What’s up, Believe Nation!
So for the past few months, I’ve been putting together a list of my favorite rules, taking the top ten, and taking what I love from each of them, and putting them together into one mega video for you. Just in case you’ve been missing what’s going on in the past month in the channel, here is an update list of my favorite rules from the past month. I hope you enjoy it.
And, as always, guys, as you’re listening if you hear something that somebody says that really inspires you, please leave it down in the comments below. Put quotes around it so other people could be inspired as well. And when you write it down, you’re much more likely to retain it for yourself, too. Enjoy.
My Favorite Top 10 RULES for SUCCESS for March 2017
Don’t Dwell On Mistakes
Interviewer: I was just wondering, what would you consider to be the worst investment you’ve ever made?
The worst investment I’ve ever made? How long do you have? I made some very bad ones, but that doesn’t really bother me. It may bother shareholders, but that’s another question. You’re going to make mistakes in life. I mean, there’s no question about it. You don’t want to make them on the big decision, you know, who you marry, and things like that. So there’s no way I’m going to make a lot of business and investment decisions without making some mistakes. I may try to minimize them. I don’t dwell on them at all. I don’t look back. The biggest mistakes are the ones that actually don’t show up.
“I know a lot of people who really agonize over ’em. And it just isn’t worth it. I mean, tomorrow’s another day, and you’re a little forward. Just go onto the next thing.” – Warren Buffett
They’re the mistakes of omission rather than commission. We’ve never lost that much money on any one investment. But it’s the things that I knew enough to do that I didn’t do. We have missed profits of as much as maybe $10 billion, and things, that I knew enough to do and I didn’t do. Now the fact I didn’t buy Microsoft way back is not a forgone opportunity, ’cause I didn’t know enough to make that decision.
But there have been other investments where I did know enough to make the decision. And for one reason or another, I either didn’t do it all or I did it on a small scale. I was sucking my thumb when I should’ve been writing checks, basically. And those don’t show up.
There’s not place where it shows missed opportunities. But I’ve missed some big ones. The triumphs in life are partly triumphs, because you know that everything isn’t going to be a triumph. And I would never get to hung up on mistakes. I know a lot of people who really agonize over ’em. And it just isn’t worth it. I mean, tomorrow’s another day, and you’re a little forward. Just go onto the next thing.
Move Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Do something new. You know, you can’t stay in your comfort zone. That’s what we all do, we get to certain age, we all stay in our comfort zone with our recliners, watching television day in and day out. And we get to a certain age and we’ll be 70. At the end of the day, why sit around watching television for the rest of my life because I’ve done it all, sitting in my laurel wreaths.
It’s not worth it. I mean, life’s so short. There’s such glorious images in the world and such horror as well, but I want to see it all. So I’ve moved out of my comfort zone. It’s essential for me, otherwise I may also die. So I’ve done it, I’ve broken every rule in the book.
“Do something new. You know, you can’t stay in your comfort zone.” – Anthony Hopkin
And not out of malice or telling anyone, “I’ll show you.” I did it for to show myself. I’ve showed myself. I’ve looked in the mirror, I thought, “I’ll show you one day.” I’ve done something complete new. I wrote the music and I feel limitless.
Enjoy What You Do
It is what I always wanted to do. Fashion really is my passion. It’s what I love to do. It’s what I have to do. I love what I do. I don’t consider what I do as my job. I always say, “Well, it’s always like, “it almost feels like a hobby “that has done really, really well.” Because I love it.
And a lot of people don’t associate work with enjoying themselves. And they don’t associate work with being their passion, whereas I really do. But fashion was always my passion. And I’m leaving a dream, I really am. And I wake up every morning and I pinch myself. I’m very, very lucky. I feel very blessed.
“I love what I do. I don’t consider what I do as my job.” – Victoria Beckham
So I would say right now is definitely where I feel comfortable. I believe that I’m competing in an arena where actually I feel like I’m good at this. I’ve got a long way to go, there’s lots of things that I want to do. I was never going to be the best singer or the best dancer, and that was okay. I had four other people with me.
