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Monday, October 31, 2016

PERSONAL SUCCESS SPECIAL ....16 Things Successful People Do to Maximize Their Time

16 Things Successful People Do to Maximize Their Time

The truth is, 95 percent of the things we do in our lives can and should be done either by someone else or by automation tools. Successful people focus on the five percent of things only they can do: they optimize their time so that they spend most of it doing the things they do better than anyone else in the world. They don’t try to do it all. They know this only leads to disaster.
Most importantly, they’ve defined success for themselves. They aren’t trying to measure up to some cultural or societal standards of success. They don’t care what other people think of them. They live their life on their own terms.
The following are a few key things successful people do to do less and live more.

1. They don’t waste decades of their life off-course.

Most people spend years, sometimes decades of their life on an undesired path. They’ve in-authentically, following cultural and social norms and eventually found themselves in a mid-life identity crisis. Although identity crisis is fundamental to identity achievement, the goal is to get this out of the way sooner rather than later—like, in your 20s and 30s rather than your 50s and 60s.
2. They correct their course quickly.
Airplanes are off course 90 percent of the time. Yet, they almost always arrive at their final destination on time by incessant course corrections throughout the flight. Because they correct themselves so quickly, getting back on course is easy. If they weren’t so intense about their course corrections, they’d be extremely late or never make it.
Likewise, successful people have an internally correcting system. The more narrow and aerodynamic they can get, the less time and energy they spend getting where they want to go.
3. They remove non-essential garbage from their lives.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo De Vinci
Successful people live minimally. They removed all the non-essential physical, mental, and relational baggage bogging them down. Their lives are built on fundamentals. They avoid excess. They say no to almost everything.
4. They skip non-essential steps most people take.
Most people climb ladders vertically. Successful people switch ladders laterally. Almost all of the United States Presidents spent less time in politics than the average Congressman. The best, and most popular Presidents, spent the least amount of time in politics. Ronald Reagan was an actor. Dwight Eisenhower laterally shifted from the military. Woodrow Wilson bounced over from academia.
Rather than spending decades climbing the tedious ladder with glass ceilings, they simply jumped laterally from a different, non-political ladder. They reached the top by skipping the unnecessary “dues-paying” steps.
5. They focus on results rather than hard work.
The majority of the population still lives under the outdated industrial model. They work 9–5 and are compensated for the amount of time they work. No punching the clock, no dollars earned. However, successful people focus on the few things that generate the most results. Everything else is either automated, outsourced, or removed. Rather than getting paid for time, they are compensated for the value they produce.
“You could do most of what Richard and Steve do, perhaps better than they do it. Except for what they do for about five minutes a day. In those five minutes a day, they create billions of dollars’ worth of value. And most of us could not do what they do in those five minutes.”
Seth Godin
6. They use automation tools.
We all do certain 30–60 second tasks multiple times every day. Successful people automate these tasks. There are endless automation tools you could use to remove the doing from your life to create more space for living. One example is Zapier, which is an app that makes automations between multiple web services. Essentially, if something happens at one place, something else happens at another. If someone buys something from you on PayPal, they are automatically put in a customer file. If someone important emails you, it’s sent to a place where you’ll see it.
7. They outsource tasks.
After optimization and automation, the rest gets outsourced. Like automation tools, there are limitless outsourcing options. Fancy Hands is a team of over 3,000 virtual assistants who are available 24 hours a day. The service starts at $25 dollars per month. Fiverr is another outsourcing tool where you pay $5 to get various tasks done like editing your blog posts or transcribing your audios.
