Self-Discipline: The Foundation For Success
Hey people, how are you? This may not be the most exciting blog because I’m not passing out the million dollar secret or how to make $100,000 or how to make a million dollars or a half million dollars or make $30,000 in a month off of spending $5 in ads. It’s not that kind of program. This is a program about discipline. And the reason that I can talk about this is that believe it not, not everyone has discipline, including myself.
A lot of times, we think that people who are super successful they’re the most disciplined. They get up at 5:00, they go to bed at 2:00 a.m. and they just do that every day, in and out. That’s not the case all the time. Some people have it set up where they just have the right people in place to do things that they, themselves aren’t normally good at.
So, that would be a guy like me, who probably needs possibly a personal assistant, even though that’s pretty tough to find those nowadays. You’re speaking to someone in a different country and you don’t know what they can or cannot do, so really tough. Or, just having someone local that you can rely on to do things that will make life a whole lot easier for yourself.
So, I am not speaking from a book that I read. I am speaking from direct experience, myself observing those around me, who also would be considered successful when you look at them. But I know from a first-hand basis, that not all of us are disciplined.
So, here’s why. I got up, I get to the office at 5:00 a.m. I’m so freaking tired. I went to bed late last night. Probably went to bed about 10:30 p.m. I got up at 4:30 a.m. So, what’s that, six hours or so? I’m not working a physical job. I’m working a job that requires some serious mental energy. And so I work from 5:00 to about 6:00. I really take a 15-minute nap at the office. I just fall asleep basically, in my chair. I get up and actually, I’m too tired to work. I’m too tired to put mental energy into work.
So, I go to the gym. Maybe I should be listening to my body and taking my behind home, right? So, I go to the gym and I begin to play basketball. I play basketball for a few hours. You know that feeling you get when you’re winning? You just gotta keep playing, you gotta keep playing.
I won’t get home til about maybe 10:40 or so. And then from there, I gotta wash clothes. I gotta do a couple things. I probably won’t get to bed until about eleven something. I’ll probably get up at 4:00 a.m., because I need packing, things like that. I have to catch a flight back.
So, how does this affect me? Tremendously, because I need to be super sharp at 5:00. I have someone coming in at 7:00 a.m. so we can basically map out a program. So, I’ll be okay, honestly, from about 5:00 til about 9:30, maybe 10:00, I’ll start to feel it. I may get super tired, shake it off, boom, and then just keep going. And I’m hoping that I can go from 5:00 a.m. till about 1:30 p.m. strong. Catch an Uber to the airport, get on a plane, catch some sleep, get home.
I land at 11:30 p.m. at night. Get home about 12:30, have to get back up in Orlando, except it won’t be at 5:00. It’ll be more like 6:00 or 7:00. Another hour means a lot.
And you probably say, “That’s not a big deal.” But, it is a deal, because those hours that I was hoping it up, that’s two or three hours maybe I could have come home, take another nap for 15 minutes, gotten up, while clothes were washing, could have done some work, some mental preparation, maybe ate some food or something like that and not only could I have gotten a lot of work done at work, a lot of really good to you know, focus energy. I also could have done the same thing while I was flying back. And there’s so much you can get done while you’re on the airplane. But being that I am not doing that, being that I’m going to be so freaking tired, that’s where the discipline comes in.
And so, even though I’m talking, I’m sharing my message with you, I’m talking to myself as well. Self-talk is extremely important, just like we pump ourselves up for a basketball game and we go in there. We scream and we holler. Be beat our chests. We’re jumping up, chest butting each other and all that kind of stuff. It’s the same thing in business. You pump yourself up. Your self-talk, “What am I doing wrong? What am I doing right?” Not all of us have a coach constantly talking in our ear.
I was just thinking about that and I think coaches and mentors are so key and for some reason. And it’s not that I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t listen in live, but I never had any. Most people in the inner city don’t get the opportunity to have a business-minded coach. It’s mainly centered around sports. And it’s no knock on sports, but it’s centered around sports and entertainment and luckily if you find a coach that’s good, he’ll probably round you out in the other areas as well.
A lot of times, sports transfers directly to business life. Most of the time, we don’t even have sports coaches. It’s just guys we play within the neighborhood. But if you get the opportunity and it’s I think more available now, where you can go to a coach that focuses on sports. He’s gonna have you meet at a specific time. He’s gonna have drills laid out for you. He’s gonna actually cause you to push yourself to have discipline. You gotta wake, you gotta go to bed at a certain time, you gotta wake up at a certain time. And whatever you’re practicing, it’s going to be used at some point. So it’s not like just theory. So if you have the opportunity – and I just thought about that, so I wanted to make sure I made that clear. To have a sports coach and entertainment as well.
