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Simon Sinek: How to Succeed as a Millennial

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Simon Sinek: How to succeed as a Millennial

Simon Sinek is a British-American author of the New York Times best-selling book Start With Why.  He is also known for his motivational speeches and inspiring messages directed towards the millennial generation. Simon Sinek came in the limelight with his motivational speech at the TEDx conference. The video of the event went viral on YouTube and made him popular amongst the entrepreneurship and startup community.

In an interview with Tom Bilyeu of The Inside IQ Quest show, he shared his thoughts and understanding about the millennial generation. By the way, millennials are people who were born between the years 1981-1996. According to Simon Sinek, millennials are selfish, entitled and greedy. They don’t care about their long term well being and are only interested in short term gratification.

He also explained how they think they are the cause behind their dire state of affairs. They think they have a character flaw and need to read more books or attend more seminars to become good enough for the corporations they are working for. Sinek blames the corporations for using young generation for their short term profits.

In this post, I have listed a few lessons from Simon Sinek on how to succeed as a millennial.

1. Stay away from social media

Simon Sinek: How to succeed as a Millennial

Social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are ruining lives of the millennial generation. Dopamine is a brain chemical that gets released every time we see something that can help us minimize our time and effort. This is what it was originally intended for. But unfortunately, social media companies have used this information to hack our brains and make it release whenever we see a reply on our comment, like and shares of our posts on their sites.

This is the reason most young people turn to social media sites when they feel low or depressed. Feeling low is a very common condition. It means that your body needs rest or you need to take a break from whatever you are doing. But millennials fail to understand this fact and go on looking for quick ways to feel better.  

If triggered artificially, dopamine can be very addictive. You begin to crave for it. Hence, your social media usage goes up. With this, your quality of life and relationships suffer a lot. According to Simon Sinek, millennials often replace humans with mobile devices and social media. So, stay away from social media and mobile phones or minimize its usage to live a happy and content life. This was also why I took a break from Facebook recently.

2. Don’t look for instant gratification

Ideally, we are supposed to feel gratified after achieving something big; like finishing a marathon or achieving our financial goals. Basically, we feel good when we know that we fully deserve our reward and didn’t get it by fluke. Seeking the reward without putting in the effort is known as instant gratification.

According to Simon Sinek, millennials are addicted to instant gratification. They can have anything they want in a matter of seconds. It can seem pleasurable to quickly have what you want, but it is painful in the long term. Things like job satisfaction and eternal happiness are achieved only after working hard and living your life correctly.

3. It takes time to make an impact

Motivational posts on social media are parroting the same old theories again and again. The gist of their content is that you can achieve anything you want. All you have to do is envision it and work a little bit for it. This concept leads millennials to think that they need to make an impact quickly or else they are losers.

In this interview, Sinek gave an example of a young person who recently graduated from college and was working an entry-level job for the last eight months. Sinek described how he wanted to quit his job as he wasn’t making enough impact. The young person was deluded by social media messages that probed him to achieve big things in a short time. Sinek’s advice to such people is to have patience. Also, know that achieving something great takes a long time.

4. Ditch the corporate world

Simon Sinek: How to succeed as a Millennial

Big corporations lure young talented people by promising them financial safety, security and a long term stable career. These are all great things. But they fail to deliver the promise and use these young people for their own gains. Which, according to Sinek is manipulation and misdirection of the masses.

According to Sinek, corporate organizations don’t help young people build their confidence. In fact, they encourage being meek, spineless and passive. Sinek questions our decision to join these companies. Another major thing that hurts the millennials is that they blame themselves for being incompetent when the real blame should fall on the corporation themselves. So, why join these corporations when you know they don’t care about your well being.

5. Seek good leadership

Simon Sinek: How to succeed as a Millennial

As a newbie, who just graduated from college, you will need people who will mentor you and show you the right path for success in life. It is difficult to find such people. But if you are lucky, you will get them in the form of co-workers and friends. A successful person wants others to be successful as well. So, if you spend enough time with them, you are likely to pick up on those habits and behaviors that made them successful.

