1. Our biggest enemy is our own self-doubt. We really can achieve extraordinary things in our lives. But we sabotage our greatness because of our fear.
2. Join a mastermind group. It’s just remarkable what being in a room full of people who are smarter than yourself does for your performance.
3. Related to the above, remember what Dennis Kimbro once said: “If you’re the smartest one of your friends, you need new friends.”
4. Dopamine is the elite performers’ best friend. [I really dug deep into the neurobiology of high-achievement in this past year and discovered that this neurotransmitter is the key to motivation…and it is released when we push our envelopes and do things that are difficult].
5. Writing learning down works so much better than typing things down on a computer.
6. Become one of the rare people who don’t know how to quit (unless it really is time to quit).
7. Smile. It truly makes a difference to the people around you.
8. Just because excellent manners are not so common doesn’t mean that excellent manners are not incredibly important.
9. Always remember that there’s food on your table thanks to the customers you are privileged to serve.
10. It’s so much better to fail trying than to not even get into the game.
11. Music just makes life a whole lot better.
12. You can change the world or you can worry about fitting in but you just can’t do both.
13. Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and beautiful at the end.
14. The real key to getting great things done is stop doing so many good things.
15. Spend time in nature to renew and refuel.
16. Less entertainment, more education.
17. Gratitude is the antidote to misery.
18. We become happier not by accumulating more things but by creating richer experiences.
19. The more you serve, the more joyful you’ll become.
20. Life’s short. Have fun.