Daily Archives: September 13, 2010

what is your personal development quotient?

“The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.” Andrew Carnegie

Are you serious about your own success?   The top leaders and the top performers are serious about their success and invest a large amount of their own income in developing and increasing their abilities.  The rule of thumb is to invest 10% of your income in personal development.  

What does it mean to be a top performer, an exponential leader or a master in your trade?  It means continuous improvement, a constant desire to improve.  

The daily exercise, the daily reading, and the daily habits don’t create instant success.   The success derived from daily success habits takes time before any results become evident and eventually some fruit appears, and then more, and the more.   

Top performers invest in conferences, coaches, self-study and other experiential learning events.   Top performers use the car radio for classes rather than entertainment.    Top performers stay away from the news and focus on what matters.   Top performers put their energy into education rather than entertainment.   The focus is on improvement.

What would you rather have?   Would you rather have $3 million dollars in a cash or would rather have a penny that doubles in value each day for 31 consecutive days?   Sure it would be great to have 3 million dollars in one day, who wouldn’t want that?   Now if you took the penny at the end of 16 days you’d have 65535 pennies in your account and perhaps you’d be thinking you should have taken the 3 million dollars.   At twenty days you only have $10,475 in your account, and you’d be thinking whoops, should have taken the 3 million.   Anyway you hang in there, and at 24 days you start to see some improvement as you are at about $168000, but still that isn’t 3 million dollars.   Four more days pass and you check your account, now it has grown to 2.68 million dollars, now we are talking some cash.   With just 3 more days to go, your hopes are rising that you made the right decision.    The last day arrives, your account now as a little over $10 million dollars, three times the amount that you would have received by taking the cash only.  

This is the power of continually improving your abilities.   Eventually there is a huge payoff.

What do you want to improve?

What kind of performer do you want to become?