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November 26, 2013

Golden Nuggets #5: Education and Intelligence is Not The Same Thing Zig Ziglar See You at The Top

Filed under: Personal Development — Tags: , , , — Shirland Carrington @ 8:20 am

Zig Ziglar in his book “See you at The Top” talks about education vs. intelligence and which one is more important.  Zig states that ” three of the most intelligent and success people I know finished the 3rd, 5th and 8th grades.”  He was talking about Henry Ford and Thomas J. Watson were two of the three.  Henry Ford legacy is still going on today.  Henry Ford believed that if he needed anything beyond his capacity he would hire that person.  He knew his strengths and weaknesses and was not ashamed to get someone who knew the answer.  He also knew how to get what he needed out of his “people”.  Watson was the “founder of IBM and he went from a $6.00 a week salesman to chairman of the board”.  The American dream at it finest.   The difference between these two and the “average” guy is that they were dedicated.  The “formal” education was not necessary for these highly successful people.  It was the intelligence and the will to never quit that made them successful.


When I was growing up I was told to go to school and complete your education.  I would then go to work for a company for twenty-five to thirty years and then retire and live happily ever after.  I know that scenario sound familiar to many people.  I follow that path for many years but, then I realized that it was not the life for me.  When I had that awakening I have always been on alert for the opportunity that would help me succeed.  I don’t believe in jumping on the next shiny object that catches my eye.  I follow opportunities that I feel good about.

If you missed gold nugget #4 which deals specifically about the fact you cannot consistently perform in a manner that is inconsistent with the way you see yourself”.

Education is one thing, but intelligence is totally something else all together.   My formal degree is Electrical Engineering,  my real education I imagine would not begin until after I read my last Engineering book.  It would be the hands on knowledge that would make me a successful engineer.  My first degree is Electrical Engineering , I have never held a position with that title.  I can only speculate that how it would be in my life since everything else I do is actually like that.

Zig Ziglar believe that intelligence is not required to be successful.  He state success is in the hands of the person who is trying to achieve it.  It is only necessary like Napoleon Hill’s stated that he has a burning desire towards the achievement of his or her goals and dreams.

May 2, 2013

Gold Nuggets #2 From Zig Ziglar “See You At The Top”

Filed under: Leadership,Personal Development,Self Empowerment — Tags: , — Shirland Carrington @ 9:01 am

I am discovering these nuggets as I read this book.  I am not surprised that I don’t know what I don’t know.   “The person who won’t read is no better off than the person who can’t read.”  What is the last book that you have read?  If you are scratching your head with a puzzled look, then this article is about you.  The power to be able read is available to most people.  The problem is that most people stop reading for recreational.   It is normal to read for a book report when you are in high school.    It just seems that once high school is finished most people stop reading.  The only book they read is a  magazine or the newspaper.

It is as if once that last book report is done, a switch goes off.  If you ever want to keep something a secret put it in a book.   I know that that is very harsh statement, but it very true.   It just seems like only a few people find and implement the secrets of success.  The average person never find out the secret or have no desire to look.  The saying is “seek and ye shall find”.  The secret to success is written in all the greatest books of the World.   You only have to open the book and apply the knowledge gain.  Knowledge is the key is a famous saying from the old days.  It should actually read that the application of knowledge is the key.  The  “person who knows but won’t use success principles and information is no better than the person who doesn’t know them.”

To read about my first gold nuggets from “See You at The Top” by Zig Ziglar Click here.

 

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April 22, 2013

Gold Nuggets From See You at The Top by Zig Ziglar

Filed under: Leadership,Personal Development,Self Empowerment — Tags: , , , — Shirland Carrington @ 8:18 am

The gold nuggets from the classic “see You at The Top” by Zig Ziglar are never ending and plentiful.  The gold nuggets that I am going to discuss today is “the price of success is much lower than the price of failure”.  This quote is a reminder of a blog post I wrote a few years back.  Read my blog post  it dealt with the pain of failure or the pain of regret.  Zig Ziglar say the same thing in a different way.  It all stem from the mindset of the person in charge of his or her destiny.  I don’t remember where I heard it but I remember a story of a wise man who was given a choice by an evil man.

The evil man had a bird in his hands that was hidden.  The wise man could not tell if the bird was alive or dead.  He asked the wise man if the bird was alive or dead. The wise man knew that if he stated that the bird was alive.  The evil man would have broken the bird’s neck.  He also knew that if he said the bird was dead, then the evil man would have open his head and let the bird fly away.  The wise man thought about for a few and told the evil man the fate of the bird is up to you.

Zig  concluded the meaning of this parable in a similar fashion “in your hands you hold the seeds of failure or the potential for greatness”.  The decision to be a failure or success is up to you and you alone.  If you point your finger at the person you feel is responsible for your failure.  It is only natural that 3 fingers point squarely at yourself.  Zig Ziglar’ statement is powerful in it own right even though it is simple stated.  The price of success does cost less than the price of failure.  When you fail you tend to live that failure over and over again.  It is if a 2000 pound elephant is weighing you down in a kiddie pool that is your life.

 

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