I have been to Las Vegas for a week back in 2006, which was great fun. Shows, casinos – yes, it can be fun to gamble “for real” – roller coasters (the one on “New York, New York” is great) and a visit to the Grand Canyon were the highlights.
Next time, I’ll probably explore nature a bit more.
Everyone should go to Las Vegas at least once in his or her lifetime.
Mike Cernovich has a great podcast about actually living in Vegas for a while.
“My son ask for thyself another Kingdom, for that which I leave is too small for thee” (King Philip of Macedonia – 339 B.C.)
Isn’t that a great mentor? Very motivational… And his student – in this case his son – executed beautifully.
I learnt that quote from the Iron Maiden song ‘Alexander The Great’, by the way. It always stuck in my mind. Why? Because it truly shows you much a mentor can help you “think big”.
How can you meet the “mentor of your dreams”? Of course, you could just walk up at a conference and introduce yourself. Cold.
That will be successful. In about 1 out of 1,000 attempts. Maybe more.
Even if you are successful though, the time may be wasted, because it comes out of the blue.
Your coveted mentor may not have enough time, you have to first explain how why you would talk to him or her, and most importantly: despite a few compliments, you can really not give much of value yourself.
So be well prepared. A great mentor can give you a huge boost in success and reveal a significant shortcut in your work and career.
And as with any “overnight success event” in life comes a long time of preparation beforehand.
Claudia Altucher in her book ‘Become an Idea Machine‘ doesn’t think so, but I have sort of a mixed opinion about it.
I used to think it’s only about the work you put in, and there are actually cases where people just learn a skill by spending 10,000 hours of practise on it.
Malcolm Gladwell talks about this in his book “Outliers” – the Polgar sisters became Hungarian chess grandmasters just by training chess with their father for 10,000 hours.
However, I do believe that somebody who is more talented will always outscore someone who is less talented if he or she works the same amount.
The ability to make connections between nerves and muscles or within the brain, a certain bone structure conducive to specific activities and so on are simply factors that are predetermined through genetics.
If the difference is blatant, I believe the talented person does not need to put ANY work in to get to the same level that the untalented person achieves after putting 50,000 hours of work in.
I do believe greatness comes from a combination of talent and work ethic.
If you are less talented, you can always outwork a lazy talented person.
That’s why lots of talented people underperform.
Rest assured though that in times of pressure, the talented will always come out on top.
What would you do if you were 17 again – and instead of going to college, do something really cool instead?
You could widen your horizon, train something intensely or even start a company. When you are 17, you have the most luxury of trying something new. You don’t even need to be rich. One year to explore the world and what you are really going to do.
The point of these ideas is to not follow the herd.
Christmas is around the corner.
And what does everyone do?
Buy into the whole shopping and consumerism.
Instead focussing on: – reflecting about the year – being present with family and friends; – be grateful about this time of the year;
People spend their time: – stressing out by running from store to store; – barely acknowledging the people around them – worry about not satisfying all demands.
For those reasons, I have collected some alternative ideas. Maybe not full of glamour, but with experiences that will potentially last you a lifetime.
The winner here though comes from Cam Adair, who just invited his Facebook friends to his Family Christmas.
Isn’t that the whole spirit of Christmas? To open your home and share?
Before I start sharing these ideas, one point: in the movie “Groundhog Day”, Bill Murray has to relive one day in the past over and over before he has understood the true meaning of life. He is allowed to move on after he has created several meaningful connections with people. All the value he is giving to people allow him to move on with his life. So remember, the more we give, the longer lasting memories we create.
“Stuff” that we accumulate again and again is exchangeable. Only our connections to other people will last and allow us to move forward in our lives.
We are losing touch with those that came two or three generations before us. New Social Media Apps are born and rise to the top in ever decreasing intervals. Our world becomes faster and faster paced.
And today, 4 year-olds already handle the iPhone better than their 20 – 30-year-old parents. Sorry guys… I consider myself pretty computer savvy – at the age of 40 though, I actually belong to the grandparent generation of Social Media 😉
Yet, our society also grows older and older. Thus, there is a huge market that caters to people of 60+ years.
So it makes sense to design business ideas around serving the older generation.
I find that they can come from two different categories. (a) In person services. (b) Items that make specific things easier.