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Do You Sharpen Your Saw?

I love reading. I started in early years and haven’t stopped.

However there were a couple of problems that I had a hard time to solve.

The first issue was that the pile of books and the list of books to buy grew really fast. I wanted to read so many of the books and I didn’t have enough time to do it.

Some days in my offline job I can listen to audio books and that is great. Below are some of the books I have listened to last year:

  • Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller (Actually you find it in Mentorbox also but I wanted the complete book)
  • Bold: How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • Exponential Organizations by Salim Ismail and Michael S. Malone
  • Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley
  • Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
  • Extreme Ownership By Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  • Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Wayne W. Dyer

But there were so many more I was interested in… But let’s first talk about the second problem.

As I have grown older or maybe it has to do with how busy I am, I don’t really know but I have found that I don’t remember as much as I would like to any more. Many of the audio books I have listened to I have re-listened several times but that is not very efficient.

Then I found out about Mentorbox. That was the perfect solution for me. It is a summary of important books in video format. Most of the time it is done by the authors themselves giving more information than we find if we only read the books.

In addition to the videos, there are audio versions and a written summary of the main points in the books. There is also a workbook where we can follow along and implement what we learn in the book to our own life’s and businesses. That is huge!

As you know, we learn in different ways and we learn better if we both write, listen and watch. And that is exactly what we get with Mentorbox.

What about the books that are chosen, you might ask? We can suggest books but most of them are chosen by the owners of Mentorbox. First I thought that was negative but after I saw the list of books that they have reviewed, I change my mind.

There are several books that I would never had known about without Mentorbox. As some wise man said: The most difficult things to learn is the ones that you don’t know that you don’t know. Something like that…

Here are a few of the books included…and there are new ones added weekly:

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
Money Master the Game by Anthony Robbins
How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Extreme Ownership by Leif Babin and Jocko Willink
Knowledge by Mark Cuban
Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Building a Storyband by Donald Miller (Don’t miss this one if you sell something!)

There are also live sessions about interesting and important subjects. Earlier today I listened to a favorite subject of mine…Getting into flow.

The only way to improve your life and business is by improving your knowledge. The best way to do that is by books. I could go on and tell you about the books but if you are interested you can check out Mentorbox by clicking the link. It gets my absolute highest recommendations.

I learn something new every day and so will you.

What about the saw in the headline?

The 7th habit in The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey is Sharpen the Saw. We have to learn if we want success and for me the most effective way is with Mentorbox.

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below.

P.S. Right now there is a 3 day free trial to test Mentorbox.

Click here to check it out!


My first steps with mindmapping

Mindmapping is an extremely effective tool to release the creativity in our minds. I have agreed to that statement for many years – and still haven’t started to use mindmaps.

Actually now I have made my first real mindmap about an upcoming product of mine. The result is that I will certainly use mindmaps from now on.

I have tried to use them several times but not found them very effective. The reason for that is probably that I haven’t taken the time to learn how to use them.

This time was different as I was asked by my mentor that I should make a mindmap for my product. Paying for a mentor and not follow his advice is not recommended. Ok, I haven’t done absolutely everything he has suggested and there are several reasons for that. If you are interested in my mentor journey I have a different post about that.

There are several free versions of mindmaps and I downloaded FreeMind. You find it here.

I am not sure why, but 99% of the time I try out a new software I believe that I can use it without checking the manual.

To be honest, I try most everything without checking any manual. Maybe it is my nature…or maybe it is a guy thing. I don’t know. 🙂

That is probably also the reason for not using mindmaps earlier in my life.

So, I downloaded the software and started to use it right away. Well, I tried and found out that I would lose my mind trying to found out how to use it on my own. And, why should I? I search Youtube and found several videos about how to use FreeMind.

I watched 3 of them and this one was my favorite.

The video will not show every feature of FreeMind but it was enough for me at this stage. I wanted to make a basic layout for every part of my product and it was really effective and easy after watching the video.

