Posts Tagged ‘success’

With regard to number of projects and getting production out,

I have found that there are three (at least) essential elements to success.

They are as follows: 1) complete cycles of action, 2) correctly estimate effort, 3) push past the half-way point, then keep pushing.

This goes back to when I was a kid and mowed lawns for a living. My parents didn’t just give me money–I had to earn it on my own. So, I would have this huge lawn to do, an acre or more, and usually the grass was high and it was the growing season and the sun was shining overhead and I was sweating like a stuck pig.

I would start out and complete a row or two, and then I could begin to estimate the overall effort required. I’d estimate the number of rows and set that figure in my mind. Then I would divide that number in half and push like hell to get to that point. When I was at or past the half-way point, I’d take the number of rows left over and divide them in half, then push like hell to do that half. Then I’d halve it again and push all over again.

As you get nearer the end of something, it actually gets easier. You start to feel better, both about the job and about yourself. When you’re done, there is no better feeling. I apply that these days to writing. I apply it to paying the bills. I apply it to almost everything. It’s an equation, and it works. I thought I’d share that.



I have, this lifetime, sifted through quite a bit of data on success. I’ve narrowed my findings to ten basic points:

Work toward your goal every single day. Do not let the sun set without accomplishing something towards it.

Hold on to any wins you achieve along the way and disregard the losses.

Don’t allow anyone to evaluate or invalidate your goals, your dreams, and particularly your abilities.

Thinking about a thing is not the same as doing a thing. Success is only ever accomplished through action. The dream, however, must give your actions purpose and life.

Treat your goals as if they are living beings, and grant them life. All other rules apply with regard to your goals, particularly the Golden Rule.

Study, learn and become the top person on the planet in your field. Knowing WHY is of immense value. Knowing HOW will guarantee prosperity. Knowing both HOW and WHY is everything.

If you get mad at someone or something that stands in your way, you have granted them or it immense power. Become unflappable.

In any situation you are the expert. You are the source. Unquestionably.

Success is hidden in the minutiae. It’s the small things that, brought together, create the whole.

Fortune and fame are illusions, and at best are fleeting. Don’t seek these. Instead, seek happiness. You will ultimately find that it resides within you.

Okay, I guess that’s it.

Here’s a couple of interesting items about the power of thoughts and wishes.


First, when I was in driver’s ed in high school, the first car I drove was a 1982 Oldsmobile Regency, orange, 4-door, brown vinyl top. I loved the smooth ride of the car. During one our drives around town in it as a student driver, I made a decision and stated it. I said, “I really like this car. This is the car I want.” Okay, now fast-forward to 1995. I was married to this girl and she’d just gotten in a wreck and totaled her car. Her parents went and bought themselves a new car and gave their car to us. A 1982 Olds Regency, orange, 4-door, brown vinyl top. A few years down the road, I asked my then father-in-law where he’d gotten the car. He told me he bought it at auction from Bryan High School. It had been a student driver car. It was the EXACT SAME car. Not only that, but those old folks hadn’t driven it far at all. I mean, they kept it in MINT CONDITION. I got what I asked for.

Here’s another one. We used to have a bookstore in the mall in Bryan, Texas called the Fifth Avenue Book Shop. I would go there on a Saturday long about 1979 or so, and I would lust after the Ballantine publication in paperback of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Let me tell you, I picked up all four of those books off the shelf once, smelled them, looked at their brand new covers and said aloud, “I’m getting these books!” I didn’t have a dime in my pocket, so needless to say, it didn’t happen…then. About 8 years ago I was in the Half Price Bookstore in Austin and ran across The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, same printing/publication date, but they were in MINT CONDITION–as if NO TIME had passed. I bought them immediately and put them in plastic. Once I did I sat and stared at them in my room at home and then it dawned on me. I remembered what I had said in the bookstore. I knew these were those exact same books.

The lesson here is, ask and you shall receive. So, be damned careful what you ask for.