The most misunderstood quote :The definition of Insanity

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different result
– Albert Einstein

This quote is one of the most misunderstood ones to be reproduced over and over again.
You see it many times posted on Facebook,by average joes,virtue signaling how special and outside the norm they are.
They mostly want to describe a 9-5 for example.

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Meaning you should not wake up ,work ,come back and sleep(?)
Or maybe they want to describe the struggles,the sacrifices and how they challenge themselves everyday to succeed.
You get the gist.
It’s like every other motivational quote.
But this one can actually be dangerous.
It can confuse people into thinking repetition and healthy habits are bad and a free life is one where you just swing it everyday.
Hmm…let’s examine this further.
  • Did Albert(like Da Vinci) have a structured program?
  • Did he spend hours upon hours to study physics,math etc?
  • Did he have results?

 

Apparently yes.

So,why Albert said this:

 

It is not insanity if you repeat the same thing over and over again.It’s insanity if you want different results,but you don’t change your methods.

 

Again,this quotes wants to point out the fault in a certain process.

If you want a better life,you need to change things up.

That of course does not mean,that if you yield benefits and make progress,you are forced to change anything.

If it ain’t broken,don’t fix it.

Another one.

 

Of course we should not be afraid of change.Not at all.

We should evaluate our lives everyday,spot mistakes,problems and address them with courage and clarity.

There is nothing worse,than to be bound in a certain set of ways,to be so deep in your own self-delusion,that you cannot see reason.You cannot see what you are doing wrong.

But when you do find a system that works,your golden method,then you ought to stick with it.

Here is another quote,since we are on a roll:

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment”

-Zig Ziglar

 

It’s a variation of the famous latin proverb:Repetitio mater memoriae

Repetition is the mother of memory.

Or the more famous:Repetition is the mother of knowledge.

 

If you want to be good at something you have to do it everyday.

You must apply yourself.

If you want mastery,you need discipline.

Daily action is the secret.

 

Forge habits,then forge addiction.

Healthy addiction.

If you notice something you are good at or something works for you,obsess over it.

That’s how greatness comes.

 

To end with a visual quote,from one and only Arnold:

 

That’s it folks!

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The 4-Stages of your working life.

I am sure you have a job.Maybe a 9-5 or a part-time or even better, you are your own boss.

Whatever you situations is,regardless your current financial status,you went through the 4-stages.

 

1)You started working part time.Got paid very little money,but it was enough.You could eat,drink and pay the bills,maybe one or two months late.You may or may not be behind your rent and you owe some debt to the banks.You often hop from job to job,trying to find the one that suits you best and your parents may aid you when things get a little difficult.You are not working your dream job,you work to survive.

 

2)Then you move up to the ‘ladder’ and you get a nice,secure job.A 9-5.You have a steady income,health insurance and benefits.You are on top of your bills,you don’t worry about rent or food.You have some savings and generally you live a comfortable life.Unless something very bad happens,you are ‘ok’ with your life.Your anxiety levels are low.You are satisfied.You work for stability.

 

Here is where the majority of people stay all their lives.The rest goes like this:

You spend 20-30 years in the same job,acquire a pension,while you have a savings account.Not a lot of money,but when you are 60+ years old you could retire and ‘live’ your life.

Maybe you got married and had kids,so most of the money will go to them.If you are frugal,you will make it.

The income bracket could be as high as low 6 figures.In comparison to the first stage,you could be making 10X more money.

What is it that got you from barely surviving to making that money?

The most important question though is,why most people won’t move up the ladder.

 

3)You worked you ass off,made connections and played the game.You got a big promotion.You keep grinding and you can see yourself on the top of the game.CEO,you even create your own buisness.You are self-employed.The sky is the limit.You work for success.Life is now your canvas.Opportunities are everywhere,you have enough wealth to do just about everything.You have fuck-all money and fuck-all attitude .Going from #2->#3 means that you could be making 500k and up or be financial independent.You live life on your own terms.

 

4)You basically have whatever you desire.The innate desire to make more money is hardly there.There is not really a motivation.You live an upgraded comfortable life.Just like you did at #2.Now you either stop or you work for greatness.You acquire a goal ,a vision ,a purpose bigger than yourself.Your art is just art.You don’t need to conform anymore.You are free.

 

Take for example Bill Gates.Although the guy is filthy rich and could spend his days at a beach in Hawaii,he grinds in order to tackle the major problems of the world.

Many artists keep making art for the sake of art.

Doctors still save lives even after they retire.

They don’t do it to survive or because they want to feel safe.They do it because they have this fire in them,the fire to keep moving forward.

It’s about providing value.

The more value you provide,the more value life gives back at you.

 

The question still stands.

How can you escape #2 and finish strong.

You don’t have to become a famous celebrity or a multi-billionaire.

You must create a vision.

Having goals is great and will help you immensely to be effective with your time and achieving tasks in the day-to-day life.

What is missing,is the big picture.

The ‘end goal’ if you wish.

This mental image/video should contain every minute,every second of your life.

The struggles,the highs,the people,the places,the smells,the feelings of your future life.

But most importantly,your vision contains your purpose.

The thing that is greater than you.It’s greater than life itself.

It’s the ultimatum,magnum opus that will transcend you to eternity.

  • Your doctor that saved your life has done it.
  • Your teacher that instills knowledge has done it.
  • A talented artist that inspires has done it.
  • A good man who comes home after 12-hour workdays and puts food on the table for his family,has done it.

Can you see a pattern?

Remember the more value you give,the more value life gives back.

All these people,help other people.

Maybe the secret to a happy life after all is helping others.

Yes,i believe that’s right.

After all,posthumous fame,hysterophimia, is not for the people with the nice car and the fancy lifestyle.

It’s reserved for the people who helped other.Even if you helped a handful of people,you will be remembered.

You see,we talked about money and mentioned that in order to ‘move’ between the stages(and fulfill your needs) there is a certain amount you need.

Notice the common denominator is independence.

Yes,you need to be independent both financially and spiritually.

If you are  not,you will cripple your life.

But how much money is enough?That’s for another time.

For now let’s recap:

Survival->Stabillity->Sucess->Greatness.

You can’t skip a step!

What’s your next step?

Get stability asap.

Yes,you heard me right.

Ignore the high energy,pumper self-help gurus that will tell you to go all in and it’s all or nothing.

In order to have a chance to be successful you have to be safe and comfortable.

In order to think clear and right,you must relieve yourself from any menial stress and worry.

If you worry about your bills,how are you gonna be able to think big and act even bigger?

You have to stand up before you can walk.

If you want to really help people in a big,meaningful way,you first have to be successful and independent.

Giving 1 dollar to a 100 beggars won’t make a difference.Giving 100 to 1,may.

Save it to have a  big impact,if you wish.

If you are serious about your life,for the year 2017,work for stability if you don’t have it.

Work a second or even a third job.No excuses in this case.

But you should aim to get out of there as soon as possible.

Fuel your money and your energy to a side business,while your mind is free.

Escalate and when you can live off your business,when you are self employed,then go all in.

Again,you must have a base,a foundation before you build a house.

 

There you go.The 4 stages of your working life.

Unless you were born rich,you will have to go through them.

Many people won’t realize it until they get to the other side.


 

Have a great 2017,full of joy.

Assume this year as the best year of your life!

Only 2018 will top it!

 

That’s it folks!