November 4, 2017

Items in italics are direct quotes from the articles below
Self-made billionaire Naveen Jain, who came to America from India with just $5 in his pocket, reveals his best advice on how to make billions of dollars. In this short 1:33 long video, Naveen advises you to pursue your dream even if you don’t know how to do it. Even if you experience self-doubt, he asks that you remember that every successful company has a near death experience before it becomes successful. He explains that in the end your mindset is what is important. It’s not about whether the glass is half or half empty. It’s about whether not you want to fill the glass and what do you want to fill it with. Your job is to imagine what you want it to be. The biggest problems are social problems and those are the ones with the most opportunity. He advises you to dream so big that people think you’re crazy and don’t be afraid of failure. He says if you want to be a billionaire solve a $10 billion-dollar problem. He gives some examples to consider. One thing he doesn’t say is the importance of building the right team around you, and making sure that you have systems in place to execute solving the problem. You should consider such options as how can I scale this? Can this operation remain a small one-man operation? How many people do I need to make this dream possible?  How can I be efficient? How can I effectively manage the human resource? It’s a good start to have a dream, but also have vision, and be realistic too.

Let me guess the first thing you did when you opened your eyes this morning: You didn’t, by any chance, pick up your phone and start tapping away, did you? If I got that right, it’s not because I’m clairvoyant. It’s because I’ve read the research. One recent Pew survey found 80 percent of Millennials sleep with their phones. No wonder then that another poll showed 40 percent of Americans of all ages check their phones within five minutes of waking. By the time they’ve brushed their teeth, more than 80 percent of people have grabbed their gadgets. And this isn’t just the addled and unsuccessful — another survey found that half of top executives start their day with email. A vast majority of us, in other words, kick off our day by consuming and reacting to other people’s thoughts and demands. Actor and investor Ashton Kutcher, however, is in the minority. Your email, he told Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global Podcast recently, is “everyone else’s to-do list for you.” And if you allow your inbox to set the tone for your day, you’re guaranteed to spend a huge chunk of your time on other people’s priorities.  I’m guilty of checking my phone every morning when I wake up, and I agree with Ashton when he says it becomes a hole that you can’t seem to get out off, because you fill yourself up with everyone else’s wants and needs instead of taking that time for yourself. To break out of this success-killing pattern, Kutcher took action, designing a new morning ritual that allows him to work on what he actually thinks is important each day. “When I wake up … I spend the first hour of my work not looking at email, and actually just writing out what it is that I want to accomplish in a given day, and then before I go through my emails, I’ll do all my outgoing, outbound stuff, which is what I want everyone else to do for me. And then I’ll go and get reactive to whatever’s going on,” he told the podcast. Even though it’s near the end of the year, I’m going to start spending the first half hour or hour of my morning either in meditation, prayer, writing in a journal, or listening to worship music before I touch my phone. New year habits can start today, and you shouldn’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Several experts stress the importance of writing out your ideas in the first few minutes of the day whether it’s for productivity or creativity. I think the reason this habit works is because the words become flesh when you put pen to paper. Meanwhile, psychologist and my colleague Benjamin P. Hardy suggests a small amount of writing not only in the morning but also before bed, to tap into your subconscious in order to answer some of your life’s trickiest and most pressing questions. “This simple routine will help you crystallize where you want to go, and how you will get there,” he says. It’s up to you to decide which form of writing appeals most to you and works best with your existing routine, but whichever you choose, it’s worth at least taking Kutcher’s idea for a spin to see if it saves you from inbox slavery and gives you more control over your day. Even if you don’t like writing, before you pick up the phone to check e-mail or social media, give this quiet time to yourself. Watch the video below:

This week, I’ve included The Power of Habit – One of the most Motivational Talks Ever from the Video Advice YouTube channel.

“If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.”

Proverbs 28:26 MSG


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