Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mind the Gap - Tom Bilyeu's speech at Freedom Fast Lane Live

The first 3 words of the blogpost title "Mind the GAP" is what stuck to me when I watched his talk at Freedom Fast Lane Live. F2L2 is a live event where lots of people pay like a thousand dollars to get into. There are lots of speakers and valuable insights and I hope to one day go to that live event. For now, I am so glad that Tom Bilyeu uploaded his speech for free in youtube. I think this is one video that is truly life changing for me. 
mind the gap

The gap is the space or phase of your life from where you currently are to where you want to be. Tom said that "you're not yet the person you need to be in order to achieve all the things you want to achieve." 

I am so in the "gap" lolz. I want to be recognized as one of the best bloggers in the Philippines and have my 1000 true fans. However, I am a nobody when it comes to blogging or gaming or anything I am interested in. I have to grind and work and make daily actions to get me to that goal. 

Another example of the gap is I want to be 120 pounds and I am currently 203 lbs. So, I am not yet at my ideal weight and I have to become the person who achieve that weight for me to achieve that goal. I have to change. I have to work hard and train hard and make changes in my life. I am not where I want to be. The gap from where I am to where I want to be is kinda huge, but I know that I can do it.

This is the video of his speech


at 26:36
Tom said to figure out the set of skills we need to learn to cross that skill gap from who we are to who we need to become in order to execute on the things we need to execute on. Then he went on to talk about the:

METHODS to Developing NEW SKILLS:

1. Always be reading
              Tom said: "When people asked me who my mentors were, I always tell them, it's the authors that I've read."

2. Open yourself to being changed
              This one I was really hit hahahahah. I get ideas from movies and books but I don't execute, so now that's one of the things I'm going to practice, execute execute execute!

              "It's incredible to me how many people encounter a book or idea, a speaker, a movie, whatever, and it's amazing and they go out and they're jazzed, and they tell people about it, but they're not actually changed by it. They don't actually go out, and act in accordance to that new piece of information and at the end of the day, the take away from my talk is: this is all gonna boil down to execution. It's all gonna boil down to your ability to do it. To do it really well."

3. Be an eternal student
4. Become anti-fragile
             "We need to find things that make us feel good about who we are. Because when you lose a sense of feeling good about who you are, life truly feels hopeless."
5. Develop Grit
      Sustained effort over time
      "Grit" book by Angela Duckworth      "Being able to sustain that over time coz building any business, you're gonna encounter hard things. You need to be able to do those hard things, focusing on the hard things"

Then he explained how to determine your passion. I love how he explained it. Until now, I still don't know what I'm passionate about coz I love lots of things, from gaming to anime, movies to music. But, his formula really makes it easy for me to determine it. He even talked about e-sports!! Love it! 

Passion = Area of Interest + Gain mastery in that interest

Ask yourself this question: "DO I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD?" 
So, in the next few days that's what I'm going to ask myself, with everything I'm interested in. I am going to do that litmus test. Coz as he said, in the process of learning or mastering a thing, that's when you know if you really are interested in it.

"Don't get into something unless you plan to be the best"

He talked about a lot of things, but this for now is what I'm going to focus on and practice in my own life.