Action Principles

How Americans Get Rich
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Table of Contents
1. Set Goals......................................................................6 2. Divide and Conquer ...................................................7 3. Write A Personal Mission Statement ..........................8 4. Follow Through ..........................................................9 5. Embrace the Hard Work...........................................10 6. Don’t Complicate Matters .........................................11 7. Commit to Never Ending Improvement..................12 8. Be Frugal ...................................................................13 9. Make Today Special..................................................14 10. Record Your Thoughts..............................................15 11. Persist to Win ............................................................16 12. In Business, All Are Not Equal ................................17 13. Risk Failure ................................................................18 14. Get Tough..................................................................19 15. Be the Valued Employee ..........................................20 16. Find Another Job.......................................................21 17. The Wide World of Business ...................................22 18. Stop Wasting Time ....................................................23 19. Spread Your Enthusiasm...........................................24 20. Applaud the Beginner ..............................................25 21. Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Reliance....................26 22. Lead by Example ......................................................27 23. Control Conflict .........................................................28 24. Listen to Your Instincts .............................................29 25. Keep Pushing ............................................................30 26. Style and Attitude and Work Matter ........................31 27. Donald J. Trump: Get Tough ...................................32 28. Buying and Selling Businesses.................................33 29. Be Proud....................................................................34 30. Be Decisive................................................................35 31. Three Rules for Business Success............................36

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32. Embody Integrity.......................................................37 33. Stay Centered.............................................................38 34. Love Many Things.....................................................39 35. Forget Everybody ......................................................40 36. Maintain Your Presence............................................41 37. The Business Doesn’t Matter....................................42 38. Appreciate Your Appeal ...........................................43 39. Develop Your Sense of Humor................................44 40. Create a Winning Team............................................45 41. Show Loyalty .............................................................46 42. Advance Your Career................................................47 43. How to Delegate.......................................................48 44. How to Manage Projects ..........................................49 45. Develop Your Special Talent....................................50 46. Copy Success.............................................................51 47. Develop Winning Habits ..........................................52 48. Salespeople Rule .......................................................53 49. Accept Hard Work ....................................................54 50. The Boss is The Rainmaker .....................................55 51. Communicate with Ease ...........................................56 52. Helping Troubled Employees ..................................57 53. Imitation before Innovation .....................................58 54. How to Choose a Partner.........................................59 55. Invest In Your Future................................................60 56. Retire Early ................................................................61 57. Have Faith .................................................................62 58. Your Core Values ......................................................63 59. How to Build a Team...............................................64 60. Look in the Mirror.....................................................65 61. Imagine ......................................................................66 62. Hold Sacred ...............................................................67 63. Focus on Your Strengths ..........................................68 64. Understand Courage .................................................69 65. Sandra Day O’Connor: Aim High ............................70 66. Run the Short and Long Roads................................71

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......................................................................103 99. Raise Your Prices.............99 95.101 97. Advertising Basics ..................87 83.............84 80............. Become an Action Principles® Champion......................83 79................................................ Read.............................................72 68...............95 91............. Your One Life .....................................................................................85 81..........................91 87...... A Few Important Words .. Read....67........................... Go for the BIG Fish..................94 90...........................79 75............................... Invest in Commercial Property .................................93 89....................... Appreciate Your Customer ...................................................... Start a Business Now................................................90 86.............................................. Hire Slowly...... Magnify Your Effectiveness .............................................. The Example of Wal-Mart ................... Deal With It..............................104 100....................... Do What You Love Doing. Build Networks ......... Start Your Revolution........... Act With Boldness........ Supervise ...................92 88....................89 85..........................................................................................................78 74...... Go Green ..............105 4 ...... Ask a Lot of Questions.............................................................................96 92...........75 71........... Be Open to New Ideas ...........81 77................ Read Biographies...................................97 93.74 70................................................................76 72.................................102 98..............100 96...................... Embrace Technology ...... The Typical American Millionaire............................... Heed the Warnings ....................... Close the Door on Regrets......... Jack Welch: Self-Confidence .....86 82.............. Learn............................98 94............ Read.. Aim for the One Percent ......................82 78......... American Business Slogans..... Write Your Elevator Pitch ..............73 69.......................80 76..................77 73....................88 84...... Fire Quickly ......................... Thank Your Ancestors ....................................

How Americans Get Rich As you read How Americans Get Rich. Follow the Action Principles and these How Americans Get Rich principles.com 5 . They make money and they invest. always improving. You can do this. You can have a prosperous life and make a difference in your community. work hard. Appreciation and respect will be yours. you don’t need luck. Watch my free instructional videos. You can do this. They charge a fair price. They keep their businesses moving forward. in Hanoi or Havana or Halifax. If you are an Action Principles® Champion. usually in real estate. I will be honored to be your teacher. you realize that what successful people have done and are doing in America. I will not wish you good luck. learn from your mistakes and persist. Write down your goals. They build repeat business from a satisfied customer base. They copy the leaders in their industries. you can do wherever you live. spiritual person of action. a tough. thoughtful. Bill FitzPatrick • Bill FitzPatrick. There have been self-made successful people from every era of history and from every country. They offer a product that people want to buy.

is where you’ll go. 1 6 . so don’t be shy. Dream big. These are your goals. Set a goal right now to rise above the average and live an extraordinary life. What you plan. hoping that this single investment will ensure a comfortable retirement. Write it down. Plan to do what the average person has done once and do it again and again until you become a millionaire. Commit your mind and actions to do what it will take to succeed. You need the time and the resources to develop your individual potential and special talent. Average people watch twenty hours of television each week.Set Goals You have one life. Plan for it. Average people buy one house. Set a goal to watch ten hours and use the other ten hours more constructively. Average people work forty hours a week. Set a goal of working 20% more. or don’t plan. working fifty hours and using the extra income to invest.

with your feet firmly planted on the ground. This is good. You react with an understanding smile when a child spills a milkshake. many of the goals you set will seem ambitious. You become the irreplaceable employee. You want to own several McDonald’s franchises. you invest in a second and third and fourth store. Then. You become a shift supervisor and then assistant manager and then manager. You pick up litter in the parking lot. You learn the fast food business from the ground floor up and inside and out. divide your journey into short trips. You mop floors. Take your goal and divide it into meaningful. Reach for the stars. You get a job at McDonald’s. realistic. Now. You are known and liked by the national corporation. make your plans. You willingly work extra hours. You network with other store managers and store owners. 7 2 . On the road to your future.Divide and Conquer Initially. achievable objectives. You start by owning one. You volunteer to do the jobs that average employees avoid. You confidently borrow the money to buy your first store. clean rest rooms and empty grease traps.

You are admired and respected. stop to think about who you were. spiritual person of action. Keep writing and refining and living. Others are proud to call you friend. you can simply write a page or a paragraph. While average people are idle. Every day. You can keep a diary or scrapbook. to your office. Some lucky few are able to call you parent or boss. You are prosperous.Write a Personal Mission Statement There is an ideal you. thoughtful. 3 8 . Be the confident. What mistakes did you make? What slights did you commit? Are you enjoying your days? Did you stop long enjoy to savor your tea? Did you stop to smell the rose? Did you see the children laughing? You can describe the ideal you. Or. You are a tough. ideal you. who you are now and the ideal you. You have much and are able to share often. Everything about you spells success from your home and your car. you pursue your ideal.

It is appreciating and respecting your customer. It is the contractor who cleans up. It is always performing above and beyond expectations. but every night. It is the car salesperson or the real estate agent who doesn’t treat you like a one time opportunity but as a lifetime customer. It is the florist who calls the week after the wedding. It is making the customer feel special and important. It is the restaurant manager who visits every table after every meal. It is the wow factor. It is doing the optional. It is bettering the standard. not just at the end of a job.Follow Through Follow through is the secret weapon of the highly successful businessperson. It is openly and honestly talking with a customer who has a problem and doing your best to correct it. 4 9 .

clean-up. Often. You excel by working hard at the harder aspects of your job. Many average workers are clock watchers. 5 10 . you give yourself a competitive advantage over average workers. your bosses will acknowledge. solving customer complaints and soliciting new business. encouraging an individual to personal excellence. Think followup. If you are working for the right company. some see it as a comfortable meeting place where friends co-mingle in a commercial environment. the workplace is not a proving ground. appreciate and reward your hard work. dealing with problem employees.Embrace the Hard Work You excel by not being an average worker. They are focused on avoiding criticism while waiting for their next paycheck. Rather. What the average worker avoids. The business becomes incidental to the social. If you actually concentrate on working while you are at work. you embrace.

There are those who talk accomplishment. they can find excuses for inaction. Following The Action Principles®. You find knowledgeable teachers and mentors. 6 11 . you think. You offer a quality product at a fair price. Average people buy one house in the hope of a comfortable retirement. You appreciate your customers. you plan and you act. Becoming financially independent is not complicated. pay off your debts. You research. You find a way. learn and accomplish. What others have done. You don’t sit around sharing ignorance with your friends. You identity the leaders in your industry and you do what they are doing. spiritual person of action. and create a family financial empire. There are those who listen. thoughtful.Don’t Complicate Matters Average people often complicate business matters because within those complications. Running a business is not complicated. you are a tough. You buy six properties. You listen. you can do.

