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Monday 15th April 2013

Many of you have asked, what am I going to do next…well, this could be my next adventure…but I need your help!

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Top 10 Male Regrets – Part II

Thursday 20th May 2010

No.5 – Not sleeping with all willing parties

Youth is attractive, both as its own end and because it’s easier to be an energetic guy in great physical shape when you’re still young. Granted, some women are attracted to older guys, but for each of those there’s one more who’d jump “young you” and won’t spare “old you” a second thought. Now, while you’re still a dynamic superstar (comparatively, anyway), is your chance to make the most of your virility while you still can.

No.4 – Being a workaholic

Nobody is arguing that work is bad or that your career isn’t important, but you shouldn’t feel compelled to spend every waking moment slaving away at your job while forgoing those experiences that are purely the domain of younger men (see the previous entry, for example). There are many things you can only do when you’re young, and work is not one of them. Someday you’re going to wish you’d gone skydiving or had a staggering amount of sex, and it’s comparatively unlikely that you’ll ever wish you’d worked more weekends.

No.3 – Ignoring your health

Smoking, drinking and everything else you shrug off because you’re young will catch up to you later. It doesn’t matter how physically fit you are despite of your junk food diet, because what you look like in the mirror doesn’t necessarily reflect your actual health at all. These invisible effects are insidious — instead of gradually noticing that you’re getting fat and deciding to change, you may just be told one day that your liver is broken, and by that time whatever change you do make is going to be too little, too late.

No.2 – Not spending enough time with dad

Regardless of your relationship with your father, he’s still your father, and you probably don’t have too many extra fathers sitting around in case you neglect your relationship with this one. He’s been a unique influence on your life, whether you realise it or not, and he’s not going to be here forever. Make the best of the time you do have, lest you find yourself crying mournfully into your beer every time you hear “Cat’s in the Cradle.”

No.1 – Not going after the fit girl

Take a page from the whole romantic comedy genre, wherein quirky dudes wind up with gorgeous women through nothing but plucky effort and a little dumb luck. If you try your arse off to win over the girl of your dreams, the worst thing that can happen is that you don’t, which leaves you in exactly the same position as if you never tried at all. If you don’t even try, the worst-case scenario is that you spend the rest of your life wondering what might have been if you’d just manned up and gone for it.

Top 10 Male Regrets – Part I

Wednesday 19th May 2010

According to the Ask Men website, the following are the top 10 male regrets. And whilst regrets are counterproductive, they are part of human nature. This list is purely about male regrets, stuff that young men are suited for and that old men now realise was precious but fleeting. They interviewed older men about everything they wished they’d done, had done differently or had never done at all. They talked a lot about relationships, careers and misspent youth, but the overarching idea was that you have to seize the day before you’re confronted by the fact that you don’t have too many days left to seize. I thought it would be good to share their results, so that we could at least avoid the ones we already haven’t made! And yes, I’ve made some, avoided some, and going to correct some, now that I know…

No.10 – Not playing a team sport

Sports are more than just an increasingly valuable physical activity in an increasingly obese world. Sports, especially of the coordinated team variety, are just as mentally and socially involved as they are physical.

They serve as a kind of brief break from stress and worry; on top of that, being genuinely good at a sport (or at least having a few solid moments of accomplishment) gives you a feeling of agency and vigour that you can’t get from anything else. This is particularly true after you’ve waited until you’re limited to golf and skittles.

No.9 – Not staying in touch with friends

Outside of school and work, you’re unlikely to wind up in situations where meeting people is purely incidental, where everyone is more or less forced to get to know one another and form friendships. Of course, you’re not guaranteed to make friends in either situation, which is why it’s so important to retain the ones you have.

Neglecting friendships is easy — everyone’s busy and everyone loses touch from time to time — but trying to revisit friendships after years have passed rarely works out.

No.8 – Not getting in a fight

With how much certainty can you think of yourself as tough if you’ve never been called out on it? You may not think of doling out an ass-kicking as a confidence-building exercise, but it sort of is. The most tangible benefit of getting in a fight is, quite simply, that now you’ve gotten in a fight. Plenty of guys wonder how they’d hold up in that situation, but they just can’t be sure, and of course this is something there’s ample excuse not to do when you’re older. If you didn’t have at least one solid fight while you were young, there’s a good chance you never will.

No.7 – Not splurging on a badass car

It becomes progressively harder to justify having an impractical, flashy, impressive ride as you get older — there’s a point after which having a family and trying to fit a career-oriented status quo will no longer tolerate your tooling around on an explosively loud muscle car. Even if you do hit a midlife crisis and decide you need a cherry-red convertible to call your own, it won’t be the same because you’ll no longer be the young, carefree guy you’re picturing — you’ll be the guy who sought escape from a midlife crisis with a cherry-red convertible.

No.6 – Getting married too soon

Many marriages end in divorce, and one of the most common reasons for divorce is that both parties had a different view of how the relationship would turn out down the line. Some spur-of-the-moment relationships work with no planning at all, but they’re not the norm; you need to be fully prepared for married life because emotion alone isn’t going to be enough. Winding up in an unhappy relationship, especially with kids involved, is guaranteed to influence the rest of your life.

Leadership Law II

Sunday 28th March 2010

From Matt Morris….