Interviewer: You did quite well at it, though.
I didn’t do bad, but I kind of hit behind the others a little bit, but I really feel that I have something to give. I feel that I have a point of view. And I have a lot to say. And it’s great when you find something that you think that you’re okay at.
Don’t Do It For money
Even if I wasn’t making video now, I’ve learned that you should really follow your heart and you should do what you want to do and what you are passionate about. It’s hard for me to talk about this, but I really wasn’t happy before, because it felt like I didn’t enjoy what I was doing and it felt like it didn’t have a purpose of me doing it. So the future for me was something really like, ugh, I didn’t even want to think about it.
And I learned a lot from this year, even about myself, that no matter what I want to do, what I love to do, and what I’m passionate about it. And I hope I can carry that message onto you, bros, that I’m not saying school, or anything like that, but you should definitely follow what you want to do, absolutely. Life is too short for doing things that you don’t like.
Money is the topic that I purposely try to avoid for the five years that I’ve been making videos, because I just… I just feel like it’s not important to anyone. And I just want to make entertaining videos. Don’t get me wrong, though. I don’t hate money. I’m not going to pretend like it doesn’t matter to me, because it matters to everyone. But when I started doing YouTube, I was in college, I was on a student loan.
“Even if I wasn’t making video now, I’ve learned that you should really follow your heart and you should do what you want to do and what you are passionate about.” – Pewdiepie
I couldn’t even afford a proper computer that I could record gameplay on. So I was lucky I was able to actually sell some artwork that I made online. And that’s how I was able to get started. Some of you know this story, but shortly after I quit college, and so I had to get a job. And I took whatever job I could get, which was to work in a hot dog stand. And a lot of people like to take this story as something negative, or like, “Eew, he did that?” or “I can’t believe he used to sell hot dogs, “now look at him making big bucks.” It wasn’t like that at all for me. I was the happiest I was at that time, because I was finally, for the first time in many, many years doing what I wanted to do. And the fact that I could make videos was so much more important to me that I had to spend a few hours a day doing a job that wasn’t that prestigious.
I didn’t you could be big at, well, I knew people were big at other type of videos but there was no big at gaming. And I didn’t know you could make money out of it. So it was never like a career that I just quite college to pursue. It’s just something I just love to do. And here we are five years later and it’s exploded. And where people, I guess, don’t really think about until it’s in their face is that I have nine billion views and that translates to something.
There’s ads in my videos, I make money out of those. So whenever it comes out how much I made a certain year, people just get so shocked and a lot of people also, which I saw, were very, very angry. They thought it was unfair. They though I just sit on my ass all day and I just yell at the screen over here, which is true. But there’s so much more to it than that. And I understand that hater’s going to hate, right? But, I don’t know, I really think that money doesn’t make you happy. I am just as happy as I am now as I was five years ago. I’m very happy that I don’t have to worry about paying rent, because that was a huge issue. When my sis came over to Sweden, we could barely afford it. So I’m happy about that, but other than that, it doesn’t change much.
Take The First Step
You can do what’s expected, absolutely. And sometimes you have the expected results over. But there’s so many doors into this thing. And I’m not just talking about film, I’m talking about everything that you’re interesting in life. There’s so many doors. And we all look right at the front door, and go, “How do we get through? “There’s a massive line.” Go to the back door, go to the side window, dynamite a hole in the wall.
You belong in the room, too. You don’t have to wait to be invited into something. I’m here to tell you, nobody will ever invite you into something amazing, because they’re like, ” you, it’s ours.” So if you want to be involved in something, and you want to see something that doesn’t exist, all you have to do is try.