After the novelty wears off. Suddenly updating the website is no longer a priority. 12 7 . It gets easy to overlook the smudges on outgoing correspondence.Commit to Never Ending Improvement It’s fun and exciting to plan and open a business but after a few months. average people quit and settle for mediocrity. You allow discontent among staff to fester. Ownership and management responsibilities are demanding. Perhaps several vendors should not have been so highly recommended. It’s seems a small fact that the flowers in the beds outside the office are dead. If you need to find new suppliers and new employees and new ways to promote your products or services. you are responsible for the energetic or toxic atmosphere in your workplace. For the extraordinary. You can’t yawn and shrug your shoulders. You are the boss. some customer interest will wane. With the slow creep of discouragement. second rate and quitting are not options. You maintain the standards. To keep to a steady course and strive toward excellence. you do that. Through your example. you may have to make improvements again and again. You attend to the details. reality starts to kick in. You don’t turn a blind eye to anything. Maybe the work ethics of some recruited staff do not match expectations.

You can eat in the company cafeteria. You make money by generating revenue and by looking for ways to reduce the unnecessary. Get everyone involved. Give yourself a day or two to consider the purchase and if you can still justify the item. You can fly coach. Don’t be impulsive. An effective manager sets the example for employees. Everyone should be engaged in looking for ways to cut costs and rewarded for sharing their suggestions. Corporate frugality is a team effort. You don’t need a private bathroom or reserved parking space. No one likes a cheap person. 8 13 . You see litter and you pick it up.Be Frugal Employees understand that your company is in business to make money. Think before you make major corporate purchases. then buy it knowing that you will use it. Everyone will accept a leader who sacrifices along with the troops for the good of all concerned. especially frivolity and waste.

You must never allow yourself to fall into a depressing rut of sameness. Life doesn’t just happen to you. If you want to generate additional business. You embrace hard work. you follow up with your old clients and make the effort to reconnect. today you will watch your diet and take a short walk. At the end of every day. If you have been neglecting your health. just do it.Make T oday Special You list and tackle your responsibilities head on. If you have been putting off making personnel changes. You have planned to make today and every day special. bring a rose home for the wife and a movie for the kids. you sleep well with a feeling of accomplishment. If an employee has done an exceptional job. You make yourself tough by doing something that is personally difficult for you to do. Every day. make the small effort to publicly praise him or her. Order pizza for the office. you choose a new challenge for yourself. 9 14 .

Circle. you are probably still thinking about business. Your mind is focused on improving your business. Take some notes. You can’t help it. highlight. Have your paper and pen and pencil and marker available. When you aren’t at your desk working. What catches your eye? Is it the layout of an ad or a retail floor plan or a combination of words or colors? Is it a new piece of equipment or a website? What do you see that is efficient or smart or high tech? Record your thoughts You aren’t just a person of action. You are a thinking person of action. It is who you are.Record Your Thoughts You will have lots of ideas. Review your notes. underline. cross out and expand your thinking. Make a habit of writing them down. You are focused on success. You are exceptional. 10 15 . You are always alert and aware and your subconscious mind is always churning out new ideas and new possibilities for increasing income or decreasing expenses.

with patience and honest hard work. there is no doubt. After six miles you are tired. you are in pain. To walk ten miles. Of this. Take a deep breath. give up. Either way. you win. Get good. 16 11 . Any particular day may be tough and demand your best effort and concentration. You will never give up. However. You face a pile of papers on your desk. Or.Persist to Win You will be successful. Winners persevere and take another step. You have twenty emails to answer. suck it up and do it. It will never be over until you say that it is over. You make the first call. but you take another step. the rewards of persistence will burst forth or slowly emerge. You pick up the first paper and deal with it. Do it knowing that what you are about to do may advance your cause only slightly or have no effect at all. you take another step. After eight miles. You pick up the next paper. It would be easy to find an excuse to stop and few average people would blame you. You respond to the first email. You want to make ten cold calls today. you take a step and then a step. Be good. Keep trying.

20. Then. They are ambitious. They are moving forward. there is the top twenty percent of pro-active achievers. They are risk averse. They spend what they make and have little if anything saved for investment. It is difficult for them to concentrate on doing their jobs.In Business. you will find that workers are divided into three categories: 10. quits or dies. Their performance is marginal at best. in all countries and throughout all of history. 70. These are self-reliant people capable of decisive action. They are the corporate leaders and successful entrepreneurs. Through their own fault or no fault of their own. ten percent of workers are self-absorbed by their own nonwork related problems. 17 12 . They work hard enough to not get fired. They are in control. Seventy percent of people are average. plan and act. study. They dare and attempt and sometimes fail and learn and try again. All Are Not Equal In business. They research. They are content to be promoted when someone in front of them is fired. reactive and let circumstance and events shape their futures.

Take the risk. It isn’t always easy to try new things without proven guarantees. Find another job or start your own business You are alert and aware to opportunities. You love your job. They delude themselves into believing that big companies will always be there to protect them. the average majority would do it. Make an offer to buy the company. 18 13 . Get out now. often. They will cling to the perceived safety of the status quo. Your suggestions for corrective action are ignored.Risk Failure Average people are risk averse. Take the risk. many have learned otherwise. Sadly. to face the unknown. Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone may be difficult but it can also be exhilarating and profitable. The extraordinary person accepts the fact that the real economic protection for themselves. You don’t ignore the warning signs. Your boss at the flower shop announces that she will be retiring and selling the business. You are alert and aware to problems. Research. plan and then take the risk. Sales are dropping. everybody. their families and their futures lies in their self-reliance and. If it were easy. their willingness to change. You are working for a poorly performing company.

This is the wall. The world of business is not waiting anxiously for your amazing personal contribution. Get tough. Pay the price. You will lose a big deal. The time to prove yourself is at hand. 14 19 . clients or patients will switch to your competitors. Without whining. Climb over the wall. You need to climb over it. Others have gotten over that wall and you can learn from them. yes. This is the price that you are being asked to pay. And. Partners and employees may disappoint you. second guessing or complaining. You will introduce products or services that will fall flat and cost you time and money. customers. You are being tested. For no good reason.Get Tough On your way to extraordinary. Push over because all self-made successful people have been there. suck it up and do what you know you have to do to succeed in business. there will be other walls blocking your path. get ready and get tough. you might be passed over for promotion. You have hit the wall. You may bang your knees and skin your knuckles. So.

First. but for there to be growth. but also as it could and should be. Since you seek growth. Can you change your day and spend more time with your family? Can you change your standard lunch routine and take a walk? Can you volunteer to coach and mentor those behind you who are just learning the game? What are the possible consequences of not changing? Realize that many people don’t make plans because they don’t want to risk any change. You seek the changes necessary to reach the better you so that you can play your part in being a better sportsperson and role model. you change yourself. but then you will be a small person. there must be change. Doing little with your life is much easier and safer than taking risks.Be the Valued Employee The status quo may be comforting. You must see yourself and your environment not only as it is. you must seek change. 15 20 . Instead. seek the changes which will allow you to be all that you can be as an athlete and a person.

benefits and perks offered by another company. being an extraordinary worker. appreciated and rewarded You and the boss’s son are vying for the same promotion The atmosphere is chaotic. tense and always in crisis mode The economic outlook for your industry is poor Upper management is jumping ship The company is not continually upgrading and investing back Of course. a superstar. you may be highly recruited and can’t resist the pay. Go for it. 16 21 .Find Another Job It may be time to look for a new job if: Your current job lacks challenges and is boring Your co-workers aren’t achievement oriented The company isn’t ethical The quality of your products or services is declining Your extra effort is not recognized.

you will have a positive response. We may be different in very small ways but. in Nairobi. this is what I believe. the apartment building owner who insists on a high standard of maintenance will have her units filled with happy tenants. Yes. 22 17 . in Lima. as humans.” Yes. as you read The Action Principles® and the How Americans Get Rich tips. we are remarkably the same with the same fears and dreams and aspirations. in Hanoi. the salesperson who follows up with customers to be sure that the product has met their expectations is successful. Yes. “yes. Yes.The Wide World of Business From anywhere in the world. You will be able to think. in Sydney. the real estate agent who patiently shows a young couple twenty houses and then another twenty houses is likely to sell them a home. To think otherwise is a mistake. the shopkeeper who offers quality goods and appreciates his customers is successful.

delegate or to say “No” Procrastination Inattention or dozing off In the short run the time wasters may seem like they are beating the system. Time wasted is gone forever. However. motivation or interest Socializing during work time Personal business on the Internet Inability to make decisions. 23 18 .Stop Wasting Time As a business executive. you appreciate the value of time. as well as to root out the do-nothings and the perfectionists. Focused hard work is the honorable path and the sure path to success. you should be aware of the following time wasters: Not planning or prioritizing tasks Misaligned priorities Mistakes Perfectionism Equipment failure Not listening or ignoring instructions Pointless meetings Lack of self-discipline. time waster have few friends except each other and no respect. To improve your own efficiency and that of your valued staff.

a zest for life and a positive mental attitude fill you with energy. You are going to start believing in your own wonderful financial future. support and spread your enthusiasm. optimism. After your twenty minutes of quiet time each day. something wonderful is going to happen. when you see and believe all that you can do. This is all good. You will know that the only thing that stands between you and the accomplishment of your goals is a bit of time. Now. Smile. Enthusiasm. passion. 24 19 . You really are going to be appreciated and respected. encourage. give.Spread Your Enthusiasm After a few months of reading your Action Principle® and How Americans Get Rich tip every day. You really are going to be surrounded by wonderful family and friends. Show them the potential that they have to live full lives of prosperity and peace. You really are going to be financially independent. motivation. it is much easier to reach out and help others. you will feel recharged and ready to take on the challenges on your road to success. This is really going to happen.

