Top 10 Lessons I Learned in May 2017


Every month, I strive to learn and grow.  I do it with intention and with purpose.  My day starts with reading.  Throughout my day I have great conversations with others.  I listen to podcasts while driving and working out.  And from all of this, I keep a running log of the many, many lessons I learn, or am reminded of. 

Here are the Top 10 lessons I learned in May 2017.  Let me know which ones resonate with you the most in the comments below.

  1. Your mind is the asset that must be worked on the most.
  2. Looking at my calendar, are the activities I have scheduled this week in alignment with the person I am today? Or with the person, I wish to become?
  3. Your true competition in business is not a competitor who provides a similar product or service. It’s the path the prospective buyer has become used to traveling.
  4. It doesn’t matter how many people DON’T get it. What matters is how many people DO.
  5. Don’t react.  (Yes, I’ve shared this one before, but it’s awesome!)
  6. “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity. You’ll avoid the tough decisions and you’ll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted.” – wisdom from Colin Powell
  7. Always care more about those few who like your work, and less about the multitudes who don’t. (Amen!)
  8. “Selective Perception” sucks. It means you’re constantly seeking out evidence that convinces you it is ok to stick with the status quo or what’s already working.
  9. I love having money. But I love having time even more.  And I can always make more money.
  10. And let’s finish off with an amazing quote from Seneca you should pin to your wall: “I don’t complain about the lack of time…what little I have will go far enough.  Today – this day – will achieve what no tomorrow will fail to speak about.  I will lay siege to the gods to shake up the world.”

Keep learning.  Keep growing.  It is what we are designed to do as humans.

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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