5 Cheat Codes That Hack Success

From an early age I witnessed the benefits of hard work: Men and women who were dedicated and driven to accomplish goals, which most would assume insurmountable: Individuals who — at the time — seemed to understand a secret or #humancheatcode that allowed them to make the seemingly impossible possible. As I progressed in my career I took with me a few of the lessons learned from these individuals. Lessons that have allowed me to perform at a high level under duress and compete in several different environments.

Cheat Codes

Employ the following human cheat codes to make the seemingly impossible possible:

#AlwaysBeReady

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” — Confucius

The 1st business owner I was recruited by specialized in event management. At the time — in his market — the competition was at a high level and the events management industry was cut throat. Competitors would sabotage your events and at times refuse to honor contractual agreements. Nonetheless, he always managed to stay relevant by planning his every move — with contingencies — in advance.

This high-level of preparation allowed him to pivot and adjust to adverse outcomes faster than the competition.

#RideTheWave

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” — Bert Lance

Often time’s people try to change systems that are already working. The most successful people I have interacted with — recognize a trend and find a way to compliment the things that people are already tuned in to.

I’ve seen people — with a minimal investment — turn lifestyle businesses that complimented a pre-existing trending topic into seven figure brands in less than two years.

#Location 1st

“Real estate is the key cost… That’s why there’s the old saw: location, location, location.” — Jeff Bezos

If you wear your tuxedo to a barbeque you are likely to receive some strange looks, but if you wear the same tux to a black tie event you have primed yourself for a successful evening. In short, your business model has to compliment your markets demand.

When in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.” — Saint Ambrose

The one human cheat code that every one of the aforementioned people I mentioned earlier realize is — that you have to put yourself and your products in the right place to succeed on or offline.

#StayHumbleStayHungry

“Humility is the true key to success. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.” — Rick Pitino

I have never run across a truly successful person who didn’t practice dignified humility. All ambitious people are driven, but the most successful people have an unquenchable thirst: A humble hunger which allows them to persevere — even in the most trying of times.

Closed mouths don’t get feed and greedy people generally get excused from the table. Find a balance between the two extremes.

#GiveBack

“As I give, I get.” — Mary McLeod Bethune

The single most successful person I have ever interacted with made it a mission to — help “up and coming” people who were humble enough to listen. From my interaction with this individual I gleaned the reciprocal value of service. On the surface you have an opportunity to assist others, but at the end of the day — the true value comes from what you learn about yourself along the way.

Some of the best ideas in the world came from everyday people who shared an interaction with an influencer.

#Be About It
@darimusBe #AboutIt
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Blockchain Your Brain

Wood Blocks Chain & Key | Blockchain Brain

Some of you may not remember the heavy-duty file cabinets that used to be common place in office buildings before the world went paperless.  For all intents and purposes, I barely remember them myself — as a millennial on the other side of my 30th birthday.  However, if memory serves (no pun intended #waitforit) I should be able to give you a history lesson on how the world stored data before jump drives and cloud computing:

1st       You bought a ridiculously heavy metal filing cabinet which generally required a dolly and plenty of muscle to be delivered to a lonely corner of your office.

2nd     You purchased a box of manila folders from your local office supply store.

3rd      You manually labeled each of what felt like an endless pile of tan cardstock folders.

4th      You put the folders into alphanumeric sections divided within the cabinet drawers.

5th      The fun part: You enter hundreds (sometimes thousands!) of sheets of paper into the appropriately labeled folders for future recall.

As tiring as this process sounds, our brains complete similar processes of storage and retrieval in fractions of a second.  Thus, we are capable of remembering a grocery list on our way to the local market as well as memories from our childhood.

Unfortunately, memories are misplaced over time like most of the papers stored in the prehistoric file cabinets I could barely remember above!

“Time moves in one direction, memory in another.”

—William Gibson

I’m sure most of us would agree that technology has provided us with a “better mousetrap” in respect to data storage.  We’ve come a long way from the Library of Alexandria to search engines, linking us to a seemingly endless amount of data.  The heavy duty file cabinets of the 20th Century have been converted to packet data stored on cell phones in heavy duty cell phone cases.

Time & memory have merged in respect to our technology, but what about our actual physical memory?

Over the years, several memorization techniques have been popularized.  I’ll list a few:

  • Associate a memory with an image or story
  • Create a mental memory tree
  • Write the info to be memorized several times
  • Method of loci
  • Take notes on info you aim to remember

6 Ways to a Better Memory | Blockchain Brain

Most memorization techniques are manual, centralized and time consuming like the file cabinet.  In a world where information is readily at our fingertips — this approach seems antiquated.

How much would efficiency, increase if you delegated the responsibility of your memorization?  If you “blockchained” your brain.

A blockchain is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions.  Constantly growing as ‘completed’ blocks (the most recent transactions) are recorded and added to it in chronological order, it allows market participants to keep track of digital currency transactions without central record keeping.

 

BlockchainTechnology has grown beyond the confines of bitcoin accounting to become a virtually incorruptible digital ledger that can be programmed to keep track of anything of value. This flexibility makes blockchain tailor made for logistics and in a lot of ways recollection is the process of moving information from storage to our mind’s awareness.  Instead of relying solely on our cognitive ability — we can create blocks to prompt our memory.

Automating the process by taking advantage of “Ifthisthenthat” applications like IFTT or by implementing more low-tech man powered ledger systems.  The possibilities are endless.

With a little imagination you can come up with a variety of ways to automate the memorization process.  Systems where the initial decision to flag information as pertinent starts a domino effect which prompts external reminders & triggers to activate.  Decentralizing the workload and establishing a chain of accountability. 

A few benefits:

Limited Liability

By spreading accountability across channels we place a greater emphasis on the information we need to remember opposed to focusing on our ability to effectively recall.

Checks & Balances

The goal is to keep our minds aware of a piece of information: What better way to accomplish this then by introducing external agents to the equation.

Efficiency

The BCB approach brings truth to the idiom two heads are better than one.  Couple the external inputs with ledger tracking and identifying areas of opportunity becomes routine.

Increased Productivity

Do you remember the memorization techniques I mentioned above? (pun intended) The major drawback of them all is they require a large amount of time, energy and effort.  The BCB approach when properly implemented feels autonomous.

Editable

Often the information we seek to remember is associated with a forthcoming event, task or activity.  By decentralizing accountability, we free the data we need to access in the future to be edited by third parties. Thus, opening the information our minds will need to recall up to increased specificity and enhancement.

Whether you are struggling to recall a login password, an anniversary or an item on your to do list – the BCB approach will help insure you successful remember the things that matter.  By taking advantage of a proven methodology, you can eliminate the pain from your personal data storage.

Life is too short – to misplace the best parts!

Quick Success Hacks : Ambidextrous Problem Solving

Too often distractions originate & swell from within. Our heart & mind struggle to determine how we should venture to resolve a conflict.

Do we follow passion or logic: Practicality or inspiration?

Viewing our mind & heart as diametrically opposed forces often stifles & delays the decision making process. Unnecessarily distancing us from a solution.

“One hand washes the other… Both hands wash the face.” Sam Giancana

When your head and heart — logic & passion — are at odds, I suggest that you pause to identify common ground. This act alone will help you defeat self-sabotaging internal conflicts by approaching problem solving ambidextrously. Essentially, allowing both “hands of your personality” to work cooperatively to identify a solution.

Embracing both schools of thought: left & right brain philosophy. Will align your heart & mind allowing you to make decisions quicker & further develop your brand of leadership.

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