Why Traditional Education Only Sets You Up For A Lifetime of Poverty

Warning: This is a controversial post.

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This is all about the reasons why Traditional Education does not bode well for the would be entrepreneur, or really anyone looking to do big things.

In fact, I would go so far as saying traditional education equals poverty.

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Entrepreneurs! Are you making yourself dispensable?

The Case for making yourself DISPENSABLE!

How often have you heard the advice to make yourself indispensable so that you will never have to worry about losing your job? The standard thinking in the corporate world is making yourself indispensable equals job security which equals money which equals freedom. While this might be a valuable train of thought for these people, once you start your own business, your goal is to make yourself replaceable.

Here's why...

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Motivating Oneself

All people struggle with motivation from time to time. One of the biggest indicators of success in life is our energy levels which can be measured as early as three years old. If the journey to success were a car, your motivation would be the fuel. However just like a car, sometimes parts break down which causes performance to drop. Have you ever struggled with procrastination? If so, this article is for you.

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The Mastery Mindset

All of your results in life begin with your mind, this is a basic law of life. In order to get the results you want, you need to start by changing your mindset. You start with adopting a new mindset or framework of thinking, this changes your thoughts, which changes your feelings, which changes your actions, and finally changes your results. In order to simplify this process, I have reduced mindsets down to two fundamentals: Growth and Fixed.

To succeed in life you are going to need to follow a path to mastery and abandon the fixed mindset. That is a commitment to becoming the very best at whatever you do. In order to do this, you must adopt the growth mindset.

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What is your Awareness Factor?

Ah awareness, a topic that the general public is for lack of a better word-not very aware of.

This concept was first really brought to my attention and drilled into my head by Tai Lopez. It happens to be the very first step in his 67 day program. I'll admit that for most of my life my awareness factor was awfully low, a 5 at most out of 10. Tai believes that awareness is a critical building block of success and  he says that it is a trait that virtually all of his successful friends and mentors have in common. He mentions a certain test that Mensa created to determine if your toddler is going to be intellectually gifted. They place your child in a room with lots of other babies and then they see if they notice things that nobody else does. While we didn't all start as genius babies with naturally high awareness, we can learn to cultivate this trait and put it to work in our life today. I personally break awareness up into three categories and they are: general, self  and professional.

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The Power of Humility

When you hear the word humility, what is the first thing that usually comes to mind?

For me, the definition I grew up with is along the lines of don't brag or be cocky, be nice, and show respect to people. If you google humility you will arrive at the definition of "a modest or low view of ones own importance." Don't get me wrong, there is definitely something to the classic definition, but the true power of what I call effective humility is something a little bit different. There is a big difference between outward humility and inward. Let me explain.

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Self Discipline

Of all the possible traits I believe that are essential to your success in life and business, self discipline is the hands down the most important. You can have the best idea in the world but if you don't put in the work required to get people to notice you, it isn't going to make a difference. I am a big fan of the billionaire Charlie Munger, he is known for using many models of thinking for decision making including psychology, investing, engineering, and business. Personally self discipline is the very first "model" I see the world through.

There are countless great books out there on the subject of self discipline and willpower but my favorite has to be No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy. His definition is  essentially "doing things even when you don't want to". I have personally put this force to work in my own life in all areas and it's made all the difference. Whether you are out of shape, single and lonely, broke, or unhappy; all you have to do is learn to take control of your own mind and habits and put them to work for you.

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