Are You a Part of the Other 5%?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

We’re living in a world today where 95% of the population is focused on what everyone else is doing and what everyone else thinks. 95% of the world looking side to side, following in the footsteps of those who have come before them. A vast majority of the world is saying “Why can’t I be doing that?” – instead of getting out there, and, you know, actually doing it.

Then there’s the other 5%. The Waldo’s. The people of the world who don’t focus on the peripheral – but instead, set their sites toward what’s ahead – those choice few who boldly state “Warp Speed – Engage!” rather than wandering around in space. These are the movers and shakers – these are the people who are taking control of their own lives and making waves – standing out – real-life, bona-fide innovators.

Stop what you’re doing, right now, and ask yourself - “Do I belong to the 95% – or the other 5?”

To the 95% – your job is simple – figure out how to get out of the 95th percentile. Then go do it.

For the other 5% – if you’re not already sharing your story with the world – what are you waiting for? The only way you learned and the only way others can learn from you is by being willing to help – offering to share information instead of hoarding it all for yourself. If we all focused on pushing one another to be at our best, rather than honing in on how to bring everyone else down – we’d all be a hell of a lot better off.

We all need that 5% – We need those who exude enthusiasm, and devote themselves to worthy causes. Those who are willing to stumble and sacrifice to achieve greatness. Sometimes, you’ll fall in and out of your “place” in the grand scheme of things. Your roles can and will change from follower to leader (and that’s OK). Focus on being part of the cycle instead of becoming overly content with your situation.

In the comments below – I want you to list TWO things:

1) What’s one thing you are doing right now, today, that you are extremely proud of – Something that truly makes you stand out?

2) What’s one thing you want to be doing – you need to be doing – but for whatever reason, you’re not doing it? AND, once you’ve answered that – write out what it will take to get you to where you want to be.

A lot of us get caught up amongst that 95% - but every one of us has the full capacity to be part of the other 5%. What’s it ‘gonna be for you?

(image c/o idiotjenn)


73 Responses
  • Bryan Cromlish Reply

    Great post as always Matt -

    1) Besides chatting w/ you later? haha, I am very proud of the blogging project I have in the works. I enjoy working on it because I believe that it will not only bring a lot to my life, but those around me. It will be a group effort for the project to be a success — I like that.

    2) I am currently looking for a 9-5 type job. I know some people would say you want that? And many people covered it in your post last week. I love to be busy, so I’d love to have the old fashioned typical job and a work on a secondary source of income as a hobby/passion. I am doing a lot of work on the secondary hobby/passion but need to focus more on the search for the 9-5.

    I think there is always be a 5% who rises above the general population. Like your other post, it comes down to what makes you happy. For many, there is nothing they want to do more than sit back and watch Lost. And that is fine! For many it is starting a project, becoming an entrepreneur etc.

    What do you think? Do you think that “watching Lost” as an example is doing what that person enjoys or do you think they have not been exposed to other possibilities in search of satisfaction?

    • Raam Dev Reply

      I think that there may be *some* people who’s genuine passion, and talent, lies watching movies and perhaps reviewing them or whatever.

      But the majority of the time, I think it’s a case of a quick fix — something they do because it feels good in the moment and it passes time. And the reason they want to pass time is because they’re afraid to step out of their comfort zone and grab life by the horns.

      The people who complain are the one’s who will die complaining and will live their entire lives unhappy or constantly chasing the tail of happiness.

      Those who take action, who take risk, and who step out of their comfort zones to take charge of their life, they’re the one’s that the other 95% look up at and wish they were. They’re the one’s who know the secret to happiness isn’t found in complaining or wishing things were different. They know that it takes real work and that sitting in front of the TV isn’t going to improve their lives or overall happiness.

      • Bryan Cromlish Reply

        Interesting point Raam — Without us discussing the Meaning of Life – I think it is hard to say that these people are doing an activity like watching time as a quick fix. Maybe they are not in their comfort zone at work and just love the time to unwind?

        It is hard to understand subconscious reasoning and everyone is different. I will agree that these people arent taking risk while they watch but it is also hard to say that they wish they were.

        Happiness is a real tough subject!

