How To Have The Confidence To Do Anything, Even Go To The Moon

Man on the moon confidence

How to have the confidence to do anything, even go to the moon.

There are 2 steps to achieving total self-confidence, and once you know them, your obstacles will become opportunities. You will be seen as a leader, someone inspiring.

Having self-confidence is simple.

What’s hard is going to the moon. JFK thankfully had a mission as President, and it was to get a man on the moon. He inspired 25,000 Ph.D.’s to act and create something that didn’t even exist in less than a decade, ultimately succeeding in the name of Mankind.

Even though the people who built the rocket ship had to have the confidence to do so, the people flying the ship had to be on another level.

The astronauts had a big challenge. To have the confidence to get into a spaceship and land it on the moon.

If they were like most people, they would have failed due to sheer panic and a drop in self- confidence. This means death when you’re thousands of miles into space.

But the astronauts were not like most people; they had executed on two steps that prepared them for the journey of a thousand miles. That prepared them to plant the American flag on the moon. That prepared them to have the confidence they needed when NASA called.

The first step, they knew to take, was to build upon small wins.

At the core of confidence is this understanding: small wins over time, build the self-confidence of any human, including astronauts. Small wins for them were:
Getting plenty of sleep
Exercising regularly
Keeping their heart rates down during stimulation
Clear communication between commanders
Cool headedness under pressure
Starving their distractions, and feeding their focus

Because they set themselves up to achieve small wins daily, they could implement step two: Calling up the feelings associated with the small wins.

They remembered what it felt like to achieve a successful simulation, and forgot everything else.

They forgot about all the times they failed. They didn’t dwell on the past and let those mistakes decide their future. They only remembered the small wins, the daily victories, the successes that would eventually lead to a footprint on the moon.

Now if you want to do something big, achieve a goal, an income, or freedom, you can make the same training choices the astronauts did.

You can either have confidence in your life, by following two steps, or you can live without it.. without the things you want in your life.

It’s your choice.

And if you do decide that you want real confidence then let me ask you.

How can you set yourself up to achieve small wins?

Can you talk to that girl or guy that you want to get to know? Could you make those sales calls, be productive for an hour, go to the gym and crush a workout?

Because when you do achieve a small win, it will feel great. That feeling of achievement will then be easy for you to remember, resulting in confidence.

The confidence you need to succeed, to go the moon, to take the next step on your journey, it comes from small wins and remembering what they felt like.

Be Confident, Be Rare.

Habits To Master For 2017

1. Clearly write what you want, daily.

2. Drink more water

3. Clear your mind regularly

4. Move more

5. Read and take action more.

2017 is a new year, new opportunity to develop yourself as a person and an entrepreneur. After talking with hundreds of entrepreneurs, I’ve come up with a list of five high-leverage activities that can make this your best year yet.

Before going on, I want you to remember that as humans, we are prone to taking the path of least resistance. It’s how we are, we’re hard-wired to conserve energy, it was advantageous to us evolutionarily.

So if you want to change your habits, its going to require something bigger than a motivational video, or even a 3-day conference. Its going to require you understanding your motivation, why you want to make the change.

This leads into the first habit.

1. Clearly, write what you want. Every day.

Whether you write out your goal(s), or journal about your ideal life, do this daily. Consistently.

From Napoleon Hill to Charlie Munger, these great thinkers all understand that through true, deep-seeded change comes from repetition.

Even if you do this habit as minimal as possible, do it every single day. Because once you say you’re going to do this, and you actually do it, you reaffirm to yourself that you’re capable of following through.

Some entrepreneurs I look up to, like Com Mirza, write out their goals 300x per day.

Start small; once a day is enough. Just do it every day.

2. Drink ~1 gallon of water per day. (Adjust accordingly by weight. Take 2/3 your weight in pounds and convert it to ounces.).

Last month I went to a mastermind event. A fitness coach was there, and I asked him the number one health tip he could recommend based on his 20+ years of experience. 16 ounces of water first thing in the morning, followed by getting a big water bottle you like, and bringing that with you everywhere.

Stay hydrated. Sure you’ll have to go to the bathroom more. But once I started doing this, I had more energy throughout the day than when I’d drink 3 cups of coffee per day.

Drink more water in 2017.

3. Clear your mind regularly.
Whether it’s a notebook or software, use these tools to clear your mind.

Your mind is built to think creatively, not remember things.

Do yourself a favor. Find a nice journal, or get a free account with Trello. Purge everything from your mind into this. It will take a few days. But this habit of clearing your mind, and writing it down in “actionable” terms, will be liberating.

