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3 Extraordinary Lessons All Entrepreneurs Should Learn From James Cameron

3 Extraordinary Lessons All Entrepreneurs Should Learn From James Cameron

James Cameron: college drop-out, serial entrepreneur, explorer, artist, philanthropist and a tremendous warrior for the environment – and one of the most inspiring people on this planet. He has written and produced more than twenty-five films and documentaries including The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Titanic, and Avatar; that have made millions and millions of dollars around the world.

But how did a small town kid from Chippawa, Ontario go on to dominate Hollywood and win 11 Oscars in the process?

Here are three lessons we can learn from visionary James Cameron on creating a big life:

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1. Take actions towards your dreams and never give up

“The universe is like a giant bank vault lock, where the tumblers are constantly moving and once in a while the tumblers line up and you have to listen for the click. So you must be prepared in that moment to step through the door.” – James Cameron

There are moments when you may not know what to do next, how to move forward or what kind of decision you should take. Moments in which you find yourself living an unfulfilled life, but know deep inside that you have the power to create your own reality. That’s what happened to James Cameron. After leaving college he lived one of the most frustrating periods of his entire life. He was constantly questioning why he was coming up with such great ideas when he didn’t know how to put them into place. After seeing Star Wars he changed his perspective about life and decided to quit his job as truck driver and make action towards his dream. After writing his first science fiction script for a ten minute short titled Xenogenesis his career as filmmaker began.

Therefore, when you are facing a difficult moment in your life or you need to take an important decision, you have the power to make your own choice. Ask yourself: “If I make this choice today, how will impact my future?” Be prepared, know what you want and move towards it, no matter what!

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2. Dare to dream big and be extraordinary

“I set my goals way higher than the achievable. And when I fail, I fail at a very high level. That’s my process. It’s really demented, but it actually works. When you are aiming really high and doing something new, you must be also prepared to fail, learn from your mistakes and begin with a new plan. More motivated than before.” – James Cameron

When anyone is starting a big project there is the thrill of the idea, of possibilities, that moment when the fantastic becomes possible, just barely possible, and you begin to experience amazing things happening in your life – because you allowed yourself to dream big and be unrealistic. We have the tendency to place ourselves within boundaries that define who we can and cannot be. This mindset causes us to settle for the lowest level of our potential.

So form a clear, detailed picture of what the bigger version of your life looks like; one in which you’ve already attained your greatest goals and fulfilled your deepest desires. When you do something that no one has ever done before you become aware that something really important is happening in your life and you feel privileged just to witness it.

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3. Create a bond of respect

“But now I look back and every single thing I learned in my young age has paid off for me. How to drive a truck and even scraping the gums from the bottom of school desks gave me something that I value now: respect.” – James Cameron

Learning to respect past circumstances, people’s efforts, abilities and opinions is an essential quality to be a great leader and a successful entrepreneur. It’s really easy, all you have to do is to treat people the way you like to have them treat you.

Thank them for their assistance and their support on a regular basis. When others are successful, draw attention to them and celebrate their achievements. You will immediately earn not just their respect, but their trust as well. You must be a reflection of what you’d like to see in others, because you get in return what you give!

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James Cameron is a clear example that the road to success is not a straight line: It’s a winding road. You have to imagine it first, you have to draw it for yourself, you have to work hard and then you have to walk it. Find your passions, find the things that really move you – don’t listen to the naysayers, just go for that. Protect your dreams and ideas and fight for what you stand for, because the world needs the special gift that only you have.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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