Saturday, October 20, 2012

How's the Quality of Your Work?

"The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world."

Let me ask you an important question. Are you ever tempted to deliver less than your best? My current coach and mentor Mark Hendricks says "Good enough, isn't".

I would suggest that you dedicate yourself to high quality work versus just average (or good enough) work. Did you know that the habit of accuracy and precision improves a person's whole character?

Your work reputation is one of your greatest assets, and you should know that it precedes you wherever you go. Remember, potential employers or clients will speak with those who know you and ask them about you.

Remember that your words speak loudly, but your actions speak louder than your words. Be careful what you are saying with your actions.

People in positions to help will take notice of those who are dedicated to quality, excellence, honesty and integrity. Those same people are also looking for similar people to associate with in their own activities.

John D. Rockefeller said the secret of success is to do the common duty uncommonly well.

The world is full of people who start things, but the world is always wanting people who can finish things. Decide to be a finisher, finish what you start. Accept nothing less than your best work and make your life motto "where only the best is good enough."

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Three Part Formula to Success

"Three short rules that can help you become as great as you want to be."

In 1935, Will Rogers shared the profound rules to 1) know what you are doing, 2) love what you are doing, and 3) believe in what you are doing.

1. Know what you are doing.

Always appreciate and treasure the value of continuing education. Continually be in the pursuit of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. There is no force in the world that has a greater impact than the statement of a knowledgeable person fortified by confidence and experience. If you are going to be successful you must first know what you are doing.

2. Love what you are doing.

What are you working for? Hopefully, it's for the love of what you are doing. When you love what you are doing you naturally become an optimist. Don't you prefer to be around an optimist more than a pessimist? Commit to looking for the brighter side of things and love what you are doing.

3. Believe in what you are doing.

People are persuaded more by the depth of your conviction than by the height of your logic - more by your own enthusiasm than any proof you can offer. Persuasion is not converting people to your way of thinking, it is converting people to your way of feeling about things. People make decisions emotionally and justify them with logic.

Do you know what you are doing? Do you love what you are doing? Do you believe in what you are doing? If you can answer "yes" to those 3 questions you are truly a success.

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Most Effective Way to Wealth

"It is true that money cannot buy happiness but it does help you to enjoy what the world has to offer."

With wealth many things are made possible. Fine home furnishings, travel, nutritious food, jewelry, charity and gratification.

Three big mistakes un-wealthy people make is 1) spending all of their income without saving any for future needs, 2) taking advice from those not qualified or experienced, and 3) expecting government or others to support them with handouts.

Alternatively, the wealthy have decided a part of all they earn is theirs to keep. Or stated another way, the proven path to financial success is to make sure you live on less than you earn.

Keep a long term perspective about wealth and focus on net worth growth versus just what is coming in and going out in the short term.

(In case you didn't know, the term net worth refers to the value of all assets minus the value of all liabilities.)

Do you have a plan to keep a part of all you earn? Have you implemented your plan? Are you on the road to wealth?

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

How To Turn Your Desires Into Reality

"What you are about to learn was worth $100,000,000 to Andrew Carnegie."

Your thoughts and desires are things, and they are the seedlings of all you will have and become.

Are your desires just hopes, wants, or wishes? Be advised, they must reach the level of a burning desire for them to be transformed into reality. Is your desire stong enough?

You must have the burning desire to acquire each goal, along with a workable plan to accomplish it, and the never-give-up persistence to keep moving forward past obstacles that seem to be in your way. Almost all who succeed in accomplishing their desires pass through struggles on their way to achieving them.

Here are six practical steps anyone can use to transform their desires into reality:

1. Decide specifically what you want / desire.
2. Decide exactly what you will give in return for your desire.
3. Set a definite date for achieving your desire.
4. Create a specific plan and begin working it immediately.
5. Write your answers to the previous 4 steps in a clear statement.
6. Read your statement aloud twice daily, once upon rising and once before going to bed.

As you read your written statement aloud, it's important that you see, feel, and imagine that you already possess your desire.

See this great poem by Jessie Belle Rittenhouse to help you through times of doubt or struggle.

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Important Steps to Build Wealth

"The acquisition of money has always been a simple matter to those who can practice a little discipline and follow a few rules."

Q: What is the "secret" to creating personal wealth and achieving true financial security?

A: Making sure your income exceeds your outgo.

Sound simple? Yes. Hard to do? Yes, for most people it is.

One way to build wealth is to automatically pay yourself first. If you continue to think that you will save what's left over you will rarely save anything. Treat your savings as one of your highest priority bills that must get paid. Once you've established the habit of paying yourself first you will find more satisfaction in rationale saving than in irrational spending.

Another method of building wealth is to use debt and credit only for acquiring appreciating assets. Proverbs 22:7 says "Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender." Do you really want to be in the servant role? Just like “Do It Now” conquers procrastination, "Pay As You Go” conquers the improper use of debt and credit.

Remember, no one cares about creating wealth and taking care of your assets more than you do...

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Law of Increasing Returns

"When you truly understand this lesson you will be as close as you can possibly get to a single universal law of success."

