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Don’t expect magic till you do this

Don't expect magic till you do this

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We learn and learn and learn, but no magic happens as a result of our learning. Truth be told, no magic happens from learning.

No, magic doesn’t happen from learning, but from doing what we’ve learned.

So we can never expect magic until we put into practice what we’ve learned. If we do, we might succeed, or fail. But if you don’t, your chance will be none.

It’s easy to say this. We know it. You would agree with me. But it’s just so easy to not take action about what we’ve learned. Though I kept reminding myself very often, I still did little.

I could talk a lot about blogging, blogging as a career, driving traffic to blogs and websites, ways to build an email list because I’ve read about these topics almost every day for about 6 years! But I did very little. I found a hundred excuses for not putting into use what I’ve learned.

Why do we not practice what we’ve learned?

Because it’s scary. For my blogging example, it’s scary to approach the big guys and ask them to guest-post on their high traffic blogs. It’s scary because I’m not confident if my writing is good enough to get accepted.

Because it requires that we do the things we’ve never done. I’ve never done guest-posting. Some of the techniques requires that I acquire another skill in order to implement them. I don’t have the discipline to learn it.

Because we’re not confident we will succeed. It would be a waste of time and energy if I learned the skill and it didn’t pay off.

These are just three reasons why we tend to put off doing what we learn.

What can we do to pull up the courage to take action about what we’ve learned?

Accept that it’s scary but at the same time, keep in mind that courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to take action in the face of fear. We all have fear (fear of uncertainty, fear of failure, fear of death,…). Brave men are those who have the courage to act despite their fear.

Accept that we might fail if we take action but that if we don’t, we can never expect the magic that might follow. The only way to stand a chance of succeeding is to act.

Start small. If you’re like me, there are so many things you need to learn to blog for a living, from writing to setting up a blog, to choosing the right design, to building an email list, to driving traffic, to choosing how to monetize your blog, to converting readers into customers… Instead of getting overwhelmed, just get started with a small/ tiny action you can do now.

Keep the momentum going. Momentum accumulates what you do day in, day out. What you accumulate determines the outcome of your daily actions.

Be consistent. Consistency makes things easier to do. If you are consistent in not practicing what you’ve learned, you will have a 100% chance of failure. If you are consistent in actually practicing what you’ve learned, your chance of success is high.

Parting advice

Never, ever expect magic until you act on what you’ve learned! Period.

Be yourself

Be yourself

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“Be yourself.” It’s incomplete advice. Why?

Most of us don’t know who we really are or are meant to be.

Being yourself sometimes doesn’t bring out the best in you. When you’re having a argument with your spouse, you will likely react out of emotions (anger, disappointment…) You hurt yourself even more and the one you love dearly. Does it mean if you’re hot tempered, you should react out of temper in every single argument?

Better advice is this: “Be the best possible version of yourself.”

Whether I’m in an argument or about to speak to a large audience, I always strive to be the best I can be.

The problem is that only a few of us actually define what “best” means. Some even compare themselves to others and believe the others’ best is their best. (The only person you must compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.)

Everyone has their own definition. But if we know what our personal values are, we know far better what being the best possible version of ourselves mean. Define yours now.

Yes, life is meant to be enjoyed, but…

Life is meant to be enjoyed, but...

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No doubt we must enjoy life. But it’s not meant to be wasted.

We enjoy spending time on social media like Facebook and Twitter, watching TV, playing games, shopping, and eating and drinking as much as we want to. This is how most of us enjoy life but at the same time waste it.

Time spent on Facebook, TV and other time suckers could be spent doing something meaningful and valuable. Shopping and spending too much could lead to debt. Eating and drinking mindlessly are unhealthy.

Of course, we must enjoy life but not waste it.

Life is meant to be enjoyed now and into the future. Mindless pleasures do not bring joy and often is destructive.

Life is a great balancing act, so never forget to be dexterous and deft.

Motivation to Learn

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“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~Zig Ziglar

Motivation to keep learning? No different.

How to Stay Motivated to Learn?

We know that the day we stop learning is the day we stop growing. Some even go further to say you’ll start dying the day you stop learning. But how can we stay motivated to learn all life long?

I am not a master nor guru, but an ordinary person who has found a way to stay motivated to learn. Here are my two tips to help you maintain your motivation to learn.

TIP #1: Writing

Writing does a lot of great things. One of them is learning. Simply put, writing keeps us learning. We write something after we have learned it. So before we write, we learn. We learn so that we can write.

So if you make it a habit to write daily or twice or three times per week, your writing habit will be a good source of motivation for you to keep learning.

TIP #2: Learning to teach

A teacher? Great! That means you already have a good source of motivation to learn. What I often see is that teachers learn better than students.

Not a teacher? No problem. You can look for ways to teach without being a teacher. Blogging can be your classroom. Your family members, your friends, strangers you meet in the street… can be your students.

You just need to find a way.

When you know you will be teaching, you will be motivated to learn and you will learn much better!

Over to You

What do you do to stay motivated to learn? Please share in the comments section.

My favorite money quotes

Favorite money quotesPeople say one good quote is worth a book. For me, I have and will continue to grow, in big part, from quotes that contain wisdom of the great people and geniuses that change the world in one way or another. When it comes to quotes about money, here are my favorites.

  1. “Never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source.” ~Warren Buffet
  2. “Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.” ~Warren Buffet
  3. “How many millionaires do you know who have become wealthy by investing in savings accounts? I rest my case.” ~Robert G. Allen
  4. “If you are born poor, it’s not your mistake. But if you die poor, it is your mistake.” ~Bill Gates
  5. “If you keep doing what you’re doing, will you get the money you wish to have? If not, what else can you do?” ~Me
  6. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” ~Donald Trump
  7. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” ~Jim Rohn

What are your favorites? Go ahead and share in the comment.

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