You are not going to find good leaders in corporations. Corporations are run based on conflict avoidance. And good leaders always ask tough questions that create turmoil among those who are in charge. Entrepreneurship and self-employment is a good alternative for millennials, and I think most of them have begun to realize it’s benefits. So, if you can’t find a good leader, become a leader yourself.

So, remember these points and try implementing them in your life. Being a millennial is not easy. You don’t have the leisure that the baby boomers had. The baby boomers had the security of a fixed salary, health insurance, and a retirement plan.

A millennial’s life is difficult. But there are some positives as well. Especially if you are looking for job opportunities. These days, employers prefer hiring young generation. By doing so, they benefit massively as far as the cost-cutting is concerned. Young people are more motivated by the work itself. Moreover, they are not looking to suck the company dry until they turn 66. They prefer changing jobs after a few years as it gives them more exposure and allows them to grow fully.

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7 Things You Have To Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

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Personal habits are a critical factor when it comes to being successful in life. No one has ever reached great heights by possessing unhealthy habits. If such a person does become rich or famous, he/she will fail to sustain their position for a long time.

This article is for someone who wants to be successful in life but is not able to do so because of some of their habits and behaviors. I am guessing you already know your life goal. Once you are aware of your unconscious behaviors, you can do something to get rid of them. And then you will be free to design a roadmap that will take you to your goal.   

There is a clear distinction between the way a wealthy person lives his/her life and a poor person goes through life. The difference is not in their intelligence or knowledge, but it is in their daily habits. As Robert Kiyosaki–the author of the best selling book Rich Dad Poor Dad— famously said: “A person can be highly educated, professionally successful, and financially illiterate.” You must know how finance works if you want to be successful.  

Here are some things you will have to give up if you want to be successful in life.

1. Making excuses all the time

Most people are always waiting for others to give them direction in life. They blame others if things don’t go their way. Making excuses will never lead you to the path of success. Because, instead of taking action, you are choosing to do nothing. As Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood rightly said: “What you put into life is what you get out of it.”

The number one thing that stops you from going for what you want is the negative thinking pattern that makes you feel like you are not good enough. So, why should you even try?

Taking responsibility for your life is the quickest way to stop making excuses. It means being aware of the consequences of your actions. So, next time when you make a mistake, don’t blame others, take responsibility and learn from it.

2. Looking for a magic pill

“Slow and steady wins the race.”

-Robert Lloyd

The magic pill solution is very prevalent in today’s society. People are very much inclined towards fast and effortless ways to achieve things. The best example of a magic pill is the 5-minutes abs commercial. The 5-minutes abs promise that you will get rock-hard abs within two weeks of using their product. This might sound quite enticing to someone who is overweight and lazy.

But the long term effects of these quick-fix solutions are negative. Furthermore, most of the quick-fix solutions available in the market don’t even work. For instance, it takes at least a couple of years of hard work in the gym to get fully fit and have the physique that you want.

Along with that, you also have to eat and sleep well. Knowing this fact, it is ridiculous to think that a 5-minute abs program will help you achieve similar results. So, stop looking for easy solutions if you want to be successful in life.  

3. Fear of failure

7 Things You Have To Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

Fear of failure stops people from trying things out. It is also the number one obstacle that keeps people from becoming financially independent. In reality, failure is supposed to expose our weakness, so that we can work on them and eliminate them eventually.  

Ego is our false sense of self. We create a mental picture of our best self. Your ego protects itself by creating a delusional fear inside your head. Don’t let your ego win. It just wants you to stay the way you are. Moreover, your ego also gets threatened by any major change in your life. To be successful, you will need to evaluate your life and make systematic changes to it.

4. Seeking approval from others

We are hardwired to seek approval from anyone who might seem like they have more authority than us. This survival strategy was useful in the prehistoric period. But in today’s world, seeking approval and validation from others will stop you from being free and unrestrained.