Over the years, I’ve learned that great leaders are not only comfortable sharing their vision, their passion overflows and spills out to others in such a way that everyone they share their vision with can’t wait to be a part of it. When you share your passion, you transfer that passion to others and inspire them to be part of something that makes them feel good about themselves.

So Leadership Law 2 is Convey an Inspiring Vision. The first step is to create a vision for all facets of your life (your company, your family, everything)… A vision doesn’t have to be strictly related to your business. I’ve created a vision for my family as well because I strongly believe that families rise and fall based on leadership…

Far too many families live by the philosophy that their success both financially, spiritually, and even in their love and harmony, is going to happen by chance. It doesn’t work that way! Your family’s success is going to come from leading your family to success. (Read page 85 of The Unemployed Millionaire for a deeper explanation of conveying your inspiring vision to your family!)

Carrots vs. Cause

The other important part of Leadership Law 2 is developing the ability to understand what motivates people to take action. Dollar bills are generally the most widely used carrot in traditional business.

What happens when you use money as the biggest motivator is that people will leave you in a second if they can earn more money somewhere else. If money is your carrot, you have no competitive advantage because just about everyone is using money as the motivator.

In general, people will be more motivated by a cause than they would be by money. If you look at many of the truly great companies in the world, you’ll see that their leaders inspired them to go after an inspiring vision…

The Vision Behind Microsoft

A perfect example of a leader using vision to inspire an entire team of people is Bill Gates. In the mid-1980’s, Bill Gates set a goal to have Microsoft software running on a personal computer on the desk of every person in the world. At the time, his goal seemed absurd since computers were ridiculously complicated to use and priced at a premium.

To reach his goal, Bill Gates had Microsoft develop Windows to make personal computers much more user-friendly. Windows also adopted the most popular productivity programs to run on the new system. This new combination of popular productivity programs and easier to use personal computers, gave more people a reason to buy a personal computer and use Microsoft’s software.

Today, over 90 percent of all computers run some form of Microsoft software!

Life is short; we all have a very limited time on this planet. I believe that if you want to experience fulfillment, it will not be created through any amount of money you can earn but by the impact you can make on this world.

How are you motivating the people you are closest to? I’d love to discuss it with you below in the comments section.

Leadership Law I

Saturday 13th March 2010

From Matt Morris, the founder of success university…

Big dreamers inspire others to dream big so the first law of leadership is: Have a Dream Larger Than Those You Lead. A leader has to be comfortable communicating his or her dreams through the power of emotional intelligence – the ability to transfer emotion to your organization.

People are propelled to action by the height of your passion and inspiration. Most people want to be more than they are and they look for a leader who has a passion for greatness that will inspire them to greatness…

When you open yourself up and share your dreams, you transfer emotion. People want to be around a leader who’s transparent.

When they see transparency, not only do you transfer emotion, you also gain their trust. You’ll never be followed unless you’re trusted, and the more open you are, the more trusted you become.

Since it doesn’t take any more energy to dream big than it does to dream small, dream BIG… a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal!

When I’m traveling around the world with the speakers and top salespeople in my company, I’m constantly dream building with them. I’m telling them how in just a few years, we’ll be flying in our own corporate jet rather than flying commercially.

Always remember – facts tell, but stories sell! So get into the details when you dream! My dream building stories go like this:

Instead of driving a car to the airport, having to be there an hour early, going through ticketing, fighting the crowds, going through security to take off our shoes, emptying our pockets, taking off our belts/hats/jewelry, and then sitting around waiting for our flights, we’ll be picked up by a limo. We’ll be whisked away to the private airport by our limo and be chaufferred right up to our own private jet. We’ll never even have to touch our bags – no security, now waiting, no hassles. Our own private flight attendants will welcome us with a glass of champagne and organic snacks. If we’re tired, we can go to the back of the jet and take a nap. When we land, we’ll walk down off the plane into the next limo which will take us to our luxurious resort.

The more vividly you imagine and picture yourself living these dreams, the more concrete they become in your mind and the more likely you are to turn them into reality.

When you feel that your dreams are within your reach, people around you feel that same energy and want to do anything they can to be part of your dream as well. With that being said, let’s get started dreaming right now!!

Leave your new, vivid Big Hairy Audacious Goal in the comments section below so we can talk about it together! I will be reading your dreams personally and I can’t wait to hear from you!

Failure Isn’t Always Bad

Monday 8th March 2010

If you really want to succeed, you must not be afraid to fail. Michael Jordan proves in this commercial that the most successful people often have more failures than everybody else.

Learn to recognize that past failures have no relevance on future successes. In fact, failure should be celebrated just as much as success because of the knowledge and experience we gain from failing.

This quote from Napoleon Hill explains the failure principle so well, “Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.”


Sunday 7th March 2010

On your way to achieving success, you will likely have lots of critics. People may say things like “You can’t do that,” or “You don’t have the talent to reach that level of success,” or maybe “You aren’t educated enough to make that kind of money…”

You may even have to deal with people making false accusations about you or your business.

It’s okay though… Critics are easy to overcome if you are truly driven to reach success. What can you do to create enough drive to push you to success?

DREAM! Dreams are the fuel that fire desire.  And desire is the one element that keeps you going when things get rough.

Vince Lombardi once said “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”