Look at any successful person that you know. Chances are, he is not sitting still. He is driving from one office to another, running from one lunch meeting to the next, checking in on one factory or the other. Even if he is only taking phone calls, he’s pacing the hallway the whole time. Successful people move. And most of them move quickly.
Now, from an outside perspective, this motion may seem random. It may look like he is all over the map. But highly successful individuals possess a rather sharp focus. While they may appear random, every move is highly calculated to bring him closer to his goals.
How Do I Obtain the Success I’m After?
“This is good news,” you say, “because I’m always fidgeting. That means I’m on my way to success!” Maybe. There are a few key steps to make sure that you get there.
- Know Where You Are Headed. In order to achieve anything, you must first know what it is. Sit down and plan out your goals on a regular basis.
- Take Action. Always stay light on your feet. Newton’s First Law applies to everything: if you are always in motion, it’s easier to stay in motion. Then, direct that motion towards your goals.
- Move Closer Every Day. Make it a point to move a little closer to your goal every day. Know what the next step is and take it. If you can’t take a full step, take half a step.
The trick is to do the same tasks that a highly successful person in your field does, every day. If you need help figuring out who you want to be, leave some comments. I’ll be glad to help.
If you need a swift kick in the pants to get it moving, tell us about that also. We’ll all be happy to oblige.
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Forty billionaires are committing to give at least half of their fortunes to charitable organizations. These men and women fully embody the ‘Earn All You Can, Save All You Can, Give All You Can’ concept. They have worked hard all of their lives (many come from very humble beginnings) and used the gifts they were given to seek out great success.
- Eli and Edythe Broad – Real Estate, Insurance
- Michele Chan and Patrick Soon-Shiong – Biotechnology
- Ann and John Doerr – Venture Capital
- Larry Ellison – Oracle
- Barron Hilton – Hilton Hotels
- Joan and Irwin Jacobs – Qualcomm
- Lorry I. Lokey – Publishing
- George Lucas – Film Producer, Director
- Alfred E. Mann – Biomedical
- Tashia and John Morgridge – Cisco Systems
- Bernard and Barbro Osher – Savings & Loan
- Herb and Marion Sandler – Savings & Loan
- Jeff Skoll – first president of Ebay
- Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor – Banking
- Bernie and Billi Marcus – Home Depot
- Ted Turner – Media
- Pierre and Pam Omidyar – Ebay founder
- David M. Rubenstein – Investment
- Vicki and Roger Sant – Electrical Power
- Thomas S. Monaghan – Domino’s Pizza
- Jim and Virginia Stowers – Investments/Medical Research
- Warren Buffett – Investments
- Walter Scott, Jr. – Construction, Mining
- Michael R. Bloomberg – News/Media
- Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg – Media Executive
- Elaine and Ken Langone – Home Depot
- Ronald O. Perelman – Venture Capital
- Peter G. Peterson – Investment Banker
- Julian H. Robertson, Jr. – Hedge Fund Manager
- David Rockefeller – Oil Industry Heir
- Jim and Marilyn Simons – Hedge Funds
- Sanford and Joan Weill – Banker
- Shelby White – Hedge Funds
- George B. Kaiser – Banker
- Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest – Media Entreprenuer
- Laura and John Arnold – Hedge Fund
- T. Boone Pickens – Oil, Natural Gas Industry
- Jon and Karen Huntsman – Chemical Company
- Paul G. Allen – Microsoft
- Bill and Melinda Gates – Microsoft
These 40 individuals and families have spent their time dedicated to success. They have amassed great wealth. Now, as Michael Bloomberg writes, they are hoping to “inspire others to give of themselves, whether it be their money or their time.” Many of these billionaires have abstained from leaving huge fortunes to their next of kin. Sanford and Joan Weill write, “We are firm believers that shrouds don’t have pockets.”
In all 40 pledges, the pledge signatories write about the great feeling bestowed upon a giver. Peter G. Peterson writes, “I get much more pleasure giving money to what I consider worthwhile causes than making money in the first place.”
For more information and to read each philanthropist’s full pledge, go to www.givingpledge.org.
First visit? Play this video!
While building his businesses from the ground up, Joshua Bevan sought out some of the best mentorship. He has learned that the path to success is difficult and simple at the same time. Joshua has committed his life to learning how to, “Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.” Through videos, blogs and speaking events, he will pass that knowledge forward.