Close In On Success By Observing Your Habits

Positioning has a lot to do with how you condition yourself over time.

Objects in motion tend to stay in motion and if you are headed towards mediocrity—you will eventually arrive.


So it goes without saying that if you have dreams, the best way to convert those dreams into achievable goals is by creating a set of positive habits. The habits come first, then the specific action plan. Both are necessary, however, discipline is what is absolutely necessary so that you can sense opportunity when it arrives.


I think about this a lot, especially when I am thinking about how I’ve found work this year. From what I have seen so far, my income directly correlates not with my specific level of education given to me by an institution but, with how much I have learned on my own.


The skills I’ve gained from my own curiosity and life experiences has led to an increase in wealth and opportunities to help others. You can certainly learn from books and classes, but you have to immediately apply what you learn.


If you can get past the excuses and find a way to take a new idea, and challenge it with action and visual results, you will grow. It is the only way to know if what you are learning is legitimately going to make you money.


Positioning is therefore aligned with the positive habits we adopt over time. There is a reason leaders self-educate, the best sellers in the world constantly find opportunities to sell something, and in my case—this is why I try to always write.


Most of the hard work that leads to success at any level comes from repetition. What you say you want out of life has to tie directly to what you do every day. Let me repeat:


What you say you want out of life has to tie directly to what you do every day.


What are you using to challenge your thinking, to expand it? Think laterally, not just linearly. You can learn a lot about where you are headed by simply observing what you consistently do.


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Why Should We Listen To Our Elders?

Just because our general life expectancy has gone up, that doesn’t mean that we are all guaranteed a long life

Anyone who has lived more than seventy years knows a thing or two about how to survive. Whether they live a good life or not, share the same values as you do, or come from the same culture—there are certainly things that you can learn from your elders.


We are all doing our best, using ingenuity and persistence to carve out a decent living for ourselves. Someone who has been able to do that for decades can teach us something, even if it just one simple lesson like, “always floss.”


Don’t dismiss the elderly. Even if you can’t understand their perspective on certain issues, do your best to listen to what they have to say. At the very least, listening to their thoughts and opinions will help you question why you believe in certain ideas and paradigms.


It is better to learn from the mistakes of others than to learn from just your own—you can avoid a lot of personal pain by simply observing how other people live. Better yet, listen to the regrets of your elders, that’s where the real nuggets of wisdom are.


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Dealing With Reality

There is only one thing you can control

Your response to what is going on is the only thing you can control. You certainly influence other aspects of reality and you can even influence the decisions that other people make in their lives—but you cannot control them.


Influence is the operative word here.


Expecting to use logic and sound reason to convince people that the reality that they are living is fake isn’t going to change anything. How you respond to them may influence the situation, but that’s as far as you can go.


Believing that you can shift the way the day will go out of sheer force of will may influence how you feel, but it will seldom change the actual events that will occur. We make plans and predictions and hope that our reasoning is accurate.


There are several moving parts at play in any given situation and you can only minimize your influence on them once you focus on the one part that you can control: yourself.


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Where Would We Be Without Supply Chains

Where Would We Be Without Supply Chains?

If you just started your investing journey

You may be tempted to think that just because you are a customer of a company, you know its true value. However, stop and think for a moment. Just because you’ve experienced stellar service or have experienced bad customer service, doesn’t mean that your individual experience is indicative of what has happened with other customers.


Every customer’s individual experience is subject to variation, this is because a company’s supply chain naturally creates output variation.


The best way to know if a company you like is a worthy investment is to combine your general experiences you had interacting with them and with their numbers. Look at their fanatical statements.


Try to gauge how much future revenue and profit they will gain. How are they fairing the public eye? Who is their competition and are they losing market share? Also, try to get information on their supply chain. Who in their ecosystem are they dependent on? What can you learn about these other companies? Can you invest in them as well?


If at the very least all you do is consider the possibility that it is unwise to gauge the value of a company based on your individual experiences, you’ll be in a better position as an investor. Also think about how their supply chain works and how it affects all of the customers involved, not just you.


If you then begin to do the homework, the real gritty research, you’ll be surprised by what you learn (not only about the company but, also about business overall).


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How Have Your Worries Changed In 2020?

Worried and focused

My worries have changed over the years. In simpler times, I used to worry about graduating from college. I wanted to make my family, specifically my mother, proud of me. I had this constant fear of not being enough, not contributing my part to the family. After achieving my goal, my worries immediately morphed to making as much money as possible.


I was chasing the dollar and in a way I still am. However, after taking the time to really consider why I want money, I don’t worry about it in the same way as I used to. This year has shown me that there really only a few things that are truly necessary for my happiness:

  • Work that introduces me to unique challenges on a daily or weekly basis;
  • My family;
  • Good food;
  • Travel;
  • Anime and manga;
  • Books;
  • A place to sleep.


Everything that isn’t included in that list is just an extra luxury. For the most part, the biggest expense on that list would be having a home, being able to sleep comfortably without having to worry about where I will sleep tomorrow. And because of this list, my worries about earning a decent living have narrowed down.


I’ve been considering what do I want to use my money for when it comes to any surplus I may have after spending on my essentials. I don’t want to fall into the trap of not building wealth and more importantly, I don’t want to accumulate wealth without a strategy for how to use it. What’s the point of creating wealth if I can’t use it to help others, especially after I die?


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