In his upcoming highly-anticipated, groundbreaking book, The Lemonade Life,
Zack Friedman shares the secrets to fuel success, create happiness and conquer anything. Every day, we choose to live one of two lives: the Lemon Life or the Lemonade Life. The Lemon Life is based on settling, excuses, entitlement and chasing. Friedman says that there is a better way, and it’s called the Lemonade Life. The Lemonade Life is leading your life on your terms with purpose and possibility. I love Zack’s book and would love all my readers to have access to this aspirational life.
Here are 8 key tips from Zack to help you start living the Lemonade Life:
1. Everyone has a shot at greatness
In The Lemonade Life, Friedman says that “no matter who you are, where you come from, what you do for a living, or how much money you have that everyone has a shot at greatness.” This means that all of us have the power to control our future. The good life is not reserved for a select few or the wealthy or the elite. We all have a shot to lead the life we want and enjoy the life we lead. That means happiness at work, in life and with ourselves. No matter what happened yesterday, last week or last year, Friedman says that each day is a new beginning to lead the life you truly want to lead.
The Lemonade Life is built on gratitude. Friedman says that when we practice gratitude, it’s a life-changing experience. Gratitude is being thankful for our life, for the people in it, and the blessings that surround it. By practicing gratitude, we become humbled, and it creates a calming effect that enables us to focus and build confidence. Gratitude also has numerous health benefits, and can lower our heart rate, improve immune function and lower the risk of depression. One of the many tips Friedman shares in The Lemonade Life is to have a gratitude journal. Each morning, spend 5 minutes writing three things for which you are grateful. Then spend another 5-10 minutes reflecting on what you wrote and why it is important to you. Friedman believes this is such a powerful way to begin your day because it reminds you of your life purpose and sets the right tone to succeed during the day.
3. Have a morning routine
Having a morning routine is central to leading the Lemonade Life. Having a gratitude journal is one strategy. A morning routine helps provide structure and regularity to our day. As shown in The Lemonade Life, you can think of a morning routine as setting the standard and building the foundation for you day so you can prosper. Meditation, prayer or exercise are three other effective strategies to help you conquer the day ahead. Make sure to do your morning routine before you start your work day, including checking email or social media. You want a clear mind to focus and achieve a calming state.
4. You are responsible to create your own happiness
Ultimately, you are in control of your own happiness. It’s up to you, and only you, to choose the life you lead. No one else will do that for you, but you. Therefore, it is essential to create the environment, friendships and career that will further your happiness and fulfillment. When we take responsibility and accountability for our future, we gain more confidence and control over our lives.
5. Your happiness at work matters
As Friedman explains in The Lemonade Life, we spend up to 70,000 hours of our lives at work. However, we all know people who are miserable in their jobs. That formula doesn’t work. You can’t be happy in your personal life and miserable in your professional life because those two lives are linked. The Lemonade Life says that your happiness at work matters. Life is too short to be stuck in a job that makes you miserable, and The Lemonade Life teaches you to quit that job immediately. You can’t succeed at work in a negative work culture, with a domineering boss and a company that lacks a mission. It’s incumbent upon you to either find another job that creates personal and professional fulfillment for you, or change the culture from within.
6. Focus on your strengths
One of the key themes of The Lemonade Life is self-awareness. Many of us have heard the term “self-awareness,” but too few practice it regularly. Self-awareness is about fully accepting and recognizing our strengths and weaknesses. Even the most successful people can’t be good at everything. Own your strengths and weaknesses. When you take accountability for being good at certain things and not as good at others, it’s the most freeing exercise. That doesn’t mean you can’t learn new skills or become better, but it removes a self-imposed layer of pretending. The Lemonade Life says to focus time on building your strengths, not your weaknesses. This is groundbreaking because many people want to focus on improving their weaknesses. However, we can’t be amazing at everything. Spend time and energy building on your core abilities and become better and ultimately, become the best.
7. Practice the 5X Rule
The Lemonade Life shares an important secret about how we spend our time, and it’s called the 5X Rule. Friedman starts by explaining that the people we spend our time with influence the people that we become. That’s why he argues that it’s essential to curate our “wolfpack.” Our wolfpack are the people that we dedicate our time and energy to. As we spend time with them, they become our biggest influencers, for good or bad. If anyone in your wolfpack is tearing you down, they should be removed from your wolfpack. Life is too short to waste time with negative people who don’t help you become your best. Curating your wolfpack means bringing in the five best people possible, including friends, colleagues and mentors, to help you become your best self. This rule of “five” can be applies to many other aspects of your life, including the five foods you eat, the five websites your read, the five tv shows you watch, and so on. The 5x Rule is all about choosing the life we want, and when you break down the components of your life, you can more easily diagnose the areas to improve.
8. Lead your life with purpose
As Friedman explains in The Lemonade Life, you must lead your life with purpose. Purpose is the “why” behind our lives. It’s not enough to live life. You should have a reason why you do what you do on a daily basis. Your purpose can be to inspire others, raise a family, spread happiness, change the world, or whatever helps you drive you on a daily basis to bring you closer to the Lemonade Life. Friedman says that we when we live a life with purpose, it can be grounding, inspiring and motivating to achieve excellence and self-fulfillment.
To learn more about The Lemonade Life and preorder the book, please visit http://www.lemonadelifebook.com
Zack Friedman is the founder and chief executive officer of Make Lemonade, a leading personal finance company that empowers you to live a better financial life. He is an in-demand speaker and has inspired millions through his powerful insights, including more than 14 million who have read his advice in Forbes. Previously, he was chief financial officer of an international energy company, a hedge fund investor, and worked at Blackstone, Morgan Stanley, and the White House. Zack holds degrees from Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins. He lives in New York with his wife and children.