Eight years ago I went into the studio and recorded a 56-minute video for teenagers called "Three Keys To Greatness." Although my focus was for teenagers, the principles I shared certainly apply to adults as well. Recently I was asked to list these three things using one to two sentences for each. Now for your benefit here they are again.Click on this link è to download this document "Greatness_5keys.wri"
1. Setting Goals
I call it the view of the future. Most people, including kids, will pay the price if they can see the promise of the future. So we need to help our kids see a well-defined future, so they will be motivated to pay the price today to attain the rewards of tomorrow. Goals help them do this.
Fred Pryor: Vision is a process that allows you to think ahead to where you want to be and to create workable plans to lead you there.
Tom Hopkins: Every evening, write down the 6 most important things that you must do the next day. Then while you sleep your subconscious will work on the best ways for you to accomplish them. Your next day will go much more smoothly.
2. Personal Development
Simply making consistent investments in our self-education and knowledge banks pays major dividends throughout our lives. I suggest having a minimum amount of time set aside for reading books, listening to audiocassettes, attending seminars, keeping a journal and spending time with other successful people. Charlie Tremendous Jones says you will be in five years the sum total of the books you read and the people you are around.
Brian Tracy: Read an hour every day in your chosen field. This works out to about one book per week, 50 books per year, and will guarantee your success. Highlight and earmark each chosen book you read. Start today!
Jim Rohn: The only thing worse than not reading a book in the last ninety days is not reading a book in the last ninety days and thinking it doesn't matter.
3. Financial Planning
I call it the 70/30 plan. After receiving your paycheck or paying yourself, simply setting aside 10% for saving, 10% for investing and 10% for giving, and over time this will guarantee financial independence for a teenager. If you're unable to save and invest 10%, start with 5% (or whatever you can), but start from day one. If you're already working and haven't started yet, start from this month - even if it's 1% - but start NOW! Over time you can build up to 10%. Even a small amount will get you into the essential habit of saving and investing into YOUR FUTURE.
Get and read the book, "Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert T. Kiyosaki.
If a young person, or for that matter an adult, focused on doing these three simple things over a long period of time I believe they will be assured success!
To Your Success,
4. The Most Important Key
J. Wilber Chapman: Anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it.
5. Five Final Greatness Requisites
i. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your success or misery.
ii. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.
iii. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
iv. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
v. Don't ever do anything that wouldn't make your mom proud.