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Real Shotokan Karate Focus
One thing that all of the most wealthy people have in common – they set their minds to a single objective in life, and everything they do in life is aimed toward achieving that objective. They do not pick up a pen, watch a TV show, sit down in a chair, or say anything to anyone that does not somehow directly contribute to them eventually getting to their ultimate goal in life.
Wealthy can mean many things: highly paid job, lots of friends, a beautiful house, many possessions, a low-paying dream job… there are many concepts of wealth.
Your chances of achieving a life’s dream are lower if you do not approach life in this single-minded fashion, because you are competing against others who are willing to suffer any cost to get what they want.
Most people would credit Stephen Covey for coming up with the phrase begin with the end in mind, but he swiped it from Peter Drucker. Drucker was the world’s foremost management expert. How did he achieve this status? Everything he did in his life was about becoming the world’s foremost management expert. Rarely did Peter Drucker ever do anything that didn’t get him there.
How did Stephen Covey end up associated with effectiveness? How did Bill Gates get Microsoft to become the virtual monopoly it is today? Michael Jordon didn’t just walk onto a basketball court instantly able to shoot hoops, and Tiger Woods didn’t waltz onto a golf course pre-programmed by nature to shoot eagles.
If you want to know the secret of ultimate success, then do as Musashi instructed: Do nothing that is of no use.
You were not able to become the tournament champion this year as you hoped? Let me ask you some questions. Did you ever turn on a television? The instant you did, you gave up on that dream. Did you go fishing or spend any time playing guitar? That was your white flag of surrender.
The truth is that our environment is far, far more competitive than we like to believe. We like to think that people who make it to the top are just lucky. Yes, there are components of good fortune. But rarely is that the major factor in their success. Most people who are like Lance Armstrong and make it to the very top are willing to do what you are not. You don’t have time. You aren’t willing to suffer the privations. You can’t take the pain. You refuse to live that way. You have a family. You have a job. You are going to school. You like sunshine.
It’s OK to not be a single-minded achievement machine. Just don’t complain about it and blame misfortune on your situation. You now realize you were not even trying.
If your life is not turning out the way you hoped and you are unhappy, perhaps you need to focus.
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