Success is About Self Education – Post 487

We’re taught all of our life to go to school, get a good education, go to work for a good company. The reality is that that’s not how you create wealth.

 


It’s about self education.

Jim Rohn once said, “Formal education will make you a living. If you become self educated you can create a fortune.”


Over the years I have attend a lot of different seminars. I’ve met a lot different people that have done extremely well and have become financially independent in different niches in all types of different markets and the only thing they have in common is that they became personally educated and not just formally educated.


Over the past year I’ve met more than a dozen people that we’re all making over $1,000,000 and I was just trying to define, what’s the common denominator? 


Here’s what I think the number one thing in common was. The people that made it had reasons for making it. Strong driving reasons. But the other thing that I found just as fascinating was that of the ones that had a college degree, none of them were making their fortune in the field that they had studied in college.


Whether they went to school or not, every one of them realized that you have to do something different. You have to pay a price maybe, that society doesn’t tell you that you have to pay. 


There’s a lot of people that go to school, get a good education, go to work for a good company and they have this attitude of entitlement. “I did what society told me to do now I’m entitled to make a good living and where’s my money?” 


That was me. I worked my tale of to put myself through college to become a pharmacist. That was my attitude afterward. It wasn’t until I lost it and was not able to find permanent employment for two years that I realized that success, financial freedom, was up to me and not to my job or my degree.


I’ve heard it said that all the “A” student’s end up working for the “C” students and it’s really true. Over my lifetime the people who have had the most success hired people to work for them that were all sharper than they were. The people that they hired all had skill sets that they didn’t have themselves. They hired a lot of people, highly intelligent people to work for them. Really highly intelligent people that were “A” student’s who ended up working for them.


During the world war, a Chicago newspaper published certain editorials in which, among other statements, said Henry Ford was “an ignorant pacifist.” Mr. Ford objected to the statements, and sued the paper for libeling him. When the suit was tried in the Courts, the attorneys for the paper placed Mr. Ford, himself, on the witness stand so he could prove to the jury that he was ignorant. The attorneys asked Mr. Ford many questions, all of them intended to prove, by Mr Ford’s own words, that, while he might have considerable specialized knowledge relating to manufacturing automobiles, overall he was ignorant.


He was asked questions like, “Who was Benedict Arnold?” and “How many soldiers did the British send over to America to put down the Rebellion of 1776?” 


In answer to the last question, Mr. Ford replied, “I do not know the exact number of soldiers the British sent over, but I have heard that it was a considerably larger number than ever went back to England.”


Finally, Mr. Ford got tired of the questions, and in reply to a particularly offensive question, he leaned over, pointed his finger at the lawyer who had asked the question, and said, “If I should really WANT to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire. Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”


There’s a lot of good logic in that reply.


That answer floored the lawyer. Every person in the courtroom realized it was not the answer of an ignorant man. Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it, and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action. 


Through the assistance of his “Master Mind” group, Henry Ford had at his command, all the specialized knowledge he needed to enable him to become one of the wealthiest men in America. It was not essential that he had this knowledge in his own mind. 


I don’t care what society has told you. Formal education makes you a living. If you become self educated in the right industry at the right time you can create a fortune. 


You can create a fortune here and it’s not difficult. Just do simple things over and over and over and over and teach others to do the same.


I ask you, “do you want to fail or do you want to succeed?” 

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6 Steps to Turn Dreams to Reality – Post 483

When the movie “The Secret” first came out many people that watched were under the impression that to achieve whatever one wanted in life all one had to do was want it and success would come. Quickly, however, they learned that it doesn’t quite work that way. Yes, putting the thought out into the universe is the first step but one must also take actions toward achieving what one desires. We all know that wishing for financial success does not create success. If it did the world would be full of millionaires after all how many times have we purchased a lottery ticket then dreamed about what we would do if we won?

Wishing will not bring financial security or success in any endever. But desire with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to achieve then backing those plans with persistence does not recognize failure.

I want to share with you six steps where if you truly desire financial security or any other type of success so much that your desire becomes an obsession, you will have no difficulty convincing yourself that you will acquire it. A mental consciousness that the mind has become so thoroughly saturated with the desire that desire that you can see yourself already in possession of it. These steps are not only essential for achieving financial security but are necessary for the achievement of any definite goal.

The successful application of these six steps do call for sufficient imagination so you can see and understand that success cannot be left to chance, good fortune, and luck. Everyone that has had success in life first did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, wishing, desiring and planning before success came to them.

Every great leader from the dawn of civilization to the present day was a dreamer. If success was not first in your imagination it will never be manifest in your life.

