Top 10 Ways How Successful People Think

One of the most critical skills you will ever attain, are the ones that control the way you think.  Is there a correlation to what you think and how you perform?

YES     The mind is so strong that you can take hold of thoughts that can induce signs of illness. 

John Maxwell, a well established leadership expert and author of many books, released a book in 2011 titled “How Successful People Think”.   If you want to become an expert golfer, you need to think like one. If you wish to lose weight, you need to think like someone who weighs much less than you do today. You GET TO think like the person you wish to become.

I selected my Top 10 Ways Successful People think from John Maxwell, and they all have a common theme. It all starts upstairs in the mind.

I have added some quick translations in ().

  •  Get over negative self talk. Winners think in terms of “I will” and “I can”  
     (Negative thoughts = Negative results…”as you think so shall you be”)
  • Thinking is a discipline. If you want to be better at it, you’ve got to work at it.
     (Positive Thinking Practice makes perfect…you mind is like a muscle..keep working it!!!)
  • Figure out where you need to focus your energy, and then use the 80/20 rule
    (Prioritize Your Limited Time….80% of tasks can be ignored with minimal implications)
  • Smart thinkers expose themselves to different ideas and types of people
    (Meet new people and uncover new ideas from  your discussions – it’s amazing what you can learn just listening)
  • It’s one thing to have an idea, another to follow through 
     (An idea is like a seed…following through on it is like watering the seed…action is required)
  •  Smart people collaborate with other smart people  
    (You will never succeed alone. Seek mentors, partners, supporters)
  •  To think differently, do different things
     (To appreciate others’ ideas, you need to value other ideas)
  •  Have an agenda — for the day, and when you meet with people 
    (When you meet people, make it count, you need to collaborate with people to succeed)
  •  Creative people are dedicated to ideas  
    (ideas lead to creating value….we need to create value to be successful)
  •  Naturally optimistic people find it hard to be realistic thinkers         
    (Thinking out of the box still requires doing your homework)

ACTION: Pick one of the 10 recommendations and LIVE IT for the next 24 hours. What changed for you? Start the habits today towards positive thinking. If you found success, pick a 2nd recommendation to follow for the next day…you are on the road to a brand new perspective of yourself and where you take your career and life.

Quote of the Day: “You are the masterpiece of your own life; you are the Michelangelo of your experience. The David that you are sculpting is you. And you do it with your thoughts.”— Dr. Joe Vitale: Motivational author and speaker

Do you make $50M Career Decisions?

In 2011, a former law student at San Diego’s Thomas Jefferson School of Law sued the school for $50 million, after she couldn’t find a job while building up $150K in student loans. She claims the school falsified employment statistics without disputing the quality of her education.

This raises a fascinating question: Who is responsible for picking the right career path, right set of employment expectations and developing the right communication skills?

Your Parents : Probably not…parents want not only what is best for you…but they also want you to do what minimizes their own worst case fears. (you know,  on your being destitute, homeless, loveless, and all alone).

 
I have children and I can fully imagine this. But, honestly, parents can’t pick their kids’ interests, career pursuits or dreams.
 

Your Friends:   In the words of Macaulay Culkin in the movie Home Alone“I don’t think so”.  They want what is best for you…but their desires/values and issues are going to be different from yours. Like your parents, they care and they know you very well. But…they are not career experts.

Career Experts : They can help for sure. They are available online in blogs, in books, at schools, or people specializing in this area of consulting for fees. But, unlike your parents or friends, they don’t know you. So at the end of the day…it comes down to ……

YOU!!!

This conclusion is both scary and extremely liberating. It confirms that you are blessed with the freedom of choice.  This is very exciting. There are many processes/tools to support your decision process. We will explore these over time…together.

Question 1:  What was the basis for your past career path decisions? The answer to this can help confirm the source of your current set of skillsets and resolve if they are skills you wish to maintain long term for a career.

Question 2: If you could pretend that no matter what career  pursuit you picked, your parents, friends and people you highly respect would bless it, support it and be totally thrilled with decision, what 3 potential paths would you consider? 

Action: In the next 48 hours, investigate what skills are needed for this path and the ways you could learn this new career. Can you learn these skills at night and apply the new skills you want to build in your current job? You will be surprised how this could be a WIN/WIN for you and your employer or customers.

Quote of the Day:  “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”   Steve Jobs

Top 3 Reasons You Want to be from a Dysfunctional Family

Did you grow up in an emotionally unstable family situation? Maybe you didn’t even have a family.  You could be that one in five person who seems to attract strange and potentially abusive people into your lives.  For some, going to sleep equates to a temporary escape into a more peaceful world.

I wanted to share a fascinating blog by Steve Blank, titled, “Dysfunctional Family, you would make a great entrepreneur”  The skills you possess from these kind of experiences could give you an upper hand in today’s chaotic economy and even more effectively prepare you for the successful life of an entrepreneur.

Let’s get to the Top 3 Reasons you would want to grow up in a dysfunctional Family

YOU ARE WIRED FOR CHAOS
If that is not a competitive advantage in today’s wild global economy, I don’t know what is. People spend well over $200,000 for their college education and still cannot survive in a chaotic environment.

