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Daily tablet to input your inspirations, you will chalk the day up as a win or a loss

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Gratitude (required) What I am grateful for...

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Personal Development (required) What am I learning...

Game Day List (required) What I will accomplish...

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W/L (required) Was your day a win or a loss...

Affirmations (required) Who I am...

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Ideas: After you receive your email save it to your google calendar 

Step 1: Save the Email to Google Drive

  • Find the email you want to attach to a Google Calendar event.
  • From the drop-down menu on the side of the email, select Print.
  • A print menu will appear. Select Change to adjust the destination.
    • Select Save to Google Drive.
    • Click Save to leave the print window.

Step 2: Create Your Calendar Event and Add Attachments

  • When you have your calendar event ready for an attachment, select Add attachment.
  • Select the email you just saved as a PDF in your Google Drive.
  • Complete the details of your event and send your invite!

22 Life Lessons I Learned From My Mentors That Every Person Should Know

  1. “I like to work because that keeps me young.” One of my mentors is in his seventies. If you believe scientists, he should be a rusty old man with only a few good brain cells. Instead, he’s a vital person. Good genes? Maybe. He doesn’t have time to think about that stuff. He just does things.
  2. “Adults don’t need to ask for permission.” Screw gatekeepers and naysayers. If you believe in something, do it. And if it doesn’t work out, it’s always better to ask for forgiveness.
  3. “People who always complain give me a headache.” Don’t be a party-pooper.
  4. “If people want to go. Let them. And wish them well.” Over the course of your career, you’ll lose friends, colleagues, team members, employees, bosses, partners. Shit happens and people move on. Friends become enemies. Know when it’s time for you to move on. And never hold a grudge.
  5. “Be smart about your career.” Don’t be a sheep. Understand that everyone is competing for the same things. Be smart and think about winning. Just stay ethical. And yes, that’s possible. Life is not House of Cards.
  6. “Treat people well. The world is small.” We’re humans. And humans are emotional. And emotions make people do weird things. Don’t do weird things to people.
  7. “Life is not fair. Get over it.” Yeah, yeah, I get it. You’re sad. You didn’t get that promotion. No one cares about your product. These things happen. Don’t wish things were different. Just be better next time.
  8. “Know yourself. But also know your industry, business, friends, enemies, competition.” Self-awareness is the start of personal growth. But if you want to truly advance your career, you have to understand your environment too. Otherwise, you’ll be a monk who only knows himself.
  9. “I always make the best out of everything.” Stop trying to find your passion. And don’t be a spoiled little brat. Just enjoy your life, have fun, relax, be a sport. You don’t need a dream job or a million dollars to do those things.
  10. “I hate it when people are not prepared.” No matter how small your next assignment is, come prepared. It’s the difference between an amateur and a pro. Know your shit.
  11. “Hard things will always remain hard. Things don’t get easier by putting them off.” Difficult conversations, firing people, admitting mistakes, saying you’re sorry. You never really get used to hard things. It’s always better to rip the band-aid. Just get it over with.
  12. “Not everyone thinks the same way you do.” I often hear people saying: “That person doesn’t understand me.” Have you ever thought that it might be the other way around? People are different. Do your best to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
  13. “Bad people only hurt themselves. I feel bad for them.” Never try to get back at bad people. Their punishment is that they are a bad person.
  14. “Always have a side-business” Everyone should be able to make money independently. Create something of value. When people pay for it, you’re in business.
  15. “Everything comes to an end.” Your good health, relationships, family, pet, business. We all know how things end. Just make sure you appreciate the things you still have. Before you know it, everything will be gone. And so will you.
  16. “I fail all the time. I just don’t give up.” Failure is overrated. It’s merely a different word for learning. We just get all emotional about it. “I suck.” No, you don’t. But if you give up you do.
  17. “Why does everyone want to be happy all the time?” There’s nothing wrong with being sad, angry, frustrated. Just don’t stay in those emotions. Acknowledge it, and then move on.
  18. “People are in love with their own voice.” Sometimes it’s good to shut up and listen to other people.
  19. “I hate fabricated fun. It’s not fun.” For the love of god, stop forcing people to have ‘fun’ at your stupid office party. It’s not fun to tell people to have fun. Just relax and be human, you weird android in a suit.
  20. “Resting is more important than working.” The art of resting is a difficult thing to learn. We’re all so restless. We want things to happen today, now, this very instant. Let it go. Just breath for a second. Rest.
  21. “I don’t give a shit.” I can’t tell you how often I heard my mentors saying that phrase. Somehow, happy people don’t care about shit that doesn’t matter.
  22. “My goal is to learn one new thing every day.” Learning is something you do deliberately. Remind yourself every day that you want, no NEED, to learn something new.

