Until you get to your true self

Last night I was at a leadership course in New York called the Introduction Leaders Program.

In it, they lead you through exercises where you get in touch with the things that are holding you back from the life you want and the results you’re committed to creating.

In it, the leader of the course was explaining how Michelangelo was creating the statue of David. As the story goes

When Michelangelo took this giant piece of marble, he had the idea of who David was. He chipped away at the marble, and removed “everything that wasn’t David”

Niching down was the most valuable thing I’ve ever done for my business.

I still do “too many” things.

I’m an entrepreneur in the truest sense.

I like to do new things, I like the experience (see: Challenge) of building and launching different things. Risks, big or small, are probably under-appreciated, and I feel like I can bounce back from anything. *Knocks on wood.

Within all of that:

When I started pushing back on my natural desire to be all things to all people that’s when more opportunities came up.

I pushed back on taking the jobs because they came to me

Rap, determination and passive income

I love rap music.

Mainly because rappers become great rappers because they rap.

They don’t think about rapping. They Rap.

They hone their craft, practice and work hard everyday because that’s their ticket to improve their situation in life.

One of my favourite rap lyrics is from Kanye West’s Spaceship.

Lock yourself in a room doing 5 beats a day for three summers.

Kanye is Kanye because he put the work in to get where he is now.

 

Many of the artists that you see on the radio (rap or otherwise) get there because of their work ethic and drive.

Creating guiding points for your life vision

The other day I met with a prospective client to chat with him about his business and life plans.

The guy was making good money, had a few streams of income and was happy overall (not sleeping enough IMHO)

We chatted for about an hour about the direction of his life and business, and at the end of the conversation he realized that he never really thought of where he wanted to go.

I suggested that he look a few years forward and try and create a picture of what he would like his life to look like.

Daily Ritual: Shark Tank’s Daymond John

Daily Rituals are getting a lot of attention in the press and in motivation websites now a days. (Remember this is not a motivation website) because of the common success factor that it seems to have with all successful people.

There are a few reasons I would advocate for daily rituals:

  1. It creates consistency in your work. You focus on the most important things and keep them at top of mind everyday.
  2. You work on yourself first. I’ve found that for you to take on bigger problems and challenges you need to grow bigger yourself. As Brian Tracy says: For things to change, you need to change.

Setting intentions in your business- Lessons from Deadpool.

In business and life having someone to look up to and use as a role model  can be extremely useful.

A role model can provide guidance and if applicable, you can apply their success strategies to your own situations

Today’s business lesson around setting intention is courtesy of Deadpool.

deadpool business intention

 

I just watched the new Deadpool movie over the weekend and (Don’t worry no spoilers) there were two themes in the movie that I thought were especially applicable in business and they have to do with setting your intentions.

This family tours 41 countries to show their 4 year old the world.

When I talk about elevated business life, this is it.

The guy goes with his girlfriend and takes their 4 year old along for the ride. I couldn’t imagine a better education for this kid than camping in the outdoors, experiencing all the life has to offer: different cultures, different scenery, different food.

Not only that, look at these pictures. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly jealous.

I think traveling is the best way to stretch one’s mind.

Creating a good system to make money and travel the world is what I want to be able to do.

My favourite podcasts for business owners and entrepreneurs

If there’s one habit that has keeps my mind sharp and helps my overall confidence level it’s listening to podcasts.

If you’re not listening to podcasts yet, it’s a really easy way to consume information that allows you to do other things at the same time.

What I mean by this is that you can drive, walk, cook breakfast, or do other things that require your hands, compared to something like reading a book.

My best time to listen to a podcasts is first thing in the morning as I make my breakfast, or if I’m on a long voyage like car ride or plane ride.

How do you get more done and make changes in your life?

I just listed to a self made man podcast that was talking about how people approach their goal setting as big all or nothing chunks.

The speaker went on to share about how people take these big goals, miss the mark on them and then give up.

One of the interesting points that he shared was the idea of creating week long goals and then working on them before moving into something more.

One of the things that I’m looking to do as part of my health and fitness goals are to lose some weight.

February and 2016 goals

After I released my first digital product: a book full of tips for entrepreneurs called I Wish I knew  I realized that there was a whole world of income that I was missing. My business strategy consulting company SME Strategy works on value based billing, which is great, but it doesn’t allow me to travel and live the full life that I want.

As part of my quest to continually live a better life I have to challenge myself and stretch myself and be unfortable.

So I’ve decided to do a monthly goals report to keep myself accountable.