What is Greatness? Let Carlos Explain…

June 30th, 2011 by KP




“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” – Orison Swett Marden

These last few weeks, make that months, I have been consciously focusing on something I learned from Carlos (he’s been my roommate & is like a brother to me).

It was as I was driving him to the airport a couple months back.

Something I’ve noticed with him since I’ve known him is that he has an amazing ability of time management & his ability to chip away at what needs to be done along the course of a process everyday until the goal is reached is insane. He never attaches emotion to a process, it’s always just next step, next step, next step. I’ve literally seen with my own eyes, him wake up, go sit at his computer at 7am before eating anything, start chipping away at his biggest task of the day, when that got done he moves on to the next thing, and the next thing, and the next thing, until it gets to 7pm and he goes –

“Man I’m starving… Oh fuck it’s 7 o’ clock, I forgot to eat!”

Yet he’s just got 2 weeks worth of shit done in 12 hours. That is not a rare sight with him, I’ve seen him do this many a time, I’ve seen him work 96 hour days straight, see projects out until completion every time, even when they looked done for, and almost as if ‘magically’ they just turn around and he achieves success… it sets the bar for what self-discipline, commitment, hard work, and drive really is.

We were talking about making it big & making stuff happen. So I was talking to him, and he said something about ‘greatness’. He goes –

Dude, people think greatness is this huge spectacle of amazing shit that happens when you make it big. What greatness really is, when you know that someone has greatness inside them, is when they have to ability to do the little things that matter, everyday. Whether they want to or not, whether they’re really busy, whether they’re tired, they get it done anyway. They make time, they realise that getting the little things done that matter is more important than sleep, they realise that if they don’t do what needs to be done & move at the fastest pace you possibly can, someone else out there probably is moving at that pace, & that’s the difference between you or them crossing the finish line first.

He told me that & I felt the cogs inside me ‘click’ and the lightbulb lit up…

Holy fuck how true is that?! The kid is a fucking beast, and is why he is one of the biggest mentors in my life (among very few people) that truly have impacted my growth & evolution in to becoming who I am today.

Life is a game of inches, and like Tony Robbins says, your decisions are destiny. There is no silver medal in life. It’s in your moments of decision when your destiny is shaped. Choose your decisions wisely, taking action in that split second is the difference in earning gold medal, or losing.

So if you’re wondering what greatness is? That’s about the best definition I’ve ever heard anyone give it.

Greatness is not the end result, greatness is the ability to do the little things that matter that no one else sees, everyday, until completion. No excuses, no emotion, no complaining, just action because it HAS to be done. There’s no other choice. It just has to be done.

Like my boy V from London told me –

“Success is in the journey.”

Couldn’t be more true. And that’s why greatness is the key to Supernova.

KP

My Car – Lamborghini Aventador

June 29th, 2011 by KP




Yep this is my car. Well, it will be.

I am not afraid to admit the fact Aventador that you made a tent in my pants. This is the car that kicks ass, takes names, and doesn’t take prisoners.

My one will be in white… or yellow… or blood orange. And I’ll be waiting until it is released as a convertible, you live in LA, your Lambo needs to be a convertible. This car is where it’s at.

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Let’s all just take a minute, or an hour, and take some time to soak in this beast the gods sent down from the unearthly realm they tried keeping it captive in for someone (me) to tame.

Lamborghini Aventador – you are one bad bitch.

KP

Self-Discipline – The Key To Success Part II

June 28th, 2011 by KP




After my last post, “self-discipline – the keys to success part I“, I wanted to follow up with this.

There are 9 key disciplines to overall self-discipline.


Discipline #1: Clear Thinking

Any problem you have in life, go and sit somewhere in solitude with NO distractions whatsoever for 30-60 minutes. Then, almost like a miracle the answer(s) will come to you. Like when a bucket of water with silt in is swished around, after a while, all the silt sinks to the bottom & the water is now clear. Its the same with your mind, do the same thing to get it clear so you can think straight & decide how to act correctly. Take 60 minutes & just sit still & think.

The small voice you always hear will now shout so loudly you will be amazed you didn’t hear it before when it seemed so quiet. Now all the silt has set, you can hear it again.

“Think on paper”, write everything down. The most amazing things happen between the head & the hand. The subconscious will provide the solution.


