Monday, July 27 2020
“The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.”
Good morning, friends! I hope you are well. I just realized, this very morning, that many of the readers may be working from home and not in some office today. Man am I slow! Alas, wherever you are, I hope it is great. Let’s get to it!
If you’re perceptive, and I expect that most of you are, then you’ll notice that Jim Rohn was also last week’s quote maker and you are right. Be prepared, because Jim Rohn will likely be the quote maker for weeks to come. I’ve been a devotee of his for a few years and more and more lately. He was a wonderful thinker on success.
Have you ever heard of the Perato Principle? You probably don’t know it by that name, but you know the simplicity of it. Eighty percent of the work is done by twenty percent of the people. It’s the 80/20 principle. In my life, whether work, home or church, I found it to be more of a 95/5 principle, but the principle is the same. There are doers and there are watchers. It’s true in any organization, and doers rise while watchers languish or fall.
The Philadelphia 76’ers (an NBA basketball team) have a player, a highly regarded, very talented player. He is the kind of player that has the skill set to mesh with a reasonable team to win championships. But this unnamed player is a profound watcher. He is derided by commentators for his laziness and lack of drive. Sure, he has his moments, but unless something changes, quickly, he will never amount to much. And it’s sad to watch.
On the flip side, another NBA player for another team is quite the opposite. To be an NBA player he has to have talent, but even in his own family he can see the difference. His brother is all-world, an all-time great. He, on the other hand, is just really good, and really good has a hard time staying in the NBA. So this young man works really, really hard to maximize his skills, to earn the respect of his teammates, and to master the arts of team play. And he will have a long, successful NBA career. He is a joy to watch.
Now, I know everybody thinks they are a doer, a 20%’er, and that may be true in one or two areas of your life. But is it true in the areas most important to your life? I don’t know what those areas are, but I’ll be you do. I’m not talking about your “want” areas; I’m talking about the areas that matter most to the success of your life. Are you a doer there? Chances are somebody is, and you may envy them, but you can to.
Wherever the Perato line falls (20%, 10%, 5% or 1% or something else) the doers are winning. I know the watch areas of my life; some I don’t care about and some I do. But if it’s something that is important to the success of my life I’d better be a doer, not a watcher. Same for you. Let other people watch and envy our success. Let’s just enjoy the fruit. Have a wonderful week!
Monday, July 20 2020
“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”
Good morning, friends! I hope you are doing well. Did you melt last week? I hope not. If you’re ready, let’s get to it.
Of all the teachers, leaders, thinkers, gurus, and talking heads I’ve ever heard, Jim Rohn is the very best at putting important ideas for success in simple, reasonable terms. I read him over and over and listen to his recordings time after time. I truly wish I could have heard him live and certainly when he was in his prime back in the 60’s and 70’s. Regardless, I’m glad we live in an age when information is easily available and accessible. Jim is a treasure.
Today’s quote is one Jim frequently said and always credited his mentor, Mr. Earl Shoaff, for the idea. And the power in the quote is remarkable. In fact, is there any area of your life where it doesn’t apply? Not mine.
* What’s the point in wishing it were easy to be healthy? Instead, do the work to be healthy.
* Why wish your finances were less troublesome? Instead, learn and use better money management skills.
* Why wish your neighbors, co-workers or family members were better? Instead, learn how to be a better partner yourself.
Recently, as I’ve been contemplating the wisdom of Mr. Rohm, and in particular this quote, I’ve been imagining this quote in terms of investment. The easier path we all are drawn to wish for is mostly akin to a dream or a scam. It’s like the Nigerian prince e-mails that are all the rage to trick unsuspecting people out of their money. Send us $100 bucks so we can release your windfall. Easy right? Unfortunately, easy is usually a scam investment.
On the other hand side, the better investments of commitment, patience, personal growth and/or hard work are anything but easy. They are decidedly hard. But the payoff is impressively good.
What are you investing in these days, in terms of your life? “Easy” is a scam, an attractive, luring scam, but a scam none the less. Don’t fall for it. Seek to be better, have more skills, and/or develop more wisdom. No matter where you end up, it will be much better than before. And have a wonderful, wonderful week!
Monday, July 06 2020
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”
Good morning friends! I hope your weekend was safe and joyful. I hope your celebration of freedom was full-throated. And I hope you’re ready for another week of smart thinking. If this helps, let’s get to it.
Having just come through the celebration of July 4, thoughts of freedom are ripe in our minds. I know there are many understandings of “freedom”, and circumstance often dictates. To the imprisoned person, a walk outside walls is freedom. To the infirmed person, an unhindered walk is freedom. But to the average American, we who have nearly all our needs met such that we can fantasize about our wants, what is freedom?
For many of us our attention turns to two key words: success and happiness. For many years, reporters on NPR (National Public Radio) have collaboratively read the Declaration of Independence on July 4. It is fascinating to hear every time. And again this year I heard the powerful words: with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A chief desire of every sane mind is the achievement of happiness. But how to get there, that’s the question.
In our capitalism worshipping culture, it is axiomatic that success is the way to happiness. Racking up mountains of debt to get college degrees, stumbling up rungs of ladders leaning against rickety walls hoping for achievement, living in homes so filled with stuff that only basements, attics and storage buildings can contain it all, surely happiness is at the end of that road, right? Well, if the national mood is indicative, not so much.
The author suggests, rightly I think, that we have the equation backwards. The road to success is happiness, not the other way around. And the phrase seems so wild and incredible to us that it surely could not be accurate, but is it? In cultures all over the world people live in peace, harmony and happiness without any senses of competitiveness or envy. Here at home lottery winners, professional athletes and CEOs live lives of misery. Something is desperately wrong.
I’m not suggesting even a whit that we should all seek poverty to find happiness. What the author is suggesting, and I concur, is that success won’t bring it to us, so why not try something different? Why, indeed. Even the suggestion makes me sound… crazy. But I’m in good company! Have a wonderful week!