  • Bryan Cromlish Reply

    Great post as always Matt -

    1) Besides chatting w/ you later? haha, I am very proud of the blogging project I have in the works. I enjoy working on it because I believe that it will not only bring a lot to my life, but those around me. It will be a group effort for the project to be a success — I like that.

    2) I am currently looking for a 9-5 type job. I know some people would say you want that? And many people covered it in your post last week. I love to be busy, so I’d love to have the old fashioned typical job and a work on a secondary source of income as a hobby/passion. I am doing a lot of work on the secondary hobby/passion but need to focus more on the search for the 9-5.

    I think there is always be a 5% who rises above the general population. Like your other post, it comes down to what makes you happy. For many, there is nothing they want to do more than sit back and watch Lost. And that is fine! For many it is starting a project, becoming an entrepreneur etc.

    What do you think? Do you think that “watching Lost” as an example is doing what that person enjoys or do you think they have not been exposed to other possibilities in search of satisfaction?

    • Raam Dev Reply

      I think that there may be *some* people who’s genuine passion, and talent, lies watching movies and perhaps reviewing them or whatever.

      But the majority of the time, I think it’s a case of a quick fix — something they do because it feels good in the moment and it passes time. And the reason they want to pass time is because they’re afraid to step out of their comfort zone and grab life by the horns.

      The people who complain are the one’s who will die complaining and will live their entire lives unhappy or constantly chasing the tail of happiness.

      Those who take action, who take risk, and who step out of their comfort zones to take charge of their life, they’re the one’s that the other 95% look up at and wish they were. They’re the one’s who know the secret to happiness isn’t found in complaining or wishing things were different. They know that it takes real work and that sitting in front of the TV isn’t going to improve their lives or overall happiness.

      • Bryan Cromlish Reply

        Interesting point Raam — Without us discussing the Meaning of Life – I think it is hard to say that these people are doing an activity like watching time as a quick fix. Maybe they are not in their comfort zone at work and just love the time to unwind?

        It is hard to understand subconscious reasoning and everyone is different. I will agree that these people arent taking risk while they watch but it is also hard to say that they wish they were.

        Happiness is a real tough subject!

  • Robby G Reply

    I’m happy about discovering my passion in life (writing novels) and actually getting it accomplished day by day, word after word, while still competing in uni, and trying to make a living for myself. Oh, and of course, the accomplishments I’ve made with my blog, helping others in the dating world.
    One thing I wish I did better was market my blog and set up a proper marketing plan for my novel that is coming out sometime closer to the summer. Only thing I need to improve is to actually set up a legitimate marketing plan and stick to it no matter how much I hate organizing any such plan. I also want to write a guest post for your blog if that’s alright.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Yo Robby, Kudos on the novel writing! Can I get a teaser on what it’s about? I have nothing but respect for folks who can do nonfiction writing – I know I’m going to write a book or two (or seven), but writing an entire full-length story from beginning to end seems almost impossible. Call it “blog-writer syndrome” – I think in short sections rather than one long prose. Good luck with that my friend.

      And, if you’re interested in writing something for Life Without Pants. Shoot me an email and we can chat about topics. I always welcome guest writers, my only plea is that you think outside the box with the topic you come up with. Give me a shout!

  • Robby G Reply

    I’m happy about discovering my passion in life (writing novels) and actually getting it accomplished day by day, word after word, while still competing in uni, and trying to make a living for myself. Oh, and of course, the accomplishments I’ve made with my blog, helping others in the dating world.
    One thing I wish I did better was market my blog and set up a proper marketing plan for my novel that is coming out sometime closer to the summer. Only thing I need to improve is to actually set up a legitimate marketing plan and stick to it no matter how much I hate organizing any such plan. I also want to write a guest post for your blog if that’s alright.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Yo Robby, Kudos on the novel writing! Can I get a teaser on what it’s about? I have nothing but respect for folks who can do nonfiction writing – I know I’m going to write a book or two (or seven), but writing an entire full-length story from beginning to end seems almost impossible. Call it “blog-writer syndrome” – I think in short sections rather than one long prose. Good luck with that my friend.

      And, if you’re interested in writing something for Life Without Pants. Shoot me an email and we can chat about topics. I always welcome guest writers, my only plea is that you think outside the box with the topic you come up with. Give me a shout!

