What is it that makes people successful and I mean really successful compared to you or me? Are they smarter or do they work harder? Are they risk takers or have powerful and influential friends?
The financial newspaper Investors Business Daily (IBD) asked these same questions a few years ago and started a multi-year search for the answer. They studied industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurs to understand the traits they all had in common that contributed to their success. Reproduced here is their list of 10 Secrets to Success along with my commentary on each no-so-secret, ‘secret’.
I decided to reproduce the list here and comment on each of the traits in hopes of motivating you and myself in the process. It’s time for me to take my own advice and start on the path to my dreams. I hope to motivate you, by using … Read More
Roll 89 Ektachrome 200 – 24 Mount Pleasant sign, Mt. Pleasant Dr., Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA. June 14, 1995. GPS Coordinates: 39.983333, -75.199722 Good
“The Scottish privateer Captain John Macpherson sailed the Caribbean and made a fortune attacking French and Spanish ships. He built Mount Pleasant in 1761, in the rich Georgian style he remembered from home, and used it as his showplace.
John Adams wrote in 1775. ‘Rode out of Town and dined with Mr. Macpherson. He has the most elegant Seat in Pennsylvania, a clever Scotch Wife… He renews his Proposals of taking or burning Ships.’
Macpherson was a tireless entrepreneur. He bought and sold real estate, published a financial newspaper, complied the first City directory, raised crops and animals on his farm, and patented what he claimed to be a vermin-proof bed.
Benedict Arnold, extravagant and proud of his position as an American general, bought … Read More