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How to Gain a Competitive Edge During the Pandemic
The majority of people right now are using their free time watching TV. You can get ahead by developing yourself and ...
The majority of people right now are using their free time watching TV. You can get ahead by developing yourself and refining your competitive edge. Heres how:
Those of us who are lucky enough to have not experienced the grief of watching a loved one be affected by COVID-19, should use this time to think critically about how to improve and grow as an individual. Why? While being given the opportunity to WFH, we have more time in the day to look inwards, and finally make those changes that never went past the new year's eve resolutions we made in January. In my personal view, you can go through each day waiting for the pandemic to blow over, to get back in the office and resume ‘regular life’, or you can use this time to silently progress past the majority to become a more well rounded individual.
Here’s some tips to get you there:
Create a Vision Board
Imagine what total unleashing of your potential would look like. I want you to visualize fulfilling your biggest aspirations. If you can see it, you can do it. So here’s a secret that you need to hear: You are so much more powerful than you may currently understand. The truth is, if you can visualize your goals, persistently believe in yourself, and put your plans into action, and relentlessly pursue your goals even when you feel like quitting- you can achieve anything. Truly.
STOP your addiction to Mindless Social Media
“Victims love entertainment. Victors love Education” - The 5 am Club by Robin Sharma
I love this quote because it reminds me to snap out of the social media/phone addiction that is so easy to fall into. It defines what separates the extra-ordinary from the ordinary. In Sharma’s book, he strongly emphasizes the need to break free from our addiction to time wasting, brain frying, mindless scrolling. He suggests that this way of living life is actually imprisoning, and that our phones, while meant to liberate human capabilities, is actually making us slaves to them. Living life this way is inhibiting your potential by a tenfold, while eating up your motivation, and reducing the sharpness of your brain and capabilities to perform to your utmost potential.
As Darren Hardy, CEO and main publisher of the “SUCCESS” Magazine suggests, everytime you consume mindless social media content, it’s almost as if you are drinking “dirty water”. This is because you are contaminating your system (the “water”)- with mindless, brain melting, non productive content. The aim, instead, should be to keep your “water” as clean as possible to be as sharp as possible. Takeaway: each piece of mindless electronic content you consume is adding more “contamination” to your system.
Read, Read, Read
All of the great minds, the world’s leaders, the members of the top 1%, are avid readers. And this is by no coincidence whatsoever.
“Read 500 pages…every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” - Warren Buffet, on the Key to Success
You already know the benefits of reading, so I’m not going to expand on this. However, I will tell you, that if you wake up early and read right in the morning- this will have a profound effect on the trajectory of your life. If you’re interested, here is the Summer 2020 Reading List by Bill Gates.
Find a Mentor
Your environment shapes you, there’s no doubt about that. All it really takes is for one person in your life to help you kick a bad habit, or start up a life changing new one. Being around people who are like minded to you are game changers to your mindset. We suggest connecting with a colleague, friend, boss, or someone who you know and like to learn from. People are actually quite receptive to this. People like to talk about themselves. It may be easier than you think to get advice from an individual of which you see qualities that you like. Alternatively, you can also expand your horizons through podcasts or books. Podcasts are an easy and engaging way to receive information from subject matter experts, not to mention fun and engaging