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100 Life Quotes

100 Life Quotes

1. Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

2. Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

3. Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

4. Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

5. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

6. The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.- Audrey Hepburn

7. The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. – Walt Disney

8. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia

9. If you’re not getting paid to hate or be miserable, stop working for free!

10. Write this down: My life is full of unlimited possibilities. – Pablo

11. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr.

12. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. – Paulo Coelho

13. Turn your wounds into wisdom. – Oprah Winfrey

14. When you truly love someone, you don’t judge them by their past, you accept it and leave it there.

15. When you begin to value yourself, others will also. How you treat yourself teaches others how to treat you.

17. In order for you to grow as a person, you have to be willing to accept change.

18. Being in a relationship isn’t about the kissing, the dates, or the showing off. It’s about being with someone who makes you happy in a way that no one else can. – Unknown

19. Sometimes you just outgrow certain people. Don’t try to fix or repair, just accept it and move on.

20. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou

21. Start with the end in mind. – Stephen R. Covey

22. The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up!

23. I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to. – Jimi Hendrix

24. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. – Anne Frank

25. There are certain people who no longer belong in your life no matter how much you want them to. You know who they are. Let them go.

26. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. – James Allen

27. Replaying the past over and over again will only ruin your present. Let it go. A brand new future awaits. – Robert Tew

28. Focus on the awesome things in LIFE, count your blessings daily and take the time to appreciate the simple things in Life.

29. Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90; time is a concept humans created. – Yoko Ono

30. Give yourself a chance and always give back to others. – Pablo

31. Don’t wait for the perfect moment… take the moment and make it perfect – Anon.

32. You are bigger and better than whatever is intimidating, scaring, or hurting you.

33. Life goes on, with or without you.

34. Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. – Oprah Winfrey

35. The only thing you need to be rescued from is the belief that you need to be rescued.

36. It’s not whether you got knocked down; it’s whether you get back up. – Vince Lombardi

37. Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others. It’s our differences that make us unique and beautiful.

38. It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be. – J.K. Rowling

39. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. – Corrie Boom

40. A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. – William G. Shedd

41. How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. – Wayne W. Dyer

42. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh never mind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.

43. Do not chase people. Be you and do your own thing and work hard. The right people who belong in your life will come to you and stay. – Wu Tang

44. Never give up on yourself, once you do, there is nobody left.

45. You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life. – Joel Osteen

46. Life isn’t finding shelter in the storm. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Anon

47. Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. – Unknown

48. Don’t feed your mind with negative thoughts. If you do, you will come to believe them. – Catherine Pulsifer

49. Spend all your time with negative people and you will become like them. Why? Because you’ll pick up their habits, behaviors, energy and their attitudes. Make it goal this year to align yourself with positive people that encourage you, that inspire you, that bring out ONLY the BEST in you. Be with people who can contribute to your growth and not your death in life and you’ll be Happy. – Robert Tew

50. Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. – Napoleon Hill

51. Sometimes you have to die a little on the inside in order to be reborn and rise again as a stronger, smarter version of you.

52. Decide this minute to never again beg anyone for the love, respect and attention you should be showing yourself.

53. Don’t make someone your everything because when they leave you’ll have nothing left.

54. The longer you hide in your fantasy world, the harder reality is going to slap you when it finally tracks you down. – Susan Gale

55. Don’t ask why people keep hurting you. Ask yourself why are you allowing it to happen.

56. Unforgiveness is choosing to stay trapped in a jail cell of bitterness, serving time for someone else’s crime.

57. If you feed your confidence you’ll starve your fear.

58. One of the best gifts you can give yourself is forgiving yourself.

59. You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. – Henry David Thoreau

60. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm,  as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others. – Audrey Hepburn

61. Junk food isn’t good for you and neither are junk thoughts. – Robert Tew

62. There’s a PURPOSE to every FAILED relationship. The purpose isn’t to encourage you to lower your expectations, but to raise your standards.

