Monthly Archives: September 2012

How To Solve Long Bathroom Lines

While at Oktoberfest in Germany we were amazed at how long the bathroom lines are. Everything was SO efficient except for the bathroom lines. By logic given to me by my girlfriend, we may be able to stop this international dilemma that is unnecessarily long lines in pubic bathrooms. All you need to remember to help end this tragedy is my girlfriends saying, “Leaders Flush”

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How To Solve Long Bathroom Lines

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I am writing this on a plan ride home from Germany where a group of friends and I went to celebrate Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is one of the largest two-week celebrations in the world. We just went for the opening weekend but we were all amazed at how well managed the crowds as well as service was with all the celebrating patrons. On thing that amazed me the most were the lines for the Bathrooms. Everything was SO efficient except for the bathroom lines. By logic given to me by my girlfriend, we may be able to stop this international dilemma that is unnecessarily long lines in pubic bathrooms. All you need to remember to help end this tragedy is my girlfriends saying, “Leaders Flush”

Before I get started in the Leaders Flush concept, guys, if you’re in a relationship, even though we rarely want to hear anyone’s opinion, make sure you ask your girlfriend. Talk about a difference of opinion. I have been saved multiple times from making a bad/dumb decision just because I asked my girlfriend. Girls this is not that we need to ask for permission but we should ask for opinion and actually listen. Even in business decisions that my girlfriend has NO experience, I could comfortably say when she has a “weird feeling” about something, she is about 90% correct.

Anyway, back to “Leaders Flush”, the $500 Millionaire always stresses that it is sometimes the simplest things that need to be done in order to achieve success. My girlfriend informed me that one of the main causes of why the lines of the women’s restrooms are so long has a lot to do with women choosing not to use a stall if it is dirty. I mean even the slightest look of use could have a women wait for the next available stall. EVEN a small peace of toilet paper in the toilet, most females will opt to not use that stall.

Guys, we are no better, first thing I thought was how ridiculous that was and how guys would not do that…WRONG. If a toilet looks like it has been used or is not in pristine shape, it turns out we opt out of that stall. THAT IS NUTS. All you have to do is flush. Simple solution to stop a massive problem and we still choose to wait.

So where does this lesson relate to life, success, and all the other concepts the $500 Millionaire has taught us, well it is simple… “Leaders Flush.” That is it. Leaders are willing to do the things that most people don’t want to do. On of my favorite lines on successful people is, “Successful people do what unsuccessful people avoid.” Leaders are willing to do the less glamorous work, so the rest of the operation can succeed. If a leader sees trash on the ground, even as a customer, true leaders will pick it up. It is the little things that leaders always have NO PROBLEMS DOING.Image

A leader is willing to flush. A leader does not wait for someone else to handle the problem; a leader just does it. The only goal of a true leader is the over all success of the team or operation.

It is amazing that this simple concept is such a major cause of many issues in today’s society. The $500 Millionaire for years has been saying that people need to just take responsibility for them. The book “I Can Fix America” by David Duley, shows 52 ways individuals can really start helping out by just taking responsibility. I might suggest he adds flushing the toilet in the revised copy. Leaders are willing to do the right thing when it needs to be done, whether they want to or not. The $500 Millionaire is certain that if people had more self-responsibility and spent less time waiting for someone else to take action, we would be in a much better place.

Everyone is spending more time complaining, or waiting to use a clean toilette, instead of taking actions to get desired outcome. When I told the $500 Millionaire about my girlfriend’s brilliant revelation, he loved that even such a simple example is so applicable.

This is challenge to all of you leaders from myself, the $500 Millionaire, and my girlfriend, you should no longer stand for the long bathroom lines. Like flushing a toilet, be willing to do the not so glamorous things in your life if it helps you, your team, or your family get closer to the end goal. Be willing to be a leader. Something as simple as flushing a toilet can do wonders for the people behind you. Or going into a stall and all it needs is to be flushed and it can be used. Be willing to do those little things. Pick up a piece of paper if it is on the floor, help someone if they need help, and do what needs to be done; not just what wants to be done.

ImageRemember this next time you are at an event and there is a long line at the bathrooms. Be a leader, help the cause and flush so the stalls can be used. Together we can stop this global problem by individuals taking responsibility. Please share this with 10 of your closest friends and together we can end this tragic event. Send this to 10 of your friends who have experienced longer than necessary lines for the bathroom and the world could be much more efficient. The $500 Millionaire feels that if we can get 1000 followers of this blog and 1000 likes of this post than maybe we can help end the long bathroom lines are public events.


How to turn a Game of Chance into a Game Of Choice

 

How to turn a Game of Chance into a Game Of Choice.

