It’s been widely proven and documented that those who are successful in life didn’t do it alone. Success can be spiritual, financial, in happiness, or health. It can be seen very frequently in movies, but a lot of them are representations of real life events. The importance of having a mentor can’t be stressed enough when a person wants to accomplish critical goals in life.
And before you respond, “I don’t need anybody telling what to do”, let me clarify the definition of a mentor. Mentor is defined in the dictionary as “an experienced and trusted adviser.”
Adviser, not a ruler, not a commander, not an order-barking tyrant. A mentor cannot jump into your life and immediately suggest a path that you must walk. Both you and your mentor must embark in a discovery journey to unveil the qualities you have (and sometimes those that don’t know you have), and use them to your own advantage. By listening and asking the right questions, the mentor (or coach) provides insights that lead the mentee to make breakthroughs and get clarity about her intentions.
Having a mentor can result in better outcomes, better planning, clearly defined goals, and a constant sense of fulfillment throughout the process.
The benefits of having a mentor
Having a mentor provides a window to a well of experience that can help the mentee in numerous ways. This doesn’t mean that the mentor is always an older person. If a mature person needs help with new technology to increase his value, such person might need a younger mentor, to align his mind with the new generations and find a way to provide value.
A mentor can be a source of contacts with the same mindset that the mentee wants to reach and learn from. During this phase, the mentee might eventually turn herself into a mentor and develop that desire of sharing her own experiences with others who might need it.
A mentee needs to be cheered along the success journey. Having a mentor who helps you see the issue in front of you from a different perspective might help when the result is not what you expected. Making adjustments based on a third party that is non-biased makes a lot of sense, and of course, when a small win happens, receiving good comments keep the fire alive and the momentum going.
Many times, we see the issues on other people, but not the issues we drag every day. Effective communication is the result of constant feedback from someone else. People might not remember your name, or what you said to them, but they will always remember how you make them feel. When a person performs an audit of his communication methods and forms of expressions, the opportunity to improve can present itself, and the constant search for delivering the right message will keep the mentee on track to become a better communicator.
On the other hand…
What if you want to become a mentor? Here are some things that mentors stand to gain from guiding others in their success path:
Reinforce your knowledge
Improve your communication skills
Increase your network
Sense of fulfillment
When it comes to being a mentor, the most critical skill is to listen. The mentor needs to be a sound board for the mentee’s ideas and then he can provide insights and suggestions that will help the mentee make important decisions.
The relationship mentor-mentee must be one based on trust, honesty, learning, hard work, accountability, while always keeping an open mind.
How do you know if you need a mentor?
The answer is based on a honest and thorough self-assessment, which can include a third party opinion, to decide if your current path is leading to the destination you have as your life or career goal. If you are in the right path, maybe you want to go faster, or to add more value to your journey. Truth is, anybody who is committed to a life of continuous improvement and making a difference usually has a mentor to run his ideas by and to make sure the decisions taken have the best possible outcome.
If your life or career goals don’t scare you, then they are not worth it! The importance of having a mentor to assess your own goals can make a huge difference.
I wish you the best of success in your journey. Keep learning because that’s how we keep improving!
Here I continue with some recommendations about new things you can learn, have fun, and even possibly get rewarded. It doesn’t matter your background, education, or age. These are meant for everyone because education is a beautiful thing to have. And remember that the more you learn the more you live. You live in your own terms thanks to the knowledge and wisdom found in the courses and training.
Knowledge liberates us from fears and uncertainty when we gather facts and get clarity about a specific subject. It also helps us understand other people’s point of view when we see a topic from their perspective, but such thing can only happen if we do our due diligence.
Hopefully one or more of these options will appeal to you, or someone you know. In any case, getting smarter is always beneficial for you and me.
Some people like to play video games, and some like to go further. This site allows you trade players, cards and do other transactions that, if you get good deals, you start earning coins, which can be used for other purposes. If you have soccer fever, this might be cool for to check out. It uses artificial intelligence to find the best deals possible, and it can work while you sleep. Pretty intriguing for gamers!
This is for those who struggle with their dog behavior. Sometimes the easy thing to to is to take them to “school” to learn, but with resources like this, you can do it yourself.
