Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Michael Grant Simon Stillwater, Minnesota, United States

Posted: 2020-05-27


The hardest part of any journey of accomplishment and success is getting started.  Procrastination is the exact opposite of Decision and is why most people fail.  Over twenty five thousand men and women who experiences failure put one of the top reasons is because they failed to make a decision.

I can relate this to my life on more than one occasion.  One example was Calculus one in College.  This class was one of the wake up calls I had in my first semester of College.  This was my first exam, which I failed miserably.  I was unprepared, undisciplined and I did not do enough practice problems prior to the test.  Many students dropped the course immediately.  I got back up and I did better on the next few exams but performance was average to slightly below.  Then midterm came and my grade was still in the doghouse.  I was this close to dropping the course and waiting till next semester to try again.   I was down in the dumps and felt failure all over. 

The next morning my father called.  He asked what I was up too.  I let him know that I was getting ready to drop Calculus.  He said these exact words. “Mike you need to make it through this course, so why not hang in there and get the minimum needed.  If you do drop it, you will have to start all over again. At that moment I made the decision that I was going to stick it out.  My professor respected the reason, but made no promises.  I ended up finishing the course with a C.   Not the best performance, but I finished it.  If my Father had not called that morning, I would have dropped the course.

Another experience was the military.  I did not follow the normal course that soldiers, marines, sailors, or airmen follow.  Most join right out of High School or within a few years.   Not me, I went to College, worked in the Corporate World, and earned my Masters Degree.   Nine Eleven happened near the end of finishing my Masters.   I realized at that moment that I had never done anything for my country in terms of selfless service.  Was just a sheep following the masses on what you should do for success in life?  I was wrong!


I was in my early thirties at this time and was unsure due to my age.  My next-door neighbor’s son was a Captain and said you can join up to age thirty-five.  He gave me the name of a recruiter, which I eventually called.  I made the decision to join after our first meeting.    I was overweight and extremely out of shape.  I knew this was going to be a challenge.  I was not going to be the typical eighteen year old that can still eat whatever they want and live on a few hours of sleep. 


The first week of basic training was one of the most uncomfortable experiences I can remember going through.  One of the primary reasons was a certain drill sergeant.  He rode me as hard as Dale Earnhardt drove around the track at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Not sure he wanted me to quit or what? A few trainees did quit or washed out who were much younger than me.  I, however, pulled my way through it.  Why?  I made the decision that I was going to finish what I started.  I realized later that this drill sergeant was only doing his job. 


Entrepreneurs succeed in all industries because they made a decision. Every one of them experiences bumps in the road.  An ordinary individual will quit at the first sign of trouble.  The successful will keep on trucking because they made the decision that they were going to succeed no matter what.


Network Marketing is no different.  Numerous people have signed up with a network marketing company. Some have signed up more than once.  Only a few, however, will make it to the stage of financial security and independence.    These few are not necessarily more talented and have the same tools everybody else has.  They make it because they made the decision to do it, no matter what. 


They do not let the naysayers, negative family members, and other pinheads in their life stopped them.  I am confident we all have plenty of unwanted boat anchors that will drag us down if we allow it. 


Mentoring for Free is one of the tools we are all blessed to have.  Surrounding ourselves with likeminded individuals who will enhance each other’s lives verses dragging one down.  Thank you Michael and Linda Dlouhy for this wonderful program.  Thank you Rick Burnett for reaching out to me and being there.  Thank you to everyone who participates on these weekly calls.


Proverbs chapter sixteen verse one,  “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.”



Michael Simon