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Are you between a rock and a hard place? Then Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has a story for you

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In Dwayne Johnson’s early years, his dad, Rocky Johnson attempted to make it as a wrestler, which pushed their family towards bankruptcy. Dwayne remembers, at 14, seeing his mother’s car being repossessed and then, a week later, being evicted from their house:

“We come home, and there’s a padlock on the door and an eviction notice. My mom is bawling. She just started crying and breaking down. ‘Where are we going to live? What are we going to do?”

“It broke my heart. I remember saying to myself, ‘I will do anything and everything I possibly can to make sure we never get evicted again.’”

Over the next 5 years, Dwayne decided to focus his athletic talent and work ethic towards his dream of being a professional footballer.

Getting a full scholarship with the University of Miami to play defensive tackle, he made it on to the Miami Hurricane National Championship team. Then, at 19 years old, disaster struck, with a back injury putting him out of contention.

Dejected, he returned to Canada to play for the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders, but only made it to the practice team. He lived in a two-bed apartment with three of his football teammates.

“Four of us were in a truck, and we needed mattresses to sleep on… back in this dumpster, behind this hourly-rates motel, I found the mattress that had the least amount of semen and blood on it and took that one. I bought a sheet set and a lot of Lysol. It was something.”

Then, he was cut from that team too. As he remembers, “There was no injury. It’s just, ‘That’s it. You’re not good enough.”

Then, his girlfriend dumped him. Dwayne said, “The dreams I had, they were dashed. There is no more football. My relationship was crushed. That was my absolute worst time.”

“I had $7 in my pocket and knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.”

That absolute low point is when he decided to take full responsibility for his future success, saying to himself: “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

Dwayne decided to start his own business. As a reminder of his starting point, he named his company ‘Seven Bucks Productions’.

He began to promote himself as a wrestler with small-time matches in flea markets, earning $40 a night, until he made it into the WWE where he took on the name “The Rock”. From there, over the next five years, he grew into the biggest superstar in professional wrestling.

Then, in 2000, he was invited to host Saturday Night Live. His reaction? “Bring it on! I get to wear a dress and do comedy? Sure, easy.”

That led to his first movie role in 2001, as the Scorpion King in “The Mummy Returns”. He only had one two-word line “Haku Machente!” in the entire film, but he practiced them again and again, despite being sick through the entire shoot in Morocco. As he remembers, “I get a call from my agent, and he says, ‘Hey, they’re watching the dailies of what they’re shooting, and they want to make a movie just off your character.’ And I said ‘Great’, as I leaned over to vomit more.”

That first film led to a decade of rising roles, leading to him being the highest grossing actor in Hollywood in 2013 with his films grossing $1.3 billion worldwide.

Throughout this time, Dwayne has continued to build Seven Bucks Productions.

What has driven all of Dwayne’s successes has been his ongoing commitment to being the “hardest working person in the room”? Today, , he still gets up at 4am to stay in shape. His motivation? “I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today.”

What is driving you? If you’re between a rock and a hard place, look at them not as the cause of your present challenges, but the drivers to your future success.

And don’t expect a door or window to open. If you don’t see a door, make your own.

As Dwayne says, “I grew up where, when a door closed, a window didn’t open. The only thing I had was cracks. I’d do everything to get through those cracks — scratch, claw, bite, push, bleed. Now the opportunity is here. The door is wide open and it’s as big as a garage.”

It’s your turn now. So get out there. Rock the world.

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Creative Advice from 11 World Famous Architects

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Creative advice from 11 world-famous architects

As a creative entrepreneur, you’re probably no stranger to the ups and downs of inspiration. Motivation can come in waves, and when it’s gone, productivity can take a pretty major hit.

It’s impossible to stay constantly inspired all of the time. However, when we notice our creative spark fade, it’s important to engage in activities that rekindle the fire. Often, this means unplugging, pursuing a hobby, or talking with a friend or mentor.

Another great way to boost motivation is to look to other successful creatives. Architects, in particular, make great creative role models because of their ability to juggle multiple tasks and oversee projects like a pro. Check out the visual below for creative inspiration from 11 world-famous architects.

 

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Is your daily routine mindful or mindless?

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Is your daily routine mindful or mindless?

Do you serve a customer to make money? Or do you serve a customer to serve a customer? Do you wash dishes to get them clean? Or do you wash the dishes to wash the dishes?

