The circumstances that we go through, such as lack of happiness, lack of resources, and lack of tools, are just meaningless problems that we pay attention to. These main issues during most of our lifetimes are not as significant as our recession periods (the periods of time when you don’t have the tools to succeed but are resourceful enough to get to the tools you want). The truth of the matter is that we become more pessimistic and depressed when we don’t know how to retool and exploit our internal resources. This is when we get exploited the most by optimistic people, as well as by our problems.
We think our dreams are all over. We think our blueprints aren’t working. We think our maps are imaginative pieces of paper. We even think that we don’t have to retool or be patient to execute the why behind our dreams. When we find ourselves in this situation, we must act and think like people who have been there before, such as Warren Buffett (the world’s greatest investor), Tony Robbins (one of the greatest speakers in the world), friends, CEOs, mentors, and so on. We have to model people we know who’ve been in our positions.
Let’s make an example out of Warren Buffet. During the 2007–2008 financial crisis, he invested in low stock prices during the recession. He wasn’t pessimistic. When everyone feared the market and inflation, he saw the recession period as an opportunity. Instead of taking his money out and selling all his assets, he did the opposite. He invested in foreign and U.S. markets. He built his portfolio with low assets. He refused to crumble with the market, and he went up when the market got back on its feet. Today, he is worth over $74 billion.
Whenever you don’t have the money and tools, remember that you are internally resourceful. You have the power of choice, meanings, and much more.
My first year in the Marine Corps, one of my leaders refused to teach me my job. Of course, I was and I’m first a rifleman, but I still had to learn how to be an administrative Marine. My seniors had me search for packages for nine months without me having the time to get taught. It was a recession period for me. I had to figure out the best way to get away from the situation. I spent days, weeks, and months studying what other Marines who knew their jobs did on a daily basis to be ready to snatch an opportunity. At the end, I ended up picking up ranks and becoming not just a better leader than him, but the best leader in the whole office. Before he got out of the Marine Corps, I surpassed in just two years all the things he had earned and learned during his four years’ contract. Today, I have the chance to influence, educate, and mentor over five Marines on a daily basis.
The point is simple: don’t be in any elements you don’t want yourself to be in, but create the element you wish.
Three steps must be followed to help you through your recession periods:
- Invest in yourself
- Stick to your blueprint
- Retool when necessary
Coming soon: Priority over Priorities book. It details the patterns that are required to either prioritize your priorities or achieve your goals. Although priorities can be subjective and general, the author will give you the patterns that you need to check your priorities off one after another. Once you master those patterns, there is no dream that will be bigger than your plan. However, your challenges will remain obstacles until you change how you look at them. Then, they will change, too. Last but not least, the author will show you how successful you already are and that success happens every day in your life. You will not be left alone when it comes to discerning the most important item(s) from a list of important items. The purpose of the Priority over Priorities book is to help you learn how to prioritize your goals and feelings to succeed in life.