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Good morning, Achiever!

INSPIRATION

β€œYou must not make up your mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

LEADERS & INFLUENCERS: Learn from the best

Jordan Peterson’s Antidote to Chaos


If you haven’t heard of Canadian Psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, you’ve been missing one hell of an influencer. Dr. Peterson is a professor at the University of Toronto and a critic of political correctness who became world-renowned after he famously refused to obey a Canadian statute that required compelled speech (the counter of free/protected speech). Peterson was further launched to fame when he participated in a debate with Channel 4 News correspondent Cathy Newman where he defended the right to free speech. Since then, he has been featured on many talk shows and podcasts, including The Joe Rogan Experience, VICE Magazine, Ben Shapiro, Dave Rubin, and Sam Harris. Don’t worry if you don’t know who they are; we’ll introduce you to them in another piece.

Dr. Peterson’s lectures prominently feature the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung and explore the benefit of personal responsibility and the relationship between keeping order in your life and how easily we can all descend into a chaotic spiral. He’s written two books: Maps of Meaning and 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. 12 Rules is an excellent read and should be on everyone’s reading list. He has a course you can purchase on his website called Self-Authoring Suite.

J.P. has been an antidote to chaos himself, standing as a kind of foil for political correctness gone wild, advocating personal responsibility as an essential component of growing into a true adult. His message has been well received, too, as the relatively unknown professor gained several million followers in only two years. He openly has struggled with depression and health issues, but the message he represents remains strong. Here are his 12 Rules for Life:

  1. Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
  2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.
  3. Make friends with people who want the best for you.
  4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
  5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.
  6. Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
  7. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient).
  8. Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie.
  9. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.
  10. Be precise in your speech.
  11. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.
  12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Solving Your HR Issues


Many small businesses start out the same. One person, or a small group of people, launch and idea and then work like crazy to sell that idea and build towards profitability. With everyone moving so fast, non-essential items such as HR and payroll processes get put on the back burner. At first, with only a few employees, this is not such a big deal. However, if you plan to grow, you will need to put a plan in place.

Paycom is a comprehensive all-in-one HR and payroll software. This program allows you to manage all of your HR and payroll tasks and documents all in one place. It offers several popular and useful functions such as:

  • Talent Acquisition: Find, hire, and onboard the right employees the first time
  • Talent Management: Develop and retain your high performing talent
  • Payroll: Ensure everyone gets paid accurately and on-time
  • HR Management: Automate processes like performance reviews
  • Time and Labor Management: Manage schedules, clocking in and out, PTO requests

To discover how Paycom can take your company to the next level, please click here.

NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going

One Search Away From Superior Thinking


In the old days of clipping coupons, our parents and grandparents would toil away to ensure they saved that 60Β’ on toilet paper, that $4 on an oil change and the motherload…anything on the clearance rack. Oh, baby. Today, it’s much simpler to find great deals, price matching, sales, and ways to save. So simple, in fact, you only need to take 30 seconds to search something followed by “discount” or “coupon.” We’re serious, try this the next time you have to purchase anything of significance and see what you’ll find. A member of our team recently purchased a new windshield for $399. The magic of Google provided, in 17 seconds of searching, a $55 off coupon. That’s a very worthwhile 17 seconds.

These discounts, coupons, and savings are everywhere, and they’re right at your fingertips, but more importantly, this has become a habit whenever we buy something. This is Next Level Thinking. We now do this routinely on most things we purchase, and there’s usually some discount code offered somewhere within a link or two. More importantly than the thousands of dollars this can save you, the simple thought to look around for any net benefit within reach gives you an impressive new skill that you can utilize ubiquitously.

This will serve you well not just when price hunting, but a little light in your mind will go off when you’re negotiating a deal, looking up relevant information, or simply becoming more informed.

Don’t just take something for what it is at face value; take a moment before you make a decision to briefly check to see if all your ducks are in a row. You might have your own 17 seconds of glory.

MONEY: Become wealthy

Student Loan Forgiveness During the Pandemic


If you’re like a lot of people, you were taken advantage of on your first day of college. You were young. So many wanted your interest and attention. You couldn’t back out. They wanted long-term relationships. You took more than you could handle, and it hurt. They said that after college, the pain would gradually go away. Now you can’t seem to get rid of it. Here you are years later, still paying off those student loans.

Or maybe you had better luck. If that’s the case, pass this info on to those still grieving.

Here are two things to know about student loan forgiveness during the pandemic:

1. Congress suspended payments and interest accrual on federally-held student loans through September 30, 2020.

2. If you hope to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program or through Income-Driven Repayment (IDR):

  • Student loan suspension counts towards the required payments to receive loan forgiveness. As long as the borrower would have otherwise qualified for forgiveness, these months of non-payment will count. Those seeking PSLF must be employed in qualifying work. Remember to recertify your employment every year.
  • Those enrolled in IDR before will still be counted as making payments during this time. Annually recertify income.

Check out more information on repayment and loan forgiveness options here.

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

What Is Courage?


Courage is a word we often hear when describing someone who did something heroic or brave. We often think having the courage to do something means that we are not afraid of it. As if, a courageous person is someone who is fearless. If we want to be courageous, we have to eliminate all fear. This is simply not true.

Courage is not the act of not having fear. It is the act of being afraid to do something and doing it anyway. Not only is being afraid of accomplishing your goals, okay, but it is to be expected. Nelson Mandela once said, β€œI learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

The next time you contemplate chasing something big, such as changing jobs, starting a side hustle, or making a lifestyle shift, expect to be afraid. Do not get down on yourself that you cannot shake that fear. Instead, accept that the fear will be with you every step of the way. The key is to move forward and keep making progress towards that goal. Once you arrive at your destination, you will be better off because of it, and you will have proven that fear no longer controls you.

FUN STUFF – TRIVIA

Which continent has the longest coastline?

Answer below.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • The new recovery package will be announced today. It’s supposed to include $1,200 checks to Americans, reemployment bonuses, retention bonuses, and tax credits for small businesses and restaurants.
  • Actress Olivia de Havilland from “Gone With the Wind” died on Sunday at the age of 104, and television host Regis Philbin died at the age of 88 on Friday. Both died of natural causes.
  • Biden leads Trump in polls in Michigan, Florida, and Arizona.
  • Europe’s economy​ is set to outpace the US’s because of different responses to the pandemic.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Make a list of 10 places you want to visit within 100 miles of your home, then add one place a month to your calendar.

Trivia Answer: Asia