▼Entrepreneur Diet (Limited Edition)▼
MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS | 2015 EDITION | VOLUME 79
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When it's the time of the year when you're hearing a lot of sweet mushy talk about New Year's resolutions, remember this:
All Greatness wants to know with great specificity is:
Where do you want to go NeXT? What is your strategy, your plan to get you there?
H. Stanley Judd rightly said: “A good plan is like a road map: It shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.”
How determined are you to realize that vision of yours? Simon Sinek is absolutely right: “Vision is the ability to talk about the future with such clarity it is as if we are talking about the past.” But the question is: How commensurate the ambition and the grind you bring?
Because for sure, you WILL be surrounded by the noise of other people. Average people in neighborhoods, homes and online communities dominated by average mindsets. An epidemic of fixed spectator mindsets focused ONLY on one thing: mediocrity. What're you going to do about it — if for whatever (financial) reasons — you're not a position to divorce your sanity from the dysfunction?That's right. Whatever it takes. And that begins with protecting your mental state 24/7.
With programs and blogs like this one, backed by ACTION.
All that wishin'/dreamin' (without hard work and action); the talkin', hatin', lyin', gossipin', schemin' ... greatness will have none of that.
There's nothing inspiring about bleak winter weather, stormy nights and who did what except all the tired excuses of underpinning fear, and the assembly of no-jo folks, stopping you from being your best. That is, IF you join, or allow them to infect you.
And that's what I love about American hustle. Especially, the New York kind.
Living and climbing the success ladder in America the authentic way is a cold dose of reality. But still a hell of a character-building opportunity/experience to really see how the world works.
While the willfully brainwashed peanut gallery (and they're everywhere and online) is obsessively sullying the good name, effort, and/or work of those they “can't stand”, find “boring”, “obnoxious”, etc., on the buses, chat rooms and forums with all the fervor of elementary schoolboys from dysfunctional homes as seen here, YOU step into the serene, commodious Lexus or Mercedes of a successful entrepreneur or ambitious senior executive, and you hear or spot a Brian Tracy, Les Brown, Tony Robbins or Stephen Covey Self-Development program playing, tucked somewhere. And snap! It all begins to makes sense.
One thing Social Media has an abundance of, is slackers. Slackers who love playing judge and lawyer online when it comes to other people's business, yet in most cases don't even have a college degree let alone a law degree. And the ones who do, lost their way a long time ago. Or, lack the mental fortitude to stay the course and be upstanding, useful citizens of the world.
Greatness isn't interested in them. It demands total commitment to Excellence. And Excellence in turn demands total surrender to Self-Discipline. Which is why wherever you go, you find thatThe true hustlers in life, the ones that inspired me to write this, have no time for my or anyone's smalltalk about how dark or scary it looked when they woke up today in Timbuktu, The Central African Republic (Never heard of it? Look it up. You'll be glad to know how good your life is), North Korea or Shenzhen (China). Or how boring anything is.
For them, there are no storms to keep track of. Life is a perfect storm. And their main focus is to have fun but also struggle, to never quit brainstorming better ways to keep ahead of the whirlwind and avoid being smothered. To realize their fullest potential.
Clarity is key. But it comes from, and through Self Mastery, something ALL highly successful millionaires and billionaires hone overtime.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote two centuries ago: “We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives.” Oprah Winfrey's version? “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”
Your perfect storm is whatever life is throwing at you in the present moment. It makes no difference whether you're a janitor with big dreams, perched in an office cubicle wondering when all the seeds of greatness you keep sowing will bear fruit. Or whether you occupy that coveted office. Your grit, integrity, and appreciation of the rules of the game will propel and keep you soaring. Therefore, what I said to Chardonne, I say to myself and the faithful reader:
Buckle up. Buckle down. Be inspired. Enjoy the ride. Grind. And fail, till you nail success.
The Art of Authentic Success