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Power Tips #003 for how to Discover your Genius.
September 06, 2004
Power Tips newsletter, Issue #003
This month we have
One Minute Tip:
Questions to consider before you start the day:
I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. —Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” — Dr. Michael McGriffy
Money can’t buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. —Spike Milligan
Tips for your Happiness:
Self-Knowledge, The Key to Preparing for Competition by Denis Waitley
Self-knowledge has always been the key to preparing for competition. Knowledge of your attributes, abilities, interests, strengths, weaknesses, and traits is essential to riding the front end of the wave of change into the new century. To fully assess your own talents, realize that studies confirm that what we love and do well as children continues as our latent or manifest talent as adults.
Examination of your weekend or evening interests might reveal a gem of potential you can apply to your vocation. I strongly suggest you don’t unthinkingly relegate what you love to do for yourself solely to hobbies. You might make it, or at least integrate it into your life’s work.
The acquisition of knowledge, which is the new global power, is a life-long experience, not a collection of facts or skills. Not long ago, what you learned in school was largely all you needed to learn to secure a career. With knowledge expanding exponentially, this is no longer true. Hundreds of scientific papers are published daily.
Every thirty seconds, some new technological company produces yet another innovation. Your formal education has a very short shelf life. Life-long learning, once a luxury for the few, has become absolutely vital to continued success. Continue gaining expertise and avoid thinking like an expert.
Action Idea: An excellent benchmarking exercise is to spend a weekend with key associates or family members and dust off your childhood memories. Remember what you really enjoyed and wanted to do most as a child. The next activity in assessing your interests is considering your current ones. What do you most enjoy after work? What do you most want to do on weekends and vacations? What are your hobbies? Can you bring more of what you enjoy into your business life?
Action Step – Increase Your Reading, Writing and Vocabulary Proficiency. One of the most important qualities of successful leaders is an ability to express thoughts and knowledge. Research by management and human resource experts confirms that no matter what the field of employment, people with large vocabularies – those able to speak clearly and concisely, using simple as well as descriptive words – are best at accomplishing their goals. Well chosen, carefully considered words can close the sale, negotiate the raise, enhance relationships, and change destinies.
In a world of e-mail, fax dispersal, voice mail, sound bites, concise reports, business plans, and meeting briefs, the individuals who can articulate their goals, substantiate their claims, and support their visions, will own the future. In the 21st Century, literacy will be the major difference between the haves and have-nots.
Why do fewer than 10 percent of the public buy and read nonfiction books? One reason is that many would rather get home than get ahead. They are motivated to get by and get pulled along by the company, the economy, or the government.
Another reason is that many individuals believe that information found in books, computer programs, and training sessions has no value in the business world. How self-deluding!
As the new tools of productivity become the Internet, the Digital Versatile Disc, direct digital download of text, audio and video, and the combination of the interactive computer with telecommunications, the people who know how to control the new technologies will acquire power, while those who thought that education ends with the diploma are destined for low-paying, low-satisfaction jobs. In almost the blink of an eye, our society has passed from the industrial age to the knowledge era.
Increase your reading by 100 percent. Decrease your television watching, and that of any children in your family by 50 percent. Surf the Internet and subscribe to book summaries, or download free chapters from different sources. By reading book summaries, you can gain the essence of all the top business books in a very brief period of time.
Action Idea: Read at least one book each month, and listen to at least one additional audio book during commute or down time. One of the best sources for business audio books online is MP3audiobooks.com.
All kinds of reading and listening to fiction and non-fiction will increase your vocabulary, writing and presentation skills. Incredibly, a mere 3,500 words separate the average person from those with superior vocabularies.
Keep a dictionary beside you when you read and look up every word you don’t fully understand. Doing that on the spot helps make the word part of your vocabulary forever. And don’t depend on your computer’s spellchecker for your spelling. Not all e-mail service includes spell check. Also, you may be called upon to write longhand notes, memos, or information on white boards or blackboards at meetings. You not only want to use the right words. You also will want to spell them correctly.
A great way to increase your literacy is to engage in Internet conferences and to read summaries on the web from services like Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers. The more interactive you become in communications and the less you indulge in prime-time television, the more successful you’ll become in all areas of your life. Knowledge is the new power. And literacy is the door to knowledge.
Denis Waitley is one of America’s most respected authors, keynote lecturers and productivity consultants on high performance human achievement. He has inspired, informed, challenged and entertained audiences for over 25 years from the boardrooms of multi-national corporations to the control rooms of NASA’s space program. With over 10 million audio programs sold in 14 languages, Denis Waitley’s audio album, “The Psychology of Winning,” is still the all-time best selling program on self-mastery. To order this Best-Seller and save 30% go to http://www.jimrohn.com and click Monthly Specials.
Tips for your Health:
Are you struggling with self-limiting beliefs and/or behaviors? Are you settling for second best? Do your actions support your best interests? Are you ready to eliminate the core beliefs, feelings and actions that are preventing you from optimizing your life? Are you ready to make the most of your life?
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Tips for your Prosperity:
Discover your Genius.
“Time stays long enough for those who use it.” Leonardo da Vinci
Besides being a painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, Leonardo da Vinci was a world-class entertainer, cook, and musician. In his amazing life, he drew the first known plans for an aircraft, including a helicopter, and made the first accurate human anatomical drawings. He was a genius who changed the world because he refused to put limits on himself. Leonardo referred to himself as a “man without fetters.”
Michael Gelb in his best seller, “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day,” writes about the way Leonardo lived his life. For one thing, he was insatiable curious and asked questions about everything. Like Leonardo, Gelb says we are all born curious, and as children, we asked endless questions. However, as adults we typically adapt to accepting things rather than questioning them.
Not only was Leonardo curious, he constantly experimented and recorded all his observations, ideas and queries in notebooks that he kept with him at all times. Over his life, he wrote more than 14,000 pages filled with creative ideas and possibilities.
Gelb’s premise is that each of us has within ourselves a creative genius that remains untapped because we define ourselves narrowly based on one or two skills we have developed. What if you have unlimited natural gifts you haven’t discovered?
What if Gelb is right and you can tap into a creative genius within yourself?
Ways to unleash your creative genius:
1. Be insatiably curious- ask questions without assuming anything. Look at the world as if it is brand new.
2. Experiment every day with change and ideas. Look at mistakes and failures as ways to learn and grow.
3. Keep an “idea notebook” with you at all times to capture your creative ideas and observations.
4. Make a list of the most independent thinkers you know and hang out with them. Be open to new and revolutionary ideas.
5. Immerse yourself in life and experience all the possibilities and opportunities you can!
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Here’s just a few of the solutions you’ll find in Soup to Nuts:
* Complacency is the Enemy
Because these topics are presented in short (but complete) segments lasting 5-8 minutes each, you can pick it up and listen at anytime, no matter how busy your schedule. And because it covers so many topics, this may become the most used tool in your personal development library.
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Editors Notes: To be young Again…When we were kids
You lived as a child in the 50s or the 60s or earlier. Looking back, it’s hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have…
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!)
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable.
We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broken bones and broken teeth and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. And No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight….
…..we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this?
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games at all, 101 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cellular phones, Personal Computers, internet chat rooms … we had friends.
We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it?
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment….. Some students weren’t as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade…..Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any reason.
Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and I learned how to deal with it all.
And you’re one of them.
Thank you for joining us this month, I hope that you have found some extra motivation and inspiration on HOW TO LOVE YOUR LIFE!
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