiness, you need to answer 4 questions for yourself.

Here are the 4 questions you need to answer before you can achieve success and happiness:

1. Where Are You?

No, not geographically. It doesn’t matter where you live. What matters is where are you in life. Where are you in your way to success and happiness. Let’s say you are lost in the woods. You know exactly where you want to go, but you don’t know where you are. Even a map doesn’t help you with that.

The same is true in life. You may have a goal, but until you truly define where you are in the moment, you can’t move toward this goal. So, step 1 on your way to success and happiness is to define where you are right now.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

2. Where Do You Want to Go?

When you define where you are in life, then you can think of where you want to be.

There’s this saying:  When you don´t know your final destination, you´ll end up somewhere you didn’t want to be. Until you don’t know clearly where you want to be in life and who you want to become, your life doesn’t have a true purpose.

Without purpose, there´s no motivation. Without motivation, there´s no energy. And without energy, you´re not living, you´re just existing. I am sure you know someone who looks like a walking corpse everytime you see them. Do you think this person lives a successful and happy life? Most likely not.

So, step 2 on your way to success and happiness is to clearly define your goal. What do you want to accomplish and who do you want to become?

3. Why Do You Want It?

Okay, you know the basics. You know where you are and where you want to be. But, as Rocky Balboa said, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.” And as you already know, life usually doesn’t go according to your plan. There will be hard times and to overcome those and not give up, you need to know WHY you do what you do.

You need to know WHY you want to accomplish your goals. When you answer this for yourself, you don’t struggle so much to motivate yourself. You will be motivated every minute of every day.

So, as a step 3, sit down and think of WHY you want to accomplish your goals. What’s the big purpose?

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.” – Tony Robbins

4. How Are You Going to Get There?

And finally, how are you going to get there? What’s your plan? You may know where you are, where you want to be and why you want to do it, but until you truly understand how you are going to get there, there won’t be much success and happiness in your life.

For example, you want to become a bodybuilder. You want to do it because you want to have big muscles and you want to look fit. But, you have no idea how to work out, how to build muscle and how to lose fat. Do you think, you´re going to be happy? No. As Tony Robbins says, “true happiness comes from progress.”

To make progress, you need to have a specific plan; how to get from point A (where you are) to point B (where you want to be). So, as a step 4, sit down and make a specific plan for how you’re going to get what you want in life.

In order to reach success and happiness, there are 4 questions you need to answer for yourself. Without answering them, you´re not going to  get ahead in life, you´re just bouncing around. Success and happiness never come from just bouncing around in life.

Good news is, that these questions are really simple. It won’t take much time to answer them. Just be aware of where you are and where you want to be. Don´t forget to understand why you are pursuing your dream and finally, how are you going to get what you want.

Answer these 4 simple questions today and you won’t struggle with finding success and happiness in life anymore.

Which one of the above 4 questions resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts and ideas below!

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The Empathetic Heart: How The CHO of VaynerMedia Is Changing The Way We Work

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A month after I had joined LinkedIn back in July of 2018, I sent Claude Silver a connection request and began following her content. One day she made a post saying “Ask and you shall receive, what can I do to help you today?”. I commented on that post asking for a 5 minute interview and to my surprise she agreed by asking me to send her a message (I was given a full hour). This was the first example of pure kindness I witnessed from Claude.

The first message you see on Claude’s website is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something. That message spoke to me on an emotional level, and I believe it will speak to you too. I wanted to know how she created such an amazing culture, what being a “culture carrier” meant, and how the employees at VaynerMedia have been changed by her work there.

A culture carrier in Claude’s own words is “someone who is aligned with our values, I can’t teach someone to be kind they have to already be kind. The process of developing a culture carrier takes about 6 months. It’s about bringing people together and having strong core values of kindness and empathy.”

Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder of VaynerMedia, is often referred to as a combination of hustle and heart. With the hiring of Claude and the work she has accomplished within the company, it speaks to the level of empathy that can be felt throughout the entire operation.

Although business can be a challenging, tough, and often cut-throat terrain, by putting employees first and providing honest feedback the company has grown to include offices in New York, Chattanooga, Los Angeles and London, and continues to dominate the market.

