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Long lists don’t get done – the art of setting tangible goals

You’ll always expand upon a list, it’s just what we do. What you need to do is find a way of tackling those lists. This is how it will be done, and ultimately you’ll need to always be accountable to your higher power (yourself). Long lists don’t get done – the art of setting tangible goals.

We’re going to come up with a rule, if a list isn’t dealt with within 3 months, it’s archived and for all intents and purposes, we’ll refer to it as being ignored now.

Long lists don't get done - the art of setting tangible goals

One of the main reasons your lists keep growing and you’re not getting things done the way you’d planned is you fail to insist upon completing all tasks you have before moving on. You’re like I was.

Long lists don’t get done – the art of setting tangible goals.

It’s easy to create a list, especially an unordered one. They grow and grow and grow. Whereas if you had a system where you crossed out or ticked off what you’d wanted to do and refused to allow yourself to move on until it was handled, you’d see what you wanted complete finished long ahead of what your cycle currently looks like.

Prioritization and whittling down these lists is the key. Prioritization doesn’t mean spend the next several hours making yet another list to order things and then another to order them into another section etc. It means choose what’s the most important and refine that. Your lists will continuously spiral elsewhere. The key is to get a grip on what’s happening in life, deducing what matters most to what you want and then refining them to a maximum of five items, preferably less. Once you achieve the smallest list possible, attack item one and even if it’s a task that takes the entire day to make headway on. Focus on it alone.

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“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”
*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Stop indulging in self-improvement advice

At some point you have to stop indulging in self-improvement advice if you wish to actually improve both in life and in business.

If you go down the rabbit hole of self improvement and productivity, the advice you get will ve both helpful and contradictory. The morning rituals that they’ll suggest include both do nothing, calm the mind, meditate and wait for hours. eat right away, wait to eat, etc. etc. etc. You should literally alternate them until you find which one works best for you and makes you the happiest. Stop indulging in self-improvement advice.

The help or hinderance evaluation principle

Life is fucking complicated. Anyone above 12 knows that. What most of us don’t take the time to consider with our actions and our decisions is the logical question, “Will it help or hinder what I’m wanting?” This is of course wide ranging and far from straight forward. Sometimes the right decision will spiral into complications, sometimes honesty truly isn’t the best policy and sometimes you have to mitigate in order to get the best possible outcome for you and your future. It’s a necessity to evaluate whether your decisions will help or hinder your goals.

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“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no
longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”Robert Tew

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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How can I become a millionaire quickly or soon

The funny thing is people actually google or search for these phrases under the true naive belief that if there were a straight forward answer, a simple search query would deliver it to you. Just like what you see on the heavily curated site that is Wikipedia, yes, there are answers to be had. But there are millions of contradicting opinions and like Sean Carter stated, “Everybody can tell you how to do it, they never did it.” Proof is in something being brought to fruition, not in theory.

Now my arrogance or delusion (you pick) is strong enough to state that I’m confident, despite being heavily in debt, that once I have this set it and “forget it” method set up, it will flourish and money will pour in. Whether or not that happens has yet to be seen, but it must be noted that the fact that action is taking place puts me in a better position than the millions of people that waste their breath as opposed to line their ducks.

We all spend far too much focusing on things happening quickly as opposed to simply happening. I’m guilty of impatience. More so than most. “How can I become a millionaire quickly?” Shouldn’t be what you’re asking.

I myself focus on too many things, which by way of saying so makes me realize that I don’t really focus. To focus is to concentrate and with just 24 possible hours, spending them on multiple things contradicts the word, “focus.”

Why is money and the million dollar sum the obsession? Because we want everything in life for ourselves and our families and to just live. Some of us feel free and not confined by quite appropriate and relevant societal constraints. Others feel differently.

It doesn’t have to be a million, in fact it should either be much more or much less. It’s what will serve the purposes and hopes you have in your life, not a miscellaneous monetary sum.

“A goal without a plan is only a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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“A year from now what will I wish I had done today?”

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Stoicism, Seneca, risk and Tim Ferriss

Stoicism, Seneca, risk and Tim Ferriss, Gary Vee, Ryan Holiday etc. too. A great tip I read about behaving in public and in private was to act as if you’re aware you’re being recorded. Something that you can relive and wallow in the shame of at some point in the future if you behave or say something you’ll regret. It helps enhance stoic principles of control.

Stoicism, Seneca, risk and Tim Ferris. It’s not enough to know you’ve done something wrong or are repeating a bad habit, you have to find a way to alter your patterns and behaviour in order to tackle them. If you find yourself unable to control your reactions you have to determine a way to manage them, because their impact on others poses a huge obstacle and in doing so does too to you.

Time helps refine information. That’s why so many companies actively data mine and so many others sell data. The knowledge of your own personality traits and habits is something you need to me excruciatingly honest about and it’s something that will help and shape you. Now if you take the time to understand your shortcomings, you can work out ways to overcome them.

