229: Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires, the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and Social Policing

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Important Quotes from Famous People

  • "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." -- Henry Ford
  • "The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence." -- Charles Bukowski
  • "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." -- John D. Rockefeller
  • "Don't compare your behind-the-scenes to someone else's highlight reel." -- Pastor Steven Furtick
  • "Are you losing belief or do you just wish it was happening faster? Balance ambition with patience." -- Gary Vaynerchuk
  • "Every successful person has a rule to never spend more than 10% of time on a problem, but at least 90% on a solution" -- Anthony Robbins

Reminders from Robert Plank

  • People have less of what you have and are happy. Others have exactly what you want (if not more) and are unhappy.
  • Being upset or stressed about your business is a good thing if you channel it into something positive (growth)
  • You're exactly where you're supposed to be right now in your journey. The present probably came very close to not happening as it was supposed to, and the future is probably very close to not happening as it should
  • If things are tough, is it possible you're being setup for something better?
  • Haven't there been times when you enjoyed taking some action?
  • If things are difficult, it's because you're being tested. It's an opportunity for personal growth (feast and famine)
  • Your life isn't a straight line or a curve of up's and down's... it's a series of 3-5 year containers
  • Have an abundance mindset instead of a scarcity mindset (don't let the little stuff like grudges use up 100% of your CPU)

Talking Points

  • Be careful of social policing: it's not up to you to save the world, all you can do is look out for yourself first (but that includes feeling good about helping others)
  • Many people aren't calibrated to where they need to be -- Four Daily Tasks, thinking too far (or not enough) in the future or past
  • Have the right metric: make money, reduce hours... not just to "show off for them"
  • Excuses: "I'm tired" or "I don't have time" or "People aren't buying now" or "I need to wait until..."


  • Don't be a downer, a victim, a person who puts themselves down
  • Don't be a predictable, one-note, cardboard character
  • Don't give up, don't use any old excuse to stop unless you seriously believe it
  • Don't stop doing something unless you replace it with something else


  • Make it work even if it "seems" the universe is conspiring against you (even though it's not)
  • Decide to: let go, have boundaries, get the right priorities, and find the time
  • Switch gears, recharge your batteries and take time to calm down instead of just going through the motions
  • Wish you were better -- your best is enough but make sure it's your best
  • Use failure and frustration as fuel to do better in the future

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