J. Paul Getty was quoted for his formula for success: “Rise early, work hard, strike oil.” I’m a huge supporter of the practice of rising early (and if you’re not, you probably should be). But regardless of when you wake up, the other two actions in this formula are “work hard,” and “strike oil.”
When I first ran across this quote ten years ago, I had to laugh, because it looked like Getty was saying you have to work hard and hope to get lucky. But a decade later, I can see the more relevant meaning, and I’m about to share with you why Getty’s concept, perhaps more than anything else you might ever read, could be what gets you everything you want for the rest of your life.
It’s all about your expectations
In short, it all comes down to your personal expectation as to whether or not you’re going to strike oil. That’s it. That’s where it all starts. I can say this because that’s how reality works – you’re not going to get anything if you don’t work hard to achieve it. But you’re not going to work hard in the first place unless you have a strong enough expectation that you’ll be successful (or at least be successful at learning from the experience).
This is just how life works. Your motivation to take action, and to follow through until the job is done, is directly proportional to your belief that you will succeed. (Side note: In some cases, the belief in success isn’t even necessary – instead, you might be motivated by the fact your action will serve a higher cause, such as a ‘failed’ protest sparking a larger public awareness down the road).
If you break this concept down to the simplest parts, what you have is this: When you believe strongly enough that you will succeed at something, success is practically guaranteed – not because your belief creates the result, but because you don’t give up taking action on a massive level until you get what you want.
When you believe that success is inevitable, you are able to put aside the idea that “failure,” in the conventional sense, is a bad thing. Instead, it’s just a specific attempt that you can learn from. Another life lesson to be accepted and consumed, not feared.
When you believe that success is going to be the end result of you never giving up, then you are going to attack your objective with a greater energy, a greater passion, a greater work ethic. You’re going to be excited about what you’re doing, because you know that it matters. You know that whatever it is you’re doing, it’s adding value that will eventually translate into the result you want.
That unwavering belief lets you focus your thoughts on questions like “How can I … ?” rather than “Why can’t I … ?” The perspective of certainty gives you the ability to see obstacles as not these things that stand in your way, but instead as challenges that fuel your growth.
I’ve paid my dues
I experienced this myself as a ten year old kid in Brooklyn, New York. A horrible turn of events led to my mother getting murdered, my father going to prison for life, and me ending up all but homeless until I was taken in by a relative who was both an alcoholic and a drug user.
Years later, after I escaped the constant surroundings of drugs and violence, people remarked to me how surprised they were that I had avoided getting involved in drugs, alcohol, or any of the gang activity that was so pervasive during those years. Rather than any of that, I pretty much was a straight-A student who stayed out of (too much) trouble.
I always found it a bit humorous that while some people believed it was a solid foundation of strength that kept me on the straight and narrow, the thing that really kept me safe was that I didn’t really accept the idea that I could get involved in any of those things in the first place. I just didn’t know any better – I thought I was supposed to avoid them!
I just didn’t see it as possible or reasonable for me, so I never thought about it. Those things were problems “other people” got involved in, but not me. In fact, I viewed the daily challenges I faced as tests that were there to make me stronger, so one day my life could make some kind of difference. And poof – that’s exactly what happened. :
The point of all this is that all of my actions were driven by a firm belief that I would succeed eventually. That I would get through it all and come out okay on the other side. That I would strike oil. And it’s no different than the mindset you have to adopt to make any of your goals/dreams/objectives a reality.
There’s an old saying, “What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” While it sounds good on the surface (and it is, don’t get me wrong), it’s not perfect. Sure you could say what you would attempt if you knew you couldn’t fail, but that doesn’t help you when your brain is shouting, “Hey dummy, you’re probably going to fail, don’t you realize that?” The original question is a good start, but it needs to be taken a step further.
Instead of wishful thinking about what “could” happen, I’ve found a better question is more along the lines of “What will you attempt knowing that you will ultimately succeed, despite all the ‘failures’ that are sure to come along the way?”
Because, face it, life is going to throw some pretty rough stuff over to you. You’re going to have a lot more “go wrong” than you’d ever hoped for. But striking oil is about drilling deeper, even if you hit a few rocks along the way. In fact, the expectation is that you have to do a lot of drilling before you tap into that pocket of oil.
