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For my nephew Kyle Patrick Burleson, now B.A. and for all the graduates of the class of 2011, well meant advice and counsel.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Dear Kyle,

Without even a by-your-leave I am taking upon myself one of the most pleasant duties of aging: advising others how to live a better life than one has had oneself. Such advice giving may be a form of expiation for sins we were strenuously urged (by our self-selected guides) not to commit… but did, along with many other happy paths to perdition we found all by ourselves and enjoyed immensely.

First of all, please accept my apology for not attending this important event in your young life. The truth is, travel, which was once my unadulterated joy, is no longer such a pleasure. I am too old to relish the employees of Homeland Security asking me to divest myself of my clothes in the interest of American security. I appreciate their zealousness in pursuit of terrorists, but I look what I am: a well-heeled gentleman of refined taste, without a balaclava or hand grenade to my name. Homeland Security no doubt sees the obvious as the perfect cover for conspiracy.

In any event, my physical presence will not be present at your Commencement, and I regret this, especially the moment when your university president, or comparable big-wig, declares (as they do at Harvard) that you are now a member of the company of educated men and women. That is a magnificent achievement and deserves to be noted by all who love and care about you. With the great world growing increasingly uneducated… and with such standards upon which we prided ourselves… now reckoned elitist and archaic, I want you to know that entry into that company is and always will be one of the chiefest achievements of your life, no matter how long you live and what you achieve hereafter. You belong amongst these people and they will constitute the pool from which you draw your friends, your professional colleagues, the woman you eventually marry and, of course, your relations. You understand these people; they understand you and these things become more and more valuable as time goes on.

Know thyself, the complete self.

You have just completed a term of years in which you had ample time for the study of yourself; who you are, where you come from, where you wish to go and why.. Now, upon what is aptly termed commencement, this study will accelerate and will never conclude. However, to know yourself, you must know the people from which you came and who created you, a mosaic of them and their far-flung lives.

Amongst your relations, you number the most important Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall; also Harold Macmillan, Earl of Stockton, sometime Prime Minister of England. You are also the scion of cosmopolitan European aristocrats; indeed in the fullness of time, you will become a prince with an ancient title and a host of other titles of nobility. Your history is also replete with clergymen, pioneers, educators, business people, and many who arduously tilled the soil and planted carefully and well.

I tell you these things because in this day and age it is unfashionable to speak of the manifold genetic strands that produced — you. Our day and age celebrates the so-called common man. But we, Burlesons, Burgesses, MacMillans, Lants, Lauings and all the rest believed in constantly striving to go beyond, well beyond, the common; the better to achieve unstinted excellence. You are the product of excellence; we all hope and know that you will give us more of it…and so instruct your children to come in how to achieve it, too.

Now some practical advice.

You are a sensible fellow, good looking, intelligent, agile. This is all to the good. But these suggestions will enhance these attributes.

1) Be friendlier, more affable, the exemplar of the best of manners.

You are of a withdrawn disposition, tending to keep your counsel. This is admirable, but it is insufficient for living well amongst the other members of our species. Many of these people have not had your many advantages; they therefore look to you for the words and gestures of welcome and hospitality, commonly called manners, which make living amongst humans as pleasant as our species of carnivores and raptors allows.

You have come from leaders; leadership is in your blood. In no way does such leadership manifest itself better than with superior manners, for what are such manners after all than kindness and making others feel always comfortable around you, no matter what the matter at hand.

Good manners do not mean that you necessarily agree with people, but it means you respect them and wish to learn, sincerely, their dispositions and points of view. Good manners are the emoluments by which civilized people ease the lives of those they encounter and so ease their own lives.

2) Thank the people who help you, never forget their services and affection.

You are an able young man, able to do many things for yourself… but never all. Every person of insight and intelligence comes, inevitably, to agree with British poet John Donne (1572-1621) that “no man is an island unto himself”. You are the product of a variable army of good, decent, hard-working people who gave of themselves to shape you and make you the man you are today. These people deserve and should be amply given acknowledgement, recognition, thanks and, above all else, kindness. This is your responsibility now and for the rest of your life. Never wait for these people to contact you… contact them and be lavish in your expressions of thanks, for they have all worked to a single purpose, to craft, mold and improve. Your graduation makes it clear they succeeded.

3) Never forget, always remember, and always honor family.

This is a world where we are all vulnerable, endangered. Thus we must always consider how to preserve ourselves and flourish. In this equation there is one variable that never varies; the fundamental importance of family, the people who are of you, for you, by you. In this regard I have a paradox for your consideration. Now that you have graduated leave home as soon as possible, the better to come to know, understand and appreciate your immediate family as well as members of its branches.