8. They create automated income streams.
Successful people have established their life on their own terms. They are not governed by the clock. They consciously choose how they spend every minute. That’s because they’ve created automated streams of income.
There are several approaches you can take to doing this. Some take longer than others. You could build a large real estate investment portfolio. This may take a few years. Or, you could create online courses using tools like Aweber or Infusionsoft. You can even automate the marketing using Facebook Ads.
9. They set short timelines.
“How can you achieve your 10 year plan in the next 6 months?”
Peter Thiel
According to Parkinson’s Law, work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. If you have a lot of time, you’ll be inefficient. If you have a little time, you’ll be intensely productive. Short timelines facilitate flow, which is optimal human functioning.
10. Get 7+ hours of healthy sleep daily.
Healthy sleep is essential for increased productivity and optimizing your life. Successful people ensure they get good sleep. They keep their room around 68 degrees and avoid eating too close to bedtime. They go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Most wake up between 4:30 and 6:00 a.m.
11. They have a killer morning routine.
Successful people have a bomb morning routine. They practice prayer and meditation to orient themselves toward the positive and abundance in life. They exercise and get their blood flowing. They eat a healthy breakfast, focusing on proteins and good fats. They take cold showers. They listen to or read content that instructs and inspires them. They review their life vision to get perspective on their day. And they do the most undesired task first, knowing if they don’t, it won’t get done.
Most of the time, this routine is complete by 8 a.m. and they’ve already completed the most important things they will do that day. They’ve put themselves in a position to succeed at their highest level the rest of the day. To be fully present and not bogged down by the urgent and unimportant.
12. They have a small to-do list each day.
Successful people do not have big to-do lists like most people. On most days, there is only 1–5 things that really need to get done. They usually have these things done before noon and have the rest of the day to attend to urgent and life stuff that naturally pops up.
13. They drop stuff that isn’t working.
Most people fail to understand what psychologists call the sunk cost fallacy. When people put resources into something, even if it’s a sinking ship, they stay in longer than they should. Sometimes to the death. Successful people, on the other hand, discern quickly when they are on a dead-end path. Even if they’ve put lots of resources into something, they see quitting as a win, not a loss. They move on quickly and don’t overthink the past.
14. They check their email and social media at a few specific times each day.
Most people wake up and immediately check their email and social media. They put themselves in a reactive mental state. Subconsciously, they’ve committed their day to other people’s agendas. Conversely, successful people check their email and social media at specific times each day. They don’t obsess over messages, page views, likes, or other statistics. At most, they check these things only a few times per day.
15. They completely unplug when they finish working.
When they are at work, they’re at work. When they’re home, they’re home. Successful people aren’t afraid to be unreachable. They have one or two key people who keep them in the know if needed. But when they finish their work, they are just as awesome and present with the ones they love. They make time for rejuvenating recreation. They aren’t workaholics.
16. They take mini-retirements often.
Most people take two weeks off per year. Successful people take multiple mini-retirements each year. At least quarterly, they take a one to two week hiatus. Often, they check out for an entire month. They aren’t afraid of taking long-periods of time off. Their lives are far more balanced than most people.
Successful people live their lives fundamentally different from the norm. Rather than being a mediocre generalist, they do a few things only they can do. The rest is automated and outsourced. They do less and live more.

