Most Of Life Is On-The-Job Training

Most things in life requires you to learn on-the-job.  If you do something wrong, you get feedback and correct it as you go.  If you don’t do anything because of the fear of doing it wrong, poorly, or badly, you never get any feedback, and therefore you never get to learn or improve.

When Jack Canfield first started his business in Amherst, Massachusetts, he went to a local bank to get a loan.  The first thing the bank asked for was a business plan.  He didn’t even know what that was so he bought a book on how to write a business plan.

He wrote it, took it to the bank, and the bank told him that there were a bunch of holes in his plan.  So, he asked them….they showed him and he went back to rewrite his business plan.  After all of that, the bank said it was good but they wanted to pass.  Instead of quitting, Jack asked about who might like to fund it and so the bank gave him a list of names.

After a while, finally a bank was willing to hone in on the plan and he got the $20k loan needed.

Even when he first wrote the Chicken Soup For The Soul, Jack tried selling his books in bulk to different types of companies and organizations but found that the majority of them would either say, “no thanks” or hang up in his face completely without saying a word.

Was he a little scared of making cold calls?  Yes.  Did he know what he was doing when he started?  No.  He had never tried to sell mass quantities of books to anyone before.  He had to learn as he went.  The most important point is that he just had to get started.  He got into communication with the people he wanted to serve; found out what their dreams, aspirations, and goals were; and explored how his book might help them in achieving their objectives.  Everything unfolded because he was willing to take that risk and jump into the ring.

My first teaching job in Thailand came at the hands of a crazed on-and-off friend who offered me a job but later almost pulled it over a comment that was taken the wrong way.  At the time, I contacted a friend in New York and asked him about what I should do.  The signs she was showing before I had even come here were terrifying, and they were just that; but if I can somehow just get into Thailand and get some experience first, there would be much more opportunities around the corner.

So, I did.  I took the biggest risk coming here.  I took the next biggest risk leaving that school for another one across the sea.  One year later, I took the biggest risk ever by accepting a job through email (no telephone conversations), and met the guy at a McDonalds at the heart of Bangkok before heading north to the most isolated and animosity-filled province in Thailand.  Is this process going to be easy? Absolutely not.  Failure, along with all other obstacles, is part of it.  Take the risk by doing it first and learn along the way….the courage and faith that will manifest within you will blow you away.







Paulo Coelho’s Advice For First Time Novelists

Whether you’re a part-time blogger, writer for a newspaper, or novelist – Tim Ferris had an interview with Paulo in his book ‘Tools of Titans’ that could prove very useful for a lot of people.

Right now, I’m writing my book called “Overcoming The Odds,” which will be about being a colored teacher in a very anti-color society such as Thailand.  But, to be honest, I’ve hit a lot of road blocks with even getting the introduction down.  Then I realized, “how about I write about the freshest memories in mind first and put it all together in the end?”


Bob’s your uncle!

See, what this does is create a lot of momentum.  If you see yourself getting stuck relentlessly in just the beginning, write in the others areas before coming back.  At that time it will be much less difficult.

Here’s a nice excerpt from the book that Paulo talked about in terms of helping the writers out there.

* What are the most common mistakes or weaknesses of first-time novelists?
“Keep it simple. Trust your reader. He or she has a lot of imagination. Don’t try to describe things. Give a hint, and they will fulfill this hint with their own imagination. That’s why I am so reluctant to sell the rights of my books for movies because there, you have everything. The [viewer] does not need to think. However, if I say like in Aleph, at the very beginning, ‘I am in my house in the Pyrenees, and there is an oak there.’ I don’t need to explain my house in the Pyrenees. I only needed to put in the elements that are important: the oak, myself, and the person that I’m talking to. That’s all. . . . Trust your reader. Understand that he or she can fill the empty spaces. Don’t over-explain.”

