As a true supporter of self-help books since I was a child, “No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline” had me spell-bound and Tracy’s own words “learn what you need to know and do what you need to do, and never give up” truly resonates with me. We are so easy to find excuses and not resolutions. We look and find the quick solutions to get what we want quickly. With self-discipline, we will stick to what we want, and not try to do things quickly and get it over with. It becomes a way of living, not a quick fix.
I also like the idea of “voting yourself off the island of no discipline”. By doing that you surround yourself with people who believe like you and who want to stay with, shall we say “with the program?” In my own experience, I can guarantee you that the quickest way to fail in life is to surround yourself with toxic people. I personally don’t like the use of words like “winners” and “losers” in life to describe people. I truly prefer the term “like – minded” people. He emphasises how important it is to surround yourself with like – minded people and I completely agree with that.
Brian Tracy also says that, “without self-discipline nothing works. With self-discipline everything works”. “You will rise above yourself”. The truth is that most people do what is fun and easy rather than doing what is hard and necessary and this is the main difference between winners and losers. Self -discipline is also known as self-control, and I am sure that you will agree that this is a subject that is as much written about as can be. I suppose the reason why people still become millionaires by writing about this is because we lack self-control and cannot stick to things that take effort. Read this book, and make it part of your life. Then you will succeed, I guarantee you that.
What you will find in this book is how to incorporate self – discipline in 21 easy to read and follow chapters. These chapters are presented in three parts to complete the book.
In the first part, you learn about self-discipline and personal success. It is about courage, persistence, goals and how to master these with self – discipline. In the second part, you read and learn how to apply self-discipline in your sales, business, and finances. In the third part, you read about the quality of life and how to apply self-discipline for ultimate success in fitness, health, and marriage. A fitness membership and a good dental clinic can help you get started on the right track.
With each chapter, you will find a number of exercises to guide you in the right direction. These exercises are really helpful and Tracy truly helps you find the areas in your life that need the most work for ultimate success. If you partake in all the exercises, you will definitely change your life positively.
All of Brian Tracy’s books are excellent and worth reading and I will definitely put this in the top three. He explores self-discipline and the best way to use this, and many aspects of life to ensure that you get where you want to be and stay there.
Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. No Excuses! shows you how you can achieve success in all three major areas of your life, including your personal goals, business and money goals, and overall happiness.
Accomplish more, in less time. To many starting a business to make extra money often symbolizes more work and more effort. Instead of working long hours, stacking your day with never ending to-do lists and generally feeling like you’re not accomplishing anything, consider working less. With tools and technologies available today, it is possible to create a luxury lifestyle even in unpredictable economic times. The 4-Hour Workweek has made me rethink my perspective on time and the goal of money – which is ultimately a means to freedom.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss is a life hacking approach for anyone who wants to live life on their own terms. Life hacking refers to any method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.
What Kind Of Lifestyle Do You Want To Live?
Time and attention are the most important resources that we have. Phones, tablets, computers and e-mail are all competing night and day to suck up your valuable attention. In addition, by participating in a job where you are paid by the hour or salary rather than actual value creation, one actually has multiple reasons to not work and instead spend their time doing trivial things. You are getting paid either way, right?
The bureaucracy of a corporate workforce oftentimes means that most time is actually spent in meetings, lunch breaks and commutes rather than value adding activities while hierarchal red tape limits power and slows down progress for hardworking employees. The person who benefits the most from working a job is the owner of the business. There is no incentive for a salaried or pay-by-the-hour worker to work harder. Why not finish the most important tasks related to your job, call it a day and leave early? You can’t, and therein lies the issue with a 9 to 5 .
Create a business for yourself (or a “muse” as Tim likes to call it), and the result (read: money) is a direct correlation of the work you put in. This passive income creates free time which can be redirected towards experiences such as learning languages, traveling the world, becoming an expert in martial arts, dance and even deep sea diving. Whatever it is you truly want to do.
The 4-Hour Workweek Methodology
Definition – Taking a holistic approach to time, money and happiness
Elimination – Strategies for selectively choosing the information you allow into your life
Automation – The meat and bones of how to create an automated business
Liberation – Hacking your way into the lifestyle you desire
Most business books focus solely on a system towards accumulation of wealth. With The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss takes a comprehensive approach to transforming work and life. After defining the problem, eliminating extra unnecessary activities and automating your “muse” business, Mr. Ferriss takes it one step further by introducing “liberation” as a step towards creating a personalized and fulfilling lifestyle.
The book begins by challenging old business concepts head-on and introduces the approach of the New Rich. The New Rich challenge the status quo by looking at business differently. Goal setting is pivotal. Fear is merely not having a plan.
