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12-DECEMBER 05-2020

Are You a “Taker” or a “Maker”?

Want to know the secret behind great achievers? It comes down to mindset.  For Benjamin Barber, an eminent sociologist, once said, “I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into the learners and non-learners.”

And while there are different ways to categorize mindsets (e.g., fixed vs. growth), when it comes to leading a life of significance, we like to think there are two kinds of people: Takers and Makers:

  • Takers are those who take, grab, and consume what they can to meet their own needs.  Takers operate with a scarcity mindset.
  • Makers are those who give and make things happen.  Makers cause progress and foster success in others.  Makers envelop an abundance mindset.

In his classic book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective, Steven Covey explains the concepts of abundance and scarcity beautifully:

People with a Scarcity Mentality have a very difficult time sharing recognition and credit, power or profit — even with those who help in the production.  They also have a hard time being genuinely happy for the success of other people.

The Abundance Mentality, on the other hand, flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth or security.  It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody.  It results in the sharing of prestige, recognition, profits, and decision-making.  It opens possibilities, options, alternatives, and creativity.

The good news is that if you find yourself deeply rooted in a Scarcity Mentality (which most people are), you can make a “paradigm shift” to an Abundance Mentality by changing your thoughts and mindset:

Scarcity Paradigm

1.  Defense
2.  Escape loss
3.  Safety
4.  Maintain
5.  Fear
6.  Tight
7.  Gifts are contained
8.  Reactive
9.  Paralyzed
10.  Narrow/closed
11.  Stagnation
12.  Win-lose
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Abundance Paradigm

1.  Offense
2.  Pursue the vision
3.  Risk
4.  Create
5.  Faith
6.  Generous
7.  Gifts are released
8.  Proactive
9.  Dynamic
10.  Wide/open
11.  Multiplication
12.  Win-win
.. 

So, when reading over these points… I feel it’s very hard to do a complete 180… but maybe instead try to shift slowly or say to yourself, “I can be better in this area”… finding one maybe two things where you can “shift” to the other Paradigm.

To a Better You,
Change That Up

December 05, 2019

Sunny Lenarduzzi just posted this great YouTube video, which I snatched just for you!
How Much Does YouTube Pay YOU for 100,000 Views?

…a million?  Here’s another hip-tip as promised.

I love IKEA’s new desk that changes from a sitting to standing position very easily.  It also important to TAKE SHORT WALK BREAKS.

If you’ve been sitting too long, standing is the next step to relieving your hips and reducing the stress that contributes to recurring bursitis.  Standing up or walking around — even better — can decompress the hip joint and return the joint to mobility and health.  Don’t forget that when you sit down, you’re taking the weight off the muscles and placing it on the bones and connective tissues, compressing the spine and hip joint.
The best thing to do is punctuate your sitting or static standing with brief walks.  This is key when you’re in the office, for example, and spend a long time in a compromising position.  Try setting regular alarms that force you to get up and move — even if only to the water cooler — or make it a habit to take a short stroll every time you achieve a small goal or task.
What do you have to lose? … The pain.  🙂

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