wants to get to the top, whether it is
the top of a career, a company, the earnings
scale, or the many other ways that we
as individuals can define the top
in our own lives! But with so many people
trying to get to the top, how come so
many people arent moving up? I think
there are some fundamental reasons why.
Reasons that can be addressed and changed!
are some things you can do to get to the
Here are some thoughts for you this week!
First of all,
define what the top means
This is extremely important because if
you dont know where you are going,
you will never get there! Some people
dont want to be the CEO of the company.
In fact, many think they are better off
then the CEO even though they dont
make as much money. Instead, they think
they are at the top because of less stress,
weekends with their families, etc, and
I see their point. It doesnt matter
what others think is the top, only what
you do, since you are only gauging whether
or not YOU get there! So where is it for
you? That is the first question for you
passionate about your goal.
Passion is the energy that drives us,
or, as Alexander Pope said, passions are
the gales of life. Passion
is the wind in the sales of work. Find
some thing you love and you will find
something you can get to the top of. If
you dont love it, you may still
make it to the top, though highly unlikely.
And even if you do, there will be no joy.
Let your passion carry you, because it
will carry you far! Thomas Fuller put
it this way: A man with passion rides
a horse that runs away with him.
will to continue in the face of hardship.
Another reason most will not get to the
top is because they simply refuse to scale
the mountains of hardship that separate
them from the top. If you want to get
to the beautiful view from the top, you
will have to climb over any obstacles.
Instead, many choose to stay at base camp!
would think that Bjorn Borg, one of the
greatest tennis players to ever live,
would consider his skill his greatest
asset. Instead, this is what he says,
"My greatest point is my persistence.
I never give up in a match. However down
I am, I fight until the last ball. My
list of matches shows that I have turned
a great many so-called irretrievable defeats
until you get to the top!
people and treat them right.
What? Love people? Thats right!
Why? Because if you are going to get to
the top, you are going to need other people.
Be a jerk and you will find people dragging
their feet on you. Treat them right and
you will find them helping you and even
cheering you on!
the appropriate skills.
Average skills will get you to the middle.
Top skills will get you to the TOP! This
is most assuredly true when combined with
the points above. Are you achieving excellence
in the skills you need? Are you growing
day by day, month by month, year by year?
You can always get better and getting
better will take you closer to the top!
Even if you only improve a little, you
can keep improving that small amount and
it will eventually become a big amount!
Demand the best from yourself and you
will get to the top. Remember the words
of Jose Ortega y Gasset: "We distinguish
the excellent man from the common man
by saying that the former is the one who
makes great demands on himself, and the
latter who makes no demands on himself."
Define the Top
These will take you to the top!
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