Written by: Renée LeMoine
Photo by: V&V
"In a recent interview, an elderly
entrepreneur summarized his life's success. He said that when he
was 52 he sat down and estimated that the average person lives 75
years, and thus has about 3,900 Saturdays in a lifetime. By this
time, he had lived 2,704 Saturdays, so he realized that he had only
1,196 left to enjoy.
He went on to explain that he bought 1,200 marbles and put them
in a clear plastic box near his favorite work area. Every Saturday
since then, he took one marble out and threw it away. As he watched
the marbles diminish, it pushed him to focus more and more on the
really important things, and made every action count.
- Successful people are intentional. They aren't scattered or haphazard.
They know what they're doing and why. Being intentional starts with
a strong sense of purpose. Once you know the why of your life, the
what and the when simply become a matter of execution. Success comes
most easily to those who seek the shortest and most direct path
between two points.
- Specialize in your strengths. Stop beating yourself up about your
weaknesses and instead spend 80% of your time and effort on what
brings the highest return on your effort. Spend the other 20% of
your time improving your weaknesses.
- So many opportunities, so little time! Make a checklist for measuring
the applicability of each opportunity that presents itself to you,
and evaluate it against your checklist each time you are tempted.
Will opportunity x serve as a tool to accomplish your purpose? What
are the risks and pay-offs associated with chasing it? Will you
be able to manage the increased stress generated by implementing
- Commit to long-term accomplishment. Being willing to dedicate
yourself to steady long term progress instead of immediate achievements
will enable you to be more intentional in all areas of your life.
After all, it was the turtle who won the race.
Sources: a) BBC radio news broadcast. Saturday, February 8, 2003.
b) The Lessons of Experience, by McCall, Lombardo, Morrison. Free
Article prepared by Renée LeMoine, Executive Director, LeMoine
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