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An athlete at the top of his game exudes an aura, an energy. When you’re in their presence you can sense it. They don’t seem to walk through the world so much as their energy commands it to move around them. Successful people are the same way. I’ve had the privilege of being exposed to some really successful people, most of them here in Charlotte. They might not have been overtly or blatantly flaunting their success, but when you’re around them, you have a sense that they’re fulfilling their dream.

The reason that I bring this up, is that there’s a thread of connection that I’ve seen through all of these successful people. It’s their mindset. It’s the attitude that they choose to use as their filter for the world. Attitude effects our perception of the world around us. With the right attitude, even the tough situations are much less stressful.

Think about your day for a moment. Was it good? Was it terrible? Why? How did it start out? Maybe some jerk cut you off in traffic. Maybe you started the day in a fight with your partner. Maybe you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. So why do these things matter? They matter because they molded your outlook on the day. These events, which are small in the scheme of your life, can have such a powerful influence on your productivity and ultimately your happiness.

Well, what if you had taken a moment, a time out to ca yourself an readjust your perspective. Would your day have been different? I want you to think for a moment about the chain of events that occurred after your attitude shifted from good to bad, or from bad to worse.
Most days, the things that happen to you and around you are almost completely out of your control. The only thing you can control is how you react. That reaction is going to be based on the positive or negative outlook that you’ve chosen to use as your experiential filter.
So the next time you step in dog poop, spill your coffee, or they run out of bear claws at the donut shop, take a deep breath and look around you. Consciously decide how you’re going to deal with that situation and how big of impact that I really has on your life. Little by little you’ll start to see a shift in yourself and the way that people perceive you.
Your attitude and outlook will become infectious and will open doorways and opportunities for success.

Mindset of A Champion

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Flying Your Freak Flag

What drives us to be different? To try different things, to try and make ourselves stand out from the crowd. The reason that I ask this, is that as I was sitting eating lunch this afternoon, I saw two teenagers who were dressed as anime characters. Crazy hair. Weird clothes. The whole shebang. After the initial snide comments rolled through my head, I really thought about why it is that they would want to have everyone looking at them like they were freaks.
The answer I came up with, is that it’s not at all about r attention. What it’s really about is the attempt to find oneself. To discover what it is that makes you important to yourself. It helps us define our place in society. Sometimes that place is on the outside, away from the status quo.
It’s this type of courageous self discovery that has driven some of the greatest inventors and entrepreneurs to build the most influential products and companies that the world has ever seen. And yet, as a society, we seek to crush this journey if discovery into a mold. We want people to turn out how we think they should be versus how they were meant to be.
I think that it’s time that we change this idea. Let people be who they are. Be who ore meant to be. Let your freak flag fly. If you think that pink hair and furry arm covers are intrinsically attached to your personality, then by all means. My point is, we should support this discovery. Figuring it who we are is a combination of failure, hard lessons, and more failure. But those tiny successes, those small bits and pieces of goals achieved and lessons learned combine to make some damn good people. Let them be interesting. Let them be themselves.

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Opportunist is Not a Dirty Word


opportunist |ˌäpərˈt(y)o͞onist|


a person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans: most burglaries are committed by casual opportunists.




Why is it that we’ve decided to make opportunist such a hated word? Whats’ wrong with being an opportunist? By it’s very definition, it’s a person, or thing, that looks for an immediate opening and exploits it to gain advantage. Competitive advantage is what breeds success. That edge that makes you more appealing or mor eefficient than the competition.

So what’s an entrepreneur if not, at least partially, an opportunist

Entrepreneurs, and some of the most sucessful business people in the world today, got that way by constantly seeking and exploiting new opportunities. New places to sell their goods. New markets to cater to. Emerging needs to be addressed. Finding the chink in the armor and exploiting it  (some would call it leveraging because it doesn’t sound quite as bad) to gain a power position.

I myself am proud of being an opportunist. I see an opening, and I take it. It’s how I’ve managed to gain almost all of the movement in my own career. It wasn’t because someone handed something to me because of all of my hard work and dedication.

In my experience, hard work is highly undervalued by most employers. Doing your job is great, but for some reason, when you are great in a position, there’s a tendancy for superiors to let you stagnate. In other words, they’re gaining from what you’re doing. Either it’s making them look good, or it’s making them money, so you’re going to stay right where you are. 

Seek opportunity. Seek advantage. Be ruthless. Be an opportunist. 

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