What are you willing to settle for one year from now?
One year from now, I will have a fund for the camp that I will start at age 20, God willing. I will make $5 000-$8 000 from March 2020-March 2021. I will have my full driver’s license, a steady job at a nearby farm, and will do landscaping jobs during the summer. (ie, lawn and plant-bed-maintenance.) I will be up-to-date on all my schooling and will have finished my Trig book and gone on to Geometry. I will begin to write manuscripts for several books I plan to publish in a series to complement each other.
What are you willing to settle for on your 18th birthday?
At age 18 I will have begun interning in a trade such as electrics, mechanics, etc. I will take at least one course at a nearby college. I will have completed at least one of the several books I plan to write. I will have $20 000 for my life in addition to the growing camp fund. I will either begin learning or be in the process of learning a second language. I will begin working for a camp with a similar model to the one I hope to have.
What are you willing to settle for at age 25?
At age 25 I will have a successful camp that takes its income from my work in a trade and from the hay crop of the surrounding land. I will have several steady and reliable staff members. I will have the rough drafts of my books ready for publishing, and will have a plan to publish whenever I finish the drafts.
Remember, this is my plan.
“A bad plan is better than no plan. You can always revise a bad plan, or else replace it.”– Gary North
(Note: Just because I write this now doesn’t mean that I will not revise this plan … but I would be quite satisfied with the above, because it enables me to help teenagers in the faith – not during camp by simply advising them, but by impacting them so that they remember me and the staff as examples.)
Keeping track of your time, completing your checklist all give you a great feeling about your work. Many people are successful this way. But going above and beyond – putting in extra effort, longer hours, more interviews – will put you far ahead of the rest.
Napoleon Hill advocates the strategy of going the extra mile – which means doing more and better work than what you are paid to do – for the attainment of success.
How could I apply the strategy of going the extra mile?
- Before becoming camp staff, I will begin to help out, establishing a positive image that will carry on into my working years.
- As an apprentice, I would do jobs with a good attitude and do more than asked of me.
- As camp owner, I would listen to the kids, their parents, and my employees, being sure that they felt heard, that I understood them, and that they understood my position. Running a camp is largely based on customer service (keeping people happy), but only keeping my target group happy. I won’t have to satisfy 119-year-old ladies who want me to put knitting on the schedule, because my target group will be teenagers.
How can the strategy of going the extra mile help me attain these goals?
- I will become a better worker than my peers – I have a better chance of a positive apprenticeship because people appreciate someone who does a stellar job.
- Although I would be providing extra service for regular pay, the exceptional work would make me deserving of extra pay.
- Campers will have a better experience and will be more prone to trust me, knowing that I actually care about them. Since everyone likes to feel cared-about, especially teens, this equates to more campers.
- It will build in me people skills to get going, discipline for hard work, and courage to keep going.