App Review – Happiness for IOS

Journaling sounds like a great idea at first. However, if you really look at it, it has two fundamental flaws:
– You’ll write a few tens of pages in the start then forget it into some drawer.
– You will never read what you’ve wrote ever again, either because it is too painful to do so or because it is not interesting enough.

In other words, journaling is a good vehicle for expressing your feelings, emotions and deepest secrets but not so much for finding correlations and causations.

Then comes Happiness.

I love this little app (with not such a little price tag of 4.99 EUR, which for an mobile app, is a lot).

It’s principles are simple:
– You decide how happy or unhappy you are with five degrees for each side.
– You write a short entry about what makes you feel this way.
– You add tags which will get analyzed and in time, will show you correlations. For example, if you’ve been in a bad state and every time you’ve tagged a certain person as a cause of your unhappiness, then you will see statistically how many times that person made you unhappy. It sounds complicated but it is not. For example, if I check right now exercising, I’ll get a lot of green dots (which means happiness). If I check waking up late, it is always unhappiness.

To put it simply, you’ll quantify how you feel, you’ll write a description to this and you’ll add the key words as tags.

Here’s what I like about the app:
– Works rather fast, very few crashes.
– Nice design.
– Huge help file that reads like a self-improvement book.
– Easy to use even if the tags system is not the most intuitive.
– Can help you export your database into CSV. You’ll get happiness scores along tags along descriptions and this is awesome!

What I don’t like:
– Icloud sync is useless.
– After I’ve reseted my phone and I’ve tried to get my data back with a restore link, it failed to work.
– High price to be honest – I don’t mind paying for it but without a promo or trial, it is a risk to pay 5 EUR.

Do I suggest it? Yes. For self-improvement, for quantification and for being a kick ass journaling app. I wish that a web version would exist as it is not that easy to type long entries on a mobile phone. And an Android version wouldn’t hurt (it is IOS exclusive).

You can get it from here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/happiness-mood-tracking-journal/id501992445?mt=8

Best regards,
Razvan Rogoz

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How To Live A KPI Oriented Life

There are goals and there are KPIs. If you don’t know what a KPI is, it stands for Key Performance Indicator. In other words, it is a metric that you can track and which represents directly and indirectly performance in a certain area.

For example, how many sales you make is a KPI. If you are closing 10 out of 100 calls a day, then you have a KPI of 10 or 10%.

I’ve decided to go the KPI route some time ago, frustrated that traditional goal setting was not working so well for me. This combined with my love for the quantified self movement, allowed me to create a system based on three different areas:

– Determine the AOI (areas of influence).
– Collect data in a precise manner and in a quantifiable manner.
– Determine goals based on this data.

Sounds too complicated? Let me give you an example.

I know from experience that if I wake up earlier, I’ll get more done, I’ll have a better mood and generally, it will be a better day. I can’t remember a single usual day that went out properly if I woke up at 11:00 or 12:00.

My goal is to have an average wake up time at 07:00. I could do better but for now, since I’ve fallen off the wagon (I had a wake up time of 05:50 for a long, long time), I need to take small steps.

So how do I use this?

First of all, I collect the data.

This is done using a FitBit Charge HR tracker which I wear on my wrist at all times. It is rather accurate and it detects when you go to sleep and when you wake up with 95% accuracy.

This means that every single day, I can sync the FitBit and see when I’ve got out of bed. It determines that I’ve woken up in the moment I perform more movement than I usually do when I sleep. I don’t understand the science behind it exactly but the point is – it is accurate.

I take this data and transform it into a goal. However, since just waking up once at 07:00 it is not really going to help me, I’ve decided to use the “average” method. In other words, all my goals are calculated as an average, usually for the last seven days, so I can have consistency.

Fortunately, FitBit does this automatically for me and calculates it but with some other goals, I have to do it manually (which is not that hard – sum of the last seven days or tracking period divided by seven or the number of days).

