Archive for the ‘Happiness’ Category

Will Smith Gets It, Do You?

No words this week.  Just some great thoughts about life from Will Smith.  If you like what you hear, you should also check out the other post with Will Smith – you can find it here.

Happy Wednesday!

(Chad)

You Should Be Doing This, But You’re Probably Not

“Let’s say that when I turned sixteen, a genie had appeared to me.  And that genie said, ‘Warren, I’m going to give you the car of your choice.  It’ll be here tomorrow morning with a big bow tied on it.  Brand-new.  And it’s all yours.’

Having heard all the genie stories, I would say, ‘What’s the catch?’  And the genie would answer, ‘There’s only one catch.  This is the last car you’re ever going to get in your life.  So it has to last a lifetime.’

If that had happened, I would have picked out that car.  But, can you imagine, knowing it had to last a lifetime, what I would do with it?  I would read the manual about five times.  I would always keep it garaged.  If there was the least little dent or scratch, I’d have it fixed right away because I wouldn’t want it rusting.  I would baby that car, because it would have to last a lifetime.

That’s exactly the position you are in concerning your mind and body.  You only get one mind and one body.  And it’s got to last a lifetime.  Now, it’s very easy to let them ride for many years.  But if you don’t take care of that mind and that body, they’ll be a wreck forty years later, just like the car would be.

It’s what you do right now, today, that determines how your mind and body will operate ten, twenty, and thirty years from now.”

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These investments are the most important ones you will ever make, so choose them wisely!  If you don’t know where to begin, start simple, invest in one of these BOOKS and do something active that allows your body to do what it was designed to do, move!

Happy Wednesday!

(Chad)

* Hat tip to The Snowball: Warren Buffett and The Business of Life

The Power Of One Idea

In an era where there is more information than any of us could ever know what to do with, we need a filtering system.  That filtering system is the power of one idea.  Take out a piece of paper.  Write “all you need is one idea” on it and put it in a place where you will see it every day.  This is the way you need to start thinking.

Information overload and paralysis by analysis may be the biggest reason why no one ever gets anything done.  When you shift your focus to the goal of finding one idea, you’re able to start blocking out the useless noise around you and start focusing in on what’s really important.  Right now, as you read, you should be thinking about this one idea.  What am I saying?  Is there a message in here that you can translate into your life?  This is the way you need to think.  Don’t just mindless read or listen to or watch stuff.  Turn your brain on!  The more you use it the better it runs.

I think this way all the time.  Even if I’m reading a book that isn’t knocking my socks off, I stick with it and finish it, because maybe on page 285, of 290, is the one idea that I’m looking for.  It could be the one idea that changes my perspective, my career or my life.  And that’s how you have to think.  You have to be hungry for that knowledge.

The power of one idea can be as big or as small as you make it.  But the first step is recognizing the one idea.  Like the one idea to make it easy for friends to connect: Facebook.  Or the one idea to organize information on the internet: Google.  One idea to inspire and nurture the human spirit: Starbucks.  One idea to deliver happiness to its customers: Zappos.

You have to have an open mind that is ready to find, and do something with, these ideas.  It doesn’t matter where you’re at or what you’re doing, every day of your life gives you tons of ideas.  The problem is that you’re not in the right frame of mind to see them.  And subsequently, you’re not in the right frame of mind to do anything with them.  Can you imagine this: one new idea every day for the next year?  That’s 365 new ideas.  Imagine the possibilities!

The funny thing about all of this is that nothing around you is really going to change, you’ll simply start recognizing things that have always been there, but you didn’t have the right mindset to see.  To think there are hundreds of ideas floating around you that could improve your life.  Time to put new glasses on.  You have to start seeing them!

So what is your one idea?  And what are you going to do with it?

Happy Wednesday!

(Chad)

The Man Who Chases Two Rabbits Catches None

On the June 18, 2010 edition of The American Entrepreneur radio show, Ron Morris talked with Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh.  One topic of conversation was poker and the parallels that Tony drew between it and business (and life).  This is the gist of Tony’s comments…

In poker: if you never lose a hand it probably means you’re not playing enough hands.  If you only play the safe hands, then yes, you won’t lose a lot, but you also won’t win a lot.

In business (and life): you have to be willing to take risks and make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.

The opposite of these two statements are also true:

In poker: if you play every single hand, you’ll actually, in terms of number of hands, win more than anyone else, but in terms of actual money you make at the end of the night, it’s going to be a lot less and in many cases you’ll end up losing money because you’re playing too many hands.

In business (and life): often times the hardest part is saying no to opportunities, that are still good opportunities, but if you try to do too many things you’re going to end up not doing any of them well.

Ron follows Tony’s comments by mentioning an old Chinese/Russian proverb: the man who chases two rabbits catches none.

