FAILURE STORIES EP.08 LES BROWN

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OVERCOMING FEAR OF FAILURE. PART 1

Look at a man the way he is and he only becomes worse, but look at him as if he were what he could be, then he becomes what he should be - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

OVERCOMING FEAR OF FAILURE. PART 1

It’s very important to believe you are the one to do it- Les Brown

He was born in an abandoned building, adopted and labeled as educable mentally retarded early in school. His life is a story of perseverance and hustle to get where he is right now.

 

Label

Shortly after being born on the floor of an abandoned building in poor side of Miami, Les Brown and his twin brother were adopted by Mamie Brown, a kitchen worker and maid. When Les was in 5th grade he was labeled as educable mentally retarded and put back from the 5th grade to 4th grade. Same thing happened again in the 8th grade. Upon graduation, he became a city sanitation worker in Miami Beach. But he had a dream of being a disc jockey. At night, he would take a transistor radio to bed where he listened to the local jive-talking deejays. He created an imaginary radio station in his tiny room with its torn vinyl flooring. A hairbrush served as his microphone as he practiced his patter, introducing records to his imaginary listeners. He was wrapped up in his own world, living a dream.

 

Greatest gift

He didn’t receive any collage training but one particular speech and drama instructor changed his life. His name was Leroy Washington. Mr. Washington gave him a greatest gift anyone can ever give. A different vision of himself. When Les was in his class waiting for a different student, Mr. Washington said “Young man go to board and work this problem out for me”.Oh, Sir I can’t do that” – replied Les.Why not?” - said the teacher.  “I’m not one of your students”.  While looking at him Mr. Washington said: “Go to that board and work the problem out”. With a trembling voice Les mumbled “Sir I can’t do that, because I’m educable mentally retarded. I’m in special education”. The students started laughing and they said: “That’s Lesley. Not Wesley. His DT. Wesley is the smart twin”.  “What is DT stand’s for?” – said Mr. Washington.  Lesly relied with a shame on his face: “I’m the dumb twin, Sir”. As the students laugh at him, Mr. Washington came from behind and looked at him: “Don’t you ever say that again. Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality”. On the one hand Les was humiliated but on the other hand he felt liberated.

 

Worth doing badly

From felling free he looked at his goals and dreams and said to himself How am I going to do that? He went straight from his heart to his mind and he stayed up there for 14 years.  The first time Les stood up to speak publicly his mind set down. He looked at the audience and he panicked. He had to introduce a play but he ran of the stage. Mr. Washington said to him: “If you run now, you will always be running. Anything that’s is worth doing, is worth doing badly until you get it right. Go back out there”. Other students dog him out and he became the laughing-stock of the whole school

 

Breaking the fear

Another event came out Mr. Washington said: Mr Brown you’re up. Les went up and pretty soon when people laughed at him it didn’t even bother him. Later one day he came out and he came to himself. He broke out of that fear and in front of the whole school gave the first of his great speeches.

 

DJ

One day Les boldly went to the local radio station during his lunch break from mowing grass for the city. He got into the station manager’s office and told him he wanted to be a disc jockey. When it turned out that he didn’t have any background in broadcasting, it was the end of the conversation. But young Les was far from being over. His commitment to his goal was remarkable. Les had strong enough reasons, higher purpose than simply wanting to be a disc jockey. He wanted to buy a nicer house for his adoptive mother, whom he loved deeply. This job was just the step on the way.

Patience

And so Les returned to the station every day for a week, asking if there were any job openings. Finally, the station manager gave in and took him as a free intern. Les did whatever was asked of him at the station – and more. While hanging out with the deejays, he studied their movements on the control panel. At night, he practiced and prepared himself for the opportunity that he knew would present itself.

 

Opportunity

One Saturday afternoon it did. Because of his persistence and preparation, Les was ready. He wowed the audience and his general manager. As you pursue your dream, you are becoming stronger and smarter. In one of his speeches he said: There will be times when doors of opportunity open up for you as you walk your path. Stay focused and stay true to your dream, and more doors will open up for you.

 

Mental conditioning

When he watched Dr Norman Vincent Peale speak publicly he thought: I could do that. I would love to talk to people. I can do that. But when he started going back to his car his mental conditioning activated itself and it said: Les Brown you can’t do that. You don’t have a college education. You don’t have the training. You’ve never worked for major corporation. What makes you think you can?

