Brian Tracy, success speaker, mentions, in one of his programs, an interview with one of America’s wealthiest men. The great oil man and billionaire, Bunker Hunt, was once asked what it took for someone to become successful. His answer was so simple, yet so profound, that it has been quoted by countless others ever since. Mr. Hunt’s response included these three ingredients:
1. Decide exactly what you want in life.
2. Determine the price you must pay to get what you want.
3. Resolve to pay that price and get into action until you finally accomplish it.
Let’s look at the first point, “Decide exactly what you want in life.” For many people, it is difficult to decide on what it is they really want from life. They are like a child in a Toys R Us store. The child sees so many possible things he wants; he just cannot make up his mind on what specifically he would like. Once he focuses in on exactly the toy he wants, he usually gets it from his parents.
What kind of work best fits your skill sets? What kind of a company do you want to work for? Where do you want live? When you can focus in on exactly what you want you will most likely get it.
Assess Your Strengths
The next point, “Determine the price you must pay to get what you want.” What must you do to clearly identify what your skill sets are? Can you take some career aptitude tests at your local community college? Where can you find information on the type of companies where you would like to be employed? Which job sites must you search? Which publications must you read?
And finally, resolve to pay the price and get into action. Get off the couch and on the internet. Start making phone calls to friends and business contacts who can help you get appointments at the companies where you would like to possibly work. Set up informational interviews with those companies.Keep taking action until you get the results you are seeking.
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Tom Borg is president of Tom Borg Consulting, LLC. He is a business consultant, speaker, coach and author. He helps companies and organization become more profitable by increasing their value and lowering their costs through the professional development of their managers and employees.