(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


“. . . and that’s the truth,” he said emphatically.

“Wow, that’s amazing. Where did you learn that?”

“Yesterday at lunch I overheard a guy at the next table. He had all the facts.”

“So . . . the source of your information is ‘a guy in a diner’?”

In a world which is increasingly populated by sound bites, hearsay, rush-to-judgments, internet flashes, and opinions, highly successful people have a habit of checking and rechecking their sources of information. Then they act.

Unsuccessful people tend to bounce around like beach balls, grasping at what seems good in the moment, then changing direction with the next breathlessly delivered story that blows by.

Yes, we’ve all succumbed to this situation from time to time, particularly when what we hear agrees with what we already believe or want to believe. It happens. But it happens less to people who are having successful lives.


Coaching Point: When did you last repeat ‘facts’ from ‘a guy in a diner’?


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