BOOK SUMMARY 262 Your Life is Now!

Your Life is Now!

·         Summary written by: Carol-Ann Hamilton
"This is your life and you get to choose how you want to feel."1
- Your Life is Now!, page 173
Drawing upon the teachings of Eastern and Western masters, Marlene George in Your Life is Now! artfully combines principles from Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy, Holotropic Breath work and other healing modalities to bring us nine tenets for daily life.
As the author herself declares, this work is a product of her journey “from ignorance to enlightenment”. She has struggled with many issues common to us all. When we overcome these barriers, the outcomes we attain are well-captured by her book’s sub-title: Now is the time to live the life you want.

The Golden Egg
9 Principles for Joyous Living
"It has been my observation that most of us do not love ourselves enough."- Your Life Is Now!, page 27
Beneath themes like self-esteem, fear, relationships, forgiveness, health, wealth and remaining forever young, each chapter is accompanied by joyous living skills. First, here is a summary of the core principles:
 Your life is now. Now is the time to live it!
Stay joyful and trust your Higher Self to guide you to the things you want!
 Stop looking into others’ eyes for validation.
 Our fear is our Higher Self telling us that what we fear, we desire to change.
Right now you have the power to create better relationships.
 Be willing to own your part in any given situation. Then there is no need to forgive.
Tell your body what you want in the positive and your body will oblige.
It’s your birthright to have success. Believe it’s possible.
. Smile more. Laugh more. Dance more. Your body will mirror that back to you!

Gem #1
Self-Esteem: I Am Enough
"Affirm: What if tomorrow I was to feel worthy of having all my dreams come true?"- Your Life is Now!, page 39
Marlene starts by painting a picture of those who have wealth and success, yet they don’t feel satisfied with what they’ve manifested. They live a life of “When I accomplish this…” then I will be happy. Their constant struggle is with self-created pressure to achieve more. Striving to create the perfect life, no matter how hard they try, success seems just out of reach.
Do you know anyone like this? Perhaps it’s you. To counteract punishing self-talk, George suggests these actions:
·         Describe your ideal day. Be sure to include how you feel.
·         Draw yourself full of confidence and feeling good about your future dreams.
·         Prepare a list (as many pages as you can) of empowering words to yourself. It could be a sentence or it could be a letter you write to yourself. Examples include: “I am worthy of a healthy body”“I am worthy of having a healthy, happy relationship” or “I am intelligent”.

Gem #2
Healing Your Relationships
"How others choose to live their lives is no longer my business."- Your Life is Now!, page 37
Our most important relationship is with ourselves.
As such, all the caretaking traps many of us fall into merely place our desires on hold. Have you ever tried to “fix” someone who doesn’t want to change? It doesn’t exactly bring joy, does it?
The problem is that when we have unresolved issues, we’ll be placed in situations where we experience difficulties with others who represent these people. This phenomenon is the universe offering us an opportunity to heal and transform these unhealthy scenarios to make space for healthier ones.
Toward that end, we are encouraged to:
·         Write pages of positive things about people in our lives – especially those we find challenging.
·         For 30 days, express appreciation toward them and watch what happens.
·         As you increase your focus upon gratitude, one of two things will happen. Either those around you will “magically” change or (because the individual is no longer a match), you’ll be transported into better situations because you’ve changed your vibration. This applies at work, in friendships and other contexts.
·         For the next few days, be who you want to be and not who others expect you to be. [This does not mean you care any less about the people around you.]
When we decide to take back our lives, we start to feel better about ourselves.  When the self-critic emerges, we can empower ourselves and make new decisions based on what will please us.
As a consequence, the peace and understanding you bring to yourself will reflect outwardly upon your surrounding world. As Marlene George urges, do not consider it selfish to feel good about whom you really are. As you practice self-care and self-kindness, you contribute to creating a better planet for everyone.
How would it be to follow your own guidance and trust that you can attain such wide-ranging positive impact? I’d say the answer is pretty good!

LIFE SPECIAL.... What You Can Do an Hour a Day That Will Make Your Life Better Forever

What You Can Do an Hour a Day That Will Make Your Life Better Forever

Get a head start for 2017. Start this daily ritual today and watch your life change forever.

With all that we have going on in our lives, we tend to get caught up in distractions, disruptions, and diversions.
Most of the time we're so busy keeping up--or catching up--that we're barely aware of the way we're living our lives.
What if you can do something for an hour every day that would change your life--something that would give you the focus you want, the control you want, the determination you need?
Here is a simple practice that can do all that--seriously.
Give it a try for a few days and see what starts to happen. Then make it a daily practice and change your life forever.
Set an alarm on your watch or phone to go off at random times during the day. Every time the alarm goes off, challenge yourself to raise the bar. Stop, take a step back from whatever you were doing, and ask yourself how you can improve it.
If you're working on a project, ask yourself how can you streamline the process.
If you're having a conversation, try to go deeper.
If you're working out, work out harder.
If you're willing to devote an hour a day, the simple act of challenging yourself to go deeper to work harder will end up changing your life forever. Here are a few of the most significant ways:
1. It will give you more confidence. 
Confidence comes from facing challenges and beating them. When you spur yourself to work harder and produce more, it actually makes you more confident. Confidence comes when you do something better than you did it before. And, along with belief, it's what you most need to succeed in life. Take your confidence and own it.

