Learn or Lose

Robert Kiyosaki

The author of many successful and actually helpful financial books is one of the most famous and influential mentors in the area personal budgeting, passive income and financial education in general. The author of the famous “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” has written a lot of bestsellers where he describes his attitude towards money. He managed to completely change the way we perceive money. RK is the best mentor in the topic of achieving wealth mainly because he can connect with his audience through a very smart simplification of his ideas. Let’s take a look at his most inspiring quotes that will make you think a lot…
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  • “In the real world, the smartest people are people who make mistakes and learn. In school, the smartest people don’t make mistakes.”

 

 

The mistake has been dogmatized. We’ve been learning the whole life that mistakes are bad and we should avoid them. That’s fine, at least until you realize that you can’t actually learn if you don’t make mistakes or if you don’t observe the mistakes of others. If you make a mistake you can learn from that or you can make another one. By repeating the process you’re more likely to learn. It’s as simple as that.

 

 

  • “It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!”

 

 

What you say is obviously important, but not as much as the things you truly believe. You are the person you believe you are. The way you act is often very different from the way you perceive yourself. You should be willing to control your thoughts as much as possible. Controlling your thoughts is controlling yourself. Speak to yourself positively in an affirmative way. That means you need to tell yourself you are healthy, rich and successful because you want to be that person. You need to have that mindset in order to get there.

 

 

  • “Don’t be addicted to money. Work to learn. don’t work for money. Work for knowledge.”

 

If you work for money, you will fail. The same principle works in school. Going for grades is what most people do. That is not the way you are supposed to work. Your aim should be to learn new things, to work on your skills and to get farther than you are. Don’t do it just for some financial or status goals, do it for yourself.

 

 

  • “The most successful people in life are the ones who ask questions. They’re always learning. They’re always growing. They’re always pushing.”

 

 

The most successful individuals are often obsessed in some way. They ask a lot, do strange things, crave to learn and most importantly, they are very passionate about what they do. That’s what differentiates the genius from the masses. The positive attitude and the passion are the main accelerators of their swift run to excellence.

 

 

  • “It’s more important to grow your income than cut your expenses. It’s more important to grow your spirit that cut your dreams.”

 

 

If your dreams don’t seem crazy to you, you’re doing something wrong. Even though they seem unreal now, it shouldn’t prevent you from trying hard. All you need to know is your direction. Enjoy the process of growing and learn about yourself as much as you can. Don’t be cheap to make your life easier. Aim high and harvest more!

 

 

  • “The trouble with school is they give you the answer, then they give you the exam. That’s not life.”

 

 

That is probably the biggest problem of our schooling system. We are used to the exam preparation and then the exam coming. However, in real life, there is no exam preparation. We have to be constantly prepared for what’s coming and never stop learning.

 

 

  • “It’s easier to stand on the sidelines, criticize, and say why you shouldn’t do something. The sidelines are crowded. Get in the game.”

 

 

Get yourself in the game! Stop procrastinating and start living. It’s simple. Make the first step and never let your fear stop you from achieving your goals. Leave the comfort of your seat and get into the field. Fight for it and you’ll never regret it.

 

 

  • “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”

 

 

Have you ever been in this situation before? You were really afraid of something and it actually happened in the same way you were scared it would? Yes, that’s the law of attraction a.k.a. the Murphy’s laws. What you think about has an immense power. You attract what you think about. It’s crazy, but it works. Look forward to your victories and move on from your fear of failures.

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  • “The most life-destroying word of all is the word tomorrow.”

 

 

Stop procrastinating. Stop avoiding the really important stuff and do some work you have to do. Set yourself a particular time and do it. Don’t neglect your life. Don’t neglect yourself.

 

 

  • “The more a person seeks security, the more that person gives up control over his life.”

 

 

Your life is in your hands. However, if you are scared of your own responsibility the chances are that you feel better when you’re not in charge of the decision. Here comes the problem. People are becoming very passive. The vast majority of us wants stability and security. Everyone has got plenty of insurance bills just because they should have them in order to prevent the worse case scenario. Many people are too concerned about preventing the negative things that they don’t have the time to focus on what they actually want. And that is a huge problem!

Building a mindset of an entrepreneur is really helpful. The moment you start taking risks and take responsibility for yourself is the moment you actually start living. You’ll become way more independent and much stronger in terms of mental and financial wealth.

 

  • “Money is really just an idea.”

 

Which quote is your favourite? Did we miss any? Feel free to drop it into the comment box bellow.