Eliminate And Join The New Rich
Elimination is probably my favorite concept introduced. Concepts such as Parkinson’s Law defines the ability to accomplish a task as a direct correlation of time allotted and complexity. For example, if a term paper was given a month long deadline as opposed to a 24 hour deadline, it is more likely that it would suffer in quality. Pareto’s Principle is the 20/80 rule in effect, which states that 20% of the work you accomplish actually drives 80% of the results.
Combine these two laws in every decision you make and watch productivity escalate. Work smarter, not harder.
Tim refers to email as the ultimate time-waster as he strives to eliminate all the drama it brings. You will find the email autoresponder and voicemail templates to be equally as hilarious as they are effective.
“Being busy is a form of laziness–lazy thinking and indiscriminate action”
Automation And Outsourcing
In introducing automation, Tim highlights outsourcing as a new age concept. With services like YourManInIndia, elance and odesk (now Upwork), it is possible to outsource everything from research, email reading, forum posting, transcription to even Indian cuisine.
Then he guides the reader step-by-step with choosing a niche, building a product, testing and creating an automated virtual architecture. There is even a simple flow chart which highlights the entire logistical and monetization blueprint of his business. I found these maps to be a goldmine of information. The usage of the Internet to reach and serve millions of people is real. Since the release of this book in 2007, it is evident that it has inspired and spawned thousands, possibly millions, of similar passive businesses all over the world wide web.
Liberation is how you disconnect from the world and do what makes you happy. Telling your boss you want to work remotely overseas and increase productivity? Check. First class traveling on a budget? Check. Mastering cultural skills such as language, dance, music and sport? Simple and fun. These are all possibilities of lifestyles people work their whole lives towards, but in reality can be achieved with a bit of strategic maneuvering. Humorously, Tim even has a template for telling your boss off and quitting your job.
There are a few criticisms. The first is that Tim’s business is, in essence, one giant case study for how he built his business. While the use of virtual assistants is a pivotal part of his business model, it may not be the most effective method for your business. There are merits to outsourcing business tasks, however unless your business is completely automated and devoid of physical service then the majority of his methods probably aren’t completely applicable to most business models.
Overall, The 4 Hour Work Week is an inspiring, engaging handbook that will almost definitely lead you to take action.
More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content. Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world trave...
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More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content.
Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.
This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: •How Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week •How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want •How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs •How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist •How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”
The new expanded edition of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek includes: •More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point •Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating e-mail, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than $8 a meal •How Lifestyle Design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times •The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either
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As someone who majored in Industrial & Systems Engineering in college, the themes in The Lean Startup struck right at home for me. The concept of Lean is centered on value adding activities and reducing everything else. The Toyota Production System (TPS) implemented in the 1990s focused on eliminating waste at the original Toyota manufacturing plant in Japan. Their efficient manufacturing system subsequently became known as the first lean process. While lean methodologies have existed for some time, Eric Ries succeeds in putting an entirely new spin on the concept by applying it to innovation.
The Lean Startup Model
The Lean Startup innovation model focuses on creating a minimum viable product for the market and receiving customer feedback at each step of the way to improve the product. Oftentimes a rough draft of a working product is enough to gain valuable feedback.
The valuable thing about obtaining feedback is that you get an opportunity to hear ideas that would never have been thought of if the project had been refined to death by its developers. What if your team toiled away for years creating advanced software and the finished product doesn’t have the features the customer really wanted? Avoid this mistake by learning The Lean Startup methodology to ensure the final product is as optimized as possible.
Eric also introduces pivots as a means to take a new approach, if necessary, instead of starting over from scratch. This is in contrast to the old way of doing business where a product is launched only when it is fully functional and high quality in the creator’s eyes. Oftentimes, perfectionism can be costly both in time and in money. Eric does a wonderful job outlining how a product (online or physical) can be built and refined from a customer feedback loop.
Not only does The Lean Startup serve as a methodical roadmap for creating your business efficiently and effectively, but also the book delves into startup metrics that will give a new meaning to how you measure your progress. Ries calls this “innovation accounting”. Innovation accounting is a way of looking past the headline numbers such as revenue growth and instead track changes in customer adoption, retention, and usage patterns. A good supplier and contract management platform such as GatekeeperHQ will enable automation processes for your business that are data-driven.
A successful startup does not just flourish because of a brilliant idea. Success in a condition of uncertainty (in this case innovation) requires managing people through all the challenges of innovation and growth. It means understanding your customer and keying in on statistics that tell the true story of progress. Whether you are a product developer for a company or an executive at a high-tech startup or even a fresh-faced college graduate, this book benefits positions from all perspectives in every industry.
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under condition...
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Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.
The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.
Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.
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