This is a true story – my personal friend who we will call “Tony” and a man also known as the Las Vegas “Gentleman’s Club King” dropped out of Ohio University’s graduate program in mathematics and sunk his last $12,000 into his first club in Dallas, Texas. He eventually turned that rather modest investment of $12,000 into $80 million. And that was just the beginning. Over the course of the next few decades, he would do the same over and over again in Texas, Canada, and Vegas amassing a fortune, being featured on Lives of the Rich and Famous, and living a dream life.
What made “Tony” such a successful businessman? It was actually quite simple. He would sit quietly in meetings, apparently tuned out of the discussion and daydreaming. However, while he may have appeared aloof and unfocused, he was simply waiting to hear the one number that would lead to his financial position two, ten, and twenty years down the road.
Although as a mom now, I don’t see “Tony” or even speak to him I thought about his story as I struggle with my number one roadblock to success: FOCUS. Focus is a huge issue for a lot of us. Trying to figure out that one thing we should be doing or how we should define ourselves to separate ourselves from the pack and get where we want is hard! In working through this problem over the past year to redefine myself from sports & health sciences to psychology & neurosciences where I want to be I came up with a plan. It is called the 2-10-20 principle, and all it means is that you have to come up with a hard numbers plan you can execute.
First, write-down where you want to be in 2, 10, and 20 years from now. This part is a bit abstract and that is OK. In the next post, we will take the 2-10-20 principle and turn it into immediate action, but first, we have to figure out where we want to go. What is the goal? What is your dream life?