The Brain Training for Dogs member’s area is jam-packed with information owners can use to train their dog in the most effective way. It includes a puppy training section, two online training courses to boost intelligence, obedience, and behavior, over 100 articles tackling a huge range of behavior problems (as well as doggy behavior and psychology), and a private forum frequented by Adrienne, the course creator.
It’s worth checking it out, you might learn a thing or two about your dawg.
Those who like to build their own furniture will love this. TedsWoodworking provides thousands of projects that can help you have everything your need at home. This is a very demanded product that can offer either big challenges for newbies, or additional variety of designs for those with experience. Either way, it helps to keep sharpening the saw!
If you’re interested specifically in building your own shed, this is a good choice. Ryan Henderson offers a step-by-step instructions with easy-to-follow plans that include the complete materials list. Some examples are below. It’s like following Lego instructions.
This is the quintessential search for early learning. We all want to help our little ones to be smart, and this website provides great tools for that. Check the video and see if this can be useful. Some of the facts shown in the video might surprise you, but as long as you keep an open mind there will be more rewards that risk by trying it.
Reading Head Start
Learning is fun, when we focus on the things we love. Have an amazing learning experience! And don’t forget, the more you learn the more you live.
There are many ways to live a happy live. You can show love, forgiveness, or you can say no to toxic behaviors. Learning to find meaningful activities helps us find better paths in our journey. And it’s true, the more you learn the more you live.
More life can be manifested either in years of age, or in quality of life. Sometimes suffering an excruciating illness or living a life with no purpose can expose similar feelings.
Keeping the brain busy has become the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to engage in a rewarding learning exercise that regenerates the neurons and fills the day with exciting new discoveries. In some cases, the learning sessions will uncover abilities that the person never thought possible, due to some horrible paradigms like “I have no talent” or “nobody supported me”.
Once the mental barriers are conquered, we can pursue any… yes, any kind of learning.
Regardless of the results, regardless of the level of learning achieved, the act of thinking and trying to execute the new ability will be of great benefit. Embracing the struggles and celebrating the small victories is the name of the game.
And remember, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Some things to learn
Here I provide some ideas you can try in order to keep busy and get smarter. All the basic learning can be done online, but the application is the key to make it work.
Reading the lessons or watching the videos will create new braincells for you, but implementing those lessons will create the foundation to increase your knowledge and will give you motivation to keep learning. This is how you realize that the more you learn the more you live, searching for more knowledge and never being bored.
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1 – Learn to play the piano
Pianoforall is one of the most popular and respected piano courses on the web. Online since 2006 it is always amongst the first choices of anyone wanting to learn piano.
Pianoforall – Online Piano Lessons
All-in-one package. eBooks, Videos and audios
Works with all devices – PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and phones
All styles of piano covered – pop, blues, jazz, ballads, improvisation, classical.
Play-by-ear and learn to read music at the same time
Filled with tricks, tips and formulas to help people sound great right from the start
Easy to follow yet comprehensive
10 clearly laid out eBooks – 600 pages in total
200 videos – over 10 hours in total
500 audio lessons
Below are some excerpts from the hundreds of testimonials on the Pianoforall site. You may want to include some or all of these on your site. Remember to point out that ALL these testimonials are VERIFIABLE (you can request the email of the person who wrote the testimonial) – No other website has this feature! This is why so many people trust that Pianoforall is the REAL DEAL.
“I’m amazed! Once you get the rhythms down, you really can sound like a pro! Great fun! Thanks for making this available at such a reasonable price. Anyone who doesn’t grab this up is going to go the long way home!” T. Dwight Kidd, Alabama, USA
“This course is exactly what I have been looking for with all the shortcuts that have been such a mystery to me for years. Well done Robin an excellent product. Kind regards. Paul” Paul Saxon , UK
“It is simple, straight forward yet very effective. It makes the complex understandable and for those of us who don’t want to master music theory, it gets us playing quite well in a short time. I can’t say enough good about your program. Thanks again and keep up the good work!” Ed Doran, Muskogee, OK
“Hey Robin, Just wanted to say thanks for this course. This is a great way to get up and running fast for song writing on the piano. I feel like I owe you more money.” Mike, Nashville Tennessee
Check the sample video below.