I place everything in a spreadsheet and for every day improved, I highlight the new valor with green. For every day that I’m dropping, I’m making it with red. My final goal at this point looks like this …

“SLEEP – WAKE UP HOUR #1 – Reach an average of 07:00 and keep it for at least seven days.”

Here’s how it looks like:

WAKE UP TIME
09:21
09:13
09:10
08:26
08:40
08:53
09:08

Once I reach those seven days and I have an 07:00 average, I will decrease it to 06:30 and so on, until I can reach optimum or high performance values.

What are the advantages of this method?
– You know exactly if you are moving forward or backwards.
– Since it is calculated daily, you must move forward, like a marathon, not a sprint, towards the desired goal.
– It gives you pattern based data over time.
– It is an amazing tool for self-improvement because it is one thing to think you are good at something and another to have the data to prove it.
– Anomalies eventually get canceled because the value is always an average of all values (or for the time period) and not the highest one. This means that if you would track income and you would earn $5000 in a day and nothing in the next 9, then the value on the tenth day would be $500/day and not $5000. This is a good thing since it is very easy to lie yourself with statistics and the more data you put in, the more accurate it becomes.

What are the disadvantages of this method?
– It requires passive tracking or the discipline to do this manually. Some goals like productivity or how much I study (as in books finished) are tracked manually but I admit – I wouldn’t be tracking my sleep without a sensor to absorb and interpret this data for me.
– You can’t lie to yourself. If you are failing, you are failing and the numbers show this to you. So it is not for the faint of heart.

Now every single day is about asking the question – what can I do to improve my stats in these areas? These stats range from fitness to financial to my own happiness (which is not correlated yet, only tracked through an amazing IOS app called Happiness) to how much work I put in.

For now, I’m not doing high level correlations. I’m not trying to see if there are links between values and how changing one changes the other. I may do this at a later date and I only have seven days of info so far in this system.

But what I’m doing is …
– How many steps do I need to walk / run today to hit my 7500/day average?
– How much do I need to exercise today to hit my calories goal average?
– How close am I’m to getting my next badge on FitBit (this acts as a normal goal but since the value resets itself every day, I track it).
– How much work do I need to invest in Pomodoros to reach my average of 10 Pomodoros a day?

And so on. It seems complicated. It is not. It is actually very simple. The problem with SMART goals is that you don’t even know what you need to do and it is easy to fool yourself. A SMART goal would be to earn $5000 in one month.

However, there are two problems with this:
– How do I know I’m on the right path? How do I know I’m progressing?
– What if it takes more than a month – then do I need to update my goal?

Instead, you can have a goal to earn just $161 per day. In some days you’ll earn nothing. In others you’ll earn five times the sum. At the end, it all balances and if you see that you are in the red too much, then it means what you are doing is not working. If you are in the green, then you are raising your average (even if it means from $10 to $15) and you know you are heading towards the right destination.

I find it fascinating and while I would like to take the credit for it, I can’t. These procedures have been used in management for a long time but I’m glad that I’ve found a way to apply them into my own life.

Best regards,
Razvan Rogoz

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You can’t control future events … you can only control present circumstances.

A new thing I’m learning is to stop worrying about future events. Neither should you.

Yes, it is hard when you know that in X days, something may happen. It is harder when you know that it must happen, as there is a deadline set, no matter what that may be.

But in the same time, it is a waste of time.

There is the circle of influence and circle of worry (according to Stephen Covey). In the circle of influence you can actually do something. In the circle of worry you can only hope that some things will turn alright.

Well, the truth is that no matter if you worry or if you worry, the things will turn exactly the same. Your worries are not influencing the outcome.

So instead of being worried of what will happen in the future, about your future battles, fight on the current ones. In a war, you focus on your next battle, not on what will happen in two years. And so many things can change that your worry may be for nothing.

So, relax and stop living in the future. Or in the past. Live in the present. One task at a time. One step at a time towards your goal.

Best regards,
Razvan Rogoz

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Psychological repression and self-disowning in the pursuit of success.

Reality check.

Powerful = Ruthless?
Cool = cold?
Better, superior = emotionless?
Funny = submissive?
Glamorous = sterile beauty?

