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In The Presence Of Giants

I just returned from a full 4 days surrounded by some of the brightest, wealthiest and most influential people on the planet. I was at a conference called Mega Partnering put on by JT Foxx and his Top 1 Coaching program. I’m a member of his coaching program, and if you don’t have a coach, you’re doing yourself a disservice!

The list of presenters at theis event included Rudy Giuliani, Nido Quebein, Stedman Graham, Jay Abraham, Raymond Aaron, James Malinchak, Ryan Deiss, Jeff Vacek, MaryEllen Tribby, Brad Smart, Phill Grove, Mike Warren, and many more. The opportunity to attend this event, and learn from the lifetime experiences of these highly successful individuals was something I wouldn’t pass up if you ever get the chance.

I’ve been to dozens of events, and for the most part multi-speaker events like this are pitch-fests. They’re just a steady parade of Gurus selling their books and tapes and courses from the stage. This event was different. None of the speakers were selling – they were all there to teach, guide and inspire. I certainly left there with 2 complete notepads full of notes, and more ideas to improve my business than I would have received reading 20 books. On top of that, I was able to network and connect with the other 550 entrepreneurs and like minded people who attended. I made some great connections and I’m sure I’ll be doing business with a few of the people I met in the near future.

If you get opportunities to be in the presence of giants don’t pass them up. You’re only one deal, one idea, one introduction away from changing your life forever.

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Sharpen The Saw Part 4

The last area of your life that requires sharpening is your spiritual self. When most people think spiritual, they think religion. That definition doesn’t work well for me, because I’ve never really followed any organized religion. I didn’t grow up in a home where we attended church every Sunday. In fact, if we went, it was once or twice a year when my grandparents would visit. That’s not to say I wasn’t raised with many of the beliefs and values practiced by the religion of my parents and relatives.

For me spirituality is more about a connection to myself. It’s quiet time spent in nature, or alone in meditation. I don’t have anything against people who make organized religion a regular part of their life, it’s just not how I choose to express or explore spirituality. I certainly recognize that religion has a place in our society, I just feel that to some degree it has been used over the ages as a way to control or manipulate people rather than empower and inspire them.

I have to admit, of the 4 areas to sharpen this is likely the weakest for me. I have explored meditation and haven’t yet made it a regular part of my routine. I do enjoy being outside, and in fact sitting around a fire under the open sky is about as peaceful a feeling for me as anything I’ve experienced. Spirituality is an area of my life that I’m still exploring and learning more about. I’d love to hear what you find helps you to sharpen your saw in this area of your life. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you find works best for you.

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Sharpen The Saw Part 3

The third area of your life that you can sharpen the saw in is mental. Keeping your mind sharp is one of the most important habits you can develop. Many people think that the end of their school days is the end of their learning, and that’s why they end up in the rat race living paycheck to paycheck.

Your mind is your most valuable asset, and that’s why you need to nourish it just like you do your physical body. Have you heard the quote “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”? Truer words have never been said. So how do you sharpen your mental saw? Any practice that keeps the mind active is beneficial. You can learn a new skill, read a success book or autobiography, teach someone else something you know, write a book or article.

One of my favorite ways to sharpen my saw and keep my mind sharp is to read regularly. I used to read primarily for pleasure reading novels, and legal thriller type books. Thankfully, for the past few years I’ve now taken to reading books that open my mind to new possibilities, give me ideas to implement in my own life, and teach me skills I wouldn’t otherwise learn. I still read novels from time to time as a form of entertainment, but it’s the practice of reading investment, business, personal development and autobiography books that has helped sharpen my saw immensely.

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Sharpen The Saw Part 2

Yesterday I talked about the first area of your life you can sharpen your saw in. I didn’t really even get into nutrition and rest or all the other ways you can revitalize your physical self.

Today, I want to cover your social/emotional self and how to sharpen the saw in that area. You’ve likely heard that you become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. If you regularly hang out with the doom and gloom, woe is me crowd, chances are the thoughts running through your head all day will be a reflection of that consciousness.

On the other hand, you could spend your time out looking for a mentor, or other inspiring, uplifting individuals who can help you dream bigger dreams or see new possibilities. You could schedule time every week to hang out with people who lift your spirits, make you laugh and in general brighten your day.

Do you have a friend that just makes you laugh every time you talk? One of my mentors has a friend like this. Any time he’s feeling down and needs a boost, he picks up the phone and calls his friend. The two of them laugh and joke every time they talk, so he knows any time he needs to change his state it’s only a phone call away.

What activities could you introduce or enhance in your routine to recharge your social/emotional being?

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Mentors Say Sharpen The Saw!

I have a daily calendar on my desk with short messages taken from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book by Stephen R. Covey. I’m sure you’ve heard of the book, but perhaps you’re not that familiar with the contents.

The seventh habit in the book is to Sharpen The Saw, or developing a balanced program for self renewal. This program of self renewal is designed to focus on the 4 areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental & spiritual. In order for you to perform at your best, you must take time to renew and recharge in each of these areas. I’m going to outline some of my practices to regularly sharpen my saw, starting with physical.

There are a number of things you can do to revitalize your physical self, including taking in the right nutrition, exercising regularly and getting adequate rest. I admit, this can be a bit of a roller coaster for me. At times I get gungho and work out every day for a month or more, or I get up early and go for a run every day and then all of a sudden I fall off the wagon and it takes forever to get any sort of routine going again.

