Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Discipline of Reading

Following is from the website of Brian Tracy. It is a section from one of his books and is definitly worth sharing.

Some things in life are optional, and some things in life are mandatory. Taking your next vacation to the Caribbean is optional. Building a personal library and becoming an excellent reader is mandatory. It is no longer something you can choose to do or not do. It is absolutely essential and indispensable for your success.

A great many people do not read very much. Fifty-eight percent of adult Americans never read a nonfiction book from cover to cover after they finish school. The average American reads less than one book per year. In fact, according to a Gallup study of the most successful men and women in America, reading one nonfiction book per month will put you into the top 1 percent of living Americans.

It takes regular, persistent reading and studying for you to improve, to move to the front of your field. It is not optional.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Fastest Lion

"Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you had better be running."

Author, unknown

Some days I wake up and realize I am not the fasted lion or the fastest gazelle. It's nice to know I can still succeed by just being faster than some of the others. Most people realize they are not the fastest, the smartest, the richest or the most creative, but they are still able to be successful. All it takes is the desire to get up every day and get running.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Family & Friends

What a fun couple of weeks. We spent some time in Mexico with my family. There was a total of 15 of us at a resort. It made the mealtime fun. We spent time in the ocean, in the pool, at the restaurants and all over the resort. One of the best things we did was a zip line. That is when someone is strapped into a rock climbing harness and then attached to a cable to zip to another platform over trees and water. It was a little unsettling at first, but after the first two connections, it was a blast.

This weekend we have two friend in from California and we are going to be going to a Cincinnati Red's game on Sunday with another family from Cincinnati. It's great to spend time with family and friends.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Jim Rohn

One of my favorite speakers is Jim Rohn. Here is something he sent out recently that I thought was worth sharing.

Three Key Words to Remember: Weigh, Count and Measure

Three key words to remember: weigh, count and measure. Now why weigh, count and measure? To see what your results are from your activity, your attitude and your philosophy. If you find that the results are not to your liking there are only three places to look. Your philosophy needs to be fine-tuned; your attitude needs to be strengthened or your disciplines need extra skill. But that's it. Activity, attitude and philosophy create results.

Now on results I teach that life expects you to make measurable progress in reasonable time. But, you must be reasonable with time. You can't say to someone every five minutes, how are you doing now? That's too soon to ask for a count. Guy says, "I haven't left the building yet, give me a break!" Now you can't wait five years - that's too long. Too many things can go wrong waiting too long for a count to see how you're doing.

Here are some good time frames: Number one - at the end of the day. You can't let more than a day go by without looking at some things and making progress. New Testament says - if you are angry, try to solve it before the sun goes down. Don't carry anger for another day. It may be too heavy to carry. If you try to carry it for a week, it may drop you to your knees. So some things you must get done in a day.

Here's the next one - a week. We ask for an accounting of the week so we can issue the pay. And whatever you've got coming that's what you get; when the week is over. Now in business there are two things to check in the course of the week. Your activity count and your productivity count. Because activity leads to productivity we need to count both to see how we're doing.

My mentor taught me that success is a numbers game and very early he started asking me my numbers. He asked, "How many books have you read in the last ninety days?" I said, "Zero"; he said, "Not a good number." He said, "How many classes have you attended in the last six months to improve your skills?" And I said, "Zero." He said, "Not a good number." Then he said, "In the last six years that you've been working, how much money have you saved and invested?" I said, "Zero" and he said, "Not a good number." Then here's what he said, "Mr. Rohn, if these numbers don't change your life won't change. But" he said, "If you'll start improving these numbers then perhaps you'll start to see everything change for you."Success and results are a numbers game.

John joins this little sales company. He's supposed to make 10 calls the first week just to get acquainted with the territory. So on Friday we call him in and say what? "How many calls?" He says, "Well." You say, "John, 'well' won't fit in the little box here. I need a number." Now he starts with a story. And you say, "John, the reason I made this little box so small is so a story won't fit. All I need is a number because if you give us the number we're so brilliant around here we could guess the story." It's the numbers that count. Making measurable progress in reasonable time. Here's the best accounting. The accounting you make of yourself. Don't wait for the government to do it, don't wait for the company to do it. But you've got to add up some of your own numbers and ask, "Am I making the progress I want and will it take me where I want to go now and in the future?"

You be the judge! To Your Success,Jim Rohn

Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July

What a nice weekend. We had some friends over last night for fireworks and dinner and then today we are spending the day with family. Will probably go to the local parade later in the day.

Every time I slow down to think about living in our country, I realize what a great blessing and opportunity that I have. I am able to pursue goals and have opportunities that are not available to everyone else around the globe. Being able to go back to school and then use what I am learning to improve my business life is something I am very grateful for.

Hope everyone has a restful and enjoyable July 4th weekend.