You’re putting yourself in front of so many people just by going like, “I’ll give it shot.” And, yeah, it might not work. And, yeah, and when it doesn’t work some people might be like, ” you, you suck.” them, try again. That’s it, man. That’s all we’re here to do is try. ‘Cause at the end of this, there’s no winner, we all die, so just try, try, try, every day, before they stick you in the grave. And I’m not talking about moving mountains. I’m talking about all that you sit there and go, “I’m going to do that one day.”
“If you want to be involved in something, and you want to see something that doesn’t exist, all you have to do is try.” – Kevin Smith
Do it tomorrow, do it right now, just give it a shot. Because maybe it takes a day, maybe it takes a week, maybe it takes five years. But you don’t get there without just giving it that first step. And I get it, the first step’s hard. And they say, you know the journey of a million miles begins with a single step. What they don’t say is a single step is harder than every other mile that comes after that. All those miles are easy once you take that first one. But I understand how difficult it is to take the first step. Look at me, I’m a fat man, and I read every day, “Stop being fat, you’re going to die.”
And I’m like, I will one day, and I never take that first step, man, so I continue to be fat. So, but in everything else in life, I can take that first step. So I know what I’m talking about, kids, like try, just give it a shot, man. Don’t worry what say. And I’ll clear the mystery for you, will say everything, dude. You can build a cathederal and your steeple will break the clouds and someone will, down below, be yelling, “You’re doing it wrong.” Don’t listen to those people. Life moves forward, man. And people that want to tell you you suck are usually behind you. Just keeping moving forward and try, try every day.
Embrace Your Self
People that I really look up to are those people that kind of did it their own way, kind of people that let people come to then and ignored the hype and just went ahead and tried to come up with their own personality, musically. It’s a little bit of a harder path, especially with the way that the industry is now. But I think that ultimately if I can be looked at not as a genre, but as like, “It’s just Josh, I like Josh.” Then that would be a great goal for me.
“If you just embrace that 100%, well, you’d be the most unique thing out there, because there’s nothing else like that.” – Josh Groban
If I can look back and hopefully have a long career and look back and say that I did everything the way I wanted to and just kind of stayed true to myself. That’s the the one thing I think most new artists need to kind of realize is that you try harder and harder to kind of fit into a mold.
And I think that what they don’t realize is that you’re the only one that’s you. If you just embrace that 100%, well, you’d be the most unique thing out there, because there’s nothing else like that. So it’s hard to do, but if you can kind of keep that mentality, I’d like to try to do that.
Find Your Path
But I knew what I wanted to do from the age of 11. So when I figured it out and I had a path, that shit felt like it was getting ready to go away. I was like, I don’t want to lose this. If I do, I’m going to die. If I don’t have music, if I don’t have my entertainment, it’s over for me. So that was one of my goals.
Interviewer: That’s interesting, at 16, you were already nervous about it going away.
“I knew what I wanted to do from the age of 11.” – Usher
Dude, at 13, I was like, “I’m out.” I was like, I’m going to figure this shit out, I’m gone. I want to entertain. I want to be an artist. My mother was like, “You’re not going to be one of those people “who’s just sitting around, and sleeping on my couch.” I said, “Don’t worry about it, I’ll be gone by 14.” If you can see it in your mind, then it can happen. ‘Cause what’s out here ain’t going to assist you in that way. You got to find it, you got to find it.
Trust Your Gut
Man: When a script comes to you and somebody’s sending you a script, are you looking at character first? Are you looking at the story first? Are you looking for the whole project and how?
“You have to just always go by your gut and if you’re going to enjoy yourself and have a good time creatively, and work with people.” – Jennifer Aniston
The whole kit and caboodle. I say the character, the story, and am I going to have a really good time? Am I going to connect to it? Doesn’t have to be real serious, or this or that, can be a big blockbuster hit comedy, and I just want it to be really fun and enjoyable.
The outcome’s always going to be the out, you never know what the outcome’s going to be. And you can’t do it for, you can’t take on a job, ’cause oh, well, this is has got to be a good one. You have to just always go by your gut and if you’re going to enjoy yourself and have a good time creatively, and work with people.
