One of my favorite quotes in life by Warren Buffet “ The best investment you can make, is an investment in your self… The more you learn the more you’ll earn”. And that is exactly the goal I have for this podcast, to continue expanding my life, learning from the best mentors and examples of success in the world, both living and not, through their stories and books to achieve the successful life we ourselves and our families deserve.
The Booked morning PODCAST is produced daily for your enjoyment where I Bring you my take aways, gold nuggets, and summaries from some of the best books I read every day.
In today’s book. I will share with you one of the most famous books in personal development. Our life is made up of our habits, and in this #1 best selling book, Stephen teaches us a framework for personal effectiveness which is formed by the combination of our habits in life.
Habits – are a combination of our knowledge, skill, and desire. The Author reminds us that to form a habit, we need to have the knowledge to know what to do, the ability to know how to do it and finally the motivation to do something.
Stephen explains in this book that many individuals who have achieved a high degree of outward success still find themselves struggling with an inner need for developing personal effectiveness and growing healthy relationships with other people.
Stephen believes the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. He shares a quote
“In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions.”
Stephen studied over 200 years’ worth of literature on the concept of “success,” He identified a very important change in the way that humans have defined success over time.
In order to change, we have to address our character, not our behavior. Being truly effective means clarifying what it is we want to achieve in life, act on that proactively by putting our goals into action. This is easier to achieve by working with others in invest lasting relationships and to keep a balanced lifestyle.
Achieving unity with ourselves, our loved ones, our friends, and our working associates is the highest, best, and most rewarding out of the seven habits.
Today’s book that I will be sharing is one of the most powerful and popular business books on how to embrace change. We often hear the phrase, “The only thing constant is change.” We know deep inside this is true, we have had so many experiences in life that have proved this concept over and over again. And yet we often forget or loose sight of this and are not always prepared for the change. Or we refuse to accept it when it does come.
This book breaks that concept down for us and into an entertaining story presented as a parable where 2 mice (sniff and Scurry) and 2 little people Hem and Haw live in a maze and are presented with change.
And this is their story. Their life revolves around the pursuit and the enjoyment of cheese.
Every single day, we face changes. There are many things we know and are comfortable with, and it’s very difficult to let them know. But in order for us to grow and improve, letting go of what we know is essential.
The sooner we let go of old things the faster we are able to acquire new skills for a better tomorrow. When we are able to change what we believe in, we can then change what we do.
Eat that FROG!. Most of you who are new to this concept must be thinking. What the Heck, why would I eat a frog?
Well, this book is for those of us who feels overwhelmed with work, business or life and doesn’t know where to start. Brian shares different methods for planning and prioritizing; he shows us how to identify the most important tasks and tips for keeping focused. I for one definitely need this, in trying to balance a family life with three kids plus a challenging career plus a packed extracurricular schedule with my family and outside of it.
I want to give you a little background on the Author. Brian Tracy for those who don’t know him did not finish high school, and was living in a boarding house and now is the best-selling author of over 70 books, consults for thousands of the biggest companies in the world and is one of the most successful authors of today. And he did by applying his Eat that frog concept.
We have a lot cover, so let’s dive right in.
Mark Twain once said that “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that, that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.”
So Brian in this book, went further and gave us two rules for eating a frog and said, If you had to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first….
Our frog is our hardest, most important task, and is the one we are most likely to procrastinate on if we don’t handle it first. We all need to develop a habit of tackling our most important tasks first.
The second rule is ” If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long.” basically don’t procrastinate on it.
I want to end with this lesson.
To get over procrastination, we need to really know ourselves and what we want to achieve. Face our limitations, organize our time and EAT OUR FROGS! When we take on the hardest and most important tasks first, we’ll train ourselves to stay the course to achieving our life dreams and goals.
I’m super pumped to share this book with you? I’ve read this book a few times, I’ve shared it with many.. and every single time, I am still getting gold nuggets out of it. This is one of the best books I’ve read and should be a required reading for everyone who wants to succeed.
This book is for anyone who wants to learn how successful people and organizations get others to buy into their vision, get their offering across clearly and lock in the direction of their business.
You will find that this will seem like the world’s simplest idea, but despite that or maybe because it is, it is neglected or ignored.
Often, I talk to my business friends, team and family about the importance of knowing WHY… Why they want to achieve something, why the chose a certain career path, and why they got into the business in the first place, Knowing WHY acts as a compass through the struggles of life and entrepreneurship.
Simon’s book brings this up 50 levels higher and deeper. As a father at home and a leader in an organization, many of you and myself included, talk about WHAT plenty of times, Some talk about HOW, but very few of us really ever discuss or even know our WHY. And it is not just about the money either.
If we all found our Why, we’d all feel fulfilled every day of our lives….
In this book, Simon tells us if we want to lead and motivate others we need to start with the belief, our cause, our purpose not our Profit…He talks to us about what he calls The Golden Circle… which is loosely based on the Golden ratio, a math concept that describes proportions that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Which consists of 3 concentric circles. WHY being in the bull’s eye or the center and innermost circle, the HOW on the next outer circle and the WHAT in the outermost circle.
All three of these are crucial to know in advance. But Most people and businesses start with the WHAT… What product or service do we sell, then we figure out how we’re going to sell it, and the Why is left to an easy reason, money… success.. but we fail to define it clearly. Our purpose, our cause, and our belief.
The best leaders, communicate the Golden Circle from the inside out.
We uncover our WHY by looking back to our original motivation for starting something, starting a job or a business.
Simon explains “Finding Why is a process of discovery, not invention.”
A great example of this is Apple and Their “ Think Different” slogan. Do you remember Steve Jobs narrating this,
Here’s to the crazy ones.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them,
glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
While some may see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Their calling to challenge the Status quo and the reason they succeed is they are able to communicate their WHY.
Their WHY excites people, the product or service becomes secondary. Apple customers are convinced by Apple and are more than happy to buy whatever they sell.
“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.
Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief – WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?
People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.
We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the ability to inspire us.” Simon Sinek
I highly encourage you to read the full book as it cites several examples and gets into the nitty gritty of his concepts.
I want to leave you with this main message from Start with why…
We as individuals, our businesses or any movement we are a part of, should always start with WHY. Our reason for engaging in something… This WHY should be the compass that guides our decisions, and every message we communicate to the world. By doing this, we can attract raving and loyal supporters and achieve lasting success.
This is the inaugural episode for this Podcast and I am so excited to be sharing with you this life changing book that I just finished. It’s from Bestselling author Hal Elrod, and it’s titled…
The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
Hal is a pretty remarkable and uber successful guy, after being hit by a car head on and again hit by oncoming traffic on the side of his car, he was declared dead for 6 whole minutes and came back to life and was in a coma for 6 days, he was told he would never walk again. And today is a top speaker, coach to tens of thousands, best-selling author and also runs marathons.
I’m sure you’re wondering how the heck did this dude, from death achieve all of that.
Well.. he woke up and accepted his circumstance instead of staying down, he took on his life day after day, which led him to study and develop a 6 step morning routine to create the life of his dreams and fulfill his potential.
Let’s just dive in.
“Your entire life changes the day that you decide you will no longer accept mediocrity for yourself. When you realize that today is the most important day of your life. When you decide that now matters more than any other time because it is who you are becoming each day based on the decisions that you are making and the actions that you are taking that is determining who you are going to be for the rest of your life.”
In summary, The key message in this book is this
The answer to a successful and fulfilling life lays in how we start our day. Hal has provided us six easy steps every morning to start living the life or our dreams: Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing/Writing. Completing these simple activities as soon as you get out of bed sets the tone for the rest of your day and your days ahead and ultimately your life.