Reflection

Recently I turned 26 and it dawned on me that my pursuit of success/wealth/the good life entered it’s 7th year. Had you asked me at 19 “will you have achieved the good life by 26?” I would have answered “Hell Yeah!” Which makes me ponder why I haven’t? And – What can I do to ensure I’m not thinking the same question in the following 7 years?

Doubt, uncertainty and frustration swill round my mind when I reflect on what I’ve achieved and use that as a template for the upcoming years. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. However, what I find remarkably fascinating is; I have only just stumbled upon this realisation.

What I also find frustrating and fascinating at the same time is my laziness. I’m not working anywhere near as hard as I used to, I also procrastinate more than ever. And yet the desire for the good life remains. What does this mean? I don’t know yet.

Maybe I have unrealistic expectations.

What I am certain of is this is a natural part of the process, I’m confident that most people reading this will have felt or will feel like this in pursuit of what they want. And as Jim Rohn would say; “Don’t wish for fewer problems wish for more skills”. I must become more to get more.

Another challenge I face is the abundance of opportunity knocking on my door;

  • Cryptocurrency
  • Online course
  • Mentoring
  • Reach To Clean Franchises
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Forex
  • Stock Market
  • Property
  • Shopify
  • Amazon FBA

I’m grateful for all the above, knowing where to start is the challenge, but I’m grateful for that too and all the other challenges I face.

I hope you’ve found value in this raw, unstructured post. My Key takeaway  – I need  direct access to a billionaire/millionaire mentor.

Peace out

Joe

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The Best of Tony Robbins

In the words of Tony Robbins‘ website;

Tony Robbins is an Entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist and the nations #1 business strategist.

There is a hella lot of great content floating around the Internet, from books to podcast and videos to webinars. Here’s my favourite;

The Power of Influence

This is a fantastic video on using influence positively. Tony mentions how every business person is a sales person and the negative thoughts we have to towards sales people.

Awaken The Giant Within

The book that launched Tony Robbins and made the public more aware of who he is and his achievements.

This book is all about taking control of all areas of your life and getting the most from it by improving yourself.

Money Master The Game

The latest book from Tony and another best seller! It’s exactly how it says on the cover, the book is about money and investing.

Summary

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know I have a thing for the number 3, that’s why there’s 3 pieces of Tony’s content.

I hope you enjoy them as much as me a take away some great points of value that you can implement into your life right now to make tomorrow better.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon.

Joe

What The Lion King taught me about Life

“Hakuna Matata” – Timon and Pumbaa

If you were born in the 90’s or after you’ll more than likely have watched The Lion King.

When I was younger, I didn’t realise the messages running through the movie and the lessons it teaches.

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Lesson 1: The Circle of Life

Right at the very beginning, the song “Circle of Life” by Elton John plays through our speakers.

It’s message right from the off; everything that is born must die and to keep the circle alive, we must pass our genes onto the next generation.

And if you didn’t pick up on it straight away, the message gets hammered home when Mufasa dies.

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Lesson 2: Everything Happens for a Reason

When Mufasa is killed a sequence of events happen that leads to Simba defeating Scar and taking back pride rock.

If Scar hadn’t killed Mufasa would Simba be enough of a leader to take care of pride rock? It’s a question we’ll never know the answer to however, that event created many challenges for Simba to overcome and learn from.

“Grow yourself bigger than the challenges you face”

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Lesson 3: Hakuna Matata

Hakuna Matata is Swahili for “there are no worries”. Timon and Pumbaa teach Simba the phrase, after Simba runs away from home.

I believe there is a doubling meaning here; the first, is to forget the past – it cannot be changed, don’t worry about the future – it may never happen, concentrate on this moment right now becasue it is all we have.

The second meaning is; happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy and focus on what you do have rather than what you don’t.

Summary

I would recommend every child watches The Lion King but I’m probably bias becasue I do love animals!

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post and it’s inspired you to watch The Lion King.

Have a great day

Joe

Mentors: Why you need at least one! 

“Wax on, wax off” – Mr Miyagi, The Karate Kid

I always wanted to be Daniel-San from The Karate Kid but I didn’t have my own Mr Miyagi. Someone to show me how to stand on wooden posts using only one leg, wax cars and fight bullies.

As The Karate Kid shows us, mentors are invaluable on our journey to success.

What is a mentor

A mentor is someone who has done what you want to do or; has what you want. They are someone you could trust and have experience in your field.

Not all mentors are old, which is what I assumed, they may be young. The key is they must be the kind of person you want to become.

Why you need a mentor

So why do you need your very own Mr Miyagi?

They can help you get to where you want to be quicker! They’ve already done what you want to do which means; they know what to do, and they also know what NOT to do.

Knowing what not to do,means they can reduce the number of times you go off course and make mistakes.

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My favourite mentor; the late, great – Jim Rohn

Where is your mentor

The first place to look is your family. They’ve probably been giving advice since you were little but….have they done what you want to do? Only you can answer that.

If your family haven’t got the experience to point you in the right direction, then you’ll need to look  elsewhere.

The next place I’d look are books. Many of the greatest men and women to walk the Earth have written books. Some may not be alive but they have left their knowledge in a book. Invest your time and learn from them.

If you prefer talking to a real person, make a list of all the experts in your field and use the internet to acquire their email or number. Offer to buy them lunch, buy them a starter, main, dessert – just keep them talking.

Now you may be wondering why you’re paying if they’re the successful one. The reason is, they are giving up their time to meet you, which is priceless. During the meal they may drop an idea on your lap which may totally transform your life.

