Design by: Pamela Sisson
The only way to survive, to get off the floor, to build, to have ideas, to create businesses, to have flourishing relationships is with diversification. And with the greatest invention since the wheel, the internet, it’s easier to do it now than ever before.
1. DIVERSIFY IDEAS
People ask me, “when I’m writing my 10 ideas for the day to build my idea muscle, should they al be business ideas, or around one sector?” NO! Write ideas about anything you can. Then mate them. Make your brain supple and creative in every area.
2. CREATIVE OUTPUT
Everyone want to create their “masterpiece”. But you can’t. All you can do is create. Then the world will decide what is a masterpiece. Thomas Edison has 1,093 patents, but we remember him today for just one. The point: be prolific.
3. DIVERSIFY THE PEOPLE YOU MEET
I’m shy. I like to stay home and not answer the phone. But I make myself schedule meetings with 3 or 4 new people each week. I go into the city and schedule them all back-to-back. I always want to be proactive about learning things from new people.
4. DIVERSIFY YOUR HOME
The American Dream dictates you have to own a house. As if your identity is tied up in the wood box you live in. But the world is an enormous and amazing place. Why not live in Airbnb’s and diversify your identity across exotic places around the globe.
5. DIVERSIFY YOUR PLATFORM
You can’t just blog. You can’t just be on Facebook or Twitter. You can’t just self-publish on Amazon. You have to be everywhere. Don’t wait for the mainstream media to pick you. Go where the people are and make it happen.
6. DIVERSIFY YOUR THOUGHTS
I spent too much of my life worrying about money and women. Meanwhile, there’s 100 billion other fun things to think about each day. Diversification of thoughts isn’t the only way to slow life down, to let the thoughts simmer instead of boil.
7. DIVERSIFY WHAT YOU READ
Get 4 books: one about your career, one about your top interest or hobby (unrelated to your career), one thriller, and one book. about spirituality or history. Read a little from each everyday. Just 20 total pages a day equals 36 books a year.
8. DIVERSIFY YOUR HEALTH
List all of the unhealthy things you do. You don’t need to cut everything at once, but start one at a time. It’s painful to be 90 years old and know if you had done just a few things differently it wouldn’t hurt so much every time you went to the bathroom.
9. DIVERSIFY THE WAY YOU MEET PEOPLE
Adults think once you graduate college you have to go to bars to meet people. Not true. Put yourself in environments when you’re going to meet the kind of people you want to be around. Go to meet ups, take classes, join groups, travel.
10. START MORE THAN ONE BUSINESS
Start many businesses. Or jobs. Or careers. Start them at the same time. Eventually one will stand out and flourish. This will be the one that will make you fabulously wealthy while having fun. But the only way to find it is to try many things.
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