Success Is a Learned Behavior
It’s hard to be what you have not seen. That’s why I talked two weeks ago about the importance of having mentors. Failure is a learned behavior, as is success. We think what we’ve seen, what we’re watching, is normal.
I heard a story recently about a dog who was pregnant that had been hit by a car and lost the use of her back legs. When the puppies were born, they pulled their legs behind them like their mother, not because they had physical issues, but because that’s what they had observed.
There was a similar story about a dog who was limping. After the owner spent $300 to treat his dog’s limping, he found out that the dog was simply modeling his owner’s limp. The dog was imitating his owner out of sympathy.
Success is a learned behavior. The best way to succeed is to find people who are a few steps ahead of you and spend time with them so you can model their behavior.
Likewise, we better be careful about who we’re watching, who we’re spending time with and who we’re following.
Do you agree? Do you think success is a learned behavior? Reach out and let me know what you think at 48days.com/AskDan
Episode #846 September 02, 2022
Hi this is Dan Miller – and yes you’re listening to the 48 Days Radio show – where each week we take 48 minutes to dive into real-life questions about finding your passion, deciding what kind of life you want to live – and then finding or creating work that allows you to show up every day, excited to be able to do something that is meaningful, fulfilling – and profitable. This is where normal, indecision and ambiguity come to die. Welcome to the 48 Days Radio Show.
I got a call to help me get my student loan forgiveness. Should I return that call?
Be very careful of calls you may receive. They are likely scammers. You can go to the Department of Education to sign up to get updates on the process and the timetable.
Be patient. Don’t rush this and be taken advantage of.
I’m 36 and doing well. Should I go back to school to get my MBA?
This is only an issue if you are going to look for a job with a traditional company. If the theory is to just learn how to run a business, there are a whole lot of ways you can learn to do that without the expense of getting your MBA.
Beyond being able to add it to your resume to get a traditional job, it really doesn’t carry a lot of weight out there.
If you enjoy the process of academic study, look at the opportunity costs associated with getting your MBA. If the opportunity costs aren’t too high, you can certainly get your MBA online.
But don’t count on it making a whole lot of difference in your opportunities.
Is now a bad time to get into real estate sales?
Should you follow your passion and curiosity or listen to other people’s good advice and try to find something else that would work.
My encouragement is to follow your curiosity. If you follow your curiosity, you can become proficient in doing something. That builds your passion. From there, you can clarify your purpose, provide a promise to people and make a profit.
You short circuit yourself if you skip the curiosity and the passion part of that and just go to what you can promise people to make a profit.
Aside from that, real estate is an area that does well regardless of how the economy is doing.
If it’s something that you find interesting that you think you would do well, I say go for it.
There really is no downside. Just go get your license, get with a good broker and do it for a year.
We’re going to look at “quiet quitting” and “quiet firing”
Quiet quitting is all over the news. This is when someone does the minimum work required without actually telling your boss you’re leaving. They probably have plans to move out on their own.
There’s also a counterpart to that, which is quiet firing — an employee who doesn’t give raises or promotion opportunities. They don’t really care if you were to leave.
The Power of Asking
Hear Richard Branson’s story about buying a $6M island for $180,000 because he asked. You can now rent the island for $107,000 a night.
A lot of resources are available but we simply don’t ask for them.
It’s kind of like having a wheelbarrow with a million dollars in it. Most of us reach in and just take out $1.
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