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Today I’m going to share with you my favorite top 10 rules to success April 2017 edition.
And always guys, as people are talking, if you hear something that really resonates with you, please leave it down in the comments below, put quotes around it as well so other people can be inspired and when you’re writing something down, it’s much more likely to stick with yourself as well, enjoy.
My Favorite Top 10 RULES for SUCCESS – April 2017 Vol. 2
The thing is, every successful person you know has failed at what they love to do before. I’ve been unsuccessful in my career, you just didn’t know about it ’cause I wasn’t famous yet, I was trying to be famous, I was trying to get a record deal for six years and I kept getting turned down.
And any successful person you know, even though it seems like everything just happened for them, it usually was preceded by a bunch of failure. Or at least a significant amount, but the great ones aren’t the ones that don’t fail, they’re the ones that learn from their failure and they keep going and they’re persistent and their tenacious, and for me, I was trying to get a record deal from ’98 to 2004 and I got turned down by every major record label including the one I’m signed to now, and for me that means that even when you hear “no,” you have to keep going through all those nos until you get to yes.
You know, I grew up in Colombia, and Colombia is a developing country where a lot of people don’t have access to the most basic needs and where education is considered a luxury, unfortunately, because we all know that education is a birthright. And I just grew up frustrated seeing how many people weren’t able to realize their own dreams, you know? When I was eight years old my dad underwent an economic crisis, a financial crisis.
He lost his business and we struggled economically for many years. We lost our car, we lost our furniture, and I remember vividly the day I walked in my house and all the furniture was gone because my dad had to pay his debts. And it was quite shocking for me. I was eight, seven, eight years old and when I saw this I was so frustrated. And so upset with my parents because I couldn’t understand how they did so poorly in business.
I’m like, why, why? I couldn’t get it, and my dad and my mom took me to the park where they showed me other kids my age sniffing glue, they were orphans, they had no one to watch after them and they were barefoot and they were abandoned to their own luck.
I wanted to be active and that’s how it all started.
It probably left such an impression in my impressionable mind at that age that I remember that day and I remember I made myself a promise, I said to myself, “Shakira, you have to succeed, because you have to “ride in a car again one day. “You have to get your own car someday.”
And I wanted to vindicate my parents, socially and economically, and I also wanted to someday do something for those kids who I saw that day in the park, so as soon as I had my first big success with Pies Descalzos which was my third album, I decided to establish my own foundation and do my own contribution to the change, even if it was going to be a small one, but I wanted to be active and that’s how it all started.
Going through my own financial struggle and the struggle of my family and understanding that the one thing that I never lacked was care, protection, and an education, and that’s probably what made me thrive in life.
Don’t wait, go, do it, act, now. And really accepting we need you, we need you, we need you. You are the one percent, you’re the percent that says, “I’m going to wake up,” you’re the lightworkers.
You’re the ones that have accepted this call in this lifetime at this time you have decided to wake up and chosen to say, “Yes, I’m here to be of greater service “than just to feed myself,” right? I’m here to feed the world, I’m here to give love, I’m here to be an expression of that truth.
Don’t hold that back. Don’t play small. We can’t, we need you. And so really, if you are anyone in this room who has been sitting on that book idea, waiting a little bit longer before you start that teacher training, or doing 10 more teacher trainings before you actually teach if that’s you, guys, start and the pressure will be off.
We just get to go, just go
I can’t begin to tell you, I could cry just saying this, the day I taught Ego Eradicator I was two weeks into my teacher training and I said, “F it, let’s go!” And I just went and I felt so much pressure off. I felt so much lift, because I just knew, I felt this technology must be shared.
I can’t hold it, I can’t keep it for myself. I can’t just sit in my apartment by myself like this. I got to give this. And sharing it, the pressure that was just lifted, it was like, ah, thank you, thank you.
And I wasn’t the perfect teacher, and I looked back and I was teaching Ego Eradicator wrong, everyone’s arms were like this, everyone was breathing backwards, it was a mess, but I did it and I started, and in those moments when we just get to go, just go, the pressure’s off and then we clear the path and we are guided to the next right action, and that is the most magnificent thing we could do right now.
Develop Successful Habits
Your habits determine what direction you’re going. Your success in life, your results in life are in direct proportion to your habits. Not what you say you’re going to do, but what are you going to do?
You’ve got to develop successful habits, and I believe that starts with being a daily goal setter and a daily goal hitter, that you get up, you know, too many people spend their whole life, they say they’re dreaming but they’re really just pipe dreams.
