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I saw an interview with Daymond John this morning.  He made me remember two very important aspects of life that GregO (my husband) and I have often talked about and taught to our children.

1:  Who you are (become) is a by-product of the things you read. 

Not the things that you watch on TV, not the games that you play on whatever electronic device that you own, not the music that you listen to, but the things that you read.

Now, Daymond John was promoting his new book, The Power of Broke, and he said some things that should sound very familiar to martial artists.  Mr. John said that he looked at his goals every day.  EVERY DAY!  That is such a powerful tool for me to take away from that interview. (We have been teaching our trainees about setting goals all this month!)  In talking about setting goals, he referenced another book (Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill).   Where did he learn about setting goals?  He learned about them from a book!  GregO and I have also learned about goal setting from the loads of books that we have read. 

2:  Who you are (become)is a by-product of the people that you hang around.

Mentors and good friends will help you to put into action hose things that you read.  If you have loser friends who wait for the world to hand them everything, then they will influence you to do the same and you will never be able to put into practice the things that you have read.  Mr. John also said that he had mentors from his community that taught him about business.  One of those mentors was a grocery store owner that let him sweep the floors and taught him about recessions and booms. Hello!  We have been teaching the students about having a success coach!

Now, go out find you a good book to read this chilly weekend and seek out some successful people to befriend.  It will be all worth your time and effort!

Kida! - Dana

*Disclaimer:  I have not yet read Mr. John's book.  I have purchased it, but have not read the entire thing yet!



09/25/2016 1:15pm

This is important if you want to live a balanced, fulfilling life. Many Sometimes life changing experience can be a good teaching method to learn from. Overcoming obstacles in my life has helped me to contribute to who I am as an individual, a mother, and a student. people are successful in their career but don’t have good relationships with their spouse or family because of wrong priorities. They put things like money and reputation above their relationships. Don’t let it happen to you. You should put relationships as your top priority.

06/20/2017 12:30am

I believe that these two things can be changed because these are just factors that can affect how we behave and think. Meaning, it is still up to us to how we will come up with a final decision to deal with the things happening in our life. The people around us should be those people who can contribute positive values in our life and those who only want good things for us. The things we read affect us too, therefore, we must ensure that we only read educational things that will help develop our knowledge.

06/30/2017 10:46pm

I do agree on these 2 things that could change our life. But I can relate more on the number 2 because it is true that the saying tell me who your friends are and i'll tell you who you are. Friends do really tell who we are. If you invest you time on friends that are family oriented and straight forward on their lives. Most likely you'll develop the same trait that they have. I do agree with it because my friends and I have been together for a long time and I do notice that we all possess that we are a family oriented people.

02/13/2017 8:23pm

I agree to the views you presented in this posts, but honestly I can relate more to the second one. People around you are the greatest reasons why you act, think, and speak that way. If you spend most of your time with people who are full of love, respect, and nice words to each other, there's a huge chance that you will possess the very same personality. As the saying goes, " tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you really are."

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