63. The Four Agreements:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best. – Miguel Ruiz

64. The secret to success is learning to go from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston S. Churchill

65. What you seek is seeking you. – Rumi

66. Understanding your past can help you to create a better future. – Robert Tew

67. Ladies, your body makes you sexy. Your smile makes you pretty. But your personality makes you beautiful.

68. Nothing lasts forever…not even your troubles. – Arnold Glasow

69. Attitude, not Aptitude, determines Altitude. – Zig Ziglar

70. Regardless of sunshine or rain, be thankful for another great day and treat life as the ULTIMATE Gift…because it is! – Pablo Valle

71. You might feel worthless to one person, but you are priceless to another. Don’t ever forget your value. – Luan

72. You are never strong enough that you don’t need help. – Cesar Chavez

73. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. – Denis Waitley

74. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

75. When you take things for granted, those things eventually get taken.

76. Don’t ever judge anyone. You don’t know their story and what’s really going on. A smile can hide so much.

77. That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. – Emily Dickinson

78. If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears. – Glenn Clark

79. Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry… worry never fixes anything. – Hemingway Ernest

80. Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. – Mother Teresa

81. Find your voice, and inspire others to find theirs. Don’t ignore that longing to make a difference. – Stephen Covey

82. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone. – Bill Cosby

83. If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings. – Brian Tracy

84. Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. – The Dalai Lama

85. We’ve all been hurt by words before, so before you speak, think about how your words might affect someone.

86. You do build in darkness if you have faith. When the light returns you have made of yourself a fortress which is impregnable to certain kinds of trouble; you may even find yourself needed and sought by others as a beacon in their dark. – Olga Rosmanith

87. Sometimes what you fear the most is the very thing that will set you free. – Robert Tew

88. Do you think the people who were trying to reach to the Everest were not full of doubts? For a hundred years, how many people tried and how many people lost their lives? Do you know how many people never came back? But, still, people come from all over the world, risking, knowing they may never return. For them it is worth it – because in the very risk something is born inside of them: the center. It is born only in the risk. That’s the beauty of risk, the gift of risk. – Osho

89. Don’t live your life with anger and hate in your heart. You’ll only be hurting yourself more than the people you hate.

90. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

91. Complaining is a complete waste of one’s energy. Those who complain the most accomplish the least.

92. One of the happiest moments ever is when you feel the courage to let go of what you can’t change.

93. Let your talk be limited and your actions be unlimited.

94. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

95. Don’t get confused between what people say you are and who you know you are.

96. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. – Albert Camus

97. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Maya Angelou

98. Never allow loneliness to drive you back into the arms of someone you know you don’t belong with.

99. Be the change that you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

100. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Laozi

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Are You Making Big Commitments?

If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.  

One of the nice things about the New Year is that it’s a great way to evaluate yourself and keep score. Take a moment to think about where you were this time last year. Are you in the same place? Was there forward movement or backward movement? Are you on track to reach your goals for next year? Do you have goals for 2018? Andrew asked all of these questions last week in Are You Ready for Success in 2018, but now let’s dig deeper. 

Making big commitments can be scary. Wherever you have great opportunities you will find struggles. New goals aren’t always comfortable. They stretch us and make us better people. It’s time to get out of our comfort zones, to grow, and to become better people in the process.  

Is there something that has been on your heart for awhile? A dream or a goal? 

What’s keeping you from pursuing it?  

It’s scary to let go of the normality of where you are. It’s uncomfortable to shake up the normal and go for something else. There is always risk of failure.  

The amount that you grow is related to how uncomfortable you allow yourself to get. You must let go. You must allow yourself to place your trust in something new, whether that is in yourself or in a process. Discomfort caused by fear is a signal that growth is possible.  

Refusing to get uncomfortable is a refusal to grow. 

When you are first building a business, you must invest in yourself and in your business. You must dig deep and learn all that you can, investing time and money into your commitments.  

Successful people are committed to being successful. What are you committed to? Are you fully invested in your dreams, or are you still standing on the sidelines wondering why you are still where you were at a year ago? 

Stop standing there. Take a leap of faith. Embrace discomfort and start growing today.

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Remember the Difference Between You and Everyone Else

Turn on the evening news, and you’ll see another day’s catalog of terror and trauma. Read the business page, and you’ll see which local company is downsizing. Our big-picture perspective can be shaped, or misshaped, by attention-grabbing events.
The news doesn’t cover people who had a particularly good day and return home to their happy families. The news doesn’t cover the continued existence of a healthy company.

Don’t let the negative picture of the world cloud your perspective.
Anthony Johnson, a physics professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, works with lasers that travel in femtoseconds, a million times faster than nanoseconds.
Anthony is the son of a bus driver, from a family where every male drove a bus or a train for a living. Almost everyone he knew growing up struggled just to keep up with the bills and keep a roof over their heads.
But Anthony saw a path for himself in high school, then college, and finally graduate school. And now he is on the lookout for the next generation of physicists.
“Too many young people have written science off; that’s a real tough battle we have. If we don’t show students an example, they won’t dream of careers in science or anything else. Too many give up because there’s so much ‘give up’ around them.”
Anthony explains he wouldn’t have gotten where he is “without some great people who invested in me and helped me see what I could do.” He adds, “I’m not just going to sit here without going to the next generation and showing them what we do here. Because what we do could shape the future.”