It really does pay to do more than than you are paid to do. There are two reasons why this is true.

First, when you establish yourself as someone who gives more and better service, you stand apart and above others who do not.

Second, with resistance comes strength and with strength comes greater value and durability.
Sprengben [why not get a friend] / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA
In nature, the farmer who plants and nurtures the seed he plants benefits from the law of increasing returns by not only getting more seed but also getting the harvest of his crop.

Henry Ford demonstrated this principle by paying more wages than average and thereby receiving better service than average.

Here is the crux of this lesson: Doing more and better service than you are paid for is a privilege and will help you become someone who others cannot get along without.

Are you ready to apply this law in your life? If so, during the next 6 months change your attitude from one of only doing what you are paid to do to one where you do something for someone each day without the expectation or acceptance of payment.

"Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed, for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed." ~ Emerson

When the law of increasing returns is applied in your life you will soon discover that the world is willingly paying you for more than you do.

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tools for Working Smarter

"The goal of a more effective and efficient life is to provide you with enough time to enjoy some of it."

Here are some practical guidelines for organizing your life and working smarter.

  • On one hand resist the temptation to become so organized that you kill your effectiveness but not so disorganized that you never get your important work done.
  • Acquire the best tools for doing each job or hire someone who has the best tools. Tools can be defined as anything used to help you reach your goals. It has been said that the difference between wise men and fools is their choice of tools.
  • Organizing your workspace will help you get more results in less time. Also, in addition to efficient, make sure your workspace is comfortable.
  • Work on improving you ability to concentrate. Remember when you discovered the power of sunlight focused through a magnifying glass? Our focused time and energy are much like that. When we focus our time and energy on something it brings about powerful results.
  • Improve your thinking by using the tools of pen & paper or electronic mind-mapping. When you define and document a problem it's already halfway solved.
  • One of our best tools is our memory. Without our memory everything we learn would be forgotten. The 3 stages of our memory are 1) remembering, 2) recording, and 3) retrieving. Improve these areas by memorizing when rested, break things down into smaller units, write down the information, and learn in stages with each stage building upon the previous.
  • Understand the difference between urgent and important! It's like the difference between just being busy or actually being productive. Things seldom elevate to a crisis level and become urgent matters without some warning. Try to focus on the important and minimize the urgent.
This week, with your increased effectiveness and efficiency, enjoy some free time to do what you love!

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Simple Plan Guaranteed to Increase Your Productivity

"Can there possibly be a system for handling your work in such a manner that you would never have to suffer the ordeal of seeing tasks pile up on you?"

The simple secret to getting things done is to have a daily TO-DO list, but NOT just the list. You must make the list daily, arrange the items in priority order, and mark each task as completed when it is done.

That's it:

1) make a list each day,

2) assign each item an A, B or C priority, and

3) get busy working on your A priorities and marking them complete!


The "80/20 Rule" helps us get more results from less time invested. 80% of your results are achieved through 20% of your efforts.

Will you commit now to using a daily TO-DO list to accomplish those things that are important to you?

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

What's More Valuable Than Money?

"You possess as much of this precious commodity as the richest person in the world and yet you may not realize how wealthy you are."

Yes, time is the one thing we all possess in equal measure. You and I both have 24 hours a day, just like every other living person. We will never have any more time in a given day than anyone else.

Q: What's the one thing you CANNOT do with your time that you can do with money?

A: Save it for future use!

The constant question: Is what I’m doing now the best use of my time in living and creating the lifestyle I want for myself and those closest to me?

Precious moments of time can be found by taking a time inventory for a day. Are you using your drive/exercise time effectively by listening to education material? Can you get reading, or other work, done while sitting in those long, boring meetings?

Many of the greatest accomplishments of humanity have occurred through the use of the precious moments of time that are overlooked by most people. Make sure you're using even the "few minutes" you have here and there each day.

You see, TIME really is much more valuable than money. Make sure you spend your time wisely!

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Stop Being a Procrastinator...Now!

"Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy."

Which thought do you tend to have: "Never put off till tomorrow, that which you can do today" or "Never do today, what you can put off till tomorrow"?

If you have a better life, it's because you did something to make it better. Just wishing and hoping never accomplishes anything.

It's more important to do what you say than to say what you will do. To be effective you must learn to manage yourself and the time you have been given.

By getting things done, you develop a great sense of accomplishment and want to get even more done. Here are some techniques to eliminating procrastination from your life:
  • Live 5 minutes at a time. What will you accomplish in the next 5 minutes?
  • Schedule a specific time to work on a designated task you've been putting off. 15 minutes of work on a specific task usually gives you the momentum you need to accomplish it.
  • Take one thing you need to get done and break it down into 3 steps; take the first step now.
  • Ask yourself if you are doing what you would be doing if you only had 6 months to live.
  • Eliminate words like "hope," "wish," and "maybe" from your vocabulary. Substitute new words of action like "will," "ensure," and "make" instead.
Live by these words, DO IT NOW! Remember these 3 powerful words from a previous lesson?

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

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