2. It will push you past your limits. 
Our limits are often only what we set upon ourselves--the business we never started, the idea we never put into a plan, the partnership we never collaborated on. These are limitations we have created. But when you can push yourself past a limitation once, you will break it for good.

3. It will make you more focused. 
If you FOCUS (Follow One Course Until Successful), you will succeed. When you learn to truly focus your attention, your perceptions change; your focus determines your reality. Once in a while, when your alarm goes off, ask yourself what task can you take off your to-do list, and then make a call or complete a chore you've been putting off.

4. It will open you up to new experiences.
The most common regret people have is that they didn't do something because they were afraid. For some alarms, challenge yourself to try something new or to do something a different way. When you experience something new, you learn something new.

5. It will earn you respect
When you go above and beyond what everyone else is doing, you automatically stand out--especially if what you do has quality, meaning, and impact.
6. It will help you find meaning. When you connect with your work, you connect with the passion behind it--and that connection will infuse everything you do with new meaning.
What can it hurt?
Take this small challenge for a day. Who knows? It just might change your life forever.

INTERVIEW SPECIAL.....How do I crack an interview?

How do I crack an interview?

Josh Doody, Author of, salary negotiation coach, consultant

This is a broad question, so my answer is designed to give you a full overview of what the interview process looks like and what to expect so that you're prepared for the entire process. By simply knowing what to expect, you'll often outperform other candidates who are just winging it.
This is the summary from the "How to ace your next interview" chapter of my book Fearless Salary Negotiation. You can get that chapter for free here: How to ace your next interview. After reading this answer, you can always download the full chapter if you want to dig deeper into some parts of it.
The interview is two opportunities in one. It’s an opportunity to pitch yourself and convince a company to hire you, and it’s an opportunity for you to determine whether youreally want to do a particular job for a particular company.
Interviews can be intimidating, but they are also relatively predictable. Most interview processes have four phases—Preparation, Pre-interview, Interview, and Post-interview—and if you prepare for all four phases, you will ace the interview process. You’ll know you’re doing well when you find yourself repeating the Interview and Post-interview phases multiple times with a company.
I recommend reading through this summary section before each of your interviews, just to make sure you’re fully prepared. After each interview, take a few minutes to evaluate it and see if you can do anything differently the next time around.
You’ll get better with practice, but this should be enough to help you ace your next interview.
1. Preparation
Do basic company research. You should understand the basics of the company—what they do, how they make money, how big they are.
Know which job you’re applying for. Read the description a few times to make sure you understand it well.
Know which other jobs the company is trying to fill. You can learn a lot about a company by looking at their job openings. See if you can get a sense of where they’re currently focused and how you can contribute to helping them get there. Take note of other jobs you might be a good fit for, just in case.
Prepare for the dreaded salary question. They’ll probably ask you something like, “What are you making now, and what would you like to make if you get the job?” My recommendation is that you do not give them either number.
Here’s a good answer that covers both parts of the question without giving them a number, while emphasizing that you believe you can be a valuable asset to the company: 
“I’m not comfortable sharing my current salary. I would prefer to focus on the value I can add to this company and not what I’m paid at my current job. I don’t have a specific number in mind for a desired salary, and you know better than I do what value my skillset and experience could bring to your company. I want this move to be a big step forward for me in terms of both responsibility and compensation.”
2. Pre-interview
The Pre-interview is usually a separate meeting, but will occasionally be part of the Interview itself.
Build rapport with the recruiter. The recruiter may be your advocate both during the process and later if you’re interested in other opportunities at the company.
Be ready to answer questions about yourself and why you want to work for the company. You should already be prepared thanks to your research from the Preparation phase.
Have a few questions ready in case you have an opportunity to ask them. This is a good chance to learn about the company, demonstrate your interest, and continue building rapport with the recruiter.
Before you end the conversation, ask what the next steps will be and find out whether you need to do anything to prepare for the Interview.
3. Interview
Be early. Don’t keep your interviewer waiting—that’s a horrible way to make a first impression.
Bring a notebook and your résumé. Take notes. It’s possible your interviewer won’t already have your résumé, so be prepared.
Try to relax and be honest during introductions. It’s okay to make small talk for a few minutes so that you and your interviewer can get settled in, but don’t spend too much time on this.
Come prepared for different types of questions. Here’s a partial list of common types of questions you may be asked:
·         Questions about your résumé
·         Questions about you personally
·         Questions about tools and technology
·         Technical questions
·         Questions about your career goals and aspirations
·         “Why do you want to work here?”
·         Questions about “a challenging situation”
·         Questions about special projects or side projects you’ve done

