Morning Cup of Joe – We Shall Overcome

overcome3I know it may not seem that way sometimes but if you look closely you will notice that every cloud has a silver lining. Yes, it is true that this particular cloud or clouds may be blocking your view of the sun but aren’t all clouds are temporary? Simply, there is something to be said about how you look at your circumstances. It may not be as bad as you perceive it to be.

The other day a friend and I went to grab some lunch downtown after moving a few items. As we anticipated the food we were going to devour we took turns exclaiming how starved we were. We turned a corner and there lied a destitute man with no shoes and withered clothing who was obviously homeless. He was sleeping on a bench surrounded by bags filled with his worldly items. His face was weathered from all of the storms he had lived through and his body clearly suffering from lack of proper nourishment.

As we headed towards the restaurant I couldn’t get that image out of my head. While we felt we are starving we at least knew that it was temporary and were going to remedy that issue immediately because we had the capacity to do so. overcome2The man on the bench put everything into perspective; you may think you have it bad and that your problem is the biggest one in the world but someone else is going through worse. While that doesn’t make your problem any less important than the next and it certainly doesn’t solve it, it should help you understand the dynamics of your situation. Simply, while it could be better it could always be much worse.

Thank goodness for all of the blessings that are bestowed upon you and be even more thankful for the challenges you face in life. For it is in solving a problem, overcoming an obstacle, and beating the odds where our incredible strength to endure and carry on comes from. You have made it this far and this is truly the beginning. No problem is too great to solve, ask Albert Einstein. Take a step back, assess the situation, create a plan then execute until your desired results are met. It’s that simple.

Do not allow an issue, problem or challenge to be greater than the blessing that comes from overcoming it.

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Joe Paul
Motivational Thought Leader, Corporate Trainer & Keynote Speaker
Tel. :202.553.7718
Twitter : @JoePaulSpeaks

Morning Cup of Joe – Ignore the Naysayers

Ignore2In 1773, Phyllis Wheatley became the first Black person to publish a book.

In 1872, Victoria Woodhall became the first woman to run for president of the United States.

On May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes.

In 2008, Barack Obama became the first Black President of the United States of America.

You may be wondering what exactly is so significant about these facts. What do these facts have in common? Simple, they are all firsts. What’s significant is the fact that they became the first to ever do it. Meaning there was no framework or “how to” guide to describe steps that one should take in order to experience the success that these folks have experienced.

Another thing these firsts have in common is the fact that 1) they had an unequivocal belief that winning was possible; 2) they ignored the naysayers; 3) They were crazy enough to believe in their dreams.

There are many factors to consider when measuring the success of a person. One major factor is that most successful people refuse to surround themselves with people who do not dream as big or bigger than they do. Winners surround themselves with people who believe that ANYTHING is possible. If you have people in your circle who constantly try to bring you down or downplay your dreams, you must separate yourself from them. If you can’t do it physically, separate yourself from them mentally.

During your journey towards success, it is imperative that you understand naysayers are absolutely unavoidable. The main issue with naysayers is that their vision is limited and/or nonexistent. They do not possess the same wherewithal to see past today and into a future overflowing with possibilities. They cannot see what you can. They do not believe the same way you believe. Thus, they will not be able to achieve what you inevitably will.

It takes a very special person to create a way where there was seemingly no way. To travel places that they had no idea even existed. To reach for the stars when they cannot even see past the glass ceiling. To think bigger than their limitations. To take unconventional routes through a conventional system. To unequivocally believe without a shadow of a doubt that anything is possible. Are you that special person?

The one thing that you cannot stop nor control is other peoples opinions about your life. People will share their opinions because it doesn’t cost them anything. Your job is to ignore anyone who does not support your dreams and goals. You are going to run into people who will discourage you from seeking out your goals simply because they lack the ability to dream themselves.

If you believe in your dreams you must be willing to do whatever it takes to make them possible. You must work like hell, trust yourself, dream big and ignore the naysayers. Believe that ANYTHING is possible and it shall be so.

When the world tells you “you can’t” because it’s never been done before, use that as motivation to show them why it’s possible.

If its never been done before, it simply means you have an opportunity to be FIRST.

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Joe Paul
Motivational Thought Leader, Corporate Trainer & Keynote Speaker
Tel. :202.553.7718
Twitter : @JoePaulSpeaks

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Morning Cup of Joe – 6 Rules of Success

SuccessAnyone who has ever amounted to anything became a diligent student of their craft. They learned the ins and outs of what makes someone successful in their industry. They’ve read countless books and articles on how to perfect their craft by learning from others who have been in their field and have experienced some form of wild success. As a keynote speaker it is incredibly important for me to learn from other successful speakers. My principle goal when studying successful people is to learn about the nuances of what works and what doesn’t when you’re on stage. I study other speakers as if it’s a final exam that I want so badly to ace.

While studying I received a phone call from one of my very good friends and I explained to him what I was doing. He explained how he is also a student in his craft and how he’s constantly learning about new things and how to be better at what he does. He is an engineer. He directed me towards a commencement speech given by Arnold Schwarzenegger to the graduating class at the University of Southern California where he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree. The speech is entitled “Six Rules of Success.”

