Climbing Mountains: Surround Yourself with the Right People

When it comes to achieving success, who we surround ourselves with can make all the difference. The people we surround ourselves with can have a profound impact on our attitude, mindset, and ultimately, our level of success. 

As the famous quote goes, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." If we want to reach our full potential, it's essential that we surround ourselves with people who are driven, ambitious, and relentless in their pursuit of success. These are the people who plan in decades but live in moments. They understand that life is short and that we must make the most of every opportunity that comes our way. They are not content to simply coast along, but are constantly pushing themselves to be better, to achieve more, and to make an impact.

It's not just about having a great team or a supportive family, it's about surrounding ourselves with individuals who are at the top of their game. Individuals who are not afraid to take risks, who are constantly learning, and who are always pushing the boundaries of what's possible. These are the people who will challenge us to think differently, inspire us to reach new heights, and ultimately help us achieve our goals.

These relentless humans also understand the importance of balance. They train like savages, putting in the hard work and dedication required to achieve their goals. But they also know how to relax and enjoy life, recognizing that success is not just about work, but also about family, friends, and making memories.

One person who embodies this relentless spirit is John Paul DeJoria, the co-founder of Paul Mitchell Hair Systems and The Patrón Spirits Company. DeJoria had a rough start in life, growing up in a foster home and experiencing homelessness in his early twenties. But he never let his circumstances define him. He worked hard, took risks, and surrounded himself with people who believed in him and his vision. He started his first business with just $700 and went on to build two successful companies. Today, he is worth over $3 billion and is considered one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world.

He never gave up on his dreams, even in the face of adversity. He surrounded himself with people who believed in him and his vision, and who helped him turn his dreams into reality. He also made sure to surround himself with individuals who were at the top of their game, who could teach him and help him grow.

The story of John Paul DeJoria is a perfect example of how a person goes rags to riches, with the help of the right people and can achieve anything he desires. As John Paul DeJoria said "I've failed many times in my life, but I've never let failure stop me from trying again." 

It is important to surround ourselves with people who are relentless and ambitious, to find balance in work and life. Seek people who are climbing mountains and climb together. 

Think Like a Farmer to Achieve Your Goals

 Have you ever set a goal for yourself, only to become frustrated and discouraged when it didn't come to fruition as quickly as you had hoped? We've all been there. 

Have you ever thought about how a farmer grows crops and approach our goals with the same level of patience and determination.

We can't shout at our goals and expect them to grow faster. We can't blame them for not coming to fruition in the time frame we had in mind. And we definitely can't uproot them before they've had a chance to take root and flourish.

Instead, we must choose the best "plants" for our "soil." What are the goals that align with our strengths and passions? What are the goals that will bring us the most fulfillment and satisfaction? These are the ones we should focus on and tend to.

Just like a farmer, we must also irrigate and fertilize our goals. This means taking consistent and focused action towards our goals, and making sure we have the necessary resources and support. And just like a farmer, we must also remove the "weeds" that may be blocking our progress. This means identifying and eliminating any negative thoughts, habits, or influences that are holding us back.

We must remember that we can't control the weather – or in our case, external circumstances. But what we can do is be prepared for the good seasons and the bad seasons. We can have a plan in place for when things get tough, and know that even in the darkest of times, the sun will shine again.

Action Items:

  1. Assess your current goals and make sure they align with your strengths and passions.
  2. Take consistent and focused action towards your goals, and make sure you have the necessary resources and support.
  3. Identify and eliminate any negative thoughts, habits, or influences that are holding you back.
  4. Develop a plan for when things get tough, and remind yourself that even in the darkest of times, the sun will shine again.

So let's think like a farmer and approach our goals with patience, determination, and a steady hand. The harvest will come, and it will be bountiful.

8 Proven Strategies to Stay Motivated and Achieve Your Goals in 2023

Are you ready to take your  life to the next level in 2023? Setting financial goals and working towards them is an important step in achieving financial success. However, staying motivated and on track can be a challenge. That's why in this blog post, we will be sharing with you 8 proven strategies that will help you stay motivated and achieve your wealth goals in 2023. 

