Mistakes

We make mistakes. We focus on the wrong things. We get too far down a slippery slope. We steal. We cheat. We lie. We deceive others. We deceive ourselves. We see crime or fraud and don’t speak out.

You can be a good person and still exercise poor judgment.

We’re human. We all make mistakes.

Mistakes are bad, no doubt, but not learning from them is worse. The key to learning from mistakes is to admit them without excuses or defensiveness, rub your nose in them a little, and make the changes you need to make to grow going forward. If you can’t admit your mistakes, you won’t grow.

Failure is an event, not a person.

How you choose to interpret your failures will either move you forward in life or hold you back. Every failure can be turned into a stepping stone to success. Every mistake is a lesson in what not to do. Every setback is an opportunity to dig deeper in to yourself, to access resources you didn’t know you have and to acquire wisdom you could gain no other way.

It’s not the failures that define us so much as how we respond to them.

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Learn more and laugh more

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In July 2016, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and now a philanthropist, wrote a memoir on his 25 years of friendship with Warren Buffett, the world’s best investor ever and one of the most-followed businessmen.

Here is how Gates started his memoir –

I don’t remember the exact day I first met most of my friends, but with Warren Buffett I do. It was 25 years ago today: July 5, 1991.

I think the date stands out in my mind so clearly because it marked the beginning of a new and unexpected friendship for Melinda and me—one that has changed our lives for the better in every imaginable way.

Warren has helped us do two things that are impossible to overdo in one lifetime: learn more and laugh more.

Source: 25 Years of Learning and Laughter

I think the most important message from above paragraph is “learn more and laugh more”.

Wise and Witty Quotes About Money and Happiness

Looking back at the quotes about money that have survived through the generations, it’s apparent that thoughts about money and happiness have not changed all that much over the ages.

Money Can’t Buy Happiness

Several historical characters extol on the virtues of living simply and of the importance of faith, friendship, creativity and achievement over the pursuit of greater wealth.

  • “Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” And, “By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.” — Democritus, pre-Socratic philosopher (circa 460 B.C. to circa 370 B.C.)
  • “Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has, the more one wants.” — Benjamin Franklin, author, polymath and printer (1706-1790)
  • “It is my opinion that a man’s soul may be buried and perish under a dung-heap, or in a furrow field, just as well as under a pile of money.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist (1804-1864)
  • “He who loses money, loses much; he who loses a friend, loses much more; he who loses faith, loses all.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, author and first lady (1884-1962)
  • “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

A Philosophical Disagreement

  • “It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.” — Albert Camus, philosopher (1913-1960)

It Might Not Buy Happiness, but It Sure Is Nice to Have

  • “I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.” — Mark Twain, American author and humorist (1835-1910)
  • “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.” — Pablo Picasso, artist (1881-1973)
  • “Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” — Woody Allen, director, actor and comedian (1935- )

Money Equals Happiness

  • “When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know that it is.” And: “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from imagination.” — Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and writer (1854-1900)

My Favorite Quotes

  • “Wealth is the ability to truly experience life.” — Henry David Thoreau, author, poet and philosopher (1817-1862)
  • “There are people who have money, and there are people who are rich.” — Coco Chanel, fashion designer and businesswoman (1883-1971)

I want to be one of the “rich” ones. What do you believe about money and happiness?

What you focus on expands

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It’s important to realize that as a human being all of us have strengths and weaknesses.

But here’s the thing: most people focus on their weaknesses and try and make them their strengths.

T Harv Eker, author of best selling book Secrets of Millionaire Mind, has a famous saying that, “What you focus on expands”.

This is extremely important as the outcome of your life is largely due to what you choose to focus on.

If you focus on your weaknesses, then you aren’t utilizing your strengths.

Simple as that.

Source: Why Most People Utilize Their Strengths And Weaknesses Incorrectly And How It Might Be Blocking You From Success

Earl Nightingale: Goose or Egg broadcast

Show # 223 of the 1970’s Earl Nightingale TV Show, Our Changing World.

