Sunday, September 29, 2013

Beware of Experts
Written by Darren Hardy

We have become a nation of “experts.”

Turn on the television, computer or mobile phone and there they are.
  • Experts on movies from those who have never made one.
  • Experts on Major League Baseball who have never stood in front of a 95 mph fastball.
  • Experts on football who have never taken a hit from a 250-pound linebacker.
  • Experts on politics who have never run for office.
  • Experts on celebrity who are only wannabes.
  • Even experts on war who have never been under fire.
We are surrounded by so-called experts—people with opinions, but very little actual expertise.
And you know what they say about opinions, right?
They are like belly buttons, everyone has one, and mostly they are useless.

Here is the definition of an expert according to dictionary.com:
ex•pert: Possessing special skill or knowledge; trained by practice.
The key part of the definition: “trained by practice”

Here is my expert advice (on this I am an expert as I have to sort and curate “experts” for a living)…
  1. Only take advice from those who have DONE it (successfully and significantly)… what they are advising you to do. Find practitioners (past or present) not just teachers. Oh sure, there are those who can teach, even if they can’t do, but why take the risk. Just vet your teachers/experts by results, not pontification. It’s MUCH safer.
  2. Don’t be a follower, be a student. Don’t just drink the Kool-Aid because the “expert” said to. Seek the conflicting counsel of several experts. Find opposing views. Consider all valid viewpoints (valid meaning, expertise by results). Be a learner; a researcher, not a disciple.
  3. Then, most importantly, make sure your decision is the product of your OWN conclusion. Ultimately, YOU know best. You were designed with a built-in intuition to sort, vet and KNOW what’s real from what’s counterfeit. Trust it. Too often we ignore our inner-wisdom and seek opinions from those around us. We often look to have them to contradict our intuition, as if to give us permission to ignore it. Other times, we will continue to seek advice until an expert’s counsel mirrors our thoughts, as though we need validation in order to rely on intuition.
What makes us fail to consistently trust our own expertise?

Never have I heard anyone utter the words “I never should have trusted my gut!”Our intuition speaks to us, sometimes even screams at us, and yet, for a variety of reasons, we often seek to squelch the chatter of our intuitive mind.

YOU are the best expert on you.
You want to inform, educate and enlighten yourself, for sure.
But in the end, YOU know best.

Trust yourself.
And then do as you are told, by YOU.

Content republished with permission from Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS magazine. For more great insights, tips and strategies on success and achievement go to http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com. More about Darren Hardy can be found at: http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com/About.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Achieving Your Dreams
Written by Jim Rohn

While most people spend most of their lives struggling to earn a living, a much smaller number seem to have everything going their way. Instead of just earning a living, the smaller group is busily working at building and enjoying a fortune. Everything just seems to work out for them.
And here sits the much larger group, wondering how life can be so unfair, so complicated and unjust. What’s the major difference between the little group with so much and the larger group with so little?

Despite all of the factors that affect our lives—like the kind of parents we have, the schools we attended, the part of the country we grew up in—none has as much potential power for affecting our futures as our ability to dream.

Dreams are a projection of the kind of life you want to lead. Dreams can drive you. Dreams can make you skip over obstacles. When you allow your dreams to pull you, they unleash a creative force that can overpower any obstacle in your path. To unleash this power, though, your dreams must be well defined. A fuzzy future has little pulling power. Well-defined dreams are not fuzzy. Wishes are fuzzy. To really achieve your dreams, to really have your future plans pull you forward, your dreams must be vivid.

If you’ve ever hiked a 14,000-foot peak in the Rocky Mountains, one thought has surely come to mind: “How did the settlers of this country do it?” How did they get from the East Coast to the West Coast? Carrying one day’s supply of food and water is hard enough. Can you imagine hauling all of your worldly goods with you... mile after mile, day after day, month after month? These people had big dreams. They had ambition. They didn’t focus on the hardship of getting up the mountain.

In their minds, they were already on the other side–their bodies just hadn’t gotten them there yet! Despite all of their pains and struggles, all of the births and deaths along the way, those who made it to the other side had a single vision: to reach the land of continuous sunshine and extraordinary wealth. To start over where anything and everything was possible. Their dreams were stronger than the obstacles in their way.