Many Mentors

Once you have a mentor in your chosen profession, you don’t have to stop there. Think of every aspect of your life and you could have a mentor in each 

  • Relationships
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Sports
  • Religion 

Each mentor guiding you and presenting new ideas so you can design your own life. 

Summary

Mentors are vital if you want to speed up your success and become a better version of yourself.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and have journalled your 3 takeaways. Thank you for investing your time, I really appreciate it.

Have a great day

Joe


Advice I’d give my 12 year old self

You’re probably too proud to admit this. You fear the world, what people think and failure.

Thinking back to when I was 12 seems like such a long time ago but weirdly it also feels like it was yesterday.

A change in mind set from being clouded by fear, to mind focused on opportunity and enjoying life, is the main reason 12 feels like a long time ago.

It feels like yesterday as I can remember how I felt; anxious, scared and nervous.

12’s a big year, it’s the last before becoming a teenager. It’s the year I started high school and it’s also half my current age.

Hopefully the advice I give will benefit my 12 year old self.


Dear Joe,

I’m writing to you from 12 years in the future. You’re now 24 years old and while you’ve lived a fantastic life, I have some advice for you.

You’re curious and you ask a lot of questions, never lose this!! Ask as many questions you can think of. Those who ask questions generally find the answers.

You’re probably too proud to admit this. You fear the world, what people think and failure. You will fail time and time again but don’t let this discourage you. Keep going, keep striving for what you want.

Get out of your comfort zone it’s the fastest way to grow. The world is a brilliant place, don’t be afraid of it; explore it, enjoy it.

Don’t worry what people think, haters are gunna hate so shake it off! You should probably write a song with these lyrics 😊

Girls are coming into the equation soon. Be brave, be bold, remember they’re just as scared as you.  Talking of girls, you’ll be moved seats in Mr Tiley’s year 10 maths class, remember it and enjoy it.


Money is not the be all and end all, invest to get what you want. Use it to create memories with friends and family.

Put other people first. If you help as many people as possible get what they want, you will have everything you want.

Be careful who you take advice from, if you don’t want what they have it may be worthwhile not taking their advice. Look at your parents and ask yourself do you want their lifestyle?

If you’re worried about your health, a good cry and a check-up will prevent 6 years of being scared.

After all that, my number one piece of advice is find out who you are and what you want from life. Find your purpose, find your passion. Decide what you want and write it down. Have fun and don’t waste time doing something that doesn’t interest you.

Good luck

Joe

3 TED Talks that everyone needs to watch! 

Use TED Talks to learn!

TED Talks are a fantastic resource to learn new skills, develop your mind set and find a new perspective.

TED – which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design – features “ideas worth spreading”.

There are now over 1400 TED Talks available after the speaker series launched in 1984.

But do not fear! There’s no need to be overwhelmed, here’s my 3 favourite talks for you to enjoy.

1. My philosophy for a happy life – Sam Berns

Sam Berns is an American who suffered from Progeria. Here, he shares his wisdom on achieving a happy life, my 3 Average Joe takeaways are;

  • Be okay with what you ultimately can’t do because there is so much you can do.
  • Surround yourself with people you want to be around.
  • Keep moving forward – always have a target to aim for.

2. Programming your mind for success – Carrie Green

Carrie Green started her first online business at the age of 20, whilst studying Law at the University of Birmingham. Within a few years she took the business global and receiving over 100,000 hits on the website every month. Here are my 3 Average Joe Takeaways;

  • Know exactly what it is you want to achieve.
  • Know why you want to achieve it.
  • Decide the kind of person you need to become to make it happen.

3. How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes – Adam Leipzig

Adam Leipzig has overseen more than 25 movies as a producer, executive and distributor. and has produced more than 300 stage plays and live events, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Here are my Average Joe Takeaways;

Answer the following 5 questions;

  • Who are you?
  • What do you love to do?
  • Who do you do it for?
  • What do those people want or need?
  • How do they change or transform as a result of what you give them?

Summary

These 3 videos are short but packed full of fantastic content. I hope you’ve taken 3 points of value from each and recorded them in your journal so you can review them at a later date.

Thanks again for reading and I’ll see you soon!

Joe

The Best of Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn is my favourite mentor, if he was alive I would ask for his hand in marriage. That’s how much I love Jim Rohn.

About Jim

Jim was born in the mid 1900s to an Idaho farming family. When he was 25 he met his Mentor, Earl Shoaff. In next 6 years that followed, Jim made his fortune.

Mr Rohn was best known for speaking but he didn’t start until after he made his first fortune. The first speech he gave was called “Idaho farm boy makes it to Beverly Hills”.

His speech was so successful he was asked to do it again and again, what’s more they started paying him.

Jim then went on to impact many millions of lives through speaking on personal development.

For more information on Jim’s background click here.

My favourite bits of Jim

Here are my favourite Jim Rohn resources, I hope you love them as much as me;

Books
My Philosophy For Successful Living

The Seasons of Life: Secrets of Success

Seven Strategies for Wealth and Happiness

Audio

The following audio books are available at Audible. I love Audible and listen to personal development material everyday. If you’d like to try Audible, take advantage of their 30 day free trial!

Building Your Network Marketing Business

How to Use a Journal

YouTube

This is my favourite Jim Rohn resource in the entire world! Now I know it’s a long one but it is incredible.

It may be wise to change it’s format to a mp3 using an online converter and listen to it on your Ipod – it’s just a thought!

 

Please let me know which is your favourite Jim Rohn resource by commenting or getting in touch on social media.

Hope you got 3 pints of value and I’ll see you soon!

Joe