Successful people have loads of different critical habits. Each successful businessman eventually releases a book with anywhere from ten to fifty laws and habits. But who can learn all those rules? True success boils down to just ONE habit.
The Secret of the Elite
There are so many books about getting things done.
Do I really need a book to tell me how to do other things?
It's the skill behind the skill, but is that really the problem?
People often email me and ask about my strong opinion on education and it leads directly to this very issue.
School teaches you how to operate within a very confined set of rules.
Unfortunately, the rule-followers end up stuck in cubicles while the rule-breakers get that corner office with the amazing view.
When I hire people, for projects or long-term work, I never ask about past employment or education.
That stuff never predicts anything.
One of my nannies got a terrible review from her previous employer.
But she does awesome here.
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Everyone says the same things when they are in a job interview because it's sales time.
They will say anything to get the job they want.
But when the rubber hits the road, everything changes.
Education Doesn't Predict Success
I'm not smarter than other people in my business.
I'm not taller, faster, or savvier.
All of my advanced education amounts to a hill of bean.
In my college final ranking, they listed me in the bottom twenty-five percent.
According to my college transcript, I'm one of the stupidest people to ever graduate.
I bet you didn't think I was going to share that!
I carried about ten copies of that transcript around the world with me in my twenties and I handed it in at loads of jobs that asked for it.
As though your grades in college determine how well you can answer the phone in an office.
But people with no imagination and limited understanding of business rely on poor measures of success.
I got most of the good jobs I applied for, despite my nightmare of a transcript.
The truth is that I didn't read it until I was nearly thirty.
I acted like a winner and so I was treated like one.
But there was a big black mark on my “permanent record” for a decade.
Now I have a Masters Degree, so that old black mark is wiped out.
But then I got fired from my next job.
I guess that's the replacement.
No company in the world would hire me right now.
Because I am a round peg and no longer fit in that cubicle shaped hole.
But if my success isn't about intelligence, what is that ONE skill that rules them all?
The ONE skill that makes kings and builds empires?
You have to listen to today's show to find out!
- Don't stack the wrong habits
- Don't look for reasons to quit, look for ways to overcome
- Create a powerful mantra
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