Chapter 10. Give It All You've Got!
"All things are possible until they are proved impossible, and even the impossible may only be so, as of now."
|--Pearl S. Buck, American author|
"You have to know, not only in your mind but also in your heart, 'I want this.'"
|--Sir David Michels, former Group Chief Executive, Hilton Hotels|
"You just can't beat the person who will never give up."
|--Babe Ruth, baseball great|
"Just don't give up trying to do what you want to do."
|--Ella Fitzgerald, singer|
"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."
|--F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author|
Give It All You've Got!
How to Master Any Situation
Much of my career has been empowered by what I call "obvious secrets."
An obvious secret is a truism that nobody pays any attention to. It's a life-altering fact that everybody learns and then forgets.
For example, here's an "obvious secret" that has helped me achieve my goals better than anything I ever learned in school: If you're going to master the task before you, you have to give it everything you've got. Always. Everywhere. All the time. All the way.
Actually, the number of people I meet in the business community who ignore this super-important truth is staggering. "Trying" for so many people means making an effort twice or three times. Not ten times. Or a hundred.
Or a thousand.
Whatever it takes.
When Thomas Edison was working in his New Jersey laboratory to perfect the electric lightbulb, his attempts to come up with an efficient lighting filament ...