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Philip E. Humbert, PhD

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Personal Coach

Chapter 2: 
The First Secret to Success:  Integrity and Depth of Character

Let's review the "Secrets to Success".

I know it's a cliché, but I chose the title, "Secrets to Success" because I want to look at the things that top performers know and DO on a daily basis.  And, I want to look at the things that prevent many ambitious, hardworking and talented people from achieving the same kinds of results.  That's a big project!  Let's get started.

To begin, let's admit that there are no real secrets for success.  One of my favorite quotes is from Tony Robbins, who notes that "success leaves clues".   Study the habits of successful people, do what they do, and you'll achieve similar results. 

But, many of us are still confused, even mystified, about why some people are able to set and achieve one goal after another.  They always have seem to have "good luck".  Things work out for them.  They make more money, enjoy more success, and live their dreams.  How does that work?  And, can the rest of us learn and use their "secrets" to empower ourselves and achieve our own dreams?

I am convinced we can!  Let's take a look at the first of several qualities I believe are critical.

I believe the first, and perhaps the most important, distinction between successful folks and those who are still "trying", starts with a personal sense of integrity.  Their lives are seamless.  There is a profound sense of "what you see is what you get".

When I mention integrity, people often think I'm talking about honesty, and that's certainly part of it.  But the word refers to far more than just honesty.  It refers to being "whole", complete, unbroken and seamless.  Successful people are not confused about what they want, or what's important to them.  They don't hesitate or get stuck, because they know where they are going.  They are not building a business one day, looking for a better opportunity the next, and taking Wednesdays off to figure out what they want from life.

They KNOW!

They know who they are, and what's important in life.  Their lives are focused.   Whether as a business person, artist, teacher or in some other setting, their lives are "integrated" around their values.  If they are in business, they may work "too much" compared to the rest of us, but they are consistent about their investment in the work.  Highly successful teachers don't stop being teachers when school lets out!  They are learning, teaching, and preparing to teach, in every thing they do. 

Let's be very specific.  Highly successful people's lives are integrated around one or two central themes.  If you look at their checkbooks, you'll see they spend their money on things that are important to them.  If you look at their use of time, it revolves around their commitments.  Look at their libraries, and you'll find their reading is focused on their chosen fields.  Their choice of friends, the organizations they join, even their hobbies, reflect some aspect of their passion.  They live a seamless, integrated life.

Less successful people have more doubts and less focus.  They may read widely, but not deeply in any one area.  They may belong to a variety of organizations, but are either casual members, or are deeply devoted in areas not related to their major life goals.  They spend time and money on a broad range of casual interests, and typically save and invest less.

In the coming weeks, we'll look at several "Secrets to Success", but I am convinced the first key is integrity.  Consistency.  Focus.  Highly successful people know who they are, what they want, and where they are going in life.   They tolerate few, if any, distractions.

To achieve unusual success, organize your life around your goals.  Aim high, and maintain a single-minded focus that guarantees your success!  Choosing and committing to your outcome is half the "secret" to getting it!


Quotes of the Week:

"Formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune." 
                                               - Jim Rohn

"The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back." 
                                              - Abigail Van Buren

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight than knows not victory nor defeat."  
                                              - Theodore Roosevelt

"To do good things in the world, first you must know who you are and what gives meaning in your life." 
                                                - Paula P. Brownlee

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