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Living By Design 10 - Never Too Late To Start

Dr. Phil says, no matter your age, it’s never too late to start.

Phil in the Blanks

  • Have a defined “image” and never go out of character. You must know both yourself and how to present yourself.

  • Create a perception of uniqueness. Choose to define your image so that you distinguish yourself from anyone else in the world.

  • Play “big,” not just long. Playing big is different than playing long because even reliable and competent people that play long seldom win big, if at all.

  • Learn to claim and accept praise, and acknowledge it in a gracious way, but do accept it. The goal is to get noticed and acknowledged for who you are and what you do.

  • Become “essential.” If you want to succeed in any situation, it is important to be needed and good to be relied upon.

  • Know your real currency. Don’t waste time working for what you don’t want.

  • Always, always have a plan. If you want to achieve a sustained measure of success in any area of your life, you need a specific plan that begins with identifying what you want.

  • Keep things “close to the vest.” To be interesting you have to maintain a certain degree of mystery, because it gives you a degree of mastery.

  • Always be in investigatory mode. You have to constantly be gathering relevant information that may empower you to do and achieve what you desire.

  • Must “stretch” and behave your way to success, even if it feels like “fake it until you make it.” Have confidence and be bold enough to stretch yourself, scramble to close the gap if one exists, and grow into new opportunities.

  • Always keep your options open. It is important to always leave yourself a face-saving way out.

  • Always master the system and figure a way to make it work for you. You can gain distinct advantage if you know the game better than anybody else.

  • Create a passionate nucleus of supporters. Surround yourself with people who share your passion and vision, and support your pursuit of your goals.

  • Deal only with the truth. You must resolve to never fail to acknowledge if you have a problem or are in some kind of toxic situation that is draining your life energy.

  • Recognize and use the ego and greed of others to create a path to success. If you want acceptance and to be heard and well-regarded, you can create receptivity by being sensitive to your listener’s ego.

  • For worksheets, tests and more Living by Design click here.


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Oct 04, 2023

In the world of design, it's never too late to start! With a keen understanding of trends and the use of trendy images like grain bin images in your projects, you can establish a unique style and cater to your target audience effectively. Design knows no age, and creativity knows no bounds.


Dr Phil you are sooooo good at what you do! I love the” Design Your Life” series! I especially like this last one because it hits home for me. I’m gonna listen to it over and over until I can effect some positive change where I’ve been frustrated forever with my life!!! I eagerly await the next one🤔

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