Do this and you can fail your way to success

Be aware that not fitting nicely into school and societal molds may brand you as a “failure.”  You may have been the “C” student or maybe you lost 4 jobs in a row.  However, it’s interesting that often those labeled as such go on to accomplish unusual success.  It seems that frequently if a person does not have the normal opportunities available, they end up finding creative methods for extraordinary success. Look at these “failures:” — Albert Einstein was four years old before he could speak. — Issac Newton did poorly in grade school. — Beethoven’s music teacher once said … Read More

Just a broken window but then…

There’s a concept in criminal thinking known as the broken window theory.  Introduced in 1982 by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in an article titled “Broken Windows” it included the following example: “Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from … Read More

How can these guys both be in the same business?

Last week I talked with two guys, both in the landscape business.  The first complained bitterly about customers who were hard to please, did not pay their bills on time and didn’t understand the big picture of landscaping.  He went on to say his machines would break down through no fault of his own and that he was filing bankruptcy that day. The next morning I spoke with Noe, the guy who has taken care of my landscaping and lawn maintenance for the last 15 years.  He told me how great business was, how he had just raised prices by 10% and … Read More

What is one thing that makes you successful?

Last week the founder of Leads Magazine ( asked me:  What is ONE big inspiration or tactic you can share with entrepreneurs and small businesses about being more successful? My One big inspiration tactic for being more successful is I treat the 168 hours we have each week as I would carefully earned dollars.  I decide in advance how I will invest, save and spend those hours.  My morning routine sets the stage for the day I will have.  Not the weather, my emails, the latest news or political unrest – but my own personal focus in the first 90 … Read More

If Dolly can you can

There is an osprey couple about 30 feet from the deck on the beach house we are enjoying in Nokomis Beach, Florida.  The male and female are busy maintaining their nest.  These magnificent birds with their six-foot wing span are amazing to watch as they appear to be free and at ease, even while completing this important task.  As is so often the case, I think we can observe things in nature that should encourage us. In No More Dreaded Mondays I outlined the 5 Predictors of Success that we see time and time again in very successful people.  Those … Read More

I’m not working – I’m living

I just read about an interview Darren Hardy (publisher SUCCESS magazine) did with David Foster, the famous music producer who’s worked with Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Beyonce and many others.  At 65 years old David continues to work far more than 40 hours per week. Darren wondered why.  With wealth and fame why wouldn’t David take a break?  Isn’t the goal to make enough money so we don’t have to work so hard? Here’s David’s response:  “On a Saturday morning, when it’s quiet, there’s no place I’d rather be on the planet – no exotic beach, no lounge … Read More

Isn’t there any easier way to success?

I talk to people each week who desperately long for a new job or would like to start their own business.  But when I suggest they invest in a coaching session or a $17 book they recoil in horror.  Some state that they don’t want to spend any time or money – they just want me to tell them what to do.  A recent 48 Days to the Work You Love purchaser wrote “I don’t want to spend the time figuring out how to use this book.  Isn’t there an easier way?”  I apologized that I didn’t know any real … Read More

Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz…

This last week Joanne and I spent a few days at Whitestone Inn, one of our favorite get-aways.  For some people, it would be too quiet, too remote and too unconnected.  For us, it’s just right.  We even chose the Mockingbird Suite since it’s in a cottage at the very edge of the property, away from the main buildings, overlooking the lake.  Whitestone Inn receives the AAA Four Diamond award each year, won’s Bride’s Choice Award this year, and is rated as one of the 10 Most Romantic inns in America.  The accommodations and the food are phenomenal – and … Read More

You Don’t Need Schooling To Be An Expert

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Kimanzi Constable. He is a former bread delivery driver turned best-selling author, international speaker and life coach. His passion is to help family men and woman live life by their own design and create a freedom based online business on the side. You can also connect with him on Twitter. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] When I started doing online stuff in 2011, I was excited. I was finally on the path to making a life-long dream become a reality. I wrote, promoted, tried to help people anyway I could and … Read More

Can an atheist use my principles for success?

A podcast listener asked this question: “I remember picking up one of your books in a bookstore, expecting there’d be some kind of homework at the end of every chapter, which is only logical. One of the early chapters required, before I continue, that I make some kind of contractual promise with God. Well, since I’m an atheist, I put the book back on the shelf. Could you tell me if your upcoming book has the same kind of obstacle? I’d like to read it and apply it to my life, too.”  Greg ************************************** My newest book – Wisdom Meets … Read More