The More You Learn, The More You Earn.

I entirely believe that education can set you free. In the end, the more you learn, the more you earn. I am not talking about instituational education, which I feel has value and a place in this world as well, but I am talking about self learning.

The one thing these current generations have that our predececers did not, is information. We have fully embraced technology and I can only imagine what my parents had to do at my age when they wanted to learn how to do something. Go to the library? rent a book? buy a manual? phone the company? Think how terrible that sounds and a waste of time. Time and effieceincy is at the root of our tools we have in the modern day.

As the new generations have it, they can skip the text and run straight into a wonderful place called www.youtube.com where you can learn almost anything. Isnt technology great?!

hree types of learning

In my opinion, there are three types of learning. These are self-learning, institutional learning, and experiential learning.

Self-learning would be picking up a book and reading it, youtube, or podcasts. Free education is out there! Affordable self-learning courses are all over the internet which includes U-Demy, youtube, Ed-X, harvard.edu, etc.

Institutional learning would be going to a classroom and being tested on a subject and getting a grade for it. This typically costs money and is the most time-consuming. This type of learning should be last on the list of self-learning. Albert Einstein says this about institutional learning, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

Expeirence learning refers to the skills you pick up over time. You cant possibly go every day reading books on things you are not prepared for in your particualr time in life, such as children, bankruptcy, sickness, etc. The great thing about expeirence learning is that it can encompass the two above. Insitituanal learning takes patience and dedication.

“The only guarantee, ever, is that things will go wrong. The only thing we can use to mitigate this is anticipation. Because the only variable we control completely is ourselves.” — Ryan Holiday

Unlike, a self-learning course where you can stop anytime and watch Netflix, classwork has deadlines and grades.

The more you earn-

But Leader on Call, I don’t need the education to become rich. My friend, when I say, you will earn more the more you learn, I am not talking just about money.. What you’ll gain is perspective, insight, reflection, money, network, and authentication. The day we stop trying to learn, the more mistakes we start to make because you stop gaining insights from your failures.

Summary

Overall, I think its very important to adopt a philosophy of always trying to educate yourself. It is the number one thing that no one can take away from you. It is important to encourage your peers to learn with you. The more your network learns, the more you grow.

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” -Plato

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When Life Takes You For a Ride, Ride Out.

Life has been strange for me, thus the reason, I have been MIA lately.

If you read my last couple of post, you learned that I quit my job to travel for a month.

When I came back, my hometown was hit by Hurricane Michael and the town was devasted. It put me in a weird rut by not knowing where to prioritize my thoughts and time. It was a strange time for me. I feared for my family and friends. After everything settled, I learned everyone was okay and the town is pushing forward.

Fast forward-

I have recently started a new venture ( you’ll learn about soon) and let’s say the permits and city have not been an easy task. This is something that has been in the works for several months now.

In the meantime, I have put in a ton of sweat equity in my home. I bought a new home a few months ago and we decided to fix it up. We hope to use this fix as an easy flip in the future.

While working in my yard digging holes, running fence, landscaping, etc. it is so quiet it gives me plenty of time to think about humility and gratitude.

I am so thankful to have my family and friends be alive and okay. Watching from across the country, I see my hometown get smashed to pieces. They are living a rough life right now but they are all standing tall.

I am grateful for my life and how my life has played out. I have faced many struggles in life and it always makes you think about the things you are grateful for.

To the residents of Panama City, Florida, Stand Strong.

But… Easy for me to sit here in the comfort of my home while others live in tents in the cold.

Through the hard times, prove the test worthy.

In the difficult times, what are the things you are grateful for?

 

Being Vulnerable with your Employees and Promoting Valuable Self-Growth.

I sit here writing this after having to recover from a quick crying session. Why is a grown man sulking? My vulnerability is showing and it’s because I was able to witness true development with one of my employees.

Not every day does this happen to me, but when it does it means more to me than money ever will.

Growing up, I never felt like anyone ever wanted to invest in me. I don’t speak of money, but in terms of “time.” Time to promote self-growth and development.

My parents were great. Don’t get me wrong, but most of the things I have come to learn come from learning the hard way. Failing at most times. This happens coming from a blue-collar family living in poverty.

This nostalgic moment brings me back to the point…

These days, we love to blast on social media the good things we have and do in life.

We never talk about struggle, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, etc.

It’s only vacation times, partying, a quick snapchat of your friend’s parents house that is so big you had to let everyone know you were there. We are all guilty of it.

We love to blast the positives. 

Being vulnerable in the workplace is not a bad thing and it can be super rewarding. For me (when I get to the surprise of this) it is the best thing in the world. I am going to blast this positive myself.

Someone recently asked me, “what makes you happy?”

The only true thing that came to my mind, was “making an impact in other people’s lives.”

I just don’t have the platform yet. I am not Gary Vee, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney or Grant Cardone.

At the moment, I am on a small scale, making an impact on people, one at a time. 

And I am okay with that. I haven’t found a true way to monetize helping people. In the meantime, I can invest my time with the people around me by being more vulnerable, authentic, and help develop them.

