|The Road to Success is in
the Fast Lane
You succeed based on the quality of your
work, the amount of work we can do and one other factor: speed. How fast
can you go?
"THE RAPIDITY OF PARTICLE FLOW ALONE
DETERMINES POWER." ó
L. Ron Hubbard
The power and progress of our society is
based on speed. When your particle flow (information, services, goods
and so on) is slow, the rest of the world speeds on by.
For example, can you imagine working
without a computer, telephone, fax machine or the Internet?
Can you imagine traveling without a car
or an airplane?
Imagine being in a world where the
telegraph and railroad were major improvements.
Speed of particle flow determines the
power of a business. The faster the businessí particles (service,
sales, payment, delivery and so on) the more prosperous it becomes.
For example, you want to buy carpet for
your home. Two companies sell the exact carpet you want.
One says, "We can install it in six
weeks" and the other says, "We can install it tomorrow."
Who do you pick?
If the price and quality are comparable,
the company that can deliver the goods the fastest always wins in the
end. In many cases, speed is more important than quality or price.
For example, fresh ripe tomatoes from
Mexico in February may cost more, but they sell out quickly. Without
fast delivery, they are inedible.
Imagine fast service in all areas.
You call and say, "Hello,
I was calling to see if you could send someone to fix my furnace."
The furnace company says, "Is
ten minutes okay?"
You call your dentist and ask, "How
soon can I see the doctor?"
The receptionist says, "How
about 1:00 today?"
You call an auto dealer and say, "Iíd
like a fully-loaded 2003 Midnight Blue Mercedes 450SL with white leather
The dealer says, "Itís
right here. You can pick it up or we can deliver it to you in an
Business owners who take forever to make
decisions soon lose money. Managers who can spot problems and correct
them within minutes are valuable and hard to find. Workers who move like
lightening are soon promoted.
Companies that can quickly change their
direction are the most successful. For example, chain bookstores did not
start selling books over the Internet until Amazon.com was in business
long enough to work out their systems and take over the market. Chain
bookstores lost millions because they took too long to act.
How quickly can you move the particles
(communications, projects, services and so on) in your life or work? How
fast are you?
When you wait, avoid and make excuses,
you kill your speed. You delay your success.
When you respond quickly, act without
delay and complete tasks faster than anyone else, you have power.
For example, high-school graduates Lynn
and Chris both want to become school teachers.
Lynn says, "Iíve
got all those years of school in front of me. Iím taking a year off to
ride my bike around Europe before I start."
"I canít wait to teach. Iím taking classes this summer and will
get my degree in three years."
Who do you think becomes the otherís
The only road to significant success is
in the fast lane.
Ten Tips for Speeding up Your Success
1. Jump into projects as soon as
2. Act quickly on opportunities. If you
see what you want, jump on it before you lose the chance.
3. Push yourself to walk faster, talk
faster, read faster and move faster.
4. Keep up your speed with good habits:
sufficient sleep, good food, regular exercise and so on.
5. Reduce or eliminate people or things
that delay or stop you from moving quickly.
6. Whenever you think something canít
be done quickly, ask "Why not?"
7. Constantly look for faster methods to
get the same result.
8. Send and return communications with as
little delay as possible.
9. Set tough deadlines for completing
tasks and make them.
10. Challenge yourself by taking on more
work than ever and getting it done in less time than ever.