Discipline #2: Daily Goal Setting

Focus & concentration are essential for success. If you cannot focus or concentrate, then you have to work for someone else or under someone else that will MAKE you focus & concentrate.

Focus & concentration are both habits you can practice with self discipline. Ask yourself what you would do right now if you had $10million and just 10 years to live.

Write down 10 goals you want to achieve in the next 12 months. Write them down as if they already existed in the present & personal (I earn, I drive, I acquire etc) tense – and add “by (deadline date)” to the end of each goal.

E.g. I earn $1,000,000 by December 3rd

Write down you goals every morning without looking at yesterday’s goals.


Discipline #3: Daily Time Management

Every minute spent in planning saves 10mins in execution. Plan your day before you begin. If you’re not following a plan you’re reacting to whatever’s going on.

It gives you a track to run on. It’s best to do this night before. “Write it down before you begin.”

Prioritize your list in to – A task is a must do, B task is a should do, C task is a nice task to do. Never do a b before an a task, discipline yourself not to do things that are low value. D tasks are delegate to someone else. E tasks are eliminate – they don’t matter,

A1 (most important), A2, A3, B1, B2… etc

Discipline yourself to focus on your A1 task until 100% completion before doing any of your other tasks or anything else. When you can demonstrate each morning that you have the self control, self mastery, self discipline to start & complete your most important task, it makes you feel powerful

 

Discipline #4: Courage

FORCE YOURSELF to do what you know you should do, ALL OF THE TIME.

No excuses.

Aristotle said, ” If you desire to have a quality that you don’t have, you must act in every instance where the quality is called for, and you will have it”

Ralph Waldo Emberson said, “Do the thing you fear, & the death of fear is certain”


Discipline #5: Excellent health habits

Design your perfect body, make a list of what you want your body like, cut pictures out of magazines of how you want your body to look.

Get up & do some exercise, whatever it is, your body will continue to burn calories all day, your brain will have highly oxygenated blood first thing in the morning.

Untold amounts of highly successful people get up at 5am/530am & go & workout to start their day. When you exercise in the morning, your brain releases endorphins, which make you feel good, and you start your day strong.

Eliminate the 3 white poisons, flour, sugar, salt. Its that easy.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day to flush all the crap & toxins out of your body.

Eat more salads & eat more fruit & veg. 70% of your diet should be fruits & vegetables.


Discipline #6: Regular Saving & Investing

Resolve to get out of debt & stay out of debt.

Re-wire yourself – instead of thinking ‘I like spending money’ change it to ‘I like saving money’. Think about how much you enjoy money in the bank, moving towards financial independence, enjoy delayed gratification.

As your income grows, save more & invest more. Like Einstein said, “Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe”.

Save 10-20% of your income – “Pay yourself” a salary from the money that comes in. 10-20% can be a lot, so instead, develop the habit of saving 1% of your income in a savings account. Discipline yourself to live on the other 99%, then each month, up your saving amount by 1%.

Develop the habit of living on less than you earn.

#1 rule: DON’T LOSE MONEY. Making money is like digging sand with a pin, spending money is like pouring water on to sand. Its easy to lose money, its hard to make it & keep it.

Pay cash & not on credit cards, it will make you realise how much you’re spending instead of thinking as your credit card as an endless supply or as ‘play money’.

If you cannot save money, the seeds of greatness are not within you


Discipline #7: Hard work

I may be less talented, or knowledgeable than anyone else, but I am willing to work harder than anyone else

60-70 hours per week work for around 10 years is the commonality for highly successful people. The harder you work, the ‘luckier’ you get.

Work ALL the time that you allocate to work. No idle activities, no sidetracking. When it is work time, you work all the time that you work!!

Start 1 hour earlier & get to work earlier, then leave work later. Work is not fun, have your fun later, enjoy your fun later as a reward after you’ve had a productive & empowering day’s work.

Ask yourself – “what is the most valuable use of my time right now?” And get to it. Then just keep telling yourself, “back to work, back to work”.


Discipline #8: Continuous Learning

The rule is: To earn more, you have to learn more. Jim Rohn said “Work at least as hard on yourself as you do on your work”.

Read everyday – knowledge is power. Attend seminars & take courses where specialists in that field will shave years off of your learning curve.

To earn more, you have to learn more.


