Monthly Archives: Oct 2014

Diwali, Lights & a Revelation

You know how serendipity works.

You’re chugging along, thinking about one thing – and a set of circumstances creates quite a different result… that’s actually better than what you were doing!

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How To Win – Always

How To Win

“I cried because I had no shoes…
Until I saw a man with no feet”

So much about being a winner is to do with how you think.

We can view a situation, circumstance or event and color it
any way we wish – and though it objectively is the same, the
perspective we give it can differ.

A glass that looks half-empty to a pessimist is seen as being
half-full by an optimist. What matters is that the way you
think about things controls how you feel, how you behave and
how you believe in OTHER things related to it.

Of many winners I’ve met in the course of my life, there are
a few common traits that stand out…

  • Daring to dream
  • Celebrating success
  • Being grateful

There’s a reason so many of us are willing to settle. To
accept a mundane, dreary, routine existence rather than
striving to stand out, excel, WIN at the game of Life.

It is uncomfortable. Unfamiliar. Challenging.

Yes, many of us are afraid to win.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest
fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light,
not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?

— Marianne Williamson

Daring to dream, to aim for huge achievements, to break off
the shackles of limiting beliefs to truly follow our hearts
is not easy.

It is scary. Nerve-wracking. Even terrifying.

But it is also infinitely fulfilling… no matter if you ‘win’
or ‘lose’.

Because a winner does not KNOW failure. To a winner, it is
just a temporary setback. One to learn lessons from. To
chalk up to experience. To improve upon – the next time.

“Today, we will do the tough things.
Tomorrow, the impossible ones.
And the day after that, we will perform miracles.”

And that’s why winners celebrate success. Even small ones.
Seemingly trivial ones.

They are the seeds of greater success in the future.

Winners understand the philosophy,

“Aim for the stars, you may reach the rooftops”

More important, and the single biggest trait I’ve observed in
winners, is their constant ability to cherish, value and
respect their accomplishments.

Winners are grateful. Always. For everything.

I can often tell if someone will succeed long-term just by
watching how often they express gratitude for the things they
have, and have attained.

Daring to dream.
Celebrating success.
Being grateful.

Three traits that are the forerunner of success.

No excuses. No explanations. No ‘whats’ or ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’.

Clear, concise and simple.

FEEL like a winner – because you ARE a winner.

Manifest it by making tiny tweaks to the way you THINK.

To complete the quote from Marianne Williamson above:

“You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as
children do.

“We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It
is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own
light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the
same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically
liberates others.”

Go change the world, you WINNER!

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How To Afford Anything

I recall that dinner table conversation with dad as if it happened yesterday. We were discussing an expensive purchase (I don’t remember what exactly).

“No, we can’t afford it,” he said, as usual.

Suddenly, something inside me snapped. Indignantly, I replied:

“You know what’s the difference between us? You say ‘We can’t afford it’, and figure out how to manage without it. I ask ‘HOW can we afford it?’ – and figure out a way to!”

It’s how I’ve lived all my life.

And as a result, amazing things have become possible.

So, how can you afford anything?

1. Make Choices – Or Compromise

Nobody can afford everything. It’s simply not practical. Even the richest person on earth can’t buy up all that he wants.

So we make choices. Set priorities. If you want X, maybe you must give up Y to have it. Or do Z to be able to afford it.

Say I give you 10,000 rupees every month. You could:

a. spend it on stuff you like, or
b. save it all up, and buy yourself a return ticket to Europe at the end of the year

The one thing you CAN’T do is both spend it AND save it!

You have to make a choice between the two options.

This logic applies to any resource you own.

  • If I want to spend more time with my daughter, I can’t have a hectic surgical practice.
  • If I want to hang out more with my wife, I can’t go out with my friends every evening.

The resource – time – is limited. It’s allocation is discretionary.

The good news is that, mostly, you have control over how it is distributed. The bad news is that, often, you don’t realize how much control you really have!

Another key to being able to afford anything is to…

2. Think Differently About Money

For many people, money is a tangible thing. Something to crave, cherish, own, get more of, and hoard – for its own sake.

But money is really a MEDIUM of exchange.

When two farmers live in the same village, and one grows tomatoes while the other grows potatoes, they simply bartered with each other. But when they lived far apart, instead of carrying heavy sacks of veggies back and forth, they invented a medium of exchange… and called it MONEY.

And that’s all it is – a means of exchanging what you have, for what you WANT.

(Another way I view money is as ENERGY that flows to where it can do things, but that’s another perspective for a different post!)

So… you exchange what you have – for money. We call this “work”. A job. Where you ‘spend’ your time and skill for a salary or other financial compensation.

Now, the key is to realize what you’re exchanging – and what it’s worth (or what you want in return for it).

Personally, I’d consider it fair when I can exchange an hour of my time for $100 (or 5,000 rupees). Anything less is not. That’s just me. Your “Number” will be different. But you ought to figure it out.

“But… but… but surely pediatric cardiac surgery doesn’t pay you so much?!”

