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Education = Endurance

If you can’t learn from someone you dislike or disagree with, you can’t learn at all.

There are no perfect teachers, trainers, or thinkers.

In order to grow, you have to endure the shortcomings and oversights of people who need to do the same.

Don’t look for flawless educators and experts.

Look for whatever truth you can find wherever you can find it.

The True Source of Opportunity

Two questions:

  1. Who’s hiring?
  2. How am I making myself more hireable and indispensable?

If you’re NOT generating great answers to #2, it won’t matter how many great answers there are to #1.

Generate great answers to #2 and the answer to #1 will change because of you.

Opportunities are not “open” or “closed” based on job listings.

Opportunities are “open” or “closed” based on your listening skills, your sales skills, your networking skills, your negotiating skills, and your ability to leverage the small victories that everyone else dismisses.

The Time Is Now

Don’t let the following thought stop you from sharing what you have to offer:

“But I haven’t been 100% consistent with my philosophy.”

Nobody is 100% on their A-game all the time. We all fall short of the standards and ideals we pursue. That’s why we pursue them: because we understand that character is a journey, not a “one and done” transaction.

The basis for creating value isn’t “I feel satisfied with how perfect I am.”

The basis for creating value is “I know that I’m capable of making a positive difference in spite of how imperfect I am.”

If you have something to give, give. If a certain form of generosity or service brings meaning to your life, don’t let imposter syndrome stop you.

“But nobody cares about what I have to offer. I’m just a silly fool who forgot to stick to my diet today. I’m just some goofball who forgot about an appointment today. I’m just a wannabe who still struggles with this or that.”

Don’t censor your convictions because you missed going to the gym today, or because you lost your cool today, or because you weren’t sufficiently “enlightened” today.

Nothing useful would ever get done if we all required ourselves to feel fully enlightened or fully evolved before standing up for a cause. And can you imagine how obnoxious today’s innovators and leaders would sound if their main reason for speaking was because of how self-righteous they felt?

The power to create change doesn’t come from an attitude that says “After spending many years of perfecting a fool-proof system for hacking every area of my life, I’m going to show the rest of you losers how to get everything you want without a single exception.”

The power to create change comes from an attitude that says “Sometimes I feel like I’m crushing it and sometimes I don’t, but here’s what I’ve learned and here’s what I’m still learning.”

If you’re still in the process of failing and figuring things out, then you’re right where you need to be.

Don’t hide your gifts in anticipation of a day when you feel acceptable and accomplished. Start serving now and the rest will follow.

You’re Already Paying for It

Imagine that you had to pay $5 for every minute you gave your attention to something.

Would this expense alter your pattern of responding to clickbait and gossip?

Substitute “energy” for “money.” You’re already there.

The only difference is that you’re paying a lot more than $5 per minute.

Hoarding Doesn’t Help

Create as if you’ll never run out of ideas and you’ll never run out of ideas.

Save your ideas just in case you run out of them tomorrow and you’ll run out of them tomorrow.

Creative ideas become scarce when you hoard them and prolific when you use them. If you want a steady flow of inspiration, start creating before the flow of inspiration.

Don’t wait. Generate.

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