The Simple Formula For Success

What’s the best formula to accelerate your curve of progress? Double down on whatever works. Whenever I say that to people they tell me they already know that. But when you meet someone who really knows this they don’t have to tell you. You’ll be reading about them in magazines and books.

Egocentric people say that they love themselves just the way they are. People think they should be patted on the back for having high self-esteem.

You shouldn’t be patting yourself on the back for egocentricity, you should be patting yourself on the back for a job well done. You should be patting yourself on the back for attaining mastery.

The first part of the formula for success is to double, triple, quadruple down on what works. The second part of the formula is to crush what’s not working.

My first business was a cherry tomato stand that I opened when I was five years old. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that there isn’t much demand for cherry tomatoes. So I followed the second part of the formula and I just shut it down.

I tried selling lemonade next and tons of people bought it. But for some reason I never sold it again. What I should have done is continued to run my stand and recruited a friend to start a second stand.

I deal with the highest levels of business with the most successful people and even they forget this.

Michael Jordan won one basketball championship after another, and then he decided to play baseball.

That’s not doubling down.

That’s thinking you have unlimited life.

You don’t.

Jordan was lucky that he could turn it around, but I’m pretty sure that if he could go back he wouldn’t do it again.

A lot of us say, “But then he wouldn’t have learned the lessons he learned.”

I call BS on that.

You don’t have to stick your hand in a fire to know that it’s going to burn you.

We all have brains that can simulate the future. Get rid of the mentality that you need to make mistakes.

Double down on what works!

If you get your partner roses once a year and they’re elated: get them twice a year.

If that still works, get them four times a year!

Keep doubling it.

Now eventually you’ll reach a point of marginal reaction where they won’t want flowers every five minutes. There is a point, but the good news is that it’ll be obvious. Most of us quit long before the curve drops off anyway.

What’s an example of something you should have doubled down on and how can you double down on it starting today?

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