Master Key Experience Week 21

We learned from lesson 21 in the Master Key Experience that large ideas have a tendency to remove or eliminate smaller ideas.  Thus, we should have ideas large enough to destroy or counteract small ideas or tendencies. This will also help us become conscious of a larger world of thought, which increases our mental capacity and helps us achieve something of greater value.

This also reminds me of the book “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwarz which is an awesome read.  Schwarz also discusses the advantage of thinking big and having large ideas.

Jorge Paulo Lemann says “I always say, ‘To have a big dream requires the same effort as having a small dream. Dream big!’” 

We also learn that if we want a change in our conditions, we will have to change our thoughts.  If we want to change our outer world, then it’s important to change our inner world. It’s not easy to change our inner world, but with work we can definitely change our mental attitude and our inner world, which will lead to a better life. 



Master Key Experience Week 20

We went over the Hedgehog Principle and John Wooden Pyramid of Success in week 20 of the Master Key Experience. 

The Hedgehog Principle is based on a Greek parable that discusses that the fox knows many little things, while the hedgehog knows one big things.  The people who build bigger and better companies and those who are successful are usually hedgehogs. We need to be focused people instead of Renaissance men, who are simply jacks of all trades and masters of nothing. 

Wooden’s pyramidsrepresents 15 fundamental values as well as 10 supporting attributes that Wooden believed were vital for a person to perform at the highest level he was capable of.  Wooden used his pyramid of success for himself, his players and his staff. Each value has a role and place in the pyramid, and when acted upon, will bring success to the person

Here is what the Rules of Success Pyramid looks like!  

I love this quote:

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of being.” -John Wooden

I think using Wooden’s Pyramid is very useful in becoming a more successful person.



Master Key Experience Week 19

I am continuing going over Scroll V, and it is sinking in more and more each day to make the most of each day, not waste time, and not procrastinate.  Many people don’t realize how precious money is, and often obsess over money. What they don’t realize is what once time is gone, you can’t get it back.  If you lose money, you can always make more money and get it back. That does not apply to time.

I have been focusing more on gratitude and the things I am grateful for.  I write down 3 things each day I am grateful for and go over them. Your perspective about things totally shifts when you are full of gratitude.  I can see why all the very successful entrepreneurs talk about the need to have an attitude of gratitude if you want to be successful.

Our thoughts guide so much of our lives.  If our thoughts are strong, powerful and positive, it will reflect in our lives and our health and success.  If our thoughts are weak and negative, it will have more fear, nervousness and worry, and it will have an adverse effect on our health. 

We need to be vigilant of the thoughts we have daily, as well as all the self talk going through our mind.  We think up to 50,000 thoughts a day, and much of that is negative, and we are usually not aware of it. That is why we often sabotage ourselves.  We need to change the self-talk we have with ourselves, and we will see an incredible change with our lives.


Master Key Experience Week 18

This week we started Scroll V in The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.  Lots of great stuff in it.

Og teaches us in Scroll V to live in the present and make the most of today.  We spend too much time worrying about what tomorrow or next week or month will bring, as well as dwelling too much on the past.  We need to stop procrastinating and to make the most of us today. Each moment today is precious and should not be wasted. We are asked to live today as if it were it last, because that way we would not waste any time. 

We watched a video by Shawn Achor.  He told us that we need to be happy first because we can be more productive and successful.  Most people have it backwards and think we need to be successful and wealthy first before they are wealthy, which is not the case with the studies done.  

90% of our happiness is not affected by our exterior world, but how we perceive the world.  It is also important to be grateful for things, and focus on the things we are grateful for each day, and do meditation as well.

Here is Shawn Achor’s Ted Talk!

If you follow what Shawn Achor teaches in that talk, you will see lots of things change in your life for the better.


Master Key Experience Week 17 – HJ

It has been about 4 months since we started the Master Key Experience.  As each goes on, everything starts to make more sense. It kind of reminds me when the head of sports teams tell their fans, “Trust the process,” of a coach tells a player he’s coaching, “Trust the process.”  It does not make a whole lot of sense in the beginning, but as time goes on, all the pieces start to fit, and things make more sense.  

A lot of times we will not do the things our mentors or coaches tell us to do out of ego or out of laziness, and that is too our detriment.  We let ego stop us from having the life we so badly desire, and we often rob ourselves of the success we desire because we let ego get in the way.  We have to always be students and always be learning, and learn from those who have done what we want to do. 

We discussed the hero’s journey this week.  When we watch a movie, we find the main character often runs into difficulties.  We become engaged in the troubles and problems they find themselves in and drawn into their story.  The main character, or protagonist, have a big problem or struggle and they take it on. They decide to become the hero or victor of their journey.  To become the hero of your own journey is the path of the Hero’s journey.

One great example of someone who encompasses the Hero’s Journey is Aimee Mullins. Aimee Mullins gave an incredible Ted Talk, and I will let her tell you in her words what she has done with her life, despite having both of her legs amputated. 

I think you will definitely enjoy and learn a lot from Aimee Mullins talk. 

Click here to watch!

I am learning so much each week, and can’t wait for next week’s lesson.