What is my destiny, my fate, my fortune, my future? Discover the truth when over 200 hours of study leads to this one conclusion.
In his recent book, "The Dip" Seth Godin explains that anything worth doing will have a "Dip" associated with it. Essentially the dip is the long lag phase, between beginning something, and becoming the best in the world at it.
In the beginning we are full of energy and enthusiasm. We have beginners luck and all seems to be going well.
Then comes the dip. The long hard process of becoming the best at what we choose to do.
Seth says, "The marketers who get rewarded are the ones who don’t quit. They hunker down through the Dip and galvanize and insulate and perfect their product while others keep looking for yet another quick hit."
"Your commitment to the market needs to be unquestioned. It’s much cheaper and easier to build your foundation in one one market than to flit from one to another until you find quick success."
"Decide once and for all, whether you’re in a market or not. And if you are, get though that dip."
In Jim Collin’s, "Good to Great" he tells us of the Hedgehog concept. To do one thing really well, instead of jumping from one strategy to the next.
Jim tells us to draw three intersecting circles. One represents "passion." Two is "best at." And the third is the economic model or "revenue." Everything you do, must coincide where these three circles intersect.
You must be passionate about your topic. You must be capable of being best in the world at it. And you have to be able to monetize it.
Make all business decisions based on the intersecting three circles. Only accept new technology and adapt your strategies if they are in agreement with the center of the circles and they add to your momentum.
Earl Nightingale’s "The Strangest Secret" tells us, "You become what you think about all day long." In "Lead the Field" he tells us that true wealth comes from the service of others and that your attitude determines your success.
Earl tells us that our brains are like an empty fields, tilled and ready to be planted. The dirt doesn’t care if you plant weeds or a crop, both will grow with equal vigor.
Just like the dirt, your brain doesn’t care if you watch reruns, or if you feed it with wisdom. It’s up to you! You are the only one that can make a conscious decision to invest your time learning, rather than spending your time watching TV.
In Rhonda Byrne’s "The Secret" we learn about the law of attraction. That we get what we think about, and attract what we want, so long as we do it with an attitude of gratitude. Our spirits have infinite power and we can will positive changes into our lives.
In Jeffrey Gitomer’s "Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude" he tells us that positive attitude is the key to all success. Jeffrey says that, "If you become best for yourself first, you can easily be your best and do your best for others. Achieve attitude for yourself, and the rest of the most important people in your life will benefit forever."
Jim Morris posted on NicheBot blog, "Do not buy another product until you read this." Jim tells us, "Take what product, service or software you currently have that is proven in the marketplace and develop a skill with it. Master it."
"And then… only once you have developed and mastered the skill of focusing and using whatever product, service or software you’ve purchased, should you go on to purchase another product."
Which inspired me to leave the following comment on his blog…
"Becoming successful means quitting. You must have the courage to quit everything that you’re mediocre at doing, to focus on your core competencies, until you are the best in the world at what you choose to do."
"If you persevere beyond where the reasonable person would quit, due to lack of talent, lack of commitment, or weakness of spirit, you will be rewarded by achieving expert status. And once you’re there, you can never stop learning or growing, for your competition is just one click away."
"So take this advice and focus on what needs to be done, not just in the future, but what needs to be done tomorrow. Before you stop work for the day, write down five things that you absolutely must achieve tomorrow. Then number them in the order of their importance."
"When tomorrow comes, focus on your list. If distractions come, ask yourself, if you can apply this news immediately to your business model, will it save you time, or generate more revenue in your niche, right now… today? If not, dismiss it quickly, file it away, and get back to focusing on your tasks."
"And finally, don’t forget to reward yourself for every achievement along the way. At the end of the day, look at the list, of what you’ve achieved and realize, your goal will come… one successful achievement at a time."
In Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrote, "Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him – for this is his lot."
"Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart."
I’ve invested over 200 hours in the past couple of months, reading, listening and learning the wisdom of others. All this has lead me to one conclusion which I’ll share with you now.
You must step out of your comfort zone. You must endure the short term pain of change, rather than dying a slow death of mediocrity and inevitably becoming obsolete. You must adapt, learn, grow and change, rather than endure the familiar dull numbing pain, that’s eating away at the very days you have left on this planet.
Think of the three Good to Great circles. What are you passionate about? What can you be the best at, and truly enjoy doing while making a comfortable living at it?
Realize that there will be a dip. That it will take time and perseverance to get through it. The bigger the dip, the bigger the reward on the other side. Just remember that everything you do, will be infused with the energy and attitude with which you do it.
Your positive attitude is critical to success. You must practice and work on it every single day of your life, if you want to attract the kind of success, spouse and wealth that you want. You must be joyous and love what you do, to stay occupied with gladness of heart.
Do not reflect on the days of your life, for the past only had one job… to get you where you are now. You have the ability to reprogram your life, your work, your meaning in life, starting today, right now.
There’s a blank slate starting tomorrow. What will you write on it? Where will you go. What will you do? It’s your destiny. Your future. And it’s entirely up to you!