3 Things You Can Do Today That Will Boost Your Potential Tomorrow 58

3 Things You Can Do Today That Will Boost Your Potential Tomorrow

One of the things I never stopped repeating ever since I was a little kid, was that we all have potential within us that’s waiting to be unleashed.

No one can talk me out of this belief, and it might be the thing that kept me motivated when things looked hopeless, when nothing was working, when everyone said I won’t achieve what I want.

Well, eventually I did. To live the exact lifestyle that I wanted, I had to unlock some more of my potential. There’s more coming, and that makes me optimistic about what’s to come.
And you can do the same. Because you’ve got it within you. That’s such a positive thought and it never ceases to amaze me how many people transform once they take the decision.

Hard work and consistency are the things you can’t go without, of course. And the road to success isn’t short either. But knowing you do have all that you need to get there – and you just need to let it out – is comforting and makes the process simpler.

Now, how to boost your potential as soon as possible? Here are some ideas:

1. Do what makes you feel uncomfortable.

Yes, to grow you should seek discomfort. And there are plenty of places to find it in.

Because doing what feels familiar and safe won’t help you change – and to boost your potential you need to challenge yourself and exceed your own limits – you’ll need to do the opposite.

Here are some examples that you can easily do today:

  • talk to a stranger;
  • approach people superior to you at work;
  • push harder in the gym, or when jogging run till you’re exhausted;
  • wake up an hour earlier;
  • look people in the eyes on the street;
  • wear something others won’t approve;
  • speak up in public;
  • state your feelings for somebody (whatever they are);
  • take up a new project at work when no one wants it because of some difficulties (you never know where opportunities for something profitable will come from);
  • sing in front of others;
  • if single, go speak to the most handsome person when on a night out;
  • ask 10 people what they think about your business idea.

2. Let the experts motivate you to boost your potential.

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Even though we don’t need others to support us, especially on our entrepreneurial journey, even the best of the best needed encouragement from someone else at some point.

That doesn’t make you weak. And the results can be tremendous.

What I mean by letting experts motivate you, is to either find a mentor, or turn to the success gurus online, or everyone around your area, and hear their words (read, listen to, or go see them in public).

It all begins by checking out their success stories. How they started is so encouraging.

Then, you’ll probably watch a few YouTube videos, be it a lecture of a startup founder, a TED talk, a speech of a famous athlete from history, or a short daily motivational video by an entrepreneur telling you to hustle (like this one).

You’ll see that these do have a positive influence on your mood for the day, your mindset in general, and – mostly – your overall actions.

Knowing these successful people were doing what you’re doing now is uplifting.

And when soon you’ll want to take things to the next level, as obviously motivation plays such a key role to whether or not you reach your goals, you’ll decide to see one of these leaders you admire in public.

The easiest thing is to go watch them speak when they are in your city, or country. Unleash The Power Within seminar by Tony Robbins, for instance, will leave you speechless.

The guy knows what he’s doing and has inspired millions of people all over the world with his books and events.

3. Say Yes.

To achieve more, you need to do more.

And although I preach being selective with your time and activities, it’s much better to become action-oriented by taking all chances that you can, than to stay in your zone of comfort.

 Say yes more often. Sometimes it will lead to important life lessons. Other times to finding out things about yourself you didn’t know before. You’ll meet people, form relationships, be exposed to business opportunities, and will see more of what life offers.

To boost your potential tomorrow, think about what you can say yes to today.

Is it this free event they’ve been emailing you about for so long? Or finally starting a blog and sharing your thoughts with the world?
Is it to travel with a dear friend? Or to take more responsibilities at work?

Whatever it is, do it. See how it goes, learn, be okay with the discomfort, and be a better version because of this pretty soon.

Over to you now. What do you think will happen once you boost your potential?

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 14

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.