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Truth in Effort

Truth in Effort

Dr. Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, explains the concept of having a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.


One of the key principles of a growth mindset is the relationship that we have with effort. Effort is one of those things that gives meaning to life. It simply means that you care about something, something that’s important to you, and you’re willing to work for it.


Now, I love that quote because we tend to think that if something is hard, we might should shy away from it. We procrastinate. We avoid it.


When in truth, effort is a marker and a flag we should pay attention to. Effort indicates that we are on to something that is worthwhile because we’re willing to do the hard work.


I’ve always found that the greatest successes, as well as the greatest joys, come at the end of significant effort.


There are some in the internet marketing world and in the digital space that’ll tell you that everything is easy and it’s simple. I don’t believe they’re telling you the truth.


It is important for us to know that anything that is worth doing well, that is able to impact mankind, takes significant effort.


So what are you spending your effort on today?

Those Who Matter Don’t Mind

Those Who Matter Don’t Mind

When I was little, there was a preacher that would jokingly say, “Oh we’ve done gone from preaching to meddling now…”


The nemesis of most entrepreneurs is this struggle to settle in and just be who you are. For many, all is too polished, too scripted, too ‘branded;’ Although an inauthentic action is nowhere near a brand.


And yet, many of us—yes….us—struggle to show up as our genuine selves.


Why is that?


I could say that it is because we are trying to create a presence about who we are for business. But truthfully, we create a persona because we are secretly unhappy with who we are in the first place.


Now, my job here is not to be the Shrink. I am here to nudge you with mindset.


The greatest advice I can give you is to strive to be you—the you that is truly you—in your business and your life.  The audience you serve or seek to serve can tell if you are putting on a façade.


You would do well to heed today’s Mindset for Today.


Think about that.

Risks and Wisdom

Risks and Wisdom

Taking risk is something that entrepreneurs have a love/hate relationship with.


We love it because of the energy and the adventure that can come with it. With that risk also comes a great opportunity for failure, for ridicule, for suffering, or for the struggle. But we know that our struggles and challenges are the sources of our battle scars.


But over time, our battle scars become medals of honor mentally for us as we go forward.


So in thinking about the risk that you take, obviously you want to make wise choices and take a calculated risk, educated risk, and not just blind faith jumps. However, it takes a while to learn that when you do take a risk, which if you win you end up happy, and if you lose you end up wise.


The true ingredient of success is wisdom. Learning, even through the midst of failures, allows us to steer clear of those pitfalls later.


Winning is an awesome thing. Losing is a wisdom thing.


Often we allow ourselves to get beat up because we may not have reached the level we wanted. But I encourage you to flip the script and look at setbacks for the value and wisdom they have given you.


We all have setbacks. Real wisdom comes from what we gained from those setbacks.


Think about that.

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Learning to Say Yes

Learning to Say Yes

It would be easy to say, “yes” if we knew that we were looking at a life-changing opportunity at the time.  Trouble is, rarely do life-changing opportunities show up in our lives with a large flashing sign to tell you what they are.


Wouldn’t that be much easier?


The answer to finding such opportunities in a sea of distractions is to know yourself better and deeper than ever before.


The more in tune you are with your non-negotiables, what you believe in, and where you want your life to be, the more likely you are to see distractions for what they are. And, as a result, you can see bigger opportunities when they appear as well.


But the challenge is that many of us are running about, scrambling and swinging at anything that moves…hoping to get lucky.


I do not believe in luck. I believe in making luck.


We make great things happen by being clear and diligent towards our dream. So few are unwilling to make those sacrifices.


Are you?


Think about that.

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What Defines Your Career?

What Defines Your Career?

Back in the day, I used to be all about the title, the money, the next promotion, and gathering everything that I could.


But as I am getting older, I have such a different view on how to define success and what to draw from the past to catapult me forward.


Without question, the two things that move me forward and make me more pleased with where I am and what I am doing are these:


Remembering what I have overcome, and


Gratitude with service to others.


If ever I find myself in a down or unfocused day, I think about what I have overcome and how I can share that knowledge and experience with someone like you.


Sure, money and status are fun, but ultimately, they do not feed you in your soul.  I enjoy making money and living well, but not at the expense of giving to others along my path.


Define your life and career with a path of service to others along the way.


Think about that.

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