When I was in college I lived in the dorm for a few years. After four or five semesters of living in the same building with 300 other guys, I started recognizing certain patterns.
When the freshmen came into the dorm, I could usually tell (within a few days) who was going to flunk out, get the best grades, make the most friends or scuffle and struggle through each day. In most cases, I didn't even need to meet them. I would just watch them for 5 or 10 minutes.
How did I know this? Because there are certain characteristics and patterns that successful people go through each and every day. There is a certain way they go about their business.
That's why, in business, I think it is more important than ever to find successful mentors.
Watch how they live their lives on a daily basis and emulate them. Successful entrepreneurs that I've met over the years are extremely focused, experts at time management and they get more done in a one, 12-hour period than 2 people in the same time frame. The ironic thing is that they are usually no smarter than anyone else.
Where do you fit in? Are you the college freshman that will flunk out in a few semesters, or are you the straight A student?
--Ron Ameln, SBM