That's the "secret" of not failing.
If you do this every day, and it compounds, then you improve 3800 percent a year.
3800 percent. 38 times.
You're only competing against the person you were yesterday.
But the people who don't do that ultimately fall into one of the nine above. If you don't try to get healthier, you get sick as you age.
If you don't improve your relationships, you start serving their time in the prison of this lifetime instead of serving your own time.
If you don't improve your creativity, you end up arguing politics on Facebook and disappear into the normalcy of that life.
If you don't improve your ability to reinvent, you get stuck in traffic in the same lane everyone else is in.
There was that one path, the secret path, that you could've taken. But you didn't notice it.
My very first client in business was a diamond dealer. Very successful. I made his website. He was the first person to pay me to build a website.
I took the money he gave me and finally moved to Manhattan. I moved to the Chelsea Hotel where I lived for many years and I met many friends and got many stories.
The diamond dealer explained everything about diamonds to me. The entire industry. The crookedness of it. But also the beauty of it.
He had a secretary. She had a giant scar on her cheek. But I thought she was beautiful.
And she seemed very kind. Maybe the scar had showed her what it was like to be less fortunate than others.
I was always too shy to talk to her. I wanted to make her laugh.
I made his website and started my first business. But would it have been so bad if I just connected the dots and licked the scar right off of her face?
James Altucher is the author of the bestselling book "Choose Yourself" and an editor at The Altucher Report.
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