True or False?

‘extreme hiking’ Last October, while I was training to climb Mt. Whitney (14,495 ft) I made a 10-hour hike up and down Mt. Gorgonio in the San Bernardino National Forest. This was my eighth full day of hiking to get my legs in shape for the 15-hour hike up Whitney, 22 miles there and back, starting at 5:00 am and getting back to the car at about 9:00 pm, in the dark. On this last training hike, something went wrong with my ankles. They became so sore and painful during the last two or three hours that, by the time I got back to the car, I was using my hiking poles as crutches and taking baby steps. For the… Read more

The Secret

You become what you think about most of the time. It was Aristotle who wrote, "Try not to be so much a man of wealth, but a man of character." It never fails to amaze me how good and honorable most people are. You read continually about crime and dishonesty, lying and stealing, but I think about 95% of people are genuinely good at heart. It is the bad apples who get all the press and notoriety. Someone wrote me an email last week about the movie "The Secret" and said that viewing it had changed his life. Wow! In my 1990 book "Maximum Achievement," Chapter One, I explained the seven basic mental laws, including the "Law of Attraction," in… Read more

Win Ribbons

It takes drive, discipline and determination for you to compete and win in our economy. Last week, I drove out to Indio, about 150 miles northeast of San Diego, to watch my daughter, Catherine, compete in a horse show. When Catherine was nine, she announced that she wanted to “ride horses.” We dutifully got her a couple of pony rides at a local barn. But that was not what she had in mind. She really wanted to learn to ride. Flash forward six years. Catherine is now 15, and an accomplished equestrian, on both “hunters” and “jumpers.” She owns three horses and competes in “A” shows with some of the best riders in the country, and wins walls full of… Read more

Break Away From Old Ideas

Highly creative people tend to have fluid, flexible, adaptive minds. Here are three statements that creative people can make easily and which you learn by regular practice. Admit It When You Are WrongThe first is simply, "I was wrong." Many people are so concerned with being right that all their mental energy is consumed by stonewalling, bluffing, blaming and denying. If you’re wrong, admit it and get on to the solution or the next step.  Face Up to MistakesSecond, non-creative people think that it is a sign of weakness to say, "I made a mistake." On the contrary, it is actually a sign of mental maturity, personal strength and individual character. Remember, everybody makes mistakes every single day.  Be Flexible… Read more

Building Unshakable Self-Confidence

What difference would it make in your life if you had an absolutely unshakable confidence in your ability to achieve anything you really put your mind to? Identify Your Biggest DreamA young woman wrote to me recently, telling me that her whole life had taken a different turn since she heard me ask the question, “What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew you could not fail?”  She wrote that, up to that time, this was a question she had never even dared to consider, but now, she thought of nothing else. She had realized, in a great, blinding flash of clarity, that the main thing separating her from her hopes and dreams was the belief… Read more

Select Your Company Carefully!

Only the truly competent individual can be free of politics in an organization. When you’re really good at what you do, you can rise above politics. It’s the mediocrities at work who have to play games and every study shows that although they sometimes succeed in the short-term, they invariably fail when everyone figures them out.  Do What You Have To DoSelect your work carefully and if you don’t love what you’re doing enough to want to be the best at it, get out! Flee from the boring or unsatisfying job as you would from a burning building. Working at something you don’t care about is the very best way to waste your life. Remember, this life is not a… Read more

Two Techniques for Turbulent Times

There are two techniques that can be useful in developing the foresight that is a hallmark of effective leaders. Practice Crisis AnticipationThe first is called “crisis anticipation” and it involves looking ahead as far as you can and asking,  “What could possibly change or go wrong that would threaten our survival?”  Think About The Worst Possible EventFor example, what would you do if interest rates doubled, as they have done in the past? What if your best-selling product, or service, suddenly stopped selling, as often happens in high-tech industries in times of rapid change. What if a key executive died unexpectedly or your offices with all your records were destroyed by fire? What if you lost your key customer or… Read more

Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything in Time and Life Management

Before you begin work, always ask yourself, “Is this task in the top 20% of my activities or in the bottom 80%?” The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is also called the Pareto Principle after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the “vital few,” the top 20% in terms of money and influence, and the “trivial many,” the bottom 80%. The Great Discovery He later discovered that virtually all economic activity was subject to this Pareto Principle as well. For example, this rule says that… Read more

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