 

Floor

It was hard when Les entered the motivational speaking arena in the mid-1980s, he had virtually nothing but one tape of his motivational speeches. He rented an office in Pen Penobscot Building in Detroit, Michigan and he felt on some hard times. He was sleeping on the floor in his office. In one of his great speeches just three years later he said: “I didn't even want a blanket or a pallet on the floor. I wanted it to be hard and cold so it would motivate me to keep striving. I didn't want to get soft." It was hard for him when had to read a letter from bulling management that he cannot sleep in his office. It was hard for him to go through the lobby and get laughed out.

 

Dream

Pursuing your dream, you will face disappointments, defeats and failures. But that’s okay. That’s given. Dreams are supposed to be hard to reach – that’s why they are called dreams. It’s very important (to know) when you hold on to that dream, there are moments when you’re going to doubt yourself. Rough times are gonna come but they have not come to stay. They have come to pass – Less Brown

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FAILURE STORIES. EP. 04 COLONEL SANDERS

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OVERCOMING FEAR OF FAILURE. PART 1

Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter - Satchel Paige

This is a remarkable story of Colonel Harland Sanders. A Man who started at 62 and failed 1009 times before succeeding.  This story is inspirational because it’s an example of how perseverance, dedication, and ambition along with hard work can create success; regardless of your age.

 

Icon

Colonel Harland Sanders has become a world-known figure by marketing his “finger lickin’ good” Kentucky Fried Chicken. He was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). However, most people know him because of his iconic white suit, black string tie and walking cane. His statues are almost all over the world since KFC is present in about 118 countries.

 

Retirement

One of the most amazing thing is that he just started when most of us are already finishing. While most people can’t wait to start being really lazy he started to be really busy. At the age of 62, after running a restaurant for several years, Colonel Sanders retired and received his first social security check for $105. And it wasn’t until the age of 65 when he sold his first restaurant, when he truly started to build his global fried chicken empire.  

 

Biggest Asset

Col. Sanders loved to share his fried chicken recipe and in return people were telling him how much they loved it. This helped him build an incredible confidence and certainty in his recipe. He was determined to sell the world on his delicious chicken secret.  Not having much at his disposal, Colonel Sanders decided to use his biggest asset. Try to think what is one of the biggest assets of most people who are retired? It’s Time. Using that to the fullest he traveled door to door to houses and restaurants all over his local area. He wanted to partner with someone to help promote his chicken recipe. Needless to say, he was met with little enthusiasm.

 

1009 rejections

In those tough times of rejection confidence in his recipe helped him perceiver and be persistent in his hustle. But if he wouldn’t learn from his failures and if he wouldn’t keep on changing his approach it probably wouldn’t get him anywhere. After being rejected many times he started to cook his fried chicken on the spot for restaurant owners. If the owner liked the chicken, they would enter into a handshake agreement to sell the Colonel’s chicken. Legend has it that Colonel Sanders was turned down 1009 times before his chicken was accepted once.  

 

Deal?

The deal was that for each piece of chicken the restaurant sold, Sanders would receive a nickel. The restaurant would receive packets of Colonel’s secret herbs and spices in order to avoid them knowing the recipe. The first restaurant that he landed was based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, which became the first Kentucky Fried Chicken. The restaurant tripled its sales within a year where 75% of that revenue was from the colonel’s chicken.

 

Exit

The company grew and expanded faster than he could have ever imagined. In 1964, at the age of 74 years old, Colonel Sanders had 600 franchises selling his trademark chicken. He sold the company for $2 million dollars to a group of investors led by Jack C. Massey and John Y. Brown Jr. But he retained the rights to the Canadian franchises and stayed on as a salaried goodwill ambassador to the company. In 1976, the Colonel was ranked as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity. This just goes to show us that it doesn’t matter how old we are or just how much money we have to our name in order to accomplish something great.

 

Secret recipe

Did he succeeded because he had proper connections? Did he have the best education? Large capital in the beginning? Incredible marketing abilities? Was he very well situated? Born with any advantages? Was he young when he started? No. None of this is true. There is only one reason for his success. He knew what he wanted and he took massive action.