Not being good enough is another reason people seek approval from others. Everyone who is at the top of their field once had to start from the bottom and work their way up. Instead of owning up to our shortcomings and learning to live with them, we seek validation from others.

5. Unhealthy habits that stop you from progressing

7 Things You Have To Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

Your habits are indicators of the quality of your life. Good habits lead to success, happiness, and spiritual well being. Along with forming good habits, it is equally important to become conscious of our bad habits.

Binge eating, not getting enough exercise, not reading books, watching too much television and not sleeping enough are a few common unhealthy habits people have. If you have any of these bad habits, do not try to force yourself to do the right thing. Instead, replace the old habit with a new one.  

Your brain will not comply with you when you are trying to get rid of a bad or unhealthy habit. It gets habituated to the old patterns and wants to do what it is used to doing. So, when you replace an old habit with a new one, you get the same amount of dopamine rush in your brain that the old habit provided. But this time you are doing something constructive with keeping your long term wellbeing in mind.

6. Procrastinating and waiting for the right moment

Procrastination is a habit that gets triggered by stress in your life. It’s your way of taking a break from a hectic life. But like every other habit, it can be broken too. All you have to do is be aware of what your stress responses are and how you are currently dealing with the problems in your life.

Are you drinking too much alcohol, binge-watching television shows, or overeating? Once you know what activity you are indulging in to avoid work or whatever it is that you’re running away from, you can consciously stop yourself from doing it. Over time, you will break the pattern of avoidance and begin to focus on your desired activity.

7. Toxic people in your life

7 Things You Have To Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

-Jim Rohn

Your close friends and other people you spend time with, determine how much success you will achieve in life. Surrounding yourself with positive and like-minded people is one of the quickest ways to succeed in life. When you spend time with people who are miserable or unhappy in life, you slowly begin to get affected by their toxicity. Toxic people are everywhere, so you need to keep your eyes and ears open to protect yourself from them.  

People stay in toxic relationships because they think it’s benefiting them somehow. For instance, one might choose to work for an organization that pays well but doesn’t treat their employees properly. In this scenario, you sure become financially secure but what about your spiritual and emotional wellbeing? In a toxic relationship, there is always a major compromise. So, evaluate the people in your life and get rid of anyone who might be hurting your chances of success.

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7 YouTube Channels You Must Watch If You Want More From Life

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People spend hours and hours watching funny cat videos and other viral content on YouTube. And don’t get me wrong. It is important to watch relaxing pet videos online, but it’s more important to consume content that will help you grow as a person. In this post, I have chosen a few Youtube channels that made a profound impact on my life.

Categories like self-help, self-actualization, entrepreneurship, and relationships are the best when it comes to gaining tons of knowledge. Some of the channels on this list post long videos that last for more than an hour and others are short, quick tip clips. In my opinion, both are equally valuable. So, don’t miss out on any of these YouTube channels.

Following are 7 YouTube channels you must watch if you want more from life.

1. TED

7 YouTube Channels You Must Watch If You Want More From Life

TED conferences are a gold mine for young people wanting to learn and grow. Their slogan “ideas worth spreading” perfectly describes what they do as an organization. TED conferences LLC was created by Richard Saul Wurman in the year 1984. More than three decades later, it is now one of the most respected and treasured platforms for budding entrepreneurs, scientists, politicians, and artists.

They post all their conferences on their YouTube channel. All content they post is totally free of cost. They post videos under categories like productivity, pseudo-science, astronomy, medical science, self-improvement, etc. Almost all of their videos have high quality and easy-to-understand content.

The major event is held once a year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the Vancouver Convention Center. In this event, each speaker gives an 18-minute speech in the most entertaining and ingenious way. To give you a headstart, these are the 11 must-see TED talks of all time. I hope you learn a lot from them.  