 

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Never Curse Your Crises

“Never curse your crises, never give up, learn through your setbacks, set a short bounce-back time.” These are the phrases I have become extremely familiar with in the last 6-7 months. My personal life has been a rollercoaster, especially in the last few months of the last year. Don’t get me wrong, the issues I had to deal with definitely could have been much worse. However, it is an understatement to say that the struggle was real. I have been through a rough time in my previous relationship, followed by a break-up. At the same time, we have been working on launching this blog together with our Instagram page and I have been also preparing to launch my other business here in the UK. Not to mention that these few months were also the first few months of my university studies here in UK. I want to dedicate this article to every single one of you who feels like things are getting insane, who is struggling and who is looking for ways to break through the roadblocks life has prepared for us. You’ve got this!

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The Struggle

The ending of the last year might’ve been arguably the hardest time of my life. I finished my high school as a valedictorian, I have had a conditional offer to one of the greatest universities in the world and I was set to go the traditional way to my success. However, in few weeks after my graduation, things started falling apart. I have learned that my high school final exams have gone worse than I expected and even some of my internal assessments that have been marked by my school teachers internally as excellent, have been remarked externally as almost failures. Nobody really understood what happened, but that is not what the university admissions cared about. So there I was, “happy” that the university of my second choice has admitted me to study there. Back then I tried to tell myself that it was only a minor issue and that I would get to that amazing university for masters. What I didn’t realise was that this was a blessing from the heavens. I will explain why later in the text.

At that point, I was in a relationship with a girl whom I loved, but we were having issues. More specifically, I thought that we had issues in terms of our “existential opinions”. I think that’s what I called it. Anyways, the issue in my head was essentially that I wanted to work hard, hustle and change the world and she wanted to chill and enjoy life. What I didn’t understand back then was that our ideologies weren’t what has led to our issues, it was the way we communicated these to each other. In short, we ended up breaking up after a few weeks spent here at university.

Furthermore, at this same time, I spent hours every day working on this blog and on our Instagram page with my friend. In addition to which, I was also working on launching my other business here in the UK. This all happened during my first weeks here at uni – not to metion the process of getting used to the new university environment. These provided me with a huge challenge, which made my “struggle” even worse. Many people laughed at me and doubted my path, many told me I should focus on my studies and just go with my life. During these times, I finally started slowly understanding what people mean by the “entrepreneurial pain.” All of these issues, these emotional pains led to some slight health issues of mine. I have been always prone to skin issues with acne – I got rid of these during my high school so I thought I’d never have to deal with that again. Well, I was wrong. From my experience, one of the most important factors that influence acne is your emotional state. How come? Hormones. So during these times, I also started developing skin issues on my face, which as you can imagine, killed my confidence back then. I am still dealing with the cyclical effects of that. In my case, acne is something that doesn’t simply come and go. If it comes, it stays for long before it goes away. And by long, I mean months, even years. It is a contemporary fight.

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Staying Strong

Even though I had all of these issues, I kept going. I decided to focus on myself and myself only. I decided to focus on my personal development. Why? Because that was what I found necessary to overcome my struggle and to start walking towards my dreams once again.

In addition to that, I had people around me that believed in me. I had my parents, my friends, my mentor and my business team. The people I had around me helped me enormously, even though they might not realise that. I could boast around that I made it through because of my inner strengths or my strong character, but the simple truth is that I am extremely lucky. I  have the people who support me no matter what in my life, which I am incredibly grateful for.

What was the greatest motivation that kept me going? What is the bottom line? It was my why. I know, as I always knew, that I am going to help millions, if not billions of people around the globe to live a better life. This is my why and this is why I can overcome anything. This is the reason I am here and this is the reason I will never back down.

Never Curse Your Crises

What I haven’t realised back then, but what I see now is that all the “bad” stuff I went through was there only for me to become stronger. It wasn’t too much of a curse, rather a blessing. The major lesson I took from everything I went through is that

in every adversity, there is a seed of an equal, or a greater opportunity.

I absolutely believe in this law. Everything that has happened in my life led me to the person I am now and will further continue to shape the person I am growing into. All these lessons I have learned will help me help others in the future. Whenever I look back at what has happened in these 6-7 months, I get super excited. I get extremely excited because this is what it took me to learn that I don’t want to simply live an average life. This is what taught me that the traditional life of schooling – uni – work simply is not for me. Will I drop out of uni? That is very unlikely. Will I look for a job after I graduate? That is also very unlikely. Why? Because I know that I will have my business grown enough so that I can support myself and focus on growing it further through helping others and through developing strong leaders all around the world.

