The Wisdom of the Ages in 4 Words

An ancient story tells of a young King who wanted to document the most profound and useful wisdom that had been discovered since the beginning of time. So he assembled his most learned scholars, monks, philosophers and wizards and charged them with the monumental task.

Many years went by before they returned with the results. They presented the King with a large set of leather-bound books and were visibly proud of their hard and painstaking work.

The King thanked them, but said the work was too grand. He requested they distill down what they had already sifted to a much more condensed body of work.

More years went by before those still living returned with three books. But the King was still not satisfied. He demanded that they consolidate even further.

With much trepidation, his scholars eventually presented their king with one book that they felt confident was the most concise and condensed understanding of all great truths.

He read the book. And he thought about it for a long time.

But once again he felt that the efforts were insufficient. So he charged his most learned men to give him one sentence that encompassed all the great knowledge they had so dutifully studied and documented.

Within the year, they returned with these four words to fulfill the King’s demands: “There’s no free lunch.”

OK, so it’s not a true story. And it’s doubtful that those four words would have been the result if it had been true.

But I like the story, because for over 40 years, I’ve been attempting to learn and refine the fundamentals of success—of getting what you truly want.

What I was looking for were the common denominators of success. I discarded things that weren’t universal and could be attributed to luck, individual traits and sometimes even gimmickry.

What I found were three things that all achievers had in common. And no, they had nothing to do with “There’s no free lunch.”

It’s all explained in my new book. The Achievement Code: The Three-C Formula for Getting What You Truly Want is about implementing Clarity, Concentration and Consistency. Because all three are common to achieving success and happiness.

I’m pleased to share with you my latest book and look forward to hearing from you as to how it helps you get what you truly want.

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Would You Dare to Share All That You Do?

A recent tip contributed by a top-level manager to Inc. Magazine was thought-provoking, to say the least.

This manager requires all those reporting to him to do a weekly task:  Send him a list of everything they’ve done during the week. And then he sends it to everyone in the company.

The question I had to ask myself was, “If I was going to have to list everything I did and share it with everyone in the company, would I be more productive? Would I be more attentive to accomplishing more?” I think so. I think we all would.

If you’re self-employed, as I am, you probably don’t have anyone to report to on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis. Sure, we’re self-starters, we’re proactive. We get stuff done—and in some cases, at least some of the time—we get a lot done.

And we like not having to answer to others. We want that freedom and independence. We wouldn’t be in business otherwise.

But I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we don’t always do as much as we could. Sometimes we coast. Sometimes we do what we like to do instead of the most important things to do.

As a result of the Inc. Magazine tip, I’ve started to list everything I do each day. It’s kind of a reverse of a To-Do list. It’s a Done-It list. It also gives me a quick record to report to my mastermind team partners.

We’re not rewarded for our intentions; we’re rewarded for what we accomplish. And whatever we can do to increase our ability and our accountability will pay big dividends.

How about you? Are you willing to have more accountability and increase your standing on the Go-For-It Scale?

And you do have a mastermind team, right? The accountability factor is only one of several outstanding reasons to have your own mastermind team. And it’s one of the five facets of our Diamond Club MasterMind. I encourage you to avail yourself of that and the many other benefits of the program. I guarantee you will get more of the right things done in achieving your most important goals.

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  1. June 3rd, 2012 at 16:20 | #1

    I’ve been using this technique, which I call my “Ta-Done List,” when preparing for our annual conference. For the last couple of years I did it as a 100-day countdown, but this year I started at 357 days out. It keeps me on track with the gazillion tasks involved.

    I discovered a valuable bonus is that I’m able to use the lists from previous years as a kind of flight-check list. I’ve avoided missing some important details that way! I’ve also included the list with the event procedures material in case someone else takes it over in the future.

    If listing everything you do is a daunting enough idea to make you stop before you start, I recommend doing it for major projects. It’s been a tremendous help.

  2. June 3rd, 2012 at 18:36 | #2

    Hi Ruth,

    Good for you.

    Like you, I find that reviewing lists and events in my Chonofile help me to remember many things I’m sure I would forget. So many times we stop doing things or forget things that have worked well.

    Thanks for writing.

Bill Gates on His 11 Rules of Life

Bill Gates

Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School about eleven things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair. Get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes; learn from them.

Rule 7:  Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades, and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

If you can read this . . . Thank a Teacher.
If you can read this in English . . . Thank a Soldier!
And for life and everything else you have . . . Thank God!

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  1. Chris George
    July 2nd, 2012 at 14:34 | #3

    Actually Bill Gates was speaking from a high school level norms, living no stones on turn, for the next Heroes ,this is a “photo carbon ” of precisely what Life is, or would be for the inexperienced,afterall Bill Gates is a Story Personify.