Over the next several Morning Cup of Joe’s, I’m going to break down Arnold’s six rules in order to help you better apply it to your life and experience the wild success that Arnold has.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Rules of Success
1) Trust yourself
2) Break the rules
3) Don’t be afraid to fail
4) Ignore the naysayers
5) Work your butt off
6) Give Back!

Here’s a link to the speech. Check it out!

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Joe Paul
Motivational Thought Leader, Corporate Trainer & Keynote Speaker
Tel. :202.553.7718
Twitter : @JoePaulSpeaks

Morning Cup of Joe – 88 Keys and 6 Strings

Learn Something New

88 Keys and 6 Strings

When was the last time you did something for the first time? I have always wanted to learn how to play an instrument. Specifically the piano and guitar. It’s one of the few things remaining on my bucket list that I feel compelled to accomplish. To be honest with you, it’s not even about learning to play an instrument per se but more about stimulating my brain by learning something new altogether.

Granted, learning something new can be quite challenging which is probably why most people tend to avoid doing it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being out of your comfort zone; it forces you to learn, to adapt and to overcome. When is the last time you were out of your comfort zone? Hopefully not too long. Winners are never comfortable and are constantly looking for ways to improve. There is a sense of accomplishment and pride that also comes along with conquering a new skill.

The most important reason why you should consider learning a new skill is that you will challenge your mind and/or body to reach new and unexpectedly high levels. You’ll go places and do things that you never even thought possible. You’ll be able to push yourself intellectually and grow in all aspects of your life. You will serve as an example of infinite possibilities in a world starving for hope. You will be a better version of yourself.

Look on the bright side, many professional athletes, speakers and artists actually never knew what they were capable of until they tried something for the first time and saw great potential. I never knew if people would listen until I started speaking. What are you willing to do for the first time today? What new skill will you commit yourself to mastering?

Don’t just learn something new, master it! Don’t just master it, teach others.

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Joe Paul
Motivational Thought Leader, Corporate Trainer & Keynote Speaker
Tel. :202.553.7718
Twitter : @JoePaulSpeaks

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Morning Cup of Joe – Self-Assessment

When was the last time you performed a self-assessment? Meaning, how long has it been since you sat down and took a realistic view of where you are, where you’ve been and where you are trying to go? I find myself thinking about this often asking questions like, “How can I get better?” and “What am I doing wrong?” or “What can I do differently?” If it has been a while since your last check-up, it may be time to reevaluate your situation. Interestingly enough, there are some people who have never performed a self-evaluation. This explains why their tires are turning but they are going nowhere.

Conducting a self-assessment is simple and requires a writing utensil and something to write on. In fact, you may not have access to these items depending on where you are reading this. If you are near the beach, writing in the sand works just fine. The first thing to do is to write down all of the things you would like to accomplish in the coming year then write down everything you’ve accomplished this past year. Once you have these two lists, write down the obstacles that have prevented you from reaching these goals. Finally, restructure your plan of action in order to accomplish the goals you have set.

Just like you visit your doctor for your annual check-up or your optometrist for your annual eye-exam, it is imperative that you perform an annual “Success Check-up”. Write your goals down, work on them daily and in six months to a year, perform a self-evaluation to track your progress. If you are not where you need to be, change your strategy. The end goal is to accomplish everything you listed as goals.

I never write down my “goals”, I refer to them as my “Must Outcomes”. This puts me in the mind frame that I must accomplish these goals and in most cases I do. It is so easy to start something; it’s the finishing that most of us struggle with.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Believe in Yourself


It is unreasonable to expect others to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself first. That’s like expecting to win the lottery when you don’t even play. The world responds to us reciprocally. Simply, what we put out into the universe is exactly what we should expect to receive. If the world isn’t responding to you favorably, there must be something that you aren’t doing right. Examine and analyze the man in the mirror. Chances are that’s where the problem lies.

If we lack the necessary confidence required to succeed, we cannot blame anyone but ourselves. Some people live for compliments and think that they will die if they don’t receive them. Your goal should be to eliminate the need for others to accept you. Accept how God made you and work with the gifts you’ve been blessed with. Stop depending on others for validation. Besides, what others think about you is none of your business.

Commit to memory that confidence is something that can be learned. No one is born with a high level of self-confidence. Self-confidence is typically acquired through personal accomplishments and achievements. It is also necessary that you understand that your self-talk is critical to your self-worth. Avoid self-doubt and take calculated risks; two key ways to increase your self-confidence.

Believe in yourself and the rest of the world won’t have a choice but to follow suit.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Living The Dream


Are you living the life you’ve always dreamed of? Or are you still dreaming? When it comes to happiness and the eminent pursuit of it, one must be intently focused on living their dreams while maintaining an understanding that dreams only come true for those who are brave and/or crazy enough to try to live it. Living the dream is reserved for those who will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to make sure their dreams come true. It is going to take work, hard work but you must be committed at all costs.

While dreaming may be considered a temporary getaway, the life you dream about living is not impossible if you work tirelessly and feverishly to ensure that it does indeed happen. Unfortunately, the test usually comes before the lesson. Simply, if you are committed to accomplishing your goals and dreams, get ready to be tested. Nothing worth having ever came easily. Why would it change now? Dreams only seem impossible to those who aren’t willing to work to make sure they come true. Once you start your journey, if it is meant to be, everything will fall right into place much like a perfect piece to a puzzle.

The greatest difference between living your dreams and dreaming about living is a fraction of a percentage and is primarily based on your own efforts to make that particular dream come true. Contrary to popular belief, living the dream is not only reserved for those who are affluent and have access to resources. Living the dream is a reality that can be yours if you are not afraid of failing and of falling. The Japanese proverb, “fall seven times, stand up eight” speaks directly to this. You must crawl before you can learn to walk. And you must walk before you can learn to fly.

If you are serious about making your dreams come true, simply be committed to finishing everything you start even if there are bumps in the road. Expect a bumpy ride and expect turbulence. Much like an airplane, if you continue to fly and raise your altitude, sooner than later you will reach an altitude above the clouds where you can soar like the eagle you are.

Stop dreaming and start living your dream; the differences between the two are fractional. What are you willing to do and for how long are you willing to do it to ensure your dreams come true? Quitting is not and should never be an option. Your dreams can only come true if you make them come true. Don’t ever stop believing.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – More Successful


Contrary to popular belief, there are no shortcuts on the way to the top. While some may seem to have it easier than others, someone along the way had to work for the freedom they currently enjoy today. Some people waste precious time focusing on the lives of others completely ignoring the personal inventory and work they must do themselves. All winners remain focused on areas of improvement in their own lives at all times.

Successful people are rarely concerned with what others are involved with because they are too busy trying to figure out how they can better themselves. Use your time wisely by focusing on self-improvement. Malcolm X once said “Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren’t.” Understand that success is not prejudice yet it does not reward laziness. The roads that successful people travel are typically roads less traveled yet that does not mean that a map does not exist. Follow the same route and you’ll arrive at the same destination.

If they can do it, why can’t you? The quote above truly says it all. If you want to be successful it is imperative that you are hardworking; committed to achievement; be able to maintain strict discipline and you have to be fearless. You cannot be afraid to fail. You cannot be afraid to challenge the status quo. You cannot be afraid to take risks. You cannot be afraid to rise to the top.

If you want to be successful, start doing what successful people have done and are currently doing. It is not unrealistic to expect similar outcomes.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Power in Persistence


There are so many people who start off strong but they never end up finishing what they’ve started. Some people fail to finish because they lack the drive, discipline and persistence necessary to see a goal through to the end. Others lose interest in the very thing they’d hoped to accomplish because it seemed to be taking a little longer than they had expected. At the top of the list are those who seek validation from others in order to gauge whether or not they should continue. If you are guilty, much like I was, there is a way out.

Before I understood the importance of persistence and the value of perseverance, I too sought out validation from others. Many of the projects I started I simply wanted people to like and if they didn’t I would inevitably scrap the whole thing or subconsciously start losing interest myself. I prayed to God to remove my need for others to like what I was doing and to free me from the need for others to validate my work and He did. I am no longer held captive by what others think and feel about me. Those things are irrelevant to my growth as an individual.

When you are passionate about a certain thing, your passion is enough fuel to drive that thing to immeasurable heights; keep your foot on the gas. Just because you may not be receiving the feedback you hoped for does not mean that it isn’t a great thing. Keep going until you get what you are looking for. It may take weeks, months and even years before the right person notices; all you need is one. Remember, no one will notice your work if you stop working.

At all times remain focused on your dreams, even if your eyes are the only pair on the prize.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Don’t Quit


There is a man who lost his job the same year he was defeated during a run to serve in the legislature. A year later, after several attempts, his business failed. Shortly thereafter, his significant other passed away. Nearly a year after that, he had a severe nervous breakdown. This same man would experience over a dozen losses spanning over three decades. His tenacity and ability to stick with it despite his failures allowed him to become the 16th President of the United States of America.

President Abraham Lincoln’s attempts at success was rejected countless times before he finally heard his first YES! It may take you 10,000 times or 10 times to accomplish your dreams; either way, do not give up. We can only imagine what kind of world we’d be living in had he not persevered; the landscape of the world would be significantly different. The secret to his success was that he remained disciplined and committed enough to continue to keep trying until he received a favorable response. This is the recipe for success and exactly what you need to do.

The interesting thing about setting goals is that we really don’t know the exact date we’ll accomplish them; yet it is imperative that we continue to work diligently towards the accomplishment of said goals. Understand that we will never know the exact date that we will win simply because most people give up right before they get the thing they were working so feverishly for. Many people give up because they lack the necessary patience and perseverance required to accomplish any goal. You must stick with whatever it is you are doing, even if it seems like there is no end in sight. Your goals can and will be achieved if you simply choose not to throw in the towel. Quitting will never be an option for a winner.

Don’t give up 3 seconds before the miracle happens.

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Joe Paul