I had a pretty interesting experience last night on a webinar of one of my mentors Bob Proctor and a new mentor that I have been following online, Vishen Lakhiani, founder and CEO of Mindvalley.

By the end of this blog post your eyes might be opened to a whole new way of how the world and how money works.

So if you're tired of going to a job that you have no passion for, it's time to get off that hamster wheel and learn what Bob and Vishen know in order to make that leap from a job to being an entrepreneur.

That's exactly what I am teaching YOU, if you're willing to learn :-)

It's pretty simple, most people just THINK it's hard.

Want to learn more?

Send me a message on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nabarham with any questions and I'll be sure to respond within 24 - 48 hours.

One of my friends on Facebook sent me this video that Vishen Lakhiani founder and CEO of Mindvally did and it blew my mind!

If all employers did what Vishen shared in this video, we would all have a job and LOVE what we do.

Unfortunately NONE of them do it and that is why we have the crisis that we do now with over 80% of employees literally hating their jobs.

Check out the video below and leave me your comments below if this blew your mind too :-)

According to legend, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés issued a rather interesting order to his men as they began their conquest of the Aztec empire in 1519.

The order was simple: Burn the boats.

He wanted his men to realize that they had no opportunity to retreat, so they had to give this fight everything they had. Failure was no longer an option and winning this battle just became that much more important.

There is much debate about the legitimacy of this story, both in reference to the true intentions of Cortés and whether the actual burning took place at all. However, regardless of the accuracy in this particular case, it illustrates an important point which can be applied to almost everything we do. Moreover, the concept of “burning the boats” is something that goes back to ancient times, as noted by Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich: A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the battlefield.

He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them. Addressing his men before the first battle, he said, “You see the boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win!

We now have no choice—we win, or we perish! They won.

Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success.

As Hill points out, when faced with a risk we should eliminate any obstacles that might hold us back from giving our full effort. If in the back of our minds we know that we have an escape plan if a new venture fails, are we really going to shoot for success with as much effort as if we knew this was our last and only hope?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying throw out all your backup plans, but just be mindful of how having something to fall back on can sometimes reduce our capacity to succeed. What we should take from the story of Cortés and the burning boats is that life is filled with risks and unknown circumstances, that is just a fact. However, it is the way in which we approach these risks that makes all the difference.

If we embark upon something—be it a new business venture, a academic project or whatever you have your mind set on—we should work at it as if our lives depended on it. For the men under the command of Cortés, I guarantee you that when their ships were in flames and left them no opportunity for retreat, they didn’t just want to win, they needed to win, in order to survive.

Shouldn’t we approach our new ventures with a similar mindset?

That’s what putting your heart and soul into something means; it is all about the degree of passion you bring to the table.

As Gary Vaynerchuk would say, that is the only way to truly Crush It!

Are You Willing to Burn Your Boats?

If you want to be more than just ordinary (which, if you don’t, you’re reading the wrong site :-) then at some point you’re going to have to learn to burn your boats. That means choosing to go all in on whatever it is you’re doing – really committing to it fully.

When you choose not to commit fully to something that is genuinely important to you then you’re already setting yourself up for a fate worse than failure – never really trying to begin with.

People who live incredible lives, people who are happy and genuinely have a positive overall impact on the world, people who live in such a way that others find them naturally fascinating, they don’t half-ass things.

They focus and work hard on it.

They sacrifice for it.

They’re willing to take serious risks in order to force themselves into serious opportunities.

If you also want to lead an incredible, UNSTOPPABLE life then you need to look at the things you’re doing now and ask yourself, “Am I fully committed to this?

Am I willing to potentially give up everything in order to succeed or does that sound too hard?”

This applies to everything from language learning to fitness to entrepreneurship and finding truly fulfilling work.  Are you willing to skip TV time and go a month without video games in order to spend that time learning a new skill, business or trade?

Why not?

Are you capable of not eating the crap you usually eat, exercising your self-control when it’s the most difficult to do so and putting in the hours of sweat and toil in the weight room?

Are you bold enough to quit the secure job that you despise in order to have enough time to find out if your dream business can actually succeed, even if there’s zero guarantees that it will?

Break your kettle and burn your boat.

If you’re always too scared or lazy to go all in, you’ll never be more than ordinary.

Have you gone all in and fully committed yourself to an endeavor?

Share it with us in the comments and how it worked out for you.

Written by Brian and Rhonda Swan (unstoppablefamily.com)

Recently I was at an Entrepreneur's Conference and was listening to one of the speakers talk about independence and how all of us were there because we have

the freedom to make the decision to be there instead of sitting in a cubicle or working a job we didn't like.

This message really resonated with me and I made this video for you :-)

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My inspiration for quitting my job and following my passion, Scott Dinsmore, wrote this blog. The music video at the end brought me to tears and I made a decision right then to do and be so much more in this world before I leave it.

“We get so caught up in the fear of how and what, that we forget to marvel at the fact that it’s even possible in the first place.”

Sometimes I forget how magnificent it is to be living right now.

I get caught up in how challenging, scary and uncertain so much of my (everyone’s) work is that I lose sight of what I get to be a part of.

Last week I had two days back-to-back where I was up until past 4am prepping everything for our Connect With Anyone launch and new crop of students. One of those days started at 5:15am. You can do the math.

