I decided to write this post because recently I’ve heard a lot of people moaning. The answer to them all is they are not moving with the times. Simple little examples are:
- White hat SEO agencies moaning to me they are being outranked by a black hat spammer and how it is illegal what they are doing (which obviously it is not).
- A few friends completely against cryptocurrency because they do not understand what it is and they cannot deal with change.
- The best one is a local clothing shop complaining how they have lost money to people buying online, yet she sits there all day waiting in hope someone walks through the door instead of setting up her own online shop.
If You Dont Like Where You Are, MOVE. You Are Not A Tree
I absolutely love this saying “If You Don’t Like Where You Are, MOVE. You Are Not A Tree” because it is so true. Society nowadays love to watch the negative news and generally moan. Instead go out and take action to create your own luck because you are the master of your own destiny. Hard work and graft might not come easy to you but Will Smith sums this up perfectly:
“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple, right?
You’re not going to out-work me. It’s such a simple, basic concept. The guy who is willing to hustle the most is going to be the guy that just gets that loose ball. The majority of people who aren’t getting the places they want or aren’t achieving the things that they want in this business is strictly based on hustle. It’s strictly based on being out-worked; it’s strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I say all the time if you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready.”
There has been a huge cultural shift with the internet, social media and mobile devices. Everything from ordering your weekly food shopping to placing a bet online is at your fingertips. As these technological shifts happen many businesses get left in the dust because they’re too comfortable with their current success that they do not move with the times. You cannot afford to be complacent when the technology is moving so god damn fast.
Push Yourself to Lose Daily
Crazy right this heading to push yourself into losing daily?
What I mean by this is people do not realise how far they can push themselves. Push yourself to the limits so you know the boundaries. Get out your comfort zone and push yourself because all failures are steps you take to learn and develop.
Your success is driven by your daily routine. A comfort zone is a nice place to be but nothing ever grows there or is exciting. I train my team and use this quote regularly for them:
If it does not challenge you then it wont change you!
So if you want to progress, develop and improve your life, work, relationships and finances then you need to be challenging yourself more. Remove the word ‘lose’ out of your vocabulary and replace it with learn. So every time you lose or fail that is great because means you are learning.
If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It
This heading sounds a bit cheesy but it is so true. Let’s look at recent history to prove this. Do you remember that small idea called Uber? How people thought this was a terrible idea, because who the hell would want to get into a vehicle with a stranger? Well, Uber is now the largest car service in the world and the best part about all this is they do not own a single car. The truth around this is in today’s world generally this is how great new innovative ideas pan out:
- At first, everyone ignores your crazy idea
- Then they start to laugh and ridicule your ideas
- They attack your idea or fight it
- Then they build monuments of you or want to invest in the crazy idea
Another classic example of this is AirBNB. Two skint guys called Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky were struggling to pay their rent. So they decided to try and rent out three airbeds in their living room as a conference was nearby. Surely no one would want to go online and book a place to stop with strangers. No that could never work haha. Well now from this initial airbed rental night they have developed and grown AirBNB to be with over $30 million. The best part of this again is they do not even own the accommodation but came up with a simple concept. Hopefully, you are now getting where I’m coming from guys.
Here are some key takeaways I believe everyone should embrace. There is only one person who can improve your attitude and your life and that is you. If you do not like your 9-5 job or you’re bored at home then you are the only person to blame for this. The secret of getting ahead of the game is simply to start, so do not use the excuse you have no time because that is bullshit. Have a read of this article about being too busy because it is a lame excuse used by too many people. Here are my takeaways:
Embrace the Digital Era
I have created a full article about the digital world so go and read up on this in more detail here. But basically, as the internet has evolved then we should be doing the same to adapt to this. The retail landscape is changing frequently. Bricks and mortar shops are the dinosaurs of retail nowadays.
If your store is not online or you are not able to deliver to your customer’s door then are you even open for business. Get yourself found online within Google search or on social media. If you need to learn SEO then start doing this today because like you would try to improve your sales techniques if you are struggling to sell then why not improve your marketing knowledge to get the initial leads in the first place.
Forget White Hat, Grey Hat SEO or Black Hat – Have an ROI Hat
If you start to learn the basics of SEO then you will come across the terms white hat, grey hat and black hat. White Hat Agencies mock Black Hat as being spammers but my opinion on this is that the black hatters generally just know how to manipulate the results in Google better. However me personally I do not consider myself to be any of white, grey or black hat. I like to see myself as wearing an ROI Hat. If something works well in marketing to get my business’s return on investment then I would look into doing this.
Deal With It
This may sound really harsh but again it is about embracing change and dealing with it. If you have never heard of stoicism then I would recommend you read up on this. People will voluntarily discomfort themselves to prepare for misfortune. Here are some stoicism examples where they try to prepare themselves to be stronger. A great video explaining stoicism is here if you want to understand more on it:
Family members and close friends are going to pass away and are you going to let this affect your life for years or deal with it? Celebrate their life and make them proud of you but live for the moment as your time will be up soon anyway. A great quote on this is “a hurdle will always be presented in front of you so jump it and carry on with the race”.
The latest booming trend is digital currency. The cryptocurrency bandwagon has been slated for years and ridiculed. Is this not another Uber or Airbnb happening before your eyes? Why not look to invest a little bit into it. That way if it does boom you could make a lot of money and you have not just let this opportunity pass you by. Here is a website where you can buy digital currency online should you want to know the best platforms to purchase Bitcoin, Ethereum or whichever crypto coins you decide.
Your Network is Your Net Worth
If you want to move with the times then networking will open so many opportunities for you. The saying your network is your net worth is so true because it gives you more friends to share ideas with or pick up suggestions from. I am all about synergising with others and believe networking to be so important for developing your forward thinking skills. Get yourself to topic related conferences, seminars and meetups for whatever industry you work in. Build your network and make synergy a big part of next year.
Things Constantly Change
You must be willing to adapt in life as things are constantly changing. So instead of dwelling in the past on what has been then anticipate change and be ready for it. Monitor and quickly develop when the goalposts move. The faster you let go to the change the happier you will be. Watch this video and make sure you are the one who is happy to confront change head-on and move with the times. Treat it as a new adventure, a new challenge in your life and embrace this. When things constantly change it keeps you on your toes and a gives a fresh feeling.
Don’t hate the player but hate the game. Get yourself in the game and start being innovative. Move with the times instead of wasting time moaning about how others might be hustling better than you. Make a start today to improve who you are as a person. Here are some other articles you can read about my lessons in life and progression to strive to be a better person:
- Here shows how I decided that being a digital nomad suited my lifestyle best and how I became a digital nomad.
- The reasons why I personally believe SEO is an amazing trade because of the freedom this brings.
- Here is my favourite article on my life lessons which I update regularly.
- Make sure you have clear goals as this article shows that a plan and goals give you a path to drive towards.
Hope you enjoyed this blog and if I have missed anything off here please comment below. I’m always happy to edit, improve and tweak the articles I write if you feel something is missing. We built this website for my friends and family mainly instead of monetising it so comment away and I will add more details happily.
- 1 If You Dont Like Where You Are, MOVE. You Are Not A Tree
- 2 Push Yourself to Lose Daily
- 3 If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It
- 4 Key Takeaways
- 5 Conclusion