Discipline #9: Persistence

The greatest test of self discipline is when you persist in the face of adversity and you drive yourself forward to complete your tasks 100%

When you can drive yourself to keep on keeping on even when everyone around you feels like quitting, and you feel like quitting as well, but you keep on keeping on, is when you’re on the path to passing the test.




Two Parts to Courage:

1. First is the courage to begin, to start, to launch in the face of failure with no guarantee of success

2. Second is the courage to endure, to persist, & to keep on going when you’re tired, and you’re disappointed, nothing’s working, and there’s no guarantee of success & maybe a very large likelihood of failure, but you still don’t stop.

 

Your persistence is your measure of how much you believe in yourself & what you’re doing. If you truly believe in yourself & what you’re doing, you will continue to persist regardless of what’s going on on the outside.

The more you believe, the more you persist – The more you persist the more you believe in yourself & the value of yourself. Persistence is self-discipline in action.

Think of your persistence like your measure of self-discipline.

Self discipline leads to self esteem, self esteem makes you feel greater about yourself which leads to greater persistence, which leads to greater self discipline, and you get on to an upward spiral of life.

Persistence is to the character of a man or a woman, as carbon is to steel. You make yourself, you shape yourself, you carve, form & build yourself in to a superior human being, a better & stronger person, when you persist when you feel like quitting. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

Always persist until you have completed the task. Persistence has a magical way of melting away resistance.

Eventually you develop the habit of persistence & you become unstoppable.

 

 

 

The 7 benefits of self-discipline:


1. Creating the habit of self discipline guarantees your success.

2. When you practice self-discipline you’ll get more done, faster & better than others. It leads to higher levels of performance.

3. You’ll earn more. The people with the highest self-discipline who get the results are the ones who move immediately to the front of the line in life.

4. You have a greater sense of self control, self reliance & personal power. You feel you can do anything you put your mind to because you have the ability to discipline yourself to do it anyway

5. It is the key to self esteem, self respect & personal pride. Everytime you discipline yourself you’ll like yourself more, see yourself as a better person, feel great about yourself & feel personally proud of yourself. It affects your personality in a greatly positive way

6. Increase your self discipline, and you increase your self confidence. The lower your fears of failure & rejection will be. Eventually you develop bulletproof self confidence where you can walk through walls

7. With self discipline, you build a strength of character that will drive you to persist over any & all obstacles on your path until you succeed.

With self discipline, you achieve personal greatness.

Until next time boys & girls

KP

Self-Discipline: The Key To Success – Part I

June 27th, 2011 by KP



Self Discipline Funny 

 

Self discipline is more important than anything else when it comes to your success.

I’ve been going through Brian Tracy’s self-discipline program, and if you’re wondering if it’s any good or not, it’s big fuckin titties.

Self-discipline is your ability to make yourself do, what you should do, when you should to do it, whether you want to do it or not. It is the key to success. Going back to my post the other day on “Progress Requires Sacrifice“, self-discipline is essentially having full mastery of your emotions where you decide what you want to do, rather than letting your emotions decide what you do.

The last couple years of hard grind & commitment to business have put us through an emotional roller-coaster, but when you finish the ride, or you decide to ride it again, emotionally you are forged like steel on the inside, and you stand unaffected when things seem bad.

It is the most common personality trait / characteristic I have noticed among the most successful people that I know after spending a lot of time around them, their sickening self discipline & the ability to do what they need to do, when they need to do it, whether they want to do it or not is the obvious secret to their success.

Except most people hope for it to be something else that makes people successful, they look for the quick & easy fix. But there is no magic bullet, no magic pill, no secret, other than a sickening habit of self-discipline. That is the secret to success.

I’ve always had good self discipline, but now I’ve been focusing consciously on forming that habit of self discipline, it’s getting easier everyday and outstanding self-discipline is becoming who I am, rather than something I have force myself to practice. I can feel it, and it is empowering.

Not only does it get easier as the habit is formed, it also compounds, where you might start to get more disciplined in your business area of life, suddenly your ability to get up & go to the gym when you don’t feel like it even though you know you should gets easier too. So it affects all areas of your life.

Self discipline is essentially self control & self mastery.

When you practice self-discipline, you respect yourself more & your self-esteem goes up.

Your image improves & you see yourself as a better person when you take control of yourself and do what you know you should do, for the long-term gain, rather than doing what you want to do for the short term gratification.

I’m making it sound easy.

