Friday, July 16, 2010

The Rule Of 5

Hello everybody and what's up? I am so excited I can't wait to pour out what I have just learnt... "the rule of 5... Before I do that I will to say this JOHN C. MAXWELL ROCKS. He is an epitome of wisdom, I can honestly say that like Solomon, he asked God for wisdom to teach His people.
I went for his seminar 2 days ago and I can honestly say that I learnt so much. One of the things that i took with me from the seminar: " the rule of 5". The simplicity and yet the difficulty of the rule, makes it unique and when followed, is the key to success.
The example given: " if a man takes an axe and cuts a tree, but only cuts that tree 5 times a day, not more than 5 not less than 5, and he makes sure he does this everyday, one day that tree will fall down. When it falls down one cannot tell. It may fall down within weeks, it may take 1 year, or 6 months, depending on the size of the tree". The keynote to this: is determination, consistency and discipline in whatever one does. Now he (John) said that when you apply the rule of 5 in your business, in whatever you do you will succeed.
First of all find out what your passion, your talent, your gift is. Because, trust me you don't want to spend the rest of your life doing something that you don't have a passion for. When you have identified your passion, you now look for your rule of 5. Mind you it may take you a while to find your rule of 5, but when you do it, it will be worth it.
Now John C. Maxwell said that he decided to be a writer 30 years ago, and then he looked for his rule of 5. He said as a writer everyday: he reads, he thinks, he files, he asks questions and he writes, he does this everyday. On his birthdays, christmas, sundays, EVERYDAY. It doesn't mean that he spends all day doing all theses things, but he makes sure that he does it everyday. Today he may write for 10 hours tomorrow he may just write for a minute. The thing is that he has been doing this for the past 30 years, and has become so good at it.
Notez Bien: His business EQUIP is the most successful business of its kind all over the world, and it has been this way because they practice the rule of 5 everyday.
P.S. Michael Phelps the great swimmer who is just 25 years old, who won 8 olympic gold medals at Beijing in 2008, says he swims everyday. No matter the day, be it a sunday, christmas, his birthday, its freezing, he swims everyday.
In summary what i am saying is that: "in other to succeed in life one has to be determined and discipline. It takes discipline to find your rule of 5 and do it everyday. It takes discipline to swim everyday of your life, no matter the odds.
For me I have decided to be a translator and a writer.... what is my rule of 5?:
Everyday i read (comprises of english and french)
Everyday i write
Everyday i translate
Everyday i ask questions
Everyday i keep files...
this is my rule of 5. what about yours?
Recommended book: " THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP by John C. Maxwell
Have a lovely weekend.