What's the next version of you?

Isn't that what it's all about? At home, in your office, etc.

I even thought about renaming this blog.

Does the past really matter at all? Why do we give it so much attention?

A guy goes on a date with a girl and they seem to hit it off, and at the end of the night he tells her he likes her and asks to see her again. He follows up by saying that they would need to move really slowly because he's getting over a bad breakup.

I don't get it.

What the hell does some other past relationship have to do with the new relationship they are starting? What makes that a factor? What does one thing in the past have to do with something that's now working its way into the future?

It doesn't make sense to me.

My friend Tyler Norton was explaining to me the other day how important it is to think about beating yesterday and to focus on improving a little bit each day.

He asked me "do you think if we could listen in to the conference rooms at Apple that they are talking about the iPhone 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 or 8? You think they're taking a second look at the Walkman?

Probably not!

They are looking at the next version of the iPhone.

The improved version.

The smarter version.

The version that offers more value.

The better version.

And this, my friends, is what one must do with his or her own life - find the next version of yourself.

The past; for the most part, doesn't really count for much.

In my mind, the past only really matters if it helps you create the next version. The better version of yourself. The past is something you can learn from of course, but don't get stuck!

Many people make the same mistakes over and over again, but as many of you have read on this blog - it's all about "what's next?" or "what else?".

Stop thinking the past has so much power with the future. It only does because you let it.

It isn't about what happens to you, but what you do with what has happened to you that matters, and how you decide to let it affect you going forward.

Everything happens for a reason.

Live it, love it, and learn from it.

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Quote of the Day: "You are successful because you are taking steps to be successful" - Cheryl Sanchez

Song of the Day: "The One That Got Away" by Katy Perry

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