Shortcuts to Success

Are there any shortcuts to success?  Nope.  None that I know of.  However, you can be on the fast-track to results, if you first, embrace some powerful principles or core values. This is the kind of stuff that I often think about.  For I am a firm believer, the right beliefs and values are the greatest influencers of success and achievement.

While what you do is crucial.  That is merely a reflection of who you are.

And perhaps, the best summation of these principles, I found unexpectedly.

Last Wednesday night, Sheryl and I attended Amanda, (our youngest child’s), first-grade curriculum night. On Amanda’s desk, was a simple sheet, titled: Lifeskills by Susan Kovalik & Associates.  It said:

  • Integrity: To act according to what is right and wrong.
  • Initiative: To do something because it needs to be done.
  • Flexibility: The ability to alter plans when necessary.
  • Perseverance: To keep at it.
  • Organization: To work in an orderly way.
  • Sense of humor: To laugh and be playful without hurting others.
  • Effort: To do your best.
  • Common sense: To think it through.
  • Problem-solving: To seek solutions. 
  • Responsibility: To do what is right.
  • Patience: To wait calmly.
  • Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring.
  • Curiosity: To investigate and seek understanding.
  • Cooperation: To work together toward a common goal or purpose.
  • Caring: To show / feel concern.
  • Courage: To act according to one’s beliefs.

Kind of funny, the lessons you can learn when you sit at the desk of a six-year-old.

(Jeff Blackman is an author, business broker, and speaker.  More information on Jeff at

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