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FAILURE STORIES. EP. 03 J.K. ROWLING

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FAILURE STORIES. EP. 03 J.K. ROWLING

“…Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged” – J.K. Rowling

She is as one of the world’s most successful authors. Many people simply know her as the woman who created Harry Potter. But, what most of us don’t know is what she went through prior to reaching her vision. Her life was not a bad of roses. She struggled tremendously. “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless”. Does it sound easy for you?

 

The Idea

In 1990, Rowling first had the idea for Harry Potter. While she was on a train from Manchester to London fully formed idea suddenly came into her mind. She started a long process of creating a Harry Potter‘s world.  Later that year, her mother died after 10 long years of fighting Sclerosis. 

 

Three Chapters

Two years later she moved to Portugal to teach English. She got married and had a daughter. In 1993, her marriage ended in divorce and she moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to be closer to her sister. At that time, she had just three chapters of Harry Potter in her suitcase. When she finally finished those first three chapters, she sent the manuscript off to publishers but one after the other they quickly turned her down.

“I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be”.

 

Broke single parent

Rowling saw herself as a failure at this time. She was a jobless, divorced and broke single parent. Suffering from depression, she eventually signed up for government-assisted welfare. She was in a very dark place and in a very difficult time in her life but she pushed through those adversities. Failure meant stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged”.

 

12 publishers

Somehow, she found determination and courage to finish her work. She sent it to other publishers, but again, the answer was no. Her mailbox filled up with rejection letters, but she was far from being over.

After sending her manuscript to 12 different publishers and getting rejected by every single one, she began losing confidence in her book.

 

8-year-old girl

A year later the editor Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury publishing house read the manuscript. And so did his 8 year-old daughter. The little girl loved the opening three chapters so much, that she begged to read the whole thing. This made Cunningham to agree to publish Harry Potter. Bloomsbury made a deal and paid a very small £1500 advance to Rowling. The book was published in 1997 with only 1000 copies, half of which were distributed to libraries. Rowling was given an advice that she should get a day job, because she wouldn’t make any money writing children’s books.  Once Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published, she simply proved everyone wrong.

 

107 million copies

The book won many awards including the British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year. J.K. Rowling herself went from being a jobless single mother living off unemployment benefits to one of the bestselling authors of all time. But it didn’t happen overnight. She faced rejection and constantly strived for success. She worked hard at her craft before anyone noticed her. That practice, along with strengthening herself against rejection, was what made her work unforgettable. Looking back, the Harry Potter series has earned over $400 million in book sales only. With a 107 million copies sold, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the 5th  on the list of bestselling books in the history. Rowling is the first female to become a billionaire author.

 

Dream

If you have a dream or a passion and you keep getting rejected or running into failure, don’t let that stop you. If you’re going through a tough time in your life, but you’re working on something you really believe in, don’t give up. If you do, you’ll never know what could have been. Who knows, where you can end up. As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters” – J.K.Rowling

 

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WHEN TO START?

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WHEN TO START?

Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu

When to start? When it is a good time to start? What do you think about NOW? Why not NOW? There never was a better time. There never will be a better time. Take this vision, take this Journey. Don’t let it expire. Don’t let it die. Take this vision give it a new lease of life. Take it and ignite the fire inside of you until finally it becomes a flame that burns around your whole world. Jump on this Journey and change your dreams into your reality. Most of people already know it on some level but they still don’t take any action. They don’t do anything about it. Knowledge is power only when you put it into action. Otherwise it’s totally redundant.

 

Make discipline your superpower

Once you learn about the power of habits, it’s going to change your life. Your habits are the reflection of your discipline or lack of it (see Habits are your wings). Discipline is one of the most important things that we can develop in our life. It’s a major factor to self-reliance and willfulness get things done on a continual basis. Without those skills you’ll never get that great amount of momentum and progress towards what you really want.  

And I bet there are a lot of areas of your life that could benefit from being more discipline. What’s the first one coming to your mind?  It can be doing your creative work, working out more often or eating healthier food. Whatever you may think of. Make discipline your superpower. Make discipline a major force in your life because without it you will not be able to grow consistently. Discipline is inseparable and core component of your Journey.

