Accept or Ignore?

When you disagree with something, it's very difficult to not get passionate about it. 

We take pride in debates and arguing our perspectives.

Try to resist the temptation. What is the worst that will happen?

I am able to remain calm most of the time because of one simple question I remind myself constantly:

What if I didn't hear that?

This reminder puts the bigger picture in the frame. If one person thinks this thought, then surely others do elsewhere. Knowing this, how will exhausting energy against one accomplish anything?

I'd much rather keep thinking about the next thing others will eventually disagree with. 

That's just a part of the process. 

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Totality

When two bodies of mass move with such velocity, there is only one perfect moment when their paths cross. 

If you move as expected and remain the same as always, magic will happen in that moment. 

There are plenty of these moments out there. You just have to be looking ahead toward the next body of mass moving toward you. 

Take each one in stride. 

Why is it So Hard?

There are usually two honest answers to this question:

  1. Because it's worth it.
  2. Because you care too much.

These two concepts juxtapose one another when it comes to taking action.

You'll almost always push through the pain or back down. Deciding to do neither is the only form of failure.

Frustration is a temporary pain that makes future decisions easier.

Just as long as you do something. 

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The Dream Isn't Enough

A young first-time entrepreneur emailed me the following...

"I'm having trouble finding investors. Am I asking for too much money?"

After reviewing the pitchbook, I responded with a simple question...

"Why don't you include pictures of the product you're selling?"

Her response was...

"I don't have enough money to create the prototypes, but my passion for what I am trying to do should replace that."

This is usually where I'd simply wish her the best of luck and move on. 

But for the sake of other entrepreneurs in a similar position, here's my message to you...

"If you don't have experience, a reputation as a founder, or traction in a market, you better have the most innovative idea and strategy to execute it on it in the world. Otherwise, you're too much of a risk. It's scary enough that you have no experience, but when you tell me you have no product and haven't made a single dollar, I can't help but cringe. That's simply not an investable scenario.

All businesses can be minimized to a 1-to-1 service model. This means, with a little additional hustle, anyone can obtain customers directly and service them. It sounds silly, but if your idea is the next Spotify music streaming app, offer to curate everyone you know's playlists for free. Guess what? - doing that just landed you your first customers.

There's way too much competition out there for anyone else to want to risk that much on you and your venture. Prove you're worth it. Do the work. Look passed the dream and start making things happen."

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Irritation Trumps Inspiration

As creative humans, we are on the perpetual search for inspiration. We wait for events to happen; to bear witness to incredible accomplishments, or to simply look at other things from a different perspective. 

Inspiration isn't the answer, though. 

Whenever inspiration strikes, it should be the ignition for an even greater drive. 

Whatever it is that we're creating is often deeply rooted in a problem we are trying to solve. The best innovators in the world tend to scratch their own itch by alleviating their own troubles. When the pain point is actually felt by the creator, it's a constant reminder. The reminder serves as the much-needed inspiration. 

Keep solving problems. Doing that will inspire everyone around you. 

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Thinking About Legacy

I've now written about this in three different places so I will keep this short. 

We should constantly be reminding ourselves about how we want to be remembered. If that doesn't motivate you to be the best person you can be, I, unfortunately, can't believe you want anything out of life. 

I not only published the 75th episode of "Ask Logan Lenz" answering a question about legacy, but I also repurposed my thoughts over on Medium.

100 Hours Left

As much as we hate to admit it, we are insignificant beings on a very large planet within an immeasurable universe. Rather than let that get us down, we should use that as fuel to defy the odds. 

How significant can you be in this world?

How can you make as much of an impact as possible? 

If you're looking for motivation, there is no better thing to consider than "legacy." When you think of how you will be remembered after you pass, you begin to summarize the highlights of your life. 

Here's a little trick that I learned several years ago. It's kept me going and continues to stimulate my mind on a daily basis.

Live life as if you were told you had 100 hours left to live. Not 100 weeks. Not 100 days. 100 hours.