If you haven’t used mindmaps before, I highly recommend them. FreeMind was my choice and I haven’t tried any other.

The conclusion of my first steps with FreeMind is that I should start to read/watch manuals. There might be some valuable ideas that I have missed because I didn’t take the time to learn about mindmapping several years ago.

Are you using mindmaps? Please let me know in the comments below.

Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

I don’t make any New Years Resolutions. Maybe I did when I was a kid.

Or maybe I should say that I make them every month and every day actually.

The only way to success is to follow true the plans we have. And we have plans every day. We might not think about them as plans but they still are there.

We go to work, we have specific tasks that have to be done at work, we work out or maybe we have a resting day, we meet with friends and family…everything we do is somthing we first planned to do and then executed.

People that are very impulsive don’t need much planning time and seem to get an idea and directly do what they planned.

My strategy is to always have a plan for the future and try to follow the steps that I have laid out to get the results I desire.

That’s why I don’t do any special resolutions at the new year.

That being said, next year will be a bit different. As a matter of fact it will be very different.

For the first time in my life I have hired a coach or mentor to guide me to get better results with my online business. His name is John Thornhill and I will make a another post about the mentorship later.

This is both exiting and also a real challenge. I think I am a good listener but I am used to do things my own way. There might be some issues when I think that I have a better solution than John suggests. In such situations I have to remember the differences in my and John’s incomes :-).

Right now I am only 3 weeks in the program and the interesting fact is that actually I haven’t learned anything new yet. Still I think it is one of the best decisions I have mad in my business career. How is that possible you might think?

Even if I have known what I should do, I have not done the right things. This is strange but I have noticed this before. One example is how I handle the paperwork when I work for other people compared to when I do it in my own business. There is a huge difference. When I handle other people’s papers, everything is in perfect order. In my own business I have not prioritized that kind of work resulting in a lot more time to do the tasks later.

As you probably understand, one thing that I will concentrate on in 2018 is to follow the directions I get from my mentor.

Two other important parts that I will continue next year are the physical and mental training. More about these in coming posts as well.

Do you have any new years resolutions? Let me know in the comments.

How Do You Find New Ideas?

What do you do to get your creativity and inspiration flow? Finding new ideas?

I have two main ways to do this.

1. To meditate. I have used Holosync for meditate for seven years. There have been some brakes but I have always got back to this habit.

One of the things I don’t like about it is the fact that it takes about one hour to complete a session. Well, session might not be the right word but you listen to an audio and that audio is one hour long.

So why have I come back to Holosync? There are several reasons but the main one is certainly that I get so many new good ideas when I meditate.

2. The second way to get my creativity on fire is training. I like to ride a bike and also all forms of resistance training. In order to get creative ideas from training I have to push myself really hard. In Finnish there is a saying that we train or compete with “verenmaku suussa”. That means something like… to train to a level when we get a taste of blood in the mouth :-).

Very well. There are my main ways to find new ideas.

OK, now I got to think of a third one that I haven’t used for some time…. I love the nature and walking in a forest or just to sit down on a stone and listen to the silence has sometimes been useful for my creativity.

I think I have 3 solid ways to spice up my thinking. But there is a problem…. I have thought about something for several months now and I don’t get any answers from my unconscious mind. Not even a tiny little hint.

So. what is this compelling question that have bothered me so long?

I want to figure out what my passion is.

I am about to create a new product and I would like to make it about something that is really close to my heart.

Yes, I have some ideas but I am not sure if they really fit in the category of passion.

If I check the hard drive on my computers I also find 2 products that are almost done. The downside about them is that they are not up to date.

Maybe I have to go broader in my thinking. What are my core values? What do I really mean with the word passion?

Do you have any ideas about how to get the right answers to difficult questions? Let me know!

Sisu – The Unfair Advantage – Do You Have It?

Do you know what Sisu is?

