“There are a thousand excuses for failure but never a good reason.” – Mark Twain
Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives, and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority? What is the real “secret of success?”
Often I begin a seminar with a little exercise. I ask the audience, “How many people here would like to double their income?” Almost everyone smiles and raises their hands. I then ask, “How many people here would like to lose weight? Get out of debt? Achieve financial independence?” Again, everyone smiles, some people cheer, and they all raise their hands. Then I say, “Wonderful! These are great goals that everyone has. We all want to make more money, spend more time with our families, be fit and trim, and achieve financial independence.
“Not only do we all want the same things, but we all know what we have to do to achieve them. And we all intend to do those things, sometime. But before we get started, we decide that we need to take a little vacation to a wonderful fantasy place called ‘Someday Isle.’
Are you living on “Someday Isle”? Read here to find out…
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When I was much younger, I found myself in a job situation where the environment wasn’t conducive to growth. This frustrated and discouraged me. I had always been focused on growth and improvement. From basketball as a kid to speaking professionally, I was always looking for ways to get better at what I was doing. I might not have always had an official plan for growth, but I was continually pursuing growth. Now I found myself in a place where growth was not just ignored; the environment discouraged it.
Maybe you’ve found yourself in a similar situation. Back then, I could see clearly all around me what a growth environment didn’t look like. But one day, I realized that I had never really thought about what a growth environment did look like.
What were the characteristics of that environment? I was eager to figure it out, so I could go in search of one. So I created a list of characteristics to look for in any environment, so that I could be sure it was a place where I could grow.
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How would people’s reaction and perspective be, if they realized that the very successful people they envy and wish they were like, are only different from them, in that they did not allow their fears determine how far they went in life?
How would you feel, if I tell you that you really are stronger than your wildest imagination could fathom and could climb any mountain, or become anything only if you would not allow fear stop you?
Fear, I have come to understand, is one little thing that keeps men who otherwise would have been great in perpetual chains of mediocrity and nothingness, reducing men who otherwise would have been as great and brave as a lion to mere fretting chicken to whom the sky is always about to fall.
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