Saturday, May 09, 2009

Just finished reading this book, The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma.
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It's amazing how far you will get by just staying with something long enough. Most people give up too early. Their fears are bigger than their faith.
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Big idea: Personal - and organizational - greatness is not about revolution but about evolution, those small but consistent wins.
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Sam Walton began with a single store. Founder of Wal-Mart.


Richard Branson began with his first little record shop. Founder of Virgin.


Steve Jobs started out of his garage. Founder of Apple.

The Seven forms of Wealth
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Inner Wealth
This includes a positive mindset, high self-respect, internal peace and a strong spiritual connection.
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Physical Wealth
Your health is your health. What's the point of getting to a great place in your career if you get sick doing it? Why be the best businessperson in the hospital ward? Why be the richest person in the gaveyard?
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Family and Social Wealth
When your family life is happy, you will perform better at work. No one gets to the end of their life and regrets making their family their first priority. Related to this is the imperative of forging deep connections with friends and members of your personal community (including mentors, role models and trusted advisors).
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Career Wealth
Actualizing your highest potential by reaching for your best in your career in incredibly important. Getting to greatness in your profession brings a feeling of satisfaction on a job well done. It helps you make your work. Being world class in your work is so good for your self-respect.
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Economic Wealth
Yes, money is important. Not the most important thing in life but very important. It absolutely makes life easier and better. Money allows you to live in a nice home, take beautiful vacations and provide well for those you love. And Yvon Chouinard, the founder of the outdoor gear company Patagonia, has said: "The more I make, the more I can give away."
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Advanture Wealth
To be fulfilled, each of us needs mystery in our lives. Challenge is necessary for happiness. The human brain craves novelty. and we are creative beings so we need to be creating constantly if we hope to feel joy. Lots of advanture (ranging from meeting new people to visiting new places) is an essential element of authentic wealth.
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Impact Wealth
Perhaps the deepest longing of the human heart is to live for something greater than itself. Each of us craves to be significant. To make a difference. To know that the world has somehow been better because we have walked the planet. Think of what Richard Bach once wrote: "Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."
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Investing in learning and getting your skill to world class is the smartest investment you'll ever make.
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Greatness in business as well in life comes by being an inspirational human being.
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We can curse the darkness or we can light a candle.

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