On Wealth And Money

Money

Wealth…there’s a highly debated topic. Recently I had someone on YouTube tell me that it was a shame that our society is so obsessed with money, and that success shouldn’t have anything to do with wealth.

And then I thought about that. And I think that’s ridiculous.

Here’s why: first of all, money allows us comfort. Money allows us to live the lives we want, and it lets us provide for our families and give them what they deserve. I agree that it can be used unwisely and selfishly, but…hate the players, not the game (that’s supposed to be the other way around, isn’t it?). I mean, professional baseball players take steroids, but you don’t hate the game because of it if you’ve been a fan all your life. Money allows you to live a good life and do the things you want to do.

Secondly, and this is very much related to the first point, it gives us security. I had a thought the other day…I imagined what it would be like if I had enough money to allow my family to quit their jobs. And then I thought about what it would be like if they could all do what they REALLY wanted to do. People don’t become painters or poets or authors or philosophers or business owners because those careers often lack security, at least in the beginning. And so I am working toward wealth and abundance so I can help the people around me feel secure enough to go after what they really want.

Lastly, money is nothing more than a measuring stick for the service you provide to other people. Earl Nightingale said, “we are paid in exact proportion to the service we render.” People are stingy with money; they don’t just give it away to anyone who walks by. So if they are giving their money to one person in particular, you can bet that that person is providing a product or service to them.

Money isn’t the root of all evil. The lack of money is the root of all evil. As if you needed any more convincing, poverty is closely linked with crime…

So go along in your pursuit of money. As long as your intentions are good and you don’t harm anyone else, money is just another perfectly good part of success. Not the ONLY part, of course, but I’m sure you know that!

Gung Ho! by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles

Gung Ho!

Hello everyone! I wanted to let you all know that I just finished reading this week’s book: Gung Ho!

It’s a really quick read, definitely something you could consume in a day. There’s a ton of information in here about managing a factory, but it can all be applied to managing anything, including yourself and your own work. Whether you work for a company or for yourself, I recommend this book.

What makes it most interesting is the fact that the lessons come from a Native American, so they are inspired by nature and rooted in spirituality. Also, it’s a true story, so you know the advice is real, and it works.

Here is the link to the book on Amazon if you’re interested: Buy Gung Ho! on Amazon.

Here is the link to my notes on this book, so you can learn along with me: Buy my notes on this book.

As a thank you for reading my blog, use coupon code “freeplease” to get those notes for free 🙂

Inspiration Of The Day

Helen Keller

This morning I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Helen Keller. She’s my go-to example when people tell me that what they want to do is impossible…because before she existed and succeeded, anyone in their right mind would have argued that what she did was impossible as well. Blind and deaf since birth, born into a family that didn’t know how to help her, and went on to be an author, motivational speaker, and an inspiration to millions. Impossible. And she did it.

So when you’re considering that thing you want to do, think about her. What is it that you want? You want to lose 20 pounds? Get in shape? Run a marathon? Get that girl/guy you’ve been pining after? Have a better relationship with your family? Get a promotion? Double your income? Start your own business? C’mon people! These things are simple when you compare them to what Helen Keller did!

I’m not trying to belittle your struggles, because I know they’re real and I know they’re difficult at times. But we are human beings. We were made to be able to adapt to new situations. It’s what we do! So think like Helen Keller…turn your difficulties and disadvantages into successes and advantages. She was blind and deaf, and that was a huge selling point for anything she did! Her #1 marketing ploy was the very thing that made her life difficult.

It’s all about adaptability. Simply sit down and think about how to adapt to your situation, how you can use what you have now to get where you want to go. Helen Keller would put a hand on Anne Sullivan’s face. One finger on her nose so she could feel the vibrations of the nasal sounds of words, one finger on her lips to feel how they moved and what letters they formed, and one finger under her chin to follow the opening and closing of her mouth. This is adaptability.

You CAN adapt to your situation and learn to make it better. Use Helen Keller as an example. Nothing is impossible if you will only believe that you can, and put all of your energy into it. So the question is…what is worth that effort to you?

A Brief Thank You

Thank You

I just wanted to say to my followers and anyone who has commented/liked/dropped by here…thank you.