Your job as a business leader is to recognize potential. A beginner makes a rookie mistake. that beginner was us. Every self-made. frustrated and more interested in making excuses than making amends? Remember. Who is a good listener? Who appears to learn quickly? Who shows talent? Who volunteers? Who could you stand to work with all day? Who is a younger version of you? This is the beginner to nurture and applaud.Applaud the Beginner Beginners make lots of mistakes. 20 25 . it would be difficult or impossible to change this type of person. How does the beginner react to your correction? Does he act defensively? Is he angry. And. They can look ridiculous and they can be annoyingly frustrating. successful person has had his or her own beginning. at one time.

If you are standing still. you may get passed by or even run over. The Internet is changing everything. Economies are globalizing. 21 26 . You may be saved by the action of others. Take responsibility for your own career. Open your eyes and your ears. Alert and aware. where it is headed and how you can profitably find your place. Give yourself the gift of self-reliance and you won’t be taken for granted. What are the best in your business thinking and doing? These leaders are writing and speaking and you should be reading and listening. Get involved and you may put yourself ahead of the curve rather than find yourself dragged along behind it.Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Reliance Change happens. it is naïve to believe anything except that you work for youself. In the real world of business. prepare yourself. Be prepared. You must know your industry. You may not.

Lead by Example If all you do is talk. Get to know your employees. you’ve earned the right to be taken seriously. As a teacher. coach or manager. Show how it’s done. This is how a leader acts. when you’ve been in the trenches. Sometimes. counselor. ask for their ideas and understand their concerns. You are a veteran and carry the status necessary to command. 22 27 . Lead by example. walked the talk. employees are apt to dismiss your wisdom or completely ignore you. it is important to walk the factory floor and get out into the field. gotten a little banged and bruised yourself. You don’t hide in your office. All your motivational slogans and rallying cries will go for nothing.

Release the stress from your feet. arms. In the workplace. you may be subject to those who gossip. Since you are ambitious. trunk. neck and your head. You may not always like what is happening but this too will pass. legs. seeing in you what they were unable or unwilling to do. your employees and your family. cut corners and take unfair advantage. hands. Is the conflict personal or permanent? You don’t want to get bogged down by pettiness.Control Conflict Welcome to modern living. You do this for yourself. Breathe deeply and let it go. the rock in the middle of stream allowing everyday frustrations and stress to wash by you. Relax. some may be jealous of your progress and ultimate success. the crude and the obnoxious. 28 23 . release the pressure and consider your options. your contribution may be unappreciated and you may suffer disrespect. Your first instinct is to retaliate but never retaliate in anger. At any time you may encounter the rude. At home. What would be your best course of action to defuse the situation so that you can move forward? You must be the example.

24 29 . While others are skeptical and hesitant. You drive by an old building and you immediately see this building transformed into your next successful business location.Listen to Your Instincts As your knowledge base grows. you instinctively know what will work and what won’t. When a customer has a problem. You know this is a bad idea. then go ahead and do it. You observe an enthusiastic young woman working at your local coffee shop. If you do feel it. Odds are. You don’t have to call a committee meeting before you take action. you know it will work. she finds chores to do. She is a good worker. know it. Do not hire him. Many times you don’t have to do lot of soul searching. You know what to do. There may be family pressure to hire your troubled bother-in-law. You are a business person and not a social worker. You make her an offer to work for your company. Find some other way to help him. You feel it in your gut. You get the facts. you’ll be right. she smiles and solves the problem. When business is slow.

the rewards for success wouldn’t be as pleasant. You may take a few lumps as you move along the learning curve. You may not succeed immediately. If ten customers tell you no. Yet. Because you validate their own inaction. Average people don’t want to push or be pushed. You are that somebody willing to take the risk of starting a business. If you want to take the easy road. you ask another ten. average people will agree with your choice to delay or avoid. You put your name forward for that raise or promotion. it is persistent effort that separates winners from losers. you will find many to support your reasoning. If it were easy. If it were easy. 25 30 . you gain strength. They are content with the sameness of today being like yesterday. Understand that no one wants to face rejection again and again. and you still believe. However.Keep Pushing To push yourself beyond your comfort level is a must as you travel up the ladder of success. with each challenge faced. everyone would do it.

Style and Attitude and Work Matter Following The Action Principles . They always have. 31 . It is a style and an attitude. It is having a goal and working passionately toward that goal. you can be a waiter ® 26 or a taxi driver or a shop keeper or a contractor or a commissioned salesperson and achieve financial independence by working hard and investing. The ambitious young office cleaner with a plan to building a building maintenance company is a much better prospect for financial and personal success than the depressed middle age lawyer whose office he is cleaning. An exceptional man or woman will succeed at any business any where. Stand tall. They always will. smile and get busy. The man of confidence wearing a two hundred dollar suit will look much better than the slouching weakling in the two thousand dollar suit.

In business. Trump For a nation. “No. even when they are under attack. toughness means playing by the rules but also putting those rules to work for you. It is looking at an adversary across the desk and saying. meeting and solving problems head-on. It is being who you really are. drive. and the courage to follow through on things you believe in. even when society wants you to be somebody else. It is solving problems instead of letting them fester. while keeping the big picture in mind at all times. Donald J.27 Donald J. toughness means avoiding complacency. simply. Toughness is knowing how to be a gracious winner … and rebounding quickly when you lose. commitment. Trump Businessman Get T ough Toughness is pride.” 32 .

Buying and Selling Businesses You don’t have to crush your competitors. you probably aren’t going to be working forever. When you are known as a capable. Not always. In business and in life. This is the plan. to sell your business to your competitor. there may be opportunities to share ideas and ways to combine your strengths for mutual benefit. these opportunities do materialize. You may wish to retire early and have the time and the resources necessary to fully develop your special talents to better the world. honest and respectful businessperson. it may be advantageous for you to acquire your competitor’s business or. Since there are economies to be gained from greater size. if you are following The Action Principles® philosophy of self-improvement and service to others. 33 28 . successful businesspeople are always thinking about investing and divesting. Perhaps on your path to wealth. but at times. Since there is usually enough new and underserved business to go around. the odds are that you can peacefully co-exist with others in your industry. at some point.

You are ambitious and goal oriented. you have more because you do more when more is needed. often working just hard enough to not get fired. You are a leader in your industry. You delay gratification and invest. You set the bar high for yourself and you expect the same from your workers. dynamic work environment. You study and work hard. Many employees can’t stand the pressure of working in a competitive. You are a volunteer who is generous with your time and resources. Take joy in doing an exceptional job. You are a listener. You employ a staff that wants more than being ordinary and they expect and receive above average compensation. 34 29 . These average employees. You are a demanding employer. Be proud of who you are for good reasons. There is no secret to your success. can find employment elsewhere. perpetually waiting for the next paycheck. Be proud of yourself and your company or keep changing until you are.Be Proud You exercise and watch what you eat and how you dress and how you treat others.

30 35 . When a dangerous job has to be done quickly. No one is going to come up to you and hand you a bag of money.Be Decisive The United States Marines are a rapid deployment force. Don’t over analyze. Take action. They have to be adaptable and decisive. you have to train every day to be prepared to meet the challenges of the marketplace. Don’t procrastinate. the generals frequently call them. The Marines have to be ready to fight anywhere under any conditions. You can become a perfectionist. You have to plan and take decisive action. In combat. you can’t plan for every possible eventuality. Do what needs to be done and get it done. you’ve got to take action and adapt to the environment and the circumstances as you find them. Marine battle planners look for a seventy percent advantage and then they go. go. go. They train every day to face all types of scenarios. In business.

Or. Don’t fool yourself. Appreciate your customer. You can search the world for hidden secrets. Find the leaders in your industry and do what they are doing.Three Rules for Business Success You can spend years in business school studying complicated economic theories. If possible. You can do more. Very simply. as an alert and aware consumer. Ask for more business. make them your mentors. Say thank you. Offer a quality product or service that the market demands at a fair price. Copy success. 2. There are three simple rules required of all successful businesses: 1. you already know what characteristics make a business successful. 3. Simply start and continue to do what you know you should be doing. you can start a business and get to work. You do not need to do more. 31 36 .

You can decide to set the standard for your industry and maintain your core values. many will relish your demise. In the short run.Embody Integrity You can take advantage of customers who aren’t knowledgeable or particularly sophisticated. Eventually. You know the right thing to do. Your word and your handshake should mean everything. You can recommend unnecessary services. You will be rich but reviled. 32 37 . others will have noticed your duplicity and may plot against you. It is much better to be a serious person who takes his business seriously. You can be deceptive in your advertising. you may think that taking advantage is an advantage. In the long run. It is much better to live by a code of honor and core values. You can feel good about who you are and how you earn a living. You can cut corners on your products.

At times. Whether that’s playing golf or sailing or lying on the beach or gardening or doing nothing. your natural inclination will be to try to do more. there will always be demands on your time from competing interests.Stay Centered As a successful person. 33 38 . All those forced to be around you will suffer. However. put away the cell phone and just retreat to where you can find your own way to relax. forget the email. Your health will be affected. You need days off and you need vacation time. As a successful person.” If you are overworked. you’ll need to leave work alone. your efficiency and productivity will diminish. Naps aren’t only for children and meditation isn’t only for monks. “no. do it. Find your calm center where you can recharge your batteries. The work and the problems and the opportunities will all be there tomorrow. there comes a point when enough is enough and when you must save yourself and say. need sleep and are stressed and angry.

