“If you buy someone’s opinion you buy his or her lifestyle.”
Throughout your life people will offer you advice, usually it is worth what you pay for it…. Nothing. You will have poor people telling you how to get rich, unhappy people telling you how to be happy, employees telling you how to run a business, etc. I have taken so much advice I wish I did not take in the past, but making those mistakes are what taught me this valuable lesson. Most of the time I never asked for the advice, but I figured, if they were telling me how to do something they must know better than I do. If this is the way you think, you must change that immediately if you desire to succeed. You should only take advice from people who are in a position you wish to be in, or live the lifestyle you dream of living.
“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
So many people these days think they “know it all.” If anyone thinks they know it all, they know very little. Even Sam Walton (Founder of Walmart) was always seeking new information. Sam ran the most successful and world’s largest company by revenue. Despite his success, he would be found in other retail stores studying their layouts, pricing, and business models. He wanted to know if the other companies knew something he did not know. That is how truly successful people think, and majority of people think they are crazy. Is it crazy that the top 5% of income producers control 95% of the wealth in America? Is it crazy that the top 2% of income producers control 50% of the wealth? When will people wake up and realize there is information they are not seeking out?
“You don’t know what you don’t know (Unknown Unknowns).”
Instead of blaming everyone for their own problems, these people need to educate themselves. Wealthy people are not evil; they just work harder and smarter than poor and middle class people. It baffles me when people with no wealth feel entitled enough to give others advice about money. This is why most children grow up to be as successful as their parents or guardians, rather than surpassing them. It is time to seek out mentors that have achieved true success. It is time find out information about wealth from people that actually have it, and understand the principles behind keeping it. I pray that you will stop listening to anyone that tells you “you cannot achieve something.” They say this because they do not have the courage to persevere through failure. If you desire something in life, you can achieve it. You must believe in yourself. Napoleon Hill stated anything the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve.
“Time will promote or expose you.”
Lasting success is built on truth and beneficial service. People that use deceit to achieve success never last. They may have temporary success, but they will be exposed eventually and lose it all. If you are dedicated and willing to work until you achieve success, you will not lose. Dedication will promote you. Continuously stack up small wins, and you will find yourself in better and better positions. Success attracts success. Focus on building success one brick at a time, rather than trying to build an entire house at once. If you see someone compromise their integrity for quick success, they will fall as quickly as they rose. Do not allow anyone else’s success to discourage you. Every setback in your life is a valuable lesson, and you should be grateful for it. People that are not willing to persevere through roadblocks will not get very far. Time will promote or expose you.
“You Can’t Please Everyone. ” (Aesop’s Fable – A Man, the boy, and the Donkey)
- A Man and his son were going to the market with their Donkey. A countryman walked by and said: “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?”
- The Man put his son on the Donkey and they continued. They soon after passed a group of men, and one said: “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides.”
- The Man told his son to get off and he got on instead, then they continued. They passed two women and one said: “Shame on the lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”
- They now were both riding on the Donkey. They noticed people pointing at them, so they asked why. They said: “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor Donkey of yours, you and your hulking son?”
- They both got off and decided to carry the Donkey. They tied the Donkey’s feet to a pole and carried it on their shoulders. They went along and were being laughed at on their stroll. They got to Market Bridge, and the one of the Donkey’s feet got loose. Kicking out, it caused the son to drop his end of the pole. During the struggle the Donkey fell over the bridge and drowned because his two forefeet were still tied to the pole.
- An old man was following them the entire time and said: “That will teach you.” “Please all, and you will please none.”
The advice I share is always from people greater than me, I cannot take credit for it. I only study the people I desire to be like. I will never make up information just to get views on my blog. I am here to serve you, and I will do my best to make it clear when I get my information from successful people. If you enjoy what you do, do not allow anyone to tell you how to do it. It is ok to get feedback from customers on how you can improve, but also know some people that offer you advice don’t care for what you do. I just want you to be aware of that so you do not lose yourself trying to please everyone. People that offer advice without you asking for it, are usually the people that should not be giving you advice. You cannot please everyone, so keep yourself happy. If you ever have a question for me, you can leave a comment and I will get back to you. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you benefit from the information and apply it. I wish you success!