"Be considerate and intentional with your life decisions. Rather than let life happen to you, author the story of your life. Author and philosopher Howard Thurman says it best with, ‘Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’"
It’s Monday. You’re probably trying to stay motivated. Here are a few tips that will help you be productive today:
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Have a great week!
Happy Friday! Here are a few ways to make the most of your weekend:
1. Are you truly living to your full potential?
2. What are you labeling as “bad” and how could you see it leading actually to a “good” end?
3. What cause is that quiet voice whispering to you about right now, calling you to be part of?
“It’s this willingness to live in the unknown for a while that opens a space for truly new ideas.”
Lead, don’t dictate.
Just one of 9 easy-to-steal habits of the super successful.
“People think I have a lot of discipline because I danced every day for 365 days in a row. But the truth is, I have no discipline. I never did anything else for 365 days before. Dance was different because I loved it the most. When you find something you’re truly passionate about, it will prioritize itself.”
“I take lots of notes in paper mole skin notebooks; every week or so I go back with a different color pen and circle the key sentences; I then transfer these ideas to Evernote files on my computer; and finally, I blog/tweet/publish/email out the crispest, most important ideas or quotes.”
CEO of Likeable Local Dave Kerpen offers 7 tips that will help you be successful in everything that you do.
Innovation expert Kaihan Krippendorff uses hip-hop star Drake’s path to achieving his goal of $25 million by the age of 25 to demonstrate his 30-minute strategy for reaching your goals.
1. After you are gone
This is an outcome you will not achieve in your lifetime but it is the reason you get up and push ahead every day.
Drake Example: To make genre-cracking music that connects emotionally with his audience.
2. The end
This is a picture (or vision) of what you will achieve or what you will become in the long-term, usually 3 to 10 years from now. Define 1 to 3 metrics, and their values, that will tell you that you have achieved your long-term vision.
Drake Example: To be known by Dec. 31, 2016, as one of the greatest musical artists in the world; to be indefinable, with music that crosses genres; to have multiple houses and a private jet.
3. The next chapter (12-18 months)
What must you achieve in the next 12 to 18 months to know you are on the path and by what metrics will you judge that the plot is unfolding as you desire?
Drake Example: To have released by Dec. 31, 2014, one of the biggest albums of the year.
4. Plot actions (12-18 months)
What 3 to 5 actions (or strategic priorities) will you focus on continuously for the next 12 to 18 months to reach this chapter’s conclusion?
Drake Example: Release best album yet; continue improving music and performance; launch successful tour.
5. The first scene (the next 3 months)
What 1 to 5 key metrics will you focus on in the next three months (and who is responsible)?
Drake Example: 15 songs recorded that he thinks are awesome; 120 total hours practiced.
[Drake Image: AP Images]
“I think one of the things that most 21-year-old people should do is to recognize now that you can make life choices which control your expenses, and that controlling your expenses is one of the most crucial steps toward the kind of financial independence that you need in order to follow your dreams in the future. Whether it is a change of job, or an entrepreneurial dream, the less you NEED to spend each month, the easier it is to follow those dreams.”
Here are 5 rules for growing your business like a baller from the team behind the highly successful NYC Meatball Shop.
1. Keep it simple.
2. Embrace f—-ups.
3. Play with your food.
4. Pick your battles, know your strengths.
5. Let the neighborhood drive the vibe.
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When Julie Smolyansky’s father the founder of Lifeway Foods had a sudden heart attack and passed away the running of his $12 million company fell to her…
What motivates the young CEO is the fact that Lifeway is driven by bringing the health benefits of kefir—a cultured dairy drink popular in Eastern Europe for many, many years—to the world.
These questions may help you find the passion that will power your business into Lifeway-level success:
1. What is your pre-existing commitment?
2. What community are you here to serve?
3. If you set aside market trends and opportunities, and instead committed to your passion, to something you are willing to persist through slammed doors for, what would that thing be?
“Start early and work as hard as you can and then work harder.”
Bing Gordon, a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers—and investor in Twitter, Spotify, and Path, regrets starting his own business at the ripe old age of 28.