Did  you know that  we Finns are born with an almost unfair advantage in different sports  and also in business. In Finnish it’s called sisu and  it is a bit  difficult to explain. Perseverance might be the best English word but there is a lot more to sisu than perseverance. Words like stubborn, determination, to never complain, attitude, tenacious are other words used to explain sisu. 

When  I  checked Google for the word I found several videos on Youtube on the  subject. There was one that was really outstanding by Christoffer Weiss. I watched it 2 times and 1 more now when finishing this article.  Here is the link to Youtube:

The start is a bit slow but keep watching….it will be interesting. A lot more interesting than my notes about it :-).

He  talks about the fact(?) that it might be true that we Finns are not  known for our marketing and branding skills. He compare some Swedish and  Finnish brands and the Swedish ones are more known at least to his  audience. It is probably true :-).

Then he is telling the story  about his grandfather when he was in the second war war. He was badly  injured and the army doctor had to make the though decision:

“This one is gone…”

Then the Finnish SISU kicked in: “NO, I AM NOT DONE YET!!”

He  survived and lived with a prostheses years after. Ha had a lot of pain but  his answer to the questions was: “There is always someone who’s got  things worse than me”.

A wonderful attitude.

My  own grandfather, Uno, was also in 3 wars. He never wanted to talk about  the experience but I understood that the only way to understand, was to  participate.

Uno also had a fantastic attitude to life. I hope that I have inherited some of his wisdom and that I can pass it to my sons and my grand children.

Is   sisu something only Finns have. Certainly not. But I think it is a  good tradition and maybe Finns talk about it more than in other  countries.  I live in Sweden now and I have lived in Norway for 2 years  but in these countries there isn’t anything like sisu. Talking about the  advantage in sports might not be true when looking at Norway’s success  in winter sports. It seems that the Finnish sisu isn’t enough to beat  the Norwegians in cross country skiing.

Actually I don’t  know if there is something comparable in another country. Please let me  know if you  have an idea about something like sisu.

I want to finish this with the wonderful and inspiring words from Christoffer Weiss grandfather:
“We  have a responsibility to not repeat actions that lead to conflict, to  not repeat words that lead to hatred, to not repeat thoughts that lead  to misunderstanding and separation, but live from a level of love,  understanding, unity and humor.”

We all have it – sisu

The $3799901 Lesson With Bitcoin

Why I didn’t buy 200 Bitcoin when I could.

As I am a person that likes to try new things and the fact that I have been very active on the Internet since 2004, I considered to buy 200 Bitcoins when they were valued at $10.

I didn’t.

At this very moment the value of 200 Bitcoins is 3799901.00 US Dollar.

I did buy something with the $2000. Maybe I reveal what it was but the sad fact is that I haven’t made anything at all with it…yet.

It is a licensed product and the potential to make some serious money with it, is good. But as always if you want some results, you have to take massive action. I haven’t done that yet.

How do I feel about this, you might wonder? Well, I suppose it would be a lye to tell you that I don’t care. Of course I am sorry that I didn’t make that investment. But it isn’t anything that keep me awake at night. I now that there was something to learn and as the bill for this lecture was almost $4 million it has to be good.

What have I learned?

I hope there is something more that I haven’t found out yet. Right now I don’t feel that there are any really profound wisdom in this story.

Who knows, it could be as easy as this blog post could lead to something very positive. Maybe I meet someone who reads it and we build a new exponential business together :-).

The first thing that come to my mind is action. You have to take action in order to get any results. I did buy something but I haven’t done anything with it. That is actually something that bothers me more than the lost investment in BTC. And I don’t have any really good reasons why I haven’t trued to make some sales with the licensed product. I could list some, but they are all pore excuses and not worth to mention.

It is really difficult to find anything else that I have learned from this. Strange! Maybe it has affected my unconscious mind. That’s why I don’t get any ideas about what I have learned. Interesting.

