Below are some notes taken while listening to audio book "Lead the field" by Earl Nightingale.
Book has many chapters but my takeaway is divided into two Attitude and Goal. Here are the notes,
Our attitude tells what we expect from the world. How others respond is their attitude.
Your mind is your richest resource
Serve the customer; serve the customer better than anyone else is serving the customer.
Few points to keep in mind,
First, it’s our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will bring about its successful outcome.
Secondly, our attitudes toward others determine their attitudes toward us. We’re all interdependent. The success we achieve in life will depend largely on how well we relate to others.
Thirdly, before you can achieve the kind of life you want, you must think, act, talk, and conduct yourself in all of your affairs as would the person you wish to become. Keep a mental picture of that person before you as often as you can during the day.
Fourthly, remember that the higher you go in any organization of value, the better the attitudes you’ll find. And that great attitudes are not the result of success; success is the result of great attitudes. Finally, the deepest craving of the human being is for recognition and self-esteem – to be needed, to feel important, to be recognized and appreciated. That includes our loved ones and everyone else with whom we come in contact during our days.
Since your mind can hold only one thought at a time, make each thought you hold constructive and positive. Look for the best in people and ideas. Be constantly alert for new ideas you can put to use in your life.
Don’t waste time talking about your problems with people who can’t solve them, or about your health unless it’s good or you’re talking to your doctor. It won’t help you. It can’t help others.
Radiate the attitude of well-being and confidence, the attitude of the person who knows where he or she is going. You’ll find all sorts of good things happening to you.
Lastly, treat everyone with whom you come in contact as the most important person on earth. Start this habit, practice it consistently, and you’ll do it – and benefit from it – for the rest of your life.
Task : Take 1 hour per day and use it to think
Start your day with this thought : How can i increase my service today ?
There are better ways to do what I’m presently doing; what are they?
How will my work be performed 20 years from now? Everything in the world is in a state of evolution; how can I do now what will eventually be done anyway?
What a mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
We become what we think about
Have a goal, work towards it, with attitude.
Do not waste time, worrying about things that will never happen. 92% of problem will never happen
Happiness/Rewards comes from in service to others.(We need each other, we cannot live without one another).
Assess whether you are working not only hard but intelligently.
Integrity means to try, as best we can, to know ourselves, to examine ourselves as Socrates advised, and to make a true assessment of ourselves – an inventory of our abilities, our talents, our goals
Being truthful to ourselves mean, taking the responsibility of making the best use of what we have, what do we have ? We have our Under utilized minds, Our abilities, Our talents, Time. These are our possessions. This is really an immense amount of wealth that belongs to each of us. And it’s the investment of our wealth that will determine our rate of return.
And if you have days in which you find yourself depressed or confused, remember this comment by Dean Briggs
“Do your work. Not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishing’s sake – that little more which is worth all the rest. And if you suffer, as you must, and if you doubt, as you must, do your work. Put your heart into it, and the sky will clear. Then, out of your very doubt and suffering, will be born the supreme joy of life.”
There is nothing in the world can stop a plan backed by persistence and determination.
Treat yourself like a business
The amount of money we receive will always be in direct ratio to the demand for what we do, to our ability to do it, and to the difficulty of replacing us.
Improve vocabulary, learn words and how to use them. Say them loudly and precisely.
Work as though you would live forever; but live as though you would die tomorrow.
The best way for you to develop the security that lasts a lifetime is to become outstanding at one particular line of work.
When he was asked the formula for success, the great steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie, answered, Put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch the basket.
Do your best each day.
MY COMMITMENT TO MYSELF
I, ____, hereby commit to pursuing my goal of
Date & Signature ____
Analyze your worth as a one-person corporation in three of four critical areas of operation: research, production, and sales. Then write down ways in which you can improve in each of these areas.
1.How much money do you want? How much do you need to live in the way you want to live? There are three amounts of money that you should decide upon: (1) the yearly income you want to earn now or in the near future, (2) the amount of money you want to have in a savings and/or investment account, and (3) the amount you want as retirement income
Who in your line of work is now earning that amount of money? (If you know, you’ll have a good idea of what you’ll have to do to earn it.)
Continue to make plans for increasing your service to others, for making yourself more valuable. The money will follow!
1.Try the $25,000 idea in your life: Write the six most important things you have to do each day, then number them in their order of importance. Print out this sheet. Work on item number one until it is successfully completed. Then move on to number two, and so on. When you’ve finished with all six, repeat the process. 2. Make certain that the tasks you spend your time on are important ones — tasks that will move you ahead, steadily, toward your goal.