It’s the weekend!

Friday is always a happy day. The weekend looms along with it’s parties and sports and whatever else you’re into. However, there is still a full work day to go! Don’t let the weekend distract you. You should be more easily motivated on this happy day but it’s also very easy to get distracted. Don’t go thinking about that perfect taco you’re going to make yourself this weekend, keep the nose to the grindstone, you’re nearly there!

I was going to do a profile on some successful person but thankfully, Business Insider already did it for me :). Here’s a list of 15 billionaires that came from nothing! : http://www.businessinsider.com/billionaires-who-came-from-nothing-2013-12?op=1

You have to admit it’s always a cause of great awe (and jeolousy, sometimes) to read about people like these. Coming from a poor background, to me, isn’t the hardest way to make your millions, it’s the only way. When I do make it and become wealthy my children won’t even know I have money. No one will know.

I grew up pretty poor until about the age of 8. That’s when my parents both landed jobs at the big factory I spoke about in the first thread of this blog. They worked and studied hard and made their way to respectable positions in the hierarchy. They stayed workers their whole time there, never becoming managers or anything like that, but they earned good salaries.

Needless to say they spoiled me, which I appreciated at the time but after school realised probably wasn’t the best way to bring up a kid. I never really learnt the lesson of hard work = rewards until after school. Actually, I missed out on quite a few hard life lessons I had to learn myself by making the mistakes.

So anyway, enough about me. The point I’m trying to make is the only time my kids get something they want from me is if they work for it. I don’t think it’s healthy for them to get what they want regardless. It’s just going to make their take-off into life all the more bumpy. Whether I’m rich or poor, my kids won’t get a thing until they’ve worked for it.

Now looking at the list, some of these guys were probably more-or-less where you are now. They made it. I’m pretty sure they didn’t all sell their souls to the devil either. They achieved what they achieved through good, hard work. They obviously worked very smart too – don’t forget that.

What I’m saying is if they could do it anyone can. Why would you just want to be anyone though? Go to the next step! Make it even bigger! Success to me isn’t measured in financial wealth so I could give a damn about my financial situation. Success to me is measured in the accomplishment of your goals. As an aspiring novelist I’ll probably never see the billions these guys have but if I can live comfotably off of royalties I’d say that’s success.

If my novels are changing lives and making people happy regardless of whether I’ve made millions, I’d say that’s success. Our journey through life isn’t about making billions, that doesn’t bring happiness. Our journey through life, from my personal point of view, is about how big a diffence (for the better) we can make to the world around us. We’re here to help each other.

I hope most people will agree with me on this. If not, whatever – go chase your own dreams! Whether it’s to be the biggest chicken killer on earth or to be the best hippie, the choice is yours. I’m not here to judge I’m here to try my best to help!

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll see if I can post during the weekend sometime but usually that’s impossible. Weekends are family time and work around the house time so we’ll see.

Cheers.

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Motivation Thursday

Ok so today I’ll be posting something a little different. I’ll be posting something that, if you are following this blog to get motivated, you might not need it anymore. It’s another blog post from some other site that states that motivation cannot be created by outside influence, but only within yourself. This is definetely true.

Here’s the link: http://startupbros.com/killing-the-7-motivation-murderers/

Anyway, let me tell you about my day yesterday. I was feeling incredibly down. Some days will be harder that’s for sure – but yesterday was a big one. After feeling down all day I received a phone call at about 4 pm. It was the car finance company to which I had to return my car since I couldn’t afford it anymore (times have been hard, you know?). My car sold for a mere R33 000, meaning I still owe R23 000 on it. Combine that with my R15 000 in credit card debt and I’m in a pretty bad place.

Still, I won’t let that get to me. I decided this morning to quit smoking, amplifying all the bad feelings too. I won’t let that get to me. There comes a point when you realise that even if times are hard and days are dark, things will only affect you if you let them.

I, for example, with all these troubles, feel even more motivated. I have debt to take care of as well as a little family – it just makes me hungrier for success. Even though I didn’t blog yesterday I still worked on my novel. I will be doing so every day for the rest of my life. Not on the same novel I hope but on writing, which is what I really want to do.