So let’s talk about setting expectations. An expectation, in it’s most literal sense, is a certainty that a specific result will occur.
If you’ve got a major goal that want to achieve, you need to have at least five things straightened out before you can really attack it full force.
#1 – You have to have the expectation that you, specifically you, can achieve this goal.
This one is a biggie. People typically have a lot easier time believing something is “possible” than believing it’s “possible for them.” They don’t fully believe that they will be capable of achieving a goal because they are missing something – the time, the talent, the resources, whatever. They have an unwritten expectation that they will not be one of the people who “has what it takes.”
That’s a load of garbage. If you believe that, even just a little bit, then it’s going to seriously damage your ability to take action. You’re never going to give 100% and stick with it until the job is done. If this is you, you need to fix this first. (Stay tuned for an upcoming article on how to do just that. I’ll link to it here when it’s ready).
#2 – You have to have the expectation that you will close the resource gap, no matter how wide it is.
This one is also a biggie. It’s easy to look at a large goal and feel like the distance between it and you is too wide. After all, how can you compete with the biggest successes in the world, who are already established? You can find out how by studying the people who do it every day, like skinny, broke college kid Michael Dell who took on IBM and Hewlett-Packard (and is still winning). If you’re reading this years from now, a hundred other stories just like his will have come and gone.
You have to, have to, have to believe any resource gap can be closed. A lack of time, money, manpower, connections … it all doesn’t matter, because there’s a number of creative solutions out there that you’re going to come up with to overcome all that.
If you don’t believe the resource gap can be closed, it won’t, because you won’t take full-out action to make it happen. But if you have the expectation that it will eventually be resolved, guess what’s going to happen. (Again, stay tuned for an upcoming article on how to do just that. I’ll link to it here when it’s ready).
#3 – You have to have the expectation that you will find a solution to every problem that will inevitably come your way. Every one.
You can’t guarantee a problem-free life. But you can guarantee that you see a ‘problem’ as an opportunity, so rather than being drained by the challenge, you are energized. Chew on this and decide how you’re going to make this shift in thinking. (In the meantime, bookmark this post and check back later to find a link to an upcoming article on how to do this.)
#4 – You have to have the expectation that every action you take matters. Every damn one.
This is critical. When you think taking action won’t matter in the long run, you simply won’t do it. But when you recognize that action accumulates – that the pyramids are built brick by brick, and every one matters, you’ll be willing to take action even when you don’t feel like it and your heart’s not in it.
Remember, everything you matters. If you don’t think it does, then you need to make that shift as well. Stay tuned for an article on that.
#5 – You have to believe that you can accelerate the process of getting to your objective.
This one’s my favorite. As you improve the discipline of following through and taking action on a consistent basis, you’ll want to find new forms of leverage to make the journey to completion a lot shorter. This is what “Million Dollar Leverage” is all about.
By holding onto the firm expectation that you can find ways of leveraging all your resources, you’ll be subconsciously looking for ways to make that happen, and as a result you’ll find a lot more of them. And that will get you to your goal faster. Much faster.
So, I hope I’ve sold you on the power of expectation to get what you want – to strike oil, whatever that means to you. If not, then read this article again and again until it sinks in. And then put your expectations to the test and get them correctly aligned. It’s a bit of work, but if you do it you’ll start seeing better results than you’ve ever seen before in a lot less time than you might imagine (unless your expectation is to see results right away :).
So get a pen an paper and get your expectations put in writing so you can drill them into your brain and use them to your advantage. Do it now – you’ll thank yourself for it.
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Ways To Calm Life’s Chaos
We are born simple beings. As we grow, we attract more and more “stuff” and chaos into our lives. In order to get back to a level of …
We are born simple beings. As we grow, we attract more and more “stuff” and chaos into our lives. In order to get back to a level of simplicity as an adult, you must actively choose it and make changes to achieve it. Here are seven ways to create simplicity in your life:
1. Identify what is causing chaos in your life. Too many activities, too many “voluntary obligations,” too many
priorities, too much debt, toxic relationships, too much clutter
in your home or workplace…all these things can be raising your chaos level. The first step is to identify what is adding chaos, and is NOT adding a significant amount of joy, happiness or
value to your life.
2. Turn off the television. The average American watches in excess of 20 hours of television per week. With this in mind, turn off the T.V. one night a week
to have quiet time to yourself or with your family. Don’t worry…the news will continue to happen even if you’re not watching it!
