The notes below are from my international travel diary. Hopefully you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.
- Luck is the real differentiator.
This doesn’t mean intelligence and hard work are not important. Actually, those two aspects are extremely paramount. But truthfully, there is something that most people don’t want to admit – this world is full of intelligent and hardworking people, so the real differentiator is actually luck. (Sorry for the unpleasant realism that I’ve discovered in my international travel diary.)
If your friends don’t want you to be successful, they are not your friends. You must find new friends because you can only look after so many interests at a time.
Reading another business book won’t improve your business unless you implement what you’ve learned. If you don’t take action, reading another book is just an avoidance activity.
The best time to build a powerful network was ten years ago; the second-best time to build a powerful network is now.
Asking for help is a sign of strength. People can’t help you if you don’t ask for help.
I know many experts would tell you to find out your why, but I actually want you to find out who you are first. When you know who you really are and be that person in your career, you won’t need to work a day in your life.
- The truth behind success:
A successful person juggles 24 balls at the same time and allows 9 balls to drop, while everyone else only holds 1 ball.
In business and in life, you can only get what you give. Most people are takers rather than givers. So, if you are a giver, Law of Reciprocity applies to you in a good way – when you give other people lots of good value first, they will reciprocate. That’s how you become impactful in the long term.
If you have money and want to start investing, you must invest in your education first, because education is the prerequisite of everything you want.
Having a financial discipline includes having a date with your money regularly. This is particularly important to entrepreneurs who need financial clarity.
Does money represent the root of all evil or the source of happiness? Your mental associations with money give you the answer. Whenever you have negative associations with money, just keep filling your brain with positivity in this regard, so that negative associations with money have no space in your brain.
The real difference between a talented wannabe and a talented celebrity is their business models. A talented wannabe has talent, but probably doesn’t have a business model that is working. In contrast, a talented celebrity has obviously figured their business model out.
Although money can’t guarantee happiness, lack of money can guarantee unhappiness.
If you are an entrepreneur, the skill of attaining publicity is perhaps the most important part of your business. Publicity is the fast-track to new opportunities. What have you done to attain publicity this week?
“Reading my own international travel diary is fun.”