These are some of the associations we are making in our lives once we reach a certain level of success. At some point, when you’ve got both the money, the power and the charisma to influence with ease, these became the status quo.

Yet, I wonder how true they are.

A few days I saw Fifty Shades of Grey. I’ve also read the books, the first two. And yes, Christian Grey is a fictional character I look up too. Rich, in control, charismatic, controlled movement and hypnotic.

Like it or not, for most people in business, he is the new Gordon Gecko. Yet, is it practical to aim to be that way? Because in the end … we are humans.

I admit, people like people who are cold and reserved. I know this because this is how I’ve been for a long, long time. I want to correct that – I am. It started when I’ve first read Atlas Shrugged, a book that has been condemned for promoting extreme emotional restrain. Yet, I don’t know how useful is that anymore.

Yes, you make money. Yes, you are powerful. Yes, you get a lot of sex.

But at the end of the day, you don’t laugh. You don’t cry. You don’t enjoy. You don’t find yourself singing in the shower. You don’t enjoy yourself like a little kid when the time comes.

Is this the price you must pay for being successful – canceling emotions? This is because, positive and negative emotions are not divided. You can’t cancel negative and keep the positive. If you feel, you feel. It comes as a package.

I don’t believe so. I think that there is a better way. I think that people like Gordon Gecko and more recently Christian Grey are not really the best examples to follow in life if you want to be happy. People like Gregory House (I know that I’m using fictional examples but you are more likely to know them than any business leaders I may mention – but for example, Steve Jobs) or the guy from House of Cards – Frank Underwood.

Because we are slowly turning into a society of sociopaths.

Every person that is goal focused will eventually have to make this choice – do I want to be a sociopath or not? Do I want to see people just as tools, everything like a game of chess, or not?

I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. I don’t know what is better. I don’t consider myself a sociopath but I am emotionally withdrawn. On one side, no emotions = more power. On the other side emotions = happiness.

And what is more important in life, happiness or power (power meaning money, power over others and to some degree, power over yourself).

It is a hard question, one that I don’t know how to answer.

But here’s the thing – maybe they are not mutually exclusive. Power is about playing nice with others so you can use your combined efforts to achieve a goal. Happiness is enjoying the process of living. It is true, a tendency towards sociopathy makes gaining power a lot easier and it may be required if you want to reach the very top but it is worth it?

Again, I don’t know. This is not a cautionary tale of “don’t sell your soul for money”. I know many moments in my life when I would have sold my soul for many things. It is instead a question that I’m asking myself and that I provoke you, the reader, to ask too …

The question being …

“Can I achieve the heights of success while still retaining my humanity, my emotions, my joys and my love for other people and for people in general … while knowing that this world is sometimes a heaven and sometimes hell?”

And maybe you can.

Maybe you don’t need to be too cool for school and cold like ice in order to succeed. Maybe it is OK to laugh. Maybe it is OK to be fine with being human. Maybe it is not required to transform you, your body, your life in just a mechanism to accomplishing a goal and to remember that the only purpose of the goal is to increase your happiness, therefore, sacrificing your happiness to accomplish your goal is kind of a negation in terms.

But I don’t know yet. This is a question that most people never ask and that was just raised for me. But I think there is a better way. I think that we don’t need to glamorize not being human so much.

I think that we can stop acting like models on a stage, beautiful, interesting, the height of perfection but who are empty inside and are just a nice package. I think that in this world, especially for us, people who are trying hard to succeed and people who are successful, we can remember from time to time or even, all the time that what’s inside the package is just as important as the package itself.

That your new BMW is not really relevant if you can’t enjoy driving …
That your new trophy wife is not relevant if you don’t love her …
That your $100.000 bank account is not relevant if you are not finding happiness or safety in them …

… and that even if you need to be a great package outside (I’ve never said that this was not required, I know in what world we live in) we need to tend to our inner substance too. Both what’s inside and what’s outside.

Not to be yourself but to be your best self and to enjoy this.

Not to just look good but to feel beautiful and cherished in the same time.

