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Life is competitive.  There is no dearth of people looking to go toe-to-toe with you in battle.  From getting into college, to starting your own company, to wooing that boy or girl, nothing good comes easy!  Conversely, a lot of bad comes easily because you let people crap all over you.  Don’t let that happen.

The world is big enough for all of us to flourish!  The market is large enough to make anybody comfortably wealthy.  You just have to believe you will succeed.


There’s really only one belief I have whenever I start anything and that’s the belief I will succeed.  You need to develop self-confidence because everything starts with your core beliefs.  Once you develop a trust in yourself, everything you do will start falling in place.  Here are some tips:

* Know That You Will Try Harder. Unless you are inventing something completely complicated, know that if you try harder, undoubtedly you will do better.  You will dedicate more time to your endeavor while your competitors are sleeping or goofing off.  You can tell when a blogger whips together a post half-hazardly.  It’s so obvious.  They will unlikely succeed for very long.  You can tell when someone hasn’t practiced their music.  The notes don’t sound crisp.  Trying harder and success are beautifully correlated.  You will not fail due to a lack of effort.

* Know That Failure Is Only Temporary. If you knew you could not fail, you’d likely try a lot more things would you not?  Sure you would.  I encourage all of us to stretch our goals a little further.  You don’t have to do anything rash such as quit your job to try out for the NBA or Broadway, but you can take the first step to try out for a local league and off-Broadway production.  Push yourself to attempt new things!

* Ask Yourself What’s The Worst That Could Happen. If you fail, so what.  Nothing bad is going to happen unless you mortgaged your life away and bet it all on black.  As you stretch your goals, constantly evaluate what you might give up.  It’s kind of like stretching.  If you stretch every day, soon you’ll be able to touch your toes.

* Know That The Market Is Big Enough For All Of Us. Every year, people are succeeding.  Who knew Groupon could be worth $25 billion in just 2 years?  Seriously, practically everyday there is someone out there killing it in whatever they do because they tried harder.  I used to think only super smart or special people with connections can do really well.  Now I know that’s not true at all.  Nobody is special because everybody is special if you want to be!


Pressure is your friend.  A good example of pressure is this site right here, right now.  I realize that many folks are observing how the Yakezie Network evolves.  The thing is, we’ll grow the Yakezie Network however we want.  The bigger the stage, the bigger the pressure and that’s fine.  I’ve got to tell you though, that I find pressure very exciting. I’m the guy who loves the feeling of sinking the 3 foot putt with all the marbles on the line!

Formulating the Yakezie framework, coordinating with the team, building the network, coming up with synergistic ideas, and reaching out to potential partners takes a lot of work. Nothing good comes easy, but most things aren’t that hard.  Being trapped in a Chilean mine for a month with no light, food, and very little water is hard.  Surviving a tsunami in Fukushima during winter is hard.  Losing loved ones in 9/11 is hard.  Paying off debt, getting in shape, making a comfortable living on-line and creating several close relationships….. now that’s easy by comparison.


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