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Toward Achievement: Everyone Starts Somewhere

You can take a sequential approach to achieving fabulous goals

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If you feel some days as if you’re making little or no progress on your chosen goal, take heart: The world is full of individuals who followed a sequential approach to achieving fabulous goals. In other words, they went from one accomplishment to the next, almost in step by step fashion, and you can do the same.

Words and Deeds

Lessons from business can be illuminating: In publishing, here are two individuals who achieved one notable goal, and then built upon that achievement in accomplishing something even loftier.

Michael E. Porter, Ph.D., wrote the acclaimed text Competitive Advantage, which detailed how corporations and organizations could identify their strategic assets and use them to establish a market niche. Years afterward, Porter wrote The Competitive Advantage of Nations, a blueprint for governments to have more viable economies.

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The late Stephen Covey, Ph.D., conducted seminars for corporate leaders and eventually wrote the bestseller, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. Covey then established his own publishing house, created and spun off his own literary agency, and developed proprietary products such as calendars, newsletters, software, and guidebooks.

He wrote more best-selling books and produced video programs distributed worldwide. His influence continued to the far reaches of the globe, and The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People is now used in classrooms.

Words and Scenes

In the motion picture industry, the process works much the same way. Jodie Foster was first a childhood actor, then an accomplished actor, the winner of two Academy Awards, then a director, and then a director/producer.

Others who established careers as actors first and then became successful directors and/or producers include Warren Beatty, Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Barbra Streisand, Ron Howard, Halle Berry, Danny DeVito, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller, and many more. Penny Marshall and Rob Reiner, once husband and wife, were successful television sitcom actors who achieved superstar status as major motion picture directors, much like Ron Howard.

In his twenties, Steven Spielberg directed Sugarland Express, starring Goldie Hawn. Though few people saw the movie, it received critical acclaim. A year later he directed Jaws, and two years later, the start of the Indiana Jones trilogy. You already know about many of his achievements, so we won’t delve further into them.

One Step at a Time

The path to fame and fortune among directors is largely made from one film to the next. The takeaway for career professionals: Everybody starts somewhere.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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The Post That Made Facebook Threaten One of America’s Top Motivational Speakers

Apparently you aren’t allowed to ask pointed questions that make the leftist overlords look bad.

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Apparently you aren’t allowed to ask pointed questions that make the leftist overlords look bad. Check out PolitiCrossing Founder and motivational speaker Chris Widener’s post that earned him the threat:

If Covid was so deadly, would Democrat politicians get caught without their masks dining at French Laundry? Or going maskless in their private jet terminals? Or at the ball games they attend? Would they really risk their very lives?

If the seas were really going to rise from global warming would Obama really own thirty million dollars of beach front properties?

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If this is so deadly, would they allow us to pack hundreds of people into an airplane eighteen inches from each other (yet require you to “social distance” while you get off the plane)? Would they allow thousands of people to use the same touch screen to check in in airports like I just did ten minutes ago?

You have been fooled my friends. Look at what they do, not at what they say. The biggest scams in human history are being pulled on us and half our country goes along with it because they have no discernment of right and wrong or truth and error. And worse, when you call them on their BS, they act indignant and curse and belittle you.

Why would they keep virologists from the best schools in America from getting their message out that this is a scam? Why would they keep you from using medications that have been around and safely used for decades?

We simply cannot continue to allow these shysters to harangue us into complicity. I for one will continue to fight until my dying day for truth against duplicitous manipulation.

If someone told a crowd of 1000 people that they have to shut down their businesses and stay home from school and wear masks or else ONE of those 1000 people would die in the next year, would you do it? Of course not. That’s the math, and only if you believe all the reported cases of death by Covid were actually true but of course we know that many deaths were categorized as Covid deaths but weren’t.

And yet that is exactly what we have done.

Why would they roll out a vaccine that doesn’t even keep you from getting Covid and has tons of side effects and roll out national marketing campaigns to pressure everyone to get it?

What’s really going on here?

It is time to put on your thinking caps, my friends. Just because someone in authority says something is true doesn’t make it so.

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Pay as You Go

We each benefit by pacing ourselves for the long haul.

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In 1900, the median age of Americans at the age of death was 49 years old. By 2018, life expectancy of Americans had jumped to above age 80. Career professionals, like nearly everyone else, are living to ripe old ages. As such, they need to pace themselves for the long haul. A personal story helps illustrate the point.

Machinists Know Best

I worked with my friend Peter, for Smyth Manufacturing Company, the book binding equipment manufacturer, the summer before we entered college. It was my only time in a job shop, and I learned many lasting lessons such as the importance of cleanliness in an industrial setting.

Before you left for the evening, you oiled your machine, wiped the floor and counters, and cleared away scraps and extraneous items so you could begin the next day without impediments. The craftsmen sometimes elaborately cleaned and reorganized items in the middle of the day as well, as they switched from one job to another.

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When you’re working with potentially dangerous industrial equipment, you can’t afford to have a stray bolt or paper clip lying around that could catch in a gear and fly across the factory floor into someone’s face.

Control the Immediate Environment

As deftly as these job shop professionals worked, they continually maintained control of their immediate environment because they understood its importance on many levels. In case you think they were being overly cautious or were paid some admirable hourly wage, guess again. These workers were paid by the piece, and they were known as “piece workers.”

Any one of them could have easily increased their output on a given day by slacking off on cleaning and maintenance procedures. After all, if you can turn out seven pieces in a day spending 30 percent of your time cleaning and maintaining, you might be able to produce more than 10 pieces if you completely concentrate on your output.

In the short-term, you could make more money. Longer term, you could injure yourself or others, create more waste, shorten the equipment’s life, or get fired.

A Primary Lesson

The lesson for us all is to “Pay as you go.” Clear the decks each night, arrive ready for the next day, and pace yourself for the long haul.

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