Category Archives: Wealth

The One Who Wins is The Man Who Thinks He Can

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will-
It’s all in the state of mind,

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!

That 44 Life: Raw and Unedited

Strength is required to be sensitive. Vulnerability is raw and unedited. Compassion can only exist if you’re capable of envisioning pain that is not of your own. Insecurities don’t HAVE to be considered unattractive. It’s sexy to confront your flaws. It’s admirable to admit when you’re wrong. It’s especially charismatic of an individual to do so WITH difficulty. Beneficial modifications are NEVER easy. Self-awareness requires pivotal moments in your life to occur. Be it heartache, euphoria, acceptance, rejection, disappointment, loss, or immense gain.Your weaknesses must be exposed and examined, but done so without judgment. Do not dwell and do not be discouraged. Be soaked in excitement. Be doused in what’s genuine. If you hear a song that captures what makes you feel what you need to feel, then play it again, and again, and again. Play it until its notes replace the marrow that is inside of your bones. Then turn the volume up, and play it the fuck again.

It’s about being an individual. It’s about NOT being meant to be carbon copies of one another. I was never meant to blend in. I was destined for the extreme. Not all that is subtle. My companion is passion. Not this indifference. It doesn’t mean I am arrogant. It doesn’t mean, “L.A. got to me.” And it doesn’t mean I’ve put myself on a pedestal. I breathe for those who can’t do it on their own. I’m healthy for those who don’t have the opportunity. I ask questions without apologizing. I learn, so that I can understand. Not to correct someone else in the future. I love to feel close. My sexuality immense in intensity. I speak to communicate.Yes, it does feel difficult. Yes, it does get tiresome. Yes, I question myself. But when life becomes hard, I ask myself what exactly I’m comparing my challenges to. I’d rather drown from getting too deep, than suffocate from the boredom of shallowness.

by Ry Truax: Actor, Model, Rapper, and Overall Bad Ass.

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The Key To Becoming Legendary

I enjoy studying legendary people who started from the bottom and whose wildest dreams have come true. I find their paths to success fascinating, and I have constantly wondered for as long as I can remember what makes one man more capable than the next. When I study the commonalities amongst greats, one trait stands out to me more than any other: mental toughness. The ability to endure mental and physical pain by passionately focusing on the ultimate goal is difficult and rare.

I wonder if these unique individuals were born with this skill or if it something they acquired. How can each one of us work to strengthen our mental toughness each day? Not dissimilar from physical training, practice and pushing ourselves enables us to go a little farther, be a little better, and accomplish a little more each day. Our tolerance for pain goes up, and what we considered impossible previously becomes the ordinary and expected.

Each day, we have the ability to focus our energy on anything we choose. Of course we have jobs, children, obligations, and responsibilities. These are unavoidable, but there are still moments in the day when we have time to ourselves. Wouldn’t training our minds to get more out of the finite energy we have be a wise investment? If we can learn to absorb the stresses and failures of life more effectively, wouldn’t this lead us to living fuller and happier lives?

This Forbes article outlines six elements of mental toughness that one can develop in order to become more mentally tough. If you’d like, try consciously implementing one or two in your day-to-day to see if it has a positive effect.

http://www.forbes.com/2010/09/17/executive-mental-toughness-leadership-managing-athletes.html

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”

– Bill Russell

Learning To Win & The Virtues of Failure

Today I took a minute to think about the goals that are written on my wall by my bed, and more importantly, what am I going to do today to become closer to achieving them. I realized in that moment that goals are not always achieved instantly, that it’s unrealistic to expect favorable results every day. My recent “failures” to my surprise, have not felt like shortcomings, but rather events that have made me even hungrier to achieve those goals. So what does that mean for someone one like me, someone who is goal oriented, ambitious, impatient, and likes to “win”? I decided to explore the definition of “goal” and “win”.

Goal- “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result”
Win- [be successful or victorious in a contest or conflict; to acquire or secure a successful result in a contest, bet, or endeavor]

You may be asking “so, what..?” If you are lucky enough not to have been subject to a philosophical discussion (a.k.a. argument) with me, then you may not know how much I like to win. That feeling of victory, superiority, success and/or adequacy. Interestingly enough, the obvious fact that winning at everything is not realistic can still be a hard concept to come to terms with. Failure is just as much a part of life, progress and everyday life as “winning” is. Sure it’s easy to laugh at yourself for silly failures such as running into a screen door, but sometimes it’s hard to shake those failures that relate to your goals or interests.

I’m learning it’s important to understand what failure means in the overall process. Not only do you learn about what went wrong during failure, you also learn about yourself, people and the world around you. Sometimes the only way to learn (e.g. realize you weaknesses), is through failure. The old adage my parents used to throw around, when I would argue that my failure was in-part from their lack of guidance, comes to mind: “[We] could tell you until [we’re] blue in the face and you still wouldn’t have believed [us].” In that way, failure (personal and sometimes shared) is an intimate experience. It’s a unique experience that differs from person to person. Even in team sports, like basketball, failure is not completely shared. Sure, everyone on the team feels the general effect, but the exact meaning of that failure differs from person to person. From a recent failure, I have realized that goals can be won.

Goals maybe not be achieved today, tomorrow, or exactly when you would like; but if you use your ambition and focus your effort towards your desired result (goal) every day, you are winning every day. A win may be finite, but winning is state of progress that leads to victory. And when the day comes that the road of progression has ended and your goal has been achieved, in that moment, you’ve won.

by Kyle Paya, Four4Life Soldier

7 Steps To Riches

Every person has ambitions and dreams. To fulfill those ambitions and realize those dreams, one must learn how to properly manage money.

The basic principles of effective money management are as follows:

1.) Save at least 10% of EVERYTHING you earn for an investment fund for the future

2.) Learn to live on 90% or less of your income

3.) Invest your accumulated capital into projects that will provide a safe, steady income, taking full advantage of compound of the interest received. “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” – Albert Einstein

4.) Invest only in areas in which you have expertise or with people who are experienced and who you can trust. Only work in your circle of competence and with people you trust.

5.) Buy your house, so you don’t waste any money on rent. Stop paying others’ mortgage and pay your own.

6.) Have a realistic insurance program. Always be prepared for disaster. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

7.) Always keep working at various ways and means of increasing your income. Education, education, education. Work harder on yourself than you do at your job.

Money isn’t everything, but it sure gives you freedom and the ability to do what you’d like. Building wealth allows you the freedom to do what you want, when you want. Stop thinking about how unlucky you are, and put these tried and true methods into practice to start building a nest egg. Follow the above rules, and I guarantee you that in less than 3 months, you will have a sizable surplus of capital.

Time

All men actually have this in abundance, but only a few put it to use making themselves wealthy. Instead of looking for construction, useful ways to apply the resource of time, many people fill their lives with diverse activities which simply help them to pass the time.

Study

There are two kinds of learning that are useful to anyone seeking to generate wealth – learning about specific subjects and learning how to find out what is not commonly known about any topic. Both kinds of learning are useful and valuable. There are several basic principles which apply to the acquisition of wealth.

Good Luck

Good luck comes to the person who accepts opportunity.

To attract good luck, take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. The person of action, who is able to jump at whatever business propositions are presented, is in a stronger position to attract good luck than the type of person who sits back and waits for everything to be presented on a plate.

Paraphrased from The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clasen.