The 4 Most Powerful Realizations We Need to Come To 102

The 4 Most Powerful Realizations We Need to Come To

When was the last time you came to a realization that was so important and powerful that it made you do something about yourself, your life or others right away?

I’m sure we’ve all had such moments.

The good thing about them is their power. When you realize something crucial that has always been in front of your eyes, for example, you feel such strong feelings and immediately start doing something about that. And most of the times, you change things for the better.

Unfortunately, such moments are quite rare these days. The reason is mainly mediocrity and living in the comfort zone. Because you can be sure that no realizations, and no actions actually, will even happen there.

But a long time ago I understood an interesting fact – you can experience such epiphanies that will eventually change the course of your life whenever you want. That can happen by being constantly exposed to the lies around you, by trying to grow spiritually, going beyond average and seeking change.

For instance, I’ve had many powerful realizations myself by just reading books or blogs written by the people who had them in the first place.
And the sooner you become aware of such things, the better.

Here are some of the most important ones. Some of them are obvious, we have heard of them many times and may sound like nothing special, but there are so many people out there that live in denial. And truly grasping the things listed below will be a huge step forward in your personal development.

1. Our time is limited.

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In some situations we have a lot of time in front of us. But most of the time we don’t have much of it. And yet we live like it’s unlimited.

Many people live in regrets because they realize that when it’s too late. But the only time when it’s too late is on your deathbed.

You can start doing whatever you’ve always wanted right now. Eliminate all the self-limiting beliefs, the limitations you set yourself, the fear of failure and all the excuses.

What I’m saying here may be a bit controversial because you have and you don’t have enough time at the same time. Because you need to believe that you can still chase your dreams, starting now. But your time is limited so don’t put it off for later as it usually never comes.

2. Death is inevitable.

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It’s one of the most negative things to think about but we need to be realistic at some point. Let go of self-denial and fear, and embrace this fact. It will help you live the rest of your life appreciating every moment and making the most of it.

Here is what Johnny B. Truant says in How to Be Legendary:

“Most people spend most of their time pretending that they will never die. Most people waste a month doing something meaningless and figure, “Oh well, Iʼll try something different next month,” as if the supply of months was neverending and they hadnʼt just used one up that theyʼd never get back.

A person who was very aware of his or her mortality would never piss away hours, minutes, or seconds. We all know the cliche of the man who discovers he has six weeks to live, and who suddenly discovers that sunsets are beautiful. Then, because itʼs fiction and someone gets to write the outcome, the man usually lives and continues his life with a new appreciation of what it is to be alive.

Itʼs the very realization of his mortality that makes him appreciate each sunset, each moment he has with his family, every chance he has to make a difference.”

3. Almost anything is possible.

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Without even knowing what it’s all about, I can simply say that people are wrong 90% of the times they say something is impossible. And they say it a lot.

We want things to be easy, we want fast results and preferably to have them without hard work, or any work at all. That’s why most people fail, or don’t even try. And they think the few that are successful, wealthy and seem to have it all, are just lucky.

But that’s not true.

There are so many examples of people around us – young and old – who have got to the top although they started from nothing.

We need to realize that almost all the things we could ever wish for are possible. Life is full of opportunities and we need to just get out there and take chances every single day.

Success is absolutely achievable and there are fundamental things to know and steps to take. Being confident in your abilities, knowing what you want, having a definite desire and thinking of a way to make it a reality, being able to go the extra mile and make sacrifices, this is a sure way to have it all.

Here is what Johnny thinks:

“You will never be able to do anything as long as you think itʼs impossible, but the good news is that very little is impossible. It is, given our current understanding of physics, impossible to be in two different places at once. THAT is what “impossible” means.”

4. Being normal simply means being average and doing what others think is right and that is not how you will succeed.

Johnny summarizes it perfectly again:

“Nobody is completely normal. The very idea of a “normal person” is ridiculous, yet weʼre constantly steering toward it. Weʼre slaves to it.

When we want to do something, we weigh it against whatʼs normal before deciding whether or not to do it — what society expects, what our friends would accept, what our mothers would approve of. But nobody — anywhere — is “normal.” “Normal” is the most abnormal thing you could ever be.

Legendary people have to be different and break norms in order to be Legendary. If you want to be one of those people, you must be willing to do the same.

You have spent your whole life pursuing and being guided by something that doesnʼt exist.

Iʼd stop doing that if I were you.”

These are just a few of all the lies we live in. It’s up to you whether you’ll confront them now and try to get out of the trap of conventional wisdom or will stay average for the rest of your life.

These simple realizations make sense and you know they are true. But you can continue denying them if you want, then everything will remain the same and you will never live your legend and become the person you could have been.

Or you can do something about it right away. Start by just keeping in mind the four statements I just shared with you and your view of the world will soon change.

See also:

How to Be Unremarkably Average
5 Things Average People Do That Ruin Their Chances for Success
Enjoying Life One Moment at a Time

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

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.