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What You Should Really Invest In If You Want To Be Successful

What You Should Really Invest In If You Want To Be Successful

What do you think of when you hear the word “invest?” What do you think of the word “success?” Doing the first will lead you to having the second, but how?

What I Thought Success Required

As a child and early teen, my vision of success came from my parents and society. My parents encouraged me to learn all I could at school. So I did. I focused deeply on my studies. My grades were great and I was in the top three in my high school class. It didn’t matter the subject, over time I learned to enjoy them all—except gym class, I wasn’t really into sports. But I knew that was fine. Education would rescue me.

The odds are that you were given the same story: get an education, get a good job, stay at the company for 40 years and retire with a big pension. If we’ve learned anything since the Crash of 1987 and the 2008 Recession, it’s this: jobs aren’t stable.

Success Will Cost You

I know you want success. So do I. But the idea of coasting to success based on a degree (or multiple degrees) and a single company just doesn’t happen anymore. You know success is possible, but how? You have to pay the price. You have to make the investments. Not the investments in mutual funds, real estate, or the stock market (although those have their places). No, you have to make investments that will have a positive return—no matter what happens to the market, or your job, or anything else over which you don’t have complete control. Here are the five areas you should really invest in if you want to be successful.

1. Invest in Books

According to Pew research, half of all American adults read less than 5 books in 2013. That number is essentially unchanged from previous years. Five books in a year is a relatively low number. However, if they were books to help you succeed and you applied all of the principles, then you might benefit very much!

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Success Books

    What are people actually reading? According to author Tom Corly,

    People who make $35,000 or less per year read for entertainment 79% of the time.

    People who make $160,000 or more per year read for entertainment only 11% of the time.

    People who make $160,000 or more per year read two or more books per month in areas specifically targeted to help them grow personally and/or in their careers.

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    Among the $35,000 and below income group? 15% read the same number of books in those areas.

    It’s pretty clear that investing in reading the right kinds of books can make a great difference in your level of financial success!

    2. Invest in Events

    In one of my businesses, I went from a $500 investment to over $70,000 in monthly revenue—in seven months. My wife and I were working out of our home helping people to lose weight and get in shape. It was so much fun! But do you know what we did before we made much money at all? We went to an event to learn from people who had already done so.

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      No matter your industry, there are likely events that you could attend. In the automotive industry, there are the Detroit and Chicago auto shows. In electronics, there is the Consumer Electronics Show. Real estate investors have multiple conferences per year. When you invest in attending an event, you not only learn, but your vision grows. You see not just where you are, but where you can be. In talking about mission trips for people (a very specific type of event investment) best-selling author and pastor Mark Batterson puts it this way, “A change in place plus a change in pace equals a change in perspective.”

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      3. Invest in a Coach or Mentor

      Do you know why you are reading this article right now? Let me share two of the reasons: I attended an event and I hired a coach. You may know exactly what you want to do for success. You may have a vision board, a series of daily affirmations, and wonderfully specific goals. But do you know how to make it all happen?

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        Do you know all of the small details, or the possible pitfalls? Do you know where making a tiny change could result in a huge return? Do you know where you are just beating your head against the wall and need to stop? No? But guess who does: someone who has already been there. When you hire a great coach, you will save yourself years of frustration and thousands of lost dollars. They will lead you, correct you, encourage you, and (like events) show you a vision bigger than your own. Take your money and invest in a coach, or suffer the consequences of trying to figure it out on your own.

        4. Invest in Relationships

        Success isn’t all about money. How happy will you be if you are making $10 million per year but have no friends or loved ones with whom to share your time? I’d rather be flat broke (and I have been) and happily married than insanely wealthy but all alone.

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        Relationship

          When you are climbing the ladder of success, don’t leave behind those you love most! Lift them into their own success and enjoy the climb together. Invest in relationships because they are worth more than the most precious of diamonds.