Gambling at a casino is just boring but if you want a big safe bet, look at you daily life.   It is more fun, more rewarding, and you have a WAY greater chance of winning than any casino game.


How to turn a Game of Chance into a Game Of Choice

I have always been impressed by casinos for both their beauty and their unique business model.  Every time I go to the casino, the $500 Millionaire tells me all the time that he takes enough risks every day, why would he gamble at a casino.  I always told him he didn’t understand and it was just different and just a fun time. For some reason, this weekend I have finally understood what he meant when he would tell me that gambling at a casino is just boring but if you want a big safe bet, look at you daily life.   It is more fun, more rewarding, and you have a WAY greater chance of winning than any casino game.

Since I enjoy casinos, whenever this discussion would come up, I started bringing up all the different odds and expressed to the $500 Millionaire how certain games have bad odds but some games have better odds.  The $500 Millionaire says that casinos only need to do one thing, they need to have a greater that 50% chance of winning and its customers need to have greater than 50% chance of losing.  In order for a casino to become successful there needs to be more losers than winners.  In life, the customer (You) never has to lose.

One term you will hear used in the casino industry is the Law of Large Numbers. This term is as real in life as it is on the casino floor.  The Law of Large Numbers states that with enough events occurring, the outcomes of those events are predictable.  This means on a game of chance, if you play long enough, over time, with enough bets, you should see a very predictable set out outcomes.  With that being said, in a game of chance, like in the game of life, there is always a chance for you to win but there is usually an equal or greater chance for you to lose.  When playing a game of chance, the more you play, the better you chances are of losing.  In life it is different.

Now this is not a lesson on how to win in a casino but there is a strange correlation between a game of chance and the game of life.  When you are at the casino, there are certain rules to each game.  If you do not play by those rules, there is an even GREATER chance that you will lose or not win the most you possibly can.  This is the same in life.  Life has a very specific set of rules.   If you follow these rules, you will have a much better chance to win.  If you do not follow those rules, you have a greater chance to miss out on an opportunity or not reach your full potential.

So now it was starting to make sense to me.  If I follow the rules, I will win but I was wondering why even when we follow the rules, we sometimes lose.  The $500 millionaire reminded me that just like a game on the casino floor, life is a game of SOME chance but there is one main difference.  On the casino floor, with any game assuming you wouldn’t cheat, there is no way for you to change the predictability or chance of an outcome.  No matter how good your strategy, skill, and knowledge might be, you can never change the odds in a true game of chance.  In life you can because life is not just a game of CHANCE, but instead a game of CHOICE.  By your direct actions taken, you can better predict the outcome of a situation.  You can have the odds in your favor if you choose.  You can partially predict what will happen in your life.

Like a casino, the law of large numbers works out to be in your favor.  In a casino game, with enough cards pulled, dice rolled, or numbers selected, the house has a better than 50% chance of winning.  With the game of life, with the correct steps taken, over time, you will have a better than 50% of winning.  Those are odds the $500 Millionaire will always take.

The concept here is that just because you do something right once does not mean you will get the outcome you want.  You need to understand that just because you write you goals, read a book, submit a proposal; it does not mean you will get what you want.  If you were to use Law of Large Numbers to your benefit like a casino does, the more times you continue to do something, the better the odds are that you will achieve it.  If the Law of Large Numbers does not make sense to you, you can use the word persistence, if you are doing the right thing over and over again, eventually you will get the outcome you are looking for.  It can happen the first time, or it can happen on the 10,000th time, but the $500 Millionaire is confident that with enough of doing the right thing, you will get what you want.  Be persistent and understand it sometimes will work right away and sometimes you need to keep going to better your odds.

Always remember like the $500 Millionaire has told us in past posts that there are natural laws and you need to make sure you are doing the correct method and taking the correct steps to get what you want.  If you take a ball and hold it out to the side and drop it, the ball will go down.  You can do this a million times and until you use a different method, the ball will do the same thing.  As you start working towards a goal, you want to modify your method as you go along to make sure it is a workable and successful method, once you know it is the best method, then you can start using the Law of Large Numbers (Persistence) in your favor.

Knowing what is the best method is not always easy to figure.  Knowing what is right and what is wrong can also be difficult.  There are tons of books and guides that will help you figure this out but the one thing that the $500 Millionaire has found to be the best way to get what you want is to find someone who has already done it. Find a mentor.  If you find someone who has already done what you want done all you have to do is ask them how they did it.  You might be surprised how many people will tell you the secret to their success.  If it is a true success story, one thing you most likely will hear is that they had to do something multiple times before they were able to get it right.

