To Be Successful As A Entrepreneur Just Do The Obvious Things

I have noticed a curious thread that runs through all the most successful entrepreneurs that I have worked with: they don’t think they are anything special

The Most Obvious Things

They are merely going about their business fixing the obvious problems and doing the obvious work. They aren’t trying to pave new ground, but by doing what seems obvious, they are getting the job done.

The rest of us are busy trying to be original and thinking new thoughts and solving complex problems. We are constantly analysing the situation and then hypothesizing about new ways of doing things.

Meanwhile the real entrepreneurs are busy at work.

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The Zen Of Email : Tame Your Inbox In 4 Easy Steps

Have you ever opened your email and seen it look like this before?

Inbox (142 unread messages)

The Zen Of Email

Chances are, you have. It’s not unusual for the average person to receive upwards of 20, 30, even 40 emails a day.

Email is a powerful tool; it lets us communicate faster than ever before and it produces less waste since there’s no paper needed.Unfortunately, it’s almost too easy to send an email. The barriers of communication are so low, people don’t think twice about shooting off an email.

When you had to sit down, type a letter, put it in an envelope, find a stamp and mail something, people were more selective about what they sent.

Now, with the floodgates wide open, your inbox is likely full of reminders, questions, invitations, and chain emails – and it takes precious time to sift through what’s important.

An inbox stuffed with junk mail is overwhelming, and it’s a constant reminder of the fast-paced, never disconnected world we live in.

That’s why I developed a quick, simple system to keep my inbox clean. Knowing my inbox is empty and managed helps me to relax and focus on the task at hand.

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Habit Change Is Like Chess

Changing a habit is like playing a game of chess.

In chess there’s an early game, a middle game, and an endgame. The same is true for habit change.

Many people try to change their habits by skipping straight to the endgame. They dive in and commit themselves to making the change happen right away. This is what people do when they make a New Year’s Resolution. It hardly ever works.

Scholar’s mate

Trying to change a habit overnight is like trying to execute scholar’s mate in chess. Scholar’s mate is a strategy of achieving checkmate in only four moves. It only works against total beginners. Against a chess player with an ounce of experience, scholar’s mate will fail. A botched scholar’s mate puts you in a disadvantaged position, so attempting it is usually a bad idea unless you’re playing against a complete novice.

Habit Change Is Like Chess

Are you applying the scholar’s mate strategy when trying to change old habits or adopt new habits? Do you go straight for the kill, only to find your attempt shot down?

When you try to change a habit without devoting sufficient time to the early game and middle game, you’ll almost always fail to make the change stick. Only the very easy habits will succumb to this kind of brute force strategy.

The early game of habit change is education and setup. In the middle game, you execute some changes to support your habit change. Only in the endgame do you go directly for the kill.

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Why You Are Paid

You are paid to think, add value, solve problems for others, act AND transact business differently / more EFFECTIVELY / ADVANTAGEOUSLY than anyone else

The Dangers of Reading

One of the biggest reasons I depart from my minimalist philosophy is reading.

Specifically, reading about what others are doing.

I read a blog post , or a magazine article, about someone doing something interesting : travelling, using a new productivity system, doing  a new kind of workout, brewing artisan coffee, the newest programming framework. and then I want to do that too.

And I think we all do this. We all read inspirational things, or hear about them from a friend, and fantasize about ourselves doing the same thing.

This is often a good thing — inspiration is good, right?

Learning from others is definitely good. But this inspiration can often cause me to forget about what I’ve learned, and soon I am heading down a new path, buying a lot of things to support my new pursuit… only to abandon this pursuit when I’ve read something else.

This has happened to me dozens of times. I want to learn French, Spanish, Chinese , Arabic, programming, astro-photography, hiking, kungfu, ultra running, scuba diving, drawing, fiction writing, guitar, great novels, and , and , and .

Individually, each of these things is wonderful. But when I get obsessed with the next new thing to learn about, the other things suffer. I cant learn about them all at once. Such distraction pulls away my focus , keeps me from doing well at any one thing.

So whats the antidote?

As Warren Buffet advices – Games Are Won By Those Who Focus On The Field.

Stick to something long enough, to really learn it. Remember your priorities. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted by every new thing you read.

The answer isn’t to stop reading, but to be more mindful of your impulses when you do read.

Jim Rohn: Life and Lessons is Like the Seasons

Jim Rohn inspires us all with his brilliant insight on learning how to handle the seasons of life. Every life has a cycle and you have the ability to get through the winter and emerge better, strong and wiser to conquer the opportunity and responsibility of spring, summer and fall. You deserve the honor.