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Why Do We Compare?

If you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid – Albert Einstein

In today’s day and age it is so easy to compare ourselves to others.

We scroll through any number of the dopamine inducing social media sites and realize our inadequacies.

However, what we often don’t see is the struggle. The struggle that everybody inevitably faces, but nobody wants to talk about. Why would somebody want people to know they’re going through a tough time when they can simply post all of the good things for everyone to see and comment on?

Life is not all sunshine and rainbows forever. It’s not like that for anyone, no matter how hard they try to make it look like it is.

Another thing we must realize is our individuality.

I am not made to follow the plan you are, and the same goes the other way. I am my own person, somebody who has his own goals, dreams, and struggles. They are different than anybody else’s.

So, if we all struggle.

And, we all are individuals.

Then my question is…

Why do we compare?

– Cooper Mitchell

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What Separates Elon Musk?

I’m in the middle of reading Ashlee Vance’s Biography on Elon Musk.

So far it is an incredibly insightful and exciting read.

Just to give you a little background on Elon, he was once a co-founder of Zip 2 and Paypal. He is currently the CEO of Tesla Motors, Space X, and a Chairman of Solar City.

How is it that Elon can be equally competent in building cars as he is in building rockets? How can a guy go from co-founding PayPal to exploring Space?

What separates Elon Musk from the rest?

C.U.R.I.O.S.I.T.Y

Curiosity is an underlying principle between nearly every great titan of industry. You see everyday people going about their mundane lives, never striving for anything greater than what’s within their cubicle? The reason they never go outside their comfort zone is because they’re never curious enough to know what lies ahead.

People are longing for something more than what they currently experience, but never take action to change.

Elon pushes the boundaries on what’s possible. If he’s interested in something, he seeks to learn about it.

This brings up another principle that separates Elon and others like him.

The constant pursuit of knowledge.

In today’s age, it’s possible to know a little about everything. But, it’s also possible to know a lot about little.

There’s many today that have a little bit of knowledge over a large spectrum. But just knowing something small about a lot will never get you far enough in any one thing.

What Elon has done is completely immersed himself in a few areas. He’s taken advantage of the opportunities for learning that are available today. But he hasn’t just skimmed the hot points.

Elon Musk is drowning in information trying to see if he can stay afloat.

This has allowed him to develop rockets for less than ever before, create an automobile company that sells fully electric cars out of shopping malls, and made solar power no longer just a thing of the future, but a reality of today.

Elon Musk is a true renaissance man. AND, if he can keep it up, will truly be somebody talked about for centuries to come.

-Cooper Mitchell

 

New Mercies Everyday

New Mercies Every Day

Don’t wake up with regrets from the past.

Don’t worry about what you’re going to do, or be sad of things you’ve done.

There are new mercies awaiting you everyday. The only choice you need to make is whether to accept them or not.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23

-Cooper Mitchell

Live and Die By Your Own Decisions

Be You, Including Your Mistakes

There’s this idea today that you have to fit a certain mold. That to reach a certain level of success, you have to be like the person who has that success. This is a notion that I completely reject.

Why do I reject it?

People want to do business with real people.

Not this robotic version of a man, but a person who has made mistakes, has fallen and then gotten up and learned from those falls. Success does not look like a straight line, it is not a perfect ladder, but a zigzag from failure to failure that is always moving forward.

How many times have you heard a great success story in which there were no failures along the way. Take Elon Musk for example, he’s been on the verge of bankruptcy multiple times but believed enough in himself and his ideas that he’s completely changing multiple industries.

Never trust somebody who hasn’t fallen and gotten up multiple times.

Crush this Week,

Cooper Mitchell

Be Content, Not Complacent

Be Content, Not Complacent

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5

Being content is a positive thing. Not only for your current well being, but also for your future.

Something I find the older I get is an increased level of anxiety. Not in the sense that I’m worried for the future, but rather the feeling that I must do things now; to get to where I want to go, I must push very hard all the time.

This is something that I believe will only grow the older I get. However, by recognizing my weakness I have been able to work on it, so that rather than growing with time, it will shrink.

The verse I’ve written at the top of this post has caused allowed me to feel much peace in being content in the place I am.

Be content.

That being said, I often find people who believe being content includes sitting around. Sitting around waiting for something to come.

Phrases I’m sure you’ve heard:

“Why can’t I make friends?”

“Why are they successful and I’m not”

Most often, the common denominator in the situations are YOU!

If you want friends, go out and make them.

If you want to be successful begin doing the things that lead to your definition of success.

Be content in the place you are, but that shouldn’t stop you from working to become who you want to be.

