Today I suggested my company walk away from a deal that's on the table with a billion dollar company.
I did so for one simple reason. We haven't felt good in the two meetings we've had with them so far.
They want to get started with us but they're pushy and uncomplimentary at the same time. I figure the same rule that applies to dating or friendship should apply tobusiness: If you go on a couple dates and don't feel good on each one, lose that person's number.
It doesn't matter how good looking the person is. If you don't feel good afterwards, don't go back for more.
Seek to do business with people that love what you do and treat you well. Your greatest rewards in life will always flow from choosing things you enjoy, not tolerate, in life.
Incredible Clarity is a difference maker.
When you enter another country you'll usually be asked something like, 'Who are you, where are you going, and why?'
You'd best have really good answers to these three questions at the border but more importantly right now, in your life.
Two years ago, I launched a new dream-doers community called MIGHT. In MIGHT we give our members a place to write out their Vision, Mission and Big Y. Well, I began to notice that most people had TERRIBLY written answers to these three all-important things. I was shocked at how bad most people's answers were! Answers that were vague. Uninspired. Too short. Too long. Soul-less. B-l-a-n-k.
And these people were consistently:
√ Missing in action on their real dream,
√ Hesitant and fearful
√ Procrastinating continually.
But the story continues…
I noticed that the few people who did have Incredible Clarity on these things were thriving at their dreams. They were producing at least 5 times better results then those who's answers were ill-defined, blank or crap.
That's when I realized that Incredible Clarity is the Master Step, and a tipping point! It separates the winners from the procrastinators.
Then I put it to the test. I took 10 clients who had poor clarity and I personally coached them to Incredible Clarity on their Vision, Mission and Big Y. The results were nothing short of astounding.
Those I coached were suddenly "Clear!"
They were "On-Fire!"
Their motivation was boosted with passion and purpose.
They knew what actions to take!
They were suddenly no longer willing to procrastinate!
Let me repeat that last sentence: They were suddenly no longer willing to procrastinate!
CLARITY IS EVERYTHING. Without Incredible Clarity, your dreams perish. But with it you thrive and create astounding results.
All high performers and millionaires have Incredible Clarity about WHO They Are, WHERE They're Going, and WHY they're going to make it!
And it's precisely this Incredible Clarity that gives them their amazing drive.
Patrick spoke to entrepreneurs last winter in the Bahamas. We thought we'd start sharing clips from his talk. This one really encourages you to do one of Patrick's favorite processes for success. When's the last time you had a date with your dreams?
Today in my new business, MIGHT club, the revolutionary web application software that is our core product was completed! Six months in the making. Should have/could have cost easily cost us high six figures, but it did not. My partner and I didn't get it done with money. We got it done with what we call MIGHT: power and possibility-thinking.
First of all, we assumed it must be possible to get our expensive dream done without money.
It's easy to think the magic key to all your dreams, visions and projects is lots of money. But I assure you it is not. I recently watched two separate entrepreneurs allocate more than $500,000 to create software and never get a finished, working system. Time and time again, I've seen money not be the magic key. Because money can't buy vision. You have to bring that. Disney had to bring that. And money can't buy success. You have to manage and guide that. When you take money and apply it to your dream, passion or project, it's only going to take your abilities and flaws and magnify them. So truly, money isn't the magic key to your success. You are. You, your vision, gumption, creativity and possibility-thinking are. Remember that and money will be a whole lot less important to you making remarkable things happen.
See most people hope money can help them avoid having to envision, decide or create "it" themselves. But I assure you, if you're out to do something remarkable, you have to lead with vision, clarity and decisions. Money can't have a vision or make decisions for you. And people you hire can only do as well as you guide them to.
We got hundreds of thousands of dollars of programming work done, on-time!, and without money because of a clear compelling vision that inspired both confidence and creativity in the programmers, an insanely well developed series of diagrams that we could show the programmers of what we wanted (when you can give a super-detailed picture of what you want makes it vastly easier for others to give you what you want), and by some sharing of the profits on the back end. See, we got it down with power and possibility-thinking.