  • Raam Dev Reply

    1) I quit my IT job in the states, sold my possessions, and arrived in India this morning with a single backpack to begin the lifestyle of a nomadic explorer — exposing myself to new experiences, new challenges, and new opportunities, all while living extremely frugally.

    2) I need to define a stronger focus for my personal brand, start publishing content more frequently, and begin actively seeking out and connecting with like-minded individuals to whom my knowledge and growing experience is of value.

    If you want to be in that 5%, you need to, in the words of Gary Vaynerchuk, HUSTLE. You gotta dedicate serious amounts of time. You’ve gotta be patient. You’ve gotta believe in yourself.

    Thanks for the awesome post, Matt!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      It is all about hustling, I agree – just don’t drive yourself nuts. Congrats on taking some big leaps in your personal life. I’m a big fan of the “minimalist” style of living and have nothing but admiration for folks who are doing what you’re embarking upon.

      I stopped by your blog and did some reading and I have to say I COMPLETELY relate to your post about selling your car on Craigslist. I did that before moving to Chicago – I had a 93 Honda Civic with 250k miles, no air, and no radio – thought I’d be lucky to get ANYTHING of it – took a couple pictures, threw it up on Craigslist for $2,000 – and within 15 minutes I had it sold. I had about 100 calls/emails within the first hour. It was nuts. Selling furniture and things like that was just about as easy – but selling the car was just plan nuts.

      Looking forward to keeping up with your travels. Keep in touch!

      • Raam Dev Reply

        Thanks Matt!

        Yeah, it’s incredible how easy it can be to sell stuff if it’s priced right. I think too many people don’t weigh in the price of their time and peace of mind when trying to sell personal stuff.

  • Raam Dev Reply

    1) I quit my IT job in the states, sold my possessions, and arrived in India this morning with a single backpack to begin the lifestyle of a nomadic explorer — exposing myself to new experiences, new challenges, and new opportunities, all while living extremely frugally.

    2) I need to define a stronger focus for my personal brand, start publishing content more frequently, and begin actively seeking out and connecting with like-minded individuals to whom my knowledge and growing experience is of value.

    If you want to be in that 5%, you need to, in the words of Gary Vaynerchuk, HUSTLE. You gotta dedicate serious amounts of time. You’ve gotta be patient. You’ve gotta believe in yourself.

    Thanks for the awesome post, Matt!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      It is all about hustling, I agree – just don’t drive yourself nuts. Congrats on taking some big leaps in your personal life. I’m a big fan of the “minimalist” style of living and have nothing but admiration for folks who are doing what you’re embarking upon.

      I stopped by your blog and did some reading and I have to say I COMPLETELY relate to your post about selling your car on Craigslist. I did that before moving to Chicago – I had a 93 Honda Civic with 250k miles, no air, and no radio – thought I’d be lucky to get ANYTHING of it – took a couple pictures, threw it up on Craigslist for $2,000 – and within 15 minutes I had it sold. I had about 100 calls/emails within the first hour. It was nuts. Selling furniture and things like that was just about as easy – but selling the car was just plan nuts.

      Looking forward to keeping up with your travels. Keep in touch!

      • Raam Dev Reply

        Thanks Matt!

        Yeah, it’s incredible how easy it can be to sell stuff if it’s priced right. I think too many people don’t weigh in the price of their time and peace of mind when trying to sell personal stuff.

  • Courtney Reply

    (1) I’m FINALLY turning my passion into something that I share with the world, I’m super excited and proud of my upcoming blog and what I hope for it to become. Finally taking the time to realize what makes us happy and going for it – taking that leap.
    (2) I need to be finding a way to be as passionate about other areas of my life as well instead of dropping everything and going balls to the wall on pizzazzerie :) Balance, Courtney, Balance, so that is what I am striving for and working towards now.

    Great post, Matt!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      In your defense – sometimes you have to go balls to the walls on ONE thing instead of spreading yourself too thin…multi-tasking is overrated. I could tell after chatting with you last week that you are REALLY excited about Pizzazzerie, and you have a great plan ahead of you. Passion trumps everything else and as long as you have that, you’ll get things done and make things happen. Of course, if you need ANY help along the way, you’ve got my support.

