Success Needs Three Things…

It always amazes me (although it shouldn’t anymore) that when I talk to people who have made it big in anything, whether it’s career, family, money, health, whatever, they didn’t become successful just because they were smart or talented (although being smart and talented doesn’t hurt). The three biggest reasons people succeed are:

1. Their desire becomes a MUST.
2. They BELIEVE they can do it.
3. They STUDY HOW to do it.

People who make things happen study other people who make things happen. They look for patterns and clues as to what they can do to increase their chances of success. Many have mentors that guide them along the way. They almost all read books on their subject of interest. They work hard at becoming experts; becoming familiar with the hurdles and obstacles that will likely get in their way and how to creatively overcome them. They strategically plan their success on paper before they make a move. They believe failure is not an end, but a teacher of how not to do it next time. They believe in their mission and in themselves. Successful people constantly are moving forward, using momentum as a force to pound through doubts and fears. To talk with and be around people like this is very uplifting. If you want success, surround yourself with these kinds of people. Learn from them. Seek them out. Use what they know to help you along. Most are willing to share what they know. Understand that there’s a strategy to success. It takes work, knowledge, ambition, help and a belief in yourself. Put all of these things to work in your own life and watch out!

If you were to set up a lunch with someone successful just so you could pick their brain, who would it be? Better yet, pick that person and make the call today…

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Does Reading Make a Difference?

Just heard a stat that the average American reads one book per year and 60% don’t get past the first chapter…

The average CEO reads 5 to 6 book per month and earns more than 500% more than the average worker…

Excuse me. I’m going to go read now…

A Life Lesson in Crabbing… No, Really…

Ahhh.  I bet you’ve never heard this metaphor before, but it’s a good one…  

A few weeks ago, I was on a boat crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay.   To do this, a trot line is set with chicken necks and sits on the bottom of the bay.  The boat rides alongside the trot line with a rig that pulls the line up out of the water as you pass by.  Hungry crab that are holding on to the chicken necks come up with the line.  The trick is to catch the crab in a net before the let go of the necks and disappear into the depths.  Even though I can’t eat crab (I’m allergic), it’s always a fun outing with my wife’s family. 

This particular morning, the water was choppy and the angle of the sun made it difficult to see the crab until they were just about to the water’s surface, which is usually when they let go.  It’s best to spot them a few feet down so that you can prepare to get the net under them.  I was having a very hard time catching the crab because I couldn’t see them clearly.  I decided to put on some sunglasses to cut down on the glare.  That helped.  We also strategically turned the boat around and approached the line from the opposite side.  This changed the angle of the sun on the water and I was astonished at how clearly we could now see the approaching crab.  Rather than letting them pass by unnoticed, I began catching them one right after the other. 

All right, here’s the lesson…  Life’s opportunties are always in front of us.  Sometimes, we have to change our perspective to SEE them.  Just because you don’t recognize them doesn’t mean they’re not there.  If you’re ignoring them or not looking for them, they can pass us, just like the crab.  We complain because we don’t get the promotion or the raise we desire, but are we really doing what we can showcase our talents?  What opportunties are we missing to show our spouses our love?  What special moments are we missing with our kids because we’re always in a rush?  What opportunties are we letting slip through our fingers to make a great impression on our customers in our businesses?  Too many times, these moments that could make for something significant in our lives just pass by unnoticed; wasted. 

So, how can you begin watching for new opportunties to change your life instead of just letting them disappear into the depths below?

This is True for Many of Us…

Living in our comfort zones has gotten most of us where we are today.

If you’re happy, good. 

if you want more out of life, you’re going to have to step out of your comfort zone.

So, here’s the question…

What are you avoiding that’s uncomfortable but will move you forward?

After you’ve answered that question, now ask this…

What is your next step is going to be?

A Great Quote…

I had to share this quote I just saw. It’s from Dr. Ari Kiev. I love it…

“A successful life does not result from chance, fate, or good fortune, but from a succession of successful days lived in pursuit of a worthy pursuit.”

That is a great quote! Read it again.

Now that you’ve read it again, what are you going to do with it?