Folks, before I share these six steps I just want to say that never before in the history of America has there been so great an opportunity for practical dreamers as exists right now. The six or so years of economic downturn that we have experienced has reduced everyone to essentially to the same level and a new race is about to be run. The stakes represent huge fortunes which will be accumulated in the next ten years. The rules of the race have changed because we now live in a world that has changed and favors the masses. Those who had little or no opportunity to win under the conditions that existed in the past where fear paralyzed growth and development. Where jobs vanished, where real-estate lost massive value and savings where wiped out for survival.

Those of us in this race are encouraged to know that this changed world is demanding new ideas, new ways of doing things, new leaders, new inventions, new methods of teaching, new methods of marketing, new ideas for moving forward. At the forefront of all this demand for new and better things, there is one quality which you must possess to win the race. That is a definiteness of purpose. The knowledge of what wants to achieve and the burning desire to achieve it.

This economic downturn marked the death of one age and the birth of another. It requires practical dreamers who can and will put their dreams in action. Those dreamers have and always will be the ones the lead us to new frontiers that we never imagined could exist under the old age.

Just think of the real leaders of the world in the past. They harnessed and put into practical use the intangible unseen forces of the unborn opportunities of their dreams and converted those forces into sky-scrapers, cities, factories, automobiles, technologies of every form that makes life more pleasant for us today.

Open mindedness is a necessity today. If you are afraid of new ideas then you are doomed before you start. Never has there been a time more favorable for pioneers than now.

In your quest to achieve success don’t let anyone stifle your dreams. To win big in this new world you have to catch the spirit of the pioneers that built this country. Their dreams have given us everything of value to us today. Their dreams are now the lifeblood of our country and now give us the opportunity to develop and market our talents and abilities.

Columbus dreamed of a new world and staked his life on it.

Henry Ford dreamed of a horseless carriage and went to work with the tools and abilities that he possessed and has now put more vehicles into operation than any man who had ever lived. Because he was not afraid to back his dreams.

Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated on electricity. He put his dreams into action and even though he failed 10,000 times he stuck with his dreams until he achieved success.

I want you to really think about Marconi. Marconi dreamed of a way to use the intangible forces of the ether. The evidence of his success can be found in every wireless device today. His friends had him arrested and taken to a mental hospital when he told them that he had discovered a way to send messages through the air without using wires like the telegraph used or without any other direct physical means of communication. We couldn’t function today had it not been for his dreams.

“The greatest achievement was, at first, and for a time, but a dream.”

So what are the six steps that I mentioned before that can transmute your desire for financial security into it’s physical equivalent? Like I mentioned these steps can be used for whatever goals you want to achieve but I’m going to put them into terms regarding financial security.

Step 1: You have to fix into your mind the exact amount of money you desire for financial success. It’s not good enough to just say “I want financial success.” You  must be definite about the amount you desire.

Step 2: Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. This is where the law of attraction failed people that saw the movie the Secret. There is no such thing as something for nothing.

Step 3: Establish a definite date when you expect to possess the money you desire for financial security.

Step 4: Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready to put the plan into action or not.

Step 5: Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you desire to acquire, name the time limit for acquiring it, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan you will use to accumulate it.

Step 6: Read your written statement out loud twice each day. Once before you go to bed at night and once when you first wake up in the morning. As you read it, see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.

It is important that you follow these steps exactly. It is especially important that you observe the last step. You might complain that you can’t see yourself actually in possession of the money before you actually have it. If you truly DESIRE it so much that you desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty convincing yourself that you will have it.

You dreamers of the world, it’s time to wake up and assert yourself. The economic downturn has brought the  opportunity you have been waiting for. It has taught people humility and open-mindedness. The world is filled with abundance of opportunities that the dreamers of the past never knew.

A burning desire to be, and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must begin. Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness or lack of ambition.

You have been disappointed and have undergone defeat during the economic downturn. You have felt the great heart within you crushed until it bled. Remember that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start and pass through many heartbreaking strategies before they “arrive.” The turning point of those who succeed come at the moment of some crisis through which they are introduced to their other selves.

Remember, Thomas Edison was a telegraph operator that failed many times before being driven to success. Charles Dickens pasted labels on pots. Helen Keller was deaf, mute, and blind. Booker T Washington was born in slavery.

Kindle in your mind the fire of hope, faith, and courage. If you have these states of mind and you apply the six steps I described then everything that you need will come to you when you are ready for it. There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. You are not ready for anything until you believe you can acquire it. No more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity than is required to accept misery and poverty.

 

7 Habits of Highly Confident People – Post 480

7 Habits of Highly Confident People

If you were to pick seven habits all highly confident people
have, which habits would you choose?

