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“One of the greatest things in human life is the ability to make plans. Even if they never come true, the joy of anticipating is irrevocably yours. That way one can live many more than just one life.”
– Maria von Trapp
LEADERS & INFLUENCERS: Learn from the best
Take Your Shot, Hamilton Did
“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in a middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?”
We’ll tell you how- by never “throwing away his shot.” Yes, this is from Hamilton the Musical. The musical shows us that Hamilton’s life was extraordinary, and we can learn from it.
Hamilton was born out of wedlock in Neves and later orphaned when his mother died. Hamilton was taken in by a wealthy merchant, Thomas Stevens. After writing a letter to his father that detailed a hurricane, the community was so impressed by his writing that they collected money to send Hamilton to the North American colonies for his education. When allowed to escape the life he was born into, he seized the opportunity and continued to take every opportunity that followed. We should all live our lives with the same philosophy, who knows what can happen if you take a chance?
His education began as anything but formal, receiving tutoring and supplementing his education by voraciously reading. Hamilton demonstrated that there’s no shame in being self-taught and doing things in your own time. He went on to attend Kings College- now Columbia University. He dropped out of college to fight in the Revolutionary War (alongside George Washington, of course) and later returned to his studies to work as a lawyer before becoming the United States’ Secretary of Treasury. Hamilton knew his own potential and didn’t let the fact that he didn’t have a legacy or family money stop him. He had the brains, tenacity, and ambition and knew that those things alone would take him very far.
Hamilton’s success is a testament to hard work trumping genius. He was undoubtedly bright, but he was also known to spend hours reading and writing, learning, and perfecting material. Hamilton said, “men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me.” Neither IQ nor EQ can substitute for hard work driven by passion day in and day out.
It doesn’t matter where you came from, if you have the talent and the ambition to achieve your goals, opportunities will appear for you.
Hamilton refused to “throw away his shot.” Sometimes he fell flat (like when he thought the US President should serve for life like a King), but more often, his ideas flourished (like the US Constitution and the Compromise of 1970). Hamilton is known for his stubborn pride, a trait fueled by his passion for the stances and beliefs he held, even in the face of great opposition. But it’s this same trait that propelled him forward.
Most of us wouldn’t know more than the average US History student about Hamilton without Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical. Yes, we wouldn’t have the Musical without Hamilton, the figure. We’d argue we wouldn’t have this masterful art without Hamilton, the man– who he was and what he embodied. His inspirational thirst for knowledge, ambition, and ability to seize opportunity inspired Miranda to write the play.
In 2009 Lin-Manuel Miranda was invited to the White House to showcase his poetry during the White House Poetry Jam. Everyone figured Miranda would perform a number from his Tony-winning Musical In The Heights. Instead, he rapped the first song from Hamilton, called “Alexander Hamilton,” introducing Hamilton as a hip-hop Treasury Secretary. Talk about a huge risk, but Miranda pulled it off, the video went viral, and then the Obamas kept asking him when the musical would be made. This opportunity bred another shot—the Lincoln Center, where he performed 10 of the show’s songs, which eventually led Miranda and his team to Broadway. The very act of taking your shot can lead to someone taking their own hundreds of years later.
What opportunity would you seize if you were given a chance?
NEXT LEVEL: Keep success going
Working In vs. Working On
When you start out as a business owner, you are responsible for all facets of your business. This included marketing, sales, shipping, invoicing, and anything else that needed to get done. As your business grew, these roles expanded, but you had to take on new responsibilities such as hiring, performance reviews, software management, and much more. For a long time, you have been working in your business.
However, to take your company to the next level, you need to begin to transition out of working in your business to working on your business. It will be crucial that you start to delegate daily responsibilities to departments such as finance, logistics, marketing, sales, and human resources. While important, those everyday tasks are no longer worthy of your time and energy.
You must begin working on the tougher, big picture items to grow and scale your business correctly. This includes a long term business strategy, sales goals, and developing new projects. For some, this also means recruiting investors to commit large sums of money to your future. That will only happen if you can present a solid business plan for the growth of your organization. That is considered working on your business.
It may be difficult to let go of some of the tasks you have been doing for the past few years. Trusting others to carry out your vision is challenging and will take time. However, it is a process that you must begin if your company is going to grow. Remember, you did not start your business to be average. You started it to be extraordinary, which means taking your position and responsibilities to the next level.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Biohacking Your Way To Your Best Self
In this newsletter, we often speak about the importance of having the right mindset, developing good habits, and getting your health and wellness in order. All of those things sound great, but it is easier said than done. With an already full plate containing work, family, and adult responsibilities, it can feel impossible to get started. This is why we want to introduce you to Ultiself.
Ultiself is a mobile app focused on biohacking your way to creating the best version of yourself possible. They do this by supplying you with 3-4 daily activities to take your life to the next level. It’s as straight forward as the following these four steps.
To learn about the hundreds of ways Ultiself can improve your daily life, click here.
SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the achiever within
Life Lessons we all Need to Learn
Fitting in is not belonging: Fitting in is the greatest barrier to belonging. “Fitting in” often means assessing situations and groups of people, and then twisting yourself into different people to get them to like you. You become a social chameleon (which can have it’s benefits i.e., in business). Belonging is something else entirely. It’s showing up and letting your authentic self loose, which starts with self-acceptance. Accepting yourself gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable, and flawed.
Guilt is not bad for you: Guilt is good because it helps us stay on track with our behavior. It occurs when we compare something we’ve done or failed to do with our values and morals. The discomfort this comparison creates motivates change, self-reflection, and, hopefully, self-improvement. Guilt can make us feel more positively about ourselves because it emphasizes the gap between who we are and what we did, and we can change what we do to match our higher selves.
Vulnerability is an act of courage: Vulnerability is not a weakness; it is the most accurate measure of our individual courage. To lay it all out on the table, for yourself or others, is incredibly brave. Being vulnerable creates a connection between people. The key to transforming your painful, terrifying parts into courage is learning how to recognize them, feel them, and ultimately choose to keep living with them.
THE FIRST STEP: Seize the opportunity
4 Free Tools To Get Your Started
One of the reasons people hesitate to start a business or side hustle is the perceived amount of money they think it will cost them. You may have a great idea, but when you start thinking about everything that goes into making it a reality, you get overwhelmed and never start. While it is true that your new venture will require some type of investment, several tools offer a free version to get you started.
When starting out, all your website needs to do is tell people who you are, what you do, and how to purchase whatever you are selling. WordPress offers hundreds of free templates to help you do this.
Your e-mail marketing campaign should include a monthly newsletter updating your customers on events, happenings, discounts, and product launches. MailChimp’s free version is more than capable of doing this for you.
Payment Software: GumRoad
Whatever it is that you are selling, you need a way to get paid. GumRoad is an ideal platform to describe and sell your products or services with ease. You can utilize their free version until you begin making sales and turning a profit.
Project Management: Project.co
To kick off that first project with your team and partners, all you need is a project management software that assigns tasks and tracks projects. Project.co will keep everyone on the same page while you work towards profitability.
FUN STUFF – NOVEL WORDS
ruh-thahy-mee-uh | noun
carefree behavior; light-heartedness.
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