That’s not normal for me and it’s not something I’m proud of, but last week, that was what needed to happen.

And when the alarm goes off a few hours later, waking me up to keep cranking on things, is about when I forget how grateful I am…

Part of my late night was due to being deep in a live chat with a LYL Localhost in Bangalore who excitedly told me all the details of the monthly LYL events he’s been hosting in India all year. I’m grateful for him – and for the tools to publish that one blog post last October announcing our search for hosts.

Another part of my night was making some real-time improvements to our Connect With Anyone site to have it ready for everyone the next morning. I’m grateful to have the technology to work with my designer across the country to immediately have our updates live for the world to see (and for his willingness to stay up until the wee hours with me).

Sometime early last week a man in Singapore decided to invest about $1,000 to join Connect With Anyone, and he was ecstatic about it. I’m grateful to have built enough trust with all of you to know I’ll deliver on the promise that LYL and our tools represent to the community, even though we’ve never met in person.

I’m also grateful that by some stroke of genius, it’s even possible for one person across the world to easily, safely and instantly pay another.

Do you have any idea how incredible that is??

We have been granted the privilege to live in the most unbelievable time of possibility in the history of the world.

A time where the barriers have been broken down. The gatekeepers disbanded. Where the only thing between you and publishing your first book (and potential future best-seller), is not the permission of some stodgy publishing house, but your decision to sit down and create.

Where a debt-ridden, overweight husband struggling to support his family of eight on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean can decide “enough” – and go on to build a life and business that helps millions make the same habit changes he did.

Where a securities lawyer can decide to trade it all to spend more time with his wife and daughter by sharing his art with the world and inspiring and training others to do the same.

Where a highly paid corporate consultant can press reset to leverage his coding and design chops and build a business that teaches people how to turn their talents into their own online gigs.

Where a burned-out techie could decide to make his mark on the world using tea as the vehicle for facilitating positive human connection.

Where you could decide to learn the guitar from the best teachers in the world (often for free) in your living room. And you could even watch a TEDx Talk to learn how to do it in 20 hours or less. Or take in 14 other TED Talks on Disruptive Career Change.

Where much of the best practical education from the savviest experts in the world is not hidden behind the nearly impenetrable walls of some Ivy League school, but instead waiting for you to absorb free of charge. And you could choose to consume it while sitting on a beach in Thailand or a cafe in Costa Rica to save on living costs while you acquire your new skill. I’m grateful to have done both.

Where, no matter what your beliefs, you can find a tribe somewhere around the world that shares those same ideas.

I’m grateful that I get to call all of the above people good friends of mine. Friends who I didn’t even know existed five years ago. Friends who most the world had never heard of a few years before that.

It doesn’t matter where you came from, what your background is, who you know or what you know.

For every hardship or disadvantage you feel like you’ve had, there is an example of someone who had it worse and prevailed.

I’m grateful that we can find those people. We can learn from them. They can be the ones who make the impossible our new normal.

Sure, it’ll probably involve some nights and weekends at first (or for a while), but that will probably happen at a job you hate too, so what’s the real sacrifice for taking a crack at what matters?

Our fear and inaction is selfish.

We get so caught up in the struggle, the fear, the thrash, the uncertainty, the challenges, the questions of how and what, that we forget to marvel in the pure incomprehensible beauty of what is possible in the first place.

The things that couldn’t even have been dreamed up by most of us ten or 15 years ago are now happen every day.

The fact that I get to sit at my kitchen table this morning and write a few ideas down, and as soon as I hit publish, tens of thousands of you will read them. And it’s possible millions will – it might not be likely, but it’s possible. And that is the point.

That three years ago I had an idea to build a community to help people make their difference in the world and that, from scratch, I created courses and tools to help you with that, and that you consume them, you buy them and you graciously thank me for them. And on top of that you’re actually using them to leverage your talents and passions to change other peoples’ lives. And because of you, Live Your Legend has grown into a bigger and more empowering movement and business than I had the capacity to imagine.

Even if it all stopped today, that fact – your loyalty and support – will leave me drowning in gratitude and awe for the rest of my life.

It’s not about whether or not it’s easy.

Because a lot of the time it won’t be.

It’s not about whether it’s always going to be fun.

Because sometimes it’s not.

It’s about the difference you can make. That you can decide to do work that matters – to you and those around you.

It’s about the fact that it’s possible.

That no matter your age, stage, culture, nationality or background, today we get to live in a world where the only gatekeeper between you and living your legend is your desire to get your ass to work and start learning and building.

I see it as our responsibility to do something with that possibility.

To become an example of what’s possible.

Eternal gratitude is the only way I can describe the gift we’ve all been given.

What will you do with it? Tell us in the comments.

-Scott

P.S. In honor of our possibility, I wanted to share the #1 music video and song on my “Inspire Me” playlist right now. I was blasting it all last week.

And because tonight I’m off to see Beyoncé in concert in San Francisco with Chelsea and six friends (I love seeing people doing their thing in real life)…

Beyoncé performed this at the United Nations on World Humanitarian Day on August 19, 2012. It’s called “I Was Here.” Whether you like her or not, don’t judge. Just pay attention to the message.

One of my favorite lines…

“When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets. Leave something to remember, so they won’t forget. I was here.”

I hope it sheds some light on your own potential and that of this community. We are capable of so much more than we realize. Click the image or link below...

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