Confidence is an outcome of developing many different habits. Here are seven essential habits you need to develop in yourself in order to become a highly confident and successful person.

1. Acting As If

Brian Tracy once said that “confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have”. Even though acting as a confident person when you’re shy won’t make you a confident person overnight, it will help you develop an appearance of a confident person which will attract confident people to you.

Here are a few small habits which will make you appear as a person who has the confidence you desire to have:

  • have the right body language (AVOID: crossed arms, sitting in the back of the room, taking as little space as you can, staring at the floor)
  • don’t be hesitant – if you want to do something, do it without hesitation. There is nothing which reveals your low self-confidence more than acting as if you aren’t sure what to do
  • imitate successful and confident people – find a “self-confidence role model” (it can be an actor, businessman, scientist, thought leader etc.) and imitate him or her. Keep in mind that it isn’t about being a fake – simply imitate things which are in harmony with your nature and which make you appear more confident.

2. Unwavering Decision

Every decision a highly confident person makes is an unwavering decision. There is no “IF”, there is only “WHEN” and “HOW”. Since we make decisions every day, it’s one of the most important habits of highly confident people. If you want to achieve something, you have to commit yourself to it. It’s a basic principle of all confident and successful people. Make things happen. No backing off, no giving up!

3. Showing Up

Woody Allen, one of the most successful actors and directors, once said that 80 percent of life is showing up. He explains it further in his interview for the Collider (2008):

“People used to always say to me that they wanted to write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the way to having something happen. All the other people struck out without ever getting that pack. They couldn’t do it, that’s why they don’t accomplish a thing, they don’t do the thing, so once you do it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you are more than half way towards something good happening. So that I was say my biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have failed me.”

Learn from Woody Allen’s biggest life lesson: stop talking about things that you want to do and start doing these things. There is no self-confidence (and no success) without showing up.

4. Spending Time with the Right People

Have you ever noticed that rich people and poor people usually don’t hang together? It isn’t because the rich don’t want to do anything with the poor because they’re poor – it’s because poor people exhibit kind of behavior and mentality which the rich don’t relate to.

Can you blame successful people because they don’t want to spend time with people who have completely different views on life?

It’s the same with self-confidence. In school, popular confident kids usually stick together and shy kids are outside of their social circle. Later in life, most people who were shy in school still don’t interact with confident people. As a result, they remain shy for the rest of their lives.

If you want to evolve, your social circle has to evolve with you. Confident people know that if you keep spending time with people who are more confident than you, you’re going to become more confident as well. If you keep spending time with people who are shy, sooner or later they’ll keep you down. Choose the right people to spend your time with.

5. Never-Ending Self-Improvement

Self-confidence and self-improvement go together. Highly confident people became and will remain confident because they decided to start a never-ending self-improvement journey. Learning something new every single day is one of the most crucial habits all confident and successful people have.

When was the last time you learned something new? When was the last time you learned something new which you can use to become a more confident person? Here are a few things which you can learn to help you become a more confident person:

  • improve your conversation and public speaking skills (join a local Toastmasters group)
  • read spiritual books which will help you learn to live in the present and stop caring about opinions of other people
  • improve the quality of your voice
  • start working out and improve your physique (learn how to do the most important core exercises correctly)
  • learn how to eat healthy (read a few books, learn recipes)

6. Taking Responsibility for Everything

Highly confident people never blame anyone for their own mistakes. Every successful person will agree that if you want to learn how to believe in yourself, you have to realize that you are responsible for both your successes and your failures.

If you were looking for one of the most important mindsets you need to develop in yourself in order to take charge of your life and become a confident successful person, here it is:

“Everything that happens to me – good and bad – is my personal responsibility. I blame no one but myself. These are the choices I’ve made – this is the life I’m living. I will accept the consequences of my actions.” – Craig Ballantyne

7. Being True to Your Word

Confident people are people on whom you can depend. You can’t become a leader if you don’t deliver on your promises.

People who believe in themselves are the same people other people believe in. However, first you have to learn how to be true to your word to yourself (by setting goals and not backing off as explained before) and later you’ll earn the trust of other people. As most people know, trust is the most important part of doing business.

Imagine that you’re an investor. Would you trust an entrepreneur who would say that he’s going to provide you with a business report within 48 hours and then who wouldn’t deliver on his promise? Exactly. Being true to your word is an essential habit of all confident people who want to achieve success – whether in business, relationships or life in general.

What are you waiting for? Time to get to work on your habits!

