159. Pierre’s hunger feeds many.

Hunger comes in many forms and The Habit of Insatiable Hunger provides countless avenues for exploration.

The Habit of Insatiable Hunger is that driving sensation inside of us that keeps us seeking more and better ways to get what we want while never satisfying the pangs for even more.

The experts tell us that if we spend one hour per day reading and studying a particular topic, at the end of five years we will be in the top 1% of the world’s foremost authorities on that subject.

I know of one such person and would like to share his story with you.

Pierre is not his real name but it is the one he suggested I use when I called and asked permission to tell the story of how his insatiable hunger for knowledge led to the extraordinary success he enjoys today.

He is a private person, modest to a fault and while he has accumulated great wealth, his preference is to live a simple life and be known as a good man rather than a rich man.

His reason for asking me to use the name Pierre is because he knows if I print his real name he will be inundated with people wanting to learn his secret and potentially turn his private life into a very public one.

When Pierre was in his early 20s and working in a warehouse while trying to save enough money to go to school at night, he became fascinated with two things: math and the stock market.

He read every book he could find on those two subjects, subscribed to every publication available and spent hours each day trying to satisfy his insatiable hunger for knowledge of these two topics.

As his months of study turned into years, his confidence grew and he began investing in the stock market, using his new knowledge and skills to forecast patterns, identify trends and hone his timing so as to maximize the return on each trade.

Ever eager to learn more, he intensified his studies and broadened his investment practices and it didn’t take long before his initial investment of a few hundred dollars became several thousand and then exploded into many millions.

Pierre has never been attracted to the trappings of wealth and the only lifestyle change his newfound prosperity brought was to quit his job and devote his time to the study of his two favourite topics and to being an intelligent investor.

Today, some 40 years after his quest for knowledge began, Pierre is a philanthropist having donated – always anonymously – millions of dollars to worthy causes.

He is as committed as ever to The Habit of Insatiable Hunger and when his head is not buried in a book or wrapped around a math challenge that would stump most experts, he can be found volunteering his time as a math tutor and, so highly regarded are his capabilities, he is also a frequent guest “Professor” at local schools and universities.

Pierre attributes his success to his lifelong devotion to The Habit of Insatiable Hunger and believes with all his heart that a raging, unquenchable “fire in the belly” is as necessary for success as breathing is for life.

His dedication to constantly trying to quell the insatiable hunger has translated into thousands of lives being changed through his philanthropy and mentorship and he has passed these qualities to his children and grandchildren all of whom have adopted The Habit of Insatiable Hunger as their own.

A quest for knowledge is a gift from God and I have learned so much from this man whose life is governed by two extraordinary wishes; to keep learning and to keep helping others.

The Habit of Insatiable Hunger can enable all of us to become Pierres’.

And that would most assuredly make for a far better world.

Let’s make a habit of meeting like this.

P.S.

Finally, after months in the works, my company’s new website is up. Please take a moment and visit www.strategicpathways.net . Browse through this site and then click on the “Contact Us” tab or tellmemore@strategicpathways.net  and let me know what you think.

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Thank you.

 

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158. Fill up with hunger.

Today I would like to introduce The Habit of Insatiable Hunger for it is from this restless, disturbed and gnawing hunger that we draw the energy necessary to catapult ourselves from accomplishment to accomplishment as we pursue goals that, to the many seem unattainable and to the few – the truly hungry ones – are their raison d’être for getting up in the morning.

The Habit of Insatiable Hunger feeds our desire for more, keeps us as desperate for the next accomplishment as we were for our very first, and keeps, front and center in our minds, our need to keep hunting if we wish to keep eating.

Over the past few years we have used these pages to discuss more than 50 habits, each of which plays a key role in keeping us focused, encouraged, ready and prepared to meet head on those obstacles that inevitably will fall before us as we create exceptional lives and yet all of those habits will be for naught if we do not add The Habit of Insatiable Hunger to our habit palette and always keep it full enough to nourish us and empty enough to keep needing more.

It is said that the truly successful live in an “eat what you kill” world and these folks – these titans of success – are never satisfied, not because they can never attain enough but rather because the drive to satisfy their craving provides a thrill like no other.

Hunger can, of course, come in many forms. The Habit of Insatiable Hunger is far different from the hunger of desperation which can, at its extremes, cause sane, rational people to behave in a way that would lead others to conclude they have taken leave of their senses.

It has been long said that leaders are readers and those with a voracious appetite for knowledge and a burning yearning to apply newfound knowledge in ways that produce ever greater results will always outshine the rest.

Those who feel constantly driven by an insatiable hunger for more really do so not out of greed, but rather are driven to these heights by a relentless need to stretch themselves further and further and to never be satisfied because, to these folks, being satisfied is akin to drifting backwards.

Many of us have experienced setting goals for ourselves, lofty goals that cause our spines to tingle in anticipation, and yet often find ourselves falling short as one or more setbacks cause our enthusiasm to wane, our passion to diminish and our commitment to waiver.

If you, like me, identify with those types of experiences then adopting The Habit of Insatiable Hunger into out our practice is not just beneficial, it is essential

An insatiable hunger to succeed does not recognize failure as a stumbling block but rather as a challenge to learn from and then overcome.

A life devoted to The Habit of Insatiable Hunger is a life spent shattering records, discovering new frontiers, making the impossible possible, turning fantasy into reality and always pushing boundaries further into the unknown.

A life devoted to The Habit of Insatiable Hunger is not a life void of fear but is instead a life committed to action despite that fear.

In short, a life devoted to The Habit of Insatiable Hunger is a life filled with the rewards that come only to those who dare.

And who wouldn’t want a life like that?

Let’s make a habit of meeting like this.

P.S.

