If I wait until everyone else is doing it, it’s too late to get on board.
I can’t react based on what’s happening right now. I need to be aware of what’s going on around me and be receptive to signals and trends.
The greatest success comes after a trend is established, then a signal occurs. That’s the time to act.
I can’t react to every signal. It’s healthy to wait for confirmation. But signal without action yields nothing.
No matter how strong it seems, my will alone will not start a trend.
Everyone is lying to me. Sometimes they’re intentionally trying to get me to do something stupid. Other times they just don’t know that what they’re telling me is crap.
I have to have an opinion. The stronger my opinion, the happier and better off I’ll be. My opinion won’t always be correct. But there’s no other way to exist with purpose. I must accept this.
I won’t be right all the time. I’ll be wrong almost as often as I’m right. And this is a great thing.
Change takes time. Trends take a few attempts to reverse.
Defining moments are only so in retrospect.
Milestones are important.
I can only be successful in the future by studying, learning from and embracing the past.
Success means losing small and winning big.
I can’t change the world alone. Support from others is essential.
Timing is critical. Being right at the wrong time is the same as being flat wrong.
Once I’ve done something right, don’t fiddle with it. I’ll destroy it.
Nothing lasts forever. Moments aren’t really single moments. They’re more a set of moments related by focus.
I am entitled to success.
An opinion without patience and fortitude yields failure.
It’s healthy to take breaks. Focus is a renewable but not a durable resource.
I can’t wait for permission. I will only be granted permission when there’s nothing left to gain.
No single person brings all the ingredients to the table.
Other people’s advice is beyond worthless, it will always go against me.
Always have a Plan B.
Growth is the result of enduring a thousand small deaths from each of which I emerge stronger.
There is always more going on that I can take in at once. To be successful I must align activity at the micro level with activity at the macro level and vice versa. Going against the trend reduces risk taking or speculation to pure gambling, and I will always lose at gambling.
Amateurs play to be right. Professionals want results.
Clues are everywhere. You just don’t always know what they’re clues to until after they’re no longer immediately helpful.
The results of my actions will seldom, if ever be visible immediately.
There’s no absolute definition of success. Success means setting goals for myself and achieving them.
Greed fuels failure. If I set goals too high I am doomed not only to fail, but to lose far more than I gain.
Miracles and heroic moments do happen. They happen all the time. And I am neither a hero nor a savior.
Burn your boat. Progress through achievement is the only acceptable outcome.
Change happens when I least expect it.
I must enable myself to see what other people see. But I must not allow their vision to become my own. They don’t know any more than I. A stronger resolve and more insightful interpretation of events is my only potential advantage. I must exploit it to win.
There are always more than two potential outcomes. If I limit myself to binary thinking, where everything is black or white, right or wrong, fair or unfair, strong or weak, positive or negative, … then I will usually be at a disadvantage.
Circumstances are NEVER what they appear to be on the surface. Driving forces and motivations (both positive and negative) must be understood in order to determine direction.
I must be willing to finish anything I start.