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Putting "first things" first

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.

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“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.

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

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The success of your morning begins the night before.

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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.

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  • People are getting used to having their needs met quickly, and cheap
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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.

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  • 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 a...

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Reciprocation in the workplace

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant lays out three key reciprocation styles found in the workplace:

  • Takers see the world as a hypercompetitive rat race. Since they assume that no one else will look out for them, they place their own interests first and last. 

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