From visualizing your goals and breaking them down into smaller steps to staying positive, organized, and consistent, these strategies will help you stay on track and achieve the financial success you desire. So lets get started:
  1. Visualize your goals: Creating a clear mental image of what you want to achieve is an important step in motivation and achieving success. When you can see your goal in your mind, it becomes more real and tangible. Visualization can help you to stay focused and motivated, as it allows you to see yourself achieving your goal and the positive changes it will bring to your life. Reminding yourself of your goals regularly will help to keep them at the forefront of your mind and ensure that you stay on track.
  2. Break down your goals into smaller, manageable steps: When you're working towards a big goal, it can be overwhelming and daunting. Breaking your goal down into smaller, manageable steps will make it feel more achievable, and help you to stay motivated and focused. Each small step you take towards your goal is a step closer to achieving it, and that progress will help to keep you motivated.
  3. Stay positive: Staying positive is essential when it comes to motivation and achieving your goals. It's important to focus on the progress you're making and the positive changes you're seeing in your life, rather than dwelling on any setbacks. By keeping a positive attitude, you'll be better equipped to handle any challenges that come your way, and be more likely to achieve your goals.
  4. Stay organized: Keeping track of your progress and maintaining a schedule will help you to stay motivated and on track. When you can see how far you've come, it will help you to stay focused and motivated, and help you to identify any areas that need improvement.
  5. Reward yourself: Setting up a system of rewards for yourself when you reach certain milestones is a great way to stay motivated. When you reach a milestone, it's important to acknowledge and celebrate your achievement. It can be small things like a movie or a dinner, or something bigger as you reach a bigger goal. This will give you something to look forward to and help you to stay motivated on your journey.
  6. Stay motivated by learning: Learning is an essential part of motivation. Reading books and articles, attending workshops, and finding inspiration from others who have achieved similar goals will help you to stay motivated and on track. When you're learning new things, you'll be more inspired and motivated to achieve your goals.
  7. Find an accountability partner: Having someone to share your progress with and hold you accountable is a great motivator. When you have someone who's supporting you and encouraging you to achieve your goals, it's easier to stay motivated and on track.
  8. Stay consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to motivation and achieving your goals. Even when it gets tough, it's important to keep working towards your goals. Remember that success takes time and effort, and consistency is key. When you stay consistent, you'll be more likely to achieve your goals and experience the success you desire.

I often find that not having a specific way to incorporate things in your schedule makes your resolve weaker in adopting new practices. So here's a sample daily schedule to help you stay motivated on your journey to reaching new levels:

6:00am: Wake up and visualize your financial goals for the day/week/month/year, remind yourself of why you started this journey, and what you want to achieve.

6:30am: Review your schedule and plan for the day ahead. Break down your goals into smaller, manageable steps and schedule specific actions you will take to achieve them.

7:00am: Exercise or engage in any physical activity that you enjoy.

8:00am: Have breakfast and spend some time reading or listening to educational content related to personal finance, investing, budgeting or any other topics that can help you achieve your goals.

9:00am - 5:00pm: Work or attend classes, during this time make sure to keep your schedule and plan in mind, and take action towards your goals when possible.

5:00pm: Review your progress for the day, and make any necessary adjustments to your plan.

6:00pm: Have dinner and spend some time with your family and friends.

7:00pm: Engage in a hobby or activity that you enjoy.

8:00pm: Review your progress for the week and celebrate any small wins.

9:00pm: Get a good night's sleep.

Remember that this is just a sample schedule and you can adjust it to fit your lifestyle and schedule.

The most important thing is to make sure you're taking consistent and specific actions towards your goals.

The Power of Persistence: How to Stay Motivated and Achieve Your Goals in 2023

Are you ready to take your life to the next level in 2023? The road to success can be challenging, but with persistence and the right mindset, anything is possible. Here are some tips and inspiring quotes to help you stay motivated on your journey to reaching new levels.