The longer you stay at home, the longer you will be treated as an adolescent, not a man. Clashes under such circumstances are inevitable and will both pain and exasperate everyone. My cordial advice therefore, transforming Horace Greeley’s famous exhortation, “Go anywhere, young man, go anywhere.” Distance will not only make the heart grow fonder; it will enable you to see all the principals, in a new, more humane light, and so move into a more productive and affectionate phase with all.

One last request: communicate better and oftener with your scribbling Uncle Jeffrey. He always means you well and understands the importance of tangible affection. A small congratulatory check is herewith enclosed. Uncles understand the importance of providing funds towards the noble objective of more profound communications and understanding.

Remember this, thy college graduation day.

Do not miss a single part of the ceremony; take photos liberally; see the scene as it is, a pageant celebrating you and your classmates all over this land beset by high challenges and often enfeebled visions. We need you, all of you. And so if this day, a la Winston Churchill, is not yet the beginning of the end; it is most assuredly the end of the beginning… and is replete with hope, sorely needed, its limited supply now to be rectified by you, all of you.

About the Author

Harvard-educated Dr. Jeffrey Lant is CEO of Worldprofit, Inc. , providing a wide range of online services for small and-home based businesses.
Dr. Lant is also the author of 18 best-selling business books. Republished with author’s permission by Daniel Fischer Check out Info Cash ->

What you can learn from the great Napoleon’s catastrophic failure to plan his work and work his plan!

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

When you think of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, you probably think of

* military genius

* conqueror of Europe

* creator of the Code Napoleon.

All this is true.

But what is also true is that Napoleon was a gambler, not a planner; a man who lost an empire because he was unwilling to set a practical, achievable objective and do what was necessary to get and hold it.


By the spring of 1813, the Napoleonic empire, so very new, was already on its last legs. Napoleon should have been planning how to keep what he had which, after all, included la belle France. His chaotic finances, military weaknesses, and the national desire for peace provided reason enough to consolidate his possessions and plan for another day.

The whole of Europe, including the Allies who opposed him (Russia, Prussia, Austria, England) wanted peace, and they were willing to accept Napoleon’s continuance in power (with certain conditions) to get it.

However, Napoleon was a gambler, not a planner. He was simply unable to set a realistic goal and work towards it, even if he could as a result, have his dynasty endure in France.

Oh, how he needed to listen and adhere to the sage counsel the Shakespearian Duke of Burgundy gave to King Henry V:

“Why that the naked, poor, and mangled Peace, Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful births, Should not in this best garden of the world, Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage?”

But Napoleon would have none of it. When his military talents procured a victory (as they did in May, 1813 at Lutzen) he insisted on more. When these talents failed him (as they did at Leipzig in October, 1813) he would not accept less. This was not statecraft… it was mayhem.

The whole of Europe except one man yearned for peace… but this one supremely selfish, disorganized and myopic individual… insisted on war, exasperating all, while ensuring ultimate failure for himself.

Had he, in the turbulent days of 1813, planned for the continuance and stability of his dynasty, he could have had it to the general joy and jubilation of Continental Europe. He simply needed to say “J’y suis. J’y reste”, as Field Marshal MacMahon did at the siege of Sebastopol in 1855; then set about making it happen.

Are YOU a business gambler? Or do you plan your work and work your plan?

You KNOW the value of business planning. You know the planners get more and keep more. However, like most people planning is something you just can’t seem to get around to doing. Instead, like Napoleon, you proceed without a clear objective and relentless focus. In short, you muddle through.

This was catastrophic for Napoleon… and it’s not smart for you either, especially in an economy as weak and uncertain as we have now.

So, today resolve that you will do something the great Napoleon couldn’t do: plan your work, work your plan, and emerge as more successful than the emperor himself. Here’s what you need to do:

1) Set a clear objective.

You need to know where you’re going and when you plan to be there. If you don’t know where you’re going and when you plan to arrive, just how do you expect to succeed? A clear objective is a must.

2) Write this objective. Don’t just keep it in your head.

Written objectives are the ones that get achieved; the rest are forgotten. I bet you don’t have such a written plan now. Change that at once!

3) Write down precisely how you intend to reach this goal.

Again, specificity is key. You must say how many units you plan to sell… and keep to this specific schedule each and every day you wish to reach your goal!

Note: if you miss a day or two, don’t give up and throw the baby out with the bath water. Humans fail… but we can get focused again and succeed.

4) Make sensible revisions in your planning and execution.

Business conditions change. You must change with them. For instance, when circumstances are bad, you must improve your offers to improve your cash flow. When circumstances have improved, you should consider price increases. The key is realizing that changing circumstances necessitate changes in your goal and the way to achieve it.

YOU can be more successful than the Emperor himself

Napoleon failed. The man with the golden touch was lacking the one thing he needed for success and was so obviously lacking: judgement. He who had dazzled Europe… did not know how to contain his hubris and turn it into sensible, achievable policy. Thus, he lost all.

Learn from the great man’s titanic error.