Finally, after months in the works, my company’s new website is up. Please take a moment and visit www.strategicpathways.net . Browse through this site and then click on the “Contact Us” tab or tellmemore@strategicpathways.net  and let me know what you think.

Your opinion truly means a lot to me.

Thank you.

157. Oh what a feeling.

If it is true that not finishing what we start is, by itself, the biggest reason why we so often fail to achieve our goals then, the question becomes, how do we adopt The Habit of Finishing What You Start when we have so conditioned and accustomed ourselves to the disappointment of not finishing, that each time we begin anew we do so with a diminished expectation of completion?

The Habit of Finishing What You Start is just that, a habit, defined by Dictionary.com as meaning, “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.”

The key word in that definition is “almost.” This allows us to understand that just because a behaviour has been regularly followed in the past does not mean we need follow it ever again.

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States famously stated, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

In those words lie the secret to adopting the power that resides within The Habit of Finishing What You Start for it is persistence that gets us out of bed when the challenges of the day seem insurmountable and it is persistence that pulls us back up on our feet when all we feel like doing is staying on the ground.

It is persistence that keeps us going against all odds and it is persistence that empowers us to ignore the well-intentioned who constantly tell us why it cannot be done.

The fear of failure has prevented many from ever leaving the starting gate for they fail to understand that there is no shame in failure and that the true test of the strength of our being is to embrace failure as a teacher that emboldens us to continue pressing forward until the goal we seek is in our hands.

Not finishing what we start is second only to not starting at all as an assured, guaranteed way of never failing and, as many of us have realized, the price of not finishing is often the crushing disappointment of shattered dreams.

The Habit of Finishing What You Start means making an unflinching promise to yourself that regardless of the hazards, hardships and hellish difficulties of the journey, you will stay the course until you reach your destination. Each time we fail to do this we are training ourselves to absorb giving up as an acceptable behaviour and the danger in doing this is that we will reach the point where we won’t even begin the journey because we will have convinced ourselves of its futility.

Those who have achieved great accomplishments have never done so by choosing to quit before their vision became a reality, and if you ever have a chance to speak with those who have accomplished great things they will invariably tell you that they did so because not finishing was never an option.

There is an important consideration to remember if you choose to make The Habit of Finishing What You Start an immovable part of your life. It is this: if you “try it for a while,” “dabble in it,” or “play at it,” you most assuredly will quit long before you finish.

The Habit of Finishing What You Start means being all in, committed, resolute, determined and hungry.

And if you are all of these you own the The Habit of Finishing What You Start because not finishing what you start will never enter your consciousness.

And there is no grander feeling than that of great accomplishment achieved despite blood, sweat and tears.

Let’s make a habit of meeting like this.

P.S.

Finally, after months in the works, my company’s new website is up. Please take a moment and visit www.strategicpathways.net . Browse through this site and then click on the “Contact Us” tab or tellmemore@strategicpathways.net  and let me know what you think.

 

Your opinion truly means a lot to me.

 

Thank you.

156. There’s no other way.

What can possibly be a stronger reason for explaining why we have not achieved our goals than to acknowledge that we simply failed to finish what we started?

We humans have remarkable capacity for justification and many of us have repeatedly rationalized to ourselves why we should not continue on a path to a goal, or how, if we simply set it aside for a few days, we will return to it with increased zest, or why it is quite all right to deviate (cheat) slightly from the plan now because we will definitely make it up later.

I am not suggesting that it is never okay, or appropriate, or the right thing to do to give up on our goals but I am absolutely convinced the primary reason why we do give up and therefore, go back to the very thing we are trying to move away from is because we have not strengthened our resolve to make The Habit of Finishing What You Start a non-removable part of our DNA.

Some may call it quitting, or failing, or not being willing to “suck it up,” or being weak, or laziness, or lack of ambition, or lack of focus or anything else you choose to call it.

The truth is simpler than that. Each and every time we embark on a new goal, only to find ourselves not reaching it, it is almost certainly because we started out with all good intention and then stopped.

 

After I introduced The Habit of Finishing What You Start in last week’s blog I received a scathing email from a reader telling me I have no idea what I’m talking about, accusing me of being insensitive and critical, and having no understanding of how difficult some goals are and made even more so by the everyday stresses of life.

I am always amused by those who have psychic and mind-reading abilities and can tell others what they know and don’t know and what they do and don’t understand.

These same folks often have remarkable attribution skills and are also able to tell others their motives for their behaviors as in, “you did that just to annoy me.”

Never for a second have I ever suggested that some goals are not extremely difficult to attain, nor have I ever implied that the pathway to those goals will not be filled with challenge, pain and struggle.

 

But what I do know is that the impetus for setting goals in the first place is principally because some portion of part of our lives is not providing us with what we want and achieving our goal will correct the imbalance.

In other words, there is something we wish to have added to or removed from our lives and while the challenge and pain and struggle of making that happen may appear quite overwhelming at times, it pales into insignificance when compared to years and years of repeated failed attempts.

For some the sense of repeated failures can become crushing to the point where they come to believe their goals can never be achieved and they quit trying.

An unpretentious habit, The Habit of Finishing What You Start is a mindset that disavows the option of quitting. It is an undeniable belief that screams “I only stop when it’s done.”

Adopt The Habit of Finishing What You Start, become The Habit of Finishing What You Start, benefit immensely from The Habit of Finishing What You Start.

If you start, finish: Life is simple.

Let’s make a habit of meeting like this.

P.S.

Finally, after months in the works, my company’s new website is up. Please take a moment and visit www.strategicpathways.net . Browse through this site and then click on the “Contact Us” tab or tellmemore@strategicpathways.net  and let me know what you think.

Your opinion truly means a lot to me.

Thank you.