Embrace the Passion
You should know by now whether the achievement
of significant success is a true desire in your heart. Do
you want it badly enough to make the necessary sacrifices?
I’ve shown you some of what it takes. I’ve shown
you what I think has made the difference for me.
My next question requires a personal answer:
Do you have the passion? That might be a tough question. Only
you know the answer and only you can benefit from it. But
you’ve got to have passion. You have to want success
enough to give something up, to forego something today. Different
people have different levels of passion and show it in different
I always say I am shot out of bed on a rocket
and my hands shake for the need to be at work. (I am quick
to point out, however, that different folks hold different
levels of ambition and that not everybody’s like me.)
The primary difference between any two people
is visible in the beginning; it is the difference in their
private sense of passion. One person may want success enough
to sacrifice for it, to put off gratification of temporary
fulfillment for a stronger business position. Another person
will simply have no desire to advance beyond where he started.
The lack of motivation leads to a place where he just doesn’t
care. He throws the blame elsewhere, taking none of it himself.
He basically acts like a weak employee rather than the owner
or entrepreneur he purports to be.
Do everything in your grasp to crystallize
a strong vision for a highly successful career. Look at the
characteristics of others who already hold a position of success.
Imitate them. Emulate those characteristics. Develop the passion
in your heart by sharpening the vision of where you’d
like to be. Make a three-year plan. Make a five-year plan.
Create a ten-year plan. It may seem very difficult for you
to do this. You’ll probably find that the further out
you look, the more vague the vision becomes. Maybe you don’t
yet really know where you want to go, who you want to be.
Create the passion, and then apply yourself.
Have fun at what you do, or you will never be your best.
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Ron Sturgeon is past owner of AAA Small
Car World. In 1999, he sold his six Texas locations, with
140 employees, to Greenleaf. In 2001, he founded North Texas
Insurance Auction, which he sold to Copart in 2002. In 2002,
his book “Salvaging Millions” was published to
help small business owners achieve significant success, and
was recently reprinted. In June 2003, he joined the new ownership
and management team of GreenLeaf. He also manages his real
estate holdings and investments. You can learn more about
him at WWW.autosalvageconsultant.com He can be reached at
5940 Eden, Haltom City, TX 76117, firstname.lastname@example.org
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