The Dream Architect
Design the right life, build it, livid it, and share it with others.
1. Only you can be the architect of your dreams. A life without dreams is outright boring. Live forward, in the future, and not backwards, in the past. To LIVE backwards is EVIL. Save others from putting up with the drudgery of your past. Draw the blue print for a new you first, have the humility to learn, and then keep on reading.
2. Take daily actions to move in the directions of your dreams. Are you making daily decisions to move you closer or further from your dreams? Know when you are in a detour or stuck in muck. Know when to call for help. Learn from setbacks and little victories alike. Learn and do, learn some more and do some more. Just keep moving! It is a lot easier to stir the wheel when you are moving.
3. Seek, live and tell the truth in a doubting and mediocre age. Don’t buy in the lies the world is telling you. Opposition always seems to come from mediocre minds. The world wants you to be distracted, entertained and pleasured so the world can keep a tight control over you. Watch out not to become numb to the value of freedom.
4. Travel and learn how others live. Learn another language and culture and add millions to your value. Be humble to learn from others. Cultures that learned how to struggle are cultures that can teach us great lessons. There are emperors out there that do wear cloths. Pride and arrogance always come before the fall. Watch for the baits thrown at you; they contain the addictions you may have to fight for the rest of your life. Get out and see the world out there.
5. Become a voracious reader and help others do the same. How many great books are you reading every month? There is no greater value than investing in great books. Imagine having a home library with 1,000 volumes you have read? The world may call you a weirdo. What would you prefer? Be a weirdo and free or fashionably broke and in bondage?
6. Naps are so underrated. Recharge your brain. Lincoln took naps and so did Churchill, along with some of the greatest minds that ever lived. When you are free you can take as many naps as you want. Naps help you to wake up with great mental clarity. Clarity is powerful when a leader has to lead in uncertain times.
7. Have the right focus and intent. It is not the hours of work you put in, it is the work you put in those hours that count. Focus on the few things only you can master. Become highly competent and your credibility will follow.
Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)