  1. Set clear, specific, and measurable financial goals for 2023. As Tony Robbins said, "Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."
  2. Create a plan to achieve those goals, including specific actions you will take and deadlines for completion. As Michael Jordan said, "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
  3. Continuously educate yourself. As Warren Buffett said, "The more you learn, the more you earn."
  4. Surround yourself with supportive people who will encourage and hold you accountable to your goals. As Jim Rohn said, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with."
  5. Stay motivated by tracking your progress and celebrating small wins along the way. As Oprah Winfrey said, "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
  6. Stay disciplined, persistent and don't give up easily when faced with obstacles. As Thomas Edison said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
Remember, the road to success is not a sprint, it's a marathon. Stay consistent, stay disciplined, and most importantly, never give up on your dreams. With these tips and a little bit of persistence, you can achieve your goals in 2023 and beyond.

Make things possible. Say YES I CAN and think how could it be done?


“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.” - Henry Ford

Day 4: Make things possible. Say YES I CAN and think how could it be done?

Rather than talking about what can't be done, how it can't be done, why it can't be done...just FLIP it. How could it be done? How is it possible? What could we do to make it work? Flip the verbiage.

Take something which is impossible. Write about how it is impossible now flip the verbiage and write how it would be possible? How could we get there?

Make this a Habit and get everyone on your team look at how things are possible rather than impossible.

Tag someone you know here who has YES I CAN Attitude

90 Days of Motivation - Staying Positive during the COVID-19 Crisis

Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear. When you find yourself in a state of uncertainty, resist your fear. Shift your focus toward where you want to go and your actions will take you in that direction. - Tony Robbins Fear, uncertainty and scarcity has become a common theme in news, media, people’s mind and the human spirit. Now more than ever we need to be reminded of the extraordinary potential which lies within us. hashtagElonMusk hashtagJeffBezos hashtagHenryFord hashtagSteveJobs hashtagYou I have started a new series on LinkedIn called 90DaysOfMotivation to help people(and myself) get through these time. So for next 90 Days everyday🤞 I will post a way you can grow and stay motivated but I need your help to make these posts into a ball of unstoppable positive momentum for the human spirit.

Goto LinkedIn and check out Day 1: Shoot for THE EXTRA-ORDI-NA-RY

Can you get past all the current fears and strive to become more dependable with your commitments, with people, with finishing things? If it is a difficult task, people should think about you. If it is an impossible task then people should definitely think about you. If you know that and other people know that about you then your confidence and belief in yourself will shoot through the roof and so will your motivation. People need to know you are consistent and dependable.

How can you benefit from this? 1. Create Positivity - Leave link in comments to something positive you read or a Quote which gives you strength. Read quotes which other leaders like you are sharing and help uplift the mental frequencies of each other. 2. Grow Your Network - Add the people who like/comment on Day 2 to you network. Send hashtagstrongertogether hashtag90DaysOfMotivation in your invite to them so they know why you added them and it will also boost their spirit when they see your invite plus you will get to expand your network.

Some quotes shared on Day 1 posts:
There is a world within – a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty and, although invisible, its forces are mighty.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” — Steve Jobs

Hope you all are staying positive and safe ! Please join me on Day 2 and lets create some positivity together.

4 Tools to Create Life of Your Dreams: Meditate, WCA, VA and Unresolved Emotions

95% of our life is coming from the programs of life that we get in the first seven years of life.

There's the famous book Rich, Dad Poor Dad and it basically said you come from a poor family and you could struggle your whole life and if you come from a rich family you could be stupid your whole life and make it, not because it was thinking but it was unconscious behavior that was downloaded from rich families into kids which is unconscious.

Poor people have beliefs from the family, you can't make it, life's a struggle, things are hard. Who do you think you are and if that's the program you get then 95% of the day you will sabotage yourself and that's why poor people stay poor and rich people stay rich because the programming.

