You’re Not A Tree, So Change

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.” Anthony Robbins

There are two kinds of knowledge in this world. One is general, the other is specialized. General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be, is of little use in the accumulation and greater scheme of gaining money and building wealth.

The faculties of the great universities in the world possess, in the aggregate, practically every form of general knowledge known to civilization. I hate to break it to you guys but most of the professors (I didn’t say all of them) you were being educated from growing up, have but little or no money at all. They specialize on the organization or the use of knowledge.

To make a point very clear, I’m not talking down on these individuals. I truly believe teachers should be financially benefitted in a greater way than they currently are. As a matter of fact, monetarily they deserve an adequate pay for what they endure and have to put up with. I’ve had this conversation with a handful of my friends who currently teach, as well as with my Aunt who was a former schoolteacher and now is retired. They all agree.

Knowledge alone will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical plans of action, to the definite end of accumulation of money. Lack of understanding of this fact has been the source of confusion to millions of people who falsely believe that “knowledge is power.”

It is nothing of the sort! Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.

Moreover, this may sound like a lot of individuals goals, high-hopes and ambitions going in to the new year. From starting their monthly memberships at LA Fitness, Planet Fitness or local gyms, to getting a couple hundred or thousand dollars scrapped together after the holiday season to invest in the business you’ve always dreamed of and to actually applying yourself for one semesters worth in school or at you’re job, these are the typical “New Year New Me” resolutions countless of people have already or will put together come January 1, 2017.

However, all of this is pointless if only 1–10% of these people actually achieve what they had said, wrote down and preached to a handful of their closest friends and “accountability partners.” It comes down to execution, discipline, a definite plan of action and this plan of action being directed to a definite end.

It’s challenging in todays society how soft, lazy-minded, apathetic, mundane and conditioned some individuals may be. Notice I said, “may be” as opposed to “can be.” I don’t believe people are lazy or inherently lazy-minded. They simply have impotent goals — that is, goals that do not inspire them. Setting specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely, and serious goals is the first step towards turning the invisible into the visible.

For example, the decision to lose any amount of weight in 2017, starting up any sort of business venture (whether you have a business background or not) or to actively pursue what you’re passions are in life must be a real decision you make! A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action, whether it be for the first time in your life or not. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided so, kiss your hopes and dreams goodbye.

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What’s one thing in life that you most want to do but are equally scared about? It could be as ridiculous as bungie jumping or skydiving. It could also be as simple as putting more time into something you deem valuable. For example, getting a masters degree after undergrad, going into law school, medical school, or pursuing a path towards an M.B.A.

Now conversely, what if it was as easy as traveling more? If you had the ability to travel right now, how much more would you travel? Where would you go? Why that location? Who’s the first person you’re inviting?

What would happen if you traveled unexpectedly for six months? I want you to be all in for yourself and your mission. What if you were to do it in a week from today? What would happen?

Hypothetically, if you went in to your bosses office tomorrow morning and you told him or her that you weren’t quitting but you want a six month hiatus and you don’t need to pay me, what do you think he or she would say? How would they look and react to you? In fact, they don’t need to pay you as you’ll stay on email to do some things here and there and all you would like in return is to not lose your health insurance. Do you believe that could happen?

Now, this is probably something unexpected out of left field that you weren’t thinking about and I can’t even say that you should do it. I can make the case however that if you were to spontaneously do it your life would be so much more richer and rewarding because of that decision. And, as a matter of fact, this wouldn’t derail your professional career as some skeptics may be thinking. Luckily, time is on some of our sides.

That my friends, which I have not done yet, will be a million times more rewarding and self-fulfilling than going to medical school, law school or getting your M.B.A. Furthermore, it would help you make a lot more money than that additional silly piece of paper. At the end of the day, specialized knowledge will supersede general knowledge all the way to infinity and beyond.

This is simply my example of something that you could potentially blow up. If you’re willing to deal with the consequences of your decisions you can do anything you want in life. In looking at the bigger picture, you only have one shot at life so live it flat out at a sprint (or marathon) until you die! Regardless of your thoughts, you should be living your life with a ferocity of intent anyways!

Make change the positive path your life goes down for the rest of your existence and breathes here on Earth. I want you wholeheartedly to become a better person in 2017. I’m sure it’s there somewhere buried deep down inside!

My Very Best,

Donovan Vogel

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