Please don’t focus on short-term gains at the expense of long-term gains.
- Lesson 1: Honesty. A decade of honesty will give you hundreds of customers that would trust you with their life’s work and spread the word as far as they can. The dishonest are always in self-denial. Life is fair in the developed world and the more you add: the more you get.
- Lesson 2: Operate on 5 year plans. Think of what the implications of your action today are 5 years from now. We focus on doing the right thing each day and not about profiting from our employees and taking money from our customers. We give our customers more value than what we charge, and they have become raving fans for life who allowed us to process over a billion dollars in bookkeeping! Each year we improve at our skills because we get better as we generate value over a longer duration.
- Lesson 3: Cut the dead weight. Ruthlessly protect your time. Mentoring to qualified people can be rewarding like parenting. Do not waste time and energy with those who do not make progress.
- Lesson 4: In line with our contrarian approach: Always judge a book by its cover! Anyone who says different has a terrible cover! Poor choices reflect poor character. Avoid these people at all costs. They will simply slow you down.
The tone of the blog is at times a bit harsh, but it has to remind everyone that people with no value should be avoided at all costs. From the outside looking, you only see the success and people assume we make the hard look easy. We go through tough times just like anyone else.
STOP THINKING SHORT-TERM
Its a huge mistake to focus on short-term gains at the expense of long-term gains. But some people have the mentality: “I need to get what’s mine with as little discipline as possible.”
|Poor choice||What to do instead|
|Wastes time. Take longer only to get a worse outcome.||Time is the only asset you can never get back- don’t waste a second. Hone skills minimum of 9 hours per day.|
|Bachelor degree from Grant MacEwan (13 out of the 31 employees from 2012-2017) without mastering a useful curriculum or leaving with any leveragable skills. This life is 100x harder to fix. It is no wonder this school’s University’s ranking is far below THOUSANDS of others on ALL of the world rankings.||Most people should skip University altogether unless you attend a top 20 school and have skills leading you to a professional career (Engineering- Software/Electrical not Mechanical). Make the most of your time by getting the best grades in the shortest time so you can start your career ASAP. Otherwise exhaustively learn code online or learn a trade (NAIT).|
|Prioritize short-term gains (demanding more money just to get hours cut and waste time restarting the political process at a new job)||Prioritize long-term gains.|
|Prioritize earning (asking for raises even though they are not earned).||Prioritize learning (focused on learning to deliver value).|
|Enjoys vacations since they “earned it”.||Does not engage in escapism (makes their own life great so they do not need to escape it).|
|Unskilled multi-tasking.||Focused skilled work.|
|Do the minimum. Rich people should simply give to them in exchange for nothing.||Focus on creating value which eventually makes their time valuable.|
|Expect to be handed a pamphlet that says “do X then do Y then do Z” and requires someone else to think for them. Sees their idiocy as lack of training, then complain when technology makes them obsolete.||Revenue generating creativity: hard to replicate skills. Leverages technology.|
|Nothing is ever their fault. They love to tell you how hard and long they work =fake accomplishment & waste of life.||Solving Problems = Hard Work.|
|Procrastinate.||No time to procrastinate – too busy improving. 90% doing & 10% reading|
There are two choices in life: Discipline or Regret. The rest is up to you:
|Regret @ age 25||Discipline @ age 25|
|Make terrible decisions in life over and over again but believe they “could” be in the same position as you if they “wanted to” and will be “successful in the future”.||Smile, nod and agree. But no sympathy for those who created their own mess.|
|Updates their resume to find another salary job||Focuses on honing skills consistently over dedicated time = success.|
|Don’t need advice because they know better and only ask advice for affirmation purposes.||Take actionable proven advice.|