Action Not Smarts

Action Not Smarts

The other day my friend asked me why one of his friends, we’ll call him Jay, is so successful.

It seems everything Jay touches turns to gold.

Every business he’s started becomes a money maker. From investments and real estate… to media and retail. In each case Jay has made a small fortune.

Whether success means landing more clients, growing your investments or increasing your income, the fastest way to get there is by taking action.

What my friend was asking however, wasn’t really why Jay was so often successful. Rather, why Jay, with little formal education and less ‘smarts’ than my friend could be such a success. My friend on the other hand has more education and sees himself as more a professional than Jay.

As I thought about my friend’s question and all of the successful people I know and have interviewed the answer became clear. 

Success has nothing to do with ‘smarts’, degrees, or how much of a professional you might be.

And it’s definitely not about what type of success you feel you’re entitled to.

Take a minute right now to consider what your biggest goal is for the next 2-3 months and start working on it today. Not next week or next month.

Building a successful business is about focus, hard work, determination and calculated risk taking.

Whether success means landing more clients, growing your investments or increasing your income, the fastest way to get there is by taking action.

Many people like to spend a great deal of time envisioning their success. It makes them feel good. The problem is they spend so much time thinking about success that they forget to take the action they need to get there.

Thinking, dreaming, and planning are all important. But they won’t get you to your destination. Action will.

Take a minute right now to consider what your biggest goal is for the next 2-3 months and start working on it today. Not next week or next month.

The sooner you take action the faster you’ll get to where you want to go.

 

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  • http://bybhq.com/ Ark Pizarro

    Thanks for the confirmation Michael, I’ve been saying the same for quite a while. I’d like to add an easy way to help your readers achieve their goals.

    I call it the “1 Task Method” its simplicity is counter-intuitive and very powerful. Get your whiteboard, notebook, iPad, etc. and start with a clean slate.

    Then write down the most important thing you need to get done today and nothing else. Now, work on that task until its completed and ignore the impulse to get distracted.

    Finish working on that task and then start another. You will be more productive than ever before, like Jay.

    • http://www.consulting-business.com/ Michael Zipursky

      Ark – my pleasure and I agree the strategy you mentioned is a good one, I recommend it myself.

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