Look back FROM the future in order to be successful IN the future

Hi friends,

They say that a journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step. But what if your first step is wrong? How will you get to your desired destination then? How will you make an endless chain of falling dominoes if the first domino piece falls at the wrong direction?

In one of my blogs, I told you about the importance of enjoying the journey towards your goal. Today, I will tell you about another importance of the journey when it comes to reaching your dreams and achieving success.

Of course, as a businessman, it is important that we look at the future, we have a goal that we want to reach. We want to be someone or something someday. We imagine who we want to be ten years or five years from now, and that inspires us to continue moving. But how do we move? This is where “back from the future” thinking comes in.

Back from the future is more of a hypothetical way of planning and rationalizing the things that we need to do in order to reach our goal. By visualizing our ideal future, we set a standard of the endpoint that we want to reach. Then, we start asking ourselves, “what do I need to do or what needs to happen in order for the ideal future to materialize?” The answers to these questions will then be our guide towards our game plan. In order for us to do the right things so we can be successful IN the future, we have to hypothesize and imagine things as if we’re looking back FROM the future.

Let’s have an example. Imagine you are a writer and your biggest dream is to be world-renowned. Now, what do you have to do in order to be popular in the whole world? You need to start networking. How do you do that? You need to expand your circles. How do you do that? Maybe you can attend a seminar. How will you do it? You can check online if there are any upcoming seminars that you can enlist yourself into.

See the pattern? Instead of just daydreaming about the big picture, we used it as a guide and we broke it down into smaller pieces until we get to something achievable. By looking back from the future, we trace a potential path that we can do from today in order to get to that desired future. Rather than just looking at what you have now and do things without a clear path, doing it the other way around is a more efficient approach.

If you know where you want to go but you don’t know how to get there, take your mind there first and then go back to the now. This way, it will be easier for you to set your plans and act accordingly in such a way that they will reach the ideal end point that you desire. If you look back from the future, from where your domino chain ends, you will know how to perfectly set the first domino, the second, and all all the other succeeding dominoes.

Until next time Keep Learning and Stay Razor Sharp


Get a mentor – They don’t even have to know.

Day 28 of 30 Day Blog Challenge

Hi Friends,

I have to say that in every book I read, every webinar I watch or seminar I attend, a tip that is always shared is to get a mentor. I would even go as far as saying why stop at 1, you can have many mentors and in fact they don’t even need to know.

While the best outcome would be to have a mentor that you can sit in a room and have a one on one chat with, another option is to find someone who inspires you so much that you just would like to be like them. An example of this would be that many people who want to be a great basketball players would have just wanted to be like Michael Jordan (MJ). In a way people who become obsessed with MJ and watch all his games and know his moves would have been indirectly “mentored” by MJ.

You can apply this in the business world too and these days with social media and google you can find everything about someone who inspires you, for me someone like Gary Vaynerchuk (aka Gary Vee) would be someone I aspire to and I watch and read everything #GaryVee. I have all his books, watch his videos, read his blog, follow on social and he does not even know it however he is someone I hands down refer to as a mentor. (well he knows now, if he reads this!)

So be sure to find someone you are inspired by and copycat what they are doing, watch and read all their content and chances are you may just turn out like them!

Till next time, always be sharpening your saw.

#RazorSharp – Ray

Dream BIG Dreams

Day 16 of 30 Day blog challenge.

Hey Friends,

Why is it that when we are young we dream a lot and we dream big crazy dreams. As children we dream creative about being the captain of a planet full of weird looking aliens and we have lasers beams shot from our eyes. I know far more creative than realistic but at least it’s a dream in ones mind. It does not matter what the dream is, it’s the importance that we just open our creative mind and dream! It seems that when we get older, we get too busy and the creative dream factory shuts down.

Great news is that we can reopen our dream factory, all you need to do is DREAM! be creative! start by dreaming about a holiday you want, what success looks like, that new home you want, what your new car colour will be or what your ideal job is, it all helps open the factory and get the ideas and dreams following. The more we force ourselves to dream the more natural it becomes, and soon you will dream about everything possible and your life will change. The factory is open for business!

One technique which I have started to use is one know as “back to the future thinking” (BTTFT) it has appeared in many books I have read and I have also heard it on stage when attending personal development seminars. BTTFT is the ability to think of a dream goal, say a new car, and you think about having the car in the future and you can see that in 5 years you have this awesome new car you had always wanted. As you look at the car in your mind 5 years from now you look backwards and see what you needed to do to achieve this goal. You go from the goal in the future all the way back to right now, and look at what you needed to do. Did you need a new job, did you need to work longer hours, did you need to get more training in your field to get a promotion, what you need to do will be clear to you. Many of us know what we need to do differently we just have no motivation to do it any better. Hopefully the BTTFT technique can help you find a motive, now you know why and what you are working towards.

