Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lesson from a Rags-to-Riches Billionaire

These are some lessons i learnt from America’s rags-to-riches billionaire Bill Bartmann in his "Steps to achieve any goal".

Bill went from staunch poverty to being a gangster to being paralysed to finding purpose,

marrying the girl of his dreams and becoming a billionaire on Forbes 1000 list.

I have been so inspired that i have listened to him over twenty times in 2 days.


Make sure your goal is YOUR GOAL - if what you are doing right now is not what you want to do, and then you will never succeed.

No matter how hard you try. What do you really want? Why are you after it? Why it is important to you and what do you really want to achieve?

Anything you do that is genuinely what you want to do is ABSOLUTELY backed up GOD - the DIVINE SOURCE OF ALL THINGS. This is because you were created in his image - after HIS Likeness


Don't try, strive, and attempt to achieve your goals. Most people don't achieve the goals they set. Replace Goals with the word Promise. This changes your mindset. It removes the block in your brain. The change in semantics also change the way you look at things, you want to keep your promise, you feel you can. It removes every thought of struggling to get things done.


Be clear about your promise. Clarity of your promise makes it easier to achieve. Ambiguity is in a way no focus


Identify your personal motivator. It can be negative or positive. When you have something that would keep you on fire and drive your passion, you will achieve any dream. We are either trying to move towards pleasure or away from pain. All things work together for your good

Identify the thing that will motivate you the most - for family, friends or the promise of a better life or even if is to show someone that doesn't believe you can. Use positive or negative motivation to get you to achieve your promise.


Create a promise plan - the equivalent of a business plan for your promise answering the questions:

  • What?
  • When?
  • Who?
  • Where?
  • How?


Review plans regularly - 20 minutes a day making sure you sit down and review the 5 questions. See if anything new has surfaced or changed

Your brain begins to update and fine tune your promise. Find out new ways to remind yourself of the promise.

Carry a pocket promise - a summary of your promise


"The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain."

—COLIN WILSON, British author of The Outsider; New Existentialist

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