What defines the person you become?
Seven Choices for Success and Significance
I have had the good fortune to meet many great leaders in my lifetime, and I'm grateful for that. However, if someone told me today that I had to select one leader that stands out above the others, there is no question in my mind...I would pick Nido Qubein. Why is that?
Nido's passion, as a leader, is contagious, but more than anything, he's a leader who leads from his heart. You may have heard the quote..."They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
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With Nido, there is never any doubt. He makes everyone in the room feel important.
Who is Nido Qubein? He is the author of many best selling books. He is one of the most sought after speakers in America. He is the Chairman of Great Harvest Bread and the President of High Point University in High Point, North Carolina.
But how he got to where he is today will inspire you. You see, Nido came to America from the Middle East at age 17, with little knowledge of English and 50 dollars in his pocket. Through the choices he made, he became the amazing person he is today.
To say I'm honored to publish Nido's book, Seven Choices for Success and Significance is an understatement. I feel there is more wisdom per square inch in this little book than any we've ever published. Simply put...it's a book that can change the way you think about life.
As Nido says in Seven Choices for Success and Significance, "Regardless of where you were born or what your financial position in life, the power to affect your own future lies within your own hands. Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."
So today is the day to start living the life of your dreams. It all starts with the right choices, because the choices you make define the person you become.
Today, I'd like to share a brief excerpt about choosing success and significance. Enjoy!
by Dr. Nido R. Qubein
What is success? Only you can define it in your own life. In my own life, I have attempted to define both Success and Significance.
To me, Success is secular. Significance is spiritual.
It doesn't matter how you define your own spirituality. Spiritual matters are always finer, deeper, and longer lasting than secular matters.
Success focuses on three Fs:
Success is focused on tasks, even goals.
Significance also focuses on three Fs:
But, significance focuses on purpose. Why am I here? What do I do with the talents, experiences and skills that I have? How can I make the world a better place? How do I plant seeds of greatness in the lives of those around me? How do I make an impact in the circles of influence where I find or place myself?
To choose success and significance, you must be a strategic thinker who:
• Has a clear vision of what you want to accomplish
• Develops a solid strategy that answers three questions:
- Who or what are we today?
- Who do we want to become?
- How do we get there?
• Employs practical systems to achieve your goals
• Commits to consistent execution because in consistency, success
When implementing your strategic plan for success, it really comes down to three "Ds":
Decide what you want most to achieve
Determine the first step to getting what you want
Do the first thing that will start you moving toward your goal.
Using these seven keys, you can choose success and significance. But keep this in mind: success is not a matter of luck, not an accident of birth, not a reward for virtue. The most successful people I know are the ones who have something to do, somewhere to be and someone to love.
No one is responsible for your success or your joy. You must search for it and be in a continual state of earning it.
To merely succeed is not an end in itself. You must use your success to impact other people...to impact the world...to Live Life from the Inside Out.
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Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein
Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good. ~Joe Paterno
If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you. ~Author Unknown
Eighty percent of success is showing up. ~Woody Allen
As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it's leaning against the right building. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average. ~M.H. Alderson
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. ~Winston Churchill
What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins. ~Gene Fowler
We never know, believe me, when we have succeeded best. ~Miguel de Unamuno, Essays and Soliloquies, 1925
Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. ~Lily Tomlin
I couldn't wait for success... so I went ahead without it. ~Jonathan Winters
There is no point at which you can say, "Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap." ~Carrie Fisher
Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. ~David Frost
Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it. ~Author Unknown
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction. ~Bessie Stanley, 1905, commonly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
Try to discover
The road to success
And you'll seek but never find,
But blaze your own path
And the road to success
Will trail right behind.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind. ~George Bernard Shaw, 28 August 1896
Those who have succeeded at anything and don't mention luck are kidding themselves. ~Larry King
Success has made failures of many men. ~Cindy Adams
Some aspects of success seem rather silly as death approaches. ~Donald A. Miller
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. ~Author Unknown
That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles. ~Walter Cronkite
The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success. ~Author Unknown
Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it. ~Elbert Hubbard
The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That - with the squalid interpretation put on the word success - is our national disease. ~William James, 11 September 1906
The closer one gets to the top, the more one finds there is no "top." ~Nancy Barcus
Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment. ~Ross Perot
Smarts and action are on the same side of the equation where the sum is success. ~Garrett Hazel
Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it.... Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching. ~Tennessee Williams
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. ~William Feather
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~Christopher Morley
How do you achieve success? Well, for one thing, you don't define it before you achieve it. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. ~Irving Berlin
Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure. ~Earl Wilson
Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now. ~Jonatan Mårtensson
Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to. ~Author Unknown
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. ~Dale Carnegie
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. ~Abraham Lincoln
Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get. ~Dale Carnegie
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. ~Booker T. Washington
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. ~George Smith Patton
It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final. ~Author Unknown
How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten? ~Logan Smith
Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they're really not. They're companions - the hero and the sidekick. ~Laurence Shames
The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down as a failure. ~B.C. Forbes
The road to success is wherever people need another road. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. ~Arthur McAuliff (Thanks, Fernanda)
If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style. ~Quentin Crisp
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. ~Author Unknown
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There's no use in being a damn fool about it. ~W.C. Fields
If at first you do succeed - try to hide your astonishment. ~Author Unknown