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Using Momentum to Achieve Success

Today I’d like to discuss the use of momentum. Have you ever been working hard on something only to realize nothing was going your way? Whether that be a project for school, work or any other endeavor and then all of sudden things started to fall into place really quickly.

It was as if you were tied up and suddenly you broke the chains and were running free. It’s at this point that I think the most effort must be applied.

Often times when we experience this jolt of success we rest on our laurels. We take a step back and look at what we’ve accomplished. I’ve noticed this many times in my own life for example after having a great hockey game, gaining a new client, or having success in any other entrepreneurial effort. It’s at that moment that I rest and think of what I’ve accomplished.

However, this is the most important time to dig in and get to work. You’ve just experienced success, your confidence is sky high, and your outlook on life is extremely positive. Take that momentum going forward and use it to your advantage.

For those of you in sales, if you’ve just closed a sale over the phone, pick up that phone again and make more calls. If you’re a small business owner and just completed a successful marketing program, don’t wait to develop another one, start it immediately!

Have you ever noticed something similar in your own life where after you experienced success, rather than sitting back, you pushed forward and saw more benefit than if you would have followed the former?

Cooper Mitchell

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Find a Mentor

Growing up we’re given all kinds of opportunities to learn and grow. Some are given more than others, and some simply take more advantage of the opportunities they were given. The best opportunity I have had for growth has come through the help of a mentor.

I was blessed in that I was born with a mentor. Somebody who put lots of time and energy into me, in showing me how to become a man. That man was my father and I am constantly leaning on him for advice in business and in life.

For the majority of you, you will not have this guidance given to you. You must go out into the world and seek the help of others. To give you an idea of how a mentor can propel you, take a look at Aristotle. Aristotle was mentored by Plato, Plato was mentored by Socrates. 3 of the most famous philosophers of all time. There’s only so much you can learn on your own and it is undoubtedly possible to bypass a whole myriad of mistakes by learning from those who have paved the path before you.

Previous to our time mentors were a common sight. Many empires were built by standing on the shoulders of giants and you should take the time to find someone to be your guide. Successful people love to tell you how they have become successful. If you seek, you shall find.

For those whose age and wisdom is far greater than my own, have you given the opportunity for those who seek to learn from you? I believe you can gain as much out of the relationship as the young person you’re teaching. It’s a win-win situation.

Cooper Mitchell

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Are You as Busy as You Think?

How many times have you talked to someone who kept going on about how busy, and how little time they had to accomplish things?

This is always a funny idea to me, because many people have much more time than they realize. Often after explaining the lack of time they have, they will then talk about their favorite Netflix series, or how late they slept in.

If you’re sleeping in, and watching Netflix marathons you do not lack time, you lack discipline.

If you truly wanted to accomplish the things you say you do, you will make time. No amount of school or work or any of the other things we spend our time doing keeps you from reaching your goals. It’s only you who stands in the way.

But, there’s hope for change. Rather than filling a conversation about your lack of time, fill it with the things you’re working on and what you need to do to get to where you want to go. I think this can prove to be a powerful change.

Cooper Mitchell

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Becoming a Man

One of my favorite poems is ‘IF’ by Rudyard Kipling. To me it speaks of living boldly. To care for those who can do nothing for you in the same way that you care for those that can change your life. Every man is made in God’s image and should be loved the same. Kipling hits on so many different aspects of life in just a small poem and it’s a push to strive for more. There’s so many boy’s walking around in the bodies of men today pretending to be something they aren’t. Someday I strive to be a Man, not by my age, but by my actions and I hope you would do the same.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

Cooper Mitchell

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Find Balance, See Success

The body is a crazy thing. You can neglect it like the majority of Americans, and it will keep performing for much longer than it should. However, at some point everything breaks down and so too shall you. I urge you, however to not neglect the great machine that God has given you. Push yourself to your limits, see what you’re made of.

The constant pursuit of knowledge is so great and powerful, but without the body to control you are only half a person.

The same can be also be said for the other side of the coin. If you have achieved an elite level of fitness, don’t neglect your mind. The idea of only increasing one part of your life reminds me of the man who builds a large house on a shaky foundation. It may look good from the outside but someday the faults that lie in your foundation will be exposed and ultimately bring your ruin.

Find Balance, See Success.

Cooper Mitchell

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Why Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Winner

A lot of people look to Arnold for inspiration. He is certainly a man worthy of your attention and today while I read his book I shall smoked a nice Cohiba cigar.

Best quote thus far:

“After that (loss,) I never went to a competition to compete, I went to win. I deserve the pedestal, the sea ought to part for me.”

This mindset allowed Arnold Schwarzenegger, in my eyes one of the greatest immigrant success stories of all time, to become who Arnold is today. Attack life with the ferocity of a champion, go into situations poised to take victory and I believe you shall.

Cooper Mitchell

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Key Ideas from The Richest Man in Babylon

I finished reading the book “The Richest Man in Babylon” yesterday and came away with a few key ideas that I believe we can all apply to the use, and gathering of assets.

1. “Increase thy ability to earn”

In my opinion this is of utmost importance. The more opportunities you have to earn, the more you surely will earn.

2. “Make thy gold multiply”

Quoting arguably one of the greatest minds of all time in Albert Einstein, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” Making your money work for you is a lesson of the wealthy. The fool works for money, the intelligent have their money work for them.

3.”Start thy purse to fattening”

Often times when money is earned, the first person to be paid are others. You pay your bills, you pay the merchant for new shoes, or the owner of a restaurant for food. Paying yourself first and allowing your wealth to accumulate is the fastest way to leave behind the worries of money.

There were many more lessons learned and to be learned by you in “The Richest Man in Babylon.” I highly suggest you invest in yourself by picking up a copy.

Cooper Mitchell

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Be Thankful for the Challenges

We all face challenges, some more than others, but nevertheless each day we wake there is something staring us down waiting to be overcome. Many times we view these challenges with a “woe is me” attitude. We complain and are fearful of what’s ahead. I’d like to offer a new way of viewing these seemingly endless onslaught of tests that await each day.

Be thankful you have a challenge to face. There are many that would kill (and some do) to have a hill to climb, something to overcome but due to their location/social class/whatever have no such opportunity. Viewing situations with a joyous heart towards God who has allowed you to face something that can make you better and improve your life will dramatically change your point of view. And most importantly in my opinion, allow you to overcome more than you thought you could.

Cooper Mitchell

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How to Gain an Edge in Life

To gain an edge in life you must do things that others don’t. There are many ways to get ahead, but a book I’ve been reading lately titled “Poor Charlies Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger” had a quote by the great investor that really stuck out to me. If you don’t like your current situation, do something about it. The only permanent part of life is death, and if you’re reading this, you are still alive.

You can read my review of Poor Charlie’s Almanack Here

“I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you. Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Step by step you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. But you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day – if you live long enough – most people get what they deserve.” – Charles T. Munger

Cooper Mitchell

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Be In the World, Not of the World

I often get caught up in the world, chasing money and power as I’m sure many do. Francis Chan has a great quote: “Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people he has made?”

Pursue excellence and success, but not at the cost of your life.

Matthew 6:25-27
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Cooper Mitchell