Don’t Try to Please Everybody
For everything you do in business, there will be some people who like it and some people who don’t. You have to live with it; don’t try to please everybody. Consider the iPod for example. Some people complain that its digital camera doesn’t come with a flash or a powerful zoom. If Apple were to comply with every request they get, they would end up with a big, ugly product that nobody would like.
Learn to say no to some people so you can better serve your real market.
People will judge you by your appearance. Is it fair? Probably not, but who cares? The truth is that if you show up for a meeting wearing a dirty suit and driving a crappy car, you won’t make a great first impression. Look great and people will pay a lot more attention to what you have to say.
Don’t Surround Yourself with People Who Don’t Let You Grow
You know who I’m talking about: those folks who, when you tell them about your dreams and goals, either laugh at you, tell you it’ll be impossible or that you’re not ready for it. Unfortunately, there are a lot more of these people than those who will support you, and the worst part is that the short-sighted people around you are usually your spouse, your best friend or a close relative.
Don’t be mad at them. They’re trying to help you to avoid doing what, in their opinion, is too risky. But, don’t listen to them either. When someone tells you what you want to do can’t be done, what they’re actually saying is that they don’t have the balls to do it, but you’re a different person. You can’t be too young, too old or too inexperienced. Always be hungry and work for what you want. Life is way shorter than we think it is. Let’s not waste it.
Thoughts Aren’t Real
Every time a thought comes to our minds, we feel that we need to do something with it. We don’t. A thought is not reality; it’s just a thought. For example, let’s say you have a presentation tomorrow morning and a thought enters your mind: you will screw up and people will laugh at you. You will then get sad at the fact that you might screw up and you’ll be anxious all night and won’t be able to sleep well. The next day, you give an outstanding presentation and you don’t screw up at all.
As it turns out, you spent 10 hours worrying about something that never happened. Thoughts are just thoughts; nothing else.
Have a Vision Board
A vision board is a whiteboard with pictures of things you want to accomplish. You can put a beautiful man or woman, your favorite sports car, a gorgeous house, a beach vacation, family time or whatever you want to accomplish in life. I have my vision board as the background image on my computer desktop, so I see it every day. Put your vision board in a location you constantly see.
I know this sounds a little spooky, but it really works. It has worked for me and a lot of my friends. As it turns out, having a constant reminder of what you want in life keeps you on the right path to getting it. I usually put ten things or so on my vision boards and at the end of each year I usually accomplish about 80% of the goals I set for myself. When this happens, I create a new vision board.
Try it. I promise you it works.
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