You can love the feeling of power that self-reliance gives you. You can love the high standard of living resulting from your hard work. You are in control. you can find a lot to love. You can love the challenge of creating and building your business. benefiting the local economy and community while allowing your workers their chance to live happy and productive lives. 34 39 . You can love the opportunity to be a leader to your employees and a positive example for those in your industry. You can love that you are providing good jobs. laying a smoother road for your heirs to follow.Love Many Things Being a successful businessperson. develop your special talents and build a solid financial estate. You can love the feeling of pride that comes from offering a quality product or service to your valued customers. You can make the choice to take early retirement. But. success in business can mean more than money.

many with little or no interest in your product or service through traditional mass media advertising. Not all employees are created equal. Start the buzz. Some bring to the workplace personal issues far beyond your control to correct. Introduce yourself and company to the individual websites and blogs and reporters with a specific interest in your field. Find ways for those with influence to sample your product and talk about it. newspapers. you might be much more effective by finding online niche markets. All customers are not always right. You can never be all things to all customers. Sometimes you have to make personnel changes. magazines and television. 35 40 . Some have unreasonable expectations. Sometimes your better course is severing ties with a perpetually disgruntled customer and finding a new one. You are in business to make money.Forget Everybody Rather than trying to reach everybody. You are in business to make money.

open minded and a good listener. You work hard and you appreciate those around you: employees. You have studied your business inside and out. You act naturally and relaxed. 36 41 . You are a proud example of a leader. hands and steady eyes matched with a gentle smile.Maintain Your Presence You are a successful business person with a nice house. car. vendors and your customers. Praise or criticism does not affect you because you know who you are. You are curious. it is not the trappings of accomplishment and wealth that will bring you respect. You have strong quiet. You willingly share your enthusiasm and good fortune. However. You are like a steel bar wrapped in cotton. You have nothing to prove or defend. clothes and jewelry. You have diplomas and awards. It is your confident presence that says that you belong where you are.

The business doesn’t matter but your style and attitude do matter. The motivated cab driver in Caracas will make more money than the lazy lawyer in Caracas. The moral is that if the business doesn’t matter you should choose something that you love doing. 37 42 . There are five thousand different types of businesses and people have gotten rich from all of them.The Business Doesn’t Matter The business that you choose doesn’t matter. With The Action Principles® and the three simple rules of business as your guides. There are wealthy lawyers in Cleveland and prosperous sports therapists in Moscow. You can sell wine in Buenos Aires or tires in Nairobi or arrange lunch dates in Yokohama. you will soar far above the average. When you love your work. work doesn’t seem like work.

Appreciate Your Appeal
Likeability is an important business asset. Consumers have a choice to whom to give their money. Let them give you their money because they like you. As much as possible, learn your customers’ names and use their names when you see them. Greet them with a smile and a warm handshake. All of your customers should be continually reminded that you appreciate their business whether that’s selling pizza, fixing their car, selling their homes or teaching them yoga. Always, follow up. Your appeal pays dividends. Satisfied customers know you, trust you and are the easiest to sell additional products and services. Satisfied customers are also your best source for testimonials and referrals. Be charismatic. Appreciate your appeal. Enjoy the profits.

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Business is serious. You need to make money to pay your bills and for investment. If you have employees, you are obligated to stay financially solvent for them as well as yourself. What’s funny about this? Probably a lot. You will experience weird customer requests, orders that are completely bungled and misinterpreted directions. There are times when all you can do is throw your hands up in the air and have a good laugh. And, sometimes good humor is the best method for getting everyone back on track. It’s great when the boss knows how to take a joke on himself. Together as a team, you work very hard to get an important job done. When you are finished, you exhale in relief, let the tension go, feel good and you want to laugh. This is the basis of camaraderie. Everybody should go for a meal together to celebrate. There are times to be serious and there are times when you can lighten up. Let’s not fool around here. Well, maybe just a little. 44

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Create a Winning T eam
You can do a lot by yourself but much more by assembling a winning team. Start by being the example. Be ready to work harder than anyone else. Accept that all people have strengths and weaknesses. Understand that talent comes in all shapes, sizes, races, religions, and both sexes. Be aware. You are always looking for talented, enthusiRoss Perot astic people to hire. Surround yourself with people who accept challenges and aren't afraid to carry more than their own weight. Seek people who are smart, tough, self-reliant and who hate to lose. Look for people who were achievers since childhood.
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Most consumers are not natural risk takers and will remain loyal to brands that consistently deliver a quality product or service. With good news or bad. It is much more cost and time effective to retain loyal employees than constantly hiring and training new employees. you have to give it first. To get it. Loyalty is a two way street. Let employees know that you appreciate their efforts. 41 46 . Make everyone feel that they are a part of an important team doing honest work. keep them informed and in the loop. You need your core of loyal veteran workers to set the example and lead the way for new hires. It is easier to sell to a loyal repeat customer than to try to sell to someone new. Reward them.Show Loyalty Build employee loyalty through fair dealing. It is much more cost and time effective to keep existing customers satisfied than to search constantly for new business. Thank them.

You are alert and aware. such as: executives. Listen. 47 42 . politicians. This is how you’ll get ahead. you know what it will take to reach the next leadership level of responsibility and income. Self-promotion is a good thing. You don’t sit still and hope that some lucky opportunity will befall you. blogs and journals. You are hard working and opportunistic. From your research. teachers. You can take courses and join and participate in trade associations. and thank them. vendors. You have your goals and objectives and to-do lists. Seek their counsel and ask for their help. you can read business books. partners. You know who you are and where you are going. Always be on the lookout for people who can advance your career.Advance Your Career You are a self-reliant. Let your bosses know that you aspire to greater things. consultants. You have identified the leaders in your industry and you know what they are doing. take-charge person on a mission to build your career. clerics. Good things will happen because you make them happen. investors and other businesspeople. financiers. To get ahead.

Be sure the employee understands the requirements and due date.How to Delegate You can get more done with others’ help. Match the right person to the right task. 43 48 . You also delegate tasks that employees can do better than you. which means learning how to delegate assignments. This will help you to concentrate on what you do best and allows you to think. plan and improve organizational efficiency. Establish a realistic completion time. You assign tasks that are cost and time effective for others to do for you. Say thank you. Precisely explain your expectations for the task. Encourage feedback if problems arise. follow up. Ask the employee to assume responsibility for the task. Periodically.

How to Manage Projects Unaccomplished people are aimlessly content to watch their lives drift by. You have specific projects to manage and complete as you steadily progress along the path to your ultimate career success. 44 49 . you will be on the road to project success. For each specific project. ask yourself these questions: Exactly what has to be done? How important is completion to me and/or the company? Who is responsible for completion of the project? Is there a start date or a deadline? What is the estimated time allocated to complete the project? What is the cost and is sufficient capitol available? Besides money. This is not you. which is your success. what other resources are needed? Which team members are needed to complete the project? Do all team members understand their specific tasks? Is there any flexibility in the completion of the project? How will progress be monitored? How will final completion be measured? When you have these answers.

you are going to rise quickly to the top twenty percent of your profession. will better mankind. You will have the time and the resources necessary to find and develop your special talent. if used. The vast majority of people never find the time or have the resources to identify and develop their special talent. 45 50 . You have a special talent which. You will know what your leaders do and how much they earn. With your work ethic and core values. In the corporate world. It will be your goal to join this elite group. your entry is almost guaranteed.Develop Your Special T alent There is something special about you that makes you one in ten thousand. This does not have to be you. you are even better positioned to define your own financial future. This is sad. If you own your own business.

what would they do if they were you? This is called copying success. What are their thoughts on where your industry is headed? What do they see as future challenges in the industry? Who were your role models’ role models? And. You learn all you can about sales and you find the leaders in your industry. When you find suitable role models. take them to breakfast or lunch. you must follow-up with a thank you and this is also copying success. Find out what they are doing and do what they are doing. Most successful people will be flattered and not annoyed by your attention. seminars and conventions. To find the superstars in your industry. maybe most importantly. Of course. 46 51 . Join all applicable trade associations and participate in meetings. Ask and listen. Don’t be shy about asking for advice and networking assistance.Copy Success You learn all you can about your product and your customers’ needs. read your trade publications and identify all trade websites and blogs.

happier and more successful person. At work. Should you be dieting or exercising or reading more? Should you be spending more quality time at home with those who truly love you? Today is day one of your thirty-day quest to develop a new winning habit. you stop to think about where you have been. where you are now and where you are going. Every day. what tasks are you avoiding? Should you be cold calling or following-up or soliciting new business or making personnel changes? Today is day one. you can choose to invest one month in the formation of new. There are personal areas that need improvement. No one is perfect.Develop Winning Habits Every day. positive habits and become a better. 47 52 . No one knows you better than you. you look for small ways to challenge yourself and spoil yourself. In this defining moment. This list helps you to separate the urgent from the important from the routine. What can you do to make more money and advance your career? You work from a prioritized to-do list. Be honest with yourself.

