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Yes, There are Do-Overs: Get Your Start Now!

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One of the most time-honored traditions amongst childhood games is the right to the do-over. This right is invoked in many circumstances and situations, much like the venerable triple-dog dare. The child’s secret code acknowledges that all must adhere to it. Is there a dispute that cannot be settled? A do-over fixes this problem. Did someone not know the rules? A do-over fixes this problem as well. Did a child simply goof up? Do-overs are honored even if some other kids grunt, sigh, and complain. One can make a fuss, but in the end, one must honor the do-over.

Often, children who ask for the do-over are not only admitting they made a mistake, but also exhibiting confidence that in their next attempt they will learn from that mistake and do better.

As adults, we learn that the child’s code for do-overs does not apply as easily as it did in our youth. When mistakes are made, the solutions to remedy the problem take far more than a simple request for a do-over. While many mistakes cannot be undone, far too many adults think their past mistakes have confined them to their current status forever. What many of these individuals need is a simple do-over.

Time and Do-Overs

When people are unsatisfied with their lives, they have a tendency to look back at the pivotal decisions and wonder how their life might have turned out if they had made different choices. They fixate on that point in time and imagine the alternate life that would have developed had they made a different decision. When one is unhappy with their life, it is easy to fall prey to this mindset.

The problem is, individuals stuck in this mindset are in some way accepting that the game (their life) is over. They feel that because they cannot go back in time and change these events, all is lost. Instead of lamenting the decision not to pursue a certain career 20 years ago, they should be focusing on what they can do today to escape similar regrets 20 years from now. After all, you will never change the past, but your actions today will impact your future.

Asking for a Do-over in Your Career

Most children who ask for a do-over are not afraid and immediately try to learn from the past experience and improve. Why shouldn’t the same attitude apply to you? You can give yourself a do-over and start pursuing anything you would like to in life.

This may sound overly simplistic and naïve, but you have incredible power to shape your own destiny through the choices you make. This is just one small moment in time. Just as the decision you regret helped create the place you find yourself in today, the decisions of today will create what the future holds for you.

Naturally you will have fears and want to make excuses. These are likely the same fears and excuses that led to the regrets you are obsessing about today. Fears and excuses do not make you special, overcoming fear does.

You have learned so many lessons between that point you regret and today. Take that experience and change the equation of your life. Your future self will thank you for making a decision that you likely will never regret!

By Mark Justice

Rich Dad® Education Elite Training Mentor

Top 5 Reasons People Don’t Take Action

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“Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.”Ashleigh Brilliant

Ideas, by their nature, are powerful and magnificent. Ideas have transformed companies, industries, countries and even the course of history. Every modern comfort we enjoy today had its origin in the form of a simple idea. If ideas had a Facebook page, everyone would give it a “like” for the comfort, health, entertainment and happiness they have provided.

With the powerful impact they have on the world, you would think good ideas would be a rare thing. The truth is there is almost an endless supply of great ideas.  However, most good ideas die an early death inside the mind of their creator because of one word: ACTION.

Lack of action is the single greatest cause of an idea fizzling out.

Reasons for Lack of Action

Here are five of the most common reasons why action is not taken:

  1. Fear: Fear can manifest itself in many forms. Often, it represents a fear of failure. For many, not trying is better than trying and failing. Sometimes, it’s a fear of loss. This occurs when a person realizes what they might have to risk in order to implement their idea. For example, one might have to quit a job in order to execute their idea with no guarantee of success.
  2. Laziness: Laziness is a strong word, so let’s soften that by describing it as “an unwillingness to put in the work necessary to develop and implement an idea.” It is likely that numerous people had the same or a similar idea before someone came along that was willing to actually put in the work to bring that idea to life.
  3. “I’m an Idea Guy”: While some people are undoubtedly more prone to develop well thought-out ideas, it is likely that most who use this line are overestimating the uniqueness of their idea-generating skills and underestimating the importance of the action required after an idea is conceived. After all, ideas without action have the same impact as no ideas at all.
  4. Lack of Faith: Some people have a lack of faith in the idea itself. Perhaps they dismiss their own idea with “Oh, that would never work;” or perhaps they share the idea with someone else who calls it terrible or who simply doesn’t see the vision behind the idea. Others lack faith in their ability to execute the idea properly. Maybe the idea is unrelated to their current skill set, and they simply cannot envision how they could pull it off. Perhaps they simply do not have faith that they are capable of having an awesome idea.
  5. Hoarding an Idea: Many ideas are generated by individuals who do not have the financial means to implement them. What comes into play at this point is some individuals think their idea is so good they do not want to share it with anyone. Perhaps the idea really is that good; but if no other means are available, it is better to share your idea than to let it die. If you believe in the idea, you should be willing to develop your presentation skills and start contacting potential investors.

At the end of your days, you don’t want to look back and wonder what might have been if you had taken real action on your idea. Remember, good ideas are actually pretty common. What is uncommon is keeping your ideas alive by putting in the work and sacrifice necessary to see those ideas come to fruition.

By Mark Justice, Rich Dad Mentor

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