Professor: Good afternoon everyone.
Students: Good Afternoon
Professor: We all have this one life to live. A fleeting shadow amongst all that exists in this vast universe. We have the ability to accomplish anything, truly anything, if we use our time wisely.
Professor: Is this jar full?
Professor: Is it full now?
Professor: And how about now? Is the jar full now?
Professor: Now I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. Golf balls are the important things: your family, your friends, your health, and your passions. The pebbles are the other important things: your car, your job, your home. The sand is everything else. It is just the small stuff.
Professor: Now if you put the sand in the jar first, you won’t have room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same is true in life. If you spend all your energy and your time on the small stuff, you won’t have time for all the really important things that matter to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Take care of the golf balls first, the really important things. Set your priorities, because everything else is just sand.
Student: Professor, what does the beer represent?
Professor: I’m glad you asked. It goes to show that no matter how full your life may seem to be, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.
But my lesson is this: I don’t give a shit. Okay?
You cannot let a fear of failure, or a fear of comparison, or a fear of judgement, stop you from doing what’s going to make you great. You cannot succeed without this risk of failure. You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism, and you cannot love without the risk of loss. You must go out and you must take these risks.
And people will tell you to do what makes you happy, but a lot of this has been hard work, and I’m not always happy. And I don’t think you should do just what makes you happy. I think you should do what makes you great.
Do what’s uncomfortable, and scary, and hard, but pays off in the long run. Be willing to fail. Let yourself fail. Fail in the way and the place where you would want to fail. Fail, pick yourself up and fail again. Because without this struggle, what is your success anyway?
As best we know we have one life. In it, you have to trust your own voice, your own ideas, your honesty, your vulnerability, and through this you will find your way.
You do not have to be fearless, just don’t let fear stop you. Live like this as best you can and I guarantee you will look back on a life well lived.
It is not death most people are afraid of. It is getting to the end of life, only to realize that you never truly lived.
There was a study done, a hospital study on 100 elderly people facing death close to their last breath. They were asked to reflect about their life’s biggest regret. Nearly all of them said they regretted not the things they did, but the things they didn’t do. The risks they never took, the dreams they didn’t pursue.
I ask you would your last words be; if only I had – hey, you, wake up! Why do you exist? Life is not meant to simply work, wait for the weekend and pay rent. No, no I don’t know much. But I know this, every person on this earth has a gift.
And I apologize to the black community, but I can no longer pretend. Martin Luther King… That man never had a dream, that dream had him.
See people don’t choose dreams, dreams choose them. So the question I’m getting to is, do you have the courage to grab the dream that picked you? That befit you and grips you; or will you let it get away and slip through?
You know I learned a fact about airplanes the other day. This was – this was so surprising see. I was talking to a pilot and he told me that many of his passengers think planes are dangerous to fly in. But he said actually… it is a lot more dangerous for a plane to stay on the ground. I say what? Like how does that sound what he said, he said because on the ground. The plane starts to rust. Malfunction and wear, much faster than it ever would if it was in the air.
As I walked away I thought, yeah, makes total sense because planes were built to live in the skies. And every person was built to live out the dream they have inside. So it is perhaps the saddest loss to live a life on the ground without ever taking off.
See most of us are afraid of the thief, that comes in the night to steal all of our things. But there is a thief in your mind who is after your dreams. His name is doubt. If you see him call the cops and keep him away from the kids because he is wanted for murder. For he has killed more dreams than failure ever did. He wears many disguises and like a virus will leave you blinded, divided and turn you into a kinda.
See kinda is lethal. You know what kinda is? There is a lot of kinda people, you kinda want a career change, you kinda want to get straight A’s, you kinda want to get in shape. Simple math, no numbers to crunch. If you kinda want something, then you will kinda get the results you want.
What is your dream? What ignites that spark? You can’t kinda want that. You got to want it with every part of your whole heart. Will you struggle? Yeah… yeah you will struggle, no way around it. You will fall many times, but who’s counting? Just remember, there’s no such thing as a smooth mountain. If you want to make it to the top then, there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over. There will be times you get stressed and things you get depressed over.
But let me tell you something. Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times, three times but he kept going. The television execs fired Oprah, said she wasn’t fit for TV but she kept going. Critics told Beyoncé that she couldn’t sing. She went through depression. But she kept going.
Struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness. That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it. Because pain is life, but you can choose what type? Either the pain on the road to success, or the pain of being haunted with regret.
You want my advice? Don’t think twice. We have been given a gift that we call life. So don’t blow it. You’re not defined by your past. Instead you were born anew in each moment. So own it now. Sometimes you’ve gotta leap. And grow your wings on the way down. You better get the shot off before the clock runs out, cos there ain’t no overtime in life, no do over. And I know I sound like I’m preaching on speaking with force but if you don’t use your gift, then you sell not only yourself, but the whole world… Short.
So what invention do you have buried in your mind? What idea? What cure? What skill did you have inside to bring out to this universe? Uni meaning one, verse meaning song, you have a part to play in this song. So grab that microphone and be brave. Sing your heart out on life’s stage. You cannot go back and make a brand new beginning. But you can start now and make a brand new ending.
1. Focus on earning
In today’s economic environment you cannot save your way to millionaire status. The first step is to focus on increasing your income in increments and repeating that. – Grant Cardone
2. Save to invest, don’t save to save
The only reason to save money is to invest it. Put your saved money into secured, sacred (untouchable) accounts. Never use these accounts for anything, not even an emergency.” – Grant Cardone
3. Ask for help
Within months I had a lawyer, editor, personal trainer, part-time chef, and other personnel. It cost me a fortune at first, but eventually helped push me into the million-dollar mark. Most people won’t ask for help because their ego is in the way. – Daniel Ally
4. Be decisive
Conserve your mental power by making easily reversible decisions as quickly as possible. I know what I am wearing to work and eating for breakfast each day next week. Do you? – Tucker Hughes
5. Don’t show off – Show up
I was still driving Toyota Camry when I had become a millionaire. Be known for your work ethic, not the trinkets that you buy. – Grant Cardone
6. Know when to take risks and act.
You’ll have to take major leaps in your life, sometimes not even knowing where it will lead. However, it will pay off once you get to the other side. – Daniel Ally
7. Go for $10 million, not $1 million
The single biggest financial mistake I’ve made was not thinking big enough. I encourage you to go for more than a million. There is no shortage of money on this planet, only a shortage of people thinking big enough. – Grant Cardone
8. Master soft skills and cooperate
In the process of reaching the seven-figure mark, I’ve learned dealing with people is the most important attribute. No one can become a millionaire without knowing how to deal with people assertively – Daniel Ally
9. Invest in yourself
The safest investment I’ve ever made is in my future. Read at least 30 minutes a day, listen to relevant podcasts while driving and seek out mentors vigorously… Consume knowledge like air and put your pursuit of learning above all else. – Tucker Hughes
SOURCES: Grant Cardone, Daniel Ally, and Tucker Hughes via Entrepreneur
Navy Seals: Forget motivation, you need discipline
Jocko Willink: It’s not about motivation. Motivation is a fickle little emotional thing and if you get too hungry sometimes you’re not motivated, or if you get too tired sometimes you’re not motivated. Or if it’s been a long day you lose your motivation. So that’s why motivation doesn’t matter to me.
Leif Babin: One of the things we try to do in training was build those realistic scenarios that would put people in a really chaotic, overwhelming situation. There’s a dozen things that are bearing down on you, the pressure’s on. How do you do this? You have to prioritize and execute. And so you can’t take on those dozen problems simultaneously, you’re going to fail at all of them. You have to take a step back, figure out what the highest priority is, execute toward that highest priority, and then move on to the next priority. And then the next priority.
Jocko Willink: It’s about the discipline. It’s about the discipline of holding the course, knowing what you have to do, and making it happen.
Leif Babin: The battlefield’s going to change, and the priority will change. So, you’re getting shot at from one direction, and you start manoeuvring your troops to engage the enemy in that direction All of the sudden you get shot at from another direction. You’re going to have to be able to rapidly shift, be able to communicate to your team and be able to flex. And so life is like that. For any business it’s like that. Those priorities are going to rapidly change. And you’ve got to be able to rapidly shift that. Communicate that to your team. And it’s all about prioritize and execute.
Jocko Willink: Motivation is going to let you down. Discipline will stay by your side.
Reference: Former Navy SEAL commanders: When things get tough, forget motivation, you need discipline