Most people don’t really want to ‘learn’ to play the piano or ‘practice’ the piano, they just want to ‘play’ piano. ‘Play’ sounds like fun, ‘practice’ sounds like a chore. We get this image from childhood – some kid stuck indoors ‘practicing’ scales while all the other kids are outside the window ‘playing’.
So, first thing we need to do is to see our piano practice in a new light. See it as a way of accelerating the learning process so that SOON you’ll be able to ‘play’ piano and play it well. If you don’t practice and you just play old familiar tunes you move rather slowly. Yes, you’ll get better at playing those old familiar tunes but technically you won’t be pushing yourself to greater heights.
Proper, structured piano practice helps you stride forwards. I say ‘proper’ because a lot of people have an idea that practice IS just playing songs over and over. Practice needs to involve unchartered territory. The golden rule is – ‘practice what you CAN’T play, not what you CAN play’.
2 – Sing, sing, sing!
Wouldn’t it be great to shock those around you with a new singing voice?
Have you ever found yourself alone, singing a song… maybe out of tune… only to realize a co-worker or family member listening and making fun of your ability? Singorama can help you with that.
You can train your voice and become a brilliant singer! Unfortunately, most folks think great singing is a ‘gift that you are born with’ so they don’t bother trying to improve or move past their self-perceived limitations.
Many have cheated themselves out of the satisfaction and joy of singing beautifully.
They have missed out on a rich life experience.
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Why? Because they tried it a few times in their life, and because they weren’t amazing at it straight away, they decided they were terrible.
You too can maximize your singing range with, vocal agility and resonance – with FAST results.
With some simple daily vocal exercises, you’ll notice a stronger voice with greater agility in no time!
3 – Learn to Draw like a Master Artist
I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my drawing skills. I do this by hunting around the Internet to see if I can find new tutorials. Yesterday I stumbled across a cool pencil drawing site that I think is going to make a HUGE difference, especially if you want to draw realistically.
It is a pencil drawing course that specializes in taking beginners and teaching them how to draw in a realistic style. The course itself is online video, so you can access it from anywhere in the world – the videos worked perfectly on my tablet and phone.
Each class is two hours long so you can even draw with which watching the video, nothing is left to the imagination. The course starts off by showing you all the equipment you need and the basic strokes. Even in this video I picked up a cool tip for erasing.
What I like is that each lesson builds on the previous so you are never thrown into the deep. Each class has it’s own concept or technique that you need to master, for example, in the second class you learn how to spot the different tonal values. In this class Nolan (the instructor) uses different styrofoam objects to show you the light affects the tonal values. The way he explains it makes it so easy to understand, like theory being explained in a practical way.
Learn to Draw like a Master Artist – Click the image to learn more.
With each class you get a downloadable template which you can print out and use that to transfer to your drawing paper. You then also get a high quality photo of the reference and the final drawing. They are laid out in the pdf in such a way that when you print it out, each are exactly the same size. This makes it easy to judge sizes while drawing.
In each class you complete a drawing project. Like in the second class you draw a realistic spoon. At the beginning of the class I though it was going to be difficult, but after watching the explanations at the start of the class and the practical demo, it turned out to be quite easy.
The next four lessons are also still life drawings. There is an onion and garlic still life, transparent wine glass, rose and an apple drawing. In each of these you learn all about creating texture and depth in your drawings as well as drawing negatively and how to draw reflective objects.
From there you start drawing portraits. Nolan shows you how to draw all the major features like the eyes and mouth. What I liked was that he shows you what to look out for with each one. Once you have completed say the ear class, you will be able to draw any ear and not just the one from the class itself.
What really makes this course stand out from the rest is that it goes much deeper than any of the other courses I have seen. There are even classes on how to draw material textures and hands.
You will be amazed at how quickly you progress! – Click the image to learn more.
I am still busy with the course myself – it’s massive (there is over 32 hours worth of video in this course), but I know that my drawings are going to move up a few levels when I’m done. It’s totally worth it. Another slam dunk! Definitively another great example that the more you learn the more you live!
The course is brand new, so is currently on a launch special at less than half price. Why don’t you go and check it out for yourself, you may be able to still bag yourself this bargain as well.