Not to just be rich but to actually feel rich.

NOT JUST TO BE SUCCESSFUL BUT TO USE YOUR SUCCESS TO BE HAPPY.

Because … this is the essence of true fulfillment.

Giving it your best in life … and enjoying every moment of happiness that this brings you.

I don’t know how …

But I’m starting to understand the why.

That if you go through the process of self-disowning, you are like a general, fighting a war, fighting like a pro, but when he gets home, there is no kingdom to have. It is fighting while sacrificing what you are fighting for.

It is glamarous to be a winner, to be the gladiator. But it may be more interesting, more beautiful to be happy. It is not as seductive since we live in a society where the quiet, strong, emotioneless figure is at the top of the food chain and it gains respect, every single time but … the price may not be worth it.

I’ll update in the future with a new post about this process of transformation for me.

I’ll leave you with a description of two key concepts:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Disowned_Self

The Disowned Self explores, “…the problem of self-alienation – a condition in which the individual is out of contact with his own needs, feelings, emotions, frustrations and longings, so that he is largely oblivious to his actual self and his life is the reflection of an unreal self, of a role he has adopted. The problem of obliviousness to self, the causes and consequences of such obliviousness, and its treatment psychotherapeutically – is the theme of this book.”[2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_repression

Psychological repression, or simply repression, is the psychological attempt made by an individual to repel one’s own desires and impulses toward pleasurable instincts by excluding the desire from one’s consciousness and holding or subduing it in the unconscious. Repression plays a major role in many mental illnesses, and in the psyche of the average person.[1]

Repression (German: Verdrängung), ‘a key concept of psychoanalysis, is a defense mechanism, but it pre-exists the ego, e.g., ‘Primal Repression’. It ensures that what is unacceptable to the conscious mind, and would, if recalled, arouse anxiety, is prevented from entering into it';[2] and is generally accepted as such by psychoanalytic psychologists.[3]

However, regarding the distinct subject of repressed memory, there is debate as to whether (or how often) memory repression really happens[4] and mainstream psychology holds that true memory repression occurs only very rarely.[5]

Best regards,
Razvan Rogoz

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My experience with waking up at 05:50 daily

My wake up hour fluctuated A LOT through my life. I’ve had periods in my life when I woke up at 07:00 and periods when I woke up at 11:00 AM. Generally, actually, always, waking up earlier was a better thing for me, for my projects and for my general state.

About two weeks ago, I’ve decided to create a new habit and wake up daily at 05:50. This was the absolute minimum I’ve found manageable while still getting at least seven hours of sleep.

And guess what? I’ve did it. While my actual wake-up hour oscillated a bit, I’ve always been out of bed by 6:15. And thanks to this, here are how it improved my life:

  • I start my day full of energy and I actually have time for myself. Almost the first thing I do every morning is going up for a 5000 steps (about 4 km) walk or run outside. The fresh morning air helps me get balanced FAST for the day.
  • I actually have time to drink coffee and have breakfast. Instead of jumping to work, I can invest 30 – 45 minutes for myself and I enjoy every single one of them.
  • I get more work done by 12:00 than I usually got in an entire day before I’ve started this routine.
  • My general psychological and emotional state is improved. I don’t feel overwhelmed anymore. I do sometimes feel depleted and frustrated at the end of the day but up to 16:00, my state from 1 to 10 is a solid 9 or 10.
  • I have a lot of free time now. Since I finish work at about 15:00, I can spend the rest of the day doing whatever the hell I want.

So far, this habit is the best investment I’ve made in myself in a long, long time. How can I manage this though?

  • It is very important to get at least seven hours of solid sleep. Anything under this will lead to a sleep loss and this will affect your state and energy.
  • I get to sleep at about 22:00. Sometimes I fall asleep at 23:00 but ideally is that at 22:00 to shut everything down and get to sleep.
  • The morning walk is very important – since without it, I would simply go back to sleep. After walking 4 km, I feel refreshed. This is especially true now, with -5 Celsius temperatures outside.
  • In order to prevent myself from getting back to sleep first thing in the morning, I fire up YouTube and listen to motivational materials.

