Everyday Tools for Extraordinary Success
I am often asked about the "secrets to success". I've had the
chance to work with thousands of highly successful people in
business and finance, in sports, in entertainment and the arts,
and the good news is, there are no "secrets" for success!
There are, however, a few tools that, when used together, come
close to being a "secret weapon". They require no special talent
or skills. They cost very little, and every school child has a
They are around us every day, yet we fail to use them, and we
deprive ourselves of their power. Here is my list of the Top 5
"secret" weapons of extraordinarily successful leaders:
1. 3x5 cards. Yup, I'm referring to those little cards your Mom
used for recipes. Successful people use them to jot notes, keep
tips, and store valuable information. I carry them everywhere,
and have supplies by the phone, beside my bed, and on the
kitchen counter. They are wonderful! They last forever - I have
cards I wrote over 30 years ago! And if you accidentally leave
them in your pockets, they even go through the wash. (Trust me
2. A watch. Highly successful people are intensely time-
concious. They don't spend their time, their energy or their
lives on trivial pursuits. They wear a watch and they use it to
stay on task until they achieve their goals and create the life
they want. Time is your most precious asset and our most
under-valued commodity. Wear and USE a watch!
3. An alarm clock. Benjamin Franklin observed that "early to
bed, early to rise, makes a man (or woman) healthy, wealthy and
wise". It's still true! I live and work with wealthy people, and
when I walk my dog after 10:00 p.m., there are no lights on. But
when we walk about 6:00 in the morning, everyone is up, and the
cars are already heading for the office. Buy and use an alarm
clock! Start early, work hard.
4. A list. Highly successful people plan their day. They make a
list of their most important priorities. They choose the things
that will make a major, long-term, difference, and they focus on
them all day long. Last thing in the evening, or first thing in
the morning, create a list and work from it during your day.
5. A compass. My most successful clients always have a symbol or
a map, a picture or poster of their most important goals and
they use it to guide them during the day. They stay on course.
If they get lost, they re- assess and get back on-track
immediately. Have a "compass" that reminds you of your dreams,
your goals, and your most daring desires. Stay on course!
There are no "secrets" of succes, but there are tools that make
success and achievement much more likely. Use the tools of
highly successful people, and watch your own accomplishments