Weighing up whether something truly is worrisome or not really accentuates choices. The risks are what you have to be conscious of and whether or not they really are risks or are minor concerns. Stoicism, Seneca, risk and Tim Ferriss are all sources of furthering yourself and yes, two of those are people not terms.

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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” David Viscott

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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The amazing benefits of immersion

Total immersion to accelerate learning. The amazing benefits of immersion. 80 year old’s comment and woman in Mum and dad’s building. People living to 92 doing nothing with their lives.

TIL walking before solving a problem improves your creativity by an average of 60%.

LPT: Act like your future self is a real person. So when you see a chore that needs to be done, you can say “I’ll do this now to be nice to my future self”. Helps motivate to get things done because you’re doing work for someone you want to help.

The amazing benefits of immersion.

Obviously this extends to all disciplines and the idea that if you want to learn something quickly and accurately, the best way is to immerse yourself in the field.

If it’s a profession you’re aspiring to be a part of, volunteer. Get involved. You’ll learn at a faster pace and discover more by trial and error rather than solely reading.

The amazing benefits of immersion

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The world is moving so fast that the person who says it can’t
be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” Elbert Hubbard

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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No reviews, no sales. You need product reviews

Think about when making purchases online how much reviews matter to you. Zero is worse than negative ones… No reviews, no sales. You need product reviews and sincere ones.

How do you go about obtaining them? Well there are multiple things you could do. You can provide your product as a sample to anyone that might be willing to review it, or you could heavily discount it. But bear in mind that the feedback may not be positive. Although that does pose a risk, it makes skeptical buyers more inclined to be persuaded that the product is real (because they’re only interacting with it digitally) and to consider whether they will or won’t try it out.

No reviews, no sales. You need product reviews

This also extends to lavish landing pages. Testimonials, verifiable ones at that are a huge asset. A standalone clean website is great. But having more than that is better. Buyers want to feel that they’re dealing with something reputable, not just something shiny.

Again, no reviews, no sales. Yes, it’s an exaggeration, maybe you’ll be the exception to the rule, but by and large you need reviews (even word of mouth) to generate that push to consumers. Either than or spectacular samples.

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“If you find yourself pondering in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.” Colonel David Hackworth

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Opinions of success from people that don’t matter

The strange domination of what other people think and people’s opinions of what success means. You have on average 30,000 days. Opinions of success from people that don’t matter (the only person that matters is you and the effort you put in). Nobody’s opinion of you matters but your own. It’s you who needs to be at ease with yourself, your life and to sleep to enjoy another day.

Opinions of success from people that don't matter

Remember, if you put yourself out in the public eye in any capacity (that includes exiting your front door) people will judge you. That’s fine, we all do it with typically various unsubstantiated levels of prejudice. What you have to do is realize that all opinions and truths apart from your own don’t matter. Behave well, be as good as you can and you’ll still have people critiquing or presenting an angle on who you are and why you do what you do. That’s why opinions as they say are like arseholes (everybody’s got one).

You’re your own judge, the world and society can only affect you if you allow them to. Try some meditation or mindfulness, regulate your breathing and objectively evaluate anytihng you’re worried about.

People who don’t care about you, don’t matter

I had an amusing experience today whereby I was in a ramen restaurant and I needed to use the washroom. After I’d finished I had trouble flushing the toilet and so upon leaving I informed the man that was queued up to use the washroom after me. As I exited I warned him, “Be careful, that toilet doesn’t flush.” And I went to join my girlfriend at our table and enjoy our lunch.

As I was exiting, he grabbed my attention as I passed him and said, “I just want you to know what you did back there was disgusting.” “Excuse me?” I responded. He repeated the comment so I responded, “I was only informing you that the toilet wasn’t flushing so that you were aware.” “Right, well it worked fine for me. That was disgusting.”

I got extremely heated and offended as well as bewildered at the notion that if I were simply peeing and not flushing clear urine, I’d inform the person following me out of some sort of foul sadistic act? I became very angered and clearly expressed that fury. I kept responding, “Apply the logic,” to which his girlfriend said, “That’s what someone who did to that would say…”

My girlfriend also chimed in to add, “Have you never been to a mall where the toilets aren’t working?” To which he responded, “No, we don’t go to those sorts of places.” Clearly indicating what type of person this individual was.

There are some people you’ll never convince

The crux of that story was that no matter what you do, people will cast their own opinions. Whether you’re trying to be considerate of someone else or your intentions are good, it will all be subject to interpretation, no matter how nonsensical. Don’t give that any time or weight as there’s literally nothing you can do about it. I argued, got infuriated and almost took the confrontation too far because I had trouble in the moment realizing how idiotic it was, but why did his opinion matter? It didn’t. You need to realize that as well.

That extends to success or the lack thereof too. Opinions of success from people that don’t matter to you mean nothing, and it’s up to you to determine who does and why.

