Put Your All Eggs In One Basket

Commit to One Goal

People say it’s best to diversify and spread risks rather than placing all eggs in one basket. Splitting money, time and effort over a range of initiatives is best because apart from reducing risks, it also ensures that one succeeds in one thing or another right?

WRONG!

It is proven that most successful people indeed made it big by remaining committed and true to ONE OBJECTIVE. They ensured they consolidated all their time, money and energy towards one vision and had firm faith on making it a reality.

Commitment to ONE GOAL

It’s true if you pursue too many things at once, your attention span shortens and focus gets diluted.

Your efforts are split and before you know it you start feeling overwhelmed and drowned in the sea of confusion, frustration and hopelessness.

Still Don’t Get It?

Here are some of the stories of people that put all their eggs in one basket:

Harvard BoysMark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin

Do you know these 2 young boys?

This is Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. I think you will know Mark already but may not know Eduardo.

What’s the difference between the two?

While Mark Zuckerberg pursued an aim of making Facebook a reality by quitting university and giving the venture 100% determination and effort; Saverin was hedging.

He was doing internship at Lehman Brothers as well running another website Joboozle. And because he was hedging and focusing on too many things, he was not able to perform his core job of raising the funds for Facebook.

This mistake eventually cost Saverin billions, He had to leave Facebook’s Chief Financial Officer position. Saverin is still a billionaire but he could have been at a better place if he wouldn’t have diluted his focus.

Guys With No Technical Background

airbnb_founders

Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia are two people whose relentless focus created Airbnb.

When their friends were hedging between investments, jobs and side gigs these guys put all their effort and money in Airbnb.

The rest we know is history!

Airbnb disrupted an entire industry and introduced the world to a new way of hoteling.

Wright Brothers

wright_brothers

Orville and Wilbur Wright would not have made their historical flight if they would have listened to skeptics and chosen to change their ideas, design and invention.

In fact they remained committed to their vision and made the first controlled and sustained flight during 1903.

Only through relentless commitment you can achieve something that has not been done before.

Focus one One thing

So now the question is

How does one commit to a goal?

Here are the 12 Golden Rules to commit to a goal:

1) Control over Chain of Thoughts

As humans we overthink, overanalyze, over plan and jump to conclusions too soon.

Take charge of your thoughts and push for muting the ‘noise’ in your head, stay present in the moment and focus on what is happening NOW than what WILL be.

2) Time Management

Allocate reasonable time to materialize your goal, success and change require time coupled with perseverance and rock solid determination.

You may be faced with the need to change your daily schedule and allocate time more effectively.

You need to set small, achievable goals which lead up to the ultimate objective you are pursuing and then set timelines accordingly.

3) Don’t Hedge

There is no intelligence in running after a hundred things, either you truly believe in your goal and commit everything to it or you don’t.

There is no such as ‘playing safe’ when it comes to pursuing your passion.

4) Don’t overdo the ‘Learning Effect’

Take bite size pieces which you can chew rather than biting off more than what you can swallow.

It is good to research, learn, read and make informed choices but beware!

Overdoing information gathering may lead to an overload which may block your ability to make decisions swiftly.

5) Jack of All Trades and Master of None

Reality is- we can’t master everything.

Rather than trying to grasp superficial knowledge of many subjects, it is smarter if you focus on becoming an EXPERT at ONE thing.

6) No such thing as ‘Generic’

To be truly successful, you must deep dive and specialize; simply taking a ‘macro level-generic’ approach won’t cut it.

7) Don’t Multitask 

Build your focus and organizing skills to support your objective and when you are on it- don’t multitask.

Get rid of distractions in your environment which hamper your goal achievement and don’t let your mind run astray.

8) Don’t Seek Validation From Others

You are the best judge to decide what works and what does not work for you.

Be honest to yourself while deciding the path you wish to pursue keeping in mind factors like competence, experience, passion, resources needed etc.

People will always offer an opinion whether you choose to heed it or not is your call.

9) No Excuses Allowed For Not Working

 Success comes to those who work for it, there is no room for excuses for not working.

Make your objective your life’s mission and work towards realizing it with that intensity.

If you are lazy and not motivated enough for making it happen, it will never materialize.

10) Be Rational

Avoid taking emotional decisions, be logical and rational when it comes to taking decisions.

Avoid acting rashly.

In the face of failures, maintain your composure (it’s easier said than done right?) but keeping your calm in that moment will become a deciding factor of your triumph.

11) Quit Comparing

Everybody’s journey is different- don’t get caught up in the vicious cycle of comparison, it will take away your peace, sanity and happiness.

