Too Good to be True?

Do you ever use this saying?

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

An Unlikely Creation

I’ve used this phrase many times to offer “sage advice” to others. However, after thinking about it, I will never, ever use it again. It’s a cheap, easy, misguided way to make a decision if you’re looking to make something big happen with your life.

It’s a mindset problem and is one reason why most people set their goals so low or don’t believe in chasing the dreams of their youth anymore.

The key question is:  Who or what defines “too good to be true?”  Our own past experiences? Others?

If using either of those options, most people might as well give up their 8pm Warrior ways.  The opportunities we work so hard for are not supposed to be like anything we (or others) have seen before.

Isn’t unimaginable success the whole point?

Here’s a better idea.  Instead of teaching cheap sayings that breed fear and  rule out most  life changing opportunities (joining a startup, leaving your long-time employer, etc.), let’s teach our kids, friends, students, or employees HOW to look at each opportunity with an educated eye.

There are many bad opportunities out there (see my MLM post last week), but there are also good ones too.

Some are so good; they just couldn’t possibly be true…like helping start Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Zimmerman Advertising, <insert your favorite 8pm Warrior startup success here>, or Clear Medical Solutions.

8pm Warriors have to use a better way to judge opportunities.

Have a Great Night!

Aaron@Biebert

Three Brave Words

“I was wrong.”

A warrior has to be confident that they will win every battle.  But what about when “winning” means losing?

Sometimes I get myself into stressful situations by taking on the whole world at once:  meeting deadlines, getting places on time, responding to everyone in a timely fashion, getting finished work sent out, etc.   Many times my wife will provide support as needed or help get me out the door to an event.

Believe it or not, sometimes I’m not always pleasant while she’s helping me.

Here’s where it gets hard for us 8pm Warriors.  We try so hard to take on the world and achieve our dreams, but along the way we may hurt the people we love (and need) because of the condition we leave ourselves in while working late, taking on too much, running, pushing, chasing.

Saturday morning I was rude to my wife because she brought blue socks instead of black when I was late for a luncheon I had.  I was irritated and acted like she was on the opposing side…

I was wrong.

When you spend your whole life trying to be perfect, these words are so hard to say. It’s so hard to admit that you’ve failed.  However, there is still a place for bravery in a modern world, and it takes bravery to do what is right when you’ve done something wrong.

I thought about it on my way home and apologized to her.  It’s amazing what kind of healing goes on when someone apologizes.  They love us, they understand us.  And it means the world when we are honest when we are wrong.  The human side is refreshing.

Just a reminder from one warrior to another.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert