I'm going to keep today's article brief. If you're like me, your time is precious and you want your information to be both useful and easily digestible. I'll aim for both.
Yes, you probably guessed it. I'm the Ivy League grad who reads palms. (I decided to write this article in response to the various and curious reactions I've received based upon that single bit of info.)
Sure, I got a great education, no doubt. But that education was not required or necessary for doing what I love to do.
Why even mention "Ivy League" grad? Who cares? Well, some people thinks it "means" something. Others could give a hoot. I'd like to share with you what I've come to think it means.
3. YOU NEED TO FINISH WHAT YOU START
Steve Jobs, creator of the Apple computer, dropped out of college officially and then unofficially audited all the classes he wanted to take, absorbing the info as his own rate, then moving onto to the next class.
Success Strategy: Follow your bliss. Consistency is highly over-rated. Finishing is only important if you're finishing what you value.
4. IMPRESSING PEOPLE IS IMPORTANT
It's a human need to be acknowledged for our accomplishments. Your neighbor has a green lawn and you hear all the compliments he gets. Maybe you've even complimented him yourself - so you strive to make your lawn greener. Your best friend is thinner than you are, so you start starving yourself. If you look at your life, I bet there is one area where you want to impress people.
I'm more interested in impressing myself. I do this by attempting to live each day according to my own values. If a green lawn gave me happiness, I'd have one. But my yard is gravel, front and back, with plants indigenous to where I live. Why? I'd rather be writing this ezine to you than weeding or paying for a gardener.
Another example. My car is paid for. This gives me much more happiness than impressing someone with my new BMW. However, I'd really love to drive a BMW. I think BMW's are snappy looking and fun to drive. And when I can pay cash for one, you'll see my driving it. (But I'm erring towards a hybrid car to honor my value of nature. Decisions, decisions.) In the meantime, my extra cash is going straight into my property investments. This is a personal choice. By choosing investing over monthly car payments, I'll soon have a lump sum of cash to buy my dream car.
Success Strategy: Determine what you value in life. Is it passion, beauty, elegance, freedom? Make a list of 10 values. Then impress yourself by living those values. Go ahead! I dare you. Dare to take the path less traveled.
My grandfather was successful. He had an eighth grade education, English was his second language and he died a millionaire. He was a joyful, exuberant man who played the spoons on his knee, wore a distinctive cap, and earned his keep as a carpenter - with a knack for property speculation. His guiding principles: Laugh often. Take nothing for granted. Remember to love.
Success is defined by one thing: YOU. Your credentials or lack thereof do NOT define your success: YOU DO! What your mom or dad told you, what your teachers told you, what your church told you, etc. - none of these sources can determine your success.
Here's to your success!
Go for it!
What are you waiting for?
© 2007 The Hand Analyst, Inc. Beth Davis is "The Hand Analyst" Beth won the 2007-2008 Glazer-Kennedy Information Marketer of the Year Award. She’ll show you how your HANDS reveal the best way to market your business message.
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