Just remind yourself: you have a unique story, your path may be different from others, success may hold a different meaning for you and you are only competing to make yourself better.

12) Giving UP is not Allowed 

There will always be ups and downs along the road and the journey towards attaining success is never an easy one- stay steadfast and don’t give up.

Account for failures, learn your lessons and move on- don’t dwell on the past.

Pave way by investing time, effort and dedication for your present and future.

Concluding Thoughts

That is indeed greatness personified. So, What do you have to do TOMORROW?

Burn Your Boats

You may have heard about the great emperor Alexander who landed on the shores in Persia only to face a huge army and realize he was outnumbered.

His men pleaded that they go back but Alexander ordered the boats to be burnt and declared that they would rather die fighting than retreating.

To succeed you need to have a one track mind.

You need to give your venture your undivided attention, invest every ounce of your blood and sweat and never look back.

Remember, Robert Frost said, ‘The best way out is always through’.

Practice Makes Perfect

Malcolm Gladwell said that it takes about 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to truly master a skill.

Don’t be disheartened when you start doing something and it doesn’t yield the best results.

Remember, the people who succeeded like Bill Gates did not simply have blind luck or mere talent, rather it was their dedication towards the work they chose.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Make Failure A Stepping Stone

Never be deterred by failure. Here is an event and quote from the life of Thomas Edison

It quotes Edison’s friend and associate Walter S. Mallory:

“I said: ‘Isn’t it a shame that with the tremendous amount of work you have done you haven’t been able to get any results?’ Edison turned on me like a flash, and with a smile replied: ‘Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results!

I know several thousand things that won’t work!

Edison is said to have failed 1000 times in his quest with the light bulb but he was known for his determination and failure to give up.

Even Michael Jordan, the famous basketball player has admitted to failing more than most to get where he is today.

When you give yourself several options, your focus is lost. To win at something you need to put your whole drive and energy into mastering it.

Stay focused, determined and keep your head down to work hard.

Too many people opt for playing safe but in reality this reflects a mediocre attitude. Rise above average people, don’t come to terms with ‘simply playing by the rules’.

Challenge boundaries and create your own path and horizon.Don’t be predictable, become a risk-taker and challenge the status quo.

Walk away from herd mentality and deep dive in the realm of possibilities and pursue greatness.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, even if you fail- tell yourself that you tried. Be adventurous and passionate.



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Put Your All Eggs In One Basket

People say it’s best to diversify and spread risks rather than placing all eggs in one basket. Splitting money, time and effort over a range of initiatives is best because apart from reducing risks, it also ensures that one succeeds in one thing or another right?

WRONG!

It is proven that most successful people indeed made it big by remaining committed and true to ONE OBJECTIVE. They ensured they consolidated all their time, money and energy towards one vision and had firm faith on making it a reality.

Commitment to ONE GOAL

It’s true if you pursue too many things at once, your attention span shortens and focus gets diluted.

Your efforts are split and before you know it you start feeling overwhelmed and drowned in the sea of confusion, frustration and hopelessness.

Still Don’t Get It?

Here are some of the stories of people that put all their eggs in one basket:

Harvard BoysMark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin

Do you know these 2 young boys?

This is Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. I think you will know Mark already but may not know Eduardo.

What’s the difference between the two?

While Mark Zuckerberg pursued an aim of making Facebook a reality by quitting university and giving the venture 100% determination and effort; Saverin was hedging.

He was doing internship at Lehman Brothers as well running another website Joboozle. And because he was hedging and focusing on too many things, he was not able to perform his core job of raising the funds for Facebook.

This mistake eventually cost Saverin billions, He had to leave Facebook’s Chief Financial Officer position. Saverin is still a billionaire but he could have been at a better place if he wouldn’t have diluted his focus.

Guys With No Technical Background

airbnb_founders

Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia are two people whose relentless focus created Airbnb.

When their friends were hedging between investments, jobs and side gigs these guys put all their effort and money in Airbnb.

The rest we know is history!

Airbnb disrupted an entire industry and introduced the world to a new way of hoteling.

Wright Brothers

wright_brothers

Orville and Wilbur Wright would not have made their historical flight if they would have listened to skeptics and chosen to change their ideas, design and invention.

In fact they remained committed to their vision and made the first controlled and sustained flight during 1903.

Only through relentless commitment you can achieve something that has not been done before.

Focus one One thing

So now the question is

How does one commit to a goal?

Here are the 12 Golden Rules to commit to a goal:

1) Control over Chain of Thoughts

As humans we overthink, overanalyze, over plan and jump to conclusions too soon.

Take charge of your thoughts and push for muting the ‘noise’ in your head, stay present in the moment and focus on what is happening NOW than what WILL be.

