Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Personal MBA Update


Personal MBA Update "Lead the Field" By Earl Nightingale - I finished Lead the Field a few days ago and I must say that it is one of the most efficiently written books I have ever read. The book is barely a hundred pages of large print, but it is jam packed with valuable information, advice, and quotes. I took three note cards worth of notes on this short book, and although the lessons aren't mind blowing they are incredibly insightful and practical. I recommend clicking here and buying the book, its a classic that will serve you well on throughout your life. Check out the rest of my Personal MBA reviews here as well as the Personal MBA reading list and manifesto. Here are the notes I took from the book:

- "Attitude is a reflection of a person inside"
- Successful people come in all sizes, shapes, ages and colors and in wide varying degrees of intelligence and education. But they have one thing in common; they expect more good out of life than bad
- German philosopher and writer Gerta, "before you can do something you must be something."
- Tyre Dejardin, "It is our duty as men and women to proceed as the limits to our ability do not exist. We are collaborators in creation."
- Find the diamonds in your own back yard. There are acres of diamonds all around you.
- Gas station started selling other stuff because the customer had $ in their pocket and nothing to spend it on.
- Freedom/personal liberty is the most precious thing on earth
- Goals - burning desire to succeed despite the handicaps/we become what we think about.
- "Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal."
- Robert DeGaure "I slept and dreamed that life was joy. I woke and saw that life was duty. I acted and behold: duty was joy."
- We are at our very best and we're happiest when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we established for ourselves.
- "No one gets rich without enriching others."
- Everything fashioned by humans is the result of goal setting
- People don't use potential of their brain. Those who do have a sense of well being and energy and purposeful enriched lives
-  Successful people are not without problems they just learn to solve them.
- What people worry about: Things that never happen 40%, things that passed  and cant be changed 30%, needless health worries 12%, petty stuff 10%, real stuff 8%
- Real legit worries - can solve or out of control
- Archibald McMeech "the only thing about a man that is a man is his mind"
- Most people never truly think their whole life, they just react to stimuli
- We have come further in the last 50 years than the previous 10,000 years; 90% of scientists are alive today
- 40 hour work week is decreasing meaning more free time than ever
- Our rewards in life will always match our service
- Never have we been so interdependent. It is impossible to live without serving others and without others serving you
- Every time you look at a clock you are being served by the efforts of thousands
- There are tangible and intangible rewards
- Don't sit in front of a fireplace and say "give me some heat and Ill give you wood"
- Wanting more is good and healthy - Constructive discontent continues the upward spiral of civilization
- No one will give me a job (turn it around to) what can I do to serve and be of value in this community
- George Bernard Shaw "I think I am rich and famous by thinking a couple of times a week. Most people never think at all."
- "God has blessed you with this beautiful farm. Yes he has but you should have seen this place when he had it all to himself."
- How can I increase my service today?
- You can tell what a business is doing for the community by observing what the community has done for the business. Holding its own, going out of business, thriving?
- The seed for achievement is integrity "and this above all to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, we cannot be false to anyone else." - Polonius in Hamlet
- Grand Blanchard, "There's no one meaning of life; no two lives have the same value. The richness of a life depends not only on the amount of happiness it achieves but on finding out who one is; that is about ones unique combination of powers, and then discovering through experiment and reflection, what course of life will fulfill those powers most completely,"
- Dean Riggs, "Do your work; not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishing sake, that little more which is worth all the res. And if you suffer you must, and if you doubt as you must, do your work. Put your heart into it and the sky will clear, and then out of your very doubt and suffering will be born the supreme joy of life."
- Our mind, abilities, talents and time; no one can take those away from us. We take them with us where ever we go, and they represent our true wealth.
- "If honesty didn't exist, we ought to invent it as the best means of getting rich."
- "I don't want the natural athlete; I want a guy who'll go after the hard ones." - Bill Veeck
- Think of yourself as a business; Finance, production, sales, research
- If I were an outside investor/stranger would I invest in this corporation (me)?
- A company growing at 10% doubles in roughly 8 years. What are you doing to grow your personal corporation?
- Wally Amos of Famous Amos Cookies wrote, "happiness is an inside job."
- Money is the harvest of our production; 1. How much do you want yearly/investments/retirement? 2. How do you improve to grow into that amount?
- Ben Franklin "the road to wealth lies in augmenting our needs, or diminishing our wants; either will do."
- Its good to have money and the things it can buy but its good too to check up once in a awhile to make sure that you haven't lost the things that money cant buy
- Knowledge and language go together and its impossible to have one larger than the other
- Louis Shore "each of us must find his own 15 minute period each day for reading; its better if its regular. The only requirement is the will to read; with it you can find 15 minutes no matter how busy your day. That means you will read half a book a week, two books a month, twenty a year, and one thousand in a reading lifetime. Its and easy way to become well read and it takes just fifteen minutes a day."
- Books extend our narrow present back into the limitless past. They show us the mistakes of the men and women before us, and share with us recipes for human success."
- Each day is the building block with which you build your life
- Success is not one day or a week, but consistent unrelenting succession of single days
- People become exactly what their minds are made up to become.
- Take things one at a time in order of importance until complete
- St Edmund of Canterbury "work as though you would live forever, but live as though you will die tomorrow."
- Andrew Carnegie "put all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket."
- The captain of a ship doesn't like cargo thrown overboard but if it saves the ship there is nothing else to do. Be the crew and not the cargo. Make yourself a necessity.
- Panophobia is the fear of everything
- A leader is a person who can help and lead others. Who realizes the importance of becoming a bigger and better person every day.
- Emerson wrote, "Let him learn the prudence of a higher strain; let him learn that everything in nature, even dust and feathers, go by law and not by luck, and that what he sows--he reaps."

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