Peter Drucker Says,
"The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create It"
This is originating on a Monday … one of my “Editorial Days”. It’s also the July 4th weekend back there in the USA … the say we celebrate our freedom from tyranny and being under the thumb of another country.
- 1 "I don’t even know what I’m afraid of"
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But what on earth has happened with the USA that defied not only Britain, but most of the civilized world and threw off the yoke of colonialism.
Think we could do it again, today, if we needed to?
My guess is, no. Not in a million years.
The queries and emails I get from people who “think” or “dream” they want to live here in the Philippines, but “Can’t” … and the “can’ts” are normally based on some of the most lively-livered chickenshit reasons you could possibly imagine.
Take up arms against a powerful nation?
Heck, the average reader here can’t imagine life without government health insurance, disability programs, an employment contract and an extended warranty on the surround-sound stereo, iPad-enabled integrated audio system in his car. And live without health insurance? Heck people take out maintenance polices on their electric tooth brushes these days.
Yes, I’m old. Is it only a trick of age that makes me remember a different America than the one I see in the news every day, and listen to in messages from my readers?
Basically you could sum up the majority of messages in one line …
"I don’t even know what I’m afraid of"
This is the fear that kills your chances of happiness and destroys individual creativity. It’s the fear without a name, without a face, without false facts that can be shot down or arguments that can be reasoned with.
In a world that seems to thrive on media-enhanced fear after media enhanced fears that grow with every nightly newscast, this trembling might be the very best sign that you’re on to something.
Here’s something I may have published before. I’ve certainly written a number of articles based on exactly the same thoughts
The author I’m quoting and commenting on here, John Chow is a fellow I’ve never met but certainly have on my “bucket list” to meet one day.
He came to Canada from China as an 8 year-old boy. He (and his parents) spoke virtually no English and had not a clue as to where they would end up in Canada, how they would feed their children, etc. But they ‘sucked it up” and took the opportunity as it presented itself.
John himself built a very successful technical blog which still earns him a ton today. He chose to write about technology because, although he was now a Canadian citizen, frankly, his English was actually painful to try to follow when he spoke.
But then one day he noticed that a few people at the top of the heap were making a ton of money in the “make money online” blogging world.
So, fears or not, John jumped in with both feet.
Today he makes a LOT of money in this venue, speaks English better than a lot of Americans wished they spoke and has moved his family to California .. so his daughter can enjoy Disneyland more often and to move himself into a friendly tax situation.
(Yes, Tea Party People, if you bothered to check the US is one of the world’s best places to be rich)
How did John overcome the thousands of obstacles that stood in his way?
Simple (not necessarily easy, simple and easy don’t mean the same thing), he attacked the root cause of what was holding him back …
You. When it all comes down to it, you are the only thing that is stopping you from achieving whatever it is your heart desires. Success is a attitude. It is not money, wealth or power. Take away the money of a successful person and he’ll have it all back and more in a few years. Give an unsuccessful person a million dollars (lottery winner) and chances are he’ll lose it all within a few years. The difference is their attitude.
The unsuccessful person blames his misfortune on outside factors – it’s the tax man’s fault, the economy is bad, prices are too high, my wife won’t let me, etc. He’ll blame everything else except the one thing that is truly keeping him down. The success person doesn’t blame outside factors for failing. He accept failure as a requirement for success and learns from it. …
This rings so true to me. Every day I get messages telling me how “lucky” I am and how other people would love to emulate me, but “they” won’t let them. Such utter, foolish nonsense. We paid schools to infect our children’s brains in this way? Shame on us.
Where we these folks who spend their life thinking about “they” and “them” be back in 1776?
… They say successful people think differently than unsuccessful people. That’s not entirely true. They don’t think differently, they think opposite. An unsuccessful person hates failure. A successful person welcomes failure. An unsuccessful person works hard for money. A successful person has money work hard for him. An unsuccessful person takes. A successful person gives. An unsuccessful person think a job is safe and investments are risky. A successful person thinks a job is risky and investments are safe. The list goes on, but the point is a successful person has an opposite attitude from an unsuccessful person.
If you want to be successful, the first thing you need to change is your attitude. If you have the attitude of an unsuccessful person, then no amount of reading, couching or training is going to make your successful. Once you change your attitude, things will open up for you….
I loved that analogy. Don’t think different, think opposite. It will work wonders for you, believe me, I know and I live it every day.
Stop making lists of what is holding you back, and just make a move, even one tiny step forward. Then your journey will have begun.
You Are Where You Want To Be
… Making money online really isn’t that hard. (and this living where you want to live, while earning from elsewhere, ed.)
So why is it that only a small percentage of the Net make any money at it?
Because everyone is where they want to be. If you’re not truly where you want to be, then you would be doing something to change it.
I can give everyone the step-by-step on how to make money from blogging and most people wouldn’t do it. They wouldn’t do it because they are where they want to be. (by the way, John does give away this information for free .. likewise he’ll set up your bog for free too, just look in the top right corner of his home page … http://www.johnchow.com/ and John is far from the only source, but I like his style, I’ve known him for years and he has always been 100%
honest and above board with me. YMMV)
Now, where you want to be isn’t the same as where you wish to be. (My emphasis) You can wish to be rich but do you want to be rich? Of course, everyone will say they want to be rich but what are they doing about it?
Most of the time, the answer is nothing. You are where you want to be. …
This is the key paragraph of the whole article. You are where you most want to be. You are not where you are because “they” said you have to be there, because (inert any one of a thousand excuse here), you are there because where you are now is where you most want to be, You might also like my article on “Most people live and earn where their car broke down”.
Finding Your Why
… People stay where they are because they don’t have a compelling enough reason to leave.
Everyone wants to be rich but will settle for where they’re at.
Until you find a compelling reason to leave where you’re at, you’ll be staying there for a very long time.
This is where you need to come up with a really good why.
Why do you want to succeed? (as in, say, moving to the Philippines?, ed)
If you haven’t made much progress in the past year, it’s because your why wasn’t compelling enough. Once you figure out the why, the how is pretty easy.
This is a set of powerful questions. Only you can honestly answer them. Don’t write and tell me why all the forces of the Universe have conspired to hold you back, deal with them instead.
Or give up and read blogs about Angry Birds and complaints about how people don’t like the “Timeline” on Facebook, and then flip on Fox News and find out what you are supposed to be afraid of today that you weren’t afraid of this morning.
It’s not anyone else’s choice except your own.
4th of July weekend, remember? Would you join Washington’s army or sign up for the protection of the Crown at your local British Colonial Government office?
So many of you have become Tories without even realizing it. Must be the continual mindless “Fear, Uncertainty and Discontent” messages from that Rupert Murdock guy.
It All Comes Back To You
… At the end of the day, it’s not going to me or any other make money (or live in the Philippines) online blog that’s going to make you successful.
You are the only thing standing between where you want to be and where you wish to be.
Stop blaming outside factors and start to take responsibility and change your attitude to that of a successful person.
You are the problem but you are also the solution. Success begins and ends with you.
Thank you John. I appreciate the thoughts. Spoken like a true Chinese/Canadian/legal US immigrant. Welcome to my country. Immigrants are what makes America strong. Have a really, really great 4th, my friend.