A Key To Success Becoming An Information Filter And A Knowledge Sponge Magical Success Formula Dare To Be Different
Emulating successful people is one key to success. Be careful, though, if you ask them for advice. Often, people don’t really know why they succeed, but they will give you as many explanations as you want anyhow.One night on the news, I saw a 100-year-old man explain that smoking a big cigar every day was one of the secrets of his longevity. It might be nice to know why he has lived so long, but I’m pretty sure we won’t learn by asking him.
Key To Success – Study Successful People
One key, then, isn’t in doing what successful people say, but rather doing what they do. This is how to learn success. Naturally you have to look closely and apply a little brainpower to see what they are really doing that is causing their success.
A successful real estate investor told me he didn’t believe in setting goals. However, watching him and listening to him, I came to realize that he knew just where he expected to be with his projects in six months. This, of course, is goal-setting – he just called the process something else.
Never stop listening to what successful people have to say, but read between the lines. Listen for insight into how they think about things, how they approach their challenges. Suppose the advice of a successful basketball player is just to practice more, but he casually mentions “I saw that going in,” after a great shot. Isn’t it time to start visualizing your shots going in?
Key To Success – Model Successful People
You won’t always know what is causing a person’s success. Internet marketers promote their websites by exchanging links, but when I first tried to exchange links with other websites, the owners didn’t respond to my emails. Then I found a simple email letter used by a successful internet marketer to get links. It sounded silly to me, and I wanted to change it, but I tried it anyhow. It worked repeatedly.
It is more important to do the right things than to understand why they are right. To also understand is great, but at first, it may be best to just copy many of the actions, attitudes and approaches of someone who is succeeding. Try to model success, even before you understand it.
As you learn more, you can drop those parts that aren’t contributing, and add elements of your own. If you model a successful parent, for example, and life with your children gets better, does it matter if you know right away which changes were the most effective? Of course not.
Is it better to understand why what you are doing is working? Certainly, but you may not ever understand why some things work, and this is okay too. It is better to have success than to explain it, so find successful people and do what they do, not what they say. It is an important key to success.
BECOMING AN INFORMATION FILTER AND A KNOWLEDGE SPONGE
As the title states, “Become an Information Filter and a Knowledge Sponge.” On your daily journey to achieve your WHY, you will travel through many different avenues and sometimes you will ask yourself, “Why do I need to meet this person or experience this situation?” The key is to truly understand that you must become an information filter and use your personal God-given filters — your eyes and your ears. I always say that you were born with 4 inputs (2 eyes, 2 ears) and 1 output (mouth).
When you decide to become a filter and filter through all the information that is taken in through your inputs, you will begin to find answers to the reasons for certain experiences in your life. What you learn from each situation that you experience will be the foundation for future decisions. My personal view is that “every failure is a stepping stone to success, which in turn will become a very long and lovely stone walkway into the castle of your dreams.” Very simply, this quote means out of every failure you will filter information that will empower you to make wiser decisions based on information you learned from your personal failures!
As you begin to realize you must become a filter – listen and observe more than you talk, you will be amazed at the insight you gain. When you combine becoming a knowledge sponge, along with being a filter, you will empower yourself to achieve your WHY! Becoming a knowledge sponge is very simple. You must immerse yourself in the knowledge of the #1 people in your field of endeavor. When I first became a distributor in a direct sales organization, I simply did some research and found out what the #1 earners in direct sales/network marketing were doing. As I result, I broke all records and built enormous sales organizations. I was nothing special, but the methods I used were special because they were proven to work. Remember, the smartest people are those that realize they are not the brightest or the best.
Each day that you embark upon your journey toward your Why, you need to be constantly absorbing as much information as possible. Success leaves clues, and usually it is a long list of failures accompanied with one major success. I can tell you that if you have failed in the past and right now are questioning your actions, just become an information filter and knowledge sponge. Start to utilize your four inputs and before you know it, you will hit the mark and succeed! I highly suggest listening to positive personal development tapes and reading some positive material EACH AND EVERY DAY in order to saturate your sponge with the proper knowledge!
Find your WHY and Fly!
Magical Success Formula
Are you looking for the secret or magical success formula?
Do you think it’s a well-guarded, password-protected
valuable locked away in some private vault? Good news! In
this article I open wide the door to the success formula
Here’s The Secret…
The secret to success is having a strong vision and the
perseverance and determination to overcome whatever
obstacles get in your way, along with the courage to make a
difference. Not what you wanted to hear? Read on.
When Amadeo Peter Giannini (better known as A.P.) was only
7, his father died in a fight over one dollar. Times got
real hard. Eventually A.P.’s mother married a man in the
produce business. At age 14 A.P. quit school to work with
his stepfather. By 19 he was a partner in their thriving
enterprise. It was here that A.P. built his reputation for
integrity and honesty. At 31 years of age he had all the
money he needed or wanted, and announced his retirement.
At 32, A.P’s real career started when he was asked to join
the board of the Columbus Savings & Loan society. It wasn’t
long before A.P found himself at odds with the other
directors. He wanted the bank to loan money to hard-working
immigrants, but at that time banks catered only to business
men and the wealthy. His ideas of loaning money to the
working class were scoffed at.
