How do you run your business?
Are you worried about what other people say and think?
Do you worry that your customers talk about you [behind your back]?
Or that your competitors have “labelled” you?
Maybe your community has an opinion about you and your business, and you are worried about that opinion?
This quote came across my desk again yesterday:
“A man of character does not expect to be liked by everyone, nor does he worry about being liked by anyone.” – William A. Welker
It is a pertinent quote.
It is a very specific comment about the nature of society in general, along with being a comment about what one must do to succeed while operating within such a society.
Do you think that Columbus worried about what others thought?
Or da Vinci?
Of course not.
These great men of great mind thought nothing of what others thought of them, and rightly so.
They thought only of the future, and of invention.
Can you imagine what the world would have been like if these greats, and other great minds, had been pre-occupied with the social opinions of their community and colleagues?
The world would be in a totally different, and far worse state, than it is today.
In business you need to take the hard lonely line some times.
Most times the hard decisions, the difficult decisions, are the ones that you need to make on your own.
Because statistics will tell you that 95-97% of the population have opinions that matter for very little.
Why is this so?
Only three percent of the population have goals, written down, that they read and review on a daily basis.
97% of the population do not have written down goals.
And 95% of the population are unable to afford to retire at age 65 because of poor financial decisions made during their working life… mostly, they have not saved well enough along the way to have accumulated sufficient assets that generate a replacement income of relevance.
95% of the population are poor money managers.
The trouble is, the 5% who do manage to create wealth for themselves by the time they reach age 65 are expected to support the 95% who wasted their way to age 65.
If you listen to the 95-97% you will end up just like them.
It’s a given.
Seek out the opinion of those who have a proven track record and ignore ALL opinions of those without “runs on the board.”
“Before you start following someone, make sure they are headed in the right direction”.
I won two sports tipping competitions without watching a game…. all I ever did was choose an expert in that field and copy his game tips and forecasts…. and I was successful.
Because he was an authority.
If you follow the predictions of Warren Buffet then more than likely you will be more successful than someone who listens to people of less authority.
Find your mentor.
Do not sit back waiting for a miracle.
That will not happen.
Most people who hope to win the lottery never actually purchase tickets.
And as such, their lives are destined for more mediocrity and failure…
Find your sage. Seek him. And follow him.
Hoping that things will get better is not the answer.
Action is required.
Don’t be an understudy, or an “extra”.
Be the central character in the story of your own life.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
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Thank you Rick for your kind words.