Conclusion – if you are serious about your success, get up earlier. One hour in the morning is better, energy, focus and willpower wise than 3 hours after 16:00.

Best regards,
Razvan Rogoz

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The what-if exercise and why plans don’t generally work.

  • What if tomorrow I would wake up at 05:00 and run for 3 miles?
  • What if just after that (and a shower) I would invest two hours of focused efforts into my most important project?
  • What if I would suspend all my emotional needs and focus 100% on what I need to do, knowing that once I’ve achieved this, I could enjoy those results tenfold?
  • What if I would stop smoking right now (speaking of which, I’m smoking in this exact smoking) knowing that I will win from all points of view?
  • What if I would consistently go to the gym and this would compound into an amazing psychological state?
  • What if I could leave the past behind and not take decisions influenced by it, instead, looking at the future?

Everything would be better. Everything would move faster and easier. Yet, I won’t do that. I will wake up at 10:00 or so. I will start work and then get distracted. I will sabotage myself in the pursuit of my goal. Why? Because I’m human and no matter how well organized my to-do list is, it won’t actually reflect the territory (the to-do list being the map, the old NLP saying – the map is not the territory).

Yet, I succeed. How? Through brute force. Doing more than anyone else in the right direction. In an not so efficient way, yet I do it.

And the main idea of this article is that it is not about how good your plan is. Good plans can always be created. It is simply. It is simply your ability to execute. You are limited not by your plan but by yourself, a concept that only successful people understand.

It is like trying to race a car at 300 km/h when that car only goes at 100. If you try to push it to 150, it will break. This is called burnout in psychology.

The sweet spot is doing exactly how much you can. Without burning yourself out. Preserving your energy. And the best way to do this is to aim to do as little things as possible but the right things.

If you have 24 hours in a day, it is better to have 3 productive hours, three hours advancing towards what you need to do and do nothing in the rest. It is better to be a goal oriented person for 3 hours and a hermit for the rest of 21.

Yet, you also need to create the PC (production capabilities) for those three hours. To work, you need to eat. To have a clear mind, you need to exercise. So it all comes down to a pyramid. In the top, it is your top goal, your top activities that lead you towards that goal. Yet every level down are the required functions, required conditions for you to execute those activities.

So in theory, you need to balance your life in order to provide you with the resources to EXECUTE your MVPs (your most vital priorities). In theory. In practice, we’ll discuss it another time.

Best regards,
Razvan Rogoz

 

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My first goal on this year – FAILED.

People fail. I’ve failed too.

And I’ve learned some lessons from this. This goal was not a NY resolution. It was a measurable one. It had the deadline of 1st of February 2015.

While I must keep my goals private, I can say what I’ve learned from it and what I’m going to do different.

Reasons why I’ve failed:
1. Lack of focus. I’ve had some really good periods but eventually, I’ve burnt out and I’ve lost my focus.
2. Ignoring PC (production capability). You can be single minded on a goal only for so long. Eventually, you’ll burn out because you’ve ignored everything that gave you that energy.
3. Distractions. Due to emotional needs not being met (read that as insecurity) I’ve made compromises that slowed down my progress. None proved fruitful.
4. Lack of a well defined procedure. Using brute force in pursuit of my goal and abandoning what worked.
5. Ignoring physical dimension – not exercising, not having enough energy, going borderline depression due to single focus.

Tweaks:
1. I’ve decided to do the goal again. I have about twice the time to achieve it and the goal is about 50% bigger than the first time.

Improvements I’m making:
1. Checklist approach. Checklist for morning routine, for appearance and for evening routine.
2. Process metric approach – I know that I must do X in order to achieve Y. I’ve quantified X. In other words, I’m not focusing only on the result but on the process that leads to that result too. A good analogy would be not focusing on muscle growth but on how many reps you make.
3. Physical routine – Aiming again to walk 10.000 steps. Should keep me out of the house for a few hours. Going to the gym, while may be a good idea, is very time consuming at this moment.
4. Eliminating all major decisions for this month. To make this simple, I’m eliminating as many moving pieces as possible.
5. Ignoring all non goal related opportunities. Everything that falls into the category of “but this may make me feel better and therefore be more productive” is BS. Ignored.

