Time to learn

Welcome back from vacation. It was great to receive all the emails last week asking if I forgot to post. Well, I decided to follow my own advice from the week before and build a habit of relaxing. It was the first week I have taken away from my work in over a year. So now I’m back from a week off; I’m a married man, and ready to get back to work and achieve my goals. I’m set to take my business to higher levels.

One thing I remembered in the past few weeks was something taught to me years ago. I had forgotten it. It came back to me while I was with Jeff Fagin in his 2% club in Phoenix two weeks ago now.

One thing Jeff left written up the board while I was on the stage was a truth that every successful person must never forget. It was this statement: “Rich people are always learning and growing; poor people think they know it all.”

When was the last time you actually stopped to think, “I still need to learn more.” Yes, I have gotten stuck in years past, feeling like I know so much. But then I hear a truth from a friend that hits me between the eyes. We all still need to learn, and yes, we can learn from anyone. The day you stop learning is the day you start dying.

So I wanted to do a week-long theme focusing on five areas we need to always be learning, and we’ll start off day one with the simple fact that we always need to be learning. Last week I finally did it; we took the trip to the Apple store to buy the MacBook Pro. It is something I’ve wanted for some time, but I waited until it was the result of achievement. It was a reward for reaching a goal.

If you have switched from PC to Mac, you know that with the MacBook there comes a learning curve. It’s time to take all those years of learning computers and change it all. As I sat in the class at the Apple store recently and learned things that are different, I was surprised at the trainer, Erik. When someone would ask something, he actually learned a shortcut or two. He said even he learns things in these classes.

It got me to thinking how, as a coach and speaker, I learn so much when I’m helping a new client. It reminded me of the time I sat at an event with Zig Ziglar and watched him take notes from someone who he trained to be a speaker. It got me to thinking today we all can find learning opportunities everywhere. We must always be open to learning, no matter who it’s from.

So take this week of learning and find new ways to apply it to growth in your life. We can always learn from the newest person in the room. We all have something we have learned to share, and something others have learned we need to listen. Take this week and build learning back into your life.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Build a habit of learning in your life and become the RocksStar in your world.

Is This your lesson I found on the floor?

Investment is a term that really makes people think when you bring it up. They think about what you are talking about and really take it seriously. Before it was just about a small amount of time, or a small amount of money. Now they are starting to think about where this is this going in the long run.

In Tuesday’s, post we mentioned the two places that we look at for investing: our time and our money. Today we are looking towards the time aspect of our life. When you look at the time you have each day, how do you invest it to get the most of it?

If you are like most of us, in life you are in one of three places if you are going through a mess. We move from challenge to challenge in life. We have the before part when we see it coming. Most try to stop it at this point and hope it does not happen. Some actually try to avoid it; others are in denial, but still we see that it’s coming.

Second it the “during” part of it when we know this is a struggle, this is a problem, and we start to think, “How can I get out of this mess?” We usually spend more time pointing our focus toward just getting out of it.

Third is the “after” part. This is the time most people tell how they are so good at getting through the struggle they were denying in the first place. It’s the part when they tell how they are so good at getting through challenges because they stayed focused on solving the problem.

Well, it’s time to look at time. We have only so much time on this earth. We need to invest it the best we can. What if you were to invest your time on the problems this way? While you are going into the problem look to see how you handled problems before, look for solutions, look how it will make your life better in the during and after part.

Now when you into it rather than just focus on how to solve it, look at it again and see have I been here before? What am I suppose to learn? How can I use this to become a better person when the after gets hear?

Now comes the after, why not take this time to learn from what you have just faced. Make notes to improve your life. Invest in your future and how you will be successful at your future now that you have had the wonderful experience of going through a problem that you must solve.

The point is to invest in your future by using each and every thing that comes up as a way to learn, to grow, to serve others. Too many times we want to just get past the pain in life when it’s that pain that is meant to help us grow.  Invest in you by investing your time to make yourself better.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Invest in your future and become a RockStar in your world.

Short ‘n’ Sweet

It’s time to wrap up another week on loving life. This is one of those topics that I can pull so many things about because I actually live this subject. I know I’m not a scholar and I know I do not have great things to share on every single subject, but this is one of those subjects I live every day.

While I’m in Los Angeles for the weekend attending James Malinchak’s Boot Camp of Speaking workshop, I am still enjoying my life. I still tell people that I’m living the dream and I mean it. Even when I will be up taking notes in a seminar with long hours, then meeting new people after the event, then writing a blog late at night after that, I’m happy. I’m loving life even while I’m spending time learning.

No matter what you do in life, you must love it. Yes, this week we mentioned a few of those things we must do that are not always the most fun, but they are part of what must be done to achieve our goals. The truth about loving life is that it’s your choice to do it. You decide to enjoy the process, the path you are on. You will make those choices and decisions today that will either be working to build a life you love and that is better for you or you will make it worse by not finding things to love in the process.

Your attitude and choices tell if you will be loving life or not. I choose to love life. No matter what, life is good. I love it good, bad or ugly. So enjoy your weekend and I will see you back on Monday.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Your attitude will determine your love for life and that will make you the RockStar in your world.

3 Forever

It’s Friday and we are going to close out this week’s theme of “Screw-Up to Success.” I want to use this day to talk about one of my heroes in life. Each time I search for information about this story or tell it to someone, it always grabs on my heart strings.

Many ask how I come up with the motivating ideas and stories that I use. Well, they started with three things in my life: I love rock music; I love movies; and I love American pop culture and things that just say “America.”