          5. Invest in Health

          When I was in my mid-thirties, I decided to take charge of my weight. In less than a year, I was down over 50 lbs. Overall, I lost around 72 lbs from my heaviest and am now in my target weight range. When I was 42, I took up running. I’ve now been a runner for more than four years (feel free to do the math). Do you know why I made these changes and why you should too?

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            Investing in your health has three main benefits:

            • You’ll feel much better: greater energy, a zest for life, and finally enjoying how your body performs.
            • You’ll inspire others: my wife, son, his wife, and a bunch of people I mentor are runners now.
            • You’ll live longer: success does you no good if you are dead. When you invest in your health, you’ll be around for more years to enjoy and share your success with those you love.

            Conclusion

            The idea that a degree and a life-long job will bring success no longer rings true. If you want success, you have to make it happen yourself. Success IS attainable—if you make the right investments. Investing in books (print, electronic, or audio), events, a coach, relationships, and your health will get you the success you so greatly desire… and will help you to bring others with you along the way.

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            26 Useful Things to Learn Now That Will Change Your Life

            26 Useful Things to Learn Now That Will Change Your Life

            If you pay attention to your everyday life careful enough, you’ll know that you can learn from everything and everyone you come across. Our life is basically full of useful lessons that we should learn.

            Here are 26 useful things to learn that Abhishek A. Singh shared on Quora. Let’s see how these life theories would lead you to live a different life.

            1. Primacy and recency: People mostly remember the first and last things that occurred, barely the middle.

            When scheduling an interview, ask the employer the time slots they do interviews and try to be the first or the last.

            2. If you work in a bar or in customer service of any kind, put a mirror behind you at the counter.

            In this way, angry customers who approach you will have to see themselves in the mirror behind you and the chance of them behaving irrationally will be lowered significantly.

            3. Once you make a sales pitch, don’t say anything else.

            This works in sales, but it can also be applied in other ways.

            My previous boss was training me and just gave me pointers. I was working at a gym trying to sell memberships. He told me that once I got all the small talk out of the way and presented the prices, the first person to talk would lose.

            It didn’t seem like a big deal but it actually worked. Often there were long periods of awkward silence as the person tried to come up with some excuses, but usually they bought.

            4. If you ask someone a question and they only partially answer, just wait.

            If you stay silent and keep eye contact, they will usually continue to talk.

            5. Chew gum when you’re approaching a situation that would make you nervous, like public speaking or bungee jumping.

            When we eat, our brain tell ourselves, “I would not be eating if I were danger. So I’m not in danger.” This has helped me to stay calm.

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            6. People will always remember how you made them feel, not what you said.

            Also, most people like talking about themselves; so ask lots of questions about them.

            7. When you’re learning something new, teach it to a friend. Let them ask you questions about it.

            If you’re able to teach something well, you will be sure that you’ve understood it very well.

            8. If you get yourself to be really happy and excited to see other people, they will react the same to you.

            It doesn’t always happen the first time, but it will definitely happen the next time.

            9. The physical effects of stress — breathing rate and heart rate — are almost identical to the physical effects of courage.

            When you’re feeling stressed in any situations, immediately reframe it : Your body is getting ready to be courageous, you are NOT stressed.

            10. Pay attention to people’s feet.

            If you approach two people in the middle of a conversation, and they only turn their torsos and not their feet, they don’t want you to join in the conversation.

            Similarly, if you are in a conversation with a coworker who you think is paying attention to you and their torso is turned towards you but their feet are facing in another direction, they want the conversation to end.

            11. Confidence is more important than knowledge.

            Don’t be intimidated by anyone, everyone is playing a role and wearing a mask.

            12. If you pretend to be something for long enough, you will eventually become it.

            Fake it till you make it. Period.

            13. Not to be creepy, but if you want to stare at someone unashamedly, look directly past them and wait for them to try and meet your eyes.

            When they fail to do that, they’ll look around (usually nervously for a second) they won’t look at you again for some time. This is your chance to straight up stare at this person for at least 45 seconds.

