Although America currently boasts more than four and a half MILLION individual millionaires, more significant is the fact that approximately three million AND three hundred thousand of these people aren't merely worth a million, they report annual incomes in excess of a million dollars. I have trouble visualizing three hundred thousand millionaires in one country; how can there be yet another ten GROUPS of three hundred thousand people who are currently earning a million or more dollars per year?
When we're reminded that money is, at best, second or third on the list of measurements for success, think of all the other joys available in life. You already believe that earning a million per year is much harder than, say, learning a new language, or getting along better with certain family members, or harder than getting some passion back into your marriage or significant relationship. If many hundreds of thousands of living Americans can learn to earn a million or more per year WITHOUT A DIPLOMA, then how many "easier" tasks are there that you can master? Of what use is it to you personally to know that more efficient use of resources you already possess will bring fast, powerful benefits…if you don't DO it?
What is YOUR reputation? Right now, hush up, and answer: What was the last thing you did to earn the respect of your peers? _________________________ This is what your reputation is based upon. As the publisher of Who's Who Worldwide, Bruce Gordon used to say, "Yeah, but what have you done for me lately?" Less than ten minutes from now, I propose that we ensure that we have the basic shape of the blueprint that will bring you from where you are right now, to a better place in this life, whether you’re 17 or 87. Remember Anna Mary Robertson? At 76, with arthritis so severe she couldn’t dress alone, six doctors told her it was hopeless. The seventh doctor suggested she pick up a pen or pencil each day to draw, perhaps a paintbrush. Laughingly, she said she’d never picked up a paintbrush in her life. He asked her what she had to lose.
Between the ages of 76 and 94, Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses, painted more than 600 masterpieces, and later, nearly 400 more. She even illustrated “The Night Before Christmas” when she was 100. She found a better place in life. You will too, in the next few days, by simply closing your mouth, opening your ears, and following the shortcuts. Just do it with me, for ten simple minutes, no matter WHO you are, or what you do. I’ve read more than sixteen thousand books, and that’s probably more than you and everyone you know all added up together have read. I’m bringing these incredible supershortcuts to you from the mouths, and words, and deeds of thousands upon thousands of extraordinarily successful people, using a broad, universally agreeable definition of success: Measureable results. Every human task fits this. We can modify this definition, never eliminate it. the day-to-day progress towards mutual benefit. Whatever YOUR definition of success is, there’s a way to measure it in your field of interest, correct? We'll identify precisely where you are on the map, and where you are determined to be in 100 days, and 1000 days. I'm proceeding on the assumption that you can identify at least one thing, if not more, that you need to be world-class at before you die.
Without a doubt, the single most important thing you can do in the next sixty seconds is to state out loud, your determination that you can, and will, be world-class at ____________________________________.
Let's put it out on the table and clarify why we are spending time together. If you're reading this, I've been paid the money. That's one of my two goals for this program. Because I derive joy giving away half my income, money is almost as important as my life's passion. the only true value I get is for you to close your mouth, open your eyes and ears - to those who have done it better than you - and will continue to do it better than you until the moment you begin doing as they do. It's one of the most basic facets of science. Duplicate an action enough times, and you will assuredly duplicate the results of that action.
Each page in this book contains no less than three powerful, immediately useful items. Every page or two, jot down those that seem tailor-made for you to gain benefit. Please remember that the entire point of this book is for you to use shortcuts that produce results within a day or so. Please don’t complicate things. Keep it simple. Every shortcut you take brings you one step closer. Write in the margins, write on the lines, write on the covers, just please don’t be a moron and stop writing. the more you write, the more you make. the more you write, the more you make. the more you write, the more you make.
Even if you only use a fraction of what’s in here, there are dozens of shortcuts that are as good as tailor-made, just for you, in YOUR particular career field, whether you’re a household word, or housewife, a Harrier jet pilot or a hooker, a typist or a tyrant: this is the best day to create a useful map, recipe, blueprint, because even more convincing than my own use, or my students’ successful use of these high-powered shortcuts: Name 1000 role models of this generation. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM uses most or all of these Shortcuts of masters and millionaires.
Stop leaving it to other, lesser people to do. If you are not an, acknowledged master or millionaire in your field, you have absolutely no right to a licit, valid opinion on how to do it successfully. There are people who pursue their highest calling with passion, and there are people who do not. We already KNOW what you are…. because of whatever you’ve done on a day to day basis for years now. It is the final dividing line, the shortcut to understanding the most critical, instantaneous forward motion toward supersuccess: those who know what to do, and those who shut up and do it.