MIGHT is more powerful than money.
When I was 26 years old, I felt an immense creative urge rise up inside of me. To write a book.
A book to help college students live their passions and dreams. And it was an utterly FRIGHTENING urge.
I couldn't have been more insecure about my writing when the desire to write this book broadsided me. And backing up my deep insecurity was the fact that I was in fact, a bad writer. (I've got the early pages still to prove it).
But despite insecurity, fear, doubt, lack of a good reason (I was informed that the long arduous, six month writing task would likely only earn me $5000 over the long run) – despite these things plus a lack of time, I dove into the urge because on the other side of my negatives, I could feel a blissful desire to go for it.
That was 15 years ago. I finished the book. It has thus far sold 120,000 copies.
But if you want to really know why you should answer your most blissful callings, even when doing so seems to daunting, here's your answer:
Today I received this email from a young woman who's name I will keep private:
"First of all, you should know that I have never felt the need to write to an author before, though I have read many books. However, I feel you deserve to know the effect your book Major in Success (4th edition) has had on me.
I honestly believe that this book has saved my life. Though I received letter upon letter from well-known schools from all around the country (including Harvard, Caltech, MIT, and Rice) during my senior year of high school, I was no nearer to knowing what I wanted to do. Most letters remained unopened, and all ended up in a looming pile stuffed in the corner of my room and forever haunting my mind. I was completely clueless about what college to go to and what to study. Even when I was in grade school the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" filled me with an unmitigable horror. This is because I thought that I had to pick a life-long career at only 17 years of age. I knew I was clueless and depressed, for I had no idea of where I wanted to go in life. I was reading books to escape my life, trying to cover up the pile of confusion stuck in my mind. And that's when I realized that I should read books to help me figure out my life instead of escape it. I checked out your book, expecting it to show me how to pick a major. Little did I know it would completely change my outlook on life.
You taught me that I don't need to figure out my entire life before college–instead you encouraged me to use college to figure out my interests. You taught me to always do what I liked and what I think is interesting, no matter what others may think. You even taught me to admit even my wildest dreams to myself, no matter how unreachable they may seem (including writing a book of my own). But what I am most thankful to you for is the calming sense of relief you have given me. I am forever thankful to you for helping me remove the horrific pile of uncertainty and distress from the corner of my mind.
I am now a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, with an undeclared major. I am using this time to take classes that explore my main interests–literature, math, and chemistry–and I've been exploring different clubs. I'm still not exactly sure what I want to do after college, but I am following your advice and keeping a journal. Maybe someday, once I have my "dream job" I will be one of your success stories.
I just have two questions: Do you really believe that if someone follows what they really love that they will eventually succeed–even if the job is rare and unusual? Is it really a lie that the "coolest jobs are one in a million" and "require great talent" (p. 20)?"
There is a person somewhere in the world, and somewhere in time who is waiting for you to give your gift.
When are you going to give it?
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Ten days ago, on 10/10/10, we launched the revolution. On a whisper.
It was raw, rough and unrehearsed –
just as every revolution must begin.
But it was REAL.
And for the historical records, four people – ready for a new HOW –
heard the whisper, and joined us.
Exactly enough to start the revolution.
OLD WORDS keep you where you're at.
Old words keep you thinking and living and getting the same.
These are the OLD WORDS.
These are the NEW WORDS of the revolution;
New words give you new perspective and
new perspectives give you new results and new experiences:
Born to Be.
Ours is a revolution in HOW. Change your How and you change
the quality and the quantity of your results:
How you live your life.
How you work your dream.
How you make a difference.
This revolution is being led by people who
think and work DIFFERENT.
We call it the 3 Hour Remarkable Work Week.
And we call it MIGHT.
Did you know that MIGHT is the only word
in the dictionary that means both Power and
This revolution is being led by mavericks
and creative types who work with power and possibility.
It's time for great souls to Awaken to their great MIGHT.
Join the revolution.
Before it's too late.
Before you lose yourself.
I'll leave it up to you to find us.
You shall know us by our VELOCITY.