A person who can bring in business is a very valuable asset. You don’t need advanced college degrees. Some won’t. you can be a successful commissioned salesperson. They can’t work alone. You are your own business. Most people can’t do this job.” 48 53 . If you can understand and accept the following little reality of marketing. You are among the elite. This is why sales people are highly paid professionals. “Some will. If you have the courage to talk to customers about buying a quality product or service at a fair price. partners or venture capital.Salespeople Rule Every company relies on its sales force. So what? Next. your fortune is make. They can’t knock on doors. All the jobs in the company depend on the sales force’s ability to sell. You have all you need – you. They take rejection personally.

this willing to work harder and attend to details can make a big difference in your career advancement and ultimate success. Over time.Accept Hard Work You know and accept the value of hard work. The auto mechanic is too busy to follow-up and check if his customers from last week are satisfied. The rest of the time they are engaged in nonbusiness activities. Because you are goal-oriented. Appreciate that some may praise your hard work while some. You have accepted hard work. What others avoid can become your opportunity to profit. You want to work at work. Almost all jobs have tedious or arduous aspects to them and it’s human nature to avoid these more difficult jobs. The salesperson doesn’t want to take the extra time to explain the extended warranty. Some people are productive only half of the time. may resent your willingness to do more than is required or expected. especially less ambitious co-workers. 54 49 . Many people don’t work very hard at work. you don’t need a lot of motivating. The real estate agent doesn’t want to show a house on a Sunday night. even though these are the tasks which may be the most productive for the company.

someone has to bring in the customers. will be as the rainmaker. 50 55 . until your business is well established.The Boss is The Rainmaker In a small company. always trying to get the next job. As the boss. you may want to work on the crew but your real job is knocking on doors and always. The chiropractor needs patients. The law office needs clients. Without customers. If you own a house painting company. you have no business. Guess who? It is the boss who has the responsibility of making it rain with a steady stream of business. The caterers need functions. The owner of the landscaping company may enjoy mowing lawns but someone has to find the lawns to mow. your primary function. perhaps your only function. If you own a restaurant. you may fancy yourself a chef but your real job is to make samplers into regular diners who will also recommend your great food to all of their friends.

Before a big interview. your body is communicating your interest and your power. 56 51 . how will you sound. create a better rapport with your audience by coming out from behind the podium. neck. cheeks. Don’t preach. Stand up straight. Plan what will you wear. When you are giving a presentation. chin. People who are in agreement with each other will usually be mirroring each other’s moves. shoulders. Make your speech short and conversational. Nodding your head shows that you are listening and are interested.Communicate with Ease Body language is important. Listen and don’t interrupt. Smile. Tell stories. Take a deep breath and relax your body from the top of your scalp. mouth. using the theater of your mind. legs and toes. Keep your chin up. how will you stand and sit and how will you be warmly received. Before you ever open your mouth. Have a comfortable yet firm handshake. fingers. speech or presentation. Breathe and relax. torso. forehead. you can mentally rehearse and practice. Introduce yourself. eyes. Respect others’ personal space. arms. Keep your hands open and exposed.

don’t allow the situation to fester or linger. You must be alert. He should understand that he will be treated with respect in turn for respecting your role in the counseling process and his possible termination. Be fair but be firm and. bring the employee into the office and have him read the policy. compassionate and decisive. outside problems. for the sake of all.Helping T roubled Employees One troubled employee can poison a work environment for everyone. As an owner or manager you must remain aware of all of your leadership obligations. Have a personnel policy in place to deal with troubled employees. 52 57 . If an employee becomes self-absorbed by his or her own personal. aware. At the first sign of concern. Answer his questions regarding his rights and responsibilities. you can have compassion and you can offer some therapeutic suggestions but individuals must solve their own problems. You are running a business. Act sooner rather than later.

you are an entrepreneur and not an inventor. When you invent something. As you think about entrepreneurial opportunities. you have to make them buy from you. Follow it. Did you acquire skills working as a child in a family business? Can you take over an established family business? Does your uncle or your neighbor or your brother-in-law or a former classmate have connections to assist your business? There is a proven path to follow. don’t forget any networks or connections that may give you an advantage in starting your own business. there will be plenty of opportunities for you to innovate and try new ideas. don’t fix it. Again.Imitation before Innovation See what others have done. You first have to convince customers that they want your new or better something. you double your challenges. 58 53 . You want to research and stick closely to the tested. this is best done after your business is established. Then. Copy it. If it works. when starting your own business. After your business is established. In general. even if you succeed at the convincing. See what you can do.

54 59 . Choose wisely and benefit. Partnerships that go bad can be a nightmare. You will meet regularly and exchange information in a supportive environment of mutual respect and trust. your partner should be likewise. If you are an ambitious hard worker. Partnerships are a two way street. You have complimentary skills. Allow these core values to provide a framework for working together.How to Choose a Partner A partner is someone joining you on your journey to financial independence. The idea is that you both stand to achieve more with the help of each other. always offering each other objectivity and positive reinforcement. Good partnerships are a blessing. You should feel secure when bouncing ideas off your partners and you should never feel hesitant to push one another. There must be a shared vision and a comfortable balance of power. You should expect that your partner would be a professional who would support The Action Principles®. Select a partner whose style and attitude is compatible with your own.

A self-reliant person thinks differently. Average people think in terms of immediate gratification. 60 55 . Average workers without investments may have to work until the day they die. They are forward thinkers.Invest In Your Future Regardless of their annual income. The rewards of hard work and investing can be powerful. Average people will wonder. average people spend every dime with nothing reserved for retirement. In marked contrast. They realize the time value of money and how sound investments made today can have a compounding return tomorrow. Average people typically work forty hours a week and feel satisfied and exhausted. selfreliant workers may be in a comfortable financial position to retire in only a few decades. They hope that their companies or the government will take care of them in their old age. but too late. They will assume it was through inheritance or luck and they would be wrong. Self-reliant workers typically work fifty hours a week and use the extra twenty percent in income to invest in a mutual fund or real estate or in their own businesses. how the selfreliant accomplished what they did. wanting what they want now.

rich and retired. This is the plan. If you work for someone else. sell the business and retire. You may love your job enough to never retire. acting or artistic career. writing. but not if you are young.Retire Early Kirk Kirkorian kept building Las Vegas hotels into his nineties. Maybe you’d like just to relax and play golf or be more involved with your grandchildren. However. Retiring early doesn’t just happen. if you work for yourself as an entrepreneur. It’s easier to give your time if you already wealthy. Invest. Volunteers can assist with many problems in the world. It is a young person’s plan to make. These are nice options for those with sufficient investment income. early retirement can be your specific goal. You will work hard for fifty or more hours a week for twenty or thirty years. early retirement might never happen. maybe not. It’s tough to launch a singing. Or. The average age of Untied States Senators and Supreme Court Justices is nearly seventy. These men and woman love their jobs. 56 61 . Summer Redstone was one of the most influential men in Hollywood into his eighties.

You research. Believe in yourself. observe and study. and will your special talents be developed and recognized? Have faith. Have faith in yourself. proceed anyway. Some will be pessimists who always look at the bad side of everything. You have seen what others have done and you see no reason why you can’t do the same.Have Faith Anyone can be hard working and motivated for a little while. Have faith. trying to protect you. you will meet many doubters. When you venture out beyond where average people are comfortable. Persist. Some will be skeptics who are jealous of your courage and your willingness to take risks. Go for it. Will your new business succeed? Will your investments prove wise? Will you retire early. 62 57 . when you dare and challenge and test the status quo. You may need a thick skin to listen and then. Only those with faith will try and try again. but only those with faith can sustain their efforts for the long haul. Some doubters will be your family members.

Your Core Values As a successful businessperson. a self-confident individual and a decent human being. you will: Embody professionalism Perform confidently Face fear and danger Accept adversity Work hard Focus on results Remain alert and adaptive Take responsibility Lead by example Commit to self-improvement Seek knowledge Maintain a positive outlook Stay faithful and loyal Display honor and integrity Act respectfully Volunteer selflessly 63 58 .

59 64 . Each must be willing to make occasional personal sacrifices. Everyone should take a personal and team pride in beating the competition and being the choice. everyone should band together to figure out what went wrong. When mistakes are made and business is lost. Then pull together to leave the past behind and move on to new challenges. suggestions. Consumers have a choice. Ideas. each individual must subscribe to the principle of putting the team first. respect one another and share the credit for the greater good of all. Everyone commits to doing his or her individual best to work to a high standard.How to Build a T eam To build a strong business team. The team’s mission must be outlined and understood through clearly defined goals. Responsibility and accountability must be accepted. Individual strengths must be identified and appropriate roles assigned. Those with experience must be willing to teach and assist beginners. reasoned criticism and questions must be encouraged. salvage what you can and make amends.

confident person capable of taking immediate action to achieve a worthy goal? You should. or change until you do. First impressions are lasting and all impressions are important. You must know what characterizes the style and attitude of a winner in your profession. Like what you see. Whether you are a soldier. Be yourself. 65 60 . When you are successful. What is your best hair style and fashion style? Are you too flashy or too plain? Ask knowledgeable friends you trust. Your manners should be impeccable. Copy them in manner and dress. Set the example. you can look well groomed. Look the best that you can look. Go through your trade publications. Keep improving. thoughtful spiritual person of action? Do you see a fit. others will turn to you as the good example. your best self. farmer or bank president. stay alert at industry meetings and find the people who have already done what it is that you want to do. Do you see an Action Principles® Champion? Do you see a tough. You are who you appear to be.Look in the Mirror Look in the mirror. well dressed and confident.

live comfortably and still have 15% . See yourself as a successful businessperson. think of yourself as an Action Principles® Champion.20% extra to invest. Now. spiritual person of action. stop imagining and do it. a tough. You have the free will to choose who you will become. See yourself having enough to give back to those deserving who are less fortunate. So. See yourself earning in the top twenty percent of your profession.Imagine You are what you think about all day long. See yourself as appreciated by your family and friends because you are strong and confident enough to be selfless. thoughtful. a leader in your industry. See yourself as a respected member of your community. See yourself as a hard worker with enough money to pay your bills. 61 66 .