I know I haven’t got the worst situation in the world, but to each person their problems seem like the biggest. You already know how to get around your problems! All that “look past the problem” or “tell the problem how big your God is” and yadda yadda – the point is, I’m not going to go into that. You already know, like me, how to solve your problems. Now just find the means to do it.

If you read the blog post I’ve linked you probably won’t need any extra motivation for today, but I want to leave you with a thought. This guy quit money. Read the article it’s quite interesting. I’m not suggesting we all give our shit away and go live in the wild, but there’s a lot you can learn from this guy. You have to admit, his world seems pretty awesome to live in. (especially if you’re a natural loner, like me.)

Cheers.

Some days will be harder

If you, perhaps, like me, feel a little down today, you can do one of two things. Listen to your favourite, uplifting songs and lose yourself in them for a few minutes, or watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_1qY_Bqj5U

It’s another motivational video and what is said is pretty solid. It’s basically something along the lines of “once you defeat yourself, life can’t help but dance to your tune.” At least, that’s my thoughts on the video.

Now that you’re all motivated from watching the video, let’s get down to some actual work. I am doing two things today and would like you to do them with me. First I’m going to make a list of 10 things that I enjoy doing that don’t cost me money. You’ll need to think hard for this one but once you have your list make a point to do those things more often. Don’t overdo it of course, you still need to work.

Second let us list our goals. This one is rather easy for me. My short term goal would be to get my book edited and get it to an agent (since I’m aiming at the US market from South Africa I have to go for an agent). Another short term goal is to do a refresher course in Maths and Science. My medium term goal (the next year or two) I want to be enrolled in a mechanical engineering course and have my novel published.

My long term goals (5-10 years) are a little harder. I’m not one to plan that far ahead. I feel that one should be concentrating on the now and therefore medium term goals are enough for me. If you like to plan ahead and long term goals make sense to you by all means list them!

Right so, I need to get to work. First though, I’m going to give Jimmy Cliffs’ I Can See Clearly Now another listen.

I’d like to leave you with the following thought: “You are your own worst enemy when it comes to success. Once you defeat yourself you’ve made it most of the way.” Think about that.

Cheers,

PS – a thought crossed my mind just now, my novel has nothing to do with motivation, it’s a medieval fantasy horror, just so you know. I’m not some motivational guru or anything, I’m just a guy chasing his dream and trying to get others to do it with me, while finding motivation in others.

And so it starts

I did a ton of research on various subjects this weekend. I love doing research! A fun (although I sometimes doubt the credebility) place to do research on various useless information is listverse (google it). I’ve found a few extremely interesting lists there.

So anyway, on to motivation. I recently watched The Persuit of Happyness. If you haven’t seen this movie yet you should seriously watch it. It’s really good and carries a powerful message. After watching the movie you could, like me, check out the real person behind the story. The true true story is, as is usual, even worse than the movie portrays it.

Will Smith said something along the lines of: “Success is not some God-like thing for the special, anyone can achieve it.” I totally agree with this. Something that has always angered me was people who have given up on life. They tell me about where they want to be and what they want to be doing. Naturally, I tell them to go do it. Then the excuses start.

“I can’t because of the kids,” or, “I’m too old,” or “I don’t have the brains for that anyway.”
Just by saying such things you’re already failing. Another interesting quote is “Those who say they can, and those who say they can’t – are both usually right.” Success starts with you, with your belief in the fact that you can do anything. Don’t be silly and make your dream to have superpowers. I’m sure with enough government billions and the right mindset you’d be able to develop a drug to give yourself superpowers but you have to admit, it’s a little far-fetched.

In one part of the movie Will Smith’s character tells his son he can’t be a basketball player and should probably focus on his brains. He quickly regrets this and says: “Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something. Other people tell you you can’t do things because they can’t do them. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something, not even me.”

