In November of 2012 I decided to join professional network/entrepreneurial brain trust.
The rationale was simple, successful people don’t succeed on their own.
There are two parts to the program:
- Monthly interviews with a wide array of brilliant people, masters and advisors that have helped countless people with productivity, health, psychology, and more
- Membership to an exclusive community of ambitious professionals to hold you accountable, encourage you, and help you live a Rich Life
This brain trust provides access to knowledge, wisdom and proven strategies that top performers use to…
- Get more done
- Stay focused
- Earn more money
Below is a video preview and my notes from A.J. Jacobs discussing, among other things, how failure leads to success.
- You do not have to be an expert.
- Approach can be: “I’m the everyman learning as I go and sharing it with you.”
- Become the expert as part of the journey. This makes you relate-able.
- “It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.”
- Act as if… Behavior first, then attitude.
- What would a confident person do? An optimist?
- Top Performers:
- Embrace rejection. If you do enough things; some things will work.
- People at the top often have delusional optimism.
- For More: It Pays to Be Overconfident, Even When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing
- Explore vicious cycles vs. virtuous cycles
- Do not have a scarcity mentality
- Maintain a vault of ideas (James Altucher’s 10 ideas)
- Make an appointment/block time for brainstorming and structural creativity
- On Experimentation:
- Try everything, take it to the limit, determine what works for you
- Be playful and keep your mind loose (watch comedy, etc.)
- Take two things completely different and mold them together (echoing Altucher’s idea sex and Maria Popova’s combinatorial creativity)
- Read things outside your field (other disciplines, fiction, etc.)
- Leverage Method Acting:
- Act “As If…”
- Pretend to be a character that would do the things you want to do well
- Mine is Harvey Specter (from USA’s “Suits”)
- Be vulnerable, but NOT overly self critical
- Thinking about negative feedback programs your brain to think about it more and more.
- Don’t wait for permission
- Our brains are flawed instruments
- Work to understand behavior economics and psychology)
- Example: Put your healthy food at eye-level
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