Whether someone is overly loud or overly quiet, the cause is usually the same.
Lack of self-confidence.
It is just that the loud person appears more confident than the quiet one.
Whichever one you are, the key to success is always to keep working on yourself. And keep trying until you have developed sufficient self-confidence to succeed.
The little things are the big things.
Whether personal habits or for businesses, it is always the little things done consistently that make the most difference.
Scaling the unscalable. Thoughtful comments on posts in a given online community. Picking up a dropped time in the supermarket for an elderly lady. Sending a bespoke email rather than an impersonal shotgun blast. Keeping in contact with an old colleague. Saying thank you.
These are the things that people looking in from the outside miss and then attribute results down to luck.
Serendipity cannot happen if you never interact on a personal level with anyone. At some stage, you have to put yourself out there and then keep doing so.
The biggest little thing you can do is to keep adding value to others and keep working on yourself daily.
"Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices." ~ Benjamin Franklin
This is going to be the best year of your life, as every year should be. To find out why read my previous post.
This year my focus is on being fit and healthy. I have realised that after sacrificing some time in my morning in order to get some business stuff off the ground, that nothing is sustainable without finding time for exercise, yoga, meditation and eating right. Shortcutting these things inevitably leads to suboptimal performance showing up elsewhere.
There are a lot of things that can be fixed by just getting up earlier in the day.
What are you making time for this year?
1. No one comes to work trying to do a bad job and they are likely better than your immediate impression of them. But they might also not come to work prepared to give their all or be very good in their current position. How can you help them either way?
2. Be incredibly grateful for what you have. Know that you can always do better. Continually work on both.
3. Enjoy yourself in the present and prepare for the future.
4. Realise you can be frugal and extravagant.
5. Focus… and do both. Realise that they are only one thing. Reframe them into one.
6. Give all of yourself to those closest to you… by looking after yourself first.
As I write this, the UK is waking up to the result of the election that is not as clear cut as some thought.
Maybe the general election results not what you expected. Or maybe they are what you expected. Either way, what are you going to do today that is different from yesterday?
Does it really matter who is in power? Does it really matter what the taxes are? What are you going to do differently or the same?
Are you going to use any changes to add to your growing excuses list? Are you really able to time the market? I say, do what you dream to do and let all the hot air blow around you.
‘Doing’ can make you more robust than any change in power or policy.
Think about the people who bemoan the NHS. Many of them could probably afford to use the increase in personal allowance to get private healthcare (only about £400 per year)?
People who think the government borrows too much? Well, how much personal debt are they in? If the government is fragile, better make your own finances robust and start saving more.
Taxes going up so you'll be worse off? You can always earn more money, save more money. Or you could watch Netflix and complain on Facebook.
Of course, if you really don't like the result, you always have the opportunity to move. But before you do, take chance to be grateful for what you already have. Would you complain less in Syria, North Korea or Somalia?
If you live in the UK you already have it good. There may be people that have more than you, there may be people that have less than you.
Stop complaining and either accept it or do something. There is nothing else.
You have the same amount of time as Richard Branson
You have the same amount of time as Oprah
You have the same amount of time as Steve Jobs
You have the same amount of time as anyone you have ever heard of. If you are reading this, then chances are they are no smarter than you.
So, what is the difference between you and them?
Now get started.
Any "profession" is rule-based and exam based. Therefore, can be better done by a computer or someone with the same rules that will work for less money than you.
Since the industrial revolution, jobs have gone to machinery, robotics and assembly lines of the cheapest paid worker. Why would it not? There is literally no value in the alternative.
The good advice then was to get a profession and education was the way out and the way up. Now the same thing is happening to office workers. Automation, machine learning, the internet. All much cheaper, more efficient and more effective than humans. But only humans who phone it in, who do the bare minimum, that despise interaction.
Choose a job that is eminently human. Connection, caring, innovation. Those are the jobs for life now, not accountants or traders or production line operators.
The world is changing. And you can either be on the right or wrong side of it. Whilst others are drinking in the middle of the day bemoaning the government, you could be starting a business, learning to sell, building a network.
Remember there is money to be made when the market drops. Circumstance does not matter if you win either way.
There is never a good time.
Unless you are working 168 hours, you have time.
Cut the excuses.
Look after your family for the short and the long term. Follow your dreams and engage in current reality.
Do both. Do what matters. Do it anyway.
Make art and ship. There are enough followers. Do something interesting.
A whole book of motivation to be better. Why would anyone not read it?
"This book is about love and art and change and fear. It’s about overcoming a multigenerational conspiracy designed to sap your creativity and restlessness. It’s about leading and making a difference and it’s about succeeding."
Why wait for someone else to change things you don’t like? If something bothers you, then use this trigger to go into action mode. Find a solution and implement a fix.
What if there is no good solution available? Great. You just got your next business idea.
Now go start.