As I reflect back to past businesses, I see the common theme of my business models, that provide value to people. Bottom Line: I want to be an inspiration to people and help motivate them. At one point in my life, I didn’t think I would have a chance and my life would soon cease to exist. That I would never have a chance in this world. As this blog focuses on failure, I changed my perspective and it changed my life.

So here is my letter I received today from one of my employees that recently resigned.

A THANK YOU RESIGNATION LETTER
A LETTER FROM MY EMPLOYEE

If this doesn’t make you feel some kind of way. Maybe you don’t have a heart? Or maybe this type of stuff doesn’t have an effect on you.

This comes from a girl that resigned from her first and only job. To make a move to bigger and better things. All it took was a push from me. To let her know that failure awaits her. The learning lessons from those failures would be far greater importance than the failures themselves.

Have you made an impact on someone lately? How did it make you feel? Did the tears of job faucet turn on?

I challenge you to invest in people. Be vulnerable and authentic with them. You never know what could happen. You may help create the next Walt Disney…

 

Currently Listening to “Crushing It” by Gary Vaynerchuk on Audible.

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What is Failure? Knowing this could change your life.

Failure, failure, failure.

Failure consumes everyone’s life. It finally feels like being part of the trophy-kid generation makes sense. Hear me out.

Most millennials are coined as being the generation that received trophies just for participating. I am not advocating reward for losing.

What I am advocating for is looking past the ideology of failure. I think back to childhood baseball and getting a trophy for showing up. Psychologically, it probably taught me to try things although I wasn’t the best on the team. Because of that, I knew there was a return on trying something I may have failed at otherwise. Is this generation unafraid to try things?

On the hand, this ideology can become toxic. I am not for that.

Failure can be anything.

I didn’t wake up in time, then I snoozed three times this morning.

I failed at this task.

I forgot to eat breakfast as I ran out the door. Another fail.

Failure happens almost every hour for someone and failure has such a bad name.

If you can reflect on these processes, you can start to analyze small microtasks that create a momentum for success. The learning process between analyzing micro-failures sets you up for success.

With that, you can start to break the process of failing and start winning.

My Focus:

When I tell people I am fascinated by failure it freaks them out.

I don’t think they understand it…

When I started to understand it, it created a pivotal moment in my life.

It’s because it took me several years to quit beating myself up for failing at small tasks. For me giving up too easily on risks created a momentous downfall.

I was able to reflect and see the valuable lessons it taught me.

The things I have failed at have taught me valuable lessons, like risk.

This risk is very important in development. Success typically never happens for those who don’t take risks.

Think Gordon Gecko from the Movie Wall Street – Risk equals return.

Companies and people throughout the years may have thought their business would fail. Some familiar faces are Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, etc. All of these people have been rediculed for their failures and were able to turn their companies into greatness. It was learning the failing process and changing the failing perspective that has helped them.

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Taking risks and failing teaches us to learn, manage, and react to other failures almost making us more immune to small micro-failures in life.

Like children on the playground, trying new obstacles and failing. It is a critical part of development for children. How to analyze obstacles and how to defeat them after failing. Why, as we get older, do we try new things and give up after not succeeding the clear goal?

It makes you stronger. So stop beating yourself up for trying something new and not being good at it. Reflect and learn.

Change your perspective.

Here is the failing model:

1. Take risks

2. Succeed/Fail

3. Learn/Reflect

4. Try again and crush it

5. Keep the momentum

6. Succeed

By using this failing model, you can the process going to succeed. Success is not instant. It takes time and it takes failure. Sometimes we are lucky and success just happens.

If it doesn’t, follow the failing model.

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What Does It Mean to Fail for Success? A lesson from Michael Jordan Plus More.

Failure– Such a negative and dark meaning to most. On the other paradoxical hand, Failure is the balance of success. Now think about that for a minute…

Now name 5 people you define as very successful.

Do you know their past? Were they trust-fund kids? or did they come from nothing? Most likely 80% of your choices will have come from nothing. Now, how does that have anything to do with failure? Well, great question. Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Gary Vaynerchuk, and others (some of the most innovative people I can think of) come from nothing.

These are the type of people who aren’t scared to fail and take the risk. Think Wallstreet-Risk equals higher rewards. Out of Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and Dan Bilzerian, who do you look up to most? Depending on your age and ambitions, you may look up to each one of these people at some point in your life but I am sure you boot one of these guys as a role model. Because two of these are innovators while one is not.

Moral of the story, is that successful people fail A LOT. Personally, I keep failing. AND that is OKAY.

This is where I am seeing the most growth. Because I learn so much from it. Think Michael Jordan or even Thomas Edison.

To me, Michael Jordan is one of the biggest celebrity advocates on the Failing for Success mindset. Just read a couple of his quotes.

michael-jordan-basketball-quotes

  • I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.
  • Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Even Thomas Edison, we can all thank him for the lightbulb.

In regards to Failing for Success, he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

The failing for Success mindset isn’t about intentionally failing at something because you think you will succeed certainly afterward. What it is about, is embracing failure as a catalyst for growth and lessons.
If we don’t teach ourselves that move past failures and flip it on its back to understand the hidden message behind failure then you haven’t learned anything.
LEARN, LEARN, LEARN from your mistakes because you are your biggest coach.