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Throw Your Ego Out of The Window: Leadership 101

When we hear the word leadership, names like Abraham Lincoln, Angela Merkel or Steve Jobs come into our minds. We often see the leaders of the modern world as the “gifted” or as the “extraordinary.” Why is that? Because we assume that leadership is a quality we are born with. What if I told you that leadership is a skill and thus can be learned? Do you think Steve Jobs was a great leader in his elementary? Do you think he was a great leader when he started Apple? He might’ve been a great character, but he had to learn a lot in order to become the amazing leader he was in his last couple of years. In this article, we’ll look at 3 developable qualities every leader needs to possess.

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Every Leader “Started from The Bottom”

Before we get to the actual qualities, we need to acknowledge something incredibly important, yet overlooked by most. If you look at any leader out there, you’ll see a strong person, a character, but there is something you might overlook. The person’s scars. Every leader has a story to tell, every leader went through some kind of a hardship, some kind of a challenge he had to overcome. That is what has created them, that is what has made them into the person they are now. It is really important for you to understand that becoming a stronger person, a leader, is not an easy path to take. If you fail to understand this, you will most likely give up half-way.

#1 Ego Will Cost You Money

The first very important quality you need to understand and develop is to let go of your ego. In order to lead others, you first need to accept your mistakes, learn from your lessons and open your mind to suggestions and improvements. A true leader is not someone who orders people around. A true leader is someone who listens, leads discussions, and considers the views of others. Why? Because the true leader understands that we all have a limited range of perspectives and that others can help us broaden that range. Another important reason why you need to let go of your ego is that the best leaders don’t position themselves above others. What does that mean? Very simply, you respect everyone and you treat everyone equally. Every leader understands that every single person deserves his respect. This will in return provide the leader with the respect and love of others. Why? Because they will feel important around the leader, which is something  everyone seeks. Regardless of whether this is conscious or subconscious, the result is the same. In addition, the best leaders are the most loving people. They not only make you feel important, but also loved. Love and respect attractsthe same.

 

#2 Be The Example

Now is the time we take a look at the difference between a leader and a manager. A manager is someone who focuses on the short-term gain. He gets things done through orders. He uses people to get the job done. Management is focused on finishing objectives on time. In comparison, a leader is someone who aims to inspire and motivate others. A leader is someone who stands in the front line and does the hard job first. A leader is someone who makes the step first, so that others can follow. Leadership is focused on the long-term. A great part of leadership is vision and growth. A manager uses people to grow his business, a leader uses the business to grow his people. As a leader, you understand that you can never make someone do something and expect an amazing result without first doing that same thing yourself.

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#3 Be The Biggest Dreamer in The Room

If you look at the greatest leaders and you compare them with the average people, what is the greatest difference you’ll see? The greater the person, the greater the leader, the greater the size of her dream. The dream is something that gives the leader her direction. The dream is something that keeps the leader on her path as she overcomes setbacks and it is something that inspires others to follow her. When people spend more time around a leader with a strong dream, they become dreamers as well. This is the ultimate skill of a true leader, she is able to turn people from blind sheep into dreamers with a strong vision. A leader always has a cause to fight for, which attracts others. It is always better to stand for something than to fall for anything.

These 3 qualities will not only turn you into a great leader, they will also help you grow immensely as a person. You can not be a great leader and a crappy person. The bottom line is, believe in personal growth, find your purpose and be nice. It gets as simple as that.

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Master Task-organisation with The Eisenhower’s Principle

We live in a society where everybody is supposedly always “busy.” Way too many people complain about the enormous amount of tasks they have to finish and how stressful the whole process of finishing these tasks is. Even worse, the way people do stuff throws them into this never-ending cycle of constant stress and anxiety. The culture of finishing tasks in the last minute has been ingrained in most people’s minds when they were young students. This is caused by many factors such as the education systems we go through or the way we are brought up and essentially “programmed” by the people that we surround ourselves with. In this article, I aim to provide you with a very useful method to escape this cycle of anxiety and to create the peace of mind you might be looking for.

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Eisenhower’s Principle

This principle is focused on helping you use your time not only efficiently, but also effectively. It is aimed to help you identify the areas you need to put your focus on, as well as the areas you can take less seriously at the moment. Going through this analysis of your tasks will help you escape the cycle I spoke about in the introduction. It will help you finish your tasks at the correct time and it will save you all the unnecessary worries and stress you have to deal with now.

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Prioritise Your Activities

As you can see in the graph above, you need to prioritise your tasks first. Eisenhower uses the importance and urgency of the task as the measurements of priority. Different combinations of these two factors give you different levels of priority. You can see that the tasks you need to prioritise are the tasks that are both important and urgent, while the tasks that are neither important nor urgent should be allocated the least of your focus at the moment.

Where in The Matrix Should You Aim to Stay?

