Learning from Children

The Greatest Success Lessons Come from Children!

I tweeted last week about one of the greatest paradoxes in life — the most mature people in society actually act like children the most. It’s an odd thing to think about, but growing older often means growing colder. Well, winners stay hot!  I stumbled upon this article this morning, and I just had to share it with you. I truly believe that the greatest success lessons come from children. Here are a few reminders that you can apply today!

Learning from Children

Photo: My son, Isaiah (4).

Ah, the wonder of youthful enthusiasm.  The joy of youthful exuberance.  The endless one word replies to any question about their day.  The mind of a young person knows no bounds.  It’s fresh and not weighed down by cynicism and defeatist attitudes.  Time and time again the excited minds of a young generation will come forward with ideas that seemed impossible only decades before.  How do they do it?  They have no concept of what is or is not possible.  They’re fueled by their core desires and beliefs, not the expectations of others.

The Wisdom of Children

Take some time and watch some young children at play.  You’ll see evidence of pure, undaunted imagination.  Children especially pay no respect to the dreadfully boring “adult” world, governed by ironclad rules of what should or what not should be, what is or what isn’t possible.  They fill in the gaps themselves with creativity and game playing.  While it’s probably not a good idea to start playing freeze tag at your next meeting, you can definitely learn something by reawakening your inner-child.

Recklessness

The flip side of the coin of staring down the impossible is recklessness.  Every teenager feels immortal.  Confused and usually without direction, they stomp around seemingly invulnerable to any consequences.  The determined ones start to map out goals and use that indestructible attitude to strive for success without looking back.  Capture the remarkable tenacity of adolescence and combine it with your adult wisdom in order to move toward your destination with unshakable confidence.

Idol Worship

Young people definitely have heroes, but they may be unconventional.  They may distrust regular authority figures or simply be bored by them.  While looking to successful people for tips and examples can be helpful, don’t idolize someone and try to recreate their situation completely.  Be like the young and question the methods of authority.  You may find a new and exciting solution to a well-worn problem.

Proving a Point

Young people may have chips on their shoulders.  It’s because they’ve got something to prove.  To their parents.  To their teachers.  They’re trying to prove to the world that they’ve got what it takes to survive.  More importantly, they’re trying to prove it to themselves.  Follow the youthful example and remember to be your harshest critic.  Constantly strive to impress yourself and surpass your own expectations.

Limiting Beliefs

Adults tend to take on limiting beliefs.  They’ve experienced the vagaries of life.  They’ve had their share of failures and disappointments.  When they think toward the future, they may immediately shut down as soon as a difficult image appears in their minds.  They’ll think things like, “It will never work,” or “It’s too hard,” and they’ll have given up before they even started.  Try to retain your youthful exuberance.  If you’ve become too cynical and can’t seem to reawaken it, you may need to rediscover your passion.

Every generation, the world is processed and then recreated by innovative, young entrepreneurs.  Keep a healthful, youthful spirit when dealing with your business or your personal life.  Stay excited and stay hungry.  Achieve the impossible.

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This article was written by Matthew Toren.

Matthew is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Adam. Matthew is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.

The Magic Carpet

Another awesome message from my man, Eric Thomas. Here’s what I took away from ET’s lesson:

1. Consistency is a byproduct of commitment.

The greatest results are born out of the greatest level of commitment – immersion. Until you’re ALL IN, you’ll get nothing out of your enterprise or endeavor.

2. Improvement hinges on your consistency.

Growth happens gradually. There is no such thing as an overnight success. Long term success is cultivated in the field of DAILY habits.

3.  The quality of your work will equal the magnitude of your sacrifice.

You will have to give up to go up. You’ll have to give up some leisure time and sleep, spending those precious minutes and hours becoming excellent at what you do.  John Maxwell said it best; “people pay for excellence, not average.”

4. Consistency + Quality = Momentum

Momentum will change your life. Momentum is the magic carpet to the dream zone, but there’s really nothing magic about it. It is activated in the lives of those who are willing to pay the price EVERY SINGLE DAY.

So when it seems like there’s nothing happening, stay consistent. When there are no checks, likes, views, clients, contracts, or sales coming your way, stay committed. Don’t be weary in well doing. Keep DOING, and be excited because the carpet is on the way.

And trust me, when it arrives, you will more than make up for lost time.

MVP Mentality

Pablo Sandoval – The World Series MVP’s Success Formula

Pablo Sandoval, accepting MVP award

I don’t follow Major League Baseball much during the regular season, but I often enjoy the playoffs and World Series.

This year, it was fascinating to watch the San Francisco Giants rally back against the St. Louis Cardinals and then dismantle the Detroit Tigers in four games to win the World Series.

Pablo Sandoval, who plays third base for the Giants, was awarded MVP after hitting .500, which included three home runs…in ONE game!

Only three other players in the history of baseball have ever achieved that feat during a World Series game: Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols.

It was fun to watch Pablo Sandoval. You could tell he has confidence when he approaches the plate. There’s no evidence of fear or intimidation in his face when he’s waiting for the pitcher to throw the ball. And he doesn’t hesitate to swing at the ball.

As I was watching game 4, I learned the secret behind this attitude.

When Sandoval came up to bat, one of the announcers casually mentioned his three-word philosophy. I immediately ran to my desk, grabbed a sheet of paper and wrote it down. I wanted to permanently emblazon these words in my brain:

Swing. The. Bat.

Sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

If you’re a baseball player, of course that’s what you do. But the truth is, that is not what all players do. Some wait too long for the perfect pitch, and as a result, they miss out on possible base hits or home runs.

But not Sandoval.

He recognizes that the more swings he takes, the more likely he is to hit the ball. That’s the only way he can ever hit a home run, even if it means he often strikes out in the process.

And his uncomplicated yet profound philosophy is something you can apply even if you never hold a baseball bat in your hands.

How many times do you hesitate to take action because you’re…

…afraid of failure?
…concerned about criticism from others? 
…striving for perfection?
…anxious about making a mistake?
Next time you’re in a situation that requires you to get out of your comfort zone, repeat these three words, “Swing the bat,” and then do it. Again and again and again.That’s what it takes to get past your fear and develop the confidence and courage to achieve the great things that are possible in your life.
“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” 
Babe Ruth, professional baseball player (1895-1948)

This awesome post was written by Meredith Bell in her fantastic blog, A Voice of Encouragement.

The Silent Killer

 

“Perhaps once in a hundred years a person may be ruined by excessive praise, but surely once every minute someone dies inside for lack of it.” – Cecil G. Osborne

Disease and illnesses are spreading throughout the world at what seem to be uncontrollable rates. Most videos that go “viral” do little to better people. The reality is most things that infect humanity at a rapid pace are destructive. And we often feel helpless because it seems that there is no way to slow down the pace of the problem.

But what if we turned the tables? What if we harnessed the incredible power and potential of an epidemic for good? What if love went viral? What if praise and encouragement spread uncontrollably?

While we can do little stop a viral movement, we possess the ability to START one! Will you join me in giving at least three sincere compliments each day? It doesn’t have to be profound. It can be a simple as complimenting someone on something they are wearing or service you receive in a store. The only requirement is to be sincere.

Don’t underestimate the power of one simple act. Every BIG thing started from just ONE thing.