2. Lewis Howes

7 YouTube Channels You Must Watch If You Want More From Life

Lewis Howes has created one of the best YouTube channels for people looking for podcasts related to self-development and entrepreneurship. His podcast is called School of Greatness. Lewis had a troubled childhood. He was bullied, picked last in sports, and had unhealthy relationships with his peers. His misfortune inspired him to become a great professional athlete and now a successful entrepreneur.   

On his YouTube channel, he interviews successful athletes, authors, artists, and business owners. Tony Robbins and Mark Manson are among the recent guests on his show. Only a few years ago, Lewis was financially broke and had to sleep on his sister’s couch. With hard work and determination, he is now one of the best mentors in the United States. He makes an impact on people’s lives through his podcasts, videos, books, online courses, and live events.

3. Evan Carmichael

7 YouTube Channels You Must Watch If You Want More From Life

Evan Carmichael is a Canadian entrepreneur who created and sold a biotech software company at the tender age of 19. A couple of years later, he became a venture capitalist, helping people raise millions of dollars and making their dreams come true.

His entrepreneurial journey began when he was a kid. He sold art and baseball cards and held garage sales. But he took his first big leap when he was in university. He and his two friends built a biotech software company which went on to become very successful. Since then, Evan has been an entrepreneur and is now helping young people learn about it.  

With over 1.8 million subscribers, Evan’s YouTube channel is one of the most popular in the entrepreneurship category. Check out his channel to learn more about his outlook on business and life.

4. PowerfulJRE

7 YouTube Channels You Must Watch If You Want More From Life

Joe Rogan, the host, and creator of PowerfulJRE is also a successful stand-up comedian, mixed martial arts(MMA) color commentator, and a businessman. PowerfulJRE is the name of his YouTube channel. It has been the number one podcast on the internet for many years. Renowned personalities like Elon Musk and Neil Degrasse Tyson have been featured on his show.

The best thing about the Joe Rogan podcast is its format. It’s very simple and authentic. His guests share their stories and experiences with total spontaneity and honesty. For a listener, these stories can be inspirational and can trigger them to do great things in life. Joe is also a fitness and self-improvement junky. His main message to listeners is to do what they love and live a life full of adventure.

5. Tim Ferriss

7 YouTube Channels You Must Watch If You Want More From Life

Tim Ferriss is the author of best-selling book 4-Hour Workweek, a self-help and time management book. He is also known as a life hacker as he won the 165 lb weight class at the 1999 USAWKF national Sanshou (Chinese kickboxing). He won the competition by tactically pushing the opponent fighter out of the ring. His strategy was so unexpected that the opponents had no answer to it. He also dehydrated himself before the weigh-in and rehydrated just before the match to gain an unfair advantage over the fighters.   

Tim specializes in long-form content. On his YouTube channel, he posts podcast and quick tip videos. The podcasts last between 60-90 minutes. From start-ups to exotic teas, Tim talks on topics that he is passionate about.  

6. Khan Academy

7 YouTube Channels You Must Watch If You Want More From Life

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization founded by Salman Khan in 2008. It is California-based and was created with the sole purpose of educating and training people across the world. On its website, you will find thousands of lectures and tutorials in almost all categories.

Khan Academy also has a YouTube channel where they post similar content. Its math courses are very popular among school kids. However, there has been some criticism of its general science and computer science sections. Some people reportedly find them difficult to understand and follow.

The Khan Academy YouTube channel has over 4.8 million subscribers. So, don’t miss out on the original and groundbreaking information Khan Academy has to provide.

7. Tony Robbins

7 YouTube Channels You Must Watch If You Want More From Life

Tony Robbins is the author of the bestselling self-help book “Awaken The Giant Within”. He is also a world-renowned motivational speaker and business coach. Tony started his coaching career in his early 20s. Working along with Jim Rohn, he learned the ropes of the self-help industry.

On his YouTube channel, he posts motivational speeches and short clips of him changing people’s lives. In one instance, he cured a young man’s stuttering problem within seven minutes. The man couldn’t speak correctly for 30 years, and here he was, talking as if he never stuttered in his life. Tony knows how to inspire and motivate people. From time to time, everyone needs motivation. Subscribe to his channel to learn more about Tony’s life.  

