Friday, January 6, 2012

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

So maybe I'm 4 years late, but I still decided to read this book titled, "What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20" by Tina Seeling. It's an easy read, and I would recommend it for any age- not just 20! This is more for me as kind of a refresher of what the book says and things I enjoyed reading and wanted to remember and maybe will inspire someone else to read the book. I would totally gift it to someone graduating high school.

1. Most people in the world that make money are fixing the situations around them. How can you create a great idea from a terrible idea? Bad ideas can always be changed into good ideas.

2. Challenge every rule. Not all rules are set in stone.

3. "Those with a fixed image about what they can do are much less likely to take risks that might shake that image. But those with a growth mind-set are typically open to taking risks and tend to work harder to reach their objectives. They're willing to try new things that push their abilities, opening up entirely new arenas along the way."

4. "Those who are successful find ways to make themselves successful.... They always find was to sway history, as opposed to waiting for history to sway them.... If you want a leadership role, then take on leadership roles. Just give yourself permission to do so. Look around for holes in your organization, ask for what you want, find ways to leverage your skills and experiences, be willing to make the first move and stretch beyond what you've done before. There are always opportunities waiting to be exploited. Instead of waiting to be asked and tiptoeing around an opportunity, seize it. It takes hard work, energy and drive- but these are the assets that sets leaders apart from those who wait for others to anoint them."

5. "If you're not failing, then you aren't taking enough risks. One of the keys to success is not avoiding failure, but to be able to recover quickly."

"There was a man who appeared to have endless luck with women. He wasn't particularly charming, funny, smart or attractive, so it was quite a mystery. One day, my friend asked him how he managed to have such a steady flow of women in his life. He confided that it was simple- he asked every attractive woman he met for a date, and then some of them said  yes. He was willing to take his share of rejections in return for a handful of successes. If you get out there and try lots of things, you're a match more likely to find success than someone who waits around for the phone to ring."

If you push the limits, and are willing to fail along the way, you will very likely find success.

6. "There's a big difference between trying to do something and actually doing it. We often say we're trying to do something- losing weight, getting more exercise, finding a job. But the truth is, we're either doing it or not doing it. Trying to do it is a cop-out. You have to focus your intention to make something happen by giving at least 100 % commitment. Anything less and you're the only one to blame for failing to reach your goals."

"We use excuses to cover up the fact that we didn't put in the required effort to deliver. This lesson is relevant in all parts of your life. There's no excuse for being late, for not handing in an assignment, for failing an exam, for not spending time with your family, for not calling your girlfriend, and so forth. You can manufacture an excuse that's socially acceptable, such as having too much work or being sick, but if you really wanted to deliver you'd figure out a way to make it happen."

"There's a significance difference between being competitive and being driven toward an objective. Being competitive implies a zero-sum game in which you succeed at someone else's expense. Being driven involves tapping into your own passion to make things happen."

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