The Best Way to Answer “Sell Me This Pen” Right Now

  1. When did you last use a pen? What were you doing? (sample answers: Writing a note in a meeting → you can pitch them the pen as a reliable on-the-go writer)
  2. What’s most important in a pen: fashion or function?
  3. If fashion: What do you want people to think of you?
  4. If function: What do you use a pen to do throughout any given day?
  5. How often do you need a new pen? (if frequent, tell them the pen comes as part of a pack)
  6. What event usually happens for you to buy a new pen? (Example answers: seeing one you like in the store, running out of ink, losing the cap)
  7. How much does cost matter to you? 
  8. Tell me about a pen that really pisses you off.
  9. What does it feel like when you really need to write something down but can’t find a pen?
  10. What’s most important to you in life? (You can later tie this back to the end picture you paint. If it’s “family,” the pen becomes something you can hand down from generation to generation. If it’s “career,” the pen becomes something you carry with you from one job to the next and it reminds you of how far you’ve come)

How to get rich (without getting lucky)

 

Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy.

Understand that ethical wealth creation is possible. If you secretly despise wealth, it will elude you.

Ignore people playing status games. They gain status by attacking people playing wealth creation games.

 

You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity – a piece of a business – to gain your financial freedom.

 

You will get rich by giving society what it wants but does not yet know how to get. At scale.

Pick an industry where you can play long term games with long term people.

The Internet has massively broadened the possible space of careers. Most people haven’t figured this out yet.

Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.

 

Pick business partners with high intelligence, energy, and, above all, integrity.

 

Don’t partner with cynics and pessimists. Their beliefs are self-fulfilling.

 

Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.

 

Arm yourself with specific knowledge, accountability, and leverage.

 

Specific knowledge is knowledge that you cannot be trained for.  If society can train you, it can train someone else, and replace you.

Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now.

 

Building specific knowledge will feel like play to you but will look like work to other

 

When specific knowledge is taught, it’s through apprenticeships, not schools.

 

Specific knowledge is often highly technical or creative. It cannot be outsourced or automated

 

Embrace accountability, and take business risks under your own name. Society will reward you with responsibility, equity, and leverage.

 

The most accountable people have singular, public, and risky brands: Oprah, Trump, Kanye, Elon.

 

“Give me a lever long enough, and a place to stand, and I will move the earth.” – Archimedes

Fortunes require leverage. Business leverage comes from capital, people, and products with no marginal cost of replication (code and media).

 

Capital means money. To raise money, apply your specific knowledge, with accountability, and show resulting good judgment.

 

Labor means people working for you. It’s the oldest and most fought-over form of leverage. Labor leverage will impress your parents, but don’t waste your life chasing it.

 

Capital and labor are permissioned leverage. Everyone is chasing capital, but someone has to give it to you. Everyone is trying to lead, but someone has to follow you.

 

Code and media are permissionless leverage. They’re the leverage behind the newly rich. You can create software and media that works for you while you sleep.

 

An army of robots is freely available – it’s just packed in data centers for heat and space efficiency. Use it.

 

If you can’t code, write books and blogs, record videos and podcasts.

 

 

Leverage is a force multiplier for your judgement.

 

Judgement requires experience, but can be built faster by learning foundational skills.

 

There is no skill called “business.” Avoid business magazines and business classes.