Remember there will be times when you think you are doing everything right but for some reason you are not getting the outcomes you want.  The first thing the $500 Millionaire would suggest is to re-evaluate your methods and once you see that it is not your methods (although it usually is your methods) then you need to understand that burning desire and unstoppable persistence (Law of Large Numbers) will get you whatever you might want.

Please feel free to pass this along to anyone who you know that could benefit from reading this.  If you know someone who is just a good person but is having a hard time feel free to send them this.


Proving it Wrong Is Easy But Can you Prove it Wright??? I challenge you!

All throughout school we are taught to use the scientific method for problem solving.  Create a hypothesis and then prove it wrong.  If you cannot prove it wrong, than it must be a truth.  In science this makes sense but this is one of many things the $500 Millionaire feels some people are not able to achieve their goals.   Unsuccessful people tend to find flaws and prove why it won’t work and successful people only reach success when they make it work.  Which one are you?  Where are focusing your energy?  Do you try to prove it doesn’t work (Fail) or do you try to prove that it does work (Success)?

Proving it Wrong Is Easy But Can you Prove it Wright??? I challenge you!.


Proving it Wrong Is Easy But Can you Prove it Wright??? I challenge you!

ImageAll throughout school we are taught to use the scientific method for problem solving.  Create a hypothesis and then prove it wrong.  If you cannot prove it wrong, than it must be a truth.  In science this makes sense but this is one of many things the $500 Millionaire feels some people are not able to achieve their goals.   Unsuccessful people tend to find flaws and prove why it won’t work and successful people only reach success when they make it work.  Which one are you?  Where are focusing your energy?  Do you try to prove it doesn’t work (Fail) or do you try to prove that it does work (Success)?

When  I asked the $500 Millionaire why he has been able to accomplish so much he confidently said, “It is because I do whatever I can to prove its right.”  I have never heard that before.  I know a ton of people who like to prove things wrong but to prove things right… this concept just didn’t make sense to me.  He went on to explain that people become successful or unsuccessful not by their opportunities but by their mindset, actions, and personal characteristics.  The reason why there are so few people who are successful and do great things in life is because a majority of our society has become very good at, after being taught for years to do so, proving things wrong.  The $500 Millionaire always tells me that if I ever get into a discussion about something and the counterpart keeps trying to prove me wrong by attaching my stance, then it is a pointless conversation and the discussion will go nowhere.  If I am having a discussion or disagreement on something and the person I’m speaking with instead tries to prove their belief and reasoning, then it is a worthy discussion.  (You will see this with touchy subjects like religion or politics.  The second someone starts making fun of your belief and can only prove you wrong to feel like they were right, please understand it is because they have no better point to back their belief so this is all they can do. If you keep that in mind, you will save a lot of friendships)

The $500 Millionaire has always had this mindset that anything is possible.  They teach you that anything is possible in the beginning years of school, then as you get older, science starts to come in and we are taught what is not possible and why it is not possible.  The $500 Millionaire does not think science is wrong or that it lacks importance but when we take that same problem solving method and use it for the struggles in life, it is hard to get any positive outcome.   Successful people keep that out of their thought process when trying to achieve a goal, unsuccessful people use that to reason why they didn’t reach the goal.

ImageThink of some of the most successful people in history, were they successful in proving what was not possible or where successful for breaking that paradigm and showing what is possible?  Think of Columbus discovering that the world is round, Galileo, Newton, the Founding Fathers, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, the Wright Brothers, Martin Luther King Junior, and this is just to name a few.  Any historic figure that is positively remembered by society is not successful because of what they were able to prove wrong but they are successful for what the were able to proved to be right. Not by showing what is impossible but by showing what is possible.

When the $500 Millionaire is suggested that something is true, instead of trying to come up with reasons why it possibly could not be true, he ventures out, tries it and personally comes to the conclusion that it is true or not true.  Now this does not mean you should go against some natural Laws to test this out.  Law of Gravity, Law of Motion, etc., these are some that I would suggest you not tempt but as far as advice from someone else that  bares the correct fruit (has achieved what you want) the $500 Millionaire strongly suggest you have some faith, take the advice, do it to the “T”, and then see the result.  I think you will be surprised how much you can achieve if you stop trying to prove everything wrong and just started trying to figure out how to make it work.

The $500 Millionaire has one major strength/weakness and that is his complete ignorance to what is possible and what is not.  He starts every goal he sets with a burning desire and a true belief that it is possible. I also know that every great success only costs is a bit of effort.  If I truly want to succeed in something, I am never focused on why it possibly wont work. why waste my energy proving it won’t work when I could use that same energy and prove it does work?