YOU KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
Lucky you. And you thought you were cursed to need to be around people who seem to have personality disorders. Guess what, those raised in a sheltered life of stable emotionally mature people have some huge surprises in store for them.

YOU DON’T GIVE UP
Has everything you accomplished in your life so far resulted from someone giving it to you on a silver platter?   While there might have been some days you felt like throwing in the towel, you never gave up. You are still standing and ready for the next challenge.

If you took a survey of all those you believe are successful due to their own efforts and creativity, I am confident you will find they all possess the above qualities. I bet many of you have them too and not aware of it.

EMBRACE YOUR DYSFUNCTIONAL PAST….You are more setup for future success than you thought!!!

Action for the Day: Think of a very challenging emotional experience in your past.  No one would naturally choose to have had hard and emotionally difficult life experience. But the reality is that we all have experience something unpleasant because life is unpredictable.  How can you frame that experience in a way that it actually helped you to be a stronger person and deal with life’s uncertainties in a more effective way?

Quote of the Day:   People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.” — Harvey Mackay: Best-selling business author, columnist & speaker

Did you make a Career Mistake?

      Is your career where you want it to be?  If not, maybe you are reading this while slugging away at a boring 9-5 job or possibly combing over the various position openings de jour on Monster.com or Snagajob.com. The bottom line is that you are feeling dissatisfied. Did you make a career mistake somewhere that resulted in your current circumstance?

In an interesting article by Paul Schoemaker on Inc.com, titled “You Need to Make More Mistakes”, don’t even think twice on a making a regrettable mistake. In fact, you need to make significantly more of them to get to where you want to go. Is this great news?  Most definitely, YES.

 When going for my MBA, I was earning a very good income in the Finance Industry in sunny Los Angeles with good prospects of growth and career advancement. I had the yearning to get my MBA in my late 20s while most of my peers were starting their careers and earning growing incomes. I decided to go heavily into debt for an illusive MBA career; moving my new wife to a new city in Chicago.   My friends were earning income, buying homes, building wealth, while I was going into the hole on a monthly basis on living expenses. While the academic and “life” experience of the MBA degree was everything I could hope for, I started getting a gnawing pang in my gut.

Did I make a Career Mistake? 

NO…I took a risk, gained an incredible experience, and realized that no matter what happened, nobody can repossess the skills I learned. This was MY JOURNEY  to better myself and become more marketable.   It took me much longer than others to gain financial stability, own a house and build my career. However, if I didn’t risk making a “career mistake”,  I wouldn’t have the success and happiness I am enjoying today.

SO GO AHEAD, MAKE A MISTAKE…..

ACTION:

1) What were two of your biggest “Career Mistakes”?  Identify 3 things that ultimately benefitted you from making those mistakes. Every mistake is a stepping stone to learning.

2) What is your biggest career decision ahead of you right now that you are afraid of becoming a mistake? Are you unable to recover from a temporary setback? Is there any way you could move, if required, in a slower way to make it work?

Quote of the Day: “Always desire to learn something useful.” — Sophocles

Career Path vs. Hobby

Can you make something you really enjoy doing as a HOBBY your CAREER PATH?

Let’s take photography. That can be fun. Who hasn’t experienced capturing the worlds best photo and feeling really good about it.

Photo by Graur Razvan Ionut.

Hey, wouldn’t it be great if someone paid me to do what I like to do? But converting a hobby into a money making venture can be a potential rude awakening.  Do you have the knowledge and capabilities today to begin the transition from your current career path?

An interesting article in STARTUP NATION addresses topics for converting your hobby into a business. http://www.startupnation.com/business-articles/1180/1/AT_Turning-Hobby-Into-Business.asp.   Key concepts:

1) Focus on the Prize.   Keep your focus and patience. The prize of doing what you love and generating an income over the long term must be high enough to develop and implement a plan over time.

2) Validate your Hobby can be a viable Business. Just because you can bake eggplant in 35 delicious and unique ways, does not mean there are enough people interested in your product and service.  Investigate. Use Google Search, Ebay, Craigslist. Do you see any competition? No competition, means you will have a nice long road ahead to create a market for your hobby.

3) Evaluate Yourself Realistically. Are you skilled enough at this hobby that other people actually will pay you for your service or knowledge, or do you just enjoy the heck out of it? Do you have the commitment and disciple to fully pursue this venture when it starts to feel like a job instead of fun?

4) Is there enough Revenue potential?  Similar to #2, but we are expanding from general interest in the marketplace to specifically defining the areas of Revenue you can realistically obtain? Going back to the Eggplant recipe example, you may live in a community who is in love with eggplant, but there is a natural limit to how many customers will buy your recipes or packaged meals.

5) Figure out how to stand out…..It is not enough to be as good as the competition, you need something extra. What is that something extra that will cause customers to move their business to you?

Action: Make a list of your hobbies and select the top 3 you enjoy the most.  Check out the competition on the internet. Do you see any? As you evaluate, don’t stop your day job or pursuit of jobs to keep your finances afloat.

Quote of the Day:  “Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t,  I give myself reasons why I can.”      Author Unknown

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