People are seven times more likely to be optimistic about their personal future than they are about the future of their generation.

So what are you optimistic about? Do you have a future you an count on? Are you like me working hard every day to learn more so you can be ahead of the curve when it comes to the future.

If you like so many are caught up with hard times or a dead end job or are happy but true feel there is more to life than what you are doing then lets talk.

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See how he went from living in his x wife parents basement to being a sot out out online marketing master.

I invite you and also share this with others you know that need a bump in their lives. Anyone can plan for a better future, you just need to go and do it.

This is Lars signing off and remember to Live, Laugh and Love one another.

Success Secrets – There Is Plenty of Time

Whatever our dreams are, we practically hear a clock ticking. Our family, our friends, even the media all make us wonder when we are finally going to be “there” and why we aren’t there yet.
But there are no age restrictions on success. It takes as long as it takes, and when you reach it, you won’t reject success because you’re not the right age for it.

“There are people on top, and then there are people who don’t matter. That’s how I felt,” admits Nathan, who works in advertising in New York. “I looked down on myself for not being where I wanted to be, and I suffered through every day like it was my personal humiliation.

“I didn’t take pride in what I did. I practically created a fictional job description for myself whenever anybody asked me what I really did.”

Nathan says that in his business, “there’s nothing but perception. We don’t make better mousetraps, we don’t make anything. We sell perception, and our jobs are perception. It was like I heard this clock ticking, with each day bringing me closer to failure.”

Nathan sought help from a career coach who asked him who he was really competing with and why. “When I said I guess I was competing with everybody in the company because I wanted to be on top, she said, ‘Well, if you were on top of the company, then you’d be competing with every other company to be bigger than them.’ Basically, she made me see that there was no way to win this contest and that I could either sit back and enjoy the ride or keep trying to race to a place I could never get to.”

Nathan’s perspective shifted. “Now I try to keep my focus on doing the best work I can, and I know that I’ll get where I’m going when I get there.” Age is unrelated to people’s commitment to their job and their level of job performance.

Successfully yours,
Lars G Persson

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Success Secret – You Can’t Force Yourself to Like Broccoli

Certain jobs require a distinct personality. There is little point in pursuing a job in communications if you are not an extroverted person who loves to interact with people. If your soul bursts with passionate creativity, you are not likely to be content with a job in accounting . 

Personalities are like shoe sizes. They are not subject to our choice or preference, but they can be occasionally fudged—with uncomfortable consequences. It is neither an accomplishment nor a fault to acknowledge that some people can speak before large audiences and be exhilarated by the experience while others would be petrified. Some people can study an equation for years and be fascinated by it, and others would long for human interaction and variety. 


Realize who you are—what your true personality is—and choose a future that fits it.

Hardly a day goes by without at least one of his clients refusing to work with him. In fact, sometimes they spit up on him. But photographer Jean Deer loves his job. He has taken hundreds of children’s portraits, and he is well acquainted with all the tricks of the trade to make a baby smile. Jean’s an expert in every funny face and noise imaginable. 


“When it’s over, everyone—me, the parents, and the children—are exhausted, but that’s usually a good sign.”

Jean found that getting babies to flash their smiles wasn’t the only way to get a great picture and that a grumpy baby was just another source of inspiration. “I was taking a photo once of this infant who literally wanted nothing to do with me. He would not look up, just stared at the floor.” Jean got down on the floor with him, took the picture from a perspective he’d never used before, and wound up with one of the best pictures he’d ever taken. 

The job requires two major traits, Jean believes. “Not everyone can just hang out a shingle and call himself a photographer. It’s all a matter of being patient and energetic and then capturing the right moment.”

Even as people experience different phases of their lives, including career and family changes, their underlying personality remains constant after about age sixteen.

Do you feel you are doing what you where meant to be doing? I changed my career a few times over the last 20 years and found that helping other people build a long lasting home based business was what I loved to do. If I can help them succeed then its a Win WIN for us both. Money is just the byproduct. 

Are you needing help in your home business? 

Need a coach or mentor? 

I welcome you to come look at my website I have been helping people with home businesses for some time. Most of the time we find the right home business that fits your personality. Be sure to get there soon so you can get my FREE home business success guide and then feel free to connect with me on facebook, twitter, my email or phone. 

This is Lars signing off and remember to always live, laugh and Love one another. 

