It’s 3:10 am and I can’t sleep. I’ve been having anxiety attacks all day long, a big one at my desk when I broke out in hives and tears and no one noticed. I paced around the office, stood up for a solid 3 minutes staring at nothing in particular. No one said a word to me or even noticed.
So naturally, I started talking about wrestling to calm myself down. I took a moment to breathe, a small meditation to reset myself and overcome the challenge I am facing. It helped to get me back in control of my anxiety, but that bastard is back in the wee hours of the morning.
So I’m going to write. Not only write, I’m going to give you all a gift of some of the gems I’ve been blessed to pick up over the years. Here are my 4 Gems For Success
Do what you love – While I was working a 9-5 I made a good amount of money, but I was miserable. My heart wasn’t into what I was doing for money. So with less than a dollar in my bank, I quit. Well, first I took a week off work and just thought. I did nothing, but think, I sat on the couch and really pondered one thing and one thing only. What do I love? For me, I came down to surfing the internet. I wanted to wake up surf the internet and talk about the interesting shit I found. The next question I forced myself to answer was how could I make money off that.
Be You. I’ve learned this from many people, but most importantly it’s what Oprah told me. Just be you. That’s the advice she was giving that propelled her to where she is now. She told me, “I get paid to be myself.” Shit! Me too. A little-known secret is that there is only one of you. No one else in the world is like you, that’s a competitive advantage that God has given you. Use it.
Read All Of The Instructions: I’m old, when I was a kid video games came with booklets that told you everything you needed to know about the game. The information is all in the words if you read magazine articles, books, blogs or newspaper you will have more information than the average person. If you drop the knowledge from what you read in your conversations you’re more than likely to sound like you know what you’re talking about, mainly because you will know what you’re talking about.
Be Competitive. The other day I saw my good friend Kazeem for the first time in a long time. It was his birthday. I bought him a drink and gave him a big tight hug. I told him how proud I am of him, I find myself telling him this every time I talk to him. He’s doing so well for himself business and career wise. I don’t think he knows this, but I’ve been in a competitive battle with him and a few other people, for some years now. He’s one of the people in a group of people I’ve labeled The Winning Team. These are people I admire, want to emulate, call friends, and aspire to be like. So every time they get a win, I try to get a win as well. It’s becoming more difficult to keep up with some of them these days, but shit it keeps me on my toes. I’m always thinking of new things, setting new goals, and accomplishing more of the goals I’ve already set just to keep pace The Winning Team. They are my biggest motivations. Warren Buffet said most businesses fail when they become complacent so it’s best to have some competition out there. Compete with the same passion whether you’re selling two units a day or doing big numbers