Plan your work. Work your plan. Evaluate. Maintain what you have… always move ahead… but never gamble. In this way you ensure your success. What’s more, because of your planning and focus, YOU will enjoy the success the great emperor himself forfeited.

Napoleonic resource

For one of the best books (and the best written) on Napoleon and his family, consult “The Bonapartes” by David Stacton. Simon and Schuster, New York. 1966. It’s a very good read.

About The Author

Harvard-educated Dr. Jeffrey Lant is CEO of Worldprofit, Inc.,where small and home-based businesses learn how to profit online. Attend Dr. Lant’s live webcast TODAY and receive 50,000 free guaranteed visitors to the website of your choice. Dr. Lant is the author of 18 best-selling business books. Republished with author’s permission by Daniel Fischer Check out Painless Traffic ->

Too busy? Need extra time? Then it’s time for your ‘NEVER DO’ list!

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

We all know the importance of “to do” lists, that is lists where you write down what you need to do and when you need to do it. You DO have such lists, don’t you? They are essential for maximum efficiency and focus.

Well, this is a recommendation to start drawing up and living by items on your “never do” list, a list that becomes absolutely necessary as you see your opportunities and tasks expanding exponentially and your time remaining inflexible and limited.

Time is infuriatingly limited

Face it. Since you were born, no one has been able to figure out how to get more than 24 hours in a day. Generations of trained, often brilliant, scientists have come and gone… yet we have the same amount of time as the Caesars with no change in sight. Bummer.

Thus instead of wishing we had more time, the challenge becomes making better use of the time we have. Inspired allocation of time becomes the goal… and this includes the all-important “never do” list.

The residual pull of “do it yourself”.

If your upbringing was anything like mine, you were constantly admonished: “if you want it done right, do it yourself.”

Without detracting from the wisdom of this remark, I must tell you this in all seriousness: quite simply you cannot do it all yourself… and to achieve increasing success you must make the determination and live by it… that that which can be done by others, must be done by others; this is the only way you can perfect your ability to make money and mastermind the growth and expansion of your empire.

Start today. What task(s) can you stop doing at once?

Review what you did yesterday, everything you did. Write it down. It is time to see where you currently invest your time… and to stop doing at least 1 of the items currently being done by you. Now, when I say write down EVERYTHING you did….I do mean EVERYTHING. The goal is freeing up time… which means a total review of what you now do for yourself.

Looking at what you do

This list will include items like these

* household tasks like laundry, food shopping and preparation, taking care of pets

* time you spend with children and elderly parents

* running errands (list every one you must do)

* driving and upkeep of your vehicles.

Be thorough, be exhaustive, be honest!

Selecting the first item to be done by others

Remember, the amount of time is rigidly fixed. What you personally do… and what you delegate to others to do is not. Now is the time to start this crucial delegation.

Household help

Busy people, important people, people with lots of things to do… and the desire to advance… almost all have household help and so must you.

Hire your help (recommendations from friends help). Then train them to meet your exacting standards and to create the lifestyle of ease and efficiency that you require as a necessary condition for your own success.

Now, I’m not saying it’s not possible to live without household help. What I am saying is that if you want the maximum amount of free time that you can devote to getting on and getting richer, then you MUST have household help. That help is a crucial factor in your success.

Training such people in what you require is essential. You’ll need a “to do” list for them, and you’ll need to monitor carefully what they do and how they do it. Allowing them to get on with the job of helping and serving you will yield a huge dividend in time and a general feeling of contentment and satisfaction.

A driver

If you’re like most people you spend a spectacular amount of time in and around your vehicles. This is time better spent in advancing your economic well- being and comfort. In short, you require a driver.

Drivers can be used for a myriad of purposes, from running errands to making an evening out comfortable and efficient. If you’ve never had such help before, you can hardly imagine how liberating it is to acquire and use it… and how promptly you become accustomed to its many advantages. And the cherry on the cake, of course, is that it frees up a huge volume of time, time you can better use for other purposes.

A word of recognition

My own driver is Aime Joseph, a man of efficiency and concern, who with his charming wife Mercedes, take care of me and mine. Indeed, so popular is Mr. Joseph, that when my relatives visit they always ask whether he will be picking them up at the air port. An affirmative answer cheers them immensely. I am glad to attest to his virtues… and to the essential services he delivers, services which have given me both leisure and the time required for enhanced business profits and a better, more serene existence.

A word of advice: slow and steady wins the race

The first problem to overcome will be accepting the need for help to free up time. Then there is the matter of cost. You’ll say that you don’t have the money to delegate life’s essential tasks to others. That’s rubbish. You simply need to be sure that you can generate the necessary money from your business and that this money is greater than the cost of the assistance you are acquiring. If it is, no problem.

