We get so fixated on reading and interpreting statistical probabilities of success that we often overlook the fact we have the ability to change them by changing our ‘personal inventory.’
It’s no secret: The most productive people have time on their mind — all of the time. They have made mental habits that allow them to recognize inefficiencies and discover new ways to be more effective.
For those who choose to create instead of complain, the age old axiom holds true: Great things can be built upon a foundation of rock.
When Jack Canfield and I were writing The Success Principles for Teens we knew the first chapter had to be “Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life” because without a full understanding and application of this concept we’re merely reacting to life and observing from the sidelines.
A wealthy person in someone who has a wealth of time available. With enough time we can do anything. We no time, we can do nothing.
After a decade spent observing human behavior I’ve noticed some patterns that have led to a surprisingly simple theory of mine: The sources of our greatest problems are two fold: One, a lack of information and two, perhaps most importantly, a plethora of wrong information. Accordingly, we can divide the majority of the population into two camps:
It’s not sexy. It’s not glamorous. And it’s not fun so it’s often cut from the narrative.
But behind every success story is a arduous journey of preparation, of mistake-making, of embarrassment, and of pain — a side of the glamorous end result we seldom hear about or see.
Apart from the rare exceptions (that, for better or worse, also get the most exposure), one’s true passion in life is most often preceded by a passion to do excellent work.
And it all begins, somewhat ironically, with an often self-initiated passion to become passionate about giving your all.
Both the hammer and the nail appear on the job site, but one is at the mercy of the other. One is hammering and one is getting hammered. Technically speaking, this isn’t always negative. After all, nails are needed to build structures — but nails are rarely Mavericks. Why? …