January 2016 was a month marked with progress. I delved into some really eye opening stories and found the time (there is always time) to work through a few technical manuals. The journey towards becoming an authoritative blog artist is never complete.
I am really starting to dial into the concept of Character Building. So much so that I constantly have ideas swirling in my head about ways to build a stronger and unshakable character. After the progress I saw within myself following Victor Pride’s 30 Days of Discipline, I knew there was something more to this idea. A simple idea, with almost unparalleled results when compared to anything I’ve ever done before. It didn’t even take money for supplements or special workout dvds. It was simply based around the idea of doing things everyday that I didn’t want to do.
What I discovered, albeit unbeknownst to myself at time, was the secret for success. That secret formula. The hidden ingredient. The ideal concept that so many men have searched for over and over again. It was the success principle equivalent of the holy grail, except it is way more valuable. Worth more than the cup used by Jesus himself during the last supper.
The secret to success, which Albert N. Gray mentioned in his speech to a convention of life insurance salesmen, is simply doing the things that you don’t want to do- doing the things that no one wants to do. Whatever that means to you and your industry, identify it, do it and ultimately make that thing a habit. Remember, to get the power, you need to do the thing.
- The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. The slight edge is all about taking advantage of that simple principle of massive success. Olson argues, very wisely, that you have to take small bites of a bigger goal, everyday. Through these actions, you will slowly start to eat the elephant. Small, mundane tasks, completed everyday without fail. Do it everyday for a year and watch your investment multiply by 3. Do it for two years and now you are an expert in your field. Do it longer and you are the key note speaker. Even longer and you’ll become the world’s foremost authority, summoned by NASA to help destroy an inbound meteorite. I recommend everyone read this book as soon as they can get their little, grimy, non-habit forming hands on them. Read my post for The Outwork Book Club here to get a better understanding of The Slight Edge and Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness.
- Habit by William James. This short read is actually a chapter in a book by William James called “The Principles of Psychology,” published in 1890. Yet, the ideas are so true and familiar, almost like it could have been published last month and re-titled, “The Modern Day Principles of Psychology.” This is true because the nature of human beings have been consistently the same throughout history. Our tendencies towards things, regardless of the current form of those things, are as constant as the dark side of the moon. I wrote about how you can go from a zero to a hero simply by adopting sound daily habits here.
- Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook by Abby Lawson. This was my second look into the world of professional blogging. I decided to go with Framework because of its distinct oppositeness to Victor Pride and his Blog Artist’s Handbook. Abby exists in the very trendy, very profitable DIY/craft niche’. She posts her monthly revenues and I was surprised to see that she has monthly earnings of over $20,000. That is some big money for someone that writes about “projects” and indoor home decorations. I was curious, so much so that I contributed to her massive earnings by purchasing her book and signing up to become an affiliate. This book is very technical, yet offers sounds advice on producing quality content, networking, and venturing outside of one’s comfort zone to truly excel. Her blog is very well put together and I appreciate bloggers that take pride in their craft.
- Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt. This is the 3rd book I have read about the nation’s most barrel chested president. I forget why I chose to read about him again, despite having other biographies on my shelf; collecting dust, waiting for their turn to contribute to my greatness. Never mind, the reason is because he is a west winning, moose riding, barrel chested badass. That combined with the portly (fat), weak, soft, arrogant, and genuinely pathetic candidates who are currently running for president. I guess I wanted to read about a true national hero and political icon. Is is safe to say that America’s greatest days are behind us? I don’t know, do we have the leaders that can take us to the next level? Is great leadership not the catalyst behind national success? Yes to all. Weep now friend and take solace in the fact that great men will always rise in the time national peril.
In Pursuit of Greatness
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