But don’t go mad… before you add additional help to your expense ledger, always make sure you can generate the income to pay for it. Once you are sure, proceed. This means moving ahead with all due deliberation. Help is great, help is essential, help gives you the better life… but you must be able to pay for it.

Now begin. You are about to stop doing one essential task after another, tasks you may have done for a lifetime but which you cannot afford to do yourself any more. Why? Because you truly know and intend to live by the fundamental truth that is Benjamin Franklin’s famous line: “time is money.” Indeed it is… and now, with all your new and vital help, you are about to liberate a great deal of that time and reap the very substantial benefits that come when you do!

About The Author

Harvard-educated Dr. Jeffrey Lant is CEO of Worldprofit, Inc., where small and home-based businesses learn how to profit online. Attend Dr. Lant’s live webcast TODAY and receive 50,000 free guaranteed visitors to the website of your choice! Dr. Lant is the author of 18 best-selling books. Republished with author’s permission by Daniel Fischer Check out Info Cash ->

Seven things you must NEVER say to yourself if you want MAXIMUM business and personal success

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

You’ve heard it and said it since you were a kid: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That’s definitely true if you are the recipient of the words… but absolutely wrong if you are the sender. You see, language completely defines who you are, what you will do, and the level of success you can achieve. If “you are what you eat,” it is also absolutely true “You are what you say.”

That’s why I’ve identified 7 key phrases that are holding you back, 7 phrases which you must IMMEDIATELY eradicate from your speech as they threaten your success!

1) “I’ll do it tomorrow.”

Want success? Then understand that “tomorrow” is the enemy of “today.” How many people do you know who have a “manana” mentality, always willing to put off until tomorrow that which could so easily be done today.

People who succeed in life are people who do today what can be done today, never allowing themselves the luxury of postponement. These words, then, must be the first to expunge … and never allow your brain to think. “Carpe diem” must forever be your guide.

2) “I’ll make do.”

Now hear this: successful people never “make do.” Making do is for people who have convinced themselves that they will be happy with less. This, of course, is the direct opposite of what truly successful people think, say, and do.

To the successful, “making do” means imposing restrictions on who you are and what you could achieve if you made achievement, rather than its opposite, your objective. No great thing, no worthy thing, no meaningful or awesome thing has ever emerged when the person in charge said these words. So banish them at once from your vocabulary; if you keep them you will surely get the less you say satisfies and nothing more. Is that what you want?

3) “I’m a survivor.”

Initially this may seem positive, but upon further thought you will come to see how invidious this phrase really is. No successful person is merely a survivor; such people do not merely continue to exist (which is what survival means). Instead, they ascend beyond mere existence to the superior state of flourishing.

Thus, instead of touting the mere ability to get by, give yourself a better objective by saying: “I am not merely a survivor. Instead I flourish.” (Note: Floreat Etona is the motto of England’s most prestigious and influential school, the school that has provided generations of leaders. Let the slogan work its magic for you, too.)

4) “I’m fixing to do it.”

Take a close look at these words.

They do not say “I am doing it.”

They say “I’m thinking about getting around to doing it.”

Now, it should be obvious that truly successful people don’t brag about how they are “about” to do something. No, indeed. These people, the people we want to be like and emulate, are people who are masters of “do”. And you must be, too. Drop “fixin” from your vocabulary forthwith.

5) “Working on it.”

Here’s another deceptive phrase which makes non English speakers scratch their heads in bafflement. The phrase, you see, seems to mean one thing, but actually means quite another.

“Working on it” means the complete reverse. It does not mean that a thing is being attended to, completion in sight. It means, instead, that the thing in question is not being attended to, has not been started, and that no completion date can be seen because none has been set. Oh, my!

“Working on it” is a phrase beloved of procrastinators, the slothful and slow-walkers worldwide because it gives them cover for the work they are assuredly are not doing and the success they will not achieve because of it.

6) “It’s good enough for me.”

This potent phrase has destroyed success for millions worldwide, generation after generation. Success means constant application, work, a vivid striving after success and the thrill that comes from having achieved it.

By contrast, the minute you utter the word “enough” you have signalled an end to absolutely everything necessary to achieve success, including success itself.

“It’s good enough” could hardly be worse for your aspirations, strangling success in its cradle and leaving you with crumbs. “There is nothing quite so bad,” wrote the insightful Oscar Wilde, “as that which is good enough.” This is why you must banish this corrosive phrase at once. Only the good can be good enough for you!

*7) “I could never do that.”

Are you one of the legions of people who use these killer words? Be advised: success cannot flourish in this inhospitable terrain.

People who demand success empower themselves by creating an environment where the goal of success is never undercut by the words they use and the thoughts they think. For such people, the keynote is positive potential, not instantaneous death by your own hand.

You see, if you say you cannot do the thing in question, then most assuredly you will not achieve that thing. As Henry Ford, master of the practical, the richest man of his