My friend and I were talking about young internet entrepreneurs. Mostly making fun of them, but below the surface lies something else.
It’s not the big money, flashy cars or videos shot in tropical location that makes us talk about them.
It’s the mindset of staying focused and getting things done.
One of these entrepreneurs shows up in my YouTube advertisements constantly. He shows off a villa (probably in Spain) and has a whiteboard.
On this whiteboard is, among other keywords, the phrase ‘Input = Output’.
Bottom line of his advertisement is that if you put in standard actions, you get standard results. The other bottom line is to buy his course to get rich quickly.
I don’t want to quit Uni, and I don’t need to get rich quickly. But the ‘Input = Output’ thing connected with me.
This is not a new concept, at least to me. My dad (s/o) used to say the phrase ‘Action, reaction’ to me when I was a toddler, before the sperm cell that made this entrepreneur was even in the balls of his father.
What is ‘action – reaction’?
Action – Reaction
Action – reaction is the principle that states that every action you take has an effect.
It’s the principle that delivers the results after you put in the work.
It’s the foundation of working, working out, studies, business and positive psychology.
Let me put it into some examples for you.
Let’s say you wake up but decide on the action to pull the bed sheets over your head ‘one more time’.
The reaction will be that you will wake up late. The effects of your action is that your day starts less than optimally.
You want to turn it around, so you decide to do some pushups, situps and squats. Great stuff, great idea.
If you just keep at it, you will see muscular improvement over time and an increase in how many reps you can do in one set.
Regarding the introductory entrepreneurs statement about ‘standard actions deliver standard results’: Standard results are better than no results, and standard results are often the most sustainable. See how far taking shortcuts gets you.
It takes some real discipline to keep going against all odds. The good news is that according to research you can develop discipline. You can’t blame your lack of character on your upbringing anymore.
The secret formula is:
Think where you want to be in the future. Work on it six days a week. Take one day off to reflect. See results develop over time.
Long story short: If you want to get from A to B, you can’t get around putting in the required work.
If you want to hike 3000 kilometres the only way you will complete your goal is if you keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Until the next time.