Another way of thinking of your “attitude” is: how you approach things. In other words, the emotional state you are experiencing at any given moment.
The state from which you approach any situation determines what sort of resources you will bring to that situation. Your attitude determines your outcome.
In case you didn’t know, today is Independence Day in the United States.July 4th is the day we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
By signing that document, our Founding Fathers threw off the yoke of bondage and declared our freedom as a nation.
The declaration was bold. Brave.
And it required commitment to back it up. Signing the document meant you were literally betting your life on the success of this new nation… And you were willing to back up that commitment with your own blood.
There is a threat lurking in the shadows, one that could destroy your online business. It is silent, virtually invisible, and often accomplishes its malevolent purposes without ever being identified.
This threat does not come from your competitors, from the economic environment, from lawmakers, or even from Google.
This threat, which destroys not only businesses but also health, families, and friendships, has been with us long before there ever was such a thing as the Internet.
The threat I’m referring to is: fear.
Fear causes you to shrink your thinking. To downsize your aspirations. To minimize your mission. To be self-deprecating, when what the world desperately needs is for you to stand up and make a difference.
Fear seeks only to rob, kill, and destroy.
Resist fear, and it will flee.
Face fear, and it will reveal itself to be nothing more than a lie. A lie that deceives you into playing a smaller game than the one you were created for.
Don’t buy the lie.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
The movie True Grit opens with a quote from the book of Proverbs: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth”. A statement containing powerful truth, for sure.
But as I sat in the theater watching that movie, I had the nagging sense the screenwriters had left something out. So when I got home, I looked up the reference.
The movie quoted only half that particular verse. The entire passage reads like this…
I have this acquaintance… let’s call him Nicholas. That’s not his real name, for reasons that are about to become glaringly obvious. You see, Nicholas repels people.
He’s a genius. Yet it seems nobody wants to hear what he has to say…
You don’t need permission to succeed. You don’t need someone to say you’re worthy. You just need to grab hold of your idea, wrestle it into submission, and then go out there and do it.
It’s the doing it part that gets people hung up. Most of the time, it’s easier to talk about the project you’re “working on” than it is to actually do the work.
My friend Jeff asked me recently why I went through the hassle of hosting a seminar of my own. I’ve been thinking about that question.
I have lots of great-sounding reasons, but the truth is… it just seemed like a good idea, and I wanted to do it.
In the movie Apocalypse Now, the film’s narrator explains the extraordinary success of the iconic Colonel Kurtz this way: “He received no official clearance. He just thought it up and did it.”
If you feel that you do need permission, here it is (along with instructions): whatever it is that’s burning inside of you, go ahead, think it up and do it.
Yesterday at church, I got into a conversation with my friend Wayne, who is a CPA. It’s tax season here in the US, which means it’s his busiest time of the year. Wayne does the taxes for a lot of business people and entrepreneurs, and he made a comment that caught my attention.
“I think maybe the economy is turning around,” he said. “At least I’m hearing that from a lot of my clients.”
I was so encouraged to hear him say those words. But probably not for the reason you may suspect. I did not need a report to tell me that the economy is “turning around”…
I do not choose to be a common man,
It is my right to be uncommon … if I can,
I seek opportunity … not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen.
Humbled and dulled by having the
State look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk;
To dream and to build.
To fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole;
I prefer the challenges of life
To the guaranteed existence;
The thrill of fulfillment
To the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence
Nor my dignity for a handout
I will never cower before any master
Nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect.
Proud and unafraid;
To think and act for myself,
To enjoy the benefit of my creations
And to face the world boldly and say:
This, with God’s help, I have done
All this is what it means
To be an Entrepreneur.”
Thomas Paine, Common Sense
Last week I attended Michael Hyatt’s Platform Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. I came away with a raft of valuable insights, and in today’s post I will share some of those insights with you.
I attend a lot of conferences. Most of them are held in a hotel ballrooms. This was the first one I have ever been to that took place in a Nashville recording studio.