I’ve got this thing stuck in my head all day everyday and I wanted to share this with you because I believe it is a fantastic philosophical view. It’s from one of Jim Rohn’s great seminars.
Don’t wish for a better wind. The key is to wish for the wisdom to set a better sail. Utilize whatever wind that blows to take you where you want to go. That is the philosophy I picked up at age 25, and it revolutionized my whole life. Here’s what I found. I found it was easy. I became a millionaire when I was 31, and I found it was easy.
Here’s my definition of “easy.” It was something I could do.
I figure that if it’s something you can do, it’s easy. But here’s a little parentheses. I worked hard at it. I made sure my disciplines were in line. I made sure my habits were good. I made sure I did all that I could. I found something that I could do, but I worked hard at it. I got up early and stayed up late and worked hard from age 25 to 31. But what I did was easy, meaning it was something I could do.
“Well,” you say, “Mr. Rohn, if it was so easy, how come during those six years all those other people around you didn’t get rich?” Here’s why. It’s easy not to. How else would you describe it? That’s it! It’s easy to keep doing the things that don’t work. It’s easy to keep bad habits. It’s easy not to develop the disciplines. It’s easy not to. So, how come I got rich and they didn’t?
Here’s a philosophical phrase: the things that are easy to do are also easy not to do. That’s the difference between success and failure, between daydreams and ambitions.
Here’s the key formula for success: a few disciplines practiced every day. And those disciplines have to be well thought out. What should you spend your time doing? Don’t waste your time on things that aren’t going to matter. But a few simple disciplines can change your whole economic future — future with your family, future with your business, future with your enterprise, your sales career, your management career. A few simple disciplines, a few simple habits, good habits, repeated every day.
Here’s the formula for failure: errors in judgment repeated every day. All you’ve got to do is have a few errors in your judgment, and repeat them every day. I’m telling you — they’ll spin out of control in 10 years. You’ll end up driving what you don’t want to drive, wearing what you don’t want to wear, living where you don’t want to live, earning what you don’t want to earn. A few errors every day, bad habits every day — it’s disastrous.
Now, here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action.
First, remember that good habits are hard to form but easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with. Examine your habits, and make some decisions today about which habits you should be changing or dropping altogether.
Second, develop the disciplines that are guaranteed to make you successful in life. Start a little earlier, work a little harder, stay a little later and never give up.