I’m often asked, “Jeff, are there any short cuts to success?” I politely answer, “Nope. None that I know of.” However, you can be on the fast-track to results, if you first embrace some powerful core values or principles—to then convert to practices. classroom kids

This is the kinda stuff I often think about. For I firmly believe, the right beliefs, values and principles, are the greatest influencers of success and achievement.

While what you do is crucial. That’s really a reflection of who you are. And perhaps the best summation of these principles, I found unexpectedly.

Many years ago, my wife and I attended Amanda, (our youngest child’s), first-grade curriculum night. On Amanda’s desk, was a simple sheet, titled: Lifeskills by Susan Kovalik & Associates. It said:

Integrity: To act according to what is right and wrong.

Initiative: To do something because it needs to be done.

Flexibility: The ability to alter plans when necessary.

Perseverance: To keep at it.

Organization: To work in an orderly way.

Sense of humor: To laugh and be playful without hurting others.

Effort: To do your best.

Common sense: To think it through.

Problem-solving: To seek solutions.

Responsibility: To do what is right.

Patience: To wait calmly.

Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring.

Curiosity: To investigate and seek understanding.

Cooperation: To work together toward a common goal or purpose.

Caring: To show / feel concern.

Courage: To act according to one’s beliefs.

Kinda funny, ain’t it, the lessons you learn, when you sit at the desk of a six-year-old!


Jeff is a Hall of Fame speaker, best selling author, success coach, broadcaster and lawyer. His clients call him a "business-growth specialist." If you hire speakers, please contact Sheryl Kantor at: 847.998.0688 or [email protected]. And visit to learn more about his other business-growth tools and to subscribe to Jeff's FREE e-letter, The Results Report . Jeff's books include; Stop Whining! Start Selling!, (an Amazon Bestseller), and the new, revised 5th edition of the bestselling Peak Your Profits. You can also stay connected with Jeff via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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