2 Secrets to Personal Growth and How to WIN

What separates those who win from everyone else?

Do you know people who seem to be succeeding in everything they try.  Okay, maybe everything is a stretch, but they always seem to come out on top.  What about those people who seem to know about any topic you mention?  What about those people who seem to know everyone?

I remember listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio show several years ago where he disclosed his secrets to personal growth.  He summed up the secret into two very easy to measure areas.

#1 – How many books have you read? – This may seem very elementary but when you think through what happens when you read, you realize it is the answer to so many limitations we all have.  Through reading, anyone can travel to anywhere in the world and even to places which only exist in our imagination.  Regardless of your income or health, you can travel the world through reading.  In addition to expanding your knowledge of the world, reading can also teach you so much from what others have experienced and learned through their lives.  I remember a story of someone asking, “Why in the world would you spend $25 on a biography about someone who died years ago.”  To which the person responded, “If 75 years of a person’s life lessons can be learned for on $25…who wouldn’t take advantage of that?”  Those people who can easily relate to a diverse population are those who are “well read.”

#2 – How many people have you met? – No matter how many technological advances occur, personal relationships are still critical.  Author Harvey MacKay wrote a book entitled Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty, which spoke to this very idea.  You never know when you will need to know someone, and wouldn’t it be a good idea to know them prior to needing them.  In sales we talk about the three P’s (Price, Product, Politics) and the only one which always either makes or breaks the deal is Politics.  This is not Republican or Democrat politics this is the politics of relationships, which could also be called people.  Relationships matter and we should all be working to meet new people every day!  Another book which absolutely nails this idea is called Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi, and talks about the importance of intentionally building relationships.

Please comment – What have you used to build new relationships?  What new books are you reading?


  1. Dan Forbes says:

    Dave, I say to people that 10 years from now you will be the exact same person you are today except for the books you read, the experiences you live, and the people you meet.

  2. Exactly right Dan. Thanks for helping those around you get it! #leadwithgiants

  3. Dave, one of my favorite books is “The Law of Success By Napoleon Hill”. However, if you plan on purchasing the book make sure you try to get the original 1925 edition and not the 1928 edition. As far as building relationships, I make it a point to remember everyone’s name when I initially meet new people. I find that people feel internally happy and are more open to have a deeper conversation with me. Engage people in a positive way in order to build strong relationships. – Hasan Harnett @hasanharnett

    • Napoleon Hill was one of the greats. He added so much value to so many. Thanks for making the distinction between the 1925 and 1928 editions. What are the differences? Thanks Hasan!


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