It is said that successful individuals don’t do different things, they do things differently. What distinguishes these high performers from the mediocre?
This question is a rather easy one to answer but one that is hard to truly comprehend. Why are some people able to become major successes in their life while others seemingly aren’t able to?
The answer lies in the 6 inches of real estate between the ears.
A loser will make all the excuses possible for their current state of affairs. You’ll hear such phrases like: “I’m not smart enough” or “I didn’t have the opportunity” or “I don’t have the right connections” or “He’s just lucky”.
A winner, a true champion, asks: “How can I make a difference to my life?” or “What must I do to change my circumstances?” or “Why not me?”
The power of these questions leads them to open up new possibilities.
While coaching many business owners I’ve found that the major distinguishing difference between successful and unsuccessful people are the ones with useable knowledge and (very important) the ability to act on them.
See, the majority of people go through life with an attitude of “blissful ignorance”. They figure what they don’t know can’t possibly hurt them.
The truth is: What you don’t know CAN hurt you.
Earlier, I was speaking with someone about real-life education and when I mentioned what I had invested for knowledge in upgrading my financial intelligence, the person scoffed at the amount. It was as if the amount was so large an investment that it wasn’t worthwhile.
In reality, however, this person is no better off than they were 20 years ago. The education was strictly limited to that of school and work. His financial intelligence didn’t improve much nor did his wealth.
Mediocre people go through life thinking that investing in themselves is expensive. They prefer to buy the latest gadgetry available or a fancy new car before they even re-invest in themselves.
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
High performing individuals know that the one who has access to the latest information wins. And this is quite true in many cases. Consider strategy in the marketplace. If you had more information about the future trends of your market than your competitor, where would you stand?
While information is important, the ability to take action and with certain skills within a reasonable frame of time is equally important. Good information is useless if not implemented.
Successful people have more usable information than 95% of the people out there. They gathered this information from multiple sources: advisors, networking, CEO training, books, conferences, etc. It is with this knowledge that they rely on to make quick decisions and take follow up actions. The quality of this knowledge makes a HUGE difference in the quality of results they ultimately achieve.
The unsuccessful people lack the knowledge and therefore lack the ability to make the quality decisions that will make the difference.
According to a recent Dunn & Bradstreet study, “90% of small businesses that fail do so because of a lack of skills and knowledge on the part of the owner.”
Dunn & Bradstreet also did a study that demonstrated that over 90% of small businesses were still in business after five years IF they had the help of expert assistance like a business coach. You can find out more about business coaching by getting in touch with a business coach using the form here.
How to Massively Improve the Quality of Your Results:
Quality of Education –> Quality of Thoughts –> Quality of Decisions –> Quality of Actions –> Quality of Results –> Quality of Life.
To improve the quality of your life, work on yourself. It’ll start a chain reaction. Improve all that you possibly can. Face your weaknesses and grow your strengths.
You’ll find the quality of your life will improve for you if you follow a disciplined, personalized action plan. Start today and change your life!
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