Learn From The Past, Focus On The Present And Dream About The Future

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Learn, Focus and Dream

I was inspired to write this post because I like Donald Trump’s policy (I’m pretty sure you know this successful business man). Mr Trump says “… learn from the past, focus on the present and dream about future”.

Well, I think there is a fundamental truth in this statement about being successful and it could not be put more accurately than that.

Ted Turner, CEO of CNN, to the question “…how is it like to lose something?” replied to the CNN anchor “I am not losing, I am just learning how to win”.

Only ‘doers’ make mistakes, learn from them and move on. It is only people who do things that get eventually rewarded.

Yes, we make mistakes all the time. In fact, it is so crucial that we make them as quickly as possible. I love the book by Mike Moran titled Do It Wrong Quickly. It is all about failing quickly, getting up, learning from the experience and make a better mistake next time, get up, learn from it again and move on.

Many would argue that the whole life may be viewed as repeating the same process over and over again. Every time we are faced with a certain mistake, it must be at a different level. A higher one. This is how we are continuously growing and developing as individuals.

A lot of people are constrained, as Tony Robbins says, by their limiting beliefs. Those beliefs is No. 1 reason why 95% of all people on this earth do not accomplish what they want in their lives. What’s you limiting belief? What prevents you from success you wish for yourself? Be truthful to yourself. This is principle No. 1 in Steve’s Pavlina book “Personal Development for Smart People” - Truth. Are you truthful about your progress, health, relations, finance, spirituality and so on? If you are truthful I am certain there will always be the next level for you. This is how we raise our standards, get out of our comfort zones and go out to accomplish our dreams.

The second part of the Mr Trump’s saying is “focus on the present”. Focusing on the present moment is what Eckhart Tolle, the author of one of the best spiritual books The New Earth, also says we should be doing to make our lives happier. Being in the ‘Now’ moment allows us to create a greater awareness of the ‘Ego’ (Ekchart Tolle). Steven Springfield says in his book “The war of Art” there is Self and the Ego represented by the ‘Resistance’ which needs to defeated in order for us to succeed.

And the last part is “dream about the future”. I remember when I was about 15 years old I came up with this metaphor which has always inspired me to keep on walking. I hope this will also inspire you too. It reads as following:

Keep working hard, praying God, and dreaming like a child.

Yes, dreaming is an indispensable part of any goal accomplishment process. Be a dreamer. But always remember that there are two types of dreams: Light dreamers and visionary dreamers. Which one do you want to be is for you to decide.

So, learn from your past, focus on the present and dream about the future and this will become yet another small contribution you can make towards accomplishing what you aspire to be.

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6 Responses to “Learn From The Past, Focus On The Present And Dream About The Future”

  1. LauraNo Gravatar says:

    November 24th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Nice post, keep writing and thank you. It would also be nice if you write an specific example involving the ‘past present future’ theme.

  2. Venilla@Vennila Rajaguru PushpanathanNo Gravatar says:

    November 25th, 2008 at 1:57 am

    It’s good strategic thinking to “Learn from the Past” not just in business but also as a Life Skill. However not all lessons, in my experience are necessarily relevant in the varying situations over time. The ‘Present’ is unique, as I remember reading in an Indian pragmatic book, and is literally a ‘Present’, a gift! It calls forth creative responses in life, love and in business.

    It is a process of evolution in mind and spirit to make the right choices. Sometimes when we get it right, we could benefit from hindsight why exactly things worked out well. Sometimes when we get it wrong, hindsight can also teach us why it went wrong, and how to make things work better, or relaunch a new process/project/product/new phase in life.

    To keep trying, keep going on in our chosen paths, and having the agility to accommodate and incorporate changes ultimately leeds to success. Success though is an elusive term. It means different things to different people. But as everyone’s dreams are different, a personalized success is possible by Self confidence, the ability to break free of limiting beliefs, the Faith to welcome changes no matter what the past was, and creativity to solve problems or evade obstacles as we carry on in our life’s journey.

  3. Nursirinah EloiNo Gravatar says:

    December 2nd, 2008 at 7:13 am

    yes, I do agree with you, we learn from the past, we should try to focus on what we have now, and we dream about the future, that will motivate us to move on

  4. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    December 2nd, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    @ Laura. 1) Let me give you an example from my personal life. About 3 weeks ago I discovered that one of websites got badly hacked. The reason why I believe it got so easily attacked is because the site was poorly protected. And that was a mistake I had to ‘pay for’. Now, all the data that was on the site has been lost. So, this is obviously a good lesson for me. Next time, I should be better prepared for things like that. The bright side of it is that I can learn from this lesson and now I will do everything to avoid that.
    2) Right now I am focusing on the present. This very moment I a writing a comment to you. I let go all ‘noise’ and other distractions. Although in the post I made it sound a bit more spiritual (as it actually is), focusing on the present as I see it has two ramifications: spiritual and day-to-day. But I believe that focusing only on the present moment i.e. the NOW one can achieve what he/she desires. Practical example may be if you are in a difficult/challenging situation in your life you should be focusing on the solutions. Don’t think about the past, but only the present moment. In other words, ask what do you need to do right now to resolve the situation. As one of my mentors says: what you have now is the result of what you did 3 months ago. So think what you should do RIGHT now to get a result you wish to have in a 3-month period.
    3) The last one is ‘dreaming about the feature’. I love dreaming. It is one of the best inventions because dreams stretch us humans and I believe they are the No1 reason why the world is evolving. Practical example: dream or envision about the results you want to accomplish in different aspects of your life. One mistake many of us are making over and over is that we let our limiting beliefs replace dreams we’ve cherished. We must not do that!

    @ Venilla, I can’t agree more on what you said that success is an elusive term in the sense that it can mean different things to different people. No doubt. Thanks for your great comment.

    @ Nursirinah - I am glad you find it useful and thanks for reading.

  5. Mike MoranNo Gravatar says:

    January 3rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm


    Thanks for the shout-out. I am glad that you like my book and I agree with your thoughts in this post. Internet marketing rewards failure with information about what doesn’t work, so you can try again. Thanks again and let me know if I can ever be of any help to you.

  6. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    January 3rd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks Mike for dropping by. I am honored to see you here ;) it would be great to stay in touch ;) I’ve added “Search Engine Marketing, Inc.” into my must-read list. A happy and profitable new year to you and family!

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