Below we’ll see 3 different ways the CHO of VaynerMedia is changing the way people work:

1. By being unafraid to share her own story

Claude has been an influential part of breaking the stigma surrounding vulnerability in the business arena. Not only does she openly share her own story, but she sits down with employees to better understand their vulnerabilities and how to use characteristics that previously would have been considered weaknesses as strengths.

When asked what her biggest adventure to date was she replied “Having Shalom (her daughter). I have had an amazing life, I moved, worked hard, landed an amazing job and fell in love but it didn’t come without its challenges.”

Claude is openly gay and is living proof your sexual orientation doesn’t matter. Nothing matters but your character, your track record, and if you leave people a little better off than before you met them. From Claude, business leaders, employees and entrepreneurs can learn to be more open both on social media and in person, allowing them to build more meaningful relationships and connect on a deeper level. A deeper connection can mean more leverage but it also means a more lasting impact on the world.

“Everyone has something they can share. I’m not famous. I don’t have anything that would be newsworthy, but I have stories.” – Tafta Johnson Watson

2. Committing to a strong value system

VaynerMedia has some serious values for such a large company and those values are expected to be upheld by every employee and visitor. Values like kindness, empathy, honesty, hustle and the art of not complaining.

With Claude holding the title of Chief Heart Officer, she is the guiding light for others. When recruiting, she says she “takes the time to evaluate an individual’s talents but most importantly their own heart”.  

Gary Vaynerchuk is quoted as saying:”To me, there’s no debate that kindness is a strength. And it breaks my heart to know that so many people believe it’s a weakness. So many people are afraid that other people will take advantage of their kindness or make them feel “used.” But the truth is, those who take advantage of your kindness are weak on the inside. Feel bad for them, don’t let them make you feel bad about yourself“.

Both Claude and Gary teach aspiring entrepreneurs that it is okay to live with an open heart and that having the strength to commit to and live with a strong value system, will be a powerful tool during the hustle journey. It also allows you to go to bed at night actually liking the person that you are, nothing will kill a business faster than going to bed at night and hating yourself.

3. Listening with action

As mentioned above Claude’s slogan is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something.  As a woman who wears many hats, she is also an Outward Bound Instructor, taking individuals on amazing adventures in the outdoors.

Taking action on any given day can mean a number of different things but it speaks to her own character and driving force that she is able to not only guide people through the world of office politics but also through the serene and sometimes challenging wilderness.

Claude cultivates an environment of trust by first offering individuals her own trust. It is a huge and vulnerable action that leads to a relationship of love – heart – and productivity. Listening as an action is something that has the power to change an entire organization from an unproductive, toxic environment to one that promotes creativity, passion, inclusion and positivity.

“Relationships are leverage. If you give value to someone else first, you have leverage.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

To get the truest sense of how Claude was changing the way people work, I asked her co-workers to tell me what working alongside Claude has done for them. Here is one of the answers I received:

“During my time working alongside Claude, I’ve really come to appreciate her example of being a good listener. As a society, we tend to praise the power of speaking. But Claude demonstrates on a daily basis that the most important thing everybody wants is to be heard.” – Steve Babcock, Chief Creative Officer VaynerMedia.

I tried looking for images of Claude on her website and I think it speaks to how focused she is on holding space for others, because I couldn’t find a single full sized image of her to use. I googled. Writing this piece has opened me up to evaluate my own values and the way I connect with people in my daily life.

From this article, it is my own hope that entrepreneurs come to the understanding that although tenacity and true grit are really important, the whole of what Claude represents is something to strive towards. The “soft” skills you develop are humongous strengths and to truly impact an entire organization.

What’s the last random act of kindness you did for someone? Share with us below!

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The 7 Secrets of High Achievers Revealed

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We all have goals in life, but very few of us ever learn to consciously set, work on and see our goals through. In our naturalness bias, we marvel at those who have set and reached their goals thinking they have some esoteric abilities that we don’t. We overlook that the final product is the result of a series of mistake-ridden, unrecorded pains. What if we could learn from the process, the habits and rituals of the high achievers? (more…)

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