The Top 10 Things I Learned in March

learn.pngEach month as I invest time in my personal and professional growth, I keep a running journal of the top lessons I learn throughout each day.  If you missed last month’s lessons, here you go.

This month includes some quotes, kicking off with some Tony Robbins who I saw in person in Portland in March.  I’ve also added some personal notes this month to some of the lessons.  Enjoy, and please provide any thoughts or impact these might have on you!

  1. “Life is always happening FOR us, not TO us. It’s our job to find out where the benefit it.” – Tony Robbins
  2. “Losers react. Leaders anticipate.” – Tony Robbins.  (NOTE from Trevor:  I can’t tell you how much I love this!  And I’ve repeated it to many times in the last several weeks, to teammates, my kids, etc.)
  3. “What you know doesn’t mean sh*t. What do you DO consistently?” – Tony Robbins.  (NOTE from Trevor:  Yes, he tends to swear a lot if you’ve ever seen him live, but it gets the point across.)
  4. “Investing in yourself is the most important investment you’ll ever make in your life…there’s no financial investment that’ll ever match it. Because, if you develop more skill, more ability, more insight, more capacity, THAT’S what’s really going to provide economic freedom.”  – Warren Buffet.  (NOTE from Trevor:  This has been a mantra of mine since I was a wee bitty 20-something “kid”…thanks to Jim Rohn’s advice of “Work hard on your job, you’ll make a living.  Work hard on yourself, you’ll make a fortune.”)
  5. Success doesn’t have to be complicated. Just start with making 1,000 people extremely, extremely happy. – Excerpt from Kevin Kelly’s 1,000 True Fans.  (NOTE from Trevor:  This is from 1000 True Fans, written by Kevin Kelly but you can find it in Tools of Titans.  If you don’t have this book, log in to and buy it now!  No really…NOW!)
  6. Take a look at your obligations from time to time. How many are self-imposed?  How often do I say “yes” to things I wish I had said “no” to?  How many are truly necessary?  Am I as free as I think?  (NOTE from Trevor:  Deep thoughts on how busy life can be…and are we spending time on THE most important things?)
  7. “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” – Ben Franklin.  (NOTE from Trevor:  Thanks for reading my blog post. 😉
  8. Too often we want the past to be better than it was, and the future to unfold exactly as we expect it to. Doing this causes us to neglect the present moment…which is really all we have.
  9. Others cannot make me feel “stressed” or “upset”. That’s on me and in my control.  What others say or do are external events.  It’s up to me if I then foster and emotion internally in response to an external event.
  10. Don’t just learn to know more. Learn so you can DO more.  Greater action is the only thing that will lead to greater wealth.

About Trevor Hammond

As a veteran of the mortgage industry, Trevor Hammond is the co-author of "Borrow Smart, Retire Rich," a Certified Mortgage Adviser and a founding Faculty Member and Contributor to the National Institute of Financial Education ( And he has provided thousands of homeowners with the clarity and confidence to make smarter decisions when it comes to their mortgages and money. In 2013 he launched an entirely new kind of mortgage company: Aspire Mortgage Group, which is committed to educating and empowering homeowners to increase savings, eliminate bad debt, and safely increase net worth. The specialized group of mortgage professionals at Aspire Mortgage Group have redefined what homeowners should expect from a mortgage company. To learn more about Trevor Hammond and our team of mortgage advisors please visit our website at or email Trevor directly: Aspire Mortgage is a Sierra Pacific Mortgage Partner.
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