Don’t be afraid to ask for some time to think about your answers. This shows “intentionality” and may help you formulate better answers to tricky questions. But don’t do this more than a few times during an interview.
Don’t be caught off guard by curveball questions. If your interviewer asks you something wacky, just gather your thoughts, listen carefully, and formulate the best answer you can. Make sure to account for any constraints that are part of the question.
When things start wrapping up, look for opportunities to ask questions to learn more about the company and the role you’re interviewing for. 
Here are some good questions you can ask if they haven’t been addressed already:
·         “What does a typical day look like for this role?”
·         “What are the greatest challenges for your team right now?”
·         “What is the greatest challenge for this particular role?"

If those questions have already been covered, see if any of your Pre-interview questions might work.
Only ask questions if you can learn new information from them. If you’ve already covered everything in your interview, it’s okay to say, “I think we actually covered everything already!”
4. Post-interview
Email the interviewer to thank them for their time. This email should be very brief and should not ask anything of the interviewer.
Email the recruiter to thank them for arranging the interview. If you don’t have the interviewer’s contact information, you can ask the recruiter to pass along your regards and thank the interviewer for their time. You should also ask the recruiter what the next steps in your interview process will be.

If you haven’t heard anything from the recruiter after a week, follow up with one more email. It’s okay to follow up with an email a week after your last interview if you haven’t heard anything and don’t know what the next steps are. Beyond a week, it’s likely the company has decided not to continue the process and they just didn’t reach out to let you know.

WORK SPECIAL..... Is Work-Life Balance Overrated? 9 Ways Obsession Can Make You More Successful

Is Work-Life Balance Overrated? 9 Ways Obsession Can Make You More Successful

Why not embrace your passions and obsessions... instead of trying to "balance" them with the rest of your life?

Symbolic work/life boundaries are almost impossible to maintain. If you're an entrepreneur, you are your business. Your business is your life, just like your life is your business -- which is also true for family, friends, and interests -- so there is no separation because all the things make you who you are.
There is no work/life balance -- there's just life.
That's my take, but one guy takes the premise a lot farther. "Switching off your obsessions doesn't make sense," says Grant Cardone, author of Be Obsessed or Be Average. "The only way anyone will know who you are and to make a difference is to embrace obsession and embrace the maniac you are.
"Those are the people who make it. Take Steve Jobs. People said he was obsessed, a control freak, a micro-manager, was difficult to work with... but those are the people that make it."
Grant is right: incredibly successful people don't seek a perfect balance. (Of course it does depend on how you define success; everyone should define success differently.) Instead they out-work, out-hustle, out-think... they basically out-everything the people around them.
Why? They're obsessed -- but in a good way. If you're the kind of person who tends to sit and wait and think and plan... but never actually get started on doing the things you want to do, Grant's book is for you. If after reading it you aren't motivated to get going RFN (Right [use your imagination] Now), then you probably never will.
More from my conversation with Grant about Be Obsessed or Be Average:

1. Obsession can be harnessed.
"Being obsessed doesn't mean you're crazy," Grant says. "Being obsessed means something preoccupies you and fills your mind. When you love what you do, you don't think about food and sleep and recreation.
"Obsession doesn't have to turn out badly. It can be your genius if you use your obsession constructively."
2. When you deny your dreams, all that untapped energy can turn against you.
"Between the ages of 16 and 25," Grant says, "I used drugs every day. But the problem wasn't the drugs. The problem was I denied that I wanted to be rich, famous, in control... if you deny that much energy, if you deny your dreams, if you start pushing them down and trying to squelch them... your dreams won't go away.
"All that energy will show up somewhere. Why not let it show up where you most want it to?"
3. Do the thing you hate to do.
"I took all that energy and threw it into a job I hated," Grant says. "Thirty days later I loved that job because I got great at it.
"'Do what you like,' 'Do what you love,' all that stuff is overplayed. Do the one thing you hate and you're guaranteed to become great at the things you're meant to do."
4. You can have many obsessions.
"None of us are here to do just one thing," Grant says. "I can be obsessed with doing many things. I'm obsessed with being a great husband. I'm obsessed with being a great father. I'm obsessed with being known in my space.
"Obsession doesn't mean being single-minded. You can be great at many things."

5. You will be ridiculed for voicing your obsessions... but who cares?
"I've always wanted to be rich," Grant says. "I've always wanted to be famous, at least in my space.
"You will get ridiculed for voicing things like that -- but if you don't want it and can't talk bout it, how can you grow it?
"When the obsessed show they're obsessed, they draw out the haters. People will say you're greedy, you want to get rich, you're showing off...the haters are a problem, but the naysayers are even more dangerous. They say they love you just the way you are, they say you're doing fine...and because they're close to you they're able to influence you.
"Don't listen. If you're not happy with where you are, say so. And then embrace what you plan to do to get to where you want to go."
6. If you quit on your dreams... how will you not quit on everything else?
"When I was eight I can remember wanting to be rich and in control of my life," Grant says. "If I abandon my dream, the dream that was with me from the beginning... if you give up those dreams and are willing to abandon the things that are most innate,how will you not abandon everything else that comes after that?
"You've already made peace with being average regarding the things closest to you: your dreams. If you don't chase the things that mean the most to you, you won't chase anything."
7. "Balance" is only achieved when you're living your life.
"I'm not interested in balance," Grant says. "I don't know one person that has ever achieved balance. I don't know anybody that has what I want that has achieved balance.
"Today, by me going in as many directions as possible, I feel better about my life than I ever have, because I'm living my life the way I want. That's balance.
"I want to live an exceptional life. I'm not seeking balance."
8. Surround yourself with people who are obsessed.
"We're willing to fire people that don't fit in," Grant says. "Our culture is obsessed, and the people that don't fit tend to go away because they don't want to be here.
"I'm the quarterback. I'm trying to make a difference for the better. I need people who support the playbook I'm running and are obsessed with it.
"You do't lose money because you hired someone and lost them. People don't cost money. An inability to grow the company is what costs money."
9. When you get criticized... that means you're doing something right.
"ROI calculations are people trying to make sense of where they are, not looking to where they want to go," Grant says. "Take Elon Musk. What is the return on investment of trying to colonize Mars?
"Those are the people I study. Those are the crazy people... until years later when people realize they were geniuses.
"Pick five people, dead or alive, who accomplished amazing things. Somewhere along the line they were called control freaks, obsessive, selfish, arrogant... but now we realize they were actually doing something great.
"Don't be afraid to be obsessed with following your dreams. That's the only way you'll ever accomplish big things."