Maybe I am capable of not thinking that much about things that I can’t do anything about. My meditation has helped me a lot with letting go of things that I cant control.

I suppose that I will be back when I get some more ideas about what I have learned. Right now I feel that even if the price tag of the lecture is huge, the real value isn’t that great. Isn’t that exactly how the school is today. But that is not something for this blog post.

What about you? Have you made any good or bad investments that you have learned from? Please let me know!

Don’t blow your given gift!

There are so many deep wisdom’s in this video. I have watched it many times and get back to it again and again.

I also have tried to live in a way where I really follow my intentions.

On my About page I will get more detailed about get different parts of my life. I have tried a lot…. 🙂

The video below is about what I have in mind for this blog. There has been this idea about helping people. Get people to smile and feel great again. My ideas are still wage and I don’t have any idea about what the end result will be. To be honest…who knows the end result of any great adventure.

Watch the video and let me know what you think.

Why Time Is More Important Than Money

How many hours do you have in a normal day?

As this isn’t an article about time travel, I think that you agree that we all have the same 24hours at our disposal. And as far as I know, every day I have spent every single second in some way…

And in that last phrase is the hidden key to an effective life where we get everything done in work and we also have a meaningful time with your family and friends.

Every second counts and the key to avoid wasting time is effective planning.

Do you think that the idea of time management is so that you can cram more work into fewer hours? That’s what many people think but it’s not the correct answer. Time management allows you to make the most of your work hours while still having a life outside of work. Now that’s a concept too many people miss.

Does it matter to you to have leisure time or time with your family? Some people have missed out on this for so long that they don’t miss it anymore. They have given up the idea of having time for themselves.

That’s really unfortunate and unnecessary. It’s like the old saying, “Some people trade time for money while other people trade money for time.” Then there are those entrepreneurial types who insist that you can have both time and money if you plan effectively.

If you could find the time to do what really matters to you, what would be included in that time?  Make a list and be specific. Don’t just say, “travel” – put down your real dream.

Maybe you have dreamed of taking a month off and backpacking around Europe or camping at several national parks on a drive across America. Those dreams take more than money, they take time off. If you only have a week or two of vacation, how would you get the time needed?

Or would you like to go back and finish a college degree or earn an advanced degree? When you work during the day, you have a limited amount of time at night for classes. That might mean you work full time and take longer to complete the degree.

Another option is to reduce your lifestyle expenses, cut back to part time at work and free more hours to complete your degree faster. What really matters to you? How can you balance time and money to make these dreams become reality?

Whatever your dream, you can begin to align your time toward achieving that dream. It may mean that you work overtime to save money or take a second job for a year. Or you may have to extend the time to reach your dream to accrue enough vacation time to make the time off possible. It’s all about planning your time as well as your money.

Time management is so often thought of as a way to do more work in a given day. It’s also your ally in arranging your life and work so that you can fulfill your dreams. If only you could see this positive aspect of time management, then you might stop looking at it as if it’s another burden. Hours tick by whether or not you plan them. Hours become days to months and years while many people only talk about the dreams that they “don’t have time” to enjoy.

If you wait for extra time to magically appear in your life, you’ll wait forever and nothing changes. By using time management to support your dreams, then every day you get closer to what really matters to you.

To start, you can look at the calendar three to five years from today. Make the time you would like to leave for your extended vacation or the semester you want to enroll in college. Then count backwards for the number of days (months). As you divide that time into blocks of smaller preparation tasks, you begin to prepare to make the dream possible.

Even while waiting, you have the satisfaction of doing something regularly, investing time in planning and taking action toward your goals. When you identify what really matters in the big picture, then you find it easier to use time wisely today to set up your future goal.

What about the question if time is more valuable than money? My opinion is that it certainly is – there is always more money to be made but every second we lose/spend is impossible to get back.

There will be a lot more about goal setting and time management. Stay tuned!

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