They’re thinking about what they want to be doing in 20 years and what their plans are way out in the future, let me tell you what, the future you need to be worried about is not the next 20 years, but the next 20 minutes. What are you going to be doing? What are you going to be doing to be effective? When you get up every day, know your priorities.
Get up today and get it done
Life will overwhelm you, stuff will overwhelm you. With all the information we have now, whether it’s your phone, where sometimes I think we have smart phones and stupid people. I mean, it is so easy to get consumed by a bunch of stuff that is not going to get you where you want to get to.
Say every day, “I will do today what other’s don’t “so I will have tomorrow what other’s won’t.” You’ve got to choose to be effective. Know what your priorities are. Know what your must-dos are.
Don’t let your phone, don’t let your tablet, don’t let the TV, don’t let your friends knock you off what are the most important things to get done today. Sir Winston Churchill didn’t have an inbox, he had an action this day box. And so things didn’t get into that box that he wasn’t going to deal with that day.
As John Wooden said, “Make today your masterpiece.” Get up today and get it done, finish the day, attack the day and go change your life.
Machine Gun Kelly
Interviewer: What you represent now, for all those kids out there trying to make it, whatever field it is, whether it’s music or something else, what words do you have for them in terms of how you’ve lived your life, and you’ve made it to this point, because you’re not supposed to be here right now.
Interviewer: What advice do you have for them in terms of their lives and their journey?
Lace up, lace up.
Interviewer: What does lace up mean? Say if it’s the casual person that might be seeing you for the first time on this show, what is lace up?
It means what you want it to mean, but, to me in a day and age like this, it means put both feet on that ground, lace up, get ready to face the world, go out there, take it on and turn a grain of sand into a diamond, you know what I’m saying?
Interviewer: Yeah. I think they love that answer right there. They’re definitely laced up.
See, that’s what it’s about, man. You know, it’s about believing in something, you know what I’m saying? Having faith in something, man, that’s what it is. We’re not trying to hear some president in a suit who can’t even live his own life because he’s so worried about public perception.
I can take my own career into my own hands and be an entrepreneur
We can’t relate to that, you know what I’m saying? They want to see someone doing what they’re doing, living how they’re living, coming from where they’re coming from and making something better of themselves than just sitting on their ass, you know what I’m saying? That’s why they’re screaming, because they see that and that’s what I’m coming with on this album, I’m just going to be the people’s champ.
You know what I mean? I don’t want to hear some reverend tell me I have to believe in an organized religion, I don’t want to hear some president tell me what he’s going to do or not going to do because they never do it.
I don’t want to hear some teacher put a limit on where my education could take me, you know what I’m saying? They want to teach me to go and fix lights in the house, but they don’t want to tell me that I can take my own career into my own hands and be an entrepreneur and come up with something like this.
They didn’t teach you that you could do this. I’m not scared, man, I’m ready to step up and be a leader for this generation and be a voice for this generation and all these people can act like they’re talking for these kids, but it’s just an act. I’m still one of those kids, man.
This means the world to me, and that’s what this album is about and I just know things are going to change, man. I feel it, I believe in like, I don’t know.
#Believe In What You Do
I think if you believe in what you’re doing, many people will tell you why you’re mistaken, why it’ll never work, but if you really believe passionately what you’re doing, and keep pushing on, keep pushing on until you either succeed or at least you realize that it’s just not going to happen. And then if you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again and ultimately, if you’re that determined you will succeed in life. And if you don’t you’ll have a hell of a lot of fun trying.
Do What You Love
I’m most comfortable when I’m in the studio. And nothing else matters but the music. You got to just love for it, for something that you think about, you sleep and you dream and you wake up and you breath it and you want to live it. There’s so many options, there’s many ways to blow up, there’s many ways to be known and to get success and to be successful, and it’s just about picking that way that fits you.
Samuel L. Jackson
I kept going, I had a path, I knew what my path was. My path was to become what I am right now. Now, I lost sight of it in an interesting sort of way or I went about it in a wayward path, but fortunately for me, all the gettin’ high, the drinkin’, the drugs, everything else I did, I showed up at the theater every day.
I did plays ripped out of my mind, I rehearsed ripped out of my mind, but every lesson that I learned, I held onto for some reason God, whatever, somebody let me hold on to everything that I was learning.
My stage lefts and my stage rights, my upstage foot always out, turn down this way, learning how to develop a character, doing all those things, because those were the things that I loved and I did them in the midst of everything else that I was doing to when my friends were getting ready to go get some more drugs, I’d go, “Oh, no, I got to be at the theater, “I’ll catch you all when the theater’s over,” when I’m done.