4 – Learn to Cook Healthy
You can get a free book that explains some hard truths about the foods we eat. Also,
Book – The Fat Burning Kitchen – Click the image to learn more.
learning about how our digestive system works plays a key role in selecting the best food and the way to cook it.
This book can be an excellent way to both know how your body processes foods, and the right way to define a healthy way of eating.
Not only you will learn how to nourish your body properly, you might end up improving your cooking skills and your health.
The Fat Burning Kitchen book is a great resource in your library. It will affect your life positively, and that of your loved ones too.
It goes without saying that this is a great example of how to improve your life by eating healthy. Literally, in this case, the more you learn the more you live!
5 – Learn How to Sell Tour Photos
This is the kicker. You can turn your photos into a side hustle that makes you money while you sleep. Photojobz is a website that allows you to take your photographic skills to the next level.
Learn to Sell Your Photos – Click the image to learn more.
Your smartphone is capable of producing high quality images that can be used by others who need them. You might need to check the documentation for your specific device so you can take advantage of its features and generate breath-taking pictures.
So, grab your camera and start taking photos!
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The human brain is a white canvas, an empty book, a recipient for information that shapes our life in ways that make us dream, imagine, innovate, create, invent, and re-invent. Our brain is always ready to learn more, regardless of any circumstances.
This generation is sometimes referred as the knowledge era, because we have access to great amounts of information from a lot of sources instantly.
We have an awesome opportunity to invest in our own education using mobile devices that help us learn on the go, wherever we are, without worrying about transportation, dress code or schedule. It’s there, 24×7, every day of the year.
The more education you get, the more opportunities will come knocking on your door. That’s how you stack the odds on your favor. That’s how you make your luck.
The journey towards a more fulfilling career begins with a single step. By enrolling in business skills training courses, you’re proving that you’re committed to reaching your goals.
Whether you are looking for individual professional development or need to provide your staff with quality business training, there is a comprehensive library of business skills courses to .
In these highly competitive days, you need to learn critical skills such as:
✔ Competency Development
✔ Project Management
✔ Career Development
✔ Personal Development
✔ Management Leadership
Time is money, and when you enroll in online business skills training, you’ll be able to learn on your own schedule from the comfort of your home or office. You’ll never lose your work progress and with built-in knowledge checks and exams, you’ll be able to retain information and implement these critical skills into your work life.
The price of education can be high, but the price of ignorance is way higher. Your friends and colleagues are getting these skills for their next job. Don’t be left behind!
Getting smarter can be easy. It’s just a matter of getting started!
You work hard during 40 or more hours per week; you deliver your highest quality in everything you do. However, you don’t feel appreciated, you don’t receive the promotions you think you deserve, and in the worst case, you are deemed disposable, your job is terminated and your time an effort spent in the company is a total waste.
Or maybe you’re still in a job, but the conditions and the stress you’re exposed to are taking a huge toll on your personal life.
It’s not your fault. This is just the result of system that was part of your upbringing, which taught you that you are supposed to walk a straight and pre-defined path: go to school, get good grades, don’t deviate from what the book says and find a job and keep it for the next 30(?) years and then retire and enjoy life.
But… where are the jobs? Where is the security? Where is the American Dream? Is life fully enjoyable after 60 or 70?
The conditioning of the educational system puts most of us at odds in these changing times, where all the promises from the past have evaporated like an ice cube hitting a red-hot surface. Industries and markets are changing faster than the school curricula; it’s impossible for them to keep up.
That’s why… now it’s time for you to start “deviating” from what the traditional books say. And for that it’s necessary to get rid of the next five reasons excuses that keep you from being an entrepreneur:
“Be creative, but don’t be weird, don’t be different”. We have been conditioned to bow our heads and just follow instructions. That’s considered normal… to follow the crowd, to wait for things to happen, to have someone else dictate your fate. But entrepreneurship requires to unlearn this way of thinking and rewire your mind, so you don’t keep waiting for things to happen, for the economy to bounce back, or for the jobs to come back. The job of your dreams exists only in your head, which means you need to create it. You are capable of great things, but it’s only up to you to decide to switch from a victim mentality to a winner mentality.
