How To Join the Top Five Percent of Achievers in this World
The examination of statistical data coupled with experiential observation has brought me to the conclusion that there is a huge gap between the top five percent of the performer and the rest of the world. Based on certain statistical data, human performance can be broken down into groups. In order to make this easy to understand as well as making the playing field level. We will say that a group of 100 men from similar backgrounds and equal education start their professional careers at age 25. Where do you think they will end up by age 65?
Let’s take a look at what the statistics suggest concerning the realities of these men by age 65.
- 1 will end up rich (experiencing complete financial freedom)
- 4 will experience financial independence (no longer having to work to support their lifestyle
- 5 will still be working (not of passion but out of necessity
- 36 will be dead
- 54 will be dependent (on someone else or
someformof an agency or organization)
So, only five percent of the group will earn a passing grade in the area of finance over the course of their lives.
Side note: Depending on which study is used, the statistics should be given a margin of error of two percent.
What is the common denominator with those who make up the five percent of exceptionally successful people in the world? Simply put, they are not conformist. While the non-conformist
We live in a world of conformity. We are literally trained and conditioned to conform, even leading to us insisting on others to conform as well. The predominance of the public education experience is focused on developing conformity in thinking and behavior. People who land in the top five percent have learned to think for themselves — to entertain thoughts and ideas that are outside of the box of commonality.
The top five percent are those who have been constantly reminded that they are not being realistic.
“Being realistic is the quickest path to mediocrity.” ~ Will Smith
I often hear people complaining about the level of competition in a particular market. Most people will not enter the world
Do you know why competition exists at such high levels in the world? Because everyone is thinking and doing what someone else is thinking and doing. Very few people are exploring the unique potential embedded in their unique design.
Life is a complete thing — having a beginning, a middle, and an end. The end will be determined by what you do in the middle. Most people see the end or later years of their lives as a point of decline and something to fear and dread. This fear and dread are usually due to the fact that they did not properly plan for the end. When you see the value in your life and you pour into the work you do, there is no limit to what you can accomplish and the later years will prove to be the best years.
We live in a world in which people are conditioned to believe that there is a greater honor in one type of job than there is in another. The value and honor are not in the job or the work you do, but in how you view and approach it. I have seen attorneys and doctors struggle financially and never accomplish anything of significance. I have also seen more than one person start out on fries at McDonald’s and end up owning a McDonald’s franchise. What is the difference? One person had a mindset of excellence and excelling and the other simply sought to exist in a world that someone else established with no endgame in mind.
I encourage you to start to think outside of the box. Stop allowing yourself to be confined to the reality and ideas of others. When you study the path of the most successful people in history, they all decided to do what others thought was crazy or impossible. We fly around the world now because the Wright brothers decided to engage the impossible. We talk to people around the world in real time because someone decided it was possible despite being told they were not being realistic.
We now understand Einstein’s theory of relativity but that is only because he refused to accept that he was crazy and he thought for himself. As long as you continue to operate within the parameters of someone else’s reality, you will never fully experience life at the level of
Instead of following someone else’s chain of thought, why not determine that you are going to get out in front of the trend. Instead of following something someone else created, you are going to come up with the solution to an existing problem — allowing you to write your own ticket.
How much do you know about your industry? Could you be considered an expert in your industry? In as little as three years, you can become an expert in your field, and it is the experts who are paid handsomely. Learn to see beyond the job in order to see how your unique imprint can literally reshape the way the world sees what you do. The value is not in the job, it is in what you invest in the job. You are the X-factor.
One of the greatest failures of mankind is that we refused to prospect the unlimited potential of our minds. ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.