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The Pursuit of Happiness

The source of happiness comes from three things in life, for every single person. Those three things are pleasure, passion and purpose.

Happiness derived from pleasure is the least lasting. I think the reason for that is because when we rely on happiness from pleasure, as soon as the thing we are getting pleasure from is gone, so is the happiness. So if you are happy eating junk food, even though you know its bad for you, as soon as the food is gone, so is the happiness. That’s probably why your hunger is never truly fulfilled from the bad food. Or a certain substance is the major source of happiness for you, then you will become an addict of the substance. Soon you will become dependent on the pleasure as a source of happiness.

The second form of happiness comes from passion, this is also not as long lasting. But it is a step in the right direction. This is because if fuels the source of ultimate happiness.

The ultimate source of happiness is purpose. When you have a reason to wake up in the morning, or your goals are powered by a big why, that is going to bring you the most amount of happiness. People living life with a purpose are going to be deeply fulfilled. A good example is Mike Krzyzewski, basketball coach at Duke University. He has won 3 NCAA championships, 2 gold medals as the coach of the USA team and the all time most winningest coach in College ball. You would  think his purpose is to win right? Nope.

“I am not a basketball coach. I am a leader who coaches basketball. I have three goals for all my players—to make them a good student, a good citizen, and a good person, that is my purpose.”

Living with purpose means you are living the golden third life.

The Golden Third

Golden Third


How to Achieve a Goal

After you set your goal and know what you want to do, whats next? What if you have no idea how to achieve your goal. I set alot of big goals and alot of the times I have no idea on how I’m going to accomplish them. The goal could be a multi million dollar company or losing a lot of weight. The answer  is simpler than you think! Learning. There have been trillions of people who have lived on planet earth. There is not a single topic out there that has not been written about. Start reading. We live in the age of information. We have access to such a ridiculous amount of information, and it can all be done via a phone.

Reading is critical to your success. It literally allows you to think bigger. Sometimes we block ourselves to ideas and visions of success. We make a situation much more complicated than it needs to be. We can only think as big as our vocabulary. Reading is the best way to learn new words.ali

Most of the time when we cannot imagine our selves achieving a certain goal, it is because we are not confident. The reason you are not confident is because you need to educate yourself in the certain area you are setting a goal. For example, when i wanted to lose weight and gain muscle, i read a lot about what the most effective way of losing weight is. My next goal is to start up a construction company that does millions in sales every year. The best way for me to achieve this goal is to learn what successful construction companies do, in order to be successful.

If your not sure what your first step or next step should be, then you should brain storm. Make sure you write down all your ideas. Also, make sure you have fun while brainstorming. There is never a bad idea.

The next step is to take action. Without action a dream/goal is just a hallucination. It does not matter what you do. Just do something. Set out a time in the week where you are going to dedicate a certain amount of time towards achieving your goal. Also, remember that you will not be able to accomplish everything in just one day. It will take time and you will have to continuously work on your goal. Keep in mind that you can never fail, and the only thing that can come in your way is you.

 Wisdom from Will Smith




5 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

I have just read a book, called The Founders At Work, Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston. In this book Jessica Interviews the founders of 33 Very successful companies. The list includes: Hotmail, Excite, Firefox, Paypal, Yahoo, Flicker, Lotus. I realized a common trend in the stories these founders were telling. They all had very similar characteristics. These are  5 common characteristics of the successful entrepreneurs.

1.  Big Unrealistic Goals

Every single successful entrepreneur that has ever lived has had goals. They may not have necessarily wrote them down, but they always have a mental image of where they are going. Will Smith says, “Set a goal, know who you want to be, what do you want to do, figure out how you are going to get there”

2.  Make a Plan

Setting goals and envisioning how you want your future to be like is the first step, but you must make a plan. Without a plan, you are just a daydreamer. Steve Chandler, the author of 100 Ways to Motivate yourself says, that you should write your plan on paper. When ever he needs to accomplish a goal, he writes 100 ways to accomplish my goal. It doesn’t matter how unrealistic the things are. All that matters is that you are making a plan. What this does in your brain is, it helps you imagine and believe that the goal can be accomplished.

3.  Adapt

A common characteristic that the founders of big companies is, they can adapt whenever it is necessary. Most of the time plans will not go accordingly, but that does not mean your idea is not a good one. Or that your goal can not be accomplished. There will always be hurdles in your way, but you must adapt to the changes. Blockbuster is a good example of a company that did not adapt to changes in the market place. They did not recognize that most people watch movies on the internet. That is where Netflix came in and took over the market. So how do you adapt? it is simple; Accept it. Evolve. Adapt.

