The Common Thread Among The Uncommon

Jul 7th 2010 at 1:46 PM
I was driving in my car the other day, listening to my favorite sports talk radio head... Colin Cowherd.  If you don't know who he is, he's a national radio host on ESPN Radio.  He's a guy that would succeed in any arena.    He's that good.   He can talk sports, politics, life, love, happiness, despair, crime, punishment, gambling, the economy, or any other topic that is relevant to today.  And he pulls sick ratings.   He's that good.   So why do I bring this up, you ask?  Because the other day, he brought up a point that struck a nerve.  He said, there is a common thread among the wealthy in this country.     ...An uncommon desire to succeed.   He went on to say that only 8% of the wealthy in the United States inherit their fortune.  That means that 92% of American millionaires... are self-made.   That is freaking amazing.   So, let me ask you a question.  What do these 92% have that you don't have?  They didn't start with money, so there's no advantage there.  And if they did, they'd surely waste the money they were given, as only the ones who earn their money value it.  And sure, they are smart, but many didn't even graduate from college (see Bill Gates).   So, what's the difference?   You're not going to like this.  The truth hurts sometimes, though.  And here it is.   They just want it more than you.    Yes, the common thread among the uncommon man is an off-the-chart desire to succeed.    And that's it.   But Maestro, I'm no Bill Gates.  I'm no Donald Trump.  I'm no Tiger Woods.  I'm just me... and I belong where I am.   That's a lie.  And one that will keep you from every dream you've ever had.    Look, I know everyone doesn't grow up to be Bill Gates.  However, making tons of hot, stinky, filthy cash, is within the reach of each and every one of us.  So is working for yourself, out of your home, being your own boss and calling your own shots.  And, so is achieving financial freedom.   All it takes is desire.   Success Tip 1 Stop telling yourself lies... and start focusing on what it takes to be successful! 
  And no, sitting on the coach at 2pm, daydreaming of your success during the commercials of your favorite soap opera, is not desire.  A true desire to succeed is unwavering.  It's off-the-charts.  It's matched only by your work ethic.  And it's defining.   When you allow your desire to succeed, plus your work ethic, honesty, integrity and generosity to define you as a person, you have arrived.   And you're a lot closer to being Bill Gates, than you are to being Joe Schmoe.   But Maestro, I wasn't born with a desire to succeed.  And nobody ever taught me how.  I'll never be rich and successful...   Your parents dropped the ball, then.  Parents suck sometimes.  For some of us, they suck more than they should.  But you're an adult now, and if you place the blame for anything in your life, on someone else, you are engaging in defeating practices.    Stop it.   Nobody was born with the desire to succeed.  For some of us, it was instilled in us at an early age.  For others, it was later.  And for many of us, it still hasn't surfaced in our lives.    Stop whining.   Success Tip 2 You can learn, and unlearn, anything.   Success Tip 3 Learn from people who have already done it.   And...
  Success Tip 4 Anything is possible... if you want it badly enough.   I'll let you in on a little secret.  I, The Maestro, was not born with a strong desire to succeed, either.  And, it was not instilled in me at a young age.     I had to develop it myself.  How?   1. I made the decision to be uncommon.   2. I sought out a successful person as a mentor.   And 3. I laid out a plan, which included creating confidence, expectancy and motivation.    And the rest is history.  You know what, though?  I've never thought I've made it.  I always feel like I can grow in some way.  And I work every single day to do just that.

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