So, here we go again. Lucky number two.

Best regards,
Razvan Rogoz

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On production and production capabilities (PPC).

Five years or so, I’ve read “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.

One important concept from there was PPC. No, not pay per click like Adwords from Google but Production & Production Capabilities.

Do you remember the old “golden goose fable”?

If you don’t, I’ll write here a quick synopsis. A poor man discovers that one of his gooses laid golden eggs. One per day. This improves his circumstances dramatically, almost overnight. In a very short period, he becomes one of the richest people in the kingdom.

Yet, he becomes greedy. He wants more than one egg per day. Therefore, he kills the goose in order to take all the eggs from the inside. He finds none. He killed the “golden goose”.

The real life analogy is that people sacrifice their production capabilities in order to increase on a temporary basis production. This never works. When you cut the tree, the tree won’t be capable of producing any more apples. It is as simple as that.

Production is always based on production capabilities. A product is not created by itself, it is created by a factory. Without that factory, the product can not exist. I know, it sounds logical and you may wonder by now, where’s my point.

It is simple. PPC works in life too. Production capabilities are the parts of our life that allows us to execute. Our health, fitness, focus, knowledge, social capital, etc. Production are those things that consume these resources in order to get something of a different value – like money.

In the last two weeks, I’ve tried an experiment. I’ve suspended PC (production capabilities) maintenance in order to focus all my energy on P (production). And it worked, up to a point. The point where my PC were depleted. I’ve consumed more resources than I’ve replaced. And this lead to emotional, mental burnout and a pesky cold.

This was because I wanted to focus all my resources on a single goal. I’ve accomplished part of my goal but as I’ve said, I’ve depleted my resources. So based on this experiment, I’ve drawn the following conclusions:

  • The desire to do something is not enough. You need the resources to back it up, from willpower to energy to focus and many others. Those limited are limited. They may last one day or six months but they are limited.
  • You can’t consume more than you produce. Keep this in mind. If you have energy for ten hours, you’ll get ten hours. You can’t get 12 no matter how much you want it. If you try, you’ll pay a big price for this through burnout. Yes, your body can be pushed to the absolute limit but unless it is a critical situation, there isn’t any reason to actually do this.
  • If you want to keep your production consistent (which is required, especially for long term goals), you need to renew your resources. In other words, you need to plant the garden, take care of it and eat from it too. If you create the resources but you’re not using them, you’re under achieving. If you are creating less resources than you are using, then you will eventually burnout and crash. If you are consuming about the same as you are creating, you will be in the optimum zone – where you are moving steadily towards your goal.

So it is time to change my approach. My one goal at a time focus remains. However, I am investing an equal amount of time in PC too. 50% in production, 50% in production capabilities.

Theoretically, this will balance things and will prevent burnout in the near future. In practice, we will see. All life is an experiment.

Best regards,
Razvan Rogoz

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Hustling 101

“Get Rich Or Dye Trying” – 50 Cent

When you start an article with a quote from 50 Cent, you don’t expect much. You expect that some “nigga” wrote it because his entire business education comes from music and movies.

When you think about business, success, you think about people in black or navy suits, with firm handshakes and which will inject the words “synergy, projection and win-win” every three sentences.

Yet, 50 Cent knows more about business than most C-Level execs out there. How do I know that?

I’ve read his biography and I’ve studied his life (a kind of biography, it was “The 50th law by Robert Greene and 50 Cent”.

And Fifty is best known for hustling. But what does that even mean?

Well, based on Webster (yes, hustle is found in Webster), hustle or hustling means:

: to quickly move or push (someone) often in a rough way

: to move or work in a quick and energetic way

: to play a sport with a lot of energy and effort

Or to put it simply, in a more suitable context, to move with force, energy, focus, towards a given goal. To get what you need and in a manner that compares you with a train.