  • Courtney Reply

    (1) I’m FINALLY turning my passion into something that I share with the world, I’m super excited and proud of my upcoming blog and what I hope for it to become. Finally taking the time to realize what makes us happy and going for it – taking that leap.
    (2) I need to be finding a way to be as passionate about other areas of my life as well instead of dropping everything and going balls to the wall on pizzazzerie :) Balance, Courtney, Balance, so that is what I am striving for and working towards now.

    Great post, Matt!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      In your defense – sometimes you have to go balls to the walls on ONE thing instead of spreading yourself too thin…multi-tasking is overrated. I could tell after chatting with you last week that you are REALLY excited about Pizzazzerie, and you have a great plan ahead of you. Passion trumps everything else and as long as you have that, you’ll get things done and make things happen. Of course, if you need ANY help along the way, you’ve got my support.

  • Book Reply

    1. What I did today:
    Wrote an article for Unscientific Malaysia – the first in a series which focuses on community building for Unscientific Malaysia. Link: http://bit.ly/9eWmQB

    What I do these days:
    Uncovering my passion and gauging my skill in wordpress site development.
    Uncovering my passion for writing articles that help people.

    2. What I wanna do and need to do.
    - Develop and build my site where I can share my opinions and ideas. Particularly, I think I should focus on what to do if we’re overwhelmed with ideas and stuff to do.
    - Further develop my mini sites which help people in a very specific area.

    I think people don’t realise that they are in the 95%. On top of that, people who are aware of the fact simply not too sure what to do about that. They (I might refer to myself here) need some direction (not handholding). They are ingredients looking for recipes.

    I believe everyone has a passion and they are an expert in that area. Most of us don’t realise this fact.

    Thanks Matt for this post. :D

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks for the comment. You hit the nail on the head – a LOT of people are aware of where they are, but they simply don’t know how to get out of the routine they’re in (been there, done that – still there sometimes). That’s where other people come in – that’s why this community can be so valuable – because of the pushing and motivating we provide for one another – sure – there are those who will try to bring you down, but there are others that will push you to be at your best. Just remember, at the end of the day, you can listen to other people all you want – but you still have to take the plunge yourself.

  • Book Reply

    1. What I did today:
    Wrote an article for Unscientific Malaysia – the first in a series which focuses on community building for Unscientific Malaysia. Link: http://bit.ly/9eWmQB

    What I do these days:
    Uncovering my passion and gauging my skill in wordpress site development.
    Uncovering my passion for writing articles that help people.

    2. What I wanna do and need to do.
    - Develop and build my site where I can share my opinions and ideas. Particularly, I think I should focus on what to do if we’re overwhelmed with ideas and stuff to do.
    - Further develop my mini sites which help people in a very specific area.

    I think people don’t realise that they are in the 95%. On top of that, people who are aware of the fact simply not too sure what to do about that. They (I might refer to myself here) need some direction (not handholding). They are ingredients looking for recipes.

    I believe everyone has a passion and they are an expert in that area. Most of us don’t realise this fact.

    Thanks Matt for this post. :D

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks for the comment. You hit the nail on the head – a LOT of people are aware of where they are, but they simply don’t know how to get out of the routine they’re in (been there, done that – still there sometimes). That’s where other people come in – that’s why this community can be so valuable – because of the pushing and motivating we provide for one another – sure – there are those who will try to bring you down, but there are others that will push you to be at your best. Just remember, at the end of the day, you can listen to other people all you want – but you still have to take the plunge yourself.

  • Jenny Reply

    1. I’m writing a blog that is a direct reflection of my passion for life and after ten months, it’s beginning to open doors.
    2. I do not have posts scheduled, which means I’m currently “pantsing” it. I need to build up 10 posts that I can publish on days when I don’t have anything to say so that I can stick to my Mon., Wed., Fri. post schedule.

    That picture of all the Waldos made me giddy. They should seriously make about 20 more of those books. I was so damn good at finding that striped bastard.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I am trying to get much better with writing posts ahead of time myself. I manage to do it here and there, but I still very much “pants” it – posting on a whim as a thought comes to my head. Whatever works, right? But it helps the sanity a bit when you can get a little ahead and get into a rhythm.

      I loved Where’s Waldo! Almost as good as Magic Eye (even though I sucked at those things). Or how about Highlights Magazine? Many a-good time in the Doctor’s waiting room!

