Inspiration from Bo Bennett
Estimated Lesson Time: 4 minutes
If you have not figured it out by now, Bo Bennett (1972–) is the author of this book you have been reading for the past year. His full bio is available at http://www.BoBennett.com.
Success begins with the desire for success. My fascination/obsession with success began at age 10 while listening to success author Denis Waitley’s “Seeds of Greatness” audio program. From that day on, I would read and listen to any book or program I could get my hands on related to personal or business success.
Success is learning from others. Growing up, I learned so much from my family. From my mother, I learned sales and how to conquer fear. From my father, I learned creative thinking and independence. From my sister, I learned about the entrepreneurial spirit. And from my brother, I learned about the power of the human spirit and the incredible positive changes of which people are capable.
Success is taking your own path. From my performances of the “Mr. Bill Show” with clay figures for my second grade classmates, to my high school and college days where I chose to abstain completely from drugs and alcohol, I have been seen by my peers as “different”; but being different is something that has never bothered me.
Success is acting on opportunity. I glimpsed the future when I was first introduced to the Internet. My wife, Kim, and I sold our graphic design business, and the secure income that went with it, to pursue web hosting. Starting with a single customer and revenue of $10 per month, I ended up selling my first web hosting business seven years later for 20 million dollars.
Success is being passionate about life. I love life. Most days I wake up at 4:00 am with a fire in my belly and ideas in my head. I love my work as well as my time away from work. I love my wife Kim, my daughter Annabelle, my son Trebor, and my dog. I just love life.
Success is living a healthy lifestyle. I am a big advocate of health and fitness. Since age 14, I have been exercising on a regular basis while continually improving my diet. Our bodies are the vessels that carry our minds through life. When we fail to take care of our bodies, our minds suffer as well. The mind can only focus on one thing at any given time. When the mind is focusing on illness or poor health, it is impossible to focus on success and achievement. Take care of yourself, so you can take care of those whom you love, and focus on making a difference in the world.
Success is having good relationships with others. For me, a significant portion of my success can be attributed to my relationships: my relationships with my family, friends, business associates, customers, and acquaintances. I hold no grudges, hate no one, and have learned to focus on the good in others rather than their faults.
Success is happiness. While I cannot say I consider myself one of the most successful people alive today, I do consider myself one of the happiest people alive today. To me, happiness is skiing with my daughter. It is watching movies with my son. It is spending quality time with my wife. It is eating, writing, programming, designing, creating, reading, learning, and helping others. For me, happiness is found in the little things that I do every day.
Success is being grateful for what you have, and not resentful for what you don’t have. I live a wonderful life, and I am grateful for all that I have and all with which I was born. I am grateful for the fortunate events that led me to where I am today. I am grateful to live in a country, during a time, of such tremendous opportunity. I am grateful for my ability to not let adversity affect my happiness. Most of all, I am grateful for having the clarity to see life for what it really is—an amazing opportunity.
Success is sharing. Writing Year To Success has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. The idea of sharing my success philosophy with people all around the globe and helping others to discover their own gifts, is greater than any financial compensation. It is a dream come true for me.
Take Your Year To Success To the Next Level
If you like what you are reading, please consider these options in addition to this course. They include a hardcopy of the book and an intensive course with action steps, assignments, and personal coaching from Bo.
- Buy the Book. Year To Success - Available in hardcover, signed by the author. Also available in ebook, paperback, and audio from Amazon.com.
- Enroll in Bo's Life Mastery Online Course. This is a course that covers hundreds of life-enhancing topics that they never taught in school, but should. This is more than a course on self-improvement; it is a course on mastering life.
Some discussion questions (some may not apply to this lesson):
- Have you implemented this idea in your life? How has it been working for you?
- Do you have any interesting stories related to this lesson? Do tell!
- What do you admire most about this person? (success biography days)