But A.P. was determined to make a difference for immigrants
too – he had the vision, the perseverance and determination.
He raised $150,000, and bought a converted saloon across the
street from the Columbus S&L. A. P. kept the bartender on as
an assistant teller, and opened the Bank of Italy. It was
here he began to make a difference – to devise his real
It was considered improper and uncouth, but A.P. began
ringing doorbells and talking to everyone he could about his
bank. He advertised. He kept the bank open longer hours and
on weekends to fit into working people’s schedules. Business
boomed. He knew he was beginning to make a difference.
But making money wasn’t A.P.’s sole measurement of success.
He believed he could make a difference by making other
people’s dreams come true, too. He helped the California
Wine Industry get started. He bankrolled Hollywood when they
were trying to make movies popular. When Walt Disney ran $2
million dollars over budget on Snow White, he stepped in
with a loan.
A.P.’s story exemplifies the secret to success — a strong
vision, the perseverance and determination to overcome
obstacles thrown your way and the courage to make a
difference, even in the face of opposition.
OK, I Gave Away The Secret — Now Here’s The Success Formula Integrity combined with “giving back” is the real success
formula. This was A.P.’s personal success formula. What
began in 1904 as the Bank of Italy is now the Bank of
America — the world’s largest bank.
And what about A.P.? Did he die a billionaire?
When he passed away at age 79, A.P.’s estate was worth less
than $500,000. This was purely by choice. A.P. looked down
on great wealth. He believed it would make him lose touch
with the people he wanted to serve. He worked without pay
for years. One year he was given a surprise $1.5 million
bonus and promptly gave it to the University of California.
It’s a winning success formula — integrity plus “giving
There’s One More Thing –
By every standard, Amadeo Peter Giannini was a success. But
his true measure of success was to make a difference every
day of his life. I hope that will be your measuring stick as
well. To achieve success, you’ve got to have a strong
vision, and the perseverance and determination to overcome
the obstacles that will come your way, permeated with
integrity. Adding to that, give back to your community –
make a difference and you’ll be successful indeed!
There is a secondary school not far from our home, and I often see the students either walking to school or waiting at the bus stop. Over 1500 students attend this school, and yet when I see them there is a similarity that identifies them as belonging to that school. After some thought I realized that it is their appearance that is similar. Although there is no school uniform, it is their choice of clothes that almost creates a uniform in itself. The colours of choice tend to be limited to three colours none of which stand out or appear distinct. Almost all students carry a backpack. It is rare to see a student who stands out by wearing brighter colours or a different style of clothes.
This is a well known example of the power of peer pressure, such an influential force in the lives of children growing up. Ironically the teen age years are the period of time when
Children are trying to find out who they are, how their identity is unique from family members and role models of their previous childhood years. The ridicule and even persecution of fellow students at school causes all but the secure and bold of heart to conform or be ostracized at school.
There are many forms of conformity out in the big wide world; subtle expectations and pressures that create environments and communities which conform to ‘acceptable patterns of appearance and behaviour.
However success and notoriety come to those who stand out from the rest by their creativity, uniqueness and ability to stand out from the crowd.
A recent example of this is twenty one year old Alex Twe from England. In August this year Alex was about to start university. Being only too aware of the fact that many students end up finishing their education with huge debts to repay, he decided to try and generate sufficient funds to cover his expenses whilst studying using the power of the Internet. He created ‘The Million Dollar Home Page’. The basic concept was that website owners could buy advertising space on the home page of the site at a cost of $1 per pixel. The smallest advertising block you can purchase is 10×10 pixels, hence a cost of $100. There are a million pixels available for purchase, thus if Alex succeeds in selling them all, he will have raised a cool $1million!
On the face of it, this is a crazy idea – why would anyone want to pay to put a tiny graphic on a page of thousands of other tiny graphics on the off-chance that someone might click on it? I’m sure if he had taken advice from Internet experts he would have been strongly advised not to bother even to attempt such a ludicrous notion as would not have a hope of succeeding.
Alex launched the site at the end of August and right away started to try and generate press interest. This approach worked superbly and he has had International press coverage over the past couple of months which has helped to spread the word about his site in the viral manner that is only possible via the Internet. Result? After a very short time Alex had sold over half a million pixels – that means he has generated over $500,000 in income in just 2 months! At this rate he will achieve his target of selling a million pixels by the end of the year and even if he doesn’t sell another pixel, he has still done superbly well. To read the blog of Alex’s adventure and see the site visit his website https://www.coolwebtips.com This week he is visiting the U.S.A. on a media tour. Within weeks of this site being launched and seeing success, there were over 400 copycats trying to make a quick fortune by copying a unique idea.
What does it take to be different, to stand out from the crowd, become influential and experience success? What qualities make innovative leaders rather than followers?
Here are some of my thoughts:
Courage to follow your heart and intuition
Security and self confidence to stand by what you believe
Not concerned to gain the approval of others
Willingness to be the first and take a risk
Determination to follow through on your ideas.
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