      • Jenny Reply

        OH Magic Eye. I hated those. I see it! I see it! It’s a dog! No.. it’s the Statue of Liberty. Damn it!

  • Jenny Reply

    1. I’m writing a blog that is a direct reflection of my passion for life and after ten months, it’s beginning to open doors.
    2. I do not have posts scheduled, which means I’m currently “pantsing” it. I need to build up 10 posts that I can publish on days when I don’t have anything to say so that I can stick to my Mon., Wed., Fri. post schedule.

    That picture of all the Waldos made me giddy. They should seriously make about 20 more of those books. I was so damn good at finding that striped bastard.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I am trying to get much better with writing posts ahead of time myself. I manage to do it here and there, but I still very much “pants” it – posting on a whim as a thought comes to my head. Whatever works, right? But it helps the sanity a bit when you can get a little ahead and get into a rhythm.

      I loved Where’s Waldo! Almost as good as Magic Eye (even though I sucked at those things). Or how about Highlights Magazine? Many a-good time in the Doctor’s waiting room!

      • Jenny Reply

        OH Magic Eye. I hated those. I see it! I see it! It’s a dog! No.. it’s the Statue of Liberty. Damn it!

  • Nate St. Pierre Reply

    Love these thought-provoking posts, Matt – great stuff. :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Nate. How you been man? Things going well? We need to catch up, maybe Skype soon? Let me know…

      • Nate St. Pierre Reply

        Sure, add me on Skype – nate.st.pierre – always down for a chat. Things are going swimmingly. :)

  • Nate St. Pierre Reply

    Love these thought-provoking posts, Matt – great stuff. :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Nate. How you been man? Things going well? We need to catch up, maybe Skype soon? Let me know…

      • Nate St. Pierre Reply

        Sure, add me on Skype – nate.st.pierre – always down for a chat. Things are going swimmingly. :)

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    @Matt: I guess for me as weird as it sounds the one thing in my life I”m really proud of is taking up surfing. It’s been such a huge life changing personal growth experience for me and it’s only been 1 year. But it’s been a journey that has completely altered what my life looks like.

    The thing that i’ve been meaning to do is go and volunteer at community organization like the Chamber of commerce. As far as that goes, I just need to save up the 300 dollars for the application fee or ask for a waiver in exchange for participating in a committee.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Kudos for surfing – we all need that ‘escape’ – and that’s clearly something your passionate about. Nicole (Ms. Career Girl) and I are starting up somewhat of a “community service” – we’ll be announcing that tomorrow – so I am right there with you.

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    @Matt: I guess for me as weird as it sounds the one thing in my life I”m really proud of is taking up surfing. It’s been such a huge life changing personal growth experience for me and it’s only been 1 year. But it’s been a journey that has completely altered what my life looks like.

    The thing that i’ve been meaning to do is go and volunteer at community organization like the Chamber of commerce. As far as that goes, I just need to save up the 300 dollars for the application fee or ask for a waiver in exchange for participating in a committee.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Kudos for surfing – we all need that ‘escape’ – and that’s clearly something your passionate about. Nicole (Ms. Career Girl) and I are starting up somewhat of a “community service” – we’ll be announcing that tomorrow – so I am right there with you.

  • Simple in France Reply

    I’ve embraced being jobless in France and am having a great time with my blog–I’m most proud that I experimented last week with a little more ‘personal’ story and a travel account/short story.

    Otherwise, I’m kind of in a funk, grumbling to myself about how I’ll get this to work long term (keep spending low plus insure a small, steady income). That and I really need to figure out how to keep writing for my blog and my novel. Poor novel is neglected these days.

  • Simple in France Reply

    I’ve embraced being jobless in France and am having a great time with my blog–I’m most proud that I experimented last week with a little more ‘personal’ story and a travel account/short story.

    Otherwise, I’m kind of in a funk, grumbling to myself about how I’ll get this to work long term (keep spending low plus insure a small, steady income). That and I really need to figure out how to keep writing for my blog and my novel. Poor novel is neglected these days.

  • Jen Reply

    Matt, I really have some work to do, because I can’t really answer either of your questions right now! Great post, as always, and thank you for lighting a fire under my arse. :-)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Well once you figure it out Jen, come back and share a few words here. Sometimes it really helps to say it out loud – holds you a little more accountable, you know?

