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achieve·ment (as defined on merriam-webster.com)

noun \ə-ˈchēv-mənt\

: something that has been done or achieved through effort : a result of hard work

: the act of achieving something : the state or condition of having achieved or accomplished something

ACHIEVEMENT is not what you start – it is what you finish.
So if you are the type to start and not finish – break that habit. You are robbing yourself of one of your greatest needs.
It is my belief that mankind has a life-need of altruism and achievement. Some people need altruism more than achievement, or achievement more than altruism. But one of these two acts of giving or winning must be in order to feel a fulfilling life.

Strangely, many Americans no longer understand hard work – though our grandparents did, and the generations before them also did.

hard·work·ing

adjective \ˈhärd-ˈwər-kiŋ\

: using a lot of time and energy to do work

Some of us have chosen no longer to attend college. It is too expensive, we can’t work and go to school. Or we have other priorities. College would serve as a reflection of our willingness to do hard work. So without college, what is the testament of our worth? What will we accomplish? What will we finish? Is life worthwhile spent working a low skilled job for a low wage?

I do not think so.

I champion business. Business is the opportunity to solve a great problem, to fill a great need or desire and to enrich and better the lives of many, many people. In business, great people can show their worth- both with and without a degree. In business, the poorest person can build a great system, champion a great idea and become very wealthy.

Yet, so many start a business with the whimsical intent to be successful, yet they forget- to achieve, you must finish.

You must do what the customer needs you to do, or not promise that. You must file your paperwork correctly and keep good track of your money. You must continue to win new customers, as well as find new ways to serve your current ones. You must understand your competition, and be different and better than they are.

You must have a plan, when you can no longer run your company for reasons of illness, financial devastation, changes in the market and death.

You must stay focused to achieve success, or you will fail along with so many are failing right now.

ACHIEVEMENT is not what you start – it is what you finish.

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” ~Anatole France

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