You’ve got to be a dreamer. You’ve got to envision the future. You’ve got to see California while you’re climbing 14,000-foot peaks. You’ve got to see the finish line while you’re running the race. You’ve got to hear the cheers when you’re in the middle of a monster project. And you’ve got to be willing to put yourself through the paces of doing the uncomfortable until it becomes comfortable. Because that’s how you realize your dreams.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2013. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What Are You Waiting For?
Written by Paul Meyer

Are you waiting for some special deal from the home office at the end of a month... or at the end of a quarter... or at the end of some calendar date? If so, why? There is a far better way:

Accept personal responsibility for your own life...
Accept personal responsibility for your own failure...
Accept personal responsibility for your own success.

The way out of the dependency on expecting someone else to motivate you to take action with some special deal is to accept responsibility for your own daily activity in your business!

This means YOU initiating action...

It means being personally responsible for your actions each day:
  • Making “x” number of calls a day... do it now!
  • Making so many presentations a day... do it now!
  • Getting in on some three-way calls for recruiting each day... do it now!
  • Getting leads for prospects from each person you sell... do it now!
  • Have a goal to do some activity every day in your business.
Then the local meetings, the regional meetings, and the national meetings are not the cake itself. Rather, they become the frosting on the cake. These events will then help you get twice as much... or five times as much... benefit if you have been responsible for doing all you could have done on a daily basis.

In other words, stop waiting and take action now!

Reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2013. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Change Begins with Choice
Written by Jim Rohn

Any day we wish, we can discipline ourselves to change it all. Any day we wish, we can open the book that will open our mind to new knowledge. Any day we wish, we can start a new activity. Any day we wish, we can start the process of life change. We can do it immediately, or next week, or next month, or next year.

We can also do nothing. We can pretend rather than perform. And if the idea of having to change ourselves makes us uncomfortable, we can remain as we are. We can choose rest over labor, entertainment over education, delusion over truth, and doubt over confidence. The choices are ours to make. But while we curse the effect, we continue to nourish the cause. As Shakespeare uniquely observed, “The fault is not in the stars, but in ourselves.” We created our circumstances by our past choices. We have both the ability and the responsibility to make better choices beginning today. Those who are in search of the good life do not need more answers or more time to think things over to reach better conclusions. They need the truth. They need the whole truth. And they need nothing but the truth.

We cannot allow our errors in judgment, repeated every day, to lead us down the wrong path. We must keep coming back to those basics that make the biggest difference in how our life works out. And then we must make the very choices that will bring life, happiness and joy into our daily lives.

And if I may be so bold to offer my last piece of advice for someone seeking and needing to make changes in their life: If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. You have the ability to totally transform every area in your life. And it all begins with your very own power of choice.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2013. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Why Entrepreneurs Are Healthier
Written by Darren Hardy

I read a Gallup report recently that cracked me up.

I laughed because I thought, “Of course!” But it made big news in the mainstream media.

This was the conclusion of an exhaustive Gallup study of 273,175 people from all 50 states done over 10 months:

“Entrepreneurs are healthier than everyone else.”

See, you laughed, right?

I could have told them that and saved them the trouble. (Psst…Hey, Gallup! They are happier, too!)

So if there weren’t enough reasons to be an entrepreneur, here are a few more:

You’ll be healthier, feel better and be slimmer!

This is what is specifically written in the The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Report:

“Better health appears to be one of the perks of being an entrepreneur in America. In the U.S., entrepreneurs are less likely than other workers to report having ever been diagnosed with chronic health problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. And they are much less likely to be obese—19% vs. 25%—than other workers.”

Why?

Entrepreneurs have better habits (another shocking headline!).

Get this: The report found they exercise more (60% vs. 54%) and eat better—more fruits and vegetables (61% vs. 55%).

Oh, and they also take more self-responsibility (Whaaat!? Hold the phone!). They are also less likely to have health insurance (1 in 10 vs. 1 in 4).

Here’s the bottom line (from Gallup):

“Entrepreneurs are less likely than other employed adults to report having chronic health problems and more likely to report better health behaviors. One possible explanation for these differences may be that the discipline and energy needed for entrepreneurs to start and run their own businesses may also drive them to exercise and eat fruits and vegetables regularly.”

So if you want to live longer, better, healthier and be sexier, become an entrepreneur today!

Content republished with permission from Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS magazine. For more great insights, tips and strategies on success and achievement go to http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com. More about Darren Hardy can be found at: http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com/About.