* How do you capture ideas that might help your writing?
“I strongly encourage writers not to think about writing every time they do something. Forget notebooks. Forget taking notes. Let what is important remain. What’s not important goes away. When you sit down to write, there is this process of purging, this process of cleansing, where only the important things remain. It’s much easier than taking notes and overloading yourself with information.”

* What do you find helpful when you are stuck or stagnated?
“There is only one thing. When I feel stagnated, I promise myself that [even] if I don’t feel inspired, I need to move forward. I need to have discipline. . . . In the middle of a book, there I am: I don’t know how to continue the story, even if it’s a nonfiction story. But then, I say, ‘You, book, are fighting with me. Okay. I’m going to sit here, and I’m not going to leave you alone until I find my way out of this crossroads.’ It may take 10 minutes. It may take 10 hours. But if you don’t have enough discipline, you don’t move forward. . . .”

Excerpt From: Timothy Ferriss & Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Tools of Titans.”

By the way, in the Alchemist, I remember the little boy saying to the alchemist, “look, I have a lot of livestock, I have love among many other things.”

The alchemist said, “but those aren’t the pyramids.”

Keep your eye on the grand prize!

Jack Canfield – Hire A Personal Coach

I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.” – Bob Nardelli.

You wouldn’t expect Lebron James to be the athlete he is today without the help of mentors or personal coaches, right? You wouldn’t expect an American football team to enter a stadium without it’s coach, right?

A good coach would help you clarify things and even put you in the right direction of where you’re going.

Back in 2004, I joined track and field at my high school.  I thought I was going to be one of the top people on the team, but I ended up being the bottom 5%.

One day at practice, my coach pulled me aside and a childhood friend and said, “here, Arsenio. I want you to get over these sticks.” Those sticks were hurdles. He knew that I didn’t have the amount of strength in my legs to run the breakneck 100m or 200m runs, so he decided me to put me on hurdles.

What a decision that was!

I made it to the sunrise regional championships three straight years and lettered each year. Coaches always know best.

Why Coaching Works

  • Determine your values, vision, mission, purpose, and goals
  • Determine specific action steps to help you achieve those goals
  • Sort through opportunities
  • Maintain focus on your top priorities
  • Achieve greater balance in your life while still accomplishing your business or career goals

The end goal is learning how to coach others.  If you know the basic steps and skills of coaching, it will make you a better parent, spouse, teacher, manager, network, marketer, athletic coach, and even a better friend.

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Jack Canfield – Fuel Your Success With Passion & Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.  When you do a thing, do it with all your might.  Put your whole soul into it.  Stamp it with your own personality.  Be active, energetic, enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object.  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson.  

As an educator, you have to be very passionate about wanting to change the lives of children.  I’m not talking about the artificial curriculums being taught all around the world, but more from a spiritual nature.

Since living in Thailand, I’ve seen the vast majority of teachers literally come to work, open a book, sit down and speak in monotone. Not sure where this is derived from, but I can tell you 9 times out of 10 he had to drag himself to work that particular day.

Being filled with purpose and gunning towards your life-purpose in life will instill that unshakable eagerness to get up and continue towards one’s mission.

Even if you’re not able to make a lot of money, like most artists and photographers in the world, you’re already a success because you’re doing what you’re passionate about.

How To Develop Passion

Let’s take a look at our careers, for instance.  This occupies the majority of our time, right? The next question is, “are you doing what you love to do?”

  • Develop the necessary skills and find time to educate yourself
  • Volunteering
  • When you feel most happy
  • Most joyous
  • Most fully engaged
  • Most acknowledged and appreciated
  • Most connected with yourself and others

What were you doing? What were you experiencing? These events are indicators on how to bring passion into your life day-to-day work.

When you start doing what you’re passionate about, you’ll be a magnet to others and attract to you those people in the same vibrational frequency.

I asked myself, “what did I love to do as a child?”

I loved to run, laugh, and speak.

I’m now a speaker, entrepreneur, teacher, and health-guru.

What did you love to do as a child?

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