You will still build your business for the longer haul based on honesty and integrity. which means not just perceived value. 62 67 . you will never betray that trust. You will do your best to offer the highest quality goods and services. but real value to your customers. When you make a promise to a customer.Hold Sacred Your word is your bond. You will probably be so successful in business and investing that you will have the option of early retirement after twenty or thirty years. You will be truthful. safe work environment where all employees can prosper. You will give honest recommendations. You will lead and insist upon on a team effort to provide a clean. Your good name and your solid reputation will be held sacred. you will do everything in your power to deliver what is expected and more. whether that means more business for you or not is not relevant. When customers put their trust in you.

You will share. 68 63 . surf websites and will participate in trade-related blogs. You are determined to make your one life meaningful.Focus on Your Strengths You are not some little grey man hiding at a desk in the corner trying to avoid notice and additional work. Focus on these strengths. You are the person who will stand for what is right. They put you among the elite. You have a personal mission to complete. Your strength is that you are willing to learn. You will find the leaders and in your industry and you will listen to them. Others know what to expect of you. You will read books related to your industry. when necessary. You don’t grab more than you need. volunteer Your strength is that you are not greedy. You have goals and objectives. Your strength is that you are an ambitious. hard worker who will concentrate on the difficult aspects of your job and who will. You are able to step back. You are consistent. Your strength is that you know what you want to accomplish.

with courage. With the best of intentions. face your fears and do it. Your faith may be tested. as most do. However. you will risk and fail. the road will be curved. Now. You may try again and still meet defeat.” It will be perfectly natural for you to second guess your own decisions? Did you do the right thing by choosing the more difficult path? It would have been so much easier just to have just stayed at home. More likely. Have. you will become a seasoned veteran and your persistence will pay off. Many around you will be quick to say. courage. When you hit a wall. “I told you so. you are crazy. it will be easy to quit. No one expects you to be more than you expect for yourself. to carry on and persist. then.Understand Courage Rarely will you find a perfectly smooth straight road to financial success. with plenty of pot holes and boulders to avoid. You will be delayed. if you are learning from your mistakes. If you are making the same mistakes again. It will take courage to be a contrarian. you may feel crazy to keep going. 64 69 .

Sandra Day The individual can and does make a O’Connor difference.” As his career attests. So be a full participant in life’s opportunities. As Abraham Lincoln once said: “I always prepared myself for the opportunity I knew would come my way. governmental. Supreme Court Aim High The habit of always doing your best regardless of how unimportant the task is a habit of the successful. Justice of the U. Whether the individual acts in the legal. even in this populous. The individual can make things happen. devotion to excellence in all things. It’s the individual who can bring a tear to our eyes and cause us to take pen in hand. but have a hand in shaping it. one concerned and dedicated person can meaningfully affect what some say is an uncaring world. If you strive for excellence you can and should have a substantial impact on the world in which you live. even when it seems that the world will little note nor long remember the small tasks in which you find yourself engaged. It is the individual who has acted or tried to act who will not only force a decision. can have its rewards. 70 . Aim high. or private realm.65 Sandra Day O’Connor Former Assoc. S. complex world of ours.

Do it and feel good about doing it. You can decide to be well read. On the long road. 66 71 . You can decide to be positive. Your life is a succession of days. optimistic and happy today. You can decide to work hard and share. to get married or to graduate. you can make the choice to tackle something personally challenging that you have been avoiding.Run the Short and Long Roads Today is the short road. You don’t have to wait for a promotion. the cumulative effect of good days will be a wonderful life of respect and accomplishment. You can decide to change poor habits into winning habits starting today. Success is lived today and every day. You must do your best to make the best of each day. well groomed and well spoken. Your future is the long road. Starting today. Success is not a distant goal. today. Your future will be based on the decisions you make today and live every day. You can decide to be fit.

72 67 . What is your Unique Value Perspective [UVP]? Your UVP is the single compelling reason why a consumer would choose your product or service over your competitors. stationary. keep running the same ad until it stops working. Do your research. When you produce an ad that delivers the desired result. Know the media. website and advertising should be simple and direct. Focus. Know your brand. it will take 7-12 consistent impressions before you are noticed and more to be memorable. At a minimum. Keep it clean and honest. Set measurable objectives. slogans. No business can be everything to everybody. so ask for testimonials and start the buzz. Know your target audience. Talk with and not at your audience. Talk to your customers about their preferences. colors. They should compliment each other. Find your niche and the media that targets your niche. Satisfied customers are your best advertising. Find the leaders in your industry and design your advertising campaign around their online or offline strategies. If you have to worry if your message is in good taste. it isn’t.Advertising Basics Know your business. Your logo.

With hindsight.Close the Door on Regrets Smart people still do a lot of dumb things. Successful people still make a lot of terrible business decisions. Well. 68 73 . The building that you didn’t buy or the domain name that you didn’t register or the excellent worker that you didn’t hire could all be big regrets. you might want to shake your head in disbelief at how good those missed opportunities look now. You can learn from the obvious signs that you missed and do better at your decision making the next time. time moves on. The important point to remember is that you aren’t a bystander who will never know victory or defeat. You can’t do everything. Stop looking back and keep looking forward. but you can and have done something. You a player in the game and you have had successes. Stop to look at all that you have accomplished. Close the door on regrets. or you can simply get over it. The past is the past. you can kick yourself forever.

they will grumble about everything and. you’ve got to ask for it. If the bargain hunters are also cheapskates. Bargain hunters will balk at the price increases but bargain hunters are probably not your target audience. Let them go. “Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten. you can’t be shy. If you want more. Follow the advice of the luxury goods maker. Raise your prices.Raise Your Prices Being an entrepreneur. produce the lowest profit margins. in most cases. Raise your prices and be seen as a premium brand in your industry. Gucci. Raise your prices. You want to deal with the consumers who insist on dealing with the best.” 69 74 . give yourself a raise and then prove that you’re worth it.

000. The majority of millionaires never received even a single dollar in inheritance or any money for college.7 million and an average annual household income of about $250. Eight percent have earned law degrees. Eighty percent are first generation affluent. Ninety-seven percent own a home. have a college degree and are still working.The Typical American Millionaire The typical American millionaire actually has a net worth of $3. Half of millionaires’ wives work and most are teachers. Eighteen percent have master's degrees. Six percent are Ph.D. Most invest 15% .s. Two-thirds of millionaires work between 45 . There are over eight million millionaires in the United States. Most are entrepreneurs who own their own businesses. Two-thirds of millionaires work for themselves.55 hours per week.20% of their income. He is a fifty-seven year old married male with three children. Six percent hold medical degrees. 75 70 .

figure out an exit strategy and act by getting another job or starting your own business. If you like your job. It takes sacrifice. You will still have time to fulfill your family. figure out how you can advance your career and act. It takes a will. you have to be self-reliant. health and spiritual needs. know your product. remember these ten important words: “Know your customer. you can work to pay your bills. make a plan and execute that plan.” Rich people own real estate. If you are well organized. You do what you have to do. you are prepared to do that. so figure out how you are going to raise downpayment capital to acquire investment real estate. It takes a plan.71 Act With Boldness If you want to be in the elite. If you are a business owner or salesperson. You can work to raise money for investment and manage your investments. ask all to buy. Every day will bring you one day closer to your goals. If you dislike your job. 76 . If you have to work fifty hours per week rather than forty. It takes boldness. social. Average people waste a lot of time.

have to change again and once again.” What do you really need? If you are in the elite top 20% of achievers. of the few who do. By aiming at the top one percent. you should attain all of the material wants and needs for yourself and your family. 77 72 . bad or indifferent. the convenient. the 99% simply continue to do what they've always done: the easy. You may make a change and. “The only easy day was yesterday. Navy Seal Commandos say.S. You will enjoy a comfortable life. You will feel the pull drawing you. The status quo. which means “things as they are.” has an extremely strong pull. the top twenty percent will seem like a very easy target to hit. only one percent will ever take the action recommended. as the U. Routines are hard to change. But. One Percent! What about the other 99%? Good. then. tempting you back to your old ways of easier days. the known and the predictable.Aim for the One Percent Success writers from Napoleon Hill to Anthony Robbins have freely admitted that most people will never read their books and.

They are salespeople who sell equipment. They are coaches and trainers. photographers. There is an entire world wide industry of people making a good living from the sport of soccer. you should be able to work in the field as many people do. You don’t like working in a hardware store and you’d love working in a bird sanctuary.Do What You Love Doing There are a few people making a lot of money as professional soccer stars. You have one life. advertising reps. You hate being a bus driver but you’d love being a portrait painter. writers. You made a mistake going to law school because you’d love being a personal trainer. When you do what you love. work doesn’t seem as much like work. Find the work you love and go for it. groundskeepers and team executives. 73 78 . Would you love to be an actor or arrange adventure travel trips or design jewelry? There are people successfully doing all of these things. They are: announcers. If you love soccer. promoters.

This is a mistake and a sign that the large company may be losing touch and business. 74 79 . smile and be appreciative. Make good on mistakes and reward loyal customers whenever possible. you have no business. You know that too many businesses treat you like they are doing you a favor. Pay attention to complaints. Every day. The larger the company.Appreciate Your Customer People have money and they choose how to spend it. listen to your customers. To build your customer base. your success relies on your ability to convince them to choose to spend their money with your company. the more detached the employees may be from service to the individual customers. As a businessperson. the disinterested clerk or the rude secretary. Appreciate the customers you have. As a consumer. you may encounter the grumpy plumber. Thank them for their honest input. When they do choose you. you know how successful businesses operate. Keep reminding yourself that without customers.

