Fresh Fish for Sale – The Slow Erosion of the Fundamentals

Here is a story that captures the reason people don’t achieve their goals and objectives. A gentleman owns a fish market on the waterfront. It is a simple fish market which is reflected by the sign that hangs over the market. The sign reads, “Fresh Fish for Sale.” Over time, some of the patrons approach the owner of the market. …

Sharp Skills

Set Up, Organize Up, Show up, Follow Up What has to occur for things to be accomplished? Think about a medical operation. If someone is going to have an operation, a number of things have to occur for that operation to happen. People have to take the time to make that surgery happen. Administrators need to pick a time, a …

Learn a Lot About a Little and Do a Lot of It (Specialize)

I often say, “learn a lot about a little, and do a lot of it.” This is also known as specializing. The most prosperous people today are specialists. They have a particular skill set that they have mastered. They are not trying to be all things to all people. They are not trying to serve all markets. They have learned …

Be a Mentored Mentor

If you look at the most successful individuals in the world, you will find that, in almost every case, they have been mentored. All of them acknowledge that they’ve had a mentor. They have had people that have climbed to the top of the mountain before them, so to speak, and have acted as guides. These people that have become …

Don’t Let Your Short-Term Circumstances Dictate Your Long-Term Decisions

Let’s say there is a young man whose long-term goal is to become a financial advisor. Unfortunately, his current circumstance is that he has just failed his Series 7 Exam. He should not let his short-term circumstance change his long-term goal. He has decided to become a financial advisor. His objective has not changed. So he has to ask himself …

Breaking Up with Excuses: Part I

The Mental Struggle with Achieving Optimum Health MENTAL STRENGTH: The most important thing to overcome are your OWN EXCUSES. Pauline Nordin from the “Fighter Diet” says something that really hits home “You cannot achieve success without a strong mind.” Believe me, easier said than done! Stop the Excuses. My whole life I was blaming perfectly fantastic genetics. I was blaming injuries. …

Total Efforts Equal Total Victory

I often think about Vince Lombardi’s famous speech, which is called “What it Takes to be Number One.” At the end of the speech, Lombardi says that any man’s finest hour, his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear, is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he’s exhausted on the field …

The Common Denominator of Success

Pleasurable Methods vs. Pleasurable Results This brings us to another principle: “The Common Denominator of Success.” The Common Denominator of Success is this: Successful people have formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do. Nowhere does it say that successful people enjoy doing these things. I would even go so far as to say that successful …

The Little Things Done Right Allow the Big Things to Go Right

The devil is in the details. We’ve all heard that before and we hear it all the time because it’s true. Details are your pathway to success. The details are not very glamorous or fun, but they are necessary. Getting the details right can prevent larger problems. A perfect example of a person who focused on details is college basketball …