Here’s a story from Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, about ‘washing the dishes to wash the dishes’ and the difference between mindful and mindless:

“In the United States, I have a close friend named Jim Forest… Last winter, Jim came to visit. I usually wash the dishes after we’ve finished the evening meal, before sitting down and drinking tea with everyone else.

One night, Jim asked if he might do the dishes. I said, “Go ahead, but
if you wash the dishes you must know the way to wash them.” Jim replied, “Come on, you think I don’t know how to wash the dishes?” I answered, “There are two ways to wash the dishes. The first is to wash the dishes in order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes
in order to wash the dishes.”

Jim was delighted and said, “I choose the second way-to wash the dishes to wash the dishes.” From then on, Jim knew how to wash the dishes. I transferred the “responsibility” to him for an entire week.

If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes.”

What’s more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes.
In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink.

If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future
– and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Are you focusing more at being successful, or being mindful? It is a conscious choice that shows up in your daily routine – Being present in every moment shows up in the quality of your products, your service, your communication.

Being aware leads to care. It’s the contrast of being careful and being careless. This care becomes quality, and that’s why greater mindfulness leads to greater success.

Your daily routine isn’t a means to an end. It’s an opportunity to experience the miracle of life every day.

“Be here now.”
~ Ram Dass

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5 Quotes for Successful Entrepreneurship

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Quotes for Successful Entrepreneurship

Being a successful entrepreneur is a dreamcometrue for a lot of people out there. Being your own boss, benefiting from your own ingenuity and hard work, as well as creating a legacy are all reasons enough why so many people try to start businesses of their own. However, the majority of these entrepreneurial attempts end in failure. In order to avoid meeting the same fate, you need to examine these five quotes that reveal the entrepreneurship essentials.

1.    The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain

It’s incredibly easy to come up with a million excuses for why something is not worth doing. After all, the business world is a scary place. Gathering the right team is hard, raising funds can be even harder and with the current state of the economy (this is probably the most common excuse), what are your realistic chances of success? The truth is that you just cannot know and you never will. All you’re doing by procrastinating is wasting your own precious time. Instead of wasting energy and creativity to come up with a myriad of excuses, you need to try looking for solutions.

2.    Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

There’s probably no better person in the world to stand behind this statement, seeing as how there aren’t a lot of people in history who had more drastic ups and downs. Winston Churchill’s involvement in WWI resulted in a disaster and, had he given up, the horrendous Gallipoli Operation would have been what history would remember him by. Instead, nowadays he is known as one of the most defiant and victorious characters in human history. Other than this, there have been so many wildly successful entrepreneurs who went bankrupt at one point in their career. Henry Ford and Walt Disney belong on this list.

3.    The problem is not a loss of money or credit, it’s a loss of trust. – David Perry

One of the things that a lot of entrepreneurs seem not to understand is the fact that their reputation and their word seem to be their most valuable assets in the business world. If you underpay your staff or fail to deliver on what you’ve promised, the word will get out. Make one faulty promise to a client and your reputation will quickly be ruined for good. You also have your share of responsibilities when it comes to various financial organizations and if you fail to meet them, you’ll find yourself in a world of trouble. This will primarily reflect on your credit score. The next time you need some funds, it will be a lot harder to obtain them.

4.    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. – Henry Ford

Doing market research is a pivotal tip to making it in the business world. In fact, about 42 percent of startups fail because there’s no market need for what they’re selling or intend to sell. The biggest problem with this, however, lies in the fact that someone has to be first. At one point in history, Blockbuster refused to buy Netflix for $50 million, due to the fact that they failed to realize the potential behind this business model within the entertainment industry. We all know how this story ended. When it comes to innovation, you sometimes have to listen to your own instincts.

5.    Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. –Jayce Meyer

Succeeding in the business world takes time, however, time alone changes nothing. Developing the right strategy and then ensuring that it’s adhered to is something completely different. You see, in order to make time have any value, you need to set things in motion and then wait for them to unfold. Keep in mind that, in the business world, time is money. This means that making it, in the long run, is a question of financial endurance, as much as it’s a matter of your mental stamina.

Conclusion

To wrap things up with yet another celebrity quote, Mike Tyson once said that everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. What this means is that regardless of how organized or motivated you are, at one point, you’ll have to start altering your plans and adapting to the situation at hand. How quickly you and your business can evolve is something that will determine the success rate that you’re bound to face in the business world. This alone is definitely something worth bearing in mind.

 

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