Ask for the business. It should be a long list. Don’t make people have to guess what you do and what you’d like them to do for you. Practice remembering names. You are not a monk living alone in a mountain cave. Ask for testimonials and referrals. Cultivate relationships. You are a businessperson in the real world. Learn who the powerful people are in your community and court their support. Become involved in local business groups. Keep in touch. 80 Build Networks 75 . suppliers. All networks begin with you as a strong link. You get what you give. If someone gives you a prospective lead. Think likeable. technicians and even competitors. shippers. Hand out lot of impressive businesscards. Be able to explain clearly what you do. Networking is a two way street. you are a good networker. competent and helpful.One hand washes the other. Speak up. Volunteer for committees. he will expect you to reciprocate. You should make a solid impression on those linked to you. You need to form satisfactory relationships and connect with lots of people: customers. Join trade associations. If people smile when they see you enter a room.

is a lot easier than firing. You want to hire people with the right qualifications for the right job. They should not need a lot of hand holding and can either hit the ground running or learn quickly. You want front counter staff to be pleasant and accommodating. you want to retain them by offering competitive salaries. You want executives with good communication skills who will get up from behind their desks and lead. benefits and perks. Hire slowly. You want sales people who are knowledgeable and ambitious. you have to be the best yourself. When you have acquired a winning staff. which is taking money away from them.Hire Slowly Hiring. Frequently. If you want the best. ask prospective employees to read The Action Principles®. Between the first and second interviews. You want workers who will comfortably coexist with present staff. Ideally. You want customer service employees who are problem solvers and who follow up. What do you think about what they think? 81 76 . your best new hires will come from the recommendations of existing employees and from your own networking. you want new workers to be smart and hard working. which is giving people money.

If you expect trouble. have shown repeatedly that their job performance was unsatisfactory. Normally. Do it. These workers may have been involved in unsafe. A laid-off employee is released for business rather than personal reasons. 82 77 . Call him to the office and be short and to the point. deceptive or dishonest practices. have a witness present. The fired employees should have received prior written warnings regarding their behavior or performance. They may be missing during work hours or. Document everything. This is a difficult part of a manager’s job. a final warning will carry a thirty-day grace period to correct the problem or be terminated. The business may be in a slump or the employee’s position may have become redundant. The termination should not come as a complete surprise. He should be escorted to his work area to collect personal items and immediately escorted out of the building.Fire Quickly There is a difference between laying off and firing an employee. Explain benefits to which the employee may be entitled and how references will be handled. This person may be given an excellent reference. You fire employees for personal reasons. Don’t linger. Their image or manner may be unprofessional. Do not disparage the problem employee. severance package and grace period to find a new job.

Cooperate with any investigation of possible ethics violations. Seek assistance if you have questions about ethics. 10. 78 83 . misrepresent.The Example of Wal-Mart Here is the ethical behavior expected from those who work for the world’s largest retailer. 8. 7. Never ask someone to act unethically. 2. Be honest and fair. 6. abuse or conceal information. Avoid conflicts of interest between work and personal life. Follow the law at all times. even if someone else tells you to. Never manipulate. 3. Never act unethically. 9. 4. Wal-Mart: 1. Never discriminate. Report ethics violations. 5.

Legitimate self-confidence is a winner. 84 . How do you find them? By seeking out people who are comfortable in their own skin – people who like who they are and are never afraid to show it. They determine the ultimate openness of an organization and its ability to learn. They relish the intellectual combat that enriches ideas. and wearing ambition on one’s sleeve can have the same effect. Self-confident people aren’t afraid to have Jack Welch their views challenged. There is a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence. The true test of self-confidence is the courage to be open – to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source. Don’t ever compromise “being you” for any job in any institution.79 Jack Welch Former Chairman of General Electric Self-Confidence Arrogance is a killer.

You contribute. You learn. You question why civilizations rise and fall. You read. You are proud and confident in your self-education. You had an advantage. You are curious to know how and why some people get rich. Those days are gone forever. You must make your diplomas and degrees worth more than the value of the paper.Learn All education is ultimately self-education. You hang out with smart people. You try to understand why happy people are the way they are. The job of the teacher is to guide and motivate. You want to know lots of things because you want to do lots of things. You must do the studying. 85 80 . Your life must be a never ending thirst for knowledge. You listen. a motivated student equipped with broadband can get a better education than a lazy Ivy League student. You question. Going to a prestigious university used to mean that you had privileged access to the world’s best teaching. Today anywhere in the world. Keep repeating this fact to yourself and you may save yourself a lot of educational time and money.

You have a lot of questions to ask and a lot of listening to do. There is no book to tell you how to do this. This is your career. observing operations and asking a lot of questions. 81 86 . You must do your own research. You are the opposite. you will take action. ask. Based on the information you receive. You want to be the head teller. ask.Ask a Lot of Questions You are a clerk working in a bank. If you want something. You are asking lots of questions and tailoring the course to suit your objectives. There is no such thing as mental telepathy. you want to be the manager and then the president of the bank. When you are the head teller. You are a student taking a course. Most successful people are happy to assist enthusiastic students who approach them with respect and say thank you. There is no time to be shy. People are not mind readers. Average students sit like stone statutes in class trying to avoid making eye contact with the professor.

Read Biographies The lives of the greatest people ever to walk the earth have been documented. on the web. You can read the history. From Confucius to Caesar to Jesus to Leonardo Da Vinci to Abraham Lincoln to Mother Teresa. The work is there. in the bookstores. In the libraries. you are lucky. Besides biographies. Take advantage. heed the warnings and stand on guard. There were also dictators and despots but we can be grateful that the good of the human spirit usually does triumph. Who are your heroes? Who are the people who have already done what it is that you now want to do? Learn about them. most famous business leaders have written autobiographies to show you the way to achieve your own success. All education is self-education. their lives. their style and their attitudes have been researched and recorded. it is there. Why and how did they do what they did? You can choose to read all about it and be inspired From all countries and in all times. 87 82 . there were heroes who shaped the world. As a business person.

you lose. Find out about the new products and services being offered by the innovators in your industry. You. Listen to your mentors. The business world is changing at lightening speed. Talk to your customers and vendors. are not waiting. Stick to your three basic business principles but also look for new ideas and ways to adapt those ideas to further your enterprise.Be Open to New Ideas The implementation of knowledge is what separates you from the average and is a straight line to your success. If you snooze. We are at the dawn of a new Industrial Revolution. an Action Principles® Champion. You are identifying the next step toward your goal and you are taking it. Average people are waiting in hope that good fortune will find them. Go to local business meetings and industry conventions. Read your trade publications and blogs. You aren’t afraid to hear the truth and learn. Learn from your competitors. 83 88 .

some very bad. Yes. Heed the warnings.Heed the Warnings As an Action Principles® Champion. Be tough. lose money and feel humbled. After a few months. However. you will be curious. you realize your error. always researching and learning. Take your medicine. Many of these ideas will be good and will improve your business and advance your career. Heed the warnings. You spend a lot of time and a lot of money opening a new location. Be real. Pull the plug. Bite the bullet. If you find your products are inferior or your staff is leaving on masse or your few customers are complaining. You made a mistake. your wallet may be lighter and your ego may be bruised. Even the best and the brightest make mistakes. lose time. Be smart. You will have lots of ideas. Survive to succeed another day. You have high hopes but hope doesn’t pay the bills. some of these ideas will be bad. heed the warnings. Get out. Do not throw good money after bad by trying to save a failed strategy. 84 89 .

The proud. Apple. Times. We are driving excitement. Microsoft. Be all you can be. Hallmark. Walt Disney World. Creating a higher standard. Solutions for a small planet. The best a man can get. U. When you care enough to send the very best.S. Wal-Mart.American Business Slogans Ford. 90 85 . Pay less. Where do you want to go today? Visa. U. Built for the road ahead. Holiday Inn. Gillette razor.S. Chevrolet. Make progress every day. Target. Make the dream come true. Marines. Cadillac. Verizon. It’s everywhere that you want to be. Where low prices are just the beginning. Expect more.Y. Home Depot. All the news that’s fit to print. The power to be your best. Always low prices. N. The heartbeat of America. Pontiac. The few. Army. IBM. No surprises.

Read forty books on a subject and you will be a world authority on that subject. Educate yourself. This is a very good reason why the average person is going nowhere fast. The average person reads one book a year.Read. Read. 86 91 . Everything you need and want to know is in books. Read every day. A-B-A-B. Read. Read forty biographies. Smart people read. Read forty books on real estate investing. newspapers. make that goal to do a lot more reading. Read forty books on small business. They read. Never be bored. e-books. Read There is one significant characteristic that separates smart people from the crowd. If you are going to set a new goal for yourself. magazines and on the web for you to read. Always Bring A Book. Never waste time. No excuses. Never be alone. Read forty books for pure enjoyment.

you need an elevator pitch. 80 – 200 words is a good length. perhaps to arrange a follow-up communication. impressive. 92 87 . Your objective is to exchange businesscards and. Your favorable first impression must be professional: simple. conversational and unrehearsed. You may want to write different variations for different prospects and situations. You have two minutes. It may take you a few tries to get the proper words and tone. friendly. Write your elevator pitch before you need it and keep rehearsing it until it sounds warm. What would you say? Many times you will have an opportunity to expand your network by pitching new prospects on exactly who you are and what you do. Hence. direct. What do you do? How do you do it? What is your Unique Value Perspective that separates you from the average? What benefit will the listener derive from further association with you? Move quickly from who you are to how you can help them.Write Your Elevator Pitch Imagine being caught in an elevator alone with a top executive from your firm or that one client that you’ve been trying to reach. interesting and brief. All the writing and editing and practicing is worth the investment.

