If you don’t commit to something – and I mean fully dedicate yourself – you will never achieve the level of success necessary to make a true impact in that area.
One of my favorite stories I recently overheard involves Warren Buffet and his personal pilot Mike Flint. The Story goes a little like this…
Mike Flint was Warren Buffet’s personal pilot for nearly 10 years. That’s a decade – a lifetime for some. He had previously flown for 4 separate presidents and had a renowned career as a pilot. However, Mike still felt he hadn’t be achieving his personal and professional life goals. Buffet, being the observant and intelligent man he is jokingly says.
“The fact that you’re still working for me tells me I’m not doing my job. You should be out going after more of your goals and dreams.
So, Flint goes ahead and asks Buffet for his help. And, obliging, he goes into a three part process (and you can too, ya know, if you’re interested).
Step 1: Buffet had Flint write down his top 25 goals for his life. This ranged from financial, romantic, health, and happiness goals. Anything and everything in his life and career he wanted to achieve success in.
Step 2: After Flint had compiled his life, Buffet asked him to review the list and choose the 5 goals that were most important and circle those. Flint thought and thought, and with much difficulty he then chose his top 5. You see, everything on this list was very important to Flint, and he had vast ambitions for his life…
Step 3: Now, Flint had two lists he didn’t knowingly compile. Let’s call the list of items he circled list A and those he didn’t circle list B. Looking between the lists, we see there’s only 5 items in list A and 20 items in list B.
Buffet, seeing that Flint had compiled two lists, asked him how he would go about getting after those 5 items on list A. Flint went on to explain that the items in List A were the top priorities in his life right now, and that he would start working on them right away. He went on to explain that while the items on List B weren’t the highest priority, they were still important to him, and he would work on them intermittently as he moved towards completing the items on List A.
Buffet, having taken it all in, retorted;
“No. You’ve got it wrong, Mike. Everything you didn’t circle just became your ‘avoid at all cost list.’ No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you’ve succeeded with your top 5.”
This anecdote is an absolutely stunning example of how the better part of the population approaches our lives. We all have these vast, fantastic ideas of things we want to do an accomplish. We put down 80 things on the yearly goal list and are absolutely motivated to get them all done.
Our major pitfall is this exact concept. Take me for example. I love this blog… but I also love running my instagram, my youtube, my patreon, my facebook, you name it. And those are just things in the realm of social media!!! Can you imagine the number of total pursuits I have, and being a big ego guy I definitely want to dominate in any area I pursue. This… leads to trouble.
List B is all the more important for this reason. It becomes the Not To Do List. While important, these extra 20 items of things we want to pursue distract us from the top 5 goals. They take our time, willpower, and focus. For this exact reason, Warren Buffet decided at a young age to cut out all things that wouldn’t help his business pursuits. This included things like art, architecture, science, literature, etc. He knew these wouldn’t allow him to devote his days to success in his largest passion, so he said NO.
I’m not here to say give up aspects of life that don’t directly serve your life goals. I’m not here to say be a jerk to every thing that comes along that doesn’t serve your goal. I am here to say find out what your priorities are. Once you do that, you’ll already be ahead of the curve. And once you have that, you can commit yourself to that thing – and then you can decide what to say yes to… and what to say NO to.
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