Lesson 1: Trinity...
The first and the most important lesson I've learned is that the one dimensional success is not a success at all. There are a three dimensions of success.
- The 1 dimension is a financial, professional or career success. It's the same - the proper outcomes are wealth and power to make good things happen.
- The 2 dimension is a family success. The proper outcome is love.
- The 3 dimension is a personal success. The proper outcomes are health and a good, long life.
All three create the TRINITY OF TRUE SUCCESS™ and altogether give meaning to life.
A true success can be claimed only when you have it on those three dimensions at the same time. Have it, not *achieved it* - success can't be achieved, it's not a moment, it's a state - either you have it right now or don't.
You should define yourself or with a close ones what level o wealth, love or health is success for you, but ignoring one of those dimension is cheating and will bite you in the ass sooner and more painfully than you can imagine.
Lesson 2: Life is a...
The second lesson: No matter if you acknowledge it or not, life is a risky endeavour with potential high reward. That's the definition of a venture and nothing examples it better than life itself.
So Life is a venture™
The number one question you should ask yourself going into this new year - Do I work on my venture or do I sell my life for money working on other people's ventures?
Lesson 3: Everyday is...
The third lesson is that you will not achieve anything great and sustainable with random spurts of massive effort. Either you show up regularly - everyday or multiple times a week, or you will loose it. No matter if we talk about your business, your family or your health - you can't win it once and then call it a day for the rest of your life. No career, relationship or body will thrive from one time success.
Of course occasional, short and intensive actions can raise you to a higher level, but will not keep you there.
Everyday show up and work on those three dimensions of success. Everyday work on your professional, family and personal venture.
So the lesson is: EVERYDAY IS YOUR VENTURE DAY™
Lesson 4: Working for money...
The fourth lesson is that money is a mirage, they hold no value. Money should be treated as a temporary value exchange mechanism, nothing more. The more you focus on earning money, the more they enslave you, the more real value you are leaving or actively handing to others.
Working for money makes you a slave no matter how much you earn per hour. I've earned one fourth of typical monthly income per hour of consulting and it did not change my life a bit. But every time I put into action the next lesson, everything changes for the better:
Lesson 5: Freedom comes...
This next, fifth lesson is that the only path to freedom goes through assets. True wealth and freedom requires that you sacrifice a good part of your time and money on building or acquiring assets that earn money independent of your work.
Freedom comes from assets, not from money. That's the lesson.
Lesson 6: Go for the...
The sixth lesson is for all of you, that are still young and not responsible for anyone yet. There is no reason not to try to get all and more you can get with talents and time you have. Even if you fail miserably, you will have plenty of experience and time to recover from - not to mention stories to tell for the rest of your life.
So do not waste the moment in life that will never come back, the lesson is: Ignore the easy money, Go for the moon - if your are young and not responsible for anyone.
Lesson 7: Risk...
The last lesson is for all of us, that are already responsible for someone else - our spouse or our kids. If you took responsibility for your close ones, you should not risk everything just because you have a feeling. You had your chance before, now BE RESPONSIBLE. But being responsible doesn't mean avoiding risk.
Settling for a miserable career just because you have a family to feed is a bad idea. It will kill you from inside, as a result it will kill your career... and then or even earlier your family. No one wants to be around someone, that accepted he is a failure and will never try to change that.
All of successful people had their live changing failures, all struggled beyond what they could bear.
If you can't find strength to fight, remember this. What greatly affects or sometimes directly creates your kids future are not things you bought, but an example you've been, you are and will be. All your actions they've seen, see and will see affect who your kids will they be. Actions, not words. If you will struggle all your life because you are risk-averse, your kids are more likely to struggle too.
So get up from you knees and choose the fight that will beat hard but cannot kill you. Make the mistakes, you want your kids to avoid.
The last, seventh lesson is: RISK LESS BUT RISK NONETHELESS™
Have a wonderful Christmas and a life-changing new year.