I wrote this piece in response to a post to a Facebook group I follow. Thought it was worth passing along.

No house can be built without a solid foundation.

A solid personal foundation means knowing, at your core, who you are and what you stand for.

I recently started reading “Wooden” by Steve Jamison – literally this morning.  I believe it’s worth passing along some nuggets from the first pages.

Coach John Wooden lived his life by two sets of simple (in content) principles:

Never lie.  Never cheat. Never steal.

Don’t whine. Don’t complain. Don’t make excuses.

He also carried a written creed with him his entire life, titled Seven Things to Do.

  1. Be true to yourself.
  2. Help others.
  3. Make each day your masterpiece.
  4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  5. Make friendship a fine art.
  6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  7. Pray for guidance, count and give thanks for your blessings every day.

John Wooden was the most successful coach OF ALL TIME. No one has EVER accomplished the records he was able to achieve.  And he didn’t set out to set any of the records that now stand.

There are no silver bullets.  There is no ten-step guide to success.  What I’m reading is someone who is letting their circumstances define their possibilities.  The two are not tied, except in the trapped thoughts of a victim mindset.

If you’ve got a computer and access to the internet, you’re already ahead of 90% of the world’s population – literally.  The search for a solution has to start within.

If you say you are stuck – you’re right.

If you are waiting for someone else to take action – you’ll never take action.

If you are willing to do whatever it takes – it will take change; personal change. Mindset change. Expectation change.

Setting out to build a fortune is like deciding to become an Olympic speedskater, except you’ve never worn skates.  Fortune is a result, not a goal.  Setting a proper goal is key to getting the desired results.

You can’t change other folk’s minds – ever.

You don’t need help writing a book – just write the words.

Are you letting the world define you?  Why are you giving that power away?