That’s the kind of thing we need to teach ourselves and, by extension, our kids, parents, teachers, whoever needs to learn this valuable lesson. Think of all the great men througout history. How different our world could have been if men had doubted themselves. Imagine if Einstein had decided as a youth that he wasn’t capable of achieving anything with his life. We, today, would lose so much. We’d all still be riding horses or walking if Henry Ford didn’t believe in his designs. If he had decided he didn’t feel like pulling through or “they probably wouldn’t work” the automobile as we know it today may not have existed.

If Newton and his lot had decided to go along with the churces of the day and not stand for what they believe in we might still think the world was flat. If the wright brothers hadn’t believed in what they were doing we wouldn’t have had planes. I could go on all day!

I want to share something with you today. There is greatness inside of you, inside each and every one of you. If you dream of becoming the best factory worker in your town then go do it! If you dream of becoming an astronaut then go do it! If you aim for the stars and you fail, you’ll still be a lot higher up than if you hadn’t set out at all. You can achieve your dreams, no matter how small or big, you can do it!

That’s it for today, I need to get to work. If I’m going to have my novel ready for publication by end Jan I’m going to have to grind.

Just a quick thought, if your dreams involve finances, try giving Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki a read if you haven’t already.

Have a motivated day, go get what you want out of life! I can promise you it’s not going to fall into your lap.

Cheers,

Come with me on this journey.

Hello everybody!

For my first post I’d like to list my credentials that are relevant to this blog. I am a failure, pretty much. I am 26 years old and haven’t achieved one damn thing that I planned to when I was younger. Why? Because I’m lazy. Well, that’s about to change.

So here’s a bit of backstory to those who are interested: I was going to study mechanical engineering but my father died just before my final exams. This severely affected not only my final grades but also our financial situation. I couldn’t go to uni. So instead I landed a student job at a large South African company. It lasted 3 months before our contracts ended.

So here my job hunting started. For the next three years I got various contract based jobs at said company as well as some waitering and pizza delivery gigs. A lot of my time was spent unemployed. At the age of 21 I landed another one of these contract jobs. This one lasted three years and ended up getting me a permanent job at this company. The permanent job lasted about a year. June of 2013 I handed in my resignation. I was sick and tired of doing the same thing day in day out for what I considered at the time to be “peanuts”. My bosses couldn’t promote me because of Black Economic Empowerment (which I think was bullshit anyway – I was doing a managers job for a clerk’s salary, the company wins big time).

So off I went to forfill my dream of becoming a writer. Only problem was I’m a fiction writer and have real trouble writing articles. My money quickly dwindeled and I ended up moving to my girlfriend in a new town. This was planned all along but I thought I’d be bringing a bunch of money along with me. Nope.

Now, at 26, my third book and one that I actually intend to send to a publisher is a first draft. I lost three months of editing when they broke in and stole my laptop, our television and some other random things. I was gutted. I couldn’t find the will to go on.

I have been editing on and off recently but haven’t really got back into it until today. Today I decided it’s time to actively chase my dream. I can bitch and moan all I want about how life is hard and this and that but to be completely honest I’d sort of given up. Until today.

The motivation that I found came from a youtube video entitled “dream” (I think). I’ll pop a link somewhere if I can. (new to word press)

Anyway, after watching this video I was plunged into deep thought something along the lines of: there are others out there that are going through what I’m going through. I really like helping people. It’s one of my passions.

So, here I am. I’m going to find and share something deeply motivating every morning before I start on anything else. Come with me on this journey and let us actively seek out and achieve our dreams! I want every single reader, even if it’s just one or two, to confess their dream and make it happen – no matter how ridiculous your dream is!

I have many dreams. I will be focussing on three in this blog. I want to be a published novelist. I want to play at least one pro game of cricket before I die. I want to get a degree in mechanical engineering like my father wanted me two.

So again I say come with me on this journey and together we will make it happen! If this blog can help just one person to achieve something they’ve been longing to achieve all the effort will be more than worth it!

Here’s the video that I found so profoundly motivating today:

Dream

PS – I’m not going to be editing these posts so if there’s a few mistakes or bad sentences please do forgive me!