  • Jen Reply

    Matt, I really have some work to do, because I can’t really answer either of your questions right now! Great post, as always, and thank you for lighting a fire under my arse. :-)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Well once you figure it out Jen, come back and share a few words here. Sometimes it really helps to say it out loud – holds you a little more accountable, you know?

  • Sid Savara Reply

    Hey Matt,

    I think the thing that makes me truly stand out on a personal level is how honest I am with myself. I’m not perfect, but I do tend to be more analytical and critical of things I do than most other people. The downside here is sometimes I can come across as too pessimistic or realistic, and I know I need to dream a little ;). My focus on this kind of quantifiable results spills across in my writing, and that’s something I’m also very proud of – that I try to back up everything I write with experience or references.

    The one thing I really need to be doing more of is working on premium products (ebooks and courses) for SidSavara.com. It seems like every week or two someone emails me asking me about whether I have anything for sale, and I think it’s time to really focus and put something together!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      That honesty with yourself will honestly (pun intended) get you so far. You don’t need me to tell you that – but this is the exact same principle I base my professional career upon. I know what I’m good at and where I’m lacking, and I’ll be the first to admit if I can’t do something – and I make sure my clients are clear on what I can and cannot do. Being honest with yourself and also being willing to “share” the wealth so to speak, is a great combination – I’m continually working to build up my network to include people of many different skills – so if I can’t do something, I can refer a client to someone who can. And, in return, I’d hope that person would refer to me if faced with a similar situation.

      It’s REALLY time we start collaborating and stop competing. Things would be so much better if we all followed in that mantra. Agreed?

    • Bud Hennekes Reply

      It’s almost guaranteed I’d purchase anything you produce Sid.

  • Sid Savara Reply

    Hey Matt,

    I think the thing that makes me truly stand out on a personal level is how honest I am with myself. I’m not perfect, but I do tend to be more analytical and critical of things I do than most other people. The downside here is sometimes I can come across as too pessimistic or realistic, and I know I need to dream a little ;). My focus on this kind of quantifiable results spills across in my writing, and that’s something I’m also very proud of – that I try to back up everything I write with experience or references.

    The one thing I really need to be doing more of is working on premium products (ebooks and courses) for SidSavara.com. It seems like every week or two someone emails me asking me about whether I have anything for sale, and I think it’s time to really focus and put something together!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      That honesty with yourself will honestly (pun intended) get you so far. You don’t need me to tell you that – but this is the exact same principle I base my professional career upon. I know what I’m good at and where I’m lacking, and I’ll be the first to admit if I can’t do something – and I make sure my clients are clear on what I can and cannot do. Being honest with yourself and also being willing to “share” the wealth so to speak, is a great combination – I’m continually working to build up my network to include people of many different skills – so if I can’t do something, I can refer a client to someone who can. And, in return, I’d hope that person would refer to me if faced with a similar situation.

      It’s REALLY time we start collaborating and stop competing. Things would be so much better if we all followed in that mantra. Agreed?

    • Bud Hennekes Reply

      It’s almost guaranteed I’d purchase anything you produce Sid.

  • Bud Hennekes Reply

    Hey Matt. Excellence post that got me thinking. Something I’ve learned is this: Sharing your story with the world is SCARY and takes guts. But sharing your story is also one of the most empowering things you can choose to do. There is no better feeling than knowing that your existence is benefiting the lives of others.

    I’ve been fortunate enough to realize at a young age that there is absolutely no point in simply existing. Sure it takes hard work and passion, but knowing that you’re giving it your all is a wonderful feeling.

    1. What am I doing now?
    I’m using my passion for writing to change the lives of individuals at PluginID. I’m putting myself out to the world to see at the ‘tender’ age of 18. I’m sharing not only my successes but numerous failures as well. Most importantly I’m working hard to show that anyone can make a difference. :)

    2. I need to be more consistent. I need to continue to step out of my comfort zones. I need continue to push myself to grow.

    Action Steps: I need to get back into the habit of reading a book a week. I need to continue to connect with people who will help make the world a better place. I need to cut out distractions in my life such as checking email and facebook too often. But most of all I need to focus on creating INCREDIBLE value by doing what I love.

