5 Steps To Grow From Average To Fortune

Have you ever picked-up a book, gone to a course or delved into some content not known exactly what to expect but expecting it to be good?  Then, once you start you realized you just hit the mother load?

That’s exactly what happened to me a couple of weeks ago when I signed up for Darren Hardy’s “Mentor to the Masters” course.  “Mentor to the Masters” is essentially the curation, collation and packaging of Jim Rhon’s life time body of work by those he mentored in the area of personal growth and development.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but since Jim was a primary mentor to Tony Robbins, Darren Hardy, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson, John Maxwell and way too many others to name, I expected it to be good and get some value from it. After all, success leaves clues, right?

What I didn’t realize was just how good…and valuable….this course and collection of content really is.

I now see why he was mentor to so many of these well known giants in the fields of personal growth and development, coaching, and success.  Jim’s presentation style and ability to take foundational principles and truths and put legs on them is extraordinary to say the least.

The jewel I found this week was in a bonus section of the course. It was a simple 13 minute presentation featuring interview footage of Jim that appeared to be from the late 70’s/early 80’s. The presentation was entitled “How to Go From Average To Fortune” and is clearly where the title of this post was taken from.

Here were the 5 nuggets he gave along with some additional commentary:0591 Average2Action II

  1. Get Serious- 10 years from now you will become someone, the question is “who?” and “where?”. Ten years from now, God willing, you will surely arrive.
  2. Get Smart-  Jim said it was much more important to be smart in the present decade then ever before; that was back the late 70’s/80’s! Can you imagine the importance of that today, when we’ve gone beyond the knowledge age into the age of knowledge curation?  Building the discipline of life long-learning…to include journaling and knowledge collection systems…is more important than ever before.
  3. Get Started- It’s not enough to just keep acquiring content. To be effective, you have to actually do something with what your learning. This requires both motivation and design.
  4. Get Excited- Forget the positive thinking and don’t focus on your circumstances. Instead, get excited about your vision or dream and your agency and capacity to do something about it! Anyone can do something to make major changes to their life. An extreme example would be murder: that is one drastic act that in a moment will forever change your life and the life of others…but in a negative direction!!!  Likewise, there are positive actions you can take right now, both small and large, that can be profoundly life changing. Get excited over your capacity and then direct the excitement toward intentional planning and execution on what matters most. Its about excitement, will, and want to…..and having a dream and vision to pull you instead being pushed.
  5. Get Away- This is where you may need to go first to get your dream back or put more defined edges on it. Once done you can set goals around it that then give your dream legs. It’s important that it be life focused and not just work focused; you need to learn how to learn to both live well and earn well. You need to do some growing AWAY from your enterprise so you can come back and grow IN your enterprise. This process of reflection and renewal is pertinent on both a daily as well as intermittent basis.

You may ask “where does the Fortune part come in?!” Good question. Since the concept of “fortune” is similar to “success” and differ for everyone, perhaps the following is the best definition for both: Making progress in the pursuit of meaningful goals. That was Jim’s definition anyway and its one I like it.

Jim’s 5 points are similar to a post I wrote earlier about taking action to get what you want.  The additional insights and perspectives he provides ensure it’s meaningful, sustainable, and energizing. His presentation made these points come alive with through his personality and anecdotes.

The reality is that you can achieve success and satisfaction by taking 5 steps that combine reflection, Hopeful thought, and disciplined action along with regular renewal.

I shared this information with my adult kids during a family meeting shortly after I heard it. The points that made them take sit up, take notice and engage the most were the questions about “who” and “where” they would be 10 years from now.

God willing, 10 years from now you too are going to arrive at someplace one way or the other.  Which of these 5 points do you need to act on now in order to be “who” and “where” you want to be by design when that time arrives? Or do you prefer to just let it happen by default? Think about it, it’s only your future.