Not slow and steady but as your life depends on it. Because in many ways, it does. It is not a life or death decision but if you treat it as nothing else matters, you’ll usually find the focus and the energy to succeed.

That’s being said, here are my ten rules for hustling.

  1. Know what you want. It is rather hard to pursuit a goal if you don’t know where you are heading. Set a goal, formally or less formally and make it your center of existence.
  2. Understand that with every opportunity, comes a dozen obstacles. Accept them as a fact of life, take them one at a time and crush them. Nobody said that it is going to be easy.
  3. Nothing can replace hard work. Yes, there are people making $5.000.000 in a single deal but before they’ve got there, they’ve invested thousands or tens of thousands of hours. The more you are in, the higher the rewards but hard work is a must and it is a constant. Usually millionaires work harder than poor people.
  4. Want security? Forget about it. Life is about managing risk, not eliminating it. Some ways to manage it are common sense (don’t drive drunk). Yet, you can’t eliminate all risk in life. You can act knowing that there is a slim chance of everything going to hell.
  5. Have a back-up plan. Some people say that it is not a good idea to have plan B because it distracts you from plan A. Yet, plan A may fail and you need to fall back on something.
  6. Opportunities exist everywhere. They may not fit your initial plan because that was formed on your prior assumptions but they exist. When a door opens, integrate it into your goal.
  7. Few if none people will support you in your pursuit. Get used to it. Your goals and your execution are personal matters. If you want to be sabotaged, share them with other people. They’ll find very creative ways of making you take more time in accomplishing what you want.
  8. Goals rarely get accomplished in a linear manner. It is not like you have 10 days and every single day you’ll get 10% done. Instead, you’ll get 20% done in the first 8 days and 80% in the last two. It takes time for your effort to reach a critical point.
  9. You may fail. So what? Get back to the drawing board and start again. Chances are that if you do this, the second time it will be far easier. You’ll have insight on what works and what doesn’t and you’ll have almost all the progress from your last goal.
  10. Never, ever give up. If a goal is worthy, move earth and heaven to accomplish it. Go through hell if required. Faith, even if I don’t believe in such a concept has the habit of rewarding only those who hustle, hard.

That’s being said, I would like to leave you with a part from the poem Ulysses by Lord Tennyson.

We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Best regards,
Razvan Rogoz

 

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Every single little thing matters.

Mission accomplished.

These are the two most beautiful words you can say when it comes to a goal. To reach the end. To reach your metric.

Yet, in your pursuit, you’ll encounter obstacles. In other words, things, circumstances, people, that will make you feel like accomplishing your goal is impossible.

For example, I’m at such a stage right now. With days to goal until the hard deadline on my goal, I am only about 40% in. Things are not looking good. There are many approaches to accomplish this goal but most do not seem very effective right now.

It is stressful, I admit it.

But you know what else I admit? That every step taken towards the right destination, even writing this blog post, will improve the odds. Not by much but it will improve it.

Consider your goal a numbers game. If you do nothing, you have 0% chance of accomplishing. But with every single task you take towards the completion of your goal, that chance increases. It will never be 100% but you can get it to 30% … 50% … 70% … or even 90%. You can get it as close as possible to certainty.

Not even there you are not 100% sure that you can do it, that you can say “mission accomplished” but 90% chances of success are far better than 25%.

Nothing gives you full certainty that you’re going to win. No matter how much you train, work, try, nothing is 100% safe. However, it is usually enough to tip the balance.

There is also a theory that by not focusing on balance in other areas of your life, you will get stuck in others. This may be true but I don’t see a real causal relationship between these two. I’ve won while ignoring important areas of my life in the process. I can’t say that it was a smart decision but I don’t really see how fixing something unrelated will help me advance this goal.

Maybe I will discover eventually.

That being said, the lesson today is – do anything that gets you closer to your goal. Any productive action will tip the scale in your balance. It is not about the big event, the big process, at least not always. Sometimes it is about a small thing that proves actually huge leverage.

Best regards,
Razvan Rogoz

 

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