SNM113: The One Habit Critical For Success

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!

Show Notes:

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Key Points:

  1. Don't stack the wrong habits
  2. Don't look for reasons to quit, look for ways to overcome
  3. Create a powerful mantra

Resources Mentioned:

Breaking Orbit

Serve No Master on Amazon

Most other links can be found in my TOOLBOX


Send in your questions to podcast [at] servenomaster [dot] com

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3 thoughts on “SNM113: The One Habit Critical For Success”

  1. This is so simple but so true. It’s WAY too easy to just give up on all sorts of things if we don’t make completion a habit. Some great thoughts on goal setting in this podcast too. Thanks Jonathan!

  2. Jonathan

    Ben’s here. I’m married to a lady whose mantra is “never never quit”. I think she is willing to marry me in part because I have never quit. Sometimes I’ve been slow but that was because I did not know how to do what I was doing. Each time I have stayed with it until I had learned enough to complete the job. But for her never never quit includes: if it wasn’t done right you’re not finished!

    Some people use that idea of perfection as a way of procrastinating. Procrastinating after all is just a way of quitting without admitting to yourself that you’ve done so. For us it’s done right when we completed the task as we originally specified it to be done. Sometimes this is costly in time but basically we follow the engineering rules:
    finish the job on time, within specs, and under budget.

    What were doing for you now will meet that standard.

    God bless us all, especially your family
    Ben and Michelle

  3. This is so true! We all quit something at some time in our lives. My mantra has always been “Just do it and get it done” so I don’t have to worry about it not being done or feel guilty for not doing it. I also believe that if you are going to do something… you should do it right! Don’t do just enough to get by because you will have to redo it at a later time. My time is more valuable than that and it only takes a little bit longer to do it right the first time.

    When I quit something now it is because I don’t have the knowledge and/or can’t find someone with the knowledge to continue. But… I don’t quit permanently! Only until I can find the next step to continue.

    I believe that you have a lot of the answers that I have been looking for. I am very grateful that you are willing to share your knowledge and help people like me who have been struggling to find a way to work for ourselves and get out of the 9 to 5 rat-race.

    From the bottom of my heart,
    THANK YOU!!!

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