Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.

When Albert Einstein spoke the words that became the tag for today’s post I doubt he would have thought that it would live on well past his life.  I work at a job that drags you down and weekends truly do become a shelter from the storm that is a Sales Career.

Trying to stay positive is at the best of times a challenge when people that project negativity are all around you.  Compound that with health issues that are starting to weigh thin on me and you have a recipe for disaster.  In the past I would have likely gone into a shell and shut out the world letting that negative energy grow and foster into something damaging to both myself and to those around me.

In the last several months I have gotten attached to listening to some Sales Training and General Motivational insights from some great men who have walked this path before me:

Napoleon Hill, Robert Kiyosaki, Brian Tracy, Deepak Chopra, Anthony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, Jeffry Gitomer, Craig Kielburger and Earl Nightingale all have had influence on me but I would have to say the 1956 recording “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale really hit home last night.

I encourage you to watch the video, locate a copy of the tape, record or cd and listen to it.  The 30 day challenge that he puts forward to the listener is not easy (I have had to restart many, many times) but I have stayed true to myself, to my ethics and continue to get closer and closer to achieving my goals.

I had written about Goals last week but this goes beyond looking at what you want from life.  The change in mindset and focus on moving forward is key.  One key takeaway from this masterpiece is:

“If you take 100 people at age 25, every one of them that you ask will say that they want to be successful. Every single one! However, when you take those same 100 people at the age of 65…

  • 1 will be rich
  • 4 will be financially independent
  • 5 will still be working
  • 54 will be broke
  • and the rest will be somewhere between broke and working”

Where will you be?  My days to 65 are catching up with me and I am no where near being Rich or Financially Independent but as my favorite author Jeffry Gitomer puts it “You won’t get better in a day, but you will get better day by day”.

Cheers and enjoy your week!

Posted on May 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

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