If you don't resort to hustling your way to doing something significant, you weren't meant to leave a legacy outside of what you've already accomplished. 

For any of you that haven't reached your goals yet (which I'm hoping is everybody reading this), wake up tomorrow with that mindset.

Let's see how your mind and body respond to such an urgency. 

Good luck! 

Inconsistent Normalcy

You can thrive off of stress and pressure. The adrenaline and excitement are just what you prefer. It drives you. 

On the other hand, others aspire to get ahead of chaos to avoid high-pressure situations. Being organized is their normal. 

Normal is whatever we make it out to be. 

The trick is to stick with what we are most comfortable with. The second we depart from our comfort levels, we consider it abnormal. Abnormalities breed confusion, which perpetually fuels discontent. 

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Trust and Truth

Jack Welch is right. 

Trust is the single most important factor in business. Period. 

Having trust at the top, and ensuring it connects to every single fabric of your organization, is what ultimately builds a thriving culture based on success. 

Without trust, you can't manifest the truth.

Truth needs to come in two very important forms in an organization:

  • Speaking up when you have something to say
  • No sugar-coating (even your boss)

When a new employee is able to speak openly about his emotions, and perhaps his criticisms of what observes, you're building a powerful machine of honesty. 

Only the trust that you put into that new employee allows him to speak up - and allows even the CEO to listen with an open mind. 

For Your (Re)Consideration

We're repeatedly reminded of the importance of first impressions. This is more prevalent today given the state of our attention spans and how much noise we are constantly being inundated with. 

How we linger on our initial judgments can hamper our own progressions, though. 

Is it always right to...

  • Judge individuals after meeting them only once?
  • Dislike a piece of art regardless of our mood at the time?
  • Never buy a product again because it broke?
  • Generalize poor customer service due to one interaction?

The list goes on and on.

It can be extremely liberating to forget about one-time encounters in order to keep an open mind for the future. 

Everyone should be entitled to improvements. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone learns. Everyone evolves. 

Preparation

You're either ready or you're not. There is no in between. 

It's this type of binary scale that ultimately paves the way for success or failure. 

Are you prepared or not?

Even proper preparation takes us on its own twists and turns. Are you prepared for the many different types of outcomes, desirable or otherwise, that preparation can lead you toward? 

At the end of the day, the more we are able to look ahead and anticipate, the better we will be when the water gets choppier. 

Keeping Pace

Thoughtful individuals often get caught saying "Life is a marathon, not a sprint." 

To dissect that truth a bit further, though, you must first acknowledge that life is a series of many simultaneous races. And much like how you handle so many other things at once in your life, it's how one balances these races to not run out of breath. 

Of the many races that you may be competing in right now, it's important to keep your eyes on each finish line. When you need to sprint, go all out. When you need to keep up with others, maintain your stride, and if you are feeling too tired, don't be afraid to walk. 

Just don't stop. There's no reward for those that don't cross the finish line. 

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Art Williams: "Just Do It!"

Here's some inspiration in case you're ever feeling lazy.

Here's some motivation for when you catch yourself complaining or making excuses. 

Here's the kick in the a$$ you need when you aren't pumped up to get your work done.

Art has an almost hysterical way of proving that everything we want out of life always comes down to two simple words...

"Do It!"

Master of Some

As we all learn about more verticals and obtain skills that span a wider breadth of knowledge and industries, we involuntarily carve out a chasm between ourselves and our unique expertise. 

Is it impossible to not be an expert in more than one thing?

Of course not. But it isn't easy. 

No matter what you learn, you'll always want to bring your own approach and experience to it. That's often what is so valuable about learning something new from scratch. 

Ahhhh... a fresh perspective. 

The Problem with Productivity

When you get more done, you end up finding more new stuff to do. And new stuff is harder than the stuff you love to do. 

Actually getting more stuff done in less time only becomes valuable if you use the extra time to do something other than related work. It's otherwise a vicious circle that continues until you're stuck doing things you hate - simply because you made yourself more time to get to them. 

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