 

Change your story

Furthermore, it is a continuing and unstoppable journey itself. If you truly want to get on this boat, once and for all you need to leave that island of I don’t feel like it today. You can really change your story and you change it now. Anyone can start the Journey. Anyone. It is not the question of Could you do it? It is the question of Would you do it? And Would you do it NOW?

Start your Journey NOW. No matter how small or big is the new habit you want to develop, trust me you can begin NOW. It’s not the size that’s the problem. The real snag is whether or not you will ever start your Journey and whether or not you will go on to continue no matter the odds. 

 

Today. Right away. NOW.

We all know that creating new disciplines and habits, as well as improving the ones that already exist, are the things that gets us going towards our vision. So why don’t we follow on that knowledge? Why do we keep on walking in the opposite direction of our dreams? Remember that it’s not about greatness when you start, it’s about starting to get to greatness.   You don’t have to be fit to start working out. You don’t have to be wealthy to start a wealth plan. Anyone can start the Journey. You can live the healthy, happy and wealthy life right NOW. It can begin today. Start your Journey NOW. If you think of a new idea, today is a day to begin the discipline of putting that idea into action. Arrange all those habits that you need. Set up your day as a long, exciting and busy start for your new life. Leave your despair, your fears, your guilt of the past and start going forward. Start Today. Start right away. Start NOW.

 

Show up every day

Start small. It’s never about how big you start. You don’t want to get overwhelmed on the first day or in the first week. What’s more important is not to quit when you don’t see results at the beginning. Don’t let yourself get disappointed because you were too focused on the outcome, instead of the learning process. Every step you take along the way, every failed experiment, will add up and get you closer to your destination. Show up every day, be there, get to work, get it done. 

 

Turn towards your dream

We all want to be successful in certain areas of life. At least one of them. You might not admit it, you might not be aware of that, but that’s how it is. Success is an imprint of your disciplines and your habits. It might be invisible and obscure image for now. But you have to be patient and persistent because the effect might come a little later. Be patient and it will come.  Every cloud has a silver lining. Discipline means turning away from something comfortable towards something totally different. From not exercising to exercising. From drinking soda to drinking water. From not saving to saving. From being miserable at work, to loving it.

 

Your opportunity is here right now

Being successful means to me to be able to respond and actually anticipate the invitation of an upcoming opportunity. There is always an opportunity to grow, to develop, to become and to progress. But the biggest, the most fulfilling of all successes is making your life what you want it to be. Now the big question is What do you really want from life? What do you really want?

 

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5 PEOPLE YOU SPEND MOST TIME WITH

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5 PEOPLE YOU SPEND MOST TIME WITH

You are the average of Five People you spend most time with – Jim Rohn

Who do you want to be? Do you want to be like your friends? Are your friends aiming to be the same kind of person you want to be?

People with whom you hang out with will shape who you will become. You truly are the by-product of the 5 people you spend most time with. Audit your inner circle. Audit the 5 people you spend most time with.

 

Don’t adapt to negativity

Quite often the condition of our motivation depends largely on our environment. Examples are everywhere. Let’s look at some of your friends, who have quite similar goals and dreams. They are working their tail off to get ahead. You see them grind and fight. How would it affect your motivations? Would you be more motivated? Would you try harder? Would you be doing more than now? I’m not talking about being envious. It’s about pushing yourself further. If you surround yourself with people who are constantly in a negative state, who complain and gossip, they are going to kill your energy, your motivation and your happiness. Just like that. The more time you will spend with them, the more you will be like they are. That is a clear downside of our ability to adapt. If you will go grab a coffee with a friend who is constantly complaining, unless you are very mindful and mentally aware, you will adapt and play to this tunes. Now tell me who is your dinner or coffee buddy?

 

Cut them off

It’s stunning how much you we are affected by the five or six closest people to us. The dramatic trigger to your emotional success is disproportionally dependent on the people around you.  Eliminate people who are demolishing your ecosystem and are holding you back. That’s tough. Easy for me to say, right? Yes it’s easy to say, but I actually did it. But here’s the punchline, it doesn’t make it any less true or any easier.

 

It’s about you!

