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Defining "Success"

“Success” isn’t just having lots of money. 

Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.

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Defining "Success"

“Success” isn’t just having lots of money. 

Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.

Putting "first things" first

Start the day with your #1 priority.

Getting up early isn’t enough. You need to put first things first. When you put your top priorities first, then you ensure they make it into the bucket of your day. After your main priorities have been completed, the rest will fill the gaps.

Approaching learning styles

  • Most people have a growth mindset about the learning style they are comfortable with: if you like math and learn in analytical ways, you probably believe you can get better at math and seek opportunities to do so.
  • Most people have a fixed mindset about the learning styles that aren't comfortable with: if you don’t like writing, you probably believe you can’t get better at it.

Define your "Why"

Clarity leads to motivation. Also, operating from your deepest conviction creates authentic and optimal performance.

Think about what it is you want, and ask yourself this simple question:

What about ___________ is important to me?

Then put your answer into the same question. It’s good to go at least 7-questions deep into this exercise.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”

The Expectancy Theory

You get in life what you expect you will. This theory is based on 3 things:

  • How bad you want something
  • How much you believe you can actually have/do what you want
  • Your belief that the means by which you seek your goal will actually bring about the desired result

Reaching Mastery

Mastery comes from embracing difficult emotions. You’ll face difficult emotions because, in order to gain true mastery, you must understand all sides of something.

You need to be able to integrate what you know with tons of new information and to be able to quickly connect your understanding with things from seemingly disconnected domains.

Giving and serving

Why you should give to others:

  • You genuinely want to help other people.
  • You believe in humanity.

Why you shouldn't give to others:

  • Don't give to boast.
  • Don’t give to put others in debt to you.
  • Don’t give to get ahead.
  • Don’t give to make others feel inferior.

"The key to financial freedom and great wealth is a person’s ability or skill to convert earned income into passive income and/or portfolio income.

"The key to financial freedom and great wealth is a person’s ability or skill to convert earned income into passive income and/or portfolio income.

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

The THANK YOU economy

  • People are getting more used to having everything at their fingertips
  • People are getting used to having their needs met quickly, and cheap
  • People are also lowering their standards for the quality of services they are getting (and information they are consuming), because so much stuff is now available for free

The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.

The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.

Prepare for the next day

The success of your morning begins the night before.

All you have to do is spend a few minutes making FIRM decisions about what you’ll do when you first wake up. You don’t need a huge to-do list. You just need to know the FIRST thing you’re going to do.

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A manageable level of self-imposed stress can actually be helpful in terms of giving us focus and helping us meet our goals. 

For open-ended tasks or projects, try giving yourself a deadline, and then stick to it. 

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Habits define your energy levels

Tine is not the basis for productivity. Energy is.

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Poor sleep means you will start to underperform.

Research says 7-8 hours are pretty much mandatory if you’re going to stay cognitively sharp in the long-run.

Napping benefits

Even if it may feel lazy, napping has a range of cognitive benefits.

This is particularly true if you’re doing a lot of learning since the short burst of sleep can help with memory.

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Zen to Done (ZTD)

It's a productivity system that teaches how to take a simple approach to improving your productivity, by encouraging you to focus on forming one productivity-boosting habit at a time. 

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  • Collect: Get ideas and to-dos out of your brain and onto a list.
  • Process: Review your list daily and decide how to act on each item.
  • Plan: Pick a few high priority items to accomplish each week and every day.
  • Do: Schedule time to accomplish your selected to-dos without interruptions.
The Collect Habit

To clear your mind and improve focus, get your ideas and to-dos out of your mind and onto a list. 

Documenting to-dos in the moment lessens the likelihood that you'll forget to do something and gives you a master list of to-dos to reference when you're trying to decide where to direct your time.

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Influence at work

To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position.

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Build connections

Work on cultivating personal connections with your colleagues, and allow them to get to know you. 

You don’t have to be “the greatest person in the room” or make sure “everyone is blown away by your charisma.” You just need to have good rapport with your colleagues. That way, they won’t impute negative intentions or motives to you.

Listen before you try to persuade
The best way to prime colleagues for backing you and your agenda is to make them feel heard. 

Start by giving them your undivided attention in one-on-one situations. Turn your body toward the other person, freeze in place, and listen.

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Do a yearly review

Ask yourself:

  • What went well for me last year?
  • What accomplishments did I have?
  • How did I improve my life?
  • How did I improve my relationsh...
Finish what you started

Which of your projects, errands and general to-do items do you still have left from the previous year that you may be able to complete in less than 2 hours? Do them now to enable you to give yourself a fresh start.

Be realistic

Dreaming is great, but if you want to accomplish some improvements, you need to make your dream more realistic.

Break your dream down into milestones: if you want to work from home, what steps do you need to take? Break those steps down further into actionable steps and start working towards making your dream a reality.

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The Money We Need

We don't really need massive amounts of money to live a happy life.

A good level of freedom and self-confidence can be attained by a relatively small figure of money.

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Confidence and Freedom

Many 'high-achieving' people lack flexibility, freedom, and confidence to change things in their life when they want. This is due to the build-in traps and insecurity of living a high achievers life.

A life full of complexity and self-protection lacks confidence and independence.

What Confidence Means
  • It means not equating money with happiness, being self-assured, to understand that you cannot change the world but your response to everything you experience determines your happiness.
  • It means being in control of your lifestyle, to be able to learn new skills, to understand that you can be anywhere, live anywhere, work and make friends anywhere.
  • It is a self-assurance that your kids will be just fine, and the real goal of your life is not to earn money but to attain happiness.

Confidence means believing that you have the personal power to get things done and that your true goal is to live happily.

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    Do the most important things first

    Willpower is limited. It is highest early in the day but decreases as we make more decisions. Most self-control failures happen at night.

    Do the most important things first. As the day goes on it will only get harder to face big challenges.

    Don't Use Willpower

    Research shows we don’t use much willpower when something is a habit.

    Build new habits by manipulating your environment so as to make what you should do easy and what you shouldn’t do hard. Remove the cookies from eyesight and put your running shoes next to the bed.

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    "You're going to love helping me!"
    "You're going to love helping me!"

    Don't try and convince someone how much they will enjoy helping you. It reeks of control and is presumptive. It drains their joy out of helping.

    How they feel is for them to decide.

    A small favor

    One common tactic is to portray the help we need as so small, that it is barely a favor. "Would you add these updates to the database? It won’t take you more than five minutes.”

    It is conveying that you think the work the other person does is easy, quick, trivial and not very taxing. That’s not a great way to enlist help. You might also underestimate the size of the favor. Do not presume it won’t take them very long the next time you ask them for help.

    Scorekeeping

    While reciprocity does make people more likely to comply with the request, it also makes us feel controlled, which takes all the fun out of it.

    Reminding someone that they owe you a favor does not create good feelings. Scorekeeping is fundamentally bad for relationships.

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    Working Harder isn’t the Answer

    We do it because it's the most visible form of productivity.

    It is a way to prove to others that you are doing stuff and checking things off the list.

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    Hard work is necessary in order to be productive, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

    At some point, you start to be negatively productive.

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    It means scheduling your time according to your natural rhythms:

    • Do your most important work at the beginning of the day if you are a morning person.
    • Don't feel bad about sleeping in because you stayed up late at night to work if you are a night owl.

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    Too much physical and mental clutter is not good for us. 

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    Forget the Small Stuff

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