It’s never been too late.

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Have you ever wanted to do something extraordinarily such as running a marathon, taking a karate class, participating in ironman triathlon, or becoming an entrepreneur … but you stopped yourself immediately: “It’s too late. I am too old.”

If you have, you are not alone. In my life coaching journey, I have met many who after discovering their dream immediately stopped themselves with this though: “I am too old.” They wished they had met me 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or even 30 years ago. I wished so too, though I would have no idea what I would have said to them if they met me 10,20, 30 years ago. Shifting their mindset from “it’s too late” to “I must start now or it will be too late” was a miracle to them.

The following examples helped many and my sincere hope is that you will see for yourself: Start now, it’s never too late.

Julia Child did not learn to cook until she was 40. Yet, she became one of the most famous chefs in history.

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Susan Boyle came to Britain’s Got Talent when she was 48. She was an instant hit with her song: “I dreamed a dream.” She amassed a net worth of over $37 million since then.

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Ray Kroc met McDonald brothers when he was 52. He convinced McDonald brothers to let him help with the franchises. Later on, Ray convinced McDonald brothers to sell their business to him. Ray went on to become a billionaire. McDonald is now the most successful burger franchise in the world.

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Nola Ochs graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas in 2007 when she was 95. In 2010, Nola received her master degree. She started writing her first book when she turned 100.

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Helen Klein was 55 when she started training with her husband for his marathon. She smoked for 25 years and had never run a mile in her life before that. She completed more than 60 marathons and 140 ultramarathons. Helen ran five 100-mile mountain trail events within 16 weeks when she was 66.  She ran 145 miles across Sahara when she was 72. Yet, she only started when she was 55.

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Recently I was inspired by T.Boone Pickens who was a very successful oil man. He was forced out of his company at 68. At the same time, he went through a nasty divorce. Never a believer in stopping or retiring, Pickens picked himself up again to form a start-up with 5 employees trading futures. He studied for the commodity trading license and took the test 6 times before passing. From a small start-up, Pickens turned it into a power house and made himself a multi-billionaire. He became more successful after 68 than ever before.

It’s never too late to do anything.

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Leaders are readers

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When Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

Buffett devotes 80% of his day to read between 600 and 1000 pages per day.

Bill Gates reads about one book a week, which is about 50 books per year.

Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours per day.

Elon Musk, when asked how he built rockets, said that he reads books. Musk read 2 books a day, 10 hours a day, and had a book in his hand all the time when he was just a young boy. He buried himself into all the bookstore and library wherever he went.

Mark Zuckerburg read a book every two weeks in 2015.

Warren Bennis, a pioneer of leadership studies, said that one of the marvelous things about life is that any gaps in your education can be filled, whatever your age or situation, by reading, and thinking about what you read.

Books to read if you want to get rich in 2018 (source: CNBC):

  1. Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill
  2. Business Adventure by John Brooks
  3. Your money or your life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, and Monique Tilford
  4. Unshakable by Tony Robbins
  5. The little book of common sense investing by John C. Bogle

Here are some of the books billionaires read:

  1. “Business Adventures” by John Brooks
  2. “String Theory” by David Foster Wallace
  3. “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight
  4. “The Myth of the Strong Leader” by Archie Brown
  5. “The Grid” by Gretchen Bakke
  6. “A Full Life” by Jimmy Carter
  7. “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
  8. “Portfolios of the Poor” by Daryl Collins
  9. “Creativity, Inc.” by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
  10. “The Idea Factory” by Jon Gertner
  11. “Dealing with China” by Henry M. Paulson
  12. “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro
  13. “Built to Last” by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras
  14. “Creation” by Steve Grand
  15. “Good to Great” by Jim Collins
  16. “The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton Christensen
  17. “Sam Walton: Made in America” by Sam Walton
  18. “Lean Thinking” by James Womanck and Daniel Jones
  19. “Memos from the Chairman” by Alan Greenberg
  20. “The Mythical Man-Month” by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
  21. “The Goal” by Eliyahu Goldratt, Jeff Cox and David Whitford
  22. “Data-Driven Marketing” by Mark Jeffery
  23. “Structures” by J.E. Gordon
  24. “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” by Walter Isaacson
  25. “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson
  26. “Superintelligence” by Nick Bostrom
  27. “Merchants of Doubt” by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes
  28. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
  29. “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
  30. The “Foundation” trilogy by Isaac Asimov
  31. “Why Nations Fail” by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
  32. “The Rational Optimist” by Matt Ridley
  33. “Now, Discover Your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
  34. “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway
  35. “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman
  36. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  37. “The Four Agreements” by Miguel Ruiz
  38. “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande
  39. “The Score Takes Care of Itself” by Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison and Craig Walsh
  40. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell
  41. “Crush It!” by Gary Vaynerchuk
  42. “Peak” by Chip Conley
  43. “The $100 Startup” by Chris Guillebeau
  44. “The Charisma Myth” by Olivia Fox Cabane
  45. “The Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman
  46. “The American Challenge” by Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber
  47. “The Great Illusion” by Norman Angell
  48. “The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolfe
  49. “Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World” by Rene Girard, Stephen Bann and Michael Metteer