I kept learning my lessons and doin’ ’em.
And I’d get, or I got to go build a set, I got to do this. So I did everything that I had to do, so I was focused on this by any means necessary. Plus I had a professor who was like, “Well, you know, all the great ones do their jobs “and get ripped out of their minds.
“You know, you look at the Peter O’Tooles and the, “they get drunk and they get high, they do what they do, “but they show up and they do the job.” So we were like, “OK,” and that’s what we did.
You know, we drank with him and we went to styles of acting class, we’d go smoke a joint and come in and do our other acting classes or go build a set or build some costumes or hang some lights and do all of the things that we had to do, so I kept learning my lessons and doin’ ’em.
Interviewer: Sometimes a lot of people may try a new initiative and then they don’t get an immediate reaction and they think it’s a failure.
Interviewer: I want to go back to your YouTube videos with the Wine Library, you had so much content out there. How did you stick in there, how did you keep yourself motivated?
Because I believe in my strategies and I’m patient as, like, all great stuff, especially when you’re innovating doesn’t happen right away. This notion that like, “Oh Gary, I tried it, “I spent 500 bucks on Facebook ads, it doesn’t work.”
Well what if your videos sucked, what if your product and service sucks? I tend to do things that are very early, that has been my career. When I do things I believe in them.
I stick with them based on intuition, even though for 18 months nobody watched my wine videos at all, I knew it was right, I was right, there’s been things I’ve done that I jumped off of very quickly, I started a Gary V app, VeeChat, V E E, like WeChat, I thought it was funny for my fans, great CRM one-on-one, didn’t feel right after a week or two spent plenty of money building it, stopped it after couple months.
Every time I try a new marketing tactic or a sales tactic I’m looking for the yes.
Wine Library TV, five years, every day YouTube, decided to change it to Daily Grape, insular app, you could buy stuff, subscription for reviews, it was a lot of fun, only did it for five months, stopped it ’cause it didn’t feel right anymore.
It’s always hard to know when to jump off something new, but I find that people don’t believe in what they’re doing. They hear a guru and they do it begrudgingly ’cause their boss wants them to or they’re like, well, Gary’s right a lot, so let me do it, but they don’t believe it and so then they jump.
They’re looking for nos instead of yesses. Everything I do, every business development, every event I do, every time I try a new marketing tactic or a sales tactic I’m looking for the yes.
I’m looking for the yes, and if the no punches me, well then I’m like, crap, the no punched me. I believe the majority of people when they try new tactics are looking for the no, and you’re going to be getting a lot of subtle nos immediately.
And so I think that’s why that happens.
Find Your Own Voice
Interviewer: Your success has been dramatic, obviously, and coming from a city like Chennai, of course, culturally very rich, we are in our own state of Tamil Nadu, but more importantly, to be able to go global with that has been just quite awe-inspiring to be honest and made all of us so proud here in Chennai, but if you look at young musicians today and what they are being offered, and the technology, it’s moved along as well, what would you say to them?
I think they have to find their own voice. They find their own inner voice. The moment we try to do somebody else’s, we become mediocre. The moment we try, our limitations are sometimes are plusses so sometimes that forces you to think in a way where, there are many millions of ways to achieve a song, or achieve greatness in art, so you find a different way.
You know, a classic example is Kumar Gandharva, a classical singer, he had a lung problem or something so he couldn’t sustain his notes. If you listen to his rendering, he would just make everything short. He wouldn’t like, he would never sustain it because of his breathing problem.
But that became a great style. You don’t have to copy that because his limitation became a style of what he could amazingly do and it was unique when he sang. And so I think all of us have limitations and we should not think it’s a limitation. So there’s something else which is there, a plus within you and then bring that out and then you become totally different.
#Believe In Yourself
You weren’t created by a mediocre God. You weren’t created to be mediocre, you were created for good works which He planned beforehand. You were created to do amazing things, and sometimes we just got to realize our potential.
We got to realize it, we were created by an awesome God, we were created to do amazing things, and if sometimes we just have the confidence that we were created to do something special, then go do something special, but you have to believe in yourself.
You have to believe that you are gifted for such a time as this, you have to believe that you have the talent, you have to believe that you can make the choice every single day to wake up, to love it, to be passionate about it and sacrifice.
Thank you guys so much for watching. I’d love to know, what did you think? What was your favorite clip? What are you going to take from this video and immediately apply to your life or your business somehow? Leave it down in the comments below. I’m super curious to find out, so thank you guys again for watching, I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself, and whatever your one word is, much love, I’ll see you soon.
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