Success Secrets – It’s Not How Hard You Try

Work hard and you will be rewarded. It sounds simple.

But remember what it was like studying for a test? Some kids studied forever and did poorly. Some studied hardly at all and made great grades.

You can spend incredible effort inefficiently and gain nothing. Or, you can spend modest efforts efficiently and be rewarded.

The purpose of what you do is to make progress, not just to expend yourself.

Achenbach’s Pastries was a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, institution. The family-owned bakery had a loyal customer base and had operated profitably for
more than four decades.

In the 1990s the owners decided to expand—to offer deli sandwiches and other goods and to add new locations for both retail and wholesale sales.

The bakery’s owners had never worked harder in their lives than they did after the expansion. And in return for all their hard work, they got less money and the
threat of bankruptcy because they could not keep up with debts incurred in the expansion.

Earl Hess, a retired business executive, provided capital to keep the company in business and then ultimately bought the entire operation. He looked at things as an objective observer and found that the bakery was doomed by inefficiencies. “They had too many products. Ninety percent of sales came from 10 percent of the products. They were losing their aprons making low-volume items.”

Hess says when he took over the company he knew: “These people couldn’t possibly have worked any harder, but they could have worked smarter.”

Effort is the single most overrated trait in producing success. People rank it as the best predictor of success when in reality it is one of the least significant factors. Effort, by itself, is a terrible predictor of outcomes because inefficient effort is a tremendous source of discouragement, leaving people to conclude that they can never succeed since even expending maximum effort has not produced results.

Successfully yours,
Lars G Persson

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Success Secrets – Competence Starts with you Feeling Confident

How good are you at what you do? 

Do you have tests or periodic evaluations or some other means to measure your performance? 

Surely, there is an objective way to demonstrate whether you are good at what you do and whether you should consider yourself a success.

Actually, people who do not think they are good at what they do—who do not think they are capable of success or leadership—do not change their opinion even when they are presented with indicators of success. 

Instead, their self-doubts overrule evidence to the contrary.

Don’t wait for your next evaluation to improve your judgment of yourself, because feelings are not dependent on facts—and feelings of competence actually start with the feelings and then produce the competence.

Ross, a dancer from Springfield, Missouri, dreams of making it to Broadway. His road to dancing glory began with local amateur productions, the kinds of productions in which auditions take place in front of all the other performers trying out. Ross found the experience daunting; it was like being examined by a doctor with all your peers watching. “I was so scared. I felt like I had just come out of the cornfields,” Ross said.

Sometimes he succeeded, and sometimes he didn’t, but Ross was able to try out for different parts in various productions and gain tremendously from the experience. “I have more confidence about my auditioning technique now that I have done it in front of so many people so many times.”

When he tried out for the first time for a professional touring company, he won a spot in a production of Footloose.

Ross has one explanation for his immediate success in landing a professional part: “I had confidence. If you want to do it, you have to really want it and believe in it. You have to make it happen. You can’t sit back and hope that someone is going to help you along.”

For most people studied, the first step toward improving their job performance had nothing to do with the job itself but instead with improving how they felt about themselves. In fact, for eight in ten people, self-image matters more in how they rate their job performance than does their actual job performance. 

Successfully yours, 

Lars G Persson

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Success Tips: Get Your Motivation Where You Can Find It


People who care do a better job in everything they do.
Why do people care? 

What inspires them? 

The answer is almost anything you can imagine.

Some people are driven internally by their own competitive juices. Some are driven externally by their thirst for approval and appreciation. Some are driven by a desire to succeed for their families, while others are driven to succeed to show up their families.

Use what you really care about to make yourself passionate about how things turn out. “I’d rather become a furniture mover” is how seventy-year-old Lorna responded when her doctor told her she needed to exercise regularly. She said exercise 
would bore her out of her mind.

Lorna and her doctors realized that exercising was so unappealing to Lorna that she was unlikely to follow through with it on her own. So her doctors helped

place her in a women’s exercise group that met three times a week at the University of Wisconsin.

While she was no great fan of the exercise regimen, it was the fifty other women in the group who first changed Lorna’s attitude. “The wonderful women kept me coming back. It’s one of the neatest groups of women I’ve ever met in my life. They have depth to them.”

Over time, the rewards of the exercise brought their own joy to Lorna’s life. “When I first started with this group I had back trouble and had laser surgery on my

knee and a lot of pains and stiffness. But I’m back now. I can twirl and jitterbug every bit as good as I did when I was a kid. So that’s amazing.”

