Darren Hardy: Chapter 4 – Momentum

Harnessing The Power of The Big Mo

It’s like when in the morning when I wake up on fire, do a podcast, drop clothes off at the dry-cleaning, do my Instagram posts, and a few other things.  It’s all about momentum.  You guys have experienced the Big Mo one way or another.  It could be during your workouts, commute to work (responding to tons of emails), or even using “down-time” as “power-time.”

Isaac Newton’s Law of Inertia sums it up.  Couch potatoes stay couch potatoes.  People like Gary Vee, who’s always on the run, stays on the run.  It’s all about getting in that successful rhythm.

The same thing happens when a rocket is launched off the launchpad.  Recently I was watched the beloved Elon Musk shoot off a rocket into orbit on Space X (YouTube).  At first, it was ridiculously slow.  I said, “that’s how fast rockets are?”  However, after a few minutes, that bad boy was traveling at an astounding rate per second.  The hardest part was getting off the ground.  Kind of like a plane taking off.  At first it’s a little bit slow, but after about 800 meters, it’s going pretty fast until the pilot lifts the wheel and up-up-and away!

You’re going to need a lot of energy to break the initial inertia – but once you get going, watch out!

Ever wonder why successful people tend to get more successful… the rich get richer… the happy get happier… the lucky get luckier.

“But momentum works on both sides of the equation—it can work for you or against you. Since the Compound Effect is always working, negative habits, when left unchecked, can build up steam and send you into a tailspin of “unlucky” circumstances and consequences.” – Darren Hardy

Like when you initially get acquainted with the “ugly group” at school.  The negative habits, plus the consequences, will come pouring in.  This is the law and this is how it works.  Also, it’s hard to break out of it.  You can’t just “jump-out” a gang without severe consequences.

How do you get “Big Mo” to pay you a visit?

1. Making new choices based on your goals and core values
2. Putting those choices to work through new positive behaviors
3. Repeating those healthy actions long enough to establish new habits
4. Building routines and rhythms into your daily disciplines
5. Staying consistent over a long enough period of time”

When the iPod was initially launched in 2001 (I had no idea!), they had a 30% revenue growth.  However, the next year it went to -33%.  2003 was still in the negative but in 2004, and when I started to see it on TV shows on MTV, it went into a 18% surplus.  60%……70%.  BOOM!  This is momentum.

Podcast

Lewis Howes: The Material Mask & Tai Lopez Excerpt

YIKES! I mean, I can write probably a book on what Americans deem to be happiness – just go to Beverly Hills and see yourself! Yes, I took shot at Beverly Hills, although I stay there with an ex-boss of mine and his wife for a day this past April.  The Material Mask – the most highly sought after mask on the face of the planet.

From Instagrammer influencers posing with six-figure cars, to people flaunting their riches on yachts.  I find it very laughable because deep down inside those individuals are insecurities far beyond what “normal” people have.

For example, the YouTube guru who took the world by storm over a two-year period, Tai Lopez, is deemed as a “scam” artist.  Some people say that he packaged his own course from Jack Canfield’s ‘Success Principles.”  Others dissected his videos to the molecular level when they realized that some of the people he would be in the video with, at the time, weren’t even listening to him.  Collection of books in the garage; house “rented” out, women wearing 2-piece bikinis and so much more.  Nonetheless, this man amassed a fortune behind a very ambiguous past and everyone to this date is still unaware of his age.

Get this, regardless of what you might or might not like about him, he was one of those people who didn’t have that type of money when he was younger.  So, when he got the money, he lavished himself in it and had to show everyone.  His Tedx, called the ‘Good Life,’ was a bit laughed, in my opinion.  This coming from a public speaker – but this human being by the name of Tai Lopez has still been able to make millions of dollars.  Dollars that he must show to the rest of the world to make them feel inferior.

Podcast

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/lewis-howes-material-mask-tai-lopez-intr

What Makes 2 Kids From The Same Neighborhood Different

After a very interesting conversation with some of my students, we talked about the best and worst secondary (high schools in America) schools in Thailand.  I wanted to deep dive into the idea of what made them so different.  Was it the environment? The parents? What are the influences?

How come I’m different? Being born and raised in Las Vegas in a neighborhood I heard gunshots ringing every night and gang activity being at its highest around 2001.  My home being robbed twice; myself being robbed broad daylight in 2003 included.  However, I was able to still not be part of all that nonsense.

African Americans who live in the impoverished neighbourhoods around America just cannot escape the idea that they CAN LEAVE.  But what stops them?

Back in sixth grade, my school had a fair amount of whites, blacks, and Mexicans.  When 2007 came around, the numbers of the white community started dwindling and the Mexican gangsters started coming in herds.  By the time 8th grade arrived, some of my friends got held back (didn’t pass to 9th grade), and the school was rampant with gang activity.