Well, this story starts with a man who, in 1979, took the auto racing sport by storm. He was the Nascar rookie of the year. Dale Earnhardt came on the scene of motorsports and quickly became a star. The next year he would win his first championship in Nascar. He followed with six others over the years. He became the sport’s biggest star and most respected racer.

Dale had one challenge that kept him going for years. Every February, the Nascar season begins with its biggest and best-known race, The Daytona 500. Dale wanted to win this race, but each year it seemed to get away. Something would happen, from car troubles to poor planning on things like fuel use, and although he might come close to winning, he couldn’t pull it off.

From 1979 to 1997 — 18 years — that race got away from him. He was the Nascar champion seven times and tied for the record with one other racer. But he never won this race. And the story gets better.

The same track that this race is run on hosts other races and Dale would run several races on that track over the years. As a matter of fact, it was his most-winning track to race on. But in the one big race of the year, the Daytona 500, he would always fall short.

Then, in 1998, Dale finally won the Daytona 500. I only wish I could describe the respect that was shown by the field of drivers that day as Dale came back into the pit area headed to Winner’s Circle. Every person from every pit crew came out to pit row to shake his hand or give him a high-five to congratulate him. Everyone in the sport knew how long he chased that win; they all felt like they won that day. It was a great victory for what was the sport’s greatest racer.

But there is more to this story. As I said, over his life, that track was known as Dale’s most winning track. In the three years that followed that race, Dale and his wife started their own racing teams, building a car for his son, Dale Jr. Then he added a car in 2001 for a racer he personally believed in, the younger brother of his friend Daryl Waltrip.

Michael Waltrip took the track in the Number 15 car to race for a company owned by Dale and his wife on the February 18, 2001 running of the Daytona 500. It was a good race that day and, as the final laps were winding down, the top three cars were Michael Waltrip, Dale Jr., followed by Dale Earnhardt’s car. It seemed so obvious that Dale was in a happy position to watch two cars he owned leading right in front of him. To see his son and his friend and know one of them was going to win it. You could say in years of learning from mistakes, he passed that wisdom on to his son and his friends and now he would see the fruit of that learning.

But as the last corner was rounded, Michael and Dale Jr. took a strong lead and Dale got caught in an accident. The accident would take his life before he got to walk to victory lane with those he loved and had helped with his learning from all those mistakes he made over the years.

This post was kind of long today and I hope you get this great message from a story that I think of every time I think of learning from screw ups, learning from failure, making the improvements to make it better next time. Dale Earnhardt spent his years in racing messing up, learning from it, coming back the next week and trying it again.

Dale was always known as the guy who was in the garage teaching everyone great things to better their races each week. Dale died knowing all he learned was passed on; he watched as those he had taught and believed in the most would go on to win the race in the last seconds of his life.

Over the 20 years of racing and learning, Dale’s cars were some of the most winning cars on the Daytona track. He kept learning after every mistake he made, he built a racing team and company that built cars to win on the track that eventually took his life. I mentioned the other day in a tweet that it’s never too late to learn. Dale was learning and passing on that wisdom that was used to make his teams and the sport a better sport over the years.

Dale knew failure in his life. After two failed marriages, he had a wonderful long marriage to his last wife, Terresa. He enjoyed the life he lived. He was a giver and a great man who learned from his failures. I’m sure if he were alive today I would tell you he still believed his greatest success was his family and one of the greatest things that came into his life was his wife. That was very evident when you saw them together at any events.

When you love your life and love what you do, you will spend your life enjoying what you do and then working to improve until the day you leave this earth. I have lost many friends over the years; the ones that were the greatest friends were the ones who were like Dale. They failed at things, learned from them, gained wisdom, made their lives better, then offered to help me do the same.

Dale Earnhardt was one of my heroes in life. I know he was not perfect, but he led the way with his work to make his world better. I hope from this week you learn to go through the screw-ups, learn from them, try again and succeed.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do, and those you share your life with. Learn from your screw-ups and build success to be the RockStar in your world.

What’s Your Mistake?

I spent the first day off today from weeks of working on creating my workshops. It felt good to just relax. I had originally planned to take a one-day road trip on my bike. I have not taken any one-day or two-day trips at all this year.

With Gwynne away and other things that came up, though, I stayed in and decided to listen to some old music, to really remember the music I love and the time spent listening to it way back then. I listened to favorites from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Music is something that just brings good memories to me, thinking back to when I heard it first, or activities I was doing when I heard a song for the first time or the many times I have heard bands over the years playing in clubs and smaller venues.

I watched so many of them today on YouTube. It was great to see some of the live shots from years ago that someone had and uploaded to YouTube. It was great to see the videos from some songs I’ve not listened to in a long time.

Well, the song that caught my eye with this week’s theme has lyrics that have nothing to do with the idea of screw-ups leading to success. The name of the song made me think of all the mistakes I made in my life and had to learn from. The song was one by Men at Work called “It’s a Mistake.”

Over the years I have made so many of those screw-ups and, the thing I know is that I will always be learning from future mistakes. I am always making those changes in life and looking for areas to learn. I researched a few areas that I want to learn some new things about over the next few years. After all, life cannot be doing the same thing and expecting different results.

So, while today is not going to be filled with a great story, it is filled with a challenge. If you have made mistakes and learned from them, what else can you learn? In his book,       The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferris tells of the many things he learned to do when he built the time in his life and set up himself for success to do it. So I want to leave you with a challenge today: what are 10 things you can learn to do in the next two years?

Here are some ideas for me: play guitar, skydive, go climbing, take a white water rafting trip. Those are just some ideas. What’s yours? Leave them in the comments section below.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Expand your learning and be the RockStar in your world.

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