-Cooper Mitchell

Mustard Seed Quote

What’s the First Step in Starting a Business?

The first step when it comes to starting a business is to pursue.

What do I mean by pursue? I mean pursue your dream like a tiger stalking its prey, like a ship seeking it’s harbor, like a golf ball seeking it’s hole.

PURSUE!

Move after your dream of starting a business with a vengeance that you’ve never used so you can experience something you never have.

So, you may be asking, what’s the actual first step in building a business, not just some motivational phrase? It starts with an idea.

You must have an idea that is your own. That is unique to you. Not in the sense that you’re the only person who’s ever thought of it, but rather an idea that you identify with, that you believe with all you can make work. You and only you.

An idea is a mustard seed, that when properly taken care of can blossom into something magnificent and large.

Like your business.

Nurture your idea, and grow a business.

-Cooper Mitchell

Live and Die By Your Own Decisions

Refuse to Take Credit for Things You Haven’t Done

Everybody at sometime in their life will find themselves in a moral dilemma. They were perceived to have done something special, even though it was the work of somebody else.

What should you do in this situation?

Well, to put simply, give credit where credit is due; there’s a few reasons for this:

The first reason to not take somebody else’s credit is it’s simply not your’s to take. It’s a rather basic reason, but if it’s not you who did the good deed, you shouldn’t take somebody else’s opportunity for praise.

The second reason is, what happens if that seemingly good deed goes bad? Let’s say you were given credit for a business decision somebody else had made, but rather than saying it wasn’t your doing, you welcomed the praise. A few months later, that business decision that when made seemed like the right one, was now going all kinds of wrong.

What then?

The final reason of why you shouldn’t take credit for things you haven’t done is that you shouldn’t care what other think to begin with.

The opinion of others will ruin you if you let it dictate your life. With that mindset, the praise of others should have no consequence to whether you decide to take the credit of others doings or not.

Simply be yourself, and live and die by your own decisions, not others.

Your Opinion is not Gold

Your Opinion Doesn’t Always Matter

There’s an idea today that your opinion is always right. That everybody is entitled to their opinion and whether it’s made from thin air, or actually has merit, it is equally as important.

Well, I’d like to offer a different viewpoint.

Your opinion is not equal to somebody else’s who know’s more on the subject.

This may come as a shocker, but, somebody who has studied, read, talked to others who have a greater knowledge than them on the subject, certainly have a greater weight in an argument on their opinion.

This does not mean that your opinion is worthless. It just simply means that if you recognize that somebody has a good working knowledge on the subject matter, and it is much more than your own, maybe you should sit back and not pretend to know more than you do.

However, as difficult as this may be to do, there is hope.

In order to make your opinions increase in weight, do your research. Fact check. Read both sides of an argument.

Find out why you have the opinion you do, not on a surface level, but truly understand why you have that opinion and how you can rebuttal counter-arguments.

-Cooper Mitchell

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Being Yourself No Matter What

Have you ever heard the term, “think outside the box?” The idea behind this is that to stand out, you need to get out of the current environment you are in.

Many industries have a certain stereotype that people fall into. The way they dress, talk, act, everything. I see it all the time, in fact a lot of the time I can simply have a conversation with somebody and based upon how they talk and look I can guess what they do for a living.

THIS CAN BE GROSSLY NEGATIVE.

The reason?

Because everybody else is just like you.

How do you expect to stand out, whether that be to your boss, or if you’re an entrepreneur, to a potential customer? If you just do as the Romans do, you will experience the results the rest do, or worse.

To truly do something special, try being YOU!

That’s a weird concept in a world that tells you be like everyone else, but if you want to succeed and be something that is irreplaceable and indespensible, simply be the only thing that nobody else is. Which put simply is YOU!

– Cooper Mitchell

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Iron Sharpens Iron

When you were born you were never handed a manual, given instructions, or shown videos on how to operate. You relied on your parents to teach you, to mold you, and to guide you into how they thought you should be. The guidance that you were given was hopefully in good faith. and as such you grew up into who you are today.

However, your growth certainly does not stop.

When you become an adult you still need the help of others to grow into the best version of yourself.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17

As the timeless Proverb illustrates, leaning on one another acts in the same way iron sharpens iron. 

The will to grow only grows stronger when in the company of someone who shares similar goals. You will gain insight, have someone to lean on when you feel like a failure, and a person to go to as a confidant. Not only will you gain much from others, they will gain from their relationship with you which can be equally rewarding.

If you’re stuck in a rut and have no one to turn to, that is most likely not the fault of others, but rather your own. Be proactive in seeking out others whith your interests and goals. Your goal will be achieved faster and easier with the help of another.

-Cooper Mitchell