Notes on Truly Rich Club’s Power Talk: Be Consistently Aggressive

24 Jan

Note:  This is the third installment on Truly Rich Club’s PowerTalks

Be Consistently Aggressive

There are two kinds of people.  Those who either say:

  1. I wish to be wealthy; or
  2. I commit to be wealthy

Which one are you?

Brother Bo asks “Are you aggressive about the dreams and goals you have in your heart?”  He said he has not met a successful person who is not aggressive about the dreams and goals in his heart.

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Readings:

  • James 1-7-8  If you are unable to make up your mind and are undecided in all that you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord
  • John 14:12  Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
  • Proverbs 10:4  Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
  • Proverbs 18:9  One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

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Brother Bo met a wealthy foreigner who said something that struck a chord in his heart.  The foreigner said,  “I’ve never met a more polite, more courteous people than the Filipino.”  Brother Bo was happy to hear this.  But the foreigner went on and said, “But I have met so many poor people in the country.  I think one reason why you are poor is because your strength has become your weakness.  You are not aggressive.”

Brother Bo pondered on the foreigner’s comment.  Looking closely at the Filipino culture, he identified 5 cultural weaknesses that robs us of aggressiveness.  When he says aggressiveness, he is not referring to aggressiveness in terms of personality or temperament.  He does not mean aggressive as in pushy, rude or violent.  He meant aggressive in terms of attitude towards the achievement of dreams and goals.  Here are the 5 cultural weaknesses:

1.  Haciendero Complex.  Tenants are often dependent on their landlords for many things.  This is like how many people are in our country.  They expect and depend on the president to do everything for them.  They blame the president for everything that goes wrong in their lives.

2. Bahala Na Attitude.  Being fatalistic, leaving everything to fate.  Brother Bo said “If you want something, commit to it.”  There are many things that we can’t control but there are also lots of things that we can control.  We have to take responsibility. Let us say “Ako na ang bahala” instead of “Bahala na”

3. Lotto Mindset.  It is disheartening for Brother Bo to hear poor people reply to the question “How will you become rich?” with “If I win the lottery or “If got lucky in Wowowee.”  It saddens him to hear that the poor’s only hope of salvation is lotto or Wowowee.

4.  Manana Habit.  The habit of doing tomorrow what can be done today, also known as procrastination.  Brother Bo shared an observation he made on two people during a particular meeting.  When he asked one person to do something, that person wrote down Bo’s instructions.  While another, right there and then at the meeting, gets his cellphone and calls people that needed to be called.  That’s what you call an action man.  And he happens to be the richest in the group.

5.  Crab Mentality.  People whore are aggressive in achieving their dreams and goals are often misjudged as  mapapel, or sakim or greedy.  If you are envious of successful people, success will not go to you.

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7 Laws on Aggressiveness

1.  Law of Clarity.   You have to be clear about  your dreams.  The clearer you are, the quicker your dreams become reality.  When asked how he accomplishes so much, Brother Bo says he knows what he wants and he wrote them all down.  Write down your dreams and imagine or envision them.  Case in point:

  • Tiger Woods, at age 8, declared that he will break all golf records.  Eventually, he became the no. 1 golfer in the world.
  • Steven Spielberg, at age 12,  declared that he will tell stories to the world through movies.  E.T., Jaws and Transformers are only some of the movies he directed or produced.
  • Bill Clinton, during college at Yale, told everyone that he would become the President of the USA one day.

You have to know what you want very clearly and imagine them happening.  There was an experiment on basketball involving three groups:

  • 1st group – practice free throws for 2 hours
  • 2nd group – go inside their room, close eyes, and for 2 hours, imagine doing free throws
  • 3rd group – does nothing

After a few months, the results were:

  • 1st group – improved by 30%
  • 2nd group – improved by 30%
  • 3rd group – no improvement

Imagination is so powerful that the mind does not distinguish between what you imagine and what actually happens.  Before a talk, Brother Bo imagines people being blessed and inspired and changing their lives.  He also imagines what his family life would be like, how his meetings would go, and his spiritual life.  When he imagines, he’s telling God that that’s what he wants to happen.  His advice is to know what you want and imagine it.

2.  Law of Focus.  You have to focus on one thing.  The core of your strength.  Your gift from God.  Focus on one thing.  Do only one thing. (He is referring to Core Gift which he wrote about in his book 8 Secrets of the Truly Rich.  Basically, a core gift is a skill or talent that you do well and enjoy doing.  In his case, it’s communicating.)

3.  Law of Intensity.  Brother Bo says he has yet to see a successful person who is not passionate.  You have to be passionate about your dreams and goals.

4.  Law of Action.  Deciding to do something and actually doing it are very different.  Be a person of action.

5.  Law of Hustle.  It’s like looking for an open door.  If the first 20 doors are closed, look for the 21st.  Hustling is not giving up until you reach your goal.  Case in point:

  • Walt Disney needed fund for his theme park and went looking for financiers.  The first 302 prospective financiers said no. He got yes from 303rd financier that he approached.
  • Colonel Sanders, at age 60, traveled around the USA for two years trying to sell his chicken recipe in exchange for a small royalty for every chicken sold.  His business proposal was rejected 1,009 times.  He got accepted on the 1,010th try.

6.  Law of Gestation.  Dreams have a certain gestation period.  Like the dreams that God gave us, there’s a time of waiting.  We just have to persevere.  Some people give up.  Brother Bo advised “don’t rush, wait for the right time.”  Success is 90% preparation and 10% percent action.  Luck is the meeting of preparation with opportunity.  You have to prepare so that when the time comes for the opportunity to knock on your door, you are ready.

7.  Law of Integrity.  Being aggressive because of the pure motive of love.  They may seem the opposite of each other, but Brother Bo believes we can combine being aggressive with being loving.  To make the reason behind being aggressive is so that you can love more.

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Brother Bo related the story of Sylvester Stallone, in particular, the story about how the movie Rocky came about.  I know of Stallone, but I didn’t know anything about the adversities he faced and the struggles he had in life.  After hearing his story, I came to admire him.  He displayed pure determination and aggressiveness.  He believed in his dream of becoming an actor.  The smash hit Rocky was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

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Final Words:

Many are not successful because they are not aggressive.  You have dreams but you have to be aggressive.  You can achieve anything that you set your mind to.  You can do anything as long as you are committed and aggressive.

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