It sounds harsh but you need to cut yourself off from those people, because they are unconsciously working against your vision, your dreams and your Journey. Of course it’s not their fault, much less it’s yours. To be quite honest it not about them it is all about you and your dream. It means that most of you would have to curb your relations and interactions with about half of them. If someone is really making you feel bad keep your relations very brief and deliberate. If they grizzle habitually don’t do the same thing just to comfort them. I know you think it’s polite but it doesn’t serve anyone. Neither you nor them. Don’t do the same thing. If someone is raging, keep your composure. If you friend is eating junk food, don’t do the same just to keep them company. Audit yourself. Are you guilty of that? Are those your behaviors?

 

Dictatorship

There is no place for democracy when it comes to your emotion. You have to rule your emotions with an iron fist. Harness your emotions and your behaviors. Be decisive.

Don’t let others to arbitrarily change your state. You need to be aware that your motivation comes from the state you are currently in. If you will let yourself to the mental state of disappointment, depression, failure or sadness, your motivation will vanish suddenly. You can actually make yourself happy or miserable regardless of what is happening around you.

Tranquil, composed and healthy both mental and physical states are essential to refueling your motivation. Your state is like a gas station with a direct connection to a drilling platform. You can have all that motivation hidden under the surface, in you and around you, but without distributing point you will not be able to use it.

 

What if it’s not so good?

It’s fair to say that it’s easy to be motivated when everything is going your way or according to your plan. What if your worst day happen? How do you keep believing in your vison?  What happens when the Journey gets really hard and challenging? When you don’t know what to do? When you are frustrated or scared? How do you keep believing?

 

Story of a scapegoat

My whole carrier in banking, almost 4 years of my life, looked exactly like that. I had extremely bad days every second week, if I was lucky. If I wasn’t so lucky it could go on for days or weeks incessantly. For a long time, a was in a very dark place. Unfortunately, as sad as it sounds this happens to really many people for all different reasons. We had that saying at work, that out of the a few banking branches under our boss there had to be at least one scapegoat. No exception. That was based on our years of observations, research and whining. We all went through it couple times. When you were a scapegoat you were in this special kind of spotlight and it wasn’t anything good. Your every step, every decision, every meeting, every sales call had been judged. Everything you were doing was a terrible failure, even if it was a great success in fact. Going to a toilet was your personal failure. There was nothing you could about it. You had to write few extra report every single day to show what you were doing and why you were such lousy bungler. If you were unlucky you could have been told by your colleagues what the boss was saying about you when you left the room. It could go on like that for a few weeks.

 

Verge of change

There were a few times when I felt that I was on a verge of quitting but I haven’t go through with that though. I haven’t made that decision. I wanted to, but I haven’t had guts to do it. The worst day was the concept of my whole professional life. Every day was my worst day. No dreams, no vision and no future. Until it all changed and I jumped from that edge. I have cut that safety net which was holding me back. Now I intentionally put myself in situations when I must struggle. I love to push myself further than anyone else I personally know. I push myself from he edge.

 

Are you entitled to anything?

A few generations ago struggle was something that was truly horned by others. People build their character during their days of grind and hard work. Nowadays we live in convenient driven society. We love to do everything what’s easy and we are incredibly convinced that we are entitled to everything. We don’t have to earn that promotion or raise at work, we don’t have to earn that great body, we don’t have to earn respect and attention, we don’t have to earn and learn new skills. With all that being said and I know that there is something in you that really wants it.  Whatever it might be you have to go after it right NOW.

 

You are going to pay the bill

Be aware that your motivation is an absolute resource. Remember to be extremely mindful about the things that influence and affect your motivation charge bar. Last but not least you are responsible of your drive. It’s totally up to you to keep that fire burning. Are you going to throw a huge party with an open bar for your emotions for a bunch of people who just came here to drink for free or if it’s going to be a smaller meeting for people who build you up and who came here to give best of them? Regardless what you chose, you are going to pay that bill. I highly recommend you to audit your inner circle.

 

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POWER OF YOUR VISION

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vision

Most people start from What they want to accomplish? Then they think How they will accomplish it? In the end only a small part gets to Why they want to do it - Simon Sinek

Let’s start from getting your answers to few questions. Yeah I know you don’t like to do it but bear with me. This is an investment in your future, your vision, your dream. The potential payoff is remarkable. It will be liquidated in most valuable currency there is. Your Happiness.