3. Stop spending time with toxic people.
This is a tough one, but well worth it. Refuse to spend your precious time and energy on those constantly negative people in your life. Life is short. Spend it with those who love, support, encourage and inspire you!
4. Take a stand at the holidays.
I know people who dread the holidays because of the tremendous stress involved. If it’s the gift-giving tradtion that causes you stress, one way to lessen it is to have a policy that you will abide by. You get to decide what that policy will be. It may be no gifts for anyone, yourself included, Pollyanna name trading, gifts only for children under 16, a spending limit per
person, or whatever you come up with which will work for you. Whatever you decide, let your friends and family know well in advance of the holidays and tell them that you’ll be sticking to it. They may not believe it at first, but you will reap the rewards when you find yourself enjoying the holiday season again.
5. Cut your hair. Sound silly? How much time, effort and aggravation is it to deal with your hair every day? If your hair is high maintenance, consider a new style that will take less time and effort. Any stylist worth his salt will be able to give you a hair design that will fit your face and hair type and will still be easy to live with.
6. Scale down your possessions. Every single thing you own, from your three toothbrushes to the four winter coats to the shoeboxes you’re saving “just in case” takes something from you. It costs you time and energy out of your life because it all has to be maintained, stored, cleaned, moved or sorted through at some point. Plus, it all takes up physical and mental space. Everything you own also owns a piece of you, so now is the time to start parting with all those things that don’t bring you joy or value. You will be giving yourself the
gift of more energy and space.
7. Evaluate your time commitments.
Look at how much time and energy you’re spending on activities, organizations, clubs, social groups, etc. Really evaluate how much value or joy they give you in relation to what you invest. If you find that some have outlived their benefit or aren’t making you happy anymore, just stop spending your time there. You’ll have more time for the ones you do enjoy.
In this article I am going to show you how to make a decision…and make it now!
if you are like most you find it hard to make a decision sometimes, a decision like getting on the right exercise program or getting the right job!
Today I want to give you a simple method that will show you how to make a decision! No matter how confused you are.
Why? Because indecision sucks, it can cause you to lose the woman of your dreams, it can cost you to lose wealth that belongs to you, it can cost you time or that one opportunity that could change your life. But this all ends here if you follow a simple rule
This is a secret rule that never fails and it goes like this:
“Choose the unknown over the known, choose the risky over the non risky”
This applies to love, if you are in love with someone and are not taking action because you are scared, do it now” don’t think before you jump. Jump and then take all the time you need to think!
Hindsight is 20/20, but I will tell you something, if you don’t jump there will be no hindsight because the opportunity will pass you by!
If you are making a business decision but are not sure of the consequences take it any way…
If you are deciding between a known exercises like the sit up versus the fast abs program choose the fast abs program!
Remember the new always outsells the old and the new always has some opportunity to offer than the old. Even if the decision is a bad one…this is what living life outrageously is all about! This is what being courageous is all about!
Always be ready to move from the known to the unknown, in anything and in any experience.
It is far better even if the unknown proves worse than the known-that is not the point, just the change from the known to the unknown, is what matters. It is immensely valuable
People say old is gold, I don’t agree, but even if all that is old is gold, forget about it-always choose the new-gold or no gold, it does not matter, what matters is your choice to learn, your choice to live life to the fullest, your choice to go into the dark, slowly, your courage will develop and you will soon become fearless in all you do!
Always remember that with fear there is always cowardliness and there is bound to be mediocrity.
So start with this simple exercise
Always remember, whenever there is a choice to be made, choose the unknown, the risky, the dangerous, the insecure and you will not be at a loss!
For instance, trying to fix a relationship but you are scared of the consequences? Do it anyway-there is nothing to lose
Someone hurt you and you are scared to trust? Choose the unknown- give it a shot!
Thinking of running a marathon? Do it! What have you got to lose- even if you don’t finish it, you still did it!
Thinking of changing jobs-change it- then worry later about the consequences.
I wish I had known this rule a few months ago; it would have saved me lots of anguish and trouble!
Remember people indecision is the killer of creativity of life, if you don’t make a decision life will make one for you and it wont be the one you want!
So be bold and take action, change your body today with the fast abs program at
This is what life is all about!
Hope this article was helpful