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.
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 www.jeffblackman.com)