I hope you liked this list of Youtube channels that can potentially change your life. Some of these channels are so good that it is difficult to miss even a single video they post. But you can cherry-pick videos from other channels. For instance, I don’t listen to every podcast Tim Ferriss or Joe Rogan posts. I listen only when I can relate to the topic.

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7 Qualities that Make You a Winner

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Everyone wants to be a winner but does everyone have what needs to be one. We might not possess a lot of things from the time we cry for the first time, but with time we learn through teachings and experiences. Some skills are worth having just to survive, and some are needed to succeed.

Being a winner comes from within. The more you work on yourself, the more you will learn how to use yourself in the most efficient manner. To be a winner, you need a winner mindset, which doesn’t come from doubting yourself. Here are 7 qualities you need to be a winner in your life and business.

1. Self-discipline

This is probably one of the most underrated and difficult quality to posses because it is not a skill you can have from birth. You might be raised with discipline, but self-discipline is something winners acquire through hard work and application.

It is not easy to change long acquired hurting habits, neither is it easy to ignore the constant distraction life keeps on throwing at you, but winners conquer this, way before actually becoming successful at their craft.

2. Not afraid to fail

Fear of failing is a common phenomenon; even the perennial winners go through this. What do they do differently you ask? Well, they fail. Failing early can be great for your life and career; it teaches you what not to do and how to handle difficult situations and when you need to take up responsibility.

People who have got it wrong many times and persist possibly know a lot more than people who had natural talents. Former United States Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy summed it up nicely by saying, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” Fear, in general, makes us doubt ourselves, but as Jack Canfield righty said, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

3. Persistence

“Persist, persist, and persist” is what we are told by the greats of every field. It is a given really; every man on the quest for success knows that he needs to persist in order to get what he wants. What stops us then? What makes us not follow this, simple yet difficult to execute, strategy?

Well, you can blame it on the impatience and restlessness of the human mind. Keeping on hoping for different things if something doesn’t work out and giving up when we see even a slight chance of our hard work going to waste comes naturally to most of us. Fighting this urge is necessary to achieve big and it is certainly not easy. Winners master to persist. It is a cliche that we can only see the glitters and confetti when someone has achieved great heights but rarely can anyone fathom the hard work put in to get there.

4. Being aware of your strengths and weaknesses

Everyone has weaknesses, and the sooner you identify and acknowledge them, the better. What defines a winner is their unmatched mental strength to know what they can do better than most people and where they lack behind. They plan their battles knowing about themselves; they maximize their strengths and minimize the impact that their weaknesses have on their craft.

Winners keep on improving themselves and believe every day is a learning process and every person they meet can be a teacher. Japanese author Susaku Endo puts it into perspective by saying,  “Every weakness contains within itself a strength.”

6. Belief in your dreams

As the old saying goes, “You need to believe in your own dreams for others to start believing.” This is a fundamental mindset of an achiever. When no one believes in you, everyone writes you off; it’s you who has to believe in your own potential. No one can know you better than yourself.

In a lot of competitive sports when there is a clear underdog, experts usually say that matches are won and lost in the head and not on the field. Some extract pleasure out of having themselves against the wall and some drop their weapons. If you give your best even while knowing there are better chances of the opposition winning you have a slim chance of getting over the line, although, if you give up in your mind, there are no chances of you winning.

7. A never-say-die attitude

Failure is a part of life, it is a cliche, but how someone copes with it defines how they move ahead in life. Failure can be heartbreaking and can make you give up your dreams, but that is where most people leave the race.

Winners pull themselves through the hard times and learn from their mistakes, getting stronger with every mistake. A mistake is nothing but one way that doesn’t work, and if you know that well you won’t make that mistake over again. Winners never give up, their calmness under pressure and temperament ride them through the rough patches. How you deal with it is important.

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