You’re right. It doesn’t. In fact, it doesn’t pay me AT ALL – and I actually sponsor operations for those who can’t afford it, out of donations, and a portion of my earnings.

But then, for me, heart surgery isn’t “work”. It’s a dream come true. A calling. A passion. One that I will happily do forever, for free. That’s the difference.

Thinking differently about money alone won’t do, though. You’ll need to make enough of it.

3. Make Enough Money

You don’t get paid a lot of money to do average stuff. Things that anyone else can do just as well. Or worse, that can be automated.

There are just two ways to make as much money as you want…

a. Take risks – intelligently

Robbing a bank is risky. It can make you rich – fast. But it isn’t smart. Or right.

There are other ways to take risks that make you rich.

You could see and seize opportunities sooner than anyone else. Sure, there’s some risk involved. But if you can manage those risks, you can profit wildly.

b. Add value – consistently

People will pay you money for:

  • making them healthy
  • making them rich
  • making them beautiful
  • making them happy

Pause and think about this for a moment.

* Travel, cosmetics and self-improvement are each multi-billion dollar industries – because they add excitement, happiness and joy to people’s lives.

* Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies are hot money-spinners around the world – because they relieve pain and suffering or treat illness.

* Biz opps and investment services have spawned hordes of millionaires across industries – because people will happily pay for “money at a discount”.

Which of them will make YOUR dreams come true?

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It Was An Eye-Opener

Mission and Blessings

I’m going to tell you a story. This story has nothing to do with writing books or selling them – except very marginally.

It is about being an infopreneur. It is about touching lives. It is about changing the world.

It begins when I started implementing a promotion plan for a digital course for writers.

I was excited when one famous guru, with a reputation for quality and excellence (and a large list of prospective buyers!), agreed to review the course with a view to promoting it to his list.

For six weeks, I retained a cautious optimism – not really pinning all hopes on this happening, but dreaming about how nice it would be if it did.

Until a few days earlier.

That’s when the dream was shattered.

It hurt – a bit. Castles in the air came tumbling down.

– – –

Now, let me shift scenes… like a good story-teller.

Over the last 6 years, I have bought many expensive courses. One is about business strategy, from a true master of the art – Jay Abraham. Another is about creating and selling information products, by a best-selling author. And one is a program teaching how to sell expensive products and services online.

I also ordered a home-study version of Mark Victor Hansen’s ‘Book Marketing Mega’ – and paid less than 10% for it than these other courses.

As I’m going through the material, all of it top quality content, one thing sticks out like a sore thumb.

The ‘business coaching’ style of infopreneuring includes expensive content that is more ‘nuts and bolts’ stuff. It works. It’s like an instruction manual.

But what I’m gaining from the ‘Book Marketing Mega’ event goes deeper – far deeper. It touches my heart. It inspires me to aspire for great things.

It showcases the POWER of an infopreneur.

(It also costs 10 times LESS!)

– – –

And now, let’s turn back to the present.

Remember, I’m hurting from the ‘rejection’ of a ‘big name’ marketer.

So, I’m driving my car, and listening to one of the lectures in Mark Victor Hansen’s course – and hear these words:

“Lance Armstrong was right. It’s NOT about the bike.”

(It was a reference to the best-selling book by Lance Armstrong, 7 time winner of the grueling ‘Tour de France’ cycling challenge… read it if you haven’t – and the sequel)

He went on:

“It’s NOT about the book.

It’s NOT about the deal.

It’s NOT about the ‘Show me the money’.

It’s about…

T H E     .    M I S S I O N

Your Mission.”

The speaker was abused as a child. Badly. Yet, he says he is one of the most blessed people on earth. He says God has been kind to him.

And he asks:

“What will you do with your blessings?”

Because that’s what is important.

The Mission.

Your Blessings.

Put them together, align them behind a worthy cause, and you are guaranteed to succeed. In time.

In an instant, my mood changed – from ‘gloom and doom’ to a completely opposite one of optimism, possibility and enthusiasm.

I still have my mission.

It’s NOT about the deal that didn’t happen.

It’s about taking all my BLESSINGS and making them work to achieve my MISSION.

Before getting on with my work, and revising my promotion plan in the light of that minor setback, I wanted to write and share this with you.

To show you the POWER of being a writer.

To prove you can reach out and touch lives.

To convince you it is a NOBLE calling.

Yes, you can get rich doing it too.

But that isn’t the most important thing.

Then what is?

It’s the MISSION.

Your mission.

It’s your BLESSINGS.

And using them wisely.

Who was the speaker who shared those powerful insights about ‘Missions’ and ‘Blessings’?

The name is one that’s familiar to MILLIONS of Americans, and others too. It is DAVE PELZER. A survivor of childhood abuse, this author and activist is an inspiration to those who have been victimized.

The story of how he rose to fly an F117 Stealth Fighter, and received personal commendations from 5 U.S. Presidents and innumerable accolades including the
TOYA (Ten Outstanding Young Americans) award, is on his website at http://www.davepelzer.com/

Read it. Get inspired. Follow your dreams.

May success and rich rewards be yours – ALWAYS.

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