22 Feb 2017

At The Precipice

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“Tools of Titans,” by Timothy Ferriss, might be the most important collection of modern quotes and anecdotes from movers and shakers ever written.   If inspiration is what you need, this book is for you.  If you are called for the pursuit of greatness, leaving a legacy, or “denting the Universe,” it will serve as your confirmation that you are not alone.  We, the dreamers, the builders and the strivers are here to be heard, here to lead the chorus and blaze new trails. We are here to leave an indelible foot print that changes the world.  Ben Franklin said,” if you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.”

I’ve literally just finished listening to, “The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure,” by Grant Cardone.  With a couple of exceptions, “The 10X Rule” is a kinda modern day version of, “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill.  The first except is “The 10X Rule” has been written by someone who qualifies as equal parts car salesman, bare fisted fighter, pit bull, charismatic leader and Socrates.  I love his style, high octane energy and his no BS approach to business, spirituality, life and living.  I mention these two books because if you don’t act, you can’t become those described in the “Titans.”  Author, Jim Rohn regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of our time said, “if you let your learning lead to knowledge, you become a fool.  If you let your learning lead to action, you become wealthy.”

I always set big goals, or I thought so until I listened to “The 10X Rule.”  Grant’s book has taught me to take my biggest vision and multiply it by ten.  That’s right, enforce the 10X rule, and make the goal so big that the only way to attain it is to go to next level.  Just working harder won’t get you to your next level and of course without doing any work, it can’t be done.  What is needed is a quantum leap, both in thoughts and actions.  This is a must so you can evolve into something different, which is what quantum leaping are all about.

For me, quantum leaping and evolution, is why I’m here.  It’s part of my purpose in life.   Peter Thiel author of “Zero To One,” discusses the difference between something that is hard and something that is impossible.  “If it’s impossible, don’t try.   If it’s hard, it can be done.”  Evolution is hard, it’s a process and it must be done if you want to bring something new and sustainable into the world.  If you want to leave a legacy, if you want to be the orator and creator, if you want to be the spark of inspiration for someone, then you must light the way.  As Grant says, “success is our duty.”  Not just to ourselves, but to humanity.  Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

The 10X method is really about increasing the odds of your success through taking consistent daily massive action.  It isn’t about competing as we have been erroneously taught.  It’s about winning your end game with radically different thinking.  When taking a quantum leap with massive action and new radical thinking creating momentum is everything.  Never ever take that for granted.

When world finances crashed in 2008 my momentum went with it.  I now have it back and then some.   As I look back it is blatantly clear that I had to fail in order to learn how to succeed.  No, this isn’t an oxymoron; it’s a fact.  Failure is the precursor to success.  And of equal importance, I have learned how to handle success.    From Shane Snow’s book, “Smartcuts,” “10x Thinking is the art of the extremely big swing.  To use a baseball analogy: instead of trying to get on base or even aiming for a home run-it’s trying to hit the ball into the next town.” And that’s radically different thinking and taking massive action!

I found it interesting that Cardone talks about never ever reducing the target or goal when the deadline is approaching and it looks like the goal won’t be achieved.  He suggests to overcome this, “always turn up the activity.”  I know in the past I’ve been guilty of moving the goal posts, but not anymore.  I set a 10X goal for this year, then I read his book, as a result I have set myself a new goal and I have taken a quantum leap.  This was achieved by a simple change in my perspective.  I changed my focus.  It took a nanosecond to exponentially change my expectations for this year.

So my question for you is, “What goal do you have, that with a shift in your conscious thinking or changing the focus on your viewfinder lens, can create a whole new set of possibilities?”

I get this maybe a little corny for some of you, yet it fits so well with what I am expressing, Sekou Andrews from “Titans,” said, “You must want to be a butterfly so badly, you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

We are born with wings.  We were meant to fly.  So standing at the precipice as I am now, it’s into the great wide open I go.  Tomorrow is a much bigger day.