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!