Beware, the road to success is filled with challenges, but the new mindset will help you conquer any obstacles and to keep grinding until you reap the fruits of your efforts without depending on employment (or unemployment).
Lack of Time
Life gets busy, and the workplace keeps demanding more and more from us. Today it is easy to check your email from your phone, even from your wristwatch, which triggers the need of getting online to address the potential request that could be the key to keep your job. Again, it’s not your fault. It’s just too much pressure. And at this point it becomes even more critical to consider starting an online business.
“What?” – you say. “I’m burning the midnight oil as it is!”
One thing is certain: the demand for your time will not decrease when it comes to an employment. It will keep growing. And while becoming an entrepreneur and keeping a job seems like trying to face a tsunami, the advantage is that once you get started, it becomes easier, and the time spent in growing your business will be less over time, and once you are comfortable with the income you are achieving, you can fire your boss and hire yourself full time. Yes, the time required to get started is considerable, but the prize is… well… priceless!
I don’t know where to begin!
That’s why you’re here! It’s the same process for a baby to start walking. He has no idea what he’s doing, but getting started, while difficult in the beginning, it becomes easier after some time. So, start with baby steps. Do basic research, consume free online content, read books about entrepreneurship, follow blogs, podcasts, subscribe to newsletters to receive information.
After you use the basic information to decide if this is path you want to follow, decide on a mentor that can guide you on your journey. Find a person that has implemented a successful business online and be coachable. Yes, ask a lot of questions, but also trust the process. Remember, hard work and patience will always lead to good results!
I don’t have money to get started
A lot of us have been there, no surprise. After all, you would not be reading this if you were already wealthy. But the key difference between winners and losers is not having resources (money), but instead being resourceful. This includes coming up with creative ways to access financial resources to get the ball rolling. It’s always difficult to reach out to family or friends to come up with an investment, but that’s what being an entrepreneur sometimes mean, to convince others that our business plan is solid and that will be successful. Other resources can be used, like credit cards, loans or savings. Here you need to assess your risk and be mindful that your business needs to start producing results to cover the initial money you used. This puts more pressure on you, but the difference is that the end result will be fulfilling and totally worth it!
Remember, if you’re resourceful, you will make it happen!
I’m not sure if I can succeed, it’s too risky
Same as life. Same as your job. Same as every time you drive your car. Risk is part of any business. Without risk there’s no merit because anybody could do it. Any known entrepreneur will validate this… that risk is always an inherent component of any enterprise.
Many businesses will fail. But the main reason for failure is the lack of adaptability and resiliency to keep going while others stop, to keep learning while others thing that there’s nothing more to learn, to look at the business as a living organism that produces value, as opposed to think of it as a cash machine.
In the digital era we don’t need to produce physical products. We live in times where knowledge is the new currency. It’s the most valuable asset that a person can produce. And it’s right there, between your ears. Your brain contains knowledge that would allow you to write thousands of books. And that’s how you succeed.
So, what’s stopping you from getting started?
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I love education. I believe that small learning acts, like reading, make us smarter every day.
I used to be a straight A student in Elementary and Junior High, but in High School I started to change; I noticed that I was missing out in some aspects of life where I could make a difference and still be good student.
Dedicating time to other activities had an impact my grades, but such experiences helped me see the world differently. I noticed that education at school is limited, because students normally make sure to read or learn enough to hit the mark, but life teaches in quite different ways. There are no limits, no boundaries, no boxes. It’s a green field for everyone who is trying to live life in his own terms.
While school education stops, life goes on. And then it becomes a matter of personal attitude, initiative, creativity and consistency.
I have no doubt that the foundation of formal education is needed to catapult a person into new levels of knowledge, but to be successful in today’s world there is a lot of knowledge that schools simply don’t provide. Is this part of a big plan to keep a lot of people with limited access to critical knowledge? I don’t know. However, I do know that today we can harness knowledge in ways that were almost impossible some years ago.
The fundamental issue I see is that the internet has created two types of players: the consumers and the creators. The ones who spend a lot of time watching, and those who deliver content geared towards value creation and business ventures.