Just like the thousands of winners, leaders, and champions, masters and millionaires, champions and billionaires that I’ve interviewed, and thousands more I’ve studied, your life is perfect proof of virtually every word in this book. Stupid people are those who know exactly what to do; smart people are those who shut up and do it. Most people get only one life to live. Is it fair for us to say that you personally will probably only live one life? If you only have one of something, don't you want to treat it differently than you do something you have many of? That life, just like a piece of bread or light bulb, is made up of smaller components that are combined. With bread, it's the smaller components of flour, water, and heat. With the light bulb, it's a piece of wire, a couple of supports, a wire band, glass.
With life, it's the smaller components we call "seconds."
Just as we can take the light bulb, and add it to other items to be part of a truck, the individual seconds of your life, and mine, and everyone who lives and breathes, those seconds become hours, days, weeks, months, and years.Add up all the items, and the total is called "My Life." Because we add different amounts of different ingredients, the final product is also different.
Since you or somebody else paid for this book, it makes sense to use it. In the next five minutes, let’s draft out a proposed plan for your life. Yes, you. Five minutes. Write in the margins if you have to. PUT IT ON PAPER. It is one of the most compelling of all the shortcuts of power: it must be written. Never mind what’s in your head. Does no good until it’s outside of your head, under your control. Write all over this book. For your sake. Scribble ideas and wishes in the margins. USE IT!!
Everything important you ever do in your life you plan, from weddings and holidays to interstate travel.
In minutes, we begin drafting a plan for the most important journey of all: YOUR LIFE… day to day.
Stop and think about it: ever been to a wedding? I would suppose that no less than 95% of all weddings go off wonderfully. Every wonder why? Think there might be a connection to the fact that the wedding or other affair was so carefully planned? the color and folding of the napkins or type of lettering on the invitations to the honeymoon suite reservations, et alia: the event is planned, on paper.
It's broken down to smaller steps, correct?
Would you even dream of trying to make a three-day deadline to travel 1500 miles without a definite, clear, written plan, sometimes referred to as 'a map;' sometimes referred to as 'Give me the directions?" Of course not. You make the deadline specifically because you knew precisely where you were going, you found out which road to take, and then you persisted, even when you got lost, ran out of gas, or suffered other obstacles.
When you come to a red light, you stop your car (hopefully). At that moment, your forward momentum has stopped. In fact, your trip has come, literally, to a halt. Do you end the trip? Do you turn around and go home? Well, before you sneer, stop and consider how many times in your life you may have taken a first step, even a second, third, or ninth step towards doing or acquiring something, and suddenly your trip came to a halt. Proving once again that ninety-three percent of us are too stupid to act upon the knowledge that 100% of us possess, you quit. Because you quit, you failed, not the other way around. In any and every worthwhile thing you personally have ever accomplished, and repeated at will, it is exclusively because you knew precisely what you wanted, you knew what you had to do to get there, and you did it as many times as it took to get it done. Now, we get to use your skills for higher achievements, with results appearing as soon as the next hour or less… of YOUR life.
Just get the recipe correct. Like a corrected map or blueprint of your home, we work backwards, live forwards. You would not bake a cake without a specific, QUANTIFIED recipe. You would not dream of driving to another city without a map.
You would not consider building a house without a blueprint. How could you possibly think of treating your life as something not worthy of building, rather than just taking as it comes? That's "making it up as I go along," and that is not the path to wisdom or to wealth. It's more like the path to health and Longevity, wherein we take each day as it comes and do not allow stress to manage us, and manage our health.
Decades, no less than decades from this writing will pass before a majority of citizens understand that no outside factor other than sudden death itself or traumatic injury is going to impact the quality and length of your life anywhere near as much as stress management.
What do these things have in common? they are written, and they are capable of being measured by QUANTIFIABLE smaller steps. Period. 45,000 pages of research are crunched into 2100 pages. Quantifiable. Enough material for ten books.
- Precisely (meaning quantify precisely) what do I want?
How can I get it done?
When MUST I have it by (called ‘a deadline’) ?
Who can possibly help me – people/organizations/agencies?
· To positively impact this and future generations
· Speaking & writing
· First book submitted to 200 publishers by Dec 31, 1999
Four hundred double-spaced pages for two books
- 1) Power Shortcuts
- 2) Golden Losers
· Identifying decision makers in publishing,
--- Book publishers
At that point, it becomes a question of shut up and get busy.
Everything else is mindless chatter.
Go for yours.
Less talk, more action, hm?