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Be the best you can be right now

Releasing your work is hard. Maybe no one will like it, maybe there are more advance players in the game. Well, there usually are. You can’t stop yourself because you’re not the best. Operate from the understanding that there’s always someone better then you, and that’s OK.

You shouldn’t set out to bet the best rather the best you can be right now. What’s the difference? Simple, you’re giving yourself some slack. You’re going to get better way faster if you start. Sure you can keep learning and I would advice you to do so. But not at the expense of trying things out.

When you just learn your understanding is limited. You have no real feel for the actual work. Worrying that there’s someone better then you will keep you from taking your first steps. And you have to take those steps now, tomorrow is too late because tomorrow you would have already lost a day.

And that lost day will result in a shorter reach. You have to start right now so that you can get as far as this life will allow you to get. You owe that to yourself and to the world.

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Learn to love the process

In everything that we do there is always a process. We are so used to looking forward to the end result that we miss it entirely. The worst thing about it is that we treat the process as something we don’t want to do just to get to the end result. Then we allow ourselves to be happy for a short time. Until we want something else, and we are unhappy again.

Learning to love the process will instantly give us two things. One is to feel happy right now. and second a much greater result. How is that possible you ask? Simple. When you learn to love what you do you pay more attention to it. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about working out, making sales calls or courting the girl we want.

Learning to pay attention to the little things helps us understand what we’re experiencing. I read once the we don’t fall in love with other people but with the feelings the process gives us. I started to think how can we apply it to everything else. Insted of rushing I started to take things slow and noticed what I like and what I don’t.

I found that the things I don’t like to do where things that where not progressing my towards my goals. They where things I just did to pass the time. When I shifted my attention to the things I liked, I started to increase my productivity. That increased my sales and my paycheck.

Try taking things slow, try to notice how it effects your experience and let me know in the comments below.

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It’s you job to give service, selling is an outcome

I know you have bills to pay, we all do. And you can still pay then without manipulating people. Getting a client is easy, keeping a clients is where the money is at. Remember you pay a lot of money to get the client in the first place. To keep him all you have to do is give him good service.

When a client is happy there is no reason for him to check out the competitor. I’ll give you and example. For the past ten years I was an apple freak. I would by anything they would offer (within my budget). I didn’t care what the competition was offering. And why was that? Because their products where perfect.

They had no bugs and I would never have to worry about my device crashing. Until they did. There was a patch they released that disabled my keyboard and mouse on the 13″ macbook pro. And after an hour with one of their reps the conclusion was that my keyboard was dead. I went to the version of apple store we have here in Israel and they wanted me to sign up for a two year warranty program to fix the “problem”. The price they asked for was enough to by a new laptop (not an apple laptop but a pc).

Anyway I decided to try one more thing before I gave up. I downloaded Ubuntu and installed it on my macbook, This post is written with my macbook built in keyboard. So it’s not dead. My point is after all that time they lost a loyal customer. They can afford it and most likely not notice, and when you hit it that big you might not care as well. But till you do, make sure every clients gets the service he deserves.

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What you know doesn’t mean anything

Leaning and self development is a great thing, but we tend to take it too far. Until we take action all the self help in the word is not going to be useful.

Take action, I know you’re afraid to fail. I’m telling you to embrace the failure. that’s your only way to level up. And you will fail, many times. But that’s a good thing.

Tony Robbins said once that good judgment comes for experience. Experience comes form knowledge and knowledge comes from making mistakes. No on has ever amounted to anything in this world without failing first.

So go out make your mistakes, learn all you can from them and level up.

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Sheep and shepherds

Some people are content with what they have, that’s not a bad thing. For enraptures that sounds insane. Why doesn’t everyone want more, why do they not feel eager to push forward like us? Well, there are two different mindsets when it comes to fulfillment.

The sheep

This represents most of the world. It doesn’t mean that they are no equal to others, it’s just how they think. They are happy to have whatever they get. They want to keep working in their job till they retire, and that’s fine.

The shepherds

This is the category all true entrepreneurs fit in. I say true entrepreneurs because there’s a hype about owning you own business the last few years. Now everybody want to be a business owner, but it’s not for everyone.

How do you know which of the groups you belong to?

This decision is made for you. Can you picture yourself living the same lifestyle for the rest of your life? If you where to change how far are you willing to go? What are you willing to sacrifice to get there? If the answer is anything then you’re a shepherd.

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What motivates you to get through he hard times?

Motivation like attention is a limited resource. We only have a small quantity of it each day (think of hit points in D&D). While most activities drain it, some replenish it. So what refiles your motivation HP?

I for instance am an introvert so to recharge I need to be alone or with one person like my wife (still working on that). I don’t go out a lot and don’t like to be in a place where people like to gather. If you’re an extrovert it’s exactly to opposite for you.

Motivation is only one of the stats you need to keep track of. Attention, discipline and motivation are the three major ones. Find out what recharges them and your results will skyrocket.

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You’re not weak

Everybody is trying to sell you the idea that you’re weak. I’m here to tell you that you’re not. You might have bad information, but there nothing that can really stop you. Think about all the crap you had to go through to get where you are. The setbacks, the money you lost, the bad decisions and the list is endless. But you’re still here and you’re still pushing forward.

Companies are trying to convince you the you’re weak so they can sell you crap to make you stronger. They try to sell you diet programs when all you really need is to change your nutrition. They try to sell you anything they can, not to help you but to make money.

So next time someone tells you that you’re weak remember who you really are. Remember what you have achieved and never let anyone make you feel weak again.