Good, Better, Best

Jim Rohn was an author, trainer and motivational speaker.  He died in 2009.  His wisdom and thoughts continue to resonate with people today.  Think about the idea of Good, Better, and Best way to achieve success.

It’s important to learn from your mistakes, but it is better to learn from other people’s mistakes, and it is BEST to learn from other people’s successes. It accelerates your own success.

We know our mistakes teach. As with other teachers sometimes we drift off and miss the lesson.  So, while it is fine to learn from your mistakes, you have neither the time nor the resources to make them all.  So learn from the mistakes of others.  Learning from their success is a bit harder because success hides many of the mistakes that they made along the way.

While it is known that careless comparison is the thief of joy, comparison is not a bad thing if it is focused.  Comparing to the mistakes of others can help us learn.  The “Darwin Awards” provide absolute examples.  Most of those are self evident.  You will have to pay careful attention to learn the more subtle mistakes others make.  Comparing our achievement to the success of others is useful if it guides us into the processes that have historically worked.  If you are an immigrant, better language skills is an advantage.  Attending school can be an advantage if you learn more about what works and less about the ideologies about what should work, but does not.

In general, education will help.  Here’s why.

“Fundamentally he was an amateur – though a gifted one – who learned from his mistakes readily enough, but who lacked the formal training that might have enabled him to learn from the mistakes of others ……..”  Tom Clancy, Clear & Present Danger

Formal training allows you to understand the mistakes others have made.  It can provide meaning by clarifying their significance in a particular context.  It provides you with clues to recognize the factors that preceded them.  The same ideas apply to success of others.  Biographies sometimes help, but you must be careful extending the lesson.  Steve Jobs and David Packard both started their businesses in a garage, yet owning a garage is not necessarily a precursor of great success.

Jim Rohn has other thoughts about success and there are many on the internet.  One pervasive theme is discipline.

  1. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
  2. Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.
  3. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
  4. We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.

Success is within us and by diligent, focused and insightful effort we can reach it.  Enjoy the journey.

Don Shaughnessy arranges life insurance for people who understand the value of a life insured estate. He can be reached at The Protectors Group, a large insurance, employee benefits, and investment agency in Peterborough, Ontario.  In previous careers, he has been a partner in a large international public accounting firm, CEO of a software start-up, a partner in an energy management system importer, and briefly in the restaurant business.

Please be in touch if I can help you.  866-285-7772

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