Who and Where Make You

“Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.” -W. Clement Stone

When Einstein was a child, he read science magazines, his family was the electrical engineering business, the people he choose to spend time with were in the science or academic world, his wife was a physicist like him, he worked in a patent office flowing with ideas, and the list goes on and on. His environment and his friends helped to shape his life.

Who do you spend your time with? Where do you spend your time? What do you spend your time doing? Are these people or environments bringing you closer to your dream? If not, stop, JUST STOP, and get yourself into a better environment and find friends with the interest of your pursuits!

And please read Ben Franklin, Einstein, or Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Issacsons. You can find out for yourself by what I mean!

Turn Failure into Motivation

“Through my illness I learned rejection. I was written off. That was the moment I thought, Okay, game on. No prisoners. Everybody’s going down.” -Lance Armstrong

Someone tell you are a failure? Prove’em wrong. Someone thinks you can’t do it (and it doesn’t hurt you or the people around you)? Prove’em wrong. Someone laughs out you becuase of your idea? Prove’em wrong.

Try, Try, Try. Trying is good but isn’t enough. Figure out went wrong. Reflect, Adjust, and Try again. Repeat the cycle over and over again. What worked, what didn’t work, and what can you do differently. Learn from your failures and stay in gear.

Do, not Watch

Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life. -Jackie Robinson

Reading, watching, seeing, looking, and so on put you in the position to be a spectator in life. It may stir your feelings for a desire or even dislike. There is a lot you can gain from these actions but like anything, it should be done in moderation.

The important thing here is to take action. More of your time should be focused doing. From taking action you learn, which then leads to more action and learning. Einstein didn’t come up with brilliant theories from just reading or lazing about. No, he did it from putting constant effort and action to his research which compounded over time.

Keep Moving

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” -Albert Einstein

Newton’s First Law of Motion: An object in motion stays in motion until acted upon by an outside force. Keep moving then. If you expect things to just happen, they certainly aren’t going to. And when you are achieving something, that momentum will be pulled down so you best figure out ways to sustain the success. Keep charging!

Stick with the Problem

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” -Albert Einstein

My baby girl was trying to open a box and was getting fraustrated. She knows how it opens as she saw me do it many times before and also she was working in the right places to open it. She quit though and wouldn’t go on. Her mommy said she had done it before so we know she can do it. If she had persisted more, perhaps she would come to master opening the box. Just a little further.

Now what is the long term impact? Maybe she has created a self-belief that she isn’t strong enough or even smart enough. Maybe she has learned to create excuses that “I am too little and I need mommy or daddy to do this”. She learned that persistance (in her view) doesn’t pay off.

As you can see, there are lots of negative outlooks on this situation. So what does this mean? Persist more. Don’t give up when things aren’t going your way exactly. What if you pushed a bit more? What if you asked for more help (clues)? What would you then tell yourself if you succeeded?

Listen to your Heart

“The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others” -Tibetan Proverb

It is good to listen and to listen carefully. However, you must look to yourself to see how this information will benefit you. Trust your heart. Ask yourself, does this bring me closer to my dream?

Blindly following someones advice may lead you to trouble. It may have worked for them but it may not work for you. However, don’t be discouraged from trying either. Failure provides a great lesson to learn from.

Challenge your Fear!

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent van Gogh

When you want to do something, do you begin to then challenge that thought, question it to see if it is possible or even worth doing? This is the moment to stop talking to yourself and start taking action even if your second thought says it is stupid.

Challenge yourself. Try. See where it takes you. You will learn from the experience.

If it endangers your life, of course then, don’t do it.

Trial and Error

“I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work” -Thomas Alva Edison

Keep trying over and over, that’s the mission. Persistence towards your goal compounded over time will result in achieving your dream. You have good days and you have bad days. When you still pursue the dream on either day, you are more likely to succeed than if you just sat there with a bag of potato chips while watching TV or even bitching to a friend. Get going and get your to do list done. The end results will make you really happy.

Get it Done

“After all is said and done, more is said than done.” -Aesop

Sometimes we get in the habit of talking about what we want more than actually doing what we want. They say you should make your goals public and I can see the value and pressure from doing so but really, the person who is going to judge you the most, is you. Follow through on your words with action.

Small Steps to Success

“A little by little does the trick” – Aesop

I look around me and notice that people are rambling about this and that, talking about world issues, economic situations, their boss or the business and so on. The amount of time spent on these topics is probably more than the time they spend working on their dreams or own success.

What if you spent a little more time working on your goals. What would your life become like? Can you stop talking about the problems you don’t have direct control of and focus on your own issues and goals? I am sure you will see a vast improvement on your life. Keep yourself in check. Step by step to improvement.