Have you had breakfast with Fred? I’ve been greatly enjoying breakfast with Fred since a friend invited me.
Yesterday, Fred shared these thoughts on high impact people.
- Link their passion and their uniqueness. They understand that who they are and what they do well correlate.
- Minimize religion and maximize spirituality. They know that Christianity is about relationship, not ritual.
- Endure pain to win the gold. They have an answer to the Olympian’s question, “What do you do when you start hurting? High impact people keep going.
- Understand that discipline is not punishment. Correction signifies concern.
- Save, Invest, and then Speculate. They never invert the financial pyramid and never go to Las Vegas with the meal money.
- Control their time. They don’t expect others to spend their time any more than they expect others to spend their money. They understand the power of dramatic moments.
- Focus. They understand that bigger game is brought down with a rifle, not a shotgun.
- Are energetic. They have discovered the power of creative energy — its source and uses.
- Balance their lives. They stay out of the rat race and off rabbit trails. They integrate all the spokes of their life wheel, so the ride isn’t rocky.
- Nurture their curiosity. They see the magic of life and want to know why.
- Take calculated risks. They put the odds in their favor. They would rather own the slot machines in Las Vegas, rather than playing them.
- Capture the concept of plateauing. They know the rules of growing, assimilating, and growing again. They know when you grow too fast, holes occur.
- Keep stress vertical. They know that vertical stress is positive while horizontal stress causes distress.
- Have and use a sense of humor. They appreciate the fact that “what you cry about today, you will laugh about tomorrow.”
- Don’t take destructive action. They may “think it,” but don’t do it.
- Anticipate. They don’t like and work against surprises. They know how to go “where the puck will be, not where it is” as Gretzky said.
- Work with cause and effect. They understand the principles of sowing and reaping.
- Operate and articulate the meaning of life. They have clear internal dialogue that is purposeful and intentional. They know what real life isn’t about wealth and fame.
- Have emotional control. They have a broad repertoire of emotions and know how to use them. They have a disciplined imagination, are courageous, and eliminate the negative. John Wayne said, “Courage is being sacred to death and still saddling up.”
- Choose their attitude. They adopt Frankl’s observation that attitude can be controlled even when circumstances cannot.
[Adapted from Breakfast with Fred daily newsletter, April 1, 2008.]
Hey Keith – you beat me to posting this! I loved this article. What a good reminder. The very last point refers to Victor Frankl. Have you read his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning?’ He’s a holocaust survivor and it details how he choose joy and saw that the people who did that were more likely to survive. You’re welcome to borrow my copy if you like.
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