What all of this really translates to is how well you manage/spend your time and how focused you are on your goals.  It’s something you’ve all battled with at some point.  What eliminates this problem is a clearly defined vision and a clearly defined focus.  There are a ton of opportunities out there but unless it fits into the life that you want, it’s a waste of your time and energy.  Realize that no matter who you are, you have the same amount of time as everyone else.  That is a resource that is non-renewable.  Can’t get it back.  Won’t get it back.  So you better start doing something meaningful with it.

Take a step back and look at your life from a bird’s-eye view.  Start thinking about your life like a business.  Where do you spend all of your time, energy and resources?  Like a business, you want to get the biggest return on your investment.  Be aware that if you try to do everything, you will likely end up doing everything average.  But also realize that if you don’t do anything, nothing will ever improve and you’ll probably not create any new opportunities in your life.

At some point in your life you will hear someone say that someone got “lucky” or they were at the “right place at the right time” but honestly that’s all a bunch of bullshit coming from someone who probably doesn’t do anything but sleep, go to work and watch television.  Instead, if you focus on doing things right and by maximizing your time, energy and resources you put yourself in the position to be “lucky” or to be at the “right place at the right time”.  Then you’ll realize that it has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with YOU and how good YOU are at choosing what rabbits to chase.

As a side note, Ron and Tony’s talk centered around Tony’s book Delivering Happiness – which I highly recommend you click on that link, buy it right now and then read it in the next week because it is a phenomenal story that everyone should hear.

Happy Wednesday!

(Chad)

Creating Your Mindset: Interview with Alwyn Cosgrove

This past weekend I attended the Results Fitness Biz Seminar.  It’s the second time I’ve been to this seminar.  The one thing that never changes no matter what I do or where I’m at is the need for a better mindset.  That’s why the underlying theme to almost all of my posts is mindset.  And it just so happens the first topic Alwyn covered in the seminar was mindset.  Mindset.  Mindset.  Mindset.  Hammer it home.  Why?  Because it is the foundation.  You can’t build a solid house on top of a shaky foundation.  And you can’t build a successful life without the right foundation of your mindset.

I had the chance to sit down with Alwyn at the end of the seminar to pick his brain about what a good mindset is, why is it important and what is the first step to developing your mindset.

Enjoy…

WWC: The first thing you talk about in your business seminars is mindset?  What are characteristics of a good mindset?

AC: It’s really about being positive.  It’s about the basketball story or the soccer story.  And is that the movie that runs.  I remember talking to a lady when I was having chemo and I told her we’re not Superman, we’re Batman, we don’t have super powers.  And you gotta fucking work.  She didn’t realize Batman didn’t have super powers.  This was in ’04 around the time when Batman Begins was coming out.  So I told her, “when we get out of here I’ll go and see it with you.”  And she said, “yeah if I make it that long.”  And honestly, Chad, that never crossed my mind.  I never thought I wasn’t going to make it.  That’s the way you have to think.  And you have to train that.  You have to train it every day.  If you catch yourself saying, I’d take the 3-point shot then you gotta slap yourself and cancel that.  You’re a winner.  It sounds like positive thinking but it’s more than that.  It’s an absolute real belief system in what you’re doing.

WWC: How does mindset play a role in someone’s success?

AC: Because without it everything else that I teach and everything else that you do in your life is built off this negative base.  And we can’t really build anything off of that.

WWC: What is the first step someone should take to changing their mindset?

AC: Plant something positive when your subconscious is the most fertile and the most ready for programming.  The first 15 minutes when you wake up in the morning and the last 15 minutes before you go to sleep.  You’ll understand if you hear a song on the radio first thing in the morning and then it’s stuck in your head all day that’s because your brain was ready to be programmed.  And in the evening before you go to bed, if you watch CSI or Law and Order, you put these negative images in your head.  The last image that goes into your head is that there’s a killer on the loose.  And then you don’t sleep as well.  But if you listen to a personal development CD or read a personal development book you’re planting good things in your brain.  It’s like a garden, so when you plant good things that’s what grows.

WWC: How often do you work on your mindset?

AC: It needs constant training.  It’s like taking a shower.  It doesn’t stay with you.  You have to do it every day.

WWC: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

AC: Keep your fucking hands up!  That was before I went into a fight.  Will that work?  But honestly, I don’t know who said this first – the only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.  That was an important one for me to understand.  The other one is that sometimes you gotta jump and the net will appear. You gotta have an absolute positive belief to take action because you’re never gonna be 100% sure.  But the best advice is still probably step in and cover.

You can follow Alwyn on his Facebook page Alwyn Cosgrove Fan Page or learn more about Alwyn at AlwynCosgrove.com, his gym’s site Results Fitness, or through his new book The New Rules of Lifting for Abs.

Happy Wednesday!

(Chad)