Insider Tips from Wildly Successful People
In theory, you can’t put a price. on family happiness.
However, in practice, I think I can put a price on it.
I know a woman who inherited a billion dollars, and once, when I was mentioning that I was going home for Thanksgiving, she told me that she would give her entire inheritance if only she had a family to go home to. She explained that ten years before this, she and her brother had quarreled. The quarrel ended in a lawsuit, and they haven’t spoken since, except in court.
If prices are set at the margin, that means that for at least one person, the value of a close, loving family exceeds a billion dollars. Read More
I’m going to guess that at some time in your work life have had, are having, or will have a “You’re about to be shut down” experience. It might be your company or your project or even your job. My advice is, don’t be passive about it! Fight it with every tool you’ve got. And for that matter, if you don’t have the tools, go out buy them, or learn them, or meet the people who can help you because they have they already have them.
Here’s my experience with a “You’re about to be shut down” experience. It was 1980, I was a rice grower in Northern California, and there was legislation pending in Sacramento that would have put me out of business. Read More
Here’s what mega-successful people did when facing a "You're about to be shut down" experience. If you’ve heard my talk, you know that these are steps that I took when legislation in California was on the brink of putting me out of business.
These tips will not guarantee success. But they can increase your odds of success and mightily decrease your odds of failure. Along the way you'll learn skills, meet people, and gain experience that will increase your future odds of success. Read More
If we met in person, I can’t know how I come across, but I’d make a guess that you’d see me as someone who’s self-confident, enjoys being with you, and who’s maybe had some successes in life. But I think you’d be completely shocked if you had known me in my 30s.
What changed? It has to do with redefining failure. To explain this, I need to tell the story of Peter Smith, which by the way is not his real name.
Peter Smith was a rice farmer, genius, and for almost a decade, my tenant on my rice farms in Sacramento, California. He was also ... Read More
Much as I admired Frank Perdue for his business success, I admired him even more for his success as a family man. He put tremendous thought and effort into his family life, and one of the most meaningful and moving things he did for his family was, he didn’t just leave them material things; he also left them his “ethical will.” Read More
Getting people to see things your way is one of the most important ingredients in leadership. This involves charisma, and with charisma, people will want to follow your lead. With charisma, people can become so committed to your vision that they’ll work hard to make you and your projects a success. With charisma, people will want to be on your team for life.
Do what it takes to find good ideas. The reason? One good idea can change your life. And lots of good ideas can lead to undreamed of success!
Let me explain why I say this by sharing a brief story about my father, Ernest Henderson. He was a success in several areas because not only did he found the Sheraton Hotels, he also founded a major investment company, the Investment Trust of Boston, and one of his companies, Thompson Industries, made the chrome for many of the Detroit car companies. He was also big in oil.
As a child, I was fascinated by his success. I was always wondering, how did he do it? What made him a success? Read More
If you lived on the East Coast of the United States and are over 40, you probably know who Frank Perdue was. But for those of you who didn’t and aren’t, Frank was a Maryland farmer/entrepreneur who transformed a father-and-son egg business into a multi-billion dollar international poultry company with more than 19,000 associates and sales in 114 different countries.
What relevance does this achievement have today?
The way he did it is an object lesson for aspiring entrepreneurs. Success didn’t just drop in Frank's lap; take a look at the time, energy, and resources he was willing to put into just one part of his success, choosing an advertising agency. Read More
Surprising as it may seem, Frank was an unusually shy man. He fought against it so successfully that I suspect few people would guess. However, I have several reasons for knowing that this is true. First I often heard him talk about his shyness; next, I also observed it myself countless times; and finally, and perhaps most objectively convincing, I saw the results of a personality test that he once took that confirmed it. Read More
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