Time saver, don’t work with angry people, don’t work with pain in the ass actors, get all your information and say, yeah, life’s too short rule, that falls under that, I will move on.
Create Your Environtment
Create an environment that supports your goals, your dreams, what do I mean by that? Make sure that people around you are pushing you in the direction of your dreams. Not patting you on the back for doing less than you’re capable, but pushing you to do more. Make sure the things you’re feeding your mind are pushing you in the direction of your dreams. Make sure that you’re protecting your mind from things that would distract you from your dreams.
It’s your job, it’s your job, to create a bubble, to create an environment, to create this ecosystem that will support your goals, because if you’re surrounded by people that are constantly distracting you, it’s going to be very difficult for you to grow a network marketing business.
If you’re surrounding by people who are patting you on the back for doing one-tenth of what you’re capable of, instead of pushing you and challenging you, getting in your face, then there’s only so far you can go. If you’re constantly feeding your mind and allowing your mind to be infected by negative, pessimistic compromising thoughts, then you can guess what your results are going to be. So guess who’s job? You’re not trying to look for an environment that will support you, your job is to create an environment that will support you.
“Create an environment that supports your goals, your dreams” – Eric Worre
Create this community around you, create the right friendships, the right mentoring, the right coaching, the right ideas, the right encouragement, the right challenge for you to be able to go where you need to go. You understand what I’m saying? So it’s your job to hold yourself accountable and create systems to hold yourself accountable to a higher standard. Your dreams are worth it, I promise. If you’re frustrated and don’t know why you can’t take action, this is the big reason why.
You can’t seem to get things going. This is why. So, one, determine those dreams, get ’em locked solid. Two, hold yourself accountable towards them. And, three, create a system around you of people and influences around you that will challenge you, that will push you, that will force you sometimes to do the things necessary to make your dreams a reality.
Be A Team Player
I’m one of those kids who didn’t like school. School is good for people who like school. But here was my poor dad, head of education, PhD, on the Governor’s Board of Hawaii and all this stuff, and his kid, me, and I’m flunking out of school, ’cause I can’t read, I can’t write. It’s not I couldn’t read, I couldn’t write, I was bored out of my mind. I was just, hey.
So what I did instead was that’s when I met my rich dad, was my best friend’s father. And he used these things, called a game. See, games are the best teaching tools. See, when I’m playing this game, this is how the rich taught their kids battle strategies called chess.
My rich dad taught me to be a rich man playing monopoly. We played monopoly hour after hour after hour. The formula for great wealth in monopoly is four green houses, one red hotel. So today, in Arizona, I own 8,000 green houses, and several red hotels. I just played monopoly for real.
So that’s the power of a game, because a game engages me mentally, physically, ’cause I actually have to move things, emotionally, ’cause when somebody knocks me out, I better wake up, you know? I made a mistake. And spiritually, ’cause it’s spirit that wins. If you just saw Golden State play the-
Interviewer: Wasn’t that something?
And I love LeBron James, I love Cleveland, you know? But one guy cannot take on a team. And I think LeBron scored 60% of all the points, in assist and all that. But a better team beat him. So when you look at business, business is the same thing.
Business is a team sport. I have to have good accountants, good attorneys, good marketing guys, good tech guys, great staff. I have to have great leaders. The trouble with most entrepreneurs, they’re self-employed. So they quit their job. And in America today, the SBA, the Small Business Administration, says there’s 28 million small business owners, 28 million. 24 million are classified as non-employers, remember they’re a one-man team.
“I don’t want to be the smartest guy on my team, but I want to have the best team.” – Robert Kiyosaki
In order to be like this guy saying, “Okay, I’m going to take you on.” Are you crazy? But that’s what most entrepreneurs are trying to do, ’cause that’s what they’re taught to do in school to be the rugged individual. In school, I was very successful as long as I could cooperate at test time. But in school, cooperation at test time is called cheating. In the real world, the guys who have the biggest team win.
