Why Some Guys Are Almost Always Successful

Several years ago I was working with a guy who was not having a very good year. He had lost a couple of jobs and was on the verge of filing bankruptcy. One day we were talking about how a family had sold what had been a cotton field for a couple of million dollars. When he heard about it he said “I need the good-luck bird to take a dump on me like that.” A pretty crude way of saying what a lot of guys today think, “if I could just get a lucky break like that guy, I'd be set”

Well, my friend didn't need luck and neither does any guy, what he needed was a good dose of hard work.

Hard work is not very popular with guys between voting age and being old enough to rent a car. There's a disturbing trend among this group of 8 guys living in an apartment so you only need to deliver pizzas for 10 hours a week to pay the rent. That leaves lots of time to play “Call of Duty” and “Halo”. But these are the same guys who end up complaining because they can't get a real job later on.

These guys think the men who do get a good job are lucky or knew the right people or were standing under the good luck bird. They don't realize those guys weren't lucky, they had developed a good reputation by working and working hard.

The guys that are almost always successful know that hard work is what you purchase your reputation with.

Here's a secret, hard work will get you noticed. There's so little of it going on these days, that a young guy can move up quickly just by hard work. Guys who are willing to work hard are so rare that one who will sticks out like a flashlight at night.

It's important that young guys learn the importance of hard work, because Microsoft, Facebook and Apple weren't built by slackers. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs weren't just lucky, they had incredible work ethics.

Here's one of my favorite quotes from Thomas Edison about the relationship between hard work and success:

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”.

Stop waiting for the good-luck bird and go to work. Pretty soon you'll be amazed at how lucky you become.

Why Some Guys Are Almost Always Successful

Do You Make These 7 Daily Mistakes?

  1. You Open It But Don't Close It
  2. You Turn It On But Don't Turn It Off
  3. You Borrow It But Don't Return It
  4. You Make A Mess But Don't Clean It Up
  5. You Move It But Don't Put It Back
  6. You Don't Ask Permission From The Owner Before Using
  7. You Ask Questions When It's None Of Your Business

Most of us learned about these mistakes in kindergarten but it's amazing how many of us have forgotten them. It's also amazing how much better your life and the lives of everybody you come in contact with, is when you don't make them.


Do You Make These 7 Daily Mistakes?

Harry Truman’s Daily Prayer

Think you’ve got a tough day ahead of you? How about taking on President Harry Truman’s to-do list:

Those three things alone would drive the average man to curl up in the fetal position and suck his thumb. Harry Truman chose another route, he started his day with a prayer that had been a part of his life since high school. Here’s how it went:

Oh! Almighty and Everlasting God, Creator of Heaven, Earth and the Universe:  Help me to be, to think, to act what is right, because it is right; make me truthful, honest and honorable in all things; make me intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor and without thought of reward to me. Give me the ability to be charitable, forgiving and patient with my fellow men-help me to understand their motives and their shortcomings-even as Thou understand mine!

Amen, Amen, Amen

If a President who accomplished as much and faced as many life threatening situations as Harry Truman started his day praying, that means prayer is a pretty good way to start your day too. No matter how big the load you’re carrying, God has heard the prayers of men with even greater loads and was perfectly able to help them. Chances are He can handle your load to.

Harry Truman’s Daily Prayer