Give me a child until it's 7 and I will show you the man. 95% of your life after that will be whatever that program is. Look at your life and say where am I struggling? Because wherever you're struggling inevitably is a program in your subconsciousness that does not support that destination you've been looking for. The conscious mind is creative and can learn in any number of ways, read a self-help book, listen to this program and conscious mind is going to get some awareness. But subconscious mind doesn't learn that way.

Subconscious mind learns in two fundamental ways:
1. Natural hypnosis
2. Practice/Repetition - It is like fake it till you make it. Meaning if you're not a happy person and you want to be a happy person then repeat all the time. I'm happy, I'm happy. I say well, you don't look happy right? Who am I talking to by repetition? I'm talking to subconscious.

There will be a point once the subconscious got I am happy. You don't have to say it again. It'll be automatic and that's why we people see people do affirmations and the gratitude journals and stuff because if you do that daily, it's repetitive. That's the secret part.

Putting a sticky note on the refrigerator is like a suggestion but it's not a repetition. So it doesn't work very well.

Listen to your affirmations or anything you want to program the subconscious with while you are sleeping everyday.

Learn how the mind works because once you know how the mind works you can control it. You can focus it. You can't focus or concentrate something you don't understand. So how does the mind work?

There's two things that you need to understand: one is the awareness and one is the mind
So I'll take a few moments to explain this to you and share what they are so you imagine awareness is a glowing ball of light like an orb that can float around.

Okay, so that's awareness now Imagine your mind as a vast space, a vast area with many different sections within it. One area of the mind is anger, jealousy, food, sex, happiness, joy, science, art.
And this glowing ball of light call awareness can travel within the mind and it can go to any area of the mind it wants to go to and when it goes to a particular area of the mind it lights up that area.
When it lights up that area of the mind you become conscious of it and this is what happens all day.

We allow people and things around us to take our awareness from one area of the mind to another all day long.

To be concentrated is to be able to keep your awareness on one thing for an extended period of time using your Will Power. How do we practice this? We practice this by doing one thing at a time throughout the day

What's the best way to develop concentration? The best way to develop concentration is to bring that practice into our everyday life

When people say to me "life is too busy I can't simplify". No, it's you don't want to. You have the choice, nobody's holding a gun to your head saying you have to associate with these people and you have to do these things.No, you choose to do them.

I only have this much energy and I need to divide it between all the people and things that I love. The law of thermodynamic states, you cannot create or destroy energy. But you can transfer it from one thing to another or transform it from one thing to another. So I can't create more energy, I only have this much because at 11 o'clock tonight. I'll be exhausted and ready to sleep.

Look at energy the same way you look at money. It's a finite resource that needs to be wisely managed wisely reallocated and wisely invested. The average person sleeps about 7 to 8 hours to say roughly so we're awake for about 16 hours of the day. Let's just say on average we're practicing it 13 hours a day seven days a week distraction. And then you wonder why you're so good at it
That's the law of practice.

The law of practice is that we become good at whatever it is we practice, whether it's positive or negative. It doesn't matter. If you practice something over and over and over again. You become really good at it. And that's why people are so good at distraction because it's what they practice

Look at opportunities throughout your day in your average day. Ask yourself. What's a great opportunity to practice concentration? How many of you have a spouse a partner that you live with?
Every time you speak with your spouse or your partner. Keep that ball of light that awareness on that person. It drifts away.  Bring it back the more you practice this the more you become better at concentration. Give her or him your undivided attention

Every time you speak with your child, practice concentration. And if you can't concentrate, you can't expect your child to concentrate.

Life is a manifestation of where your energy is flowing. And if you can't concentrate your energy the things that you want to manifest in your life becomes very very challenging. So learn to concentrate by doing one thing at a time.

Bring this practice into everything that you do throughout the day. Make it a part of your life practice. Keep bringing awareness back and keep it focused on one thing at a time

Program your subconscious using affirmations. There are three parts to Affirmations:
1. Clear concise choice of positive words
2. Clear visualization 
3. Corresponding Feeling. 

Feeling being the most important component because it's the actual energy that attracts.

