Jul 152012

There has been plenty written about how small changes can and do lead to huge differences in results. One such example is the sliver between very hot water, at 211 degrees Fahrenheit, and boiling water, at just one degree, 212, higher.

Success works the exact same way. Recently, I had the privilege to re-listen to an audio by accomplished entrepreneur Marc Militello . In it, he discussed three topics which have been explored in depth before, however, when combined together for someone who wants to improve his/her personal or professional development, or both, that degree of difference can be bridged even easier.

My transcribed notes below in this post are a bundle of Mr. Militello’s original thoughts as espoused on the audio along with my interpretation/wording.

AREA 1 : Time Management









There are 86,400 seconds in each and every day. In order to use them wisely, be sure to ask the question, ‘Is this the best use of my time?’ before doing anything.  A book recommendation [ note: I haven’t yet read it- it’s on my bookshelf ] that he made:  ‘Eat That Frog!’ by Brian Tracy.

AREA 2 : Self Improvement | Development






Anyone who wants more out of their LIFE should chart out a course of lifestyle change that develops the inner core and helps one deal with the outward circumstances that come at us daily. Self-help, self-improvement/development cannot be taken for granted in a world where intellectual and social capital are both in unlimited need.

Reading great books ( such as ‘Rascal‘ ), being a hungry student ( seeking out and applying lessons and principles from a coach/guru/mentor ), joining a tribe/community that focuses on leadership growth & positive association, & giving your best in all you do are all part and parcel of this area. Additionally, the tale of two woodcutters is recommended reading.

AREA 3 : Daily Discipline






The final area is discipline. We’ve all heard about this one before!  Discipline, however, should not be viewed in a negative light or with emotion; discipline for success may bring with it some pain and discomfort, however, it is only with pain and stretching oneself out of his/her familiar zone that will lead to lasting success.

The ‘Do It Now’ principle will be a big help with overcoming bad habits, primarily procrastination, fear, and risk-averseness.

The Parable of the Touchstone is a great visual to help with re-programming your subconscious mind to deal with the changes you’ll experience in this area. Imagine finally having the touchstone, and then tossing it into the sea like all the other stones, just out of rote habit!


May your have nothing but success moving the needle on your leadership thermometer to 212!