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            And as suggested by Brian Stutzman:

            If you’re staring at someone and get caught, DON’T turn your head or your body to look away, because that just confirms that you were staring.

            Just move your EYEBALLS off the person. Unlike turning your head, it’s instantaneous. And the person will think you were just looking at something behind them and that they were mistaken for thinking you were staring. Do it confidently, and ignore any reaction from the person, and you can sell it every single time.

            After a second, you can even look back at them with a “Why are you staring at me?” look on your face to really cement the deal!

            14. Build a network.

            Become the information source, and let the information be yours. Even grabbing a beer with a former colleague once a year will keep you in the loop at the old office.

            Former coworkers might have gotten a new position in that office you always wanted to work in, great! Go to them for a beer, and ask about the office. It’s all about connections and information.

            15. If you are angry at the person in front of you driving like a grandmother…

            Pretend it is your grandmother, it will significantly reduce your road rage.

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              16. Stand up straight.

              No slouching, hands out of pockets, and head held up high. It’s not just a cliche — you literally feel better and people around you feel more confident in you.

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              17. Avoid saying “I think,” and “I believe” unless absolutely necessary.

              These are phrases that do not evoke confidence, and will literally do you no good.

              18. When feeling anxious, clean up your home or work space.

              You will feel happier and more accomplished than before.

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                19. Always buy the first pitcher or round of drinks.

                You’d be surprised how long you could drink on the phrase “I bought the first one.”

                20. Going into an interview… be interested in your interviewers.

                If you focus on learning about them, you’ll seem to be more interesting and dynamic. (Again, people love to talk about themselves.)

                21. Pay attention parents! Always give your kid a choice that makes them think they are in control.

                For instance, when I want my son to put his shoes on I will say ,”do you want to put your star wars shoes on or your shark shoes on?”

                Pro-tip: In some cases, this works on adults.

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                  22. Your action affects your attitude more than your attitude affects your action.

                  As my former teacher said “You can jump and dance FOR joy, but you can also jump and dance yourself joyful.”

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                  23. When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to in that group.

                  Notice who you look at and who look at you when you laugh with a group of people!

                  24. If you want to build rapport or gain someone’s trust quickly, match their body posture and position.

                  If someone is sitting with her legs crossed, cross your legs. If they’re leaning away from you, lean away from them. If they’re leaning towards you, lean towards them.

                  Mirroring and matching body position is a subconscious way to tell if someone trusts you or is comfortable with you. If you’re sitting with your arms crossed and you notice someone else is sitting with her arms crossed, that is a good indicator that you have/are successfully built/building rapport with that person.

                  25. The Benjamin Franklin Effect (suggested by Matt Miller)

                  I find the basis of the Benjamin Franklin effect is very useful and extends far beyond pencil borrowing. This knowledge is useful in the world of flirting too.

                  Asking a girl in your class if you can borrow a pencil or her notes or to explain the homework will make her more likely to like you than if you let her borrow your stuff or are the one to help her. Even just asking a girl to buy you drinks (facetiously) leaves a much bigger impression than offering to or actually buying a girl a drink.

                  The best part is it kills 3 birds with one stone: you get the advantages of the favor itself, the person subconsciously likes you more, and it makes them more open to future favors and conversation.

                  26. Handle panic and anxiety behaviors by tapping fingers (Suggested by Jade Barbee)

                  When you’re feeling stressed, worried or angry, tap each finger tip while thinking (or speaking quietly) a few specific words about what is bothering you. Repeat the same words while tapping each of your 10 fingers, including thumbs.

                  For example, tap while saying, “I’m so angry with her…” Doing so will likely take the charge out of the feeling and return you to a more resourceful (better feeling) state of being. It’s called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or “tapping,” and it is useful in many life situations – emotional sadness, physical pain, food cravings, traumatic memories…

                  Featured photo credit: Nicole Wolf via unsplash.com

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