KICKOFF

Let’s kick it off. What do you want to achieve? Why do you want to achieve? To truly get excited and engaged with your vison you need to start from Why.  What is your Why? Why this goal is so important to you? How will you feel once you achieve it? What it will give you? How it’s going to change your life and the life of people around you? For whom are you doing this for? How would you feel if would fail? What failure is going to take away from you? Is failure even an option for you?

FIRE

What burns in your heart? What is your motive for action? What drives your life?

If you want to live up to your potential, you need to change. Change is never the matter of ability, it is always the matter of your motivation and will. You can start the process of change from tring to do something different for the next 30 days.  Do something different and you will discover again how exciting and propelling your life might me.

UNIQUE

We cannot change the circumstances but if we will start doing and behaving differently with the same circumstances we can change ourselves. We can change our thinking. We can change what we do. To have more you simply have to become more. Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. Don’t wish that it was given to you, wish you have earned it.

THE SUMMIT

Journey to your vision will be most challenging endeavor in your life but don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. If you will get through this, you will grow tremendously on the way up the mountain.  Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish to start first, wish to finish first.

NO BULLSHIT

Your vision represents what you really, truly want. Not what you think you want or what you should have. Saying I’m going to stop eating fast foods, I’m going to stop smoking, I’m going to quit this job, is not inspiring at all. It’s only what you’re not going to do.

This kind of thinking will keep you in the same place. A vision is all about what you are going to create. The vision that really works is the one that excites you. It’s must have the power to pull you because you can only push yourself so far. To push you need willpower and will power never lasts because we only have a finite stock of willpower for each day.

THRILL

What you truly want is to have a vision, that’s going to make excited, that’s going to make you want to jump from the bed in the morning and stay up late. You will feel great about going at life versus being miserable. Going to the job you hate and just living your life that does not empower you. There is no power in it. There is no greatness. There is no joy and happiness in it.

PAINFULL FUTURE

I’m guilty of thinking about my future in this fashion. I’ve been in that place for the most part of my adult life. I didn’t have any kind vision about my future and I wasn’t even conscious of that. Living my life day by day, week by week, month by month. Never having time or energy to invest in my future or investing in my personal development. 

To be quite frank just thinking about the future was painful to me. There was nothing compelling or exciting about it. No plan, no vision, no bright future ahead of me. That was adding fuel to my fire of frustration, fear and disappointment.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

You need to have this vision because you will face the moments in your life when you will feel that the world is against you. Everything that could go wrong will go wrong. All doors will be closed but does it mean that you are not allowed to have what’s on the other side? Sometimes you will feel that the world closing on you. That’s the time when you need to take a closer look at your vision and stay committed to it. Be persistent on what you are going to do, but don’t be attached on how you are going to do it. The How changes and that how it needs to be. That’s nothing to be worried about. If this way doesn’t work, try something different.

BE NUTS!

SEE YOURSELF ALREADY THERE

Your vision, rather than being an outer creature, is an inner conviction. Your true calling is deep inside of you. Allow your dreams, hopes and images in your head to play in your mind. See the world through lens of your vision. See where you’re going and who you will become. See yourself already there. Feel, as you’re already there. Act, as you’re already there. Think, as you’re already there. Be the person you want to become. Be that person right NOW! I did it so you can too.

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JOURNEY OF A FOOL

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JOURNEY OF A FOOL

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool - William Shakespeare

CONFESSION

I am a complete Fool. I haven’t been a fool some time ago but I am one now. Seriously that’s the thing I’m most certain about myself at this very moment.  And you know what? I’m proud to be a fool. I cherish it. I enjoy it. I love it with my entire body. I never thought I would be so happy to say that I AM A FOOL.

TICKET TO MY DREAM

That notion of being a Fool enlightened me just about 3 months ago. At that time, I have discorded that I’m a not a rookie Fool anymore. It’s the second year of this incredible Journey. It has all started with naive idea that I can actually change my life. That I can be me. That I can be happy. That there is something more. Buying this ticket to happiness came by the prize of fear of failure but I bought it anyway. Don’t expect it to be free! It will never be.