I’ve received amazing support and encouragement, and it really makes a huge difference in a person’s life to have so many people (who don’t know me personally) care. Thank you so very much. It does not go unnoticed, and it is genuinely appreciated. I hope we can all keep motivating each other.

I also wanted to share with you a FaceBook post my wonderful girlfriend made. She said she wanted to tell her friends about my website, and this is what she wrote:

“I may be biased, but this guy is literally life changing. I know many of you, myself included, wish for things in life but don’t actually do anything to make it a goal. I mean, why would you if it’s just not possible, right? WRONG. If Dan has taught me anything so far, its that we all sell ourselves WAY too short. Not only that, but also that a negative view, or what I used to think was a “realist” view of the world, makes things way too dull. I can’t keep him all to myself so let me share with you some of his brightness. Don’t just go through a routine and call it life… start living!”

It actually brought me to tears.

So thank you all again, and I hope you have a positive day 🙂

What’s Standing In Your Way?

Hey everyone. I had the opportunity to write a guest post for TheBulbCulture. Go check out their blog and twitter for more great material to keep your motivation up! Check them out at thebulbculture.wordpress.com!

The Bulb Culture

Think with me for a minute…what do you want in life? What are your aspirations? What do you want to become?

Undoubtedly there will be things in your way: hurdles, difficulty, hard work, thought, and failure. Expecting these things will make them easier to overcome as you reach them.

But think about this: everyone who has attained success has had a very specific number of these things to challenge them. Once you’ve reached your goal, you can look back and count exactly how many failures it took to get there.

So reverse this idea. Looking forward, there will be a specific number of failures and hardships standing between you and your goal. They aren’t infinite. There has to be an end to them somewhere. The reason some people are successful and others aren’t is because it takes tenacity and persistence to keep going, failure after failure. Life knocks everyone…

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Is Success Right For You?

Wear Success

What do you mean?? Success is something I’ve been struggling to wear and now you’re telling me it might look bad on me?

It doesn’t fit everyone. Or, rather, I should say the size you choose won’t always fit. I know what you’re thinking: “What the heck is this guy talking about?” Here’s the deal…success is attainable in any industry for you, in any venture…it’s possible. But there are very specific things for each of us that will allow success to “fit” us.

Here’s a quote from Jean Cocteau: “The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication.”

I know this quote could be taken negatively, but I think what he’s getting at here is that when we pursue our true passion, we are intoxicated by the feeling of accomplishment. When we do what we really love, we become so wrapped up in doing it that the act of it alone is our payment. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote, “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Well, when you do what you love you’re also paid in something much more precious than money: fulfillment.

This is why some people are perfectly happy struggling to get by while they pursue a career in acting or music or art, or working at a not-for-profit. They’ve discovered that money is only one payment for work. Fulfillment is a currency you’re paid in alongside money for what you love to do.

Conclusion: do what you love, always, and become intoxicated by the feeling it gives you. When you do find what you love and decide to do it for a living…then success will fit you. If you’re after the money alone, it’s going to look weird on you.

Share Your Victories

Hey everyone,

I just added forums to my website. I want to build a community where we all share our victories (big and small) with each other. You can go there and post what you’ve accomplished today or yesterday, get feedback and encouragement, and use other people’s stories and victories as inspiration.

Let’s all work together to keep each other motivated, focused, and energized. I just posted my small victories under two new topics, career and fitness. Why not head over there and join me? Here is the link. Let’s all work together 🙂

Dan

Expand Your Mind With Me

Managing Oneself

For the past few months I’ve been reading a book every week. I’ve learned more from those books than I have in a very long time before that. Books are a great way to connect to people you’ll never meet, and learn from people who have had experiences you may never have.

Recently I read “Managing Oneself,” by Peter Drucker. It was a short read, but really, really informative. He discusses how to learn about yourself, to learn HOW you learn, and how to apply that to other people. Also, to learn how you work and function, and apply that to your daily life. Very helpful. I wish I had read this right around high school graduation!

I also take notes on these books, because I learn best by writing, and they also help people absorb the books I read and think about them more intensely. If you would like to pick up a copy of my notes on “Managing Oneself,” head over to my LEARN page on my website. You can find a link to the books on Amazon, and also a link to my notes.

Currently reading: “Gung Ho!” by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles.