Morning Cup of Joe – Give Something Back

Give Back2One of the main requirements of success is that you give something back. Being successful doesn’t mean that it’s a personal achievement because no one whoever became successful did so on their own. Which is why it makes complete sense to turn around, reach out and bring someone up with you.

To whom much is given, so much more is required. Success certainly comes with a price. We have all been uniquely blessed with specific gifts and talents. There are some who have yet to recognize their gifts as truly gifts. Your gift is the “thing” that you are able to do almost better than everyone else. Once you’ve recognized your gift, it is imperative that you begin focusing on how to share this gift to the world. Sharing our gifts with the world, if executed correctly, is exactly what will yield us financial freedom. In essence, when you do what you love and love what you do, the money will come in abundance.
Give Back
Many of us are past the stage of recognizing our gifts. For the most part, most people know exactly what their specialized talents are yet a majority of those people will not do anything about it. For those of us who do, we must not only find satisfaction in earning but equal, if not greater, satisfaction in giving. We are blessed in order to be a blessing to someone else. What good is a man’s treasure if he cannot share it with the world? I’ll tell you, it’s worthless.

To whom much is given, so much more is required. You have used your gifts to receive your blessings but the transaction is only half-way complete; the final piece are the blessings you give to others. Most people don’t realize that their blessings come from blessings others; which explains why less and less people give. Understand that we are all connected. And since we are all connected, it is imperative that we understand that we all have a humanitarian obligation to support one another. You are absolutely your brother’s keeper.

If God has blessed you with increase or abundance, the expectation is that you will return the favor by being a blessing to someone else. This is a requirement of success. In order to receive, you must give.

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Joe Paul
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Morning Cup of Joe – Hard Work, Work

I have a confession to make. At one point in my life I actually thought that there was a substitution for hard work. I falsely believed that there were shortcuts on the road to success. No seriously, I thought it had more to do with luck and being at the right place at the right time but I was sadly mistaken. The time I spent looking for shortcuts was certainly time that I could have invested to vigorously pursuing my dreams.

Think about the most successful person you know. What do you think separates them from everyone else? What makes them successful? What are they doing that everyone isn’t? I can tell you what separates them from everyone else; it’s hard work. I’ve seen people with less charisma, less talent, less appeal become more successful than others simply because they chose to work harder than their counterparts.

hard-work-quote-1Understand that anything worth having never comes easily. Whatever you want in life you have to vigorously pursue. You have to chase it like you don’t know any better. You have to work like hell to get it and work even harder to keep it. There are no shortcuts. There are no handouts. Don’t expect people to just hand it to you because it doesn’t work that way.

What you should understand about hard work is that it is not prejudice, it’s not racist or sexist. Hard work is not exclusive to a particular group of people and neither is success. However, success is the result of hard work. While you are sleeping, your opponent is working hard to make sure that you are not better than they are. Your opponent is taking 100 more practice shots than you are. Your opponent is waking up 2 hours earlier than you. Your opponent is out creating opportunities while you are sitting at home waiting on opportunity to come to you. It doesn’t work that way.

It is a common thought that successful people experience success because they are lucky or blessed with talent. The truth is, successful people simply work harder than the average man. Luck is the byproduct of hard work. That’s the secret to success.

Victory does not always go to the person who is the smartest or the most talented but to the person who works the hardest.


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

Morning Cup of Joe – Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Failure 2Do you ever wonder why there are only a handful of people in the world who experience off the charts success? Well, I have and I’ve discovered there is a really good reason for that. One of the main reasons why only a few people experience this type of success is because they do not stop at the first sign of failure nor do they stop at the first sign of defeat. They keep going! Unfortunately, most people want the fruits that are available for someone who commits themselves to hard work but are not willing to commit themselves to the hard work necessary to bear the fruit. Hard work is only half the battle, the fear of failure is the other side of the coin.

The main reason why so many people don’t try is because they are afraid to fail. It’s as simple as that. They are afraid that if they try they may not succeed. My question to those people is “How do you know if you’ll succeed or not if you never try?” Theodore Roosevelt once said “It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” I believe that 100%. Failure sucks but not trying because you are afraid is far worse.

Failure is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can experience. No one wants to experience failure; not even me. Yet I know and understand that failure shows up right before a win; sometimes several times. When Thomas Edison and his team of talented engineers were trying to figure out how to bring light through a light bulb, they failed hundreds of times. That did not stop them. He said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” It is because of the way he viewed failure coupled with great tenacity and an unwillingness to accept failure or defeat that we can flip a switch and say “Let the be light” and it actually works. That is the risk you must be willing to take if you want to be successful; the risk of ongoing failure.

In order to be successful you must take risks including the risk of failure. Failure is inevitable, success is not. The good news is, one typically comes before the other. The fear of failing can be debilitating, it can also be a great motivator. Remember that F.E.A.R. is simply false evidence appearing real. We create our own barriers to success. The main barrier to success is the fear of failing. Do not be afraid.

    A few of my favorite quotes on the fear of failing…

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – JK Rowling

“There is only ONE THING that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

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Joe Paul
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Morning Cup of Joe – BREAK THE RULES!

Break The Rules4“What’s the point of being on this earth if all you want to do is be liked by everyone and avoid trouble?” While listening to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Six Rules of Success, this question stood out as he was explaining rule number two; Break the Rules.

If success is on your radar then you must understand that there are some things that you’re going to have to do that others have never done before. You may have to try unconventional ways in order to get people to listen to you or notice you. It’s very true that you can experience the same success someone else has by traveling the same roads that they have. However, the obstacles that you face on your journey towards success may be very very different. The rules may be different. The cards may be stacked a little differently against you. The person who comes to mind who exemplifies Rule #2 of breaking the rules is Steven Spielberg.

By the time Steven Spielberg was 17, he’d made four films. His parents were divorced. Steven applied to two of the best film schools in the country, UCLA and USC, but his poor grades kept him out. After a summer job as a clerical intern at Universal Studios, he enrolled in Cal State Long Beach. Bored with his classes and anxious to get on with his movie career, he dropped out and began to “hang around” on the Universal Studios lot where TV shows and movies were being shot.

Even though his clerical internship was over and he had no business being on the lot, Steven knew that the guards would still recognize him, so he dressed in his suit and tie, grabbed an old briefcase, walked right up to the gate, waved to the guards and strolled on through the studio lot. I learned a long time ago, if you look like you are supposed to be there, no one will question you.

Once on the lot, he hung around every department he could get into, asking questions. He introduced himself to actors, producers and directors. He watched movies being shot and soaked up everything he could. Years later, he said he probably got kicked off of a set every day. But clearly that didn’t stop him.

Steven Spielberg was relentless and found creative ways to break the rules and write his own. Eventually, after being on the lot so much, he had people assuming that he worked there. After countless times of being dismissed, kicked off the lot and downright rejected, Universal Studios signed him on a 7-year contract to direct TV and movies. Steven was only 22 years old.

It is critically important that we view obstacles as detours to success.

Imagine if Steven Spielberg would’ve went the traditional route of becoming a successful movie director. We may not even know of a Steven Spielberg. There are countless people throughout history who have broken the rules in order to get what they want. Do not be misled, there is a distinct difference between breaking the rules and breaking the law. By no means am I condoning breaking the law. But it is important for you to understand that you may have to take some unconventional routes in order to experience wild success.

You must be willing to do whatever it takes and go wherever is required in order to accomplish your dreams; even if it means breaking the rules.

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Joe Paul
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“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
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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
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Morning Cup of Joe – College Isn’t For Everyone

College isn’t for everyone but it’s a GREAT PLAN B!
Do you need a college degree in order to be successful? Absolutely not. It also depends on how you define success. For our purposes, let’s use the universal definition of success by linking it to the attainment of profit or wealth. While there are some clear outliers like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg, there are far more who have experienced success with a college degree than those without one. A person with a bachelor’s degree earns twice as much in a lifetime as a high school graduate. Clearly there are instances where a high school graduate will earn more than a college graduate but that is not the norm.

Sometimes I reflect on the fact that I’m an “accidental college graduate.” You may be wondering what exactly is an accidental college graduate. An accidental college graduate is one who attended and graduated from college accidentally. I say accidentally because the plan for my life was not to attend college initially. I wasn’t even supposed to go to college. No really, I wasn’t. Neither of my parents graduated high school and I did not have any real life examples of people close to me who attended or graduated from college. The highest education level for everyone I knew was a high school diploma so naturally that was my end goal.

My friends were applying to colleges all across the country and I still did not know what I was going to do with my life. With much hesitation and a bit of uncertainty, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and start applying as well. I took both the ACT and SAT late and did not score favorably on either test. That did not prevent me from applying. I received many denial letters until an acceptance from Florida State University came; what a wonderful feeling. I remember it like it was yesterday. The years that followed presented new life experiences, friendships that will last forever, unexpected paradigm shifts, complete transformation, growth, analytical and critical thinking, blood, sweat and tears. In the end, it was all worth it.

If you are reading this and are uncertain about your future, don’t be. It doesn’t have to be college that you pursue, just trust the next opportunity that comes your way and pursue it vigorously. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” I had no clue what college would bring but I went anyway and it changed my life. The next time you are presented with a great opportunity, don’t even think twice about it; take it.

Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring when there is more than enough to worry about today. Step out on faith and see where your path will lead.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Reading is FUNdamental

LoveBe honest, when was the last time you read a book? Seriously, can you remember the last time you read a good book? If you’re having trouble recalling the last time you read a book, that’s not a good thing. I can think back to my childhood when my parents would encourage my siblings and I to read but of course we wouldn’t because reading was boring to us, we’d rather participate in more exciting things like playing outside with friends, playing video games or just doing what kids do. Boy do I wish I would have listened to my parents.

As an avid blogger I am also an avid reader of blogs. One of the blogs I frequent is a blog authored by Dave Ramsey. If you aren’t familiar with Dave Ramsey, he is a New York Times Best Selling Author and radio host who has been coined America’s trusted voice on money. I don’t know about you but I would take advice from that guy. Well, he in fact published a blog entitled “20 Things Rich People Do Every Day” which would obviously catch ones attention as it did mine. Some of the statistics I discovered were staggering; 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.

I learned a long time ago that if you want to be successful then you have to emulate the successful habits of successful people. If you emulate or imitate the same steps a successful person has taken with the same tenacity, discipline and hunger for success, then you too will experience similar successes.

How much time do you spend watching reality TV daily? How much time do you spend reading for education or for career reasons daily? How many hours a day do you watch TV? Hey, we’re all guilty of watching a little more TV than we read but our goal should be to start incorporating a little more reading. Reading truly is fundamental. Take some time to stimulate your brain by reading.

There are tons of benefits to reading including mental stimulation, stress reduction, vocabulary expansion and studies show that you can even improve your memory by reading. They also show that people who read are more likely to get ahead when it comes to their careers and life in general. I don’t know about you but I want to continue to get ahead and if reading is part of what I have to do then I’ll do what I have to and you should join me.

I think you have more than enough reasons to pick up a book, you never know how it may change your life.

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Joe Paul

Suggested Reading List:
Here are a few books that I’ve read which have completely changed the way I think, live and act. I hope it has a similar if not greater effect on you.

“As a Man Thinketh” – James Allen
“Think and Grow Rich” – Napoleon Hill
“Impossible Takes A Little Longer” – Art Berg
“Meditations” – Marcus Aurelius
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” – Stephen Covey
“Power vs Force” – David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Morning Cup of Joe – Every Minute, Every Second


Every minute, Every second

Some days I stand tall and proud as I reflect on what I accomplished in just 24 hours. There are also days, when I look at the time and realize 24 hours has passed and I have absolutely nothing to show for it; those days are the hardest. Unfortunately, it seems like I have more days when I feel I could have done more with my twenty-four.

I’ve never been a big list maker but I have found that this is the most effective way to actually stay focused on the task at hand. I’ve never been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) but I sometimes find it hard to focus on one thing at a time so I literally have to force myself to constantly review this list I created to see where I am and evaluate what I’ve accomplished.

If you’re like most people, crossing everything off of your list may never happen. One of the reasons why crossing everything off of your list may never happen is simply because you always add more things to the list. What I have found to be helpful is once I create a list to stick with that list. If I have new things let me to be added then I will create a new list. The end goal is to cross everything off of that list. There’s so much joy in crossing everything off that list. In fact there is joy and crossing one thing off that list.

Making every minute and every second count doesn’t start nor stop with creating a to-do list. it starts with focusing your mind intently on what you intend to accomplish and achieve. It starts with developing a stubborn like dedication and a freakishly disciplined mindset. It starts with a sincere desire of wanting to win. It starts when you say that you will accomplish something and not only do you believe it but you do everything in your power to maximize the time God has given you want to Earth to relentlessly pursue your dreams; that’s what making every second count means.

How many seconds out of the 86,400 seconds we have a day are you wasting doing nothing? And by doing nothing I mean spending less then 2 to 3 hours focusing on and working towards accomplishing your dreams. While you’re sitting down wasting time there someone else working twice as hard just to be better than you, faster than you, richer than you, more healthier than you and the list goes on and on. Don’t be a member of the group who is simply taking up space.

Make every minute count and every second matter.

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Joe Paul