In a monarch society the ruling faction is determined by bloodline. But beyond the royal palace, success is impartial. The crown of great accomplishments can be claimed by the hardworking, innovative, and resourceful individual — whatever their background or bloodline.
Too often I hear people complain about the roadblocks of taking action. For most, these challenges are the greatest barriers to getting started. They say that the cost of initiation is expensive. “It takes a lot of money,” they say. “As well as time, and energy, and countless other resources.”
It was 2009 and the real estate market crashed. But I smelled opportunity. There was only one problem, however… I didn’t know anything about real estate.
I had two choices: One, wait as I learned all of the tools and information available or two, jump in the deep end, get started and figure it out under the necessity to perform.
To protect ourselves from possible embarrassment, ridicule, or judgement, we often live life with a psychological lampshade. We hide our most audacious, crazy (and often most important) ideas from the world. But ideas can’t materialize when held captive in our minds. In fact, ideas multiply in value when they are freed, shared, talked about, and tested.
I created this image for a speech I gave early this year (2012) to describe my life in 2011. While running my two businesses and attending USC as a full-time student, the longest I was in any one city during 2011 was ten days. During one school semester I even traveled to 5 different countries.
And yet, it was still a very successful year both professionally and academically.
A lot has changed in the workplace and businesses no longer want ‘drone employees’ with a “go to the fridge and get the cheese” mentality. Enter the intrapreneur: A person who works within an organization, but thinks and acts like an entrepreneur. The truth is, all of the great jobs from this day forward will be filled by intrapreneurs, not employees. These are individuals who look at themselves and problem solvers, not clock punchers. They are hard-working, resourceful, frugal, big-picture minded, and team oriented.
More often than not a decision alone is not enough. And action without a thoughtful decision is dangerous. But when decisions and actions are married magical things happen.
We should be optimistic in viewing our setbacks as preparation for future circumstances and opportunities that we cannot yet foresee.
In doing so, failure becomes cross training.
The pursuit of success can be demanding, tough, painful, and tiring… but you know what? The Honey Badger doesn’t care. Nothing will stop it from attempting success.
What about you? How would traits of the Honey Badger increase success in your life?
Sometimes it seems society’s goal is to produce conforming, non-inquisitive, and apathetic grown-ups. This, of course, is an excellent way to shun both fun and success from life.
The opposite of such a stoic existence is to embody the curiosity, liveliness, playfulness, and spontaneity of a child (and yes, these traits can co-exist with maturity).
Why does this lesson plan strike you as odd? Because in conventional education (chalkboard and all) there is so much structure we come to rely on teachers, leaders, scholars, and a predetermined program to “educate” us.
It’s no question that those who enjoy more, do more, and achieve more are those whose own daily lesson plan reads: “Educate myself.”
On one hand, rules and norms create social cohesion and order, but on the other, they breed conformity and complacency. Most social norms and rules were created with a purpose, but relevance is never permanent.
Don’t choose conformity and compliance over creativity because you’ll most likely end up somewhere (and someone) you don’t want to be. Let your intuition and creative inclinations be heard before you become part of the herd.