BAGGAGE

The Journey of a Fool started from change my mindset, raising my standards and making the Decision. The decision to leave my job. To leave making good money. To leave my professional experience. To leave everything I learned. Finding the courage to leave it all behind, while having two little kids, a big mortage and literally no idea what now. I was willing to take that step back to get my mental health and happiness back.   

PAINTING

What happened next? Well, many things happened but the only thing that mattered was what I did with it. Although I don’t know how to draw, I took those massive crayons and painted my life with the happiest possible colors. After years of living in greys and halftones I started living in a totally different painting. There was no place for tragedy or drama anymore. This picture is in my full control, under my responsibility and I have all the colors in my hands. I paint my past. I paint my reality. I paint my future, my vision and my dreams. The story and the quality of my painting is only up to me. Own your painting. Own it and paint whatever you can dream of. 

IT’S A SCAM

So many of us live in greys and halftones, just like I was. The most marvelous and unfortunately forgotten factor is to be a fool and dream! Be naive enough to dream, to have vision, to wonder on your Journey. Sometimes you have got to be nuts! The world wants us to be reasonable and rational but it’s highly overrated. It’s not what you expect. You’re buying a life you don’t want. You’re buying it because so many people bought before you. That’s still the same insanely overpriced product. It’s like buying this beautifully designed, highly practical and technologically perfect vacuum from a TV Store. Once you’ve got it delivered, unwrap it and plug it in, it becomes the biggest disappointment of your life. The more you use it, the worst it gets. Then you come to a point when it doesn’t work anymore. You stop dreaming, you stop expecting more from yourself, you stop trying. It’s very sad but you become a bystander of your own life. Don’t you ever let it happen.

BE A FOOL

From the start of our life we are told to grow up. Is it really a time to do it now? Well, it’s quite the opposite. Be a child again. Feel joy, feel curiosity by learning to switch off your good sense and judgment.

Who with a right mind would risk a failure? Who would risk pain? Who would risk embarrassment?  Only a fool. Be smart and brave enough to be one. Who would work really hard without a clear prize ahead? Only a fool. Don’t look around the next corner, look at the end of that road. Be patient. Your life is not a sprint, it’s an ultramarathon.

Who would ignore the past? Only a fool. Don’t be afraid to focus on present and the future.

JOURNEY OF A FOOL

GAME OF RULES

YOUR CHOISE

The way you live your life, will determine how many secrets you will discover. Pursuing knowledge and experience can only get you so far. To go all the way, you want to be a glorious dreamer.

Our world, our society, our companies and corporations praise conformity but there is a different choice for you. You don’t have to do it. Fight for your vision. Don’t give up on your Journey. Be Nuts. Be a Fool!

WAKEY! WAKEY!

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
OVERCOMING FEAR OF FAILURE. PART 1

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up – Paul Valéry

Hey you, open your eyes and get up. You think you have your eyes opened and you are standing up, but you’re not. You are still lying comfortably under your fluffy, soft quilt. You are still dreaming in your bed with your eyes wide shut. Doing that is not getting you anywhere close to your dream, your vision. What are you waiting for? Should someone else do it for you?

You don’t have to believe my word, but nothing is going to happen in your life. Nothing.  This perfect opportunity is not going to come. Not now. Maybe never.

Do you want to spend your life in your bed? Yes, it’s easy and convenient now but it’s going to expire. We all have an expiration date build in somewhere and no one wants to waste their life.

YOU ARE GOING TO DIE!

Well, I came here to tell you that.

What if you were to be told you’re going to die in three months, how would your life changed? How would your thoughts and attitude change? How would your decisions change? How would your actions change?

Wake the f*** up! Take what’s in front and you work your face off.

You will trip and fall many time. Your Journey will be stacked with obstacles. It’s going to easier to you once you face that fact. You can’t run away from all of your problems. They will catch you sooner or later and if you will give them time to grow they will get much bigger, deeper and stronger. Face your problems right away. Face them NOW. Use your problems, difficulties or issues as an opportunity.

NO REGRETS
OVERCOMING FEAR OF FAILURE. PART 1

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now – Napoleon Hill

How easy it to wake up, stand up and start living your life?

The number one regret people have on the death bed is: I wish I had a courage to live the live I was destined to live. That I had a purpose in life.

Don’t let this happen.