So all I focus on is putting the best team together, meanwhile a lot of time the A students in school they’re the doctors and lawyers, and they’re sitting there all by themselves, they’re sitting ducks, but they’re entrepreneurs. Do you know what I mean? It’s just a mindset, tactic, strategy, I went to military school, I’m a former Marine, so I think like a military operation, which I love chess. So most entrepreneurs, you know they have this job, “Okay, I’m going to be an entrepreneur.” This guy’s just massacre.
Interviewer: That’s very good.
‘Cause they went to school, they’ll learn to get a job, and they take test on their own. They have to be the smartest. That’s like the LeBron James. I don’t want to be the smartest guy on my team, but I want to have the best team. And that’s why I win most of my games. I think like this, and the doctors think like this. I’m going, yeah, I got you man. For some reason, I get the sense I’m going to win.
Look at me and let me tell you something. You can believe what you want to believe. You’re going to believe something. It might as well be something that’s going to help you. It’s just a simple, actually, it’s easier to believe you can than to believe you can’t. It’s easier to believe you are than to believe you aren’t.
Based on what you guys tell me, you love me, you like me, you tell me, “I think you’re this, I think you’re that. “Blah, blah, blah, you’ve changed my life.” You have no idea how frighteningly average and normal I am. I mean, it’s like sometimes I’m walking around and somebody will run up to me and say, “Ah, you’re Joyce Meyer!” And I’m like, “Oh, yeah. “Oh, yeah, I’m Joyce Meyer.” But, see, actually, the truth is is I’m just like you, and you’re just like me. We’re all just a big mess.
“It’s easier to believe you can than to believe you can’t. It’s easier to believe you are than to believe you aren’t.” – Joyce Meyer
With Jesus living on the inside saying, “You got what it takes.” If there is any difference in me and you, and there doesn’t have to be, but if there is any, it’s only because I’ve decided to believe it and you haven’t quite decided that yet. You can get over a broken past if you decide to believe that there’s nothing in your past that can keep you from having a great future.
Your Are What Your #Believe
First day I went to school, I was in a classroom. By the time I was six-years-old, didn’t go to school ’til I was six-years-old, ’cause I was living with my grandmother at that time. But she had taught me how to read, read the Bible, Bible stories. So I went into the classroom knowing Nicodemus, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. I could spell all of those words. I thought I was preaching to my kindergarten teacher. So she was like, “Who is this girl?” So I was never placed in an environment where I was ever made to feel inferior. I always felt like, “I’m the smartest kid in this room.” And because I was never put in a position where I was made to feel less than, I didn’t grow up feeling less than.
“The great beauty and gift of my life is that I was never defined by the box that other people tried to put me in.” – Oprah Winfrey
Interviewer: And the rest, as they say, is history.
And the rest, they say, is history. And it’s all about what you believe. You know, I say this to, when I do something on my network now called Life Class. The fundamental key to success is what you believe is true for yourself. Not what you want, not what you desire, it’s what you believe. You know, you can say, “I want to be the most successful person in the world.” But if you believe that there’s a glass ceiling, and you’re going to have a hard time kicking through that glass ceiling.
You’ll keep yourself down.
You will be defined by the glass ceiling. And the great beauty and gift of my life is that I was never defined by the box that other people tried to put me in.
Evan: Thank you, guys, so much for watching. This is still an experimental series for us. So I’d love to know, what did you think? Should the series of Evan’s Favorites continue into the next couple months? Let me know, leave it in the comment below.
Also, I’d love to know what was your favorite rule? What was the best message from all of this and you’re going to take, apply to your life immediately, apply to your business somehow? Leave it in the comments, I’m going to join in the discussion.
Thank you guys, again, so much for watching. I really appreciate it. 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.