Books that teach you how to be rich:

  1. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
  2. “The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham
  3. “Your Money or Your Life” by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, and Monique Tilford
  4. “How Rich People Think” by Steve Siebold
  5. “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason
  6. “The Automatic Millionaire” by David Bach
  7. “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
  8. “The Little Book of Common Sense Investing” by John C. Bogle
  9. “Rich Habits” by Thomas Corley
  10. “Born Rich” by Bob Proctor

And my favorite list, which Warren Buffett recommended in his annual letters:

  1. The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham
  2. Security Analysis, by Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd
  3. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, by Philip Fisher
  4. Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, by Tim Geithner
  5. The Essays of Warren Buffett, by Warren Buffett
  6. Jack: Straight from the Gut, by Jack Welch
  7. The Outsiders, by William Thorndike Jr.
  8. The Clash of the Cultures, by John Bogle
  9. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street, by John Brooks
  10. Where Are the Customers’ Yachts? by Fred Schwed
  11. Essays in Persuasion, by John Maynard Keynes
  12. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, by Jack Bogle
  13. Poor Charlie’s Almanack, edited by Peter Kaufman
  14. The Most Important Thing Illuminated, by Howard Marks
  15. Dream Big, by Cristiane Correa
  16. First a Dream, by Jim Clayton and Bill Retherford
  17. Take on the Street, by Arthur Levitt

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20 minutes that can change your life

20 minutes that can really change your life. REALLY!

I came across a teaching from Earl Nightingale on the subject of 20 minutes that can change your life. Here’s my summary of what Earl taught.

Ninety five percent of the people in the world would rather die than think. Three percent think they think. Only two percent of the people think. Those two percent sit on the top of list of the wealthiest people.

People are not poor because they want to be poor. They are poor because they do not decide to be rich. Those who earn more money are those who decide to earn more. Decide right now that you will be wealthy. Write down the amount of money you want to make annually.

Ideas are free. One idea can make you rich. So how do you come up with ideas? and how to make yourself think?

Start waking up a little earlier. If you wake up an hour earlier than you are used to, for 5 days per week, you will get 5 hours extra. For a year, you will have 260 hours extra or 32.5 8-hour days. Use this time to think and come up with ideas.

Now, before you begin, get yourself a cup of coffee or tea or do a small exercise to be fully fresh and ready. With a notepad and a pen:

  1. Sit down
  2. Write on top of the notepad your goal
  3. Ask yourself: “what will help me move closer to my goal?”, “what are some ways to increase my contribution or services?”, “how can I improve what I am currently doing?”
  4. Write down all ideas that come to your mind. Write everything down even the most stupid idea. Try to write down at least 5 ideas.

If you write down 5 ideas per day for 5 days per week, you will get 25 ideas per week. For a year, you will get 1300 ideas. The law of average will work in your favor. At least one idea will make you rich.

What else will this practice do to you? It will help you focus on your goal and help keep your goal in presence.

Another critical lesson also from Earl Nightingale is that over 95% of people coming across this little secret will not put it to practice. They just listen or read without actually sitting down with a pen and a notepad. That’s why majority of people stay poor. If you don’t have a role model, look at what everyone else is doing and don’t do the same.

Pick up your pen and notepad. Start writing down ideas that can make you rich. This is a great and simple start.

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About the author: Hoan Do is a certified leadership coach. Hoan have led multiple teams at Symantec Inc. across the globe delivering world-class solutions to protect consumers and businesses. Hoan is an expert in building highly performing teams. He believes that the best leader is the leader that could grow his followers to be leaders. Hoan has been organizing mastermind groups to share with other leaders about transformational leadership and coaching. He has trained many leaders via mastermind groups, workshops, and one-on-one coaching.

If you are curious about the above method and how you can apply it to your life successfully, open your email and send me an inquiry at coach@hoanmdo.com

PS: Earl Nightingale’s the strangest secret: 

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How to guard yourself against negative influences

 

Negative influence is everywhere. It exists outside you. You can sense it through your five physical senses: hear, see, touch, taste, smell. It exists within you in form of thought. Negative influence often work on you through subconscious mind, therefore, they are difficult to detect.

Napoleon Hills stated that the most common weakness of all human being is the habit of leaving their mind open to the negative influence of other people. This is damaging as most people do not recognize that they are cursed by it. Even if they acknowledge it, they neglect or refuse to correct it until it becomes an uncontrollable part of their daily habits.

Clean out your medicine chest, throw away all pill bottles, and stop pandering to colds, aches, pains, and imaginary illness.

Keep your mind closed against all people who depress or discourage you in any way.

Do not expect troubles as they have a tendency not to disappoint.

Use your willpower to build a wall of immunity against negative influences in your own mind.

AND the BEST way is to deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to THINK AND ACT FOR YOURSELF.

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Hoan has immense leadership and business knowledge. With a heart to truly add value and help people reach their full potential. This is a perfect combination for growth. He is able to help people new to business as well as people with decades of experience.

1. Jo Whipp – Leadership coach, speaker, and trainer

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