Inspiration

Nobody Sees Your Past Except You

We've all heard the story of Paul Revere and his Midnight Ride. It's been taught in all of our history books. Paul Revere set out on horseback to alert the American militia that the British were coming. yet that story is highly inaccurate

Our history books don't talk about the other people who rode along with Paul Revere. They don't talk about William Dawes or Samuel Prescott. William Dawes actually travelled further than Paul Revere, and Samuel Prescott was the only one to reach his destination to warn the militia that the British were coming. Paul Revere never made it to his destination, instead he was arrested by the British. Yet we never hear about that. We just hear about The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. Why is that? Because it's a story that inspires. It's a hero's story. Its a story that people want to hear.

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What does this have to do with you and me? I recently read an article from Jason Feifer, the editor of Entrepreneur magazine. He talked about the time when he was a guest on an online talk show. Afterward a lady stood up and said that she had encountered countless setbacks and many obstacles in her career, she felt like she was stagnating, and she didn't know how to push forward. Jason responded, "Nobody sees your past except you."

Every single day we see stories being told on social media. Some people only talk about the positive things in their lives, and others share every flaw and every setback they encounter. If you want to be successful in life, and if you want to be successful in your career, share your stories in a way that instills confidence and inspires the people around you. 

Throughout my career I've had plenty of setbacks, but most people don't hear about that. All they see is the successful corporate entertainer who gets to travel the world doing something he loves to do. Very few people know about the ten years I spent as a professional musician playing in night clubs, struggling to make ends meet, not having any money, and at the end of those ten years not having anything to show for it, and then being suicidal at the end of it all. Most people don't hear that story. They don't hear about the trials, challenges, and sacrifices I've had to make to get to the point where I am today where I get to enjoy the success I've achieved.

You don't hear about those struggles. You only hear the stories that I want you to hear. Even right now, you're only hearing the story I want to tell.

So how do you want your story to be told?

Share the stories that are going to instill confidence and inspire others. Be an attractive person, and you don't do that by talking about all the bad things that have happened to you in your life. You can talk about those things just like I did a moment ago, but you don't want that to be the focus of what you talk about. You don't want people thinking they don't want to associate with you, because all you talk about is the negativity that is going on in the world. Instead be a beacon of light that shows the positivity that emanates from you. Instill confidence and inspire others, and you will see that your success will grow.

Tell your story in a way that you want it to be told.

(About the author: Lou Serrano is a keynote speaker, corporate entertainer, and business consultant to other small business owners. He travels the world inspiring the people around him.)

"80% of Success is Showing Up."

Woody Allen is famously quoted as saying, "80% of success is showing up." What does that mean? If you want to get in good physical shape, and you show up at the gym, you are 80% there, because you'll probably work out. If you want to be a screenplay writer, you have to show up by putting words on a page. If you want to be a keynote speaker, you have to show up and speak in front of an audience, but first you must declare!

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You must declare who you want to be, and then show up as that person. Back in January of 2013 I wrote a blog post To Be... You Must Do. It goes into more detail about this subject.

Who do you want to be? Declare you are that person, show up as that person, and be that person. 

The video above goes into much more detail and the concept is a main contributor to my success.

(About the Author: Lou Serrano is a professional speaker, entertainer, and business consultant. He travels the world being the person he has declared himself to be.)

 

 

 

What Would You Do If You Won $86,400?

Imagine you just won a prize, and every single day your bank deposits exactly $86,400 into your bank account for you to spend however you wish. But there are two stipulations. First, you have to spend all the money by the end of the day, or you lose it. You can't transfer it to another account. You can't save it for a rainy day. You either spend the money or you lose it. The second stipulation is that the bank can decide to stop making those deposits anytime it chooses. Until that time comes, the bank will continue to deposit exactly $86,400. What would you do with the money?

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The truth is we already have an account that is similar, because every single day we all have exactly 86,400 seconds to our day, and if we choose to not spend that time wisely, we can't roll over that time to the next day, and we can't transfer it to another account. We either use it or lose it.

We often think that if we just had a few more hours we could accomplish more in our day. yet there other people who accomplish ten times as much as we do in the exact same amount of time. So what is stopping us? How will you use your time? Will you let that time waste away, or will we use it to accomplish your goals and live your dreams?

(About the author: Lou Serrano is professional entertainer, keynote speaker, and business consultant to other small business owners. He is dedicated to helping others achieve the success they truly desire.)