My uncle, Nimrod Lumpkin, was an extremely good piano player. Still really good. Very well-known for his piano skills. But I remember going over to his house and they had a studio in the basement. My cousin (his son) and I would be playing, but at a certain time, I vividly remember my uncle pulling my cousin aside, and I would sit there and watch sometimes. And it would be like a timer. He would sit him in front of the piano and he would have to practice, practice, practice, practice, and practice.
And there would be all kinds of other little things that he couldn’t do that I could do. I felt like I had more freedom. My cousin was miserable in life. He was so miserable, because we all teased him about the different disciplines and in particular, the one about being a vegetarian. He couldn’t eat big Snickers bars and big, gigantic candy sticks and things like that, that we were all eating. We all had tons of cavities and pimples all over our face and all kinds of crazy stuff, things that don’t require discipline. And we all teased him and made him feel bad about it. We were ignorant. We didn’t know. That’s what children do.
But, now my cousin is… I remember when he got married, and he lived in Canada. And he was working for – I forget what the name of the phone company was, and the dude was freakin’ climbing poles. And I’m like, “Hold up. Dude, as talented as you are … ” And he asked me, “Hey cous, what do you think I should do? You think I should continue climbing telephone poles for this company, or should I just go out on my own?” I was like, “Dude, are you a nut? Of course. Go play. Go on your own, man and use your skills. Play for the church. Do something.” And he did that.
And I don’t even know if he remembers that conversation, but he has not looked back. And to this day, he’s independent. He hasn’t always made a kazillion dollars or anything like that. He’s produced tons of albums and he produces music for other people. He does I think what they call, praise and worship ministry in the church, or something like that. And that, that’s super key in the church. Even in movies, you gotta have music. I can’t imagine a movie without music, even thrillers have music.
And I think he has seminars as well that he puts on. And with these seminars that he does, he does extremely well with those. He brings together like-minded people. He brings together people who are successful and the arena, sometimes they’re speakers, sometimes they’re musicians, or they work with youth, they work with families. I mean, really good stuff in the inner city.
I’m not a religious guy. I’m not a Christian or a Muslim. I not like a fanatical person in any direction, but good is good and he has the opportunity to collectively bring these people together and host events. And it really stems from what his father instilled in him, as a child, which is music. And he’s been able to do that, to build a very successful business. It’s how he provides for his family. And he may not have all the business skills behind it and things like that, but it keeps him from climbing up telephone poles for, I don’t know, 15, 20 bucks an hour. And I’m not knocking that, but when you have other talents, some people like climbing up telephone poles, you know? Maybe you grew up somewhere climbing the trees getting coconuts. I don’t know.
So, discipline. And I can just share so many stories where discipline has helped so many people and in other cases, it’s not. So, this blog is for you and this blog is for me. So now, I am going to have to face the noise, so to speak. And since I was not disciplined, I’m going to suffer. I’m going to be tired. I’m going to be weak. I won’t be as sharp. Even when I get back home, I’m going to be tired. I’m missing hours of … you know what they say, “Pay now, or pay later.” So I’m going to be paying later, for sure.
Alright so, on the next blog … And just so you know, I didn’t bring this up in the beginning but, my partner and I, we basically built a business from the ground up and I always want to say this, not to brag, but to show that if I can do it, someone else can do it. And whatever I can share with others, that’s going to be my gift to you.
So, my partner and I, we started our business, I forget how many years ago now, six, seven, eight years ago? I don’t even remember. No loans, no venture capital, no mastermind groups, no mentors. And today, we have over $60 million, or just a little bit over $60 million in sales volume, in sales revenue, every single month. And we are going to be pushing a billion dollars soon, annually.
We just signed a new deal. I can’t even reveal it, just in case this message gets out. It’s a super, super, shark world. It’s definitely a good “inner circle world”, a who you know world” or “good old boy network” world. And I keep it like that. I won’t reveal it until it actually freakin’ happens, until it’s live, but we will hit a billion dollars. And when we hit a billion dollars, it’s not just about us hitting a billion dollars.
It’s gonna change other lives, provide tons of other opportunities for people. We’re going to help a ton of businesses in the process, because that’s what we do and I’m looking so forward to that. So, I’m going to be sharing the entire process with you, as much as I possibly can, without revealing things that I can’t, contractually. Other than that, look forward to it and I hope you stay tuned.
Alright, thanks a lot. Take care. Bye, bye.