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March 18, 2009

In my spare time, I’ve been doing some reading, and I keep hearing the same message over and over: “You get what you think about.”

If you keep your mind focused on problems and troubles, they only seem to multiply.  If you focus on success and good things, it’s almost like those things are magically drawn to you.

I’ve always been suspicious of this principle, but then, over the past two months, I’ve actually been putting it into action.  I’ve kept my mind on success, and achieving my goals, and “I can do anything”, and my life has been driving forward at rapid speed.

I was down because my latest business project needed $500,000 in capital to finish development, and market, and I was down when the lousy economy kept investors away.  I dont’ have the money to fund it myself at the moment, so I was pissed off, having to lay the project to the side, when there’s such a good market for it RIGHT NOW.  Then I got a call from Greg, and he started telling me, “Just keep your mind off of all of that.  Keep looking for a solution, not drown in the problem.”

So I started thinking about success, even though I was really down that after so much effort writing up complex business plans, and sending them off, nobody ended up investing.  I remember being over at my parents house, and my Mom started asking about the status of my business project.  After telling her about the investors, I just started saying, “I don’t care one way or the other.  I’m going to make this money, and fund it myself if I have to.  I’m going to make so much money, it’s not going to matter.  Then when I fund this project, I’m going to make even more money.”  I kept saying over and over to myself, “I can see my science lab.  I’m going to buy it cash, and I’m going to have all my day free to research, and build inventions.” I just kept saying that, and saying that, and kept thinking that in my head, and crazy thing is, months later, all kinds of opportunities started shooting my way.

Greg and I started launching products left and right, and things are going awesome.  But you know what?  If I would’ve sat at home down, saying, “oh, this crappy economy”, I’d still be at the same place I was.

This “you get what you think about” stuff started spilling over into other areas.  I wrote out a list of everything I don’t like about myself.  One area was being skinny.  I was so fired up, I just said, “I don’t have to be skinny.  I can do anything.”  I started talking to my cousin, who is a body builder, and he started telling me how to build muscle and lift weights.  I always have kept in shape, but I mostly was a runner, and would lift really light weights, just to keep toned.  But I thought, “I can do heavy lifting.  What’s stopping me?”  I bought a huge tub of protein powder, and got a work-out plan from him.

It’s been a little over a month now since I started, and I’ve already GAINED 12 pounds of solid muscle.  I looked in the mirror and had a, “Oh My God” reaction.  I thought, “If I keep doing this for another six months or so, I’m going to look like those male models, and those guys in the bow-flex commercials.”  Why did I never do this before?  Go to the gym an hour and a half a day, and drink 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight per day, and I can fix this problem.  It was all in my head.  I was just sitting around thinking about everything that’s wrong, instead of using my mental energy to find opportunties that are still out there, and what I can do RIGHT NOW to fix things I don’t like about my life.

It’s amazing when you start pumping life into your mind.  You become some fixing machine, and everything starts to rearrange itself.  I have an older motorcycle, which was being stored in my parent’s basement.  It was my first motorcycle.  1999 Honda Rebel, 250 cc.  It’s a small bike, but I thought, “Time to get this bad boy running again.”  I went to start it and it was completely dead.  It was covered in dust.  Mom had actually put a few boxes over top of it, assuming I was never going to ride it again.  I pulled it out, cleaned it all up, changed the gas and oil, and jump started it.  Next you think know I’m cruising around on it.

Dad said to me, “Are you going to sell it?”  I was like, “No way.”  After some fine tuning, I got it running just like it used to.  It has some scratches on it, from my early riding days when I was first learning to ride.  I then thought, “I’m going to get those fixed”.  There’s also two little dents in the gas-tank, and I’m going to get those knocked out too.

When I was thinking about all of this, I can remember being at my parents house in the past, and when I’d see that old bike sitting in the basement, I’d think, “Sad to see how things change.  I used to love riding that bike.”

Compare that to what happened after I changed how I thought in my mind.  That same bike now is alive, up and running, and looking and running like brand new.

I’ve been so fired up, I’ve been reading business books too.  I blew the dust off my Napoleon Hill “Law Of Success” book, and re-read parts of it.  I started focusing my mind on developing the core laws he saw in every successful person he ever interviewed:

1.  The Master Mind
This is a group of friends and business partners who meet together frequently to discuss new product ideas, and bounce ideas off each other, and help one another.

2. A Definite Chief Aim
You know what you want out of life, and are determined with unwavering resolve to make it happen.

3. Self-Confidence
The belief that you can do it.

4. The Habit Of Saving
Never run your life on bare-empty.  Always have an abundance to spare, and have money saved up, that if rough times hit, you can weather the storm.

5. Initative & Leadership
The ability to lead and effectively organize and motivate individuals working with you on your chief aims.

6. Imagination
Being able to see beyond the present.  You have to see yourself where you want to be.

7. Enthusiasm
You have to be able to inspire people around you, and get the world moving.

8. Self-Control
You can’t over-indulge before it’s time.  You have to be disciplined, and keep focused.

9. The Habit Of Doing More Than Paid For
There is no excuse for a lack of excellence.  Everything you do is always good.  You always do such a good job, the people you do business with are continually impressed.

10. A Pleasing Personality
People have to enjoy your company, because building up any large project requires lots of people working together, and everyone has to be able to get along.  If you’re the leader, this applies to you especially.

11. Accurate Thinking
This comes from knowledge you find in books, as well as experience.  You have to have realistic expectations.  You can’t be entirely accurate, but you always have to generally know what you’re doing, and execute things properly.

12. Concentration
Like the chief aim, which is for personal goals, concentration is about keeping everyone focused and on task, like a sharp blade.

13. Cooperation
Nothing of any large scale can be done alone.

14. Profiting By Failure
Not able to get funding?  Learn what you did wrong.  And if you didn’t do anything wrong, find a way to learn some lesson from it anyway.  Always be moving forward, learning from every mistake, and never doing it again.

15. Tolerance
People are all different, and you’ll have to tolerate people’s imperfections while working with them.

16. Practicing The Golden Rule
Do unto others as you would have done to you.

Looking back over this list, I have a lot of changes to be working on.  The same applies to my science research.  I need to get even better at working with people, and organizing, raising money, and leading.  I need to tighten up my chief aims and concentration.  I can’t let these failures get to me.  I got to get my enthusiasm up, and build up a master mind group, outside of just me and Greg.  My imagination needs to be working double time on making money, so I can get my laboratory, and research assistants.

I’ve known in my head for years how to make 10 to 20 million dollars, which is my goal.  I’ve been making far less, but I’m only held back because I’m sitting around moping, wasting time doing stupid stuff.  I know time management.  I’ve read books on it.  Why am I not doing it, even though I know I need to be?

It’s time to examine every minute of my time, and weigh it against its returns.  Things that aren’t producing, and aren’t moving me toward my goals in life have to go.  I haven’t been disciplined enough.  My vice is my science research.  Right now I need to be making money, and can’t be doing math and physics research 10 hours per day.  I’ll be fine doing 5 or 6 hours per day, and shifting the remaining hours to business and money making.  I know about priorities, but I haven’t been following them.

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