When tested in national surveys against such seemingly crucial factors as intelligence, ability, and salary, level of motivation proves to be a more significant component in predicting career success. While level of motivation is highly correlated with success, importantly, the source of motivation varies greatly among individuals and is unrelated to success. 

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Until next time remember to Live, Laugh & Love. 

Success Tips: Be an Expert

Members of Congress vote on thousands of issues every year. The issues are prominent and obscure, domestic and foreign, things everybody thinks about all the time and things almost no one in the world ever thinks about.

How do they do it?

How can they possibly cope with all those issues at the same time?

They rely on a system of expertise. Members specialize in particular areas and share their expertise when “their” issue comes up for a vote.

The advantage of being the expert, of course, is that others listen to your thoughts and perspective because they have less knowledge and information. The expert then relies on others when a new subject comes up. Choose a particular area that is crucial to what you do, and learn everything you can about it. There is no better way to ensure that you will be invaluable and that your suggestions will be respected and followed.

Fred Wilber has sold quirky and hard-to-find music out of his store in Montpelier, Vermont, for twenty-seven years. He worried that the Internet, and specifically the giant Web retailers who seemed to be able to sell everything, might spell the end of his business. So he decided to go on-line himself. Fred has neither the resources nor the inclination to do battle with the Web superstores, so he designed his Web site as an on-line version of his physical store. It features items that reflect his peculiar tastes and unmatched knowledge of movie soundtracks.

Spotlighting his own expertise is bringing in business. “You can go anywhere to buy the latest hit cd, but who is going to tell you about a great cd you’ve never heard of?

Let alone track down a copy of an out-of-print movie soundtrack of Gordy! The Little Pig that Hit it Big! I can do those kinds of things, and no one else can.”

By “focusing on our own niche, what we know best,” Fred has watched his combined in-store and on-line sales grow by over 10 percent a year and his customer base by 20 percent.

Sixty-eight percent of people who consider themselves successful say that there is at least one area of their job in which they are an expert.

Four Keys to Personal Power

Let’s define personal power. A short definition is “the influence and authority an individual has over his or her followers.” The actual power you exhibit is controlled by your followers, not you.  

But you can become a person worth following. 

That’s on you. 

Below are four key traits that leaders worth following have. It’s your responsibility to grow in these areas in order to become an effective leader.  

Key 1: Be clear in intention, vision, and speech. 

To lead well, you must possess the ability to focus. You must be able to access where you are and where you are headed. Here are five steps to make that happen: 

  1. Set goals and reevaluate them often. 
  2. Have a clear vision that is simple to communicate to others.  
  3. Be decisive. Learn to make quick decisions and stick by them. 
  4. Focus on results, not activities. Being busy can actually be a distraction from doing what is most important.  
  5. Speak with clarity. In order for others to follow you, they have to understand where you are headed. Clear communication is key in accomplishing this.  

Key 2: Strive for excellence. 

To be the best in your field – to be considered an expert – you must first put in the hard work. Excellence yields opportunities. Improvement follows hard work. Each of us was born with a purpose. It’s up to you to become the champion you were born to be!    

What are you waiting for?  

No one but you can put in the work necessary to reach your fullest potential. 

Key 3: Develop and use common sense. 

Train your mind to see the natural consequences and results of decisions. The following are a few ways you can begin to develop common sense.  

  1. Think things through. Ask hard questions before making decisions and know what questions to ask. (Read: 4 questions to ask about any business opportunity.) 
  2. Listen to your intuition. With experience comes wisdom.     
  3. Read a lot. Soak in the wisdom and lessons learned the hard way from others.  
  4. Learn from setbacks. They aren’t failures; they are simply lessons to help you get it right the next time.  

Key 4: Learn empathy and consider others. 

Relationships determine success. As a leader, you must develop people skills and learn to hear where others are coming from. If you cannot hear them clearly you cannot lead them well. Why? Because you will be unable to communicate your vision to them. Leading is about selling a vision that others adopt as their own.   

We’ve all heard the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated. But true leadership is about listening to the needs and dreams of others, developing relationships, and casting a vision. 

Leaders worth following are not only in it for themselves. They are actually casting a vision to make the world better. They give big and are people who genuinely care about the success of others.  

You Must Earn Personal Power 

Personal power is not yours for the taking. It’s something you must earn.  

You must: 

  • Be clear in intention, vision, and speech.  
  • Strive for excellence.  
  • Develop and use common sense.  
  • Learn empathy and consider the needs and dreams of others. 

If you do all of this well, then you will be a leader worth following!