Don’t get me wrong, it is FUCKING HARD to form the habit of self-discipline! If it was easy to go against our emotions, and we did what we know we had to do, when we needed to do it, whether we wanted to or not, all of the time, we would be evolving at an astronomical rate as a human race! It is easy to see how the statistic – the average human uses just 10% of their brain’s mental capacity is true when you really start to work on yourself & your ‘inner game’, you amaze yourself with the cognitive ability and mental capacity your brain has when it is tested.

Self-discipline is a habit that you can learn with practice & repetition. Do something over & over again, whether you want to or not, and eventually you create a habit.

The difference between successful people & unsuccssful people are their habits. Succussful people have success habits, unsuccessful people have non-success habits. The #1 habit of successful people is the ability of doing what they know they should do, when they need to do it.

Successful people make a habit of doing what unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The ironic thing, is that successful people don’t like to do the same thing unsuccessful people don’t like to do, but they make a habit of doing it anyway because they recognise that it is the price for success

Everything is hard before it is easy. Fact.

Accept that, or be forever fucked in the world of limbo where you wait for something spectacular to be handed to you on a plate.

It only takes about 21 days to break an old habit and create a new one. So practice self-discipline everyday, for just 21 days. Be willing to pay the price in the present, to reap & enjoy the rewards in the future. LONG-TERM OVER SHORT-TERM!!!

More to come in Self-Discipline: The Key To Success – Part II (I’ll be writing up & posting it soon)

The one & only,
KP

No sugarcoating in life.

June 26th, 2011 by KP




“Somewhere along the line people have been fooled into believing that life is supposed to be easy. I often work 12+ hour days, and there are weeks when I work 7 days. I perform my own workout at the crack of dawn. Do I enjoy waking up at 4AM? Not really, but I get it done. I have a wife and son, with another on the way next month. I also have dogs, house work, work in the yard, etc. I’m beyond busy. Oh well, that’s life. I won’t cry about it and feel bad for myself. I won’t rush to the local fast food restaurant. I cook much of my food ahead of time. I make time. I find a way. Most people aren’t trying to make time. They aren’t making an effort.

We need to stop making excuses for others. People need to stop feeling bad for themselves. Life is tough. That’s a fact. There are good times and bad times. There are action takers and action fakers. There are ultra busy professionals who make time for fitness, while others don’t. We all have options, and we all make our own decisions. If someone has made poor decisions, I won’t sugarcoat it and console them with more excuses.” – Ross Enamit

“You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”

June 26th, 2011 by KP



“You Can Take a Horse to Water, but You Can’t Make it Drink”

You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. In other words, you can give people an opportunity, you can try and help them all you can with everything you’ve got, but unless they’re willing to help themselves, it’s a waste of your time.

If you know what you’re worth, go out & get what you’re worth.

Don’t wait for a helping hand, don’t wait for someone else to come along and save you. Be self-reliant. Fend for yourself. Then any time someone else comes along & helps you, it’s a bonus. But it should never be expected or what you rely on.

Supernova & The Meaning Of Life

June 26th, 2011 by KP

Just the start, we’ve only touched the surface of Supernova.

Greatness Exists In All of Us

June 25th, 2011 by KP



Greatness exists in all of us.

More to follow in my next post about that with what something one of my roommate’s Carlos told me.

KP

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Progress Requires Sacrifice

June 25th, 2011 by KP

Mothafucka god damn I want to go to EDC so bad this weekend in Vegas.

Well at least I want to go for Sunday when Swedish House Mafia are on. I posted their intro to their set at EDC 2010 in my last post, I’ve been listening to it non-stop as well as all their sets from this past year for the past few days. Fuck I wanna go!

They are the biggest of the best for me when it came to getting in to producing house music myself. (this is also why I have watched their documentary ‘Take One’ close to 500 times now)

However, a saying I try to pride myself on, is progress requires sacrifice. To me, Sacrifice = giving something up for the greater good, it involves commitment, risk & mastering your ability to be in control of your emotions. Sacrifice is the act of giving up something you value for the sake of something that’s more important to you. Believe me when I say it won’t be easy, but who said anything that is truly worth it was going to be easy.

 

 

Yep, a cow trying to make it through a fence & getting stuck is my #1 choice for a visual aid for “progress requires sacrifice”.

So using our handy visual aid, we can see that progress requires sacrifice, commitment, risk, and hard work.

