Got The 'Right Stuff'

Nor' east Thinkin'

Unlocking your potential and ethusiasm is the real success driver

Published on: July 13, 2011

"Experts" contend that numbers are a barometer of success and that figures don't lie. Trouble is, they don't always tell the whole truth, either.

That's because we human creatures have tremendous potential to improve. How else can you explain the following contradictory evidence:

  • More than 50% of all Fortune 500 company chief executives had C or C- averages in colleges.
  • 65% of all U.S. senators were in the bottom half of their classes. [That one's not hard to imagine.]
  • 75% of American presidents were in "The Lower-Half Club" when they were in school. [No, I'm not going to name them.]
  • More than 50% of millionaire entrepreneurs never finished college. [But they certainly didn't spend much time sitting around just wishing they were rich.]

Before I go any farther, inspiration and information for these thoughts were spurred by an e-letter from Stambaugh Ness, a financial management company based in York, Pa.

Got passion?

No, I'm not talking romantic passion. This is "the stuff" that drives a person to excel in whatever he/she does.

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, a business owner or seeking employment, the key to your success is your passion or enthusiasm. It's the single quality that lifts a person head and shoulders above the rest in good – especially in tough times. It's the most important thing to look for in new-hires.

This enthusiasm enables you to tap inner strengths, resources, abilities and energies you didn't know existed. It's the stuff that distinguishes "good" sales performers from "top" sales performers.

This same enthusiasm kindles a spark that propels you and those around you to greater heights. A burning commitment is the difference between a good manager and an inspiring, dynamic leader, between a good employee and an outstanding employee.

People who are fired up don't have to push themselves. They are propelled by enthusiasm for what they're doing. With passion as a guiding force, perseverance and commitment comes naturally.

Old Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." So charge up your enthusiasm! There's awesome potential still inside you! And it can be infectious.

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