4. Move more.

Movement will do wonders for you. Whether its taking a walk around the block or dancing to music, it doesn’t matter. Just stop being sedentary.

We have these bodies. Let’s be grateful for them, whatever condition they may be in.

You don’t need to do any drastic measures like committing to a huge workout regimen. Keep it simple. Start small and scale up.

Move more in 2017.

5. Read more, and take action on it.

I call it the 1:1 knowledge to action ratio.

There is a reason Warren Buffett, Mark Cuban, and other billionaires spend hours upon hours reading every day.

Charlie Munger, the billionaire investor and business partner of Warren Buffet is quoted “In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren reads–and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.”

Take this with a grain of salt, cause he’s a billionaire. 😉

And when you’re reading, don’t hesitate to skip around. Please don’t read every single word. About 20% of books will contain 80% of the important information.

And please couple this reading with massive action. When you learn a new trick about persuasion, test it out the same day. Its easy to trick yourself and just keep absorbing. The true habit you want to cultivate it reading AND taking action.

So there you have it. These habits are going to take you 60-90 days to implement. I highly suggest writing them down on a notecard and placing it where you KNOW you’ll see it. Maybe on your desk, maybe by your bed stand.

Reward yourself for small progress. It will create a positive feedback loop.

Just imagine, as you implement these habits, the kind of person you’re going to be headed into 2018.

Stay strong.

#OwnIt

How To Bootstrap a Business 101

Suppose you take the road less traveled by. You’re an eager entrepreneur infiltrating the startup world, yet raising capital is implausible and the resourcefulness of bootstrapping a company is the better option for you.

Kudos to you as you reap the various benefits of bootstrapping as opposed to raising capital. Much of it includes the freedom from obligation, added pressure and risk of an investor hanging over your shoulder influencing your every move.

Not only may this save you time and energy, it also trains you to be strategic with small-scale investments you make out-of-pocket, which serves you well as you scale. Here are a few characteristics that will help make your bootstrap story a reality:

Generate Cash Quick Business Model
It’d be incredibly difficult to bootstrap a business model like Uber. Founded in 2009, recent reports show they have just begun to be profitable in the United States in 2016. Yet, they still recorded over $1B in losses on their balance sheet due to losses overseas. Needless to say, their business model needs more time and money than most to become cash positive.

So if you are looking to bootstrap, be sure to set a reasonable timeline towards monetization so that you understand how your funds will be budgeted over the course of the business’s pre-revenue stages. Once you have that timeline, add 3-months to it to be sure your funds are modestly distributed.

Incentivize Through Non-Cash Assets
There are many creative ways to incentivize great talent to work with you on your startup other than big-time salaries and signing bonuses. Consider looking towards non-cash assets such as equity, formidable titles, housing and mentorship opportunities to get people to buy into your startup.

Most importantly, the millennial generation is admittedly unenthused with jobs that provide financial stability but don’t align with their passion. According to a recent study conducted by Bentley University’s Center for Women & Business, 84 percent of millennials view making a positive difference in the world as more important than professional recognition. Passion plays a huge role in whether millennials take a new gig. Talk in terms of your shared passion!

Leverage Relationships
Unless you’re a hermit turned entrepreneur, you know people. Starting your own business is an admirable path and your network of business professionals, friends and family will be open to help you in various ways. Relationships are extremely valuable while building your business, so be sure to use them strategically.

Learn It Yourself
It’s not that hard. There are endless resources available for you to develop the skills you need to build the basics for your company. Photoshop? Canva. WordPress? Wix. Excel? Google it. To find how much these easy-to-learn skills will save you, take the time to find price quotes on graphic designers, website developers or business development specialists (whatever that means).

One of the most valuable parts of building your own business is learning, developing and managing all the skills you need to make it work. Not only will this help you in the short-term, but it will also allow you to be proficient with your future employees who specialize in these technical areas.

Always Be Selling
After 4-steps of how to save money, here is an extremely important 5th step on how to make money. Always be selling. Y-Combinator emphasizes that any entrepreneur should always be either coding, exercising or talking to customers. And while you’re talking to customers, be aware of their feedback and level of interest. Your first sale could come from a conversation on an airplane for all you know.

Granted, please avoid acting like a used car-salesman 24/7. Rather, be aware that every conversation and opinion adds value to your business and product. Perhaps the person has a few people in their network who could become part of your Board of Directors in time.

With these points in mind, bootstrapping your business will be marginally less difficult. Starting a business with the potential to scale exponentially is a marathon-sprint. Not one or the other. You are sprinting for 26.2 miles. Be patient. Be positive. And there’s nothing better when it all comes to fruition.