Education is key to avoid being ignorant, but transforming the ideas and concepts obtained during formal education is best accomplished when it’s combined with personal life experiences, with the exclusive approach of the creator, without canned answers or proposals, but with an attitude of guidance and servant leadership to enhance the lives of others, to make an impact in those who put their trust in them.
I consume online content, but I also decided to create value, to express my ideas to inspire others the way I have been inspired by many people. I’ve been guided and I also help others become successful. I learned this thanks to the School of Life.
Success is not measure by what we accomplish in life, but what we help others accomplish in theirs.
Creator or Consumer? You decide…
If you want to learn how to become a creator of online content, check out my free training here.
We all want to be successful. It’s totally normal because we all want to be better, regardless of our current circumstances. We all wish to be in a better situation.
Here are three key elements that we must focus on to become successful. They are education, relationships and coaching.
Education helps us to change our mindset, because when we learn we become smarter. When we read a book, when taking a course online or attending a class, we will generate more ideas. If we have a trade or ability that we have practiced for years, we can learn to turn that ability into a business that can give us a tremendous advantage over those who decide to do other non-productive things.
Now, let’s not forget that there will always be someone smarter than us, but there will also be someone who learn from you and will benefit from your experience. We don’t need to be the greatest expert in each topic or trade to create value towards other people. The important thing is to find those who have the same goal and interests that you have.
For example, if you know how to cultivate corn, I bet you can find a lot of people interested in that as well. On the other hand, there will be a lot of people who don’t care about that. Now, those who are interested in this topic will want to learn from you and to hear your experiences about corn crops. And just as they are learning from you, you need to keep learning from others. You need to stay in that continuous improvement cycle because we never stop learning, regardless if we are 5 years old, or 20 or 50 or 90 years old. We must always be learning.
I remember a situation where a very old man who loves to play the guitar was asked why he kept practicing 4 to 5 hours every day, when he was very proficient at playing that instrument. Now, he wasn’t born with that ability. He just put the time to practice and followed his passion. His answer to the question on why he kept practicing so much was: “I think I’m making progress”.
So, it doesn’t matter in what part of our lives we are, we always need to be getting better and better. And education is a powerful tool to become better every day.
The second component is relationships. The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives. We become the average of the five people we hang out with. Our relationships can make us better or worse, because if we hang out with people with a negative mindset we will get infected by that. On the contrary, if we follow people or groups with a hard-working and positive mentality, we will raise to their level and will get better. If we try to make it alone, we might have some level of success, but the long lasting and sustainable entrepreneurship requires that we flock together with those of our same feathers. The goals will be similar, and the synergies and mutual support will deliver tremendous results.
Finally, the third key element in our journey towards success is to have a mentor or coach or guide, call it whatever you want. A coach is someone that helps us to figure out how to put together the pieces that will result in a business by using his experience. This accelerates the process and can give you the confidence that you have been lacking to make hard decisions. By following in the footsteps of a proven entrepreneur, your odds to be successful increase significantly. A lot of people who have achieved success always refer to someone else who helped them get clarity and support them in ways that were critical in their lives.
There you have them, the three key elements to achieve great success. First, education and continuous learning. Second, relationships, seeking to hang out with people with a learning and improvement mindset to help each other and to continue learning. And finally, never underestimate the power of having a mentor or coach who can help you accomplish your goals faster and with better results.
That’s all I have today my friend. I hope this was helpful and I wish you the best of success in all your projects.
Hasta la vista!
BOOK REVIEW – The 5AM Club: Own your morning, elevate your life. By Robin Sharma, Adam Verner, et al.
This is a great book! It presents a good story on how to own your morning in order to conquer your day. It presents a similar approach to what’s known as the compound effect, where small increments lead to huge benefits in the long term.
The 5AM Club is a story where the lives of a billionaire, an artist and an entrepreneur get intertwined to produce a plethora of learning experiences and events that redefine and reshape the mindset of the last two, guided by the unorthodox yet appealing billionaire.
In audio format, this is an 11-hour book. It took me four days to listen to it entirely, but a couple of hours into I was psyched and hungry to keep learning more.
Event though this is depicted as a fiction story, the life lessons are real. I bought into this approach and I’m applying it myself.