In an upcoming Razor Sharp show I will show you some of the dreams I have, how I set goals and how I achieved them. Be sure to sign up (form on the right) and be on the alert list of when the show goes live. 

Dreams can be whatever you want them to be, but keep in mind that you need to turn dreams in memories. It is good to have many dreams but there is no point in having many dreams that stay as dreams all your life. You need to take action and turn your dreams into memories.

I will also highly recommend that you do not keep your dreams in your mind, you need to write your dreams down onto paper. An idea is to have a dream book, this can be any book you like and you write your dreams down, you might even get pictures and stick them in. Also try and write a date you would like to achieve that dream, the date might not be an accurate date like 1st of July 2020, you may simply say that you would like to achieve the dream before you’re 35 years old. A method you can use is SMART goals.

Your dreams should be realistic and ones that you know you can achieve, if not your mind will shut off and all your dreams will become blurred.

You can not hit a target you can not see.

Lights, Cameras and Action – Just like in the show business no one starts doing anything till they yell ACTION, and life is the same. You can not have dreams and goals but sit on the couch and watch TV. That shit ain’t going to work out for you, trust me. You need to take MASSIVE ACTION in your life in order to make your dreams and goal happen.

You need to take MASSIVE ACTION in your life in order to make your dreams and goal happen. Click To Tweet

Below is a list of topics your dreams and goals can be about, remember the sky is the limit. Go crazy and have fun achieving all your dreams and goals. Remember to always take someone special with you along for the ride.

Dream about;

  • Health and Wellness
  • Wealth
  • Cars
  • Homes
  • Lifestyle
  • Trips, Holidays and Cruises
  • Pets
  • Businesses
  • Careers and Job

This short post will have the biggest impact on you… I promise!

Day 12 of 30 Day blog challenge.

Hey Friends,

bookLeft1Today I would like to introduce you to Simon Sinek, he truly changed my life! We have not met yet but I follow everything that Simon does online, yes stalker style!

I read his book, “Start With Why” 5 years ago in 2011 and ever since I have defined my WHY and filter everything through it. I really mean everything. This blog and what I will launch in 2016 are all things I wanted to start to align more with my WHY.

While I highly, highly, highly recommend that you read the book, you will also get super inspired by his TED talk below. In fact it will be the best 18 minutes and 4 seconds of your life.

Start to understand that people don't buy what you do... they buy WHY you do it. Thanks @simonsinek Click To Tweet WIN: I will pick someone at random who shares this tweet above to win a copy of “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek book!

After you watch the video and order the book, start to think about what your WHY is and truly start to understand that people don’t buy what you do… they buy WHY you do it. let me say that again. Truly start to understand that people don’t buy what you do… they buy WHY you do it.

Whatever you do, private or business make sure it aligns with your WHY!

Well it’s going to be a life of ups and downs, you ready?

Day 8 of 30 Day blog challenge.

Hi friends, just a quick post today.

ife_of_an_entrepreneurI have been doing a lot of reading lately about being an entrepreneur and the ups and down that go with it. This image to the right is a perfect representation to shows what a day for entrepreneur is like.

Everyday we boost our self up as being on top of the world full of confidence to only seconds later start to doubt that we are deserving of such a life and will never make it. Why? because we are programmed that being normal is more comfortable and being comfortable is safe. I like to call it mediocrity.

Over the years that I have found that while we want to share all our ideas with everyone around us, they are the ones who want to ‘protect’ us the most so often they will give not the wrong advise but advice that is skewed to protect us and keep us  safe.

I am not sating you can not listen to the ones around you, but my friends they will to some degree hold you back, I have seen it all too often and experienced it first hand. As entrepreneurs we just need to grab the bull by the horns and start to make something of nothing. When we are riding the bull its hard to stop, no matter what ‘protecting’ advice is given to us.

melb-weatherOn a side note… Looking at that image above with all the ups and downs, I have to say it is exactly the same ups and downs that the Melbourne weather follows, so I am calling it right now, “Melbourne is the best place to be an entrepreneur!” Even the weather follows our moods. If you live in melbourne you know what I mean, if not this image to the left should help you work out what I mean.

Lots of Love



Why SYSTEM + FOCUS = Success

Day 3 of 30 Day blog challenge.

Have you heard of McDonalds? Well if you don’t know McDonalds is what we call a franchise and you can not be a franchise without a business SYSTEM. The power of a system is unreal, it works over and over, you just need to follow the system, like a recipe. A strong business system will work with or without you as the business owner and output the same results.

A system has the ability to save yourself time energy and money, see…

Energy &

The power is when you mix a great system with FOCUS, why? Have a look…


Focus allows our mind, body and soul to move in one direction until you are happy with the results.

So if you are after success you must tap into a system and focus!

You don’t know what you don’t know, so be sure to get in front of others who can show you what you don’t know.