I’ll be honest, I haven’t always got this one right. It took me a few years to structure my life in a way that would help me…
1. Love God more
2. Love my wife better
3. Lead my kids intentionally
4. Take care of my body and mind better
5. Grow and scale my businesses faster
6. Serve my community with greater impact
7. Give my time and money more consistently
8. Just simply lead an all around better life.
Through years of trial and error, trying to balance so many aspects of life and making mistakes along the way, I realized that it is possible to achieve both balance and impact.
There were 3 key realizations I had that helped me make significant strides towards this (although at times I still fail).
The more I tried to please others, the more I said “yes” to things that truly didn’t align with what I needed to do and who I needed to be. Therefore, saying “yes” to those things practically derailed any type of progress I could...
Think of your favorite athlete. Now think about your favorite musician. How about your favorite businessman, entrepreneur, speaker, writer? Many successful people may have several things in common such as determination, persistence and a hard-work ethic. These traits are good to have but there is one quality that sets these successful people apart from the rest. I discovered something that is arguably more important. The lazy answer is to say developing successful habits because habits sustain you over a long period of time. Simply stating that it is important to develop successful habits doesn't really mean anything to me. I'm the type of person that asks way too many annoying questions like...
I was in a local coffee shop earlier this week reading an e-book on my iPad Pro (how millennial of me). It was one that I had read several times before and one that I love to re-read at least once per year because of it's timeless principles. In my mind, I assume that most people are similar to myself and treat self-development as an essential part of life, especially when it comes to money. I caught myself a few times smirking at my book, something I do when the author is making great points (yes, I know I'm a nerd).
As I was deeply focused on my reading, a group of millennials in their mid-twenties became a distraction to me as they sat over to my left. I glanced over to find that I was making direct eye contact with one of them. By how loud and obnoxious his voice was I could tell that he was the leader of the pack.
As I turned my head back to my book, he exclaimed, "What are you reading? It looks like you are having fun reading it because you keep laughing!" I turned...
Every year, millions of people make New Year resolutions to get into shape, eat healthier, make more money, etc. The concept seems great from the surface, but digging a little deeper it seems that many people are setting themselves up for failure. This doesn't apply to everyone, but it will apply to many of those who have failed a time or two. Statistics show that almost half of those who made a New Year's Resolution, didn't end up keeping it. So are your New Year's Resolutions setting you up for failure? Are you setting SMARTER resolutions and goals? Here are 7 reasons why your resolutions may have already failed.
Making a New Year's resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Many people go into the new year telling themselves that this is the year that they lose weight, or this is the year that their business will thrive! The problem with this is that many resolutions lack specificity. Rather than saying, "I'm going to...
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EQ is half about understanding you and half about understanding others. Here are the four parts of EQ: -Self-Awareness (YOU) -Self-Management (YOU) -Social Awareness (OTHERS) -Relationship Management (OTHERS)
Make a list of the things that other people refuse to do.
I love the things that people put on the outside of a book. "Do the things you love and you will be successful. If you love it and are passionate about it, you will be successful."
To a certain extent I get what they are saying, but let me give you the complete opposite response as the devil's advocate.
This is complete garbage. From my experience sometimes you have to do the things you hate and things you don't want to do because that's where people haven't gone before. To be innovative means to create opportunity where none exists. To be creative means to start with a blank slate and create a masterpiece. Obstacles exist to keep the other guys out, and sometimes obstacles are tough! Sometimes they require you to do a whole bunch of things that you don't want to do.
Value is found in fulfilling a need that hasn't been filled. Opportunity is found in the areas of life that need and crave exploration. The problem is that...