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The Role of Standards in Achievement

In discussions of achievement, a standard is the degree of proficiency that you consider to be “good enough.” When set ideally, standards can motivate high achievement.  When set sub-optimally, standards can sustain mediocrity. One example of a sub-optimally set standard that sticks in my mind is a local band that I once heard on a radio station. On Sunday nights,…

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The True Achiever Challenge

In this world, there are two types of people:  true achievers and everyone else. The problem is that a lot of the people in the “everyone else” category mistake themselves for true achievers.  When you think you are great and you’re not, that misconception is actually a barrier to greatness.  You don’t seek new challenges.  You just go on doing…

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“I’m Here To Learn”

“I’m here to learn.” That’s a phrase that I’ve used to guide many aspects of my life.  And I credit it for helping me achieve high levels of success. When something I’m working on doesn’t go as well as I had hoped, I say – either to myself or sometimes out loud – “I’m here to learn.”  This, to me,…

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