This is a paradigm that if you can switch it in your mind, the $500 Millionaire is confident that you will be able to see much quicker success in anything you try.  Not only will you see the results quicker but you will see the result in greater quantity. Try to prove why you can run a marathon rather than why you can’t.  Try to prove that you can get the job you want, rather than why you can’t.  Try to prove that you can reach whatever goal, rather than why you can’t.  It is SO much easier to logic out why something is not possible than to prove that it is.   As a mater of fact, trying to prove why something is impossible is similar to using excuses why you won’t do something.  There are things that are possible in life only if you are willing to fully believe that you will do it.  There are also things that are impossible in life that and this is just a paradigm.  Just because it hasn’t been done yet, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. If you have any chance to change this paradigm and prove that is it possible you need to put all of your effort into somehow proving it right.

 As said before, you will be surprised what you can achieve if you stop trying to prove that it won’t work and put all your effort into trying to prove that it is possible.

Please pass this along to anyone else who could use this and feel free to share this to anyone who needs a little boost in this week’s To Do list.


Its Not That Bad But its not that good.

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Everyone thinks they are busy and most people are but have you ever been so busy that you are truly questioning if you can make it?  This is not a Rah-Rah speech or something to make you feel better about your day.  There are times where things are really hard and not good but everyone who is striving to do something with their life, will have days that are just a bit too much to handle.  In fact the $500 Millionaire has a couple tricks up his sleeve that have helped him get through those times…which are quite often.

This past week for me was just overwhelming.  When I was talking to the $500 Millionaire, his advice was to talk to him when I was done.  I left that conversation, like most of our conversations, scratching my head and trying to understand what he said.  Talk to him when I was done?  But then I would not need his help.

I will be the first to admit that there are many times where I think the $500 Millionaire is crazy but crazy or not, he is usually right.

So I went through my day, which not only was long and overwhelming but on top of that, everything that could go wrong, went wrong.  It could possibly have been the worst day I have had this entire year.

There is nothing more that the $500 Millionaire enjoys then the feeling he get after a hard day and he Imageliterally crawls into bed, lying there, 100% worn out.  That was the day I had and I loved it.  I’m not talking bout sleepy…I am talking about so worn out that you are having trouble plugging your charger into your phone.  I was lying there and realized that even though the day was terrible, I did it.  Not only did I do all of the overwhelming tasks but I was also able to handle all of the curve balls that were thrown my way.  I started thinking about all the other things that I have done in the past that just didn’t seem to be possible and once I did them, that same feeling came over me, it wasn’t that bad.

Obviously this thought only went through my head for about 40 seconds before I passed out from exhaustion.

The next day when talking with the $500 Millionaire, I was still a bit upset with him leaving me hanging with no help on one of my hardest days I had.  He laughed and asked, “How did it go?” I told him all about how terrible it was, how nothing worked like I planed, and how tired I was.  He answered with an “Ok, how was it?” I responded back, “It was a mess but it wasn’t that bad.”

That was it…it wasn’t that bad and it rarely ever is as bad as we think it is.  Times like this where there is just too much to do, most people spend more time complaining about how little time they have and how much they have to do rather than just doing it…

The $500 Millionaire reminds me of other times in my past when this happened.  He has seen me get like this before and reminded me of these past times.  There were times when I was working out or going on a run, it is just too much.  Turns out before I did it, I thought it was going to be nearly impossible, then after I do it, its not that bad.  

Or in school when I had to memorize something, read a long passage, have a project due in every class in the same week, or finals week.   Before it happens, we act like it is the end of the world but once we do it, it is never as bad as we expect.  

Or at work when you boss gives you a great opportunity, you have to work more hours, or you are dreading that deadline.  Before it happens you’re looking for a new job because there is Just No Way you can do it. Then once you do it, you do it well, you sit back and realize, it’s not that bad.

Now lets make sure we are clear, just because it is not that bad does not mean its good by any reason.  There are going to be tough days, intense challenges, and tasks that are just overwhelming.  The issue is you still have to do it and they are rarely as bad as you think it will be.  If you ask someone who runs marathons, they will most likely say they were a bit freaked out about their first one but once they finished, it was really hard but it’s not that bad.

So what is the lesson here?  It is not that everything is easy and it is not that everything is fun. The lesson here is that we sometimes fall victims to our own assumption. Not only do we fall victim to this but unsuccessful people seem to obsess on the problem (see blog from before). Successful people take the challenge, accept it (no matter if they want to or not) and just do it. 

When you are overwhelmed with what you have to do in life, school, family, work or the dreaded Imagecombination of all four, just sit back, accept and remember what the $500 Millionaire always would realize after it was done, it’s not that bad. It could be bad, it might be hard, but it is not that bad.

Please share this with anyone you know who is overwhelmed, I’ve reworked, too busy, or falls victim of their own thoughts and remember, it is just not that bad.