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“Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.” Lichtenberg, Aphorisms

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Siddhartha quotes can help solidify your perspective

Siddhartha quotes can help solidify your perspective. Siddhartha, love is stronger than hate, soft is stronger than hard, water is stronger than stone

Siddhartha quotes can help solidify your perspective

She picks up the cup and the glass.
KAREN: [nervous] I got carried away, washed too many dishes and ended up with one glass and one mug. Typical.
Karen hands David his glass and holds the mug.

KAREN: Here’s to this sort of this never happening to either of us again!
She forcefully clinks his glass with her mug.
KAREN: Bottom’s up!
She shoots her drink, David doesn’t.
KAREN: What?
DAVID: Sorry, I’m a little…
KAREN: That’s really fucking rude you know.

“Don’t let perfection become procrastination. Do it now.” —@DanielleLaPorte. “If you woke up every morning and you didn’t have fear what would you do” Don’t become a changed version of you that you don’t want to be. She just wants to waste time the realization that you’re apart and have broken up long ago should be clear.

DAVID: Sorry, excuse me… I… Siddhartha quotes can help solidify your perspective
KAREN: Yup?
David downs his drink in one gulp… He starts coughing and choking.
His eyes lock a tortured look on Karen as his body reacts to the poisons.
Karen shuts the closet door.
She heads into the living room, turns on her TV, turns up the volume and zones out.

Daily quote:

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” Booker T. Washington

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Did Winston Churchill really say everything he’s quoted to have?

Did Winston Churchill really say everything he’s quoted to have? Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Broadly attributed to Churchill, but found nowhere in his canon. An almost equal number of sources credit this saying to Abraham Lincoln; but none of them provides any attribution.

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection – mark twain?

In all likelihood it really doesn’t matter what he did or didn’t say. Sorry, it doesn’t. He was a man that achieved a great many things (including a statue right by Parliament(. What does matter are the sentiments that we sculpted and how they encourage individuals to make their own life changes.

If I were to start rattling off quotes that have inspired me, I wouldn’t last long doing so. Being inundated with quotable sentences and blobs of information is what we all endure on a daily basis.

But whether or not we know if did Winston Churchill really say everything he’s quoted to have? Is only provable through documentation of interviews or biographies. It can be verified like those blue tick marks. Let’s just assume he did manage 70% And enjoy what the remaining 30% provides us with regardless.

If you’ve seen the movie about the man (the Gary Oldman one) or you’re misfortunate enough to revere or know a good amount about the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (feels uncomfortable just saying that), you’ll be well versed in the notoriety behind the man. Not to mention John Lithgow’s version of him in The Crown.

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“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”

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The Budget Traveler advice

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The Budget Traveler advice

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KAREN: [shaking her head] Why would I? Have I given you any reason to think that of me?
DAVID: No. [beat] I do know what happened to El was accidental and I do know it was all our fault. I’ll do whatever you want to appease this. You’ve been very good to me and you didn’t have to.
Pretending to be reaching an epiphany as she explains her idea, Karen begins filling in David with the solution.
KAREN: What if I got some sort of alibi together for you and for me. [beat] And then you go off and tell that friend of ours that you don’t know what happened to Elmar or where he fled to, and that you changed your mind when you heard it we were at home but you dropped your wallet at our place and so you felt you had to run away for a few days. [beat] Tell her you had to, “Let the smoke clear as they say…”
DAVID: Could you really do that?

The Budget Traveler advice

KAREN: I want this over.
DAVID: I could definitely do this, definitely.
KAREN: But we will need some sort of collateral in exchange.
DAVID: Like what?
Karen grabs David’s hand and grasps one of his fingers.
KAREN: [joking] Your finger!
David repels in fear.
KAREN:I’m joking, I’m joking. Calm down. [beat] I was thinking more so some sort of video footage or something… We could have you admit to killing Elmar on tape and then set you free. If you were to say anything, the footage would be shown…
DAVID: But I didn’t…
KAREN: I know, there’s DNA evidence and ways to prove it was us… Maybe. But I’m trying to insure us against you being untrustworthy, which thus far you haven’t exactly given me reason to believe.
DAVID: I’ll do whatever you want, I won’t say a word.
KAREN: Cool beans.
DAVID: What are you going to do to Sam?

KAREN: What can we do?
DAVID: I understand.
Karen stands up.
DAVID: Sam lied so extensively, you two have shown me how understanding you are and who you are —
Her facial expression turns from passive and depressed to infuriated.
DAVID: I mean I just want to say I didn’t do this to personally hurt you.
Something tweaks in Karen, she now realizes how naive her last few statements were to David.
KAREN: You knew our relationship with Sam, why you did it I don’t care. But don’t kid me with that “not to hurt” me bullshit, you knew she was doing something against someone she knew personally. How could it not be personal? How could it not be to hurt us personally?
DAVID: But she —

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