Read time: 10 min

October 14, 2020

Good morning! 

INSPIRATION

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

–Alice Walker

NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going

Be Thankful That It Is Hard

Striving for something is inevitably challenging. We run into obstacles we were not anticipating. Things that we thought were a lock fall through. People disappoint us, and unfair things happen to us. But we shouldn’t complain about the challenge; we should be thankful for it.

It would be easy to complain about how hard something is. However, if you stop and think about it, you should be thankful that it is hard. The easier something is to do, the more people that do it, which means greater competition. Conversely, when something is hard to do, most give up.

If ten people launch a side hustle making widgets, five will stop at the first roadblock. Three of the remaining five will stop at the first failure or disappointment. Only two out of the ten will bring their widget to market. So, because of those obstacles, your competition decreased dramatically.

Let’s look at it another way. Every time you encounter a problem when trying to achieve your goals, it is like hitting a wall. Be thankful that the wall is there because while you have the guts and determination to climb over it, most people will turn around and go back. Whenever you hit a wall, more people are giving up because they don’t have what it takes.

The truth is most people don’t understand what goes into true achievement. They only know what the result looks like, and they begin running towards it. Then, when things get tough, they begin to quit. So, every time you encounter something hard, you should be thankful because, in the end, it is actually going to be that much easier to achieve your goal.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Podcasting On A Budget

The key to a good podcast is sound quality, not necessarily an expensive mic!

Samson, a leader in electronics, makes a budget-friendly, portable podcast microphone that only costs $35. I (Kyle) use this microphone for all my podcasts and videos I create. The small but powerful mic picks up your voice while cutting out all the unnecessary background noise. It also eliminates common recording issues such as echos, reverberations, and that weird thing that makes you sound like you are speaking in a tunnel or closet.

Yes, Samson makes higher quality, more expensive microphones, but those are for down the road when you have money to reinvest into your podcast. For now, this portable mic will do just fine. Remember, work with what you have and improve as you go.

Seriously, check it out here.

MONEY: Become wealthy

What’s an ETF?

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a type of security that involves a collection of securities—such as stocks—that often tracks an underlying index. They can also invest in any number of industry sectors or use various strategies. ETFs are listed on exchanges, and the shares trade throughout the day, just like an ordinary stock would.

An example is the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which tracks the S&P 500 Index. ETFs can contain many types of investments, including stocks, commodities, bonds, or a mixture of investment types. Because there are multiple assets within an ETF, they can be a popular choice for diversification.

ETFs trade through online brokers and traditional broker-dealers. You can view some of the top brokers in the industry for ETFs with Investopedia’s list of the best brokers for ETFs. An alternative to standard brokers are Robo-advisors like Betterment and Wealthfront, who make use of ETFs in their investment products.

SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the Achiever within

Have The Uncomfortable Conversation

As humans, we gravitate away from uncomfortable situations. Our brain would much rather we play it safe, let it go, and pretend like it never happened. The problem is, it happened. Someone said or did something that upset or offended you. Perhaps you let it go at first, but you are still ruminating about it. It is still eating you up inside. However, since you don’t like uncomfortable conversations or confrontations, you push it down deep and hope the feeling goes away on its own.

The problem is, every time you think about it, you are pulling time away from something else. Instead of working on your goals, you replay that conversation in your head. Instead of getting a headstart on that project, you are listing out the ways you were hurt. You run through the entire problem repeatedly until it consumes you. All because you refuse to have an uncomfortable conversation.

Have the conversation. At some point, you have to stand up and say how you truly feel. You cannot always expect an apology, so don’t. Don’t count on the person you have beef with to feel remorse and apologize for hurting you. However, once you have the conversation, the weight you have been carrying around eases up. You stood up for yourself. You spoke your piece. No matter what happens next, you ended the situation on your own terms.

As an achiever, there is never enough time in the day to do all the things we want to do. Therefore, we cannot waste the time we have re-hashing the events of weeks or even years ago. We also cannot assume that letting it go is going to solve the problem. Just have the uncomfortable conversation, speak your piece, regain control, and then let it go.

SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network

How To Learn Something New In Every Conversation

The most successful people will tell you that a key to success is a growth mindset. The highest achievers are those who are always looking to become smarter and wiser about anything and everything. They look at every situation as a chance to become a better and more valuable individual.

Adapt this mindset to your daily conversations. We all find ourselves in conversations or meetings that we deem to be tedious and meaningless. It is a natural reaction to shift into autopilot until the situation is over. However, you would be surprised about what you can learn from these everyday encounters. For example:

  • Presenting Information: Every presentation can yield valuable advice. If the speaker is engaging, take notice of their tone, how they speak, and their body language. If the presentation is a bore, observe what is lacking and make a note to avoid it the next time you present.
  • Handling Feedback: Just because the feedback doesn’t focus on you does not mean it cannot be valuable. Breakdown the advice being given and think about how it relates to what you are working on.
  • Personal Presentation: Anytime you are in a one-on-one conversation, you should take notice of the way the other person presents themselves. Do they make eye contact? Are they only talking about themselves? If they present themselves in a strong, credible fashion, then you can copy those traits for your presentation.

As an achiever, you should always be looking for ways to grow and develop. Every conversation you have has value and contains knowledge you can use for the future. You sometimes have to dig deeper to find it.

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