Now you can draw and bring into your life anything you want.

1. Meditate to know yourself and your purpose
2. WCA - Make a choice to be in the present moment by using Will Power(W) to Concentrate(C) your Awareness(A) on one thing at a time(Task which will fulfill your purpose). If your awareness is in the past it will invoke the same old emotions which will attract the same experiences.
3. VA - Use Visualization(V) and Affirmation(A) to imprint the subconscious mind with your purpose.
4. Remove Past Unresolved Emotions from Subconscious by writing the experiences on paper and then burning the paper. The emotions create patterns which keeps you vibrating at old frequencies

Jeff Bezos's Top 10 Rules For Success

Jeff is the founder of Amazon. He left a high-paying job to start his own .com business in 1994 and everyone thought he was crazy?

Well, 23 years later.....He has created an empire !

There’s a lot to be learned from Jeff about business. I’ve just watched this cool video that lists Jeff Bezos's top 10 rules for success, taken from his various interviews and speeches.

This is valuable for all entrepreneurs even if you are trying to find focus, direction and ambition in life.
He is one of my role model's and I hope you’ll find this useful.

Perfection and Self Doubt

This a repost of the article published on linkedIn by Ash Srivastava
I have thought about writing on LinkedIn for some time. I kept going from one idea to another until I could think of something smart or genius or perfect, but I could not think about anything :)
One of my other challenge was that I wanted to have the "PERFECT first post", like a Disney blockbuster which has all the right ingredients and perfect story telling. I was waiting for an inspiration which will somehow make the perfect first post on LinkedIn, maybe some sort of celebrity endorsement of my unknown stature in the world of LinkedIn which will launch me into stardom and make me into a star (secretly wishing that people will line up to take selfies with the "guy with the PERFECT first post" lol).
I was walking by the CIBC HQ last week and I saw Victor Dodig(CEO of CIBC - for those who do not know, he love's selfies). I walked up to him and asked, "Victor, you mind if we took a selfie with you?". It all went smoothly and you can see the picture above. After I took the selfie, I thanked him and started walking to my office but my mind was racing from one thought to another. It went something like, "I have just got a selfie with one of the top financial leaders in Canada and maybe I can now go and write my perfect first post(hopefully be known as 'The guy with the PERFECT first post' then I just need to wait for 10000 likes and 100s of comments lol). 

Are You Angry?

Last week someone showed me a finger while I was driving. The person was trying to make a right turn and I happen to be coming in that lane. Clearly I was not doing anything wrong but my fellow human was really upset. His reaction made me angry(automatically) and also curious as to why am I getting angry at angry people? I got better things to do but the almost instant brain response to threat was anger. A complicated threat (it is unknown to my primitive brain as no wild animal was attacking me) made by a hand gesture which was learnt as a theory by my modern brain to be perceived as an attack on ego.

Anger is a is nothing more than a defense mechanism created to hurt others but, in the end, it only hurts one person: Myself.

The Neurological Imperative: Conserve EnergyThrough the process of habituation, a perception of ego vulnerability, repeated over time, consolidates into a presumption of vulnerability, which requires the continual protection of anger. Also by virtue of habituation, the repeated experience of anger in defense of the ego reinforces its sense of vulnerability. The more you experience anger, the more anger you need to experience.
InflationIn addition to needing more and more protection from threat, the angry person attempts to reduce the fear and sense of inadequacy (shame) that go with a vulnerable ego, through a process of inflation. An inflated ego is one whose value depends on downward comparison to the value and rights of others - I'm not equal, I'm better! In addition to temporarily making the ego feel less vulnerable, inflation justifies the motivations of anger to prevail and dominate. It also creates a sense of entitlement - I deserve special regard, treatment, or resources - that is certain to cause negative reactions in others and require a response of still more defensive anger. As if that weren't bad enough, inflation guarantees cognitive dissonance whenever reality smacks against the overestimation of intelligence, talents, looks, shoes, or socks - whatever is used to inflate the ego.