In this short video Earl Nightingale tells the story of a man who had a talk with his son. The man drew a picture of a goose and three golden eggs.

Would you rather buy the goose or the golden eggs?

The son chose the goose.

Of course you would buy the gooses, father said, you invest your money in the goose because it could go on laying those golden age for years. Then he said anyone would buy the goose if they were presented in this way, but the fact of the matter is that most people have the exact opportunity and yet they invest in eggs instead of the goose.

The father said in this little quiz I’ve given you, the goose and the golden eggs are symbolic, the golden eggs, people invest in, are represented by their homes, cars, television sets, furniture, refrigerators, stoves, boats, vacations all the good things that can buy, all the good things everyone wants to have.

Well what’s wrong with that the boy asked. Well there’s nothing wrong with that Jimmy, it’s just that most of them invest in golden eggs exclusively and don’t invest enough in the goose that provides all these golden eggs.

Here’s the most important point:

Would you rather buy the goose or the golden eggs?

 

Work harder on yourself than you do on your Job

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This is a followup on the answer I wrote on Quora. There I tried my best to keep the answer short and crispy, as I hate lengthy essay type of answers, as it is very hard to read on mobile device. (I use Quora mostly on my phone).

“Work harder on yourself than you do on your Job”, wise words from the late Jim Rohn, an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.

What does that mean?

Well most people, if they are employed, get up and go to work and spend eight hours or more in the workplace, working hard for someone else. There is nothing wrong with that and that’s what most of us do across the world.

The cycle repeats, day after day, week after week, year after year even. A third of our day is spent at work. A third of our day is spent making someone else’s goals and visions come true. But…

How much time do you spend working on yourself?
How many books did you read last year?
How many times did you exercise last year?

Most people go to work and never think about working on themselves.This is true for our health, as well as our minds.

Rushing out the door, coffee on the way and grabbing whatever for breakfast is not taking care of your body. Sacrificing your heath and well-being for someone else just to pay the bills, that isn’t living a good life.

I’m not telling anyone to not work hard at your job. In fact, I’m saying the opposite; “Work hard at your job and be proud to do that but work harder on yourself.

Make yourself a priority. Taking daily action to improve yourself in every area of your life. Start a plan to improve your health if you need to. Start a plan to read, learn and educate yourself more on whatever subject you desire. Feed your mind with positive information that will motivate and inspire you. If you want the exact opposite of this, continue to read the newspaper and watch the TV.

As you begin to work harder on yourself, your output in your job will increase too so everyone wins here. When you work harder on yourself, every area of your life improves. Health, finances, relationships, family. Make a commitment to begin working on yourself today. It will be the best investment you ever make.

Wisdom Wednesdays – Pablo Picasso

Robin Sharma recites the story of Pablo Picasso:

One day a woman spotted Pablo Picasso in the market and pulled out a piece of paper. “Mr. Picasso”, she said excitedly, “I am a big fan. Please could you do a little drawing for me.?” Picasso happily complied and quickly etched out a piece of art for her on the paper provided. He then smiled as he handed it back to her. “That will be a million dollar.” “But Mr. Picasso, “the woman replied flustered, “It only took you thirty seconds to do the little masterpiece.” “My good woman,” Picasso laughed, “It took me thirty year to do that masterpiece in thirty seconds.” — Read more here

“Know what you can excel at — your ‘genius points’. Discover your talent and then work like crazy to polish them. One of the most important of all personal leadership skill is self-awareness. Know what you are really good at. Reflect on those abilities that others admire in you. Think about those capabilities that just come easy to you — and flow effortlessly from you. You might be a fantastic communicator ot have a way with people. You might posses an extraordinary ability to execute and get things done. Perhaps your special talent involves innovation and creativity and seeing what everyone else sees but thinking a different thought. Find your genius points and then develop them. Focus plus daily improvement plus time. Start today and in three to five years people will be writing about you. Calling you a genius. Celebrating your magnificence.” -Robin Sharma

The crux of this story is:

Focus + Daily Improvement + Time = Genius

Understand this formula deeply and your life will never be the same.