4.  Be Decisive

A lot of the times you will need to make quick decisions. Not only do you have to make a quick decisions, but you also have to believe in it. When entrepreneurs are asked how do you make decisions? How do you know a business is going to be successful or not? Most of the time they will answer i followed my gut feeling.

5.  Positive Attitude

Self Explanatory ! Believe in your goals, believe in your plan, believe in your decisions. If something goes wrong, its not the end of the world, adapt and move on !




Jessica Livingston’s Book



Michael Phelps Keys To Success

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Michael says, when he is focused on something he wants more than anything. There is nothing and no one that can stand in his way. You must have laser like focus to be the best. When training for the Olympics Michael would swim every single day of the year. He had no days off. The reason he did this is because everyone else had Sundays off. He believed if he worked the extra 52 days that the other swimmers had off, he would have a bigger advantage and he would be more prepared to win at the Olympics.

2. Believe in your self

Michael and Bob’s mantra is Dream, Plan, and Reach. Bob Bowman is Michael’s coach. Bod has been a huge part of Michaels success. Bob taught Michael how to believe in himself.

3. Make meaningful Goals

One of the biggest goals that Michael had, was to change the sport of swimming. He says, in 2000 at the swim trials there were 5 reporters. In 2008, swimming had become the premier sport in the Olympics. The fan base has grown exponentially.
Also, Michael feels as if he has no job. The sport of swimming is his passion and that is why he is so successful.

4. Challenge yourself

Bob told Michael that he could not use the words cant and no. He had to remove those two words from his vocabulary. This helped Michael to realize that he can do anything he puts his mind to. That is how Michael approaches every goal that he has. Make a big goal, have focus, work hard and you will achieve it.

5. visualization

Michael was told by his coach Bob, to visualize before going to sleep, what you would like to happen in an upcoming race and also what he would not want to happen. Michael says, that visualization helped him to be prepared for anything. When preparation meets opportunity, that is when you are successful.

Poolside Chat with Michael Phelps


Keys to Success With Michael



Michael Phelps book: No Limits


Attack Your Fears

The only way to face and get over your fears is to first identify them.

Then, think of something that you are more afraid of. For example, if you want to be a political figure, but you are afraid of speaking publicly, then think of how it would feel to not achieve your goal at all. Not achieving my goal is a bigger fear to me, because I don’t want to regret anything in life. So find a way to get over your fear. Join a public speaking class. Most of the time when a dream is very important to someone, they will find a way to somehow accomplish their goals/dreams.

Change the way you look at fear. Look at fear as a motivator. So many people in the world complain about not having any motivation, but are very fearful of everything. Use your fear to accomplish the biggest goals in your life.

“Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.”  Will Smith

Choose to take control of your situation!


Goal Setting

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself

According to Steve Chandler, who is a successful author of more than 30 books, the top 5 ways to motivate yourself:

Live In The Now

Live life as if you may die at any moment. Do not leave any thing up to chance. Do the things that you have planned to do in the future, today!

Create a Vision

You wont know where you are going, if you have no destination in your mind. Make daily, short-term and long term goals! “What you
do is create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that
picture as if it were already true.” Arnold Schwarzenegger

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Focus on what you want to achieve and work hard to achieve it. Do not pay attention to any of the negative thoughts you may have, self-doubt or negative people that do not support you. “When you focus on being a happy and motivated person, that is who you will be” Steve Chandler

Build a Track Record

The things we do in life are not what make us tired; its the things that we don’t do. An unfinished task causes the most fatigue in life. If you feel like you never fully finish a task, create a notebook of daily goals/tasks that you want to accomplish/finish and cross them out after finishing them. The more things you cross out, the more confident you will be in yourself.

Definitely Plan Your Work

“There is one unbeatable rule for the mastery of sorrows and disappointments, and that is the transmutation of those
emotional frustrations through definitely planned work. It is a rule which has no equal.” Napoleon Hill

Basically this means when you are depressed or angry about certain things, that is the best time to plan work and commit yourself to it. 1 hour of planning saves 3 hours of execution. When you plan your life, you will feel empowered.

Steve Chandler 100 ways to Motivate Yourself