Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Attitude Changer: Quote #10

In these related posts, I am sharing quotes from a wonderful book called, “Lead the Field’ by Earl Nightingale.

In summary, the book talks about your attitude. It determines your actions, as well as the actions of others. Mr. Nightingale takes our lame excuses for NOT being successful and refutes them all.

Today’s Quote: “Success is easier than failure.”

You never pay the price for success – you enjoy the price of success. Only 5% of people achieve unusual success in their lives. What motivates people to live as they do? 95% of children are not born into this top 5%. He will soon take his environment for granted. It will condition him. He will speak the language. He mirrors his environment because it is the perfectly natural thing to do. He becomes average.

Everyone has the option to work and live on whatever layer of life’s pyramid they choose. The view is better, the air is fresher, the sun shines earlier and later, and the crowd is smaller at the top. It’s easier to settle for the lower levels. Most just get in step with their peers. Most just don’t know how to succeed. They’ve never heard. They want to be accepted. They follow the follower. They conform to one another. Belonging seems to be all important.

Therein is the trap that gets practically everybody. Most end in it. They live their lives playing to the wrong crowd, trying to be one of the boys. The important thing to them is to be liked. They have no identity of their own. They find their identity in a larger group.

Successful people follow independent paths. They break away from the crowd. They join a smaller crowd. They don’t have the television on all the day long. They use their time constructively. It’s easier to win! There is less competition up there and the view is better.

It’s never too late, for with a purpose, a worthy goal and a motivation to reach those upper layers on the pyramid, a person can travel further in a few years than he might otherwise travel in a lifetime.

Quote #9 - Integrity

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