Keys To Building Solid Relationships – Post 478

Keys To Building Solid Relationships

People like to do business with people they know and trust. This is why building solid relationships is so important. Relationship-building can take many forms but some elements are essential to all. Let’s take a moment to review some of these essentials that will help you nurture and grow solid relationships within your organization.

Your 30-Second Introduction

Have you upgraded your 30-second introduction lately? If you haven’t revised it in the last twelve months, it’s probably stale. A new introduction can spark energy and enthusiasm—in yourself as well as others. Consider infusing powerful action words like “create,” “design,” “organize,” “generate,” “solve,” and “produce”. Deliver it in front of a mirror or camcorder and see what others see.

A Two-Way Street. What’s in it for them? We often think of what we want to get from relationships. Flip this over and consider what you’re willing to give to your down-line. Do you have knowledge or techniques that will help your down-line be successful? Keep in mind that building relationships is a two-way street, so to speak, that begins with you. Approaching relationships in a giving, proactive mode is an excellent beginning.
Follow up, Follow up, Follow up

The simple act of following up with your customers or business builders will make you stand out with them. To follow-up impactfully, always remember to create a contact management list first. You may start to see growth as you demonstrate an interest in relationship building with your down-line members, and additional growth as they, in turn, start to do the same.

Time and Patience

You might want to think of building business relationships the same way as you would grow a garden. Gardening requires nurturing, resources (water, Bloomin’ Minerals™, sunlight, etc.), and patience. But the results (a bountiful harvest) are worth it. Similarly, developing healthy, productive relationships also requires nurturing (followup) resources (sharing of knowledge) and patience. And the results are definitely worth it!

Vanessa Hunter
Vice President of Marketing
AL International

Daily Action Steps for Success – Post 477

Daily Action Steps for Success

  • Write out a few excuses you might be clinging to (e.g., not smart enough, no experience, wrong upbringing, don’t have the education, etc). Decide to make up in hard work and personal development to outcompete anyone — including your old self.
  • Write out the half-dozen small, seemingly inconsequential steps you can take every day that can take your life in a completely new and positive direction.
  • Write down the small, seemingly inconsequential actions you can stop doing that might be compounding your results downward.
  • List a few areas, skills, or outcomes where you have been most successful in the past. Consider whether you could be taking those for granted and are not continuing to improve, and are therefore in jeopardy of having that complacency lead to future failure.

Darren Hardy – the Compound Effect

3 Keys to Greatness – Post 476

Three Keys to Greatness by Jim Rohn

Eight years ago I went into the studio and recorded a 56-minute video for teenagers called “Three Keys to Greatness.” Although my focus was for teenagers, the principles I shared certainly apply to adults as well.
 
Recently I was asked to list these three keys using a couple sentences for each. Now for your benefit here they are again.
  1. Setting Goals. I call it the view of the future. Most people, including kids, will pay the price if they can see the promise of the future. So we need to help our kids see a well-defined future, so they will be motivated to pay the price today to attain the rewards of tomorrow. Goals help them do this. 
  2. Personal Development. Simply making consistent investments in our self-education and knowledge banks pays major dividends throughout our lives. I suggest having a minimum amount of time set aside for reading books, listening to audiocassettes, attending seminars, keeping a journal and spending time with other successful people. Charlie “Tremendous” Jones says you will be in five years the sum total of the books you read and the people you are around. 
  3. Financial Planning. I call it the 70/30 plan. After receiving your paycheck or paying yourself, set aside 10 percent for saving, 10 percent for investing and 10 percent for giving, and over time this will guarantee financial independence for a teenager.
If a young person, or for that matter an adult, focused on doing these three simple things over a long period of time I believe they will be assured success!
—Jim Rohn

Follow Up – A Key to Your Success – Post 475

Follow Up – A successful first contact, whether in the traditional one-on-one approach (offline) or the one-on-many (online) approach is wasted if you fail to take an important step:

Follow Up.

Sending emails or packages through the mail usually doesn’t get the message across strong enough to your prospects. To achieve any level of success, you have to go the extra mile by making the follow up calls or by picking them up and driving them to a live event.

When following up , you should keep things simple. Answer objections in a calm, confident and professional manner and ALWAYS point to a 3rd party resource tool to get their questions answered. Remember, if your lips are moving, you should be pointing your prospect to a 3rd party tool. This will show them how simple and easy this business is to do, and that they don’t have to be an EXPERT to do this.

And, just because someone says NO to you once, doesn’t mean they’re not interested in you ever contacting them again. Successful people don’t give up that easily.

As always, follow up with a passionate, excited and caring process. This will help you to add new brand partners to your already successful team much easier.

Remember, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”
John C. Maxwell