Going into high school had to be the difference maker in my life, just because when I was in marching band, I got exposed to different cultures on the outer skirts of Las Vegas.  Caucasian and Asian kids living in gorgeous houses and had something called “ambition” compared to the zoned students who were fighting to stay alive another day.

Can I give all the credit to my mom? My mom did a wonderful job at providing, but when it came to guidance, I had to trust my intuition because that was the job of my father, who ran off years prior.  I literally had to learn what was right from wrong, and being introduced to a vast array of new cultures and identities, students wearing medical scrubs or aviation khakis steered me in the ‘I can be much bigger than I am’ direction.

What’s different from an African American/Mexican/Caucasian living in a wealthy neighborhood versus another family who lives in a lower-class neighborhood? What makes a high-society wannabe in Bangkok different from the slum dogs just 10km westward from their location in Khlong Toei?  What has to happen in the mind for someone to accept their life as it is and there’s no way they can change it?

This comes back to my family.  Meeting a female name Satomi Nakagawa of Kyoto, Japan who visited me in 2008 before I visited in 2009 was the difference maker.  She planted an idea within my mind saying “there’s much more to life than to being in one place.”  To this day, I haven’t heard the voices of any of my family members for over four years because I chose to get rid of the poverty consciousness (as Henry Ford did) and do something bigger.

The psych behind decision making is so hard to understand.

Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/11735293

Lisa Nichols – Diagnose The Problems, Resolve It, & Move Onto Your Abundant Life

I talked about having money blueprints and how they have been such a powerful influence on virtually everyone’s life.  Geographical, Cultural, Spiritual, Gender, Economical, Spiritual…..one of these played a huge part in how we view money.

For instance, when I was young, I remember my mom cooking flower tortillas in vegetable oil just to put some food in our stomach.  I remember wearing water shoes to school everyday and had my “friends” spew hateful rhetoric at me because I was widely known as the “poor boy.”  The days where we couldn’t even afford to have water at my house so my dad had to fill water jugs in the restrooms at his job.

See, you can see how this could’ve ultimately doomed me.  Look at the southside of Chicago, Camden, Gary, Flint, Detroit and so many other places around America where African Americans have generationally lived and continue to live in ravaged cities just narrowly surviving.

So, how come I’m the only person in my family who had the ability to escape that blueprint and create my own?  Moving forward, how come I’ve been shunned from my family because I don’t “act like” them and I’m hated by my brother?

Simple.

I choose NOT to live in the past influences of my life.

There are some techniques and behaviors that you can engage in so you can begin diagnosing and resolving the problems in your life that’s currently happening because of past actions and blueprints.

Here are several podcasts to get you started.

 

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10255673 – #1: Create A New Relationship With Money
https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10273024 – #2: Your Economic Background Helps Draw Your Money Blueprint, Too.
https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10287697 – #3: Gender & Geographic
https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10314021 – #4: Your Spiritual Upbringing Can Be A Help Or Hindrance

 

 

Change Your Mindset About Money

When I was 7 years old, I remember watching my brother play Jurassic Park on Sega Genesis while listening to Babyface’s “when can I see you again.”  In the kitchen, my mom cooked flour tortillas in vegetable oil for dinner.  These thin-crusted chip figures was our dinner because my father didn’t come home that night and we didn’t have any food.

2003 – My mother lost her job.  Without a father, we didn’t have any income coming whatsoever, so I recall one night having the power cut off.  My mom called the power company and said, “what about my kids? I have kids at my home! They can’t sleep in the cold!”  It was cut off for a very difficult 24 hours, but more hardships would come when she didn’t have enough money to buy a Thanksgiving Day dinner for us until a long time family came knocking on the door just after 9am and handed us a complete dinner.

She cried.

I didn’t know how powerful that was at the time, but after hearing Tony Robbins story about a stranger giving them a turkey dinner and his father left out of humiliation….I was in awe at the fact that it was a similar situation.

People, who have obviously gone through financial hardships, would grow up thinking “money is the root of all evil” whilst having a very negative perception towards it.

Just two months ago, I stayed at a business hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  This cozy, exquisite, luxury-class hotel was in the heart – just down the street from the gorgeous Petronas Towers.  The turning point was when I was 30 floors in the sky sipping on margaritas, talking to one of my friends in Australia on my Mac and listening to a group of 4 rich Filipino/Malaysians having an absolute blast.

I’ve never, in the 28 years on planet Earth, heard people so incredibly happy and content with where they were in life.  All I heard was the sound of grace.

Rich people have a different language.

What language do you possess?

Podcast – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgZb0ExwYkU