  • Bud Hennekes Reply

    Hey Matt. Excellence post that got me thinking. Something I’ve learned is this: Sharing your story with the world is SCARY and takes guts. But sharing your story is also one of the most empowering things you can choose to do. There is no better feeling than knowing that your existence is benefiting the lives of others.

    I’ve been fortunate enough to realize at a young age that there is absolutely no point in simply existing. Sure it takes hard work and passion, but knowing that you’re giving it your all is a wonderful feeling.

    1. What am I doing now?
    I’m using my passion for writing to change the lives of individuals at PluginID. I’m putting myself out to the world to see at the ‘tender’ age of 18. I’m sharing not only my successes but numerous failures as well. Most importantly I’m working hard to show that anyone can make a difference. :)

    2. I need to be more consistent. I need to continue to step out of my comfort zones. I need continue to push myself to grow.

    Action Steps: I need to get back into the habit of reading a book a week. I need to continue to connect with people who will help make the world a better place. I need to cut out distractions in my life such as checking email and facebook too often. But most of all I need to focus on creating INCREDIBLE value by doing what I love.

  • Melissa Gorzelanczyk Reply

    I loved this post, Matt (and for the record, Waldo is a small town on the way to Milwaukee).

    1. I am extremely proud of both my blogs and the focus I place on them even as a busy mom, working full-time and still fitting in a good marriage and fitness.

    2. I want to get started on a novel. Baby steps.

    How about you?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Melissa – it’s clear to me – without even “knowing” you personally – that you have a great head on your shoulders and you’re doing an awesome job at balancing everything.

      You know – our goals are similar. Aside from continuing to build the foundation of my business – I am committed to working on a book – and am finally starting to take action toward that with a great friend of mine. We’ll have to continue to cheer each other on!

  • Melissa Gorzelanczyk Reply

    I loved this post, Matt (and for the record, Waldo is a small town on the way to Milwaukee).

    1. I am extremely proud of both my blogs and the focus I place on them even as a busy mom, working full-time and still fitting in a good marriage and fitness.

    2. I want to get started on a novel. Baby steps.

    How about you?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Melissa – it’s clear to me – without even “knowing” you personally – that you have a great head on your shoulders and you’re doing an awesome job at balancing everything.

      You know – our goals are similar. Aside from continuing to build the foundation of my business – I am committed to working on a book – and am finally starting to take action toward that with a great friend of mine. We’ll have to continue to cheer each other on!

  • Cookie Monster Reply

    The one thing which I am currently doing successfully is becoming the core to the operations of my team at work. Yes, huge reliance on one person is not clever play, but from a personal perspective – I have learnt more in the last 6 months than I have ever before.

    The one thing I want to do is work on end to end projects, in a challenging environments – places and situations where I can showcase what I have learnt, and in the process gain even greater experience. In order to do this, I am working on a move to NY to work on a 9 month project with the hope of achieving my objective.

  • Cookie Monster Reply

    The one thing which I am currently doing successfully is becoming the core to the operations of my team at work. Yes, huge reliance on one person is not clever play, but from a personal perspective – I have learnt more in the last 6 months than I have ever before.

    The one thing I want to do is work on end to end projects, in a challenging environments – places and situations where I can showcase what I have learnt, and in the process gain even greater experience. In order to do this, I am working on a move to NY to work on a 9 month project with the hope of achieving my objective.

  • Melissa Reply

    1- I just started my own personal tea review/educational blog last week over spring break. After about a year of drooling over other peoples’ blogs and other people on twitter, I decided to finally get active and do what I should be doing- something I love! I am so happy that I started it and since last week, I have gotten about 50 more followers on twitter, tons of #ff for tea on friday, made new friends and gotten about 200 hits on my barely week old blog. I am very proud and hope to continue because it makes me happy.
    2- What I need to be doing right now is exactly the same as my first. Since my blog is only a week old, I have to continue to network on twitter and other platforms so I can get myself out there, get myself know and get my content out in the world.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      My main piece of advice for you, Melissa, is to stick with it – no matter what. Don’t get discouraged if the “numbers” aren’t matching your expectations. Over time you’ll build community and make so many great connections – but in between, there may be some “slow” times. Don’t worry about it – it happens and has happened to every single one of us, including me. Congrats on getting it off the ground and doing something you love!

