I thought about my subscribers on Saturday
night and realized that you can learn
a lot from observation. Simple, right?
Let me explain.
good friend of mine bought, virtually
on a whim, a new, nearly $3,000,000 home.
I didnt even know he had purchased
it. They were keeping it a secret.
Then he invited me over to play pool,
billiards if you will, which we do quite
regularly. But, of course he had to give
me the new address.
was stunning: 16 acres. 7500 square feet.
Beautiful custom woodwork. Tens of thousands
of square feet of outbuildings, including
horse barns (though he is going to raise
Yaks dont ask me why) and
what is to become the new indoor basketball
court. An indoor pool rounded out the
best of the offerings. And, of course
there was the billiards room. As we were
going through the house I kept thinking,
this would fit into most peoples
including many of my subscribers.
that got me to thinking. I really needed
to step back a bit and look at my friend
again. I mean, I know him too well. We
play basketball together. We play pool
together (He beats me at pool, I beat
him at basketball). We have shared some
of the very highest points of life and
some of the lowest. We have laughed together
and we have fought with each other.
what is it that makes him tick and be
able to become so successful financially?
I had never thought about that before.
As I did, I realized that you can learn
a lot from observing successful people
if you do it.
little about my friend: 40 years old.
Runs 1/5th of one of Americas most
well-known companies (you may even use
them today). Married. 6 children.
here is what I realize when I look at
what makes him so successful:
One thing my friend is, is intense. Whatever
it is that he is working on or doing,
he puts every ounce of energy into it.
It is all or nothing. This keeps him going
when it gets hard.
Similar to intense, or perhaps going with
it, is that my friend is extremely focused.
When he sets his mind to something, he
gets his eyes on it like a laser beam.
This helps him achieve it.
He begins with the end in mind.
He tells me frequently that the day you
start a company is the day you plan on
selling it. Whether you agree with that
or not, it does indicate that he is thinking
well down the road, which is a lesson
we could all learn. This helps him keep
his mind on the big picture.
My friend puts in long hours. In todays
it is easy to forget that most fortunes
are made by plain old long hours. And
most people just arent willing to
do it. If I want to get a hold of my friend
between 6 am and 6 pm, I call the office,
because thats where hell be.
Just as a side note, he knows how to relax
too: He just got back from a three week
bicycling trip through Europe with his
whole family, ending with a seven day
cruise through the Mediterranean.
When my friend gets in the game, he wants
to win. He doesnt play to lose or
tie. He goes all out, within the rules
as well as the spirit of the rules, and
he doesnt let up until the game
is over. If he wins or if he loses, he
is gracious. Well, okay, most of the time
hes gracious. Sometimes he rubs
it in a little bit when he beats me!
One of my favorite stories about my friend
is how he went to his boss at his company
and told them they should begin to develop
a certain product because they would need
it in a year or two. The boss told him
it wasnt in the cards. So my friend
quit his job and went and started a company
that produced that product. Guess who
bought the company from him shortly thereafter
for many, many dollars? Yep, his old company,
where he now runs a huge part of the company.
When it comes right down to it, my friend
is a lot of fun. He is never boring
thats for sure. He and his family
have 25 bikes and use them regularly and
competitively. He loves sports and plays
them well. He laughs, even when he loses.
That helps him keep perspective and enjoy
friend isnt perfect. No, I have
seen not only his best, but also his worst.
He is, like the rest of us, making his
way through life the best he can as a
person who is not perfect. But he does
have quite a few things down pat that
you and I could learn from, lessons that
would make us more successful in life
let me ask you:
you intense? Are you focused? Are you
strategic? Are you hard working? Are you
competitive? Are you risk taking? Are
are the characteristics of successful
people; people who achieve great things
in this life and make a difference for
their families and others as well.