The most desirable quadrant to occupy in the matrix is the non-urgent, important one. Why? Because you are working on important things, but you don’t have to rush them. You don’t need to stress about getting them done on time. Most people live in the urgent, important quadrant. That is the reason why they stress so much about everything they do. It is as simple as that. If you do things in the last moment, you will be stressed and anxious about the results. However, if you work through things progressively with time, you will most likely not even realise that you’ve been working hard. How come most people live in the urgent, important quadrant? Procrastination.

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Procrastination

I wish I could take my eyes out and put them into your head. Procrastination is something you can never come back to when you find out what it really does to you. When you find your why, you will see procrastination as a simple waste of time. It will become so obvious that you will never even consider it as an option. However, most people still have a big issue with procrastination. What does that lead to? It leads to staying in the “cycle” of the urgent, important quadrant. You finish things last minute, you get stressed while doing it and the results you produce are not even close to the results you could’ve had if you would’ve stayed in the non-urgent, important quadrant and did everything progressively.

Application

Take the two diagrams, draw them out and use them to analyse your current tasks. This is the chance for you to start “fresh.” This is the chance for you to escape the cycle of anxiety, make good use of it.

 

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3 Steps to Turn The Impossible into Reality

There are billions of people on Earth. Each of us is unique, each of us has his or her own dreams and goals, each of us has a certain direction in life – be it conscious or subconscious. The more conscious you are of where you are heading and where you want to go, the better for you, as you can take certain steps to ensure that you will definitely arrive in your desired destination. There are many that believe that their dreams and goals are unrealistic. Let me share something I’ve learned on my journey. Your mind is something extraordinary. If you tell yourself you can make it, you’re right. If you tell yourself you can’t, you’re right. You are the master of your mind and you are the one who needs to decide whether you actually want to make your dreams come true or whether you want to stay in your comfort zone and spend your time living an average unfulfilling life – your choice. In today’s article, we’ll be talking about the specific and arguably most important steps you should take in order to ensure that you’re heading in the correct direction and that nothing will stop you.

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Step #1 Find Your Why

When someone asks me, what’s the most important thing I need to do to make sure I succeed in life? These are my questions I always ask that person – Why do you want to succeed? Why are you doing what you’re doing? What is your purpose? How do you want to live your life? As Friedrich Nietzsche said: “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” And this is an absolute truth. Do you want to start your business to help the people around you, but you need more money? As long as you have a strong why, you’ll be willing to do pretty much anything (legal and moral) to make it happen. The how is variable, but the why needs to be strong and consistent. Your why is you motivation. We are all searching for some kind of motivation around, when the greatest kind of motivation we can find is inside ourselves. The external motivation from YouTube videos, Instagram posts and things like that gets us hyped and all, but it only lasts for a few hours, or days at most. What really keeps you going, what really keeps you alive when you struggle is your internal motivation – your why. Another great thing your why does for you is that it makes your decisions black and white. You either make the decision that takes you closer to your goals or further away from them. It is that simple.

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Step #2 Make A Plan of Action

As Dwight D. Eisenhower put it: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” This is especially right in terms of success creation. You need to make a plan of action – you can’t just do random stuff without considering what effects that action has on your progress. You need to look into how you can reach your goals and you need to come up with a game-plan. Goal setting and goal achievement is a matter of long-term consistency and persistence as well as personal growth. In short, you will not be the same person when you arrive in your destination as you were before you started your journey. However, do bear in mind that as Dwight D. Eisenhower said, your plan will most likely be “useless”. Now, it’s important to define the kind of “useless” we’re talking about. You will encounter many kinds of obstacles you might have never even thought about – you have not planned to overcome them. But you will have no choice, you’ll need to figure out how to overcome these roadblocks on the way. That is how things are on the way to success. Good news is – you already have a strong why so this won’t take you down as if it would have if you were just doing something without a strong internal purpose. You need to be willing to make some changes in your how, you need to be willing to make some changes in your game-plan, but you should never ever step off your path to your dreams.

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Step #3 Start NOW

The difference between the people who have reached their dreams and that who haven’t is one word – action. You need to start! You don’t know how to make it work? Just do something that you believe will take you closer to your goals. Many successful people first started and figured out the rest on the way. It doesn’t matter how much you know, how much knowledge you might have – if you don’t take action, nothing happens. It is as simple as that. Start now, make that first model of the app you want to create, start that IG page you want to grow, talk to that first investor about your business idea, just do something! Your idea remains only an idea if you don’t take action. Be unique, step up and do something. That something will eventually develop into that awesome decision you have made back then without which you wouldn’t be where you are now. Don’t let that something become that something you wish you would’ve done.

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