  • Melissa Reply

    1- I just started my own personal tea review/educational blog last week over spring break. After about a year of drooling over other peoples’ blogs and other people on twitter, I decided to finally get active and do what I should be doing- something I love! I am so happy that I started it and since last week, I have gotten about 50 more followers on twitter, tons of #ff for tea on friday, made new friends and gotten about 200 hits on my barely week old blog. I am very proud and hope to continue because it makes me happy.
    2- What I need to be doing right now is exactly the same as my first. Since my blog is only a week old, I have to continue to network on twitter and other platforms so I can get myself out there, get myself know and get my content out in the world.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      My main piece of advice for you, Melissa, is to stick with it – no matter what. Don’t get discouraged if the “numbers” aren’t matching your expectations. Over time you’ll build community and make so many great connections – but in between, there may be some “slow” times. Don’t worry about it – it happens and has happened to every single one of us, including me. Congrats on getting it off the ground and doing something you love!

  • Lauren McCabe Reply

    When I studied abroad in Australia, my friends told me about the Australian “Cut Poppy Syndrome.” Whenever one of your friends in Aus rises above the rest, you bash him, give him smack– to bring him back down to the same level as all the other poppies in the field. Which brings me to Matt’s article, a perfect example of the American “Reach for the Stars Syndrome.” We tell EVERYONE to be a leader, an innovator, the top 5%. I think this is awesome. Who doesn’t have dreams? But many of my Australian friends say we’re too intense in the States, we’re so obsessed with winning and competition that we miss out on the stuff that really matters– mainly, living in the present. In effect, we’re never content. Good or Bad? What do you think?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      There’s a lot of truth in what you’re saying here and I actually wrote about this whole idea of competitive versus collaboration here –> http://www.lifewithoutpants.com/words-of-wisdom/big-world/

      In general, we are very competitive, and it’s kind of sad really, because there’s so much more that can be had if we were to relax a bit and focus on helping one another. Sometimes we need to be reminded that it’s OK to be content – and that by being content, you aren’t settling.

      Thanks for coming by Lauren. Hope to see you around more often!

  • Lauren McCabe Reply

    When I studied abroad in Australia, my friends told me about the Australian “Cut Poppy Syndrome.” Whenever one of your friends in Aus rises above the rest, you bash him, give him smack– to bring him back down to the same level as all the other poppies in the field. Which brings me to Matt’s article, a perfect example of the American “Reach for the Stars Syndrome.” We tell EVERYONE to be a leader, an innovator, the top 5%. I think this is awesome. Who doesn’t have dreams? But many of my Australian friends say we’re too intense in the States, we’re so obsessed with winning and competition that we miss out on the stuff that really matters– mainly, living in the present. In effect, we’re never content. Good or Bad? What do you think?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      There’s a lot of truth in what you’re saying here and I actually wrote about this whole idea of competitive versus collaboration here –> http://www.lifewithoutpants.com/words-of-wisdom/big-world/

      In general, we are very competitive, and it’s kind of sad really, because there’s so much more that can be had if we were to relax a bit and focus on helping one another. Sometimes we need to be reminded that it’s OK to be content – and that by being content, you aren’t settling.

      Thanks for coming by Lauren. Hope to see you around more often!

  • JONNY | thelifething.com Reply

    Magic eye rules.

  • JONNY | thelifething.com Reply

    Magic eye rules.

  • Shane Mac Reply

    Live by it: “When you find yourself on the side of the majority it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

    Good post but as much as no one likes to admit it… Everyone, to some extent, cares what other people think. They just might not say they do.

    -Shane Mac

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    I completely agree – we all care what other people think – not what everyone thinks – but for me personally, the opinions of my friends and loved ones matter A LOT to me. It's important to consider the opinions that do matter, but not get caught up in the one's that don't.

    Hope all is well with you buddy.

  • Brooke Reply

    1) I was just thinking to myself today about how much I love my job
    and the ability I have to make a difference daily. That is
    diffinately what I am most proud of!

    2) As for number two, I am one of the other 5% “The Waldo’s” and
    thanks to Matt have reached my goal and finally got a website up and
    running :)!

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