One of the simplest solutions to this that I’ve found was to make a small enough commitment that I couldn’t fail. Let me give you an example. Almost 3 years ago now, I was at an all day workshop and heard a number of my mentors speak. One of them, Lee Brower (the gratitude rock guy in The Secret) explained a system he had used to keep commitments to himself (and he learned it from one of his mentors). At the time, he wanted to read more, but was having trouble finding the time. His mentor explained how he made time to read from the bible every single day. Lee asked him how that was possible, and what happened if he missed a day. He said he never missed a day, because his commitment was only to read one sentence (or maybe it was even just one word) and there was always time to do that.

I started the next morning by committing to doing one push-up everyday, and kept that commitment for about 2 years. I don’t think I ever did just one, and it wasn’t long before I was doing 50 or more, and sometimes with my kids sitting on my back! Here’s my challenge to you. What’s one “sharpen the saw” practice you can implement today? Make a commitment to yourself to make it non-negotiable and the secret is to make it something you know you can commit to. Exceeding it every day will just help to boost your belief in yourself, but missing just once can be very detrimental to your self confidence. Start with one commitment, and add a new one every 60 or 90 days. At the end of the year, you’ll be a whole new better version of yourself.

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Your Own Mentor Dinner Party

I was asked an interesting question earlier today, and it caused me to stop and think. The question was, if you could invite any six living people to dinner, who would they be?

I went with my first instincts with my list, and here’s who I chose.

The first choice was Bob Proctor. I think primarily because it was a short appearance of his on the Ellen show that first brought The Secret to my attention. From there I’ve been on an insatiable quest for more learning about how I and the universe operates.

The next choice was Will Smith. I’ve always been a fan of his work on TV and in movies, but more than that I would like to pick his brain more about his thoughts on success, and what separates achievers from the rest. Here’s a great clip from one of his better movies that I really love.

My third choice was Tony Robbins. I’ve never attended one of his seminars and workshops despite having been to dozens and dozens of them over the years. He certainly seems to be at the top of the heap in personal development and human potential, so I’d like to spend some time with him to learn more from him.

Next I chose a couple of somewhat controversial figures. One of the first “success” books I read many years ago was “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. Ever since then, I’ve read a number of his books, follow his work online and generally respect his perspective on investing and escaping the rat race. His book “The Rich Dad Prophecy” really opened my eyes to what’s happening in our world, and seeing the world events today just reinforces my respect for his vision.

The last person may not be as well recognized as the others, but he’s certainly gotten my attention the past couple of years. If you’re prone to watching infomercials (and I’m not) perhaps you know him too. His name is Kevin Trudeau, and one of his more popular books is “Natural Cures … They Don’t Want You To Know About” His current work is The Global Information Network (click the banner on the right side of my blog to set up a free affiliate account – use mentoredlife when asked for a referral code), and I’m impressed with the quality of the information they share, and their mission to share secrets formerly reserved for the elite classes with the masses. It’s a mission I have as well, so an opportunity to pick his brain would be fabulous.

Those are my six for now. I’d love to hear your six, and the reasons why in the comment section below.

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Build It Forward

Since I seem to be on a TV related theme this week, I guess I’ll stick with it. This past weekend I read an article in our local paper about a local celebrity who had created a TV show that helps low income families to own their own home. Local country music star Paul Brandt who has always been eager to support charities created his own show called Build It Forward. I guess it’s similar to the US show Extreme Home Makeover, but with a twist I quite like. Rather than show up on the front door, send them on vacation for a week, and then bring them back to fully built ready to move in new home. This show encourages a pay it forward or Build It Forward philosophy by having the recipients commit to 500 hours of community service – in their local area and abroad.

One of their first assignments is to travel to an impoverished area and spend a week helping another family or working at an orphanage. Once they return home, they’ll also spend time working on building their own home by putting in some sweat equity. I like the fact that the emphasis for this show is giving people a hand up, rather than a hand out. They’re not just handed a beautiful new home and sent on vacation. As much as I think the premise behind Extreme Home Makeover is also good, this is better.

Paul Brandt is a great citizen doing some wonderful work in the world. He’s a great mentor to me, in the example he’s leaving. I have also set out to ensure charitable giving and humanitarian efforts are a part of my business, and not just something I do personally. I believe it’s time for more businesses to emerge with a socially conscious mandate, rather than just a financially driven one. It’s through this kind of global contribution and cooperation that mankind can come together and flourish.

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Even X Factor Contestants Have Mentors

The other day I mentioned how I rarely watch TV anymore, so this post may seem a bit of a contradiction. Actually, I’ve never seen an episode of the show, but I have watched a number of the auditions and performances from links on Facebook and YouTube. I’m not sure what it is about people like Paul Potts (Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago) and a young 13 year old named Rachel Crow on this year’s X Factor USA that is so compelling.

I think it has something to do with how unexpected their performances are. They come out looking nothing like the stereo-typical performing stars, and yet deliver such powerful and moving auditions. I think that’s a big part of the appeal for these shows. The fact that ordinary, every-day people can take a chance and change their lives forever. How many of us get an opportunity to shine and turn it down because we’re more concerned about what others may think?

I learned the other day that the performers on X Factor get matched up with one of the four judges who then become mentors for them for the remainder of the show. I’m willing to bet that having these mentors makes all the difference to each of the contestants as they all vie for the one winning position. All of the performers that make it past the first round have a certain level of talent and ability or they wouldn’t get that far, but the mentors help them hone their craft and become stars. Without mentors, they’d likely continue singing Karaoke in little clubs, or singing in the shower at home. If they’re willing to step out of their comfort zone for an opportunity to work with a world class mentor, what can you do to take a similar step from where you are right now?

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