Mastering your ability to be in control of your emotions is #1 for me, because that’s the ability of seeing things how they really are, not letting your emotions decide your actions, and not being a slave to your emotions.

I know the path we’re on right now, and although it hurts my chest to turn down going to EDC this year & getting our rave on, progress requires sacrifice. After a successful trip to Oslo, Norway and London, England, we’ve been back in LA for a week and a half and are hitting stride with business, working out & focusing on building a huge family in LA again.

But every time we get sidetracked with something that knocks us off course, it’s not just a day or 2 to get back on track, it takes about another week to get our heads back on straight & hit stride again. That stride is invaluable & is one of the small details that no one but you sees, those small details are what separates great from outstanding results.

How I see it in it’s plainest form, is being at war with my emotions. Not saying that emotions are all bad, not at all, but the fact that emotionally I want to go to EDC so bad, right now I want to get a ticket & just go. But when I take a step out of “me” as if I’m looking in on myself from a neutral perspective, I know that at this point in my life right now, creating a business that generates a consistent, residual income, something we’ve been working on for the past year and making it a success, is #1 priority.

And this will change as time goes by & goals are achieved. Wealth, health & relationships are the 3 main areas of life, but to truly master any one, you have to put the majority of your focus in to that one area. Right now for me, it’s wealth, and 85%+ of my focus & energy HAS to go into it if I want to succeed & achieve what I’m striving for in that area. When I know that logically I need to pass on the short term gratification of going because there are bigger priorities on my list right now, if I did go, I would be going against my logic & just a slave to my emotions.

Now you can’t live and breath by not giving in to your emotions sometimes, because it’s those emotions & feelings that we do everything for, and afterall we’re human. As humans, we are emotional creatures. And of course you need to reward yourself & feel emotions otherwise you become a fucking robot! But I know that when an area of my life isn’t at a level that I’m satisfied with, then that’s when progress requires sacrifice and you do need to override your emotions with what you know you should do.

Although the short term fix I’ll get from going to EDC will be fucking amazing, it will also set me back from arriving at the destination of my goal. And if I haven’t succeeded in an area of my life that I live & breath by on a daily basis, then the short term fix I’ll get from going to EDC will feel good in the short term, but long term it will harm the speed of success.

It’s like if you’re hungry and you’re trying to get in shape. A chocolate bar sounds so good right now in the short term, but in the long term, it’s just going to set you back and you’ll have to bust your ass to get back to the point you were at. Long-term over short-term any day. And when you think about it, it is also the long-term rewards that keep you emotions more stable.

Same goes for wealth, as an example if you want to hustle all year to lock down a $1million deal, but it is just a one-off deal, or focus on building a consistent residual income of $85k a month. The $1million deal seems great in the short term & on the surface, but both strategies end up with the same $1million a year earnings, and come the end of the year, one strategy you have to start over, yet the other strategy is still generating $85k a month, and is most likely growing everyday.

Who’s emotions are going to more stable come the new year, the short-term person or the long-term? It’s the same with health, wealth, and relationships. Always long-term over short-term.

When my mate Jim from London was staying with us in LA, he told me one time he was speaking to one of his business mentors, and he asked Jim what he does on a day-to-day basis.

Then he asked out of that list, what isn’t contributing to achieving his goal? Which he followed up with, “Are you willing to sacrifice & give up the things that aren’t contributing to achieving your goal, or not? Because that’s what makes the difference between a goal being achieved or not, the willingness to give up & sacrifice things you enjoy, for the long-term reward.”

Earl Nightingale said the same thing, “Virtually any goal can be accomplished, but the desire for the goal is not nearly as important as what you are willing to give up to achieve the goal.”

Right now, the pain of not going to EDC is no where near the pain of putting success off any longer.

Whoever is at EDC this year, fuck you!!! Haha, I’m jealous. 🙂 For everyone that’s going, this is for you –

God damn that’s a sick song. I’m killing myself listening to every SHM song & set, knowing they’re at EDC this Sunday. Lol. I hope its a blast for everyone that goes, I know it’s gonna be sick!!

But I’ll see you all at the next one. Progress requires sacrifice.

KP

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Been playing this on repeat for the last 2 days

June 24th, 2011 by KP

When it hits 2:00 get ready for your tits to get rocked off, because mine did.

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