” Any time you give your word. “Please.A Few Important Words Good manners open doors and are welcomed anywhere. It is easy to say. “I’m sorry. it is up to me. You establish an immediate.” Remember the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. “If it is to be.” and “May I help you?” and “What do you think?” Say them anyway. volunteer for a hard job and say. That’s important! 88 93 . children and company. Be sure that your manners and language are impeccable. mean it. Be that one person who will step forward. “Take me.” and “Thank you. positive rapport with people by remembering and using their names and the names of their spouses.” Live by these important ten two-letter words.” Say them. It may be more difficult to say to say.

Go Green
It’s good for you, your family, the world and your business’s bottom line. Being environmentally conscious can be referred to as eco-capitalism, sustainable business or simply called going green. Many small businesses have reported energy savings of 20%-30% simply by becoming more conscientious. This means adopting measures, such as using more energyefficient lighting, turning down the thermostat, turning off lights, and recycling. Being green is a team effort. Encourage everyone to participate. Buying new appliances is a smart strategy, since many new models are significantly more energy efficient. Easy first steps might be using water filters rather than plastic water bottles and reusable coffee cups rather than polystyrene foam cups. Making electronic copies rather than hard copies and using email more than snail mail are good options. Choosing to drive hybrid corporate vehicles is an increasing popular corporate choice. Supporting vendors who are supporting the environment is always a smart idea. Today, half of all consumers don’t care about green but this number is changing as people become more aware of man’s impact on Mother Earth. The good news for businesspeople is that half of their buyers do care and half of that number or 25%, a huge niche market, would specifically select a product or service because it was environmentally friendly. 94

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Start a Business Now
You can’t just think about starting a small business. At some point, you need to take action. You need to find a way. Here are some suggestions: You can start a business at home. You can start a business on the Internet. You can start an eBay business. You can start a business with a mall cart. You can start a business on the street. You can start a business at swap meets. You can start a business at flea markets. You can start a business with garage sales. You can start a business by sub-letting part of a store. You can start a business part-time. Expand your thinking. You can put yourself in business as a taxi driver, waiter or commissioned salesperson. Find yourself a lawn mower, and start knocking on doors. With the mindset of an Action Principles® Champion, you can start many businesses right now! Select choices over excuses. 95

Thank Your Ancestors
Whatever country you are from, whatever race, whatever tribe, whatever religion, give thanks. You are a survivor. You come from strong stock. Your ancestors weren’t weak or lazy or stupid. Your ancestors were strong, hard-working and intelligent. They survived. Over the last decades and centuries and millenniums, living was difficult. Yet, your ancestors dodged all of the arrows and bullets, bowed when they had to bow, fought when they had to fight, met all of the challenges of getting food, clothing and shelter. They survived. If you are an Action Principles® Champion, you will feel obligated to honor your ancestors by working hard and adhering to your core values. You will be a strong link, furthering the course of mankind by continuing to improve as you survive. Do good work, live an honest life and pass it on.

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praise exemplary behavior. In private. Do the employees appear cheerful and helpful and ready to help or bored. you should immediately take corrective or supportive action. 97 92 . give suggestions or warnings to employees needing remediation and in public.Supervise You can’t become so preoccupied with your own work that you presume that others are doing their jobs. rude and self-involved? Are customers greeted with a hello when entering the store? Are customers thanked following a purchase? Are the employees attractively and appropriately dressed? Is an apology offered if a customer has had to wait or for any other inconvenience? Do the employees appear knowledgeable about what they are selling? Do employees care enough about their jobs to offer feedback? Do employees make an effort to increase sales for the company by suggesting complimentary items or upgrades? Following your continual observation. You’re the boss and supervision is an important managerial responsibility.

wear the right clothes and carry the right accessories. This is not all superficial. Don’t sell yourself short. Start hanging out with them and looking like they look. You may find your best prospects while playing golf at the country club. You may look like you belong if you drive the right car.Go for the BIG Fish Tf you are fishing for minnows. chances are you’ll catch only those little fish. and having a power breakfast at the right restaurants. If you want to land the big fish. enjoying the museum. Some salespeople sell house trailers and some salespeople sell shopping malls. Copy success by finding the people who are making the big deals. You may be destined to succeed in the big leagues but you have to put yourself in place to make the big deals. why not you? 98 93 . you’ve got to go where the big fish swim and have the correct bait. It is how big business is done. You want to be at right place at the right time to make your elevator pitch for your next big deal. The sales volume of your entire house trailer selling career might not equal the sale of one shopping mall. sounding like they sound and doing what they are doing. Somebody is going to make the next big deal.

Hire an assistant carefully because you will be spending a lot of time with this person. ethical or hard working. An assistant can free your time. pleasant. Are you hiring someone to answer your email or willing to pick up your dry cleaning or both? How many late nights or how much travel may be required? The right assistant is a valuable asset who will magnify your effectiveness.Magnify Your Effectiveness As a successful businessperson. An assistant’s style and attitude are at least as important as an impressive resume. The best time to hire an assistant is before he or she is needed and not in the middle of a crisis. well mannered. You can’t teach someone to be intelligent. An assistant frees you to do the more difficult parts of your job. You can teach an assistant your job. you must clearly outline your expectations with a detailed job description. that twenty percent which is often the most productive. helping you reclaim more of your personal life. 99 94 . This person represents you. you accomplish a lot and with a personal assistant you can do even more. During the interview process.

Begin by precisely defining the problem. Take the lead. adjust and move on. Analyze the problem from different perspectives. Review. Project the consequences of different strategies. eliminate extraneous aspects and develop possible strategies. you won’t be a business owner without problems. 100 95 .Deal With It As an Action Principle® Champion. Choose your best option and take decisive action. Brainstorm. How serious is the problem? Is it permanent or personal? Can you handle the problem yourself or should you enlist the support of others? Have you dealt with a similar problem in the past? How would your heroes and mentors resolve this problem? Use your quiet time to clarify the exact problem. Deal with it. if necessary. Consider solutions. Don’t let small problems linger and fester into unmanageable crises. You will be a business owner who knows how to deal with the problems you have. follow-up. Make a decision.

sometimes millions. Yesterday. Say something. Get the right hardware and software and stay in tune with the changes. Modern technology is evolving quickly making the entire world your marketplace.Embrace Technology Don’t be left behind. The world is listening. Today. 96 101 . Start some international buzz. your company website or blog or podcast can reach potential buyers anywhere from eight to ninety-eight. linked through a common interest or event. Be there. What are the best and the brightest innovators in your industry imagining and doing? It’s probably something that’s wireless and probably involves video. the Internet was the secret world of the nerd and the hipster. Sites like YouTube and Facebook and MySpace are creating social networks of thousands.

a store. find their location requirements and offer your local expertise as a commercial property developer for their franchisees. If you are living in a foreign country. you may find up and coming entrepreneurs. study American companies. office building or warehouse for your business. retail block. long term tenants for your properties. you are in an excellent position to supercharge your financial plans. 102 97 . such as Starbucks and McDonalds. Be smart. The retiring employee may be left with little. it’s great to have both investments. Contact these companies. the retiring entrepreneur/real estate investor may be wealthy. As an Action Principles® Champion. It is not unusual for a retiring entrepreneur/real estate investor to find that the value of his commercial real estate investment far exceeds the value of his business investment. However. being alert and aware. you. Perhaps. You can buy commercial property. you can be their commercial real estate link and secure solid. forethought and action. In your local business networks.Invest in Commercial Property If you are an entrepreneur. you aren’t content to work in a jewelry store or muffler shop or beauty salon when you can own the businesses and the real estate. with ambition. You will have an investment with a great tenant.

You will research. a revolutionary. everyone will swear that they were on your winning side from the beginning. Succeed like few others. Of course. But. 98 103 . ever self-reliant. you are a contrarian. Every business starts with one person’s idea that sounds crazy to the risk adverse. Then.” Starting your own business. See what others can’t. and find the supporters and the money to proceed. you eventually win. “First they ignore you. they laugh at you. once you succeed. Through trial and error. Do what others won’t. Then. they fight you. you win. you will dare to challenge your status quo.Start Your Revolution Gandhi said of the revolutionary. Then. You will persevere as you are banged and bruised along the learning curve.

thank you. Please join us. The Action Principles® have been translated into over twenty languages. If you work for or own a business willing to advertise in or sponsor a printing of The Action Principles®. If you can advertise this non-profit work on your website.Become an Action Principles® Champion Champions are working together in an international effort to change the world. thank you. ® 99 Action Principles 104 . churches. As a person of influence. Thank you. if you can interest others in reading and discussing The Action Principles®. correctional facilities and social agencies. online. we need assistance to translate the “How Americans Get Rich” segments and to subtitle our video lessons. so we distribute tens of thousands of Action Principles® books each year through schools. offline. We welcome your promotional ideas and your hard work. in print or on your blog. If you have the expertise to add to this list. Visit BillFitzPatrick. And. Also. thank you.com for further information. don’t forget to write and post your own Action Principle®. Your donations are needed and appreciated. please do so and thank you. Not everyone has Internet access.

you are an accomplished person. Success allows you to free yourself from the endless treadmill of consumerism. Having more. in business and in your personal life. Your one life was exemplary. appreciation and respect. You shared. Your one life was important. You worked hard with what you had. It is your blessing to share your resources and time with those deservedly in need. You made a difference. is life enhancing.Your One Life You are an Action Principles® Champion. Money will be a smaller reward of your success. This is to be your legacy. You will receive gifts that money can’t buy: love. It is liberating. You are free to be happy. Because of who you have chosen to become. while wanting and needing less. 100 105 .

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