“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight with no vision.”
Today’s story is contributed by Darin Kidd.
I was 25 years old. Bankrupt. Medicaid. Applying for food stamps. Car repossessed. My wife and I were at the lowest of low. Neither of us made it through college. Five kids. I felt like a total failure — as a husband, as a father, and as a provider.
Opportunities were scarce in our small Virginia town. I needed help. Guidance. Someone to show me the way.
My Dad? A faithful Christian. A family man. Growing up, he helped others in need, even when we were scraping to get by. He was a wonderful man, and I count myself very blessed. But it was clear I needed a different kind of help, from a different kind of mentor. Life smarts. Business savvy. Principles for success. I went on the hunt…
I found Jeff Olson. He wrote a book called The Slight Edge, among others. What I learned from him has defined my life.
Today, I share the three golden rules of my own personal success, with some help from the legendary Mr. Olson:
Rule #1: There are only two types of people in this world:
1. I’m glad I dids
2. I wish I hads
A simple distinction, with powerful implications. It’s about thinking in the future tense. When you look back in 5, 10, or 20 years, what will you say: “I’m glad I did” — or — “I wish I had”? My personal mantra — “I will do today what others won’t, to have tomorrow what others don’t!”
Rule #2: Faith in yourself.
Many people confuse having confidence with having faith. Confidence is believing you can do what any other man before you has done. Faith is believing you can do what no other man before you has done.
Rule #3: Learning a Living
We are either growing or declining. Maintaining is a myth. If you’re not learning every day, you’re on a path to failure. You just don’t know it yet. It’s the one thing that will set you apart from others over time. Most stop reading and growing after high school or college, when it ceases to be a requirement…A treacherous mistake.
Two ways I have Learned my Living:
Myself — I don’t make what I want…I make what I am. Making more is the result of becoming more as a person. Other people — Associations…they take us UP or DOWN. Ask yourself, what are my associations doing for me or to me?
Over the years, the compounded effect of these three rules has taken me from bankrupt to “booyah!” (And my sense of humor is still intact.)
Today, I am blessed to be a multi-million dollar producer with financial freedom and ample leisure time to spend with family. I even made the cover of Home Business Magazine last year and was featured in the April issue of Success From Home magazine as well! And as the Savvy Dad of five blessed kids, be assured I am passing down what I learned from Jeff Olson, my mentor-like dad.
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