This will be my final post covering tribe of mentors. If you are a little bit lost and not sure which direction to take you will find a lot of great advice and pointers from this book. It is a great reference book and I’d recommend it to all.
1- Personal Development and Routine
Discipline = Freedom. We are always between freedom and bondage. We move away from freedom when we lack discipline. Freedom to choose the life you want comes only by discipline. There are extreme cases where one really can’t choose, but for the average person, this is a fortunate choice to have.
To become the best you, you must work on your own weaknesses continuously.
2 – Learning
The best student wins. Make sure that you are a life long student, make sure you grow to become the best student.
All successful people read a lot. An example is Terry Cruise. He is a man of great depth who has an incredible reading list. You would think that comedians are just naturally good at telling stories that make people laugh. Now I know why some comedians make it in life: they read! See Trevor Noah’s favorite books as an example: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/t-magazine/entertainment/trevor-noah-favorite-books-list.html
Be in a hurry to learn, not to get validation. Embrace change and keep learning, the only way to stay relevant.
We arrive at certain destinations because of our decisions. Our choices are mostly a result of how we weighed our options. From Julia Galef’s interview, I learned that most advice is one size fits all but that the best advice helps one improve judgment.
Tom Peters stated, “The number one failings of CEOs: they don’t read enough”. I was so inspired by how much the mentors read and how many of them actually made time for reading in their schedule. Reading is absolutely critical. You can not avoid this if you desire growth. Reading is probably the most important career and life habit and is one strand that connects all the mentors. To be well prepared for all situations one must read a wide range of topics, even poetry.
In pursuit of success, you can’t ignore your health. Resting is important, simply put: Uptime is as important as downtime and growth come from periods of rest.
Even if you don’t exercise you should at least make time to walk. Make it part of your life. Walk a little.
Eating healthy is critical and sugar is toxic. Avoid sugar especially soda and juice.
The important things in life must be done in parallel: relationships, health, religion, work.
4 – Success
No success came overnight. Even if that is what the media would like you to believe.
It is possible to out-prepare any competition.
To future proof yourself, focus on personal resilience and emotional intelligence.
Choose opportunities based on the people you get to work with. Skate to where the puck is going and remember persistence is greater than talent.
To reach success Tom Peters said: Become a superstar, all-pro listener, read up on it, work on it, have a mentor grade you on it.
Beware the “philosophologist”. Beware the one who has not been in the trenches. Seek wisdom from people who’ve done it, not the people who teach it.
On saying no: Have a yes list, for everything else say no.
Saying maybe, when you want to say no, is lying to yourself and others.
Say no to complaints, blame, and gossip.
Don’t underestimate languages. It is the doorway to another world.
There is so much to gain from being generous. Generosity elevates us all.
Avoid ego and embrace truth. Ego’s focus is: who is right. Truth focuses on what is right.
6 – Attitude and Personal Philosophy
Have a Gratitude Journal, write in it and read it. This gives you perspective.
Self-esteem, the reputation you have with yourself. Do not do things that erode that reputation.
Confidence is overrated and even irritating -try Courage. As you take courage and build up a track record of success, with yourself, genuine confidence grows.
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