In a nutshell, the book presents an approach to devote 1 hour a day to yourself. From 5AM to 6AM this is a time to practice the 20-20-20 method, which consist of 20 minutes of intensive exercise to the point of breaking a sweat, followed by 20 minutes of meditation and rest, and finally 20 minutes of deep learning about anything that improves your life.
A very important part of this is to jump right out of bed with no distractions, no technology, no news. It just you and you only. Resisting these temptations is a key component for this to work.
I’m just three days into this and I’m seeing good results already.
But, hey…this is not something new! It’s being said that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit, but it takes around 66 days to get such habit ingrained in our subconscious minds, so it becomes automatic.
I’ll share with you my results half-way thru to such period, to let you know what kind of progress I make. However, I want to share with you now a few quotes that I gathered from this book.
Change is hard at first… messy in the middle… but gorgeous at the end.
The moment you most feel like giving up is the instant when you must find it in you to press ahead.
One who sweats more in training bleeds less in war.
High victory is made in those early morning hours when no one is watching and while everyone else is sleeping.
To find your best self you need to lose your weak self and that only happens thru relentless improvement, continuous reflection and ongoing self-excavation.
The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live.
You can borrow it from your public library. Let me know if you need help with that.
When I was in junior high, back in Acapulco, Mexico, a friend and I were sitting on the sidewalk talking about what the next prank was going to be. I don’t remember the details, but such idea soon changed because suddenly through the corner of my eye I saw an unidentified flying object (UFO) coming out of a moving car. It landed roughly a hundred yards from where we were plotting some childish joke.
As any young curious people would do, we rushed to see what the UFO was, which landed on the same side of the street where we were discussing our very important endeavour. It was a science-fiction book named The Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. The cover of the book was different back in 1983, and it was in English. My friend showed no interest in the book, so I decided to keep it because at the moment I was taking additional English classes to the ones from school, so I though I could eventually read it. Later, Isaac Asimov would write several Foundation books, and now you can have the entire collection, if you enjoy this kind of reading.
As time passed, I kept learning English but still could not comprehend the book. So I took on the goal of translating the book to Spanish, so I could read it. It was a daunting task considering that the book had almost 400 pages, with no images. So I bought a couple of dictionaries and used the typewriter and some paper at home and started typing.
Hold on… if you are 30 years old or younger you might have have not seen a typewriter. Such device was not kept at my parents’ house or mine, so I can’t take a picture of it, but I’ll give you an approximation of it with a cute picture of a vintage, emotionally charged fake typewriter that I got last year (it’s actually a bank).
Vintage typewriter, no electricity or Wi-Fi required
Also, if you did not use a typewriter, you should know that there was no “Delete” key to correct a mistake. If you made a mistake, that implied to start the page all over again, until a marvelous thing was created: liquid eraser, a white coating that covered the wrongly typed word and allowed to write on top of it (awful when used on non-white paper).
Fast-forwarding to 1988, at my last year of High School, and after five years and countless nights of typing, along with trying to decipher the idiomatic expressions in order to translate them in a way that made sense in Spanish, I was able to complete the task. A lot of effort went in it, and it allowed me to dive deep into the intricacies of translation. By the time I finished it there was no need to read it, because I became very familiar with the story both while translating the easy parts, as well as when trying to fill the gaps. At the end, the stack of paper that the book formed was higher than the typewriter (letter size).
In our current world, the typewriter can only be found in museums, or the basement or garage of highly sentimental people who like to hold on to these things. But I doubt they keep using it. New devices have taken over, so fast, so radically. Change is a wave so powerful that nobody can stop.
The rapid pace of change produces such an incredible tale of two realities. That from two o three decades ago, and the one from today. Stories like these seem themselves like science-fiction, but they’re not. Here’s today’s tale:
During the past few months I have translated two books from English to Spanish, and I’m on my way to finish the third one. Of course I’m leveraging the experience (gay hair) and the tools I didn’t have back then. I use the website Babelcube to find the books that I want to work on, and after a quick handshaking process I’m typing, proof-reading, editing, and submitting the work, without using a single sheet of paper, or liquid eraser. The best part is that I’ll get paid for, based on royalties. I like to plant seeds for the future…