How many times have you heard the claim: “This Success Formula Really Works!”

What do books of success formulas have in common?

Even though presented in an endless variety of formats with unlimited styles of window dressing, they all boil down to a to-do list.  Do this.  Do that.  Don’t do this.  Don’t do that.  They all promise that if you faithfully follow the plan, you will successfully reach your goal.


Did anyone ever find the treasure chest of gold by following the directions on the secret trail map?

Will you lose 30 pounds in 30 days by paying $19.95 for the secret “Quick Weight-Loss” diet?

Can you get rich by following the steps of the “Get Rich Quick” secret success plan?

They all present a to-do list that promises more than they can deliver.  Is it realistic to believe that you will discover the secret to success by a formula or reading a book?

Does anyone believe you will become a leader by using the “Ten Easy Steps to Leadership” formula?  Would you believe it possible to learn to be a leader in “100 Difficult Steps?”


Leadership is the result of BEING, not doing.

A person can BE a leader.

No one can DO a leader.


Concentrate on being, doing will take care of itself.

Decide who you want to be and focus your energy on making yourself into that person.  What do you need to change about yourself to be the person you want to be?  Start there.  What qualities do you admire in others that you would like to acquire?  Work toward that.  What parts of your behavior or mannerisms are holding you back?  Change them.

Only you and God can remake you.  What only you can do, you must do.  Why not start now?

Remake your life for one of adventure, discovery and construction.  If you do you are going to become a NEW YOU!

Forget the formulas.

Live the adventure!

– Jimmy Collins

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