2) Time Management

Allocate reasonable time to materialize your goal, success and change require time coupled with perseverance and rock solid determination.

You may be faced with the need to change your daily schedule and allocate time more effectively.

You need to set small, achievable goals which lead up to the ultimate objective you are pursuing and then set timelines accordingly.

3) Don’t Hedge

There is no intelligence in running after a hundred things, either you truly believe in your goal and commit everything to it or you don’t.

There is no such as ‘playing safe’ when it comes to pursuing your passion.

4) Don’t overdo the ‘Learning Effect’

Take bite size pieces which you can chew rather than biting off more than what you can swallow.

It is good to research, learn, read and make informed choices but beware!

Overdoing information gathering may lead to an overload which may block your ability to make decisions swiftly.

5) Jack of All Trades and Master of None

Reality is- we can’t master everything.

Rather than trying to grasp superficial knowledge of many subjects, it is smarter if you focus on becoming an EXPERT at ONE thing.

6) No such thing as ‘Generic’

To be truly successful, you must deep dive and specialize; simply taking a ‘macro level-generic’ approach won’t cut it.

7) Don’t Multitask 

Build your focus and organizing skills to support your objective and when you are on it- don’t multitask.

Get rid of distractions in your environment which hamper your goal achievement and don’t let your mind run astray.

8) Don’t Seek Validation From Others

You are the best judge to decide what works and what does not work for you.

Be honest to yourself while deciding the path you wish to pursue keeping in mind factors like competence, experience, passion, resources needed etc.

People will always offer an opinion whether you choose to heed it or not is your call.

9) No Excuses Allowed For Not Working

 Success comes to those who work for it, there is no room for excuses for not working.

Make your objective your life’s mission and work towards realizing it with that intensity.

If you are lazy and not motivated enough for making it happen, it will never materialize.

10) Be Rational

Avoid taking emotional decisions, be logical and rational when it comes to taking decisions.

Avoid acting rashly.

In the face of failures, maintain your composure (it’s easier said than done right?) but keeping your calm in that moment will become a deciding factor of your triumph.

11) Quit Comparing

Everybody’s journey is different- don’t get caught up in the vicious cycle of comparison, it will take away your peace, sanity and happiness.

Just remind yourself: you have a unique story, your path may be different from others, success may hold a different meaning for you and you are only competing to make yourself better.

12) Giving UP is not Allowed 

There will always be ups and downs along the road and the journey towards attaining success is never an easy one- stay steadfast and don’t give up.

Account for failures, learn your lessons and move on- don’t dwell on the past.

Pave way by investing time, effort and dedication for your present and future.

Concluding Thoughts

That is indeed greatness personified. So, What do you have to do TOMORROW?

Burn Your Boats

You may have heard about the great emperor Alexander who landed on the shores in Persia only to face a huge army and realize he was outnumbered.

His men pleaded that they go back but Alexander ordered the boats to be burnt and declared that they would rather die fighting than retreating.

To succeed you need to have a one track mind.

You need to give your venture your undivided attention, invest every ounce of your blood and sweat and never look back.

Remember, Robert Frost said, ‘The best way out is always through’.

Practice Makes Perfect

Malcolm Gladwell said that it takes about 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to truly master a skill.

Don’t be disheartened when you start doing something and it doesn’t yield the best results.

Remember, the people who succeeded like Bill Gates did not simply have blind luck or mere talent, rather it was their dedication towards the work they chose.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Make Failure A Stepping Stone

Never be deterred by failure. Here is an event and quote from the life of Thomas Edison

It quotes Edison’s friend and associate Walter S. Mallory:

“I said: ‘Isn’t it a shame that with the tremendous amount of work you have done you haven’t been able to get any results?’ Edison turned on me like a flash, and with a smile replied: ‘Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results!

I know several thousand things that won’t work!

Edison is said to have failed 1000 times in his quest with the light bulb but he was known for his determination and failure to give up.

Even Michael Jordan, the famous basketball player has admitted to failing more than most to get where he is today.

When you give yourself several options, your focus is lost. To win at something you need to put your whole drive and energy into mastering it.

Stay focused, determined and keep your head down to work hard.

Too many people opt for playing safe but in reality this reflects a mediocre attitude. Rise above average people, don’t come to terms with ‘simply playing by the rules’.

Challenge boundaries and create your own path and horizon.Don’t be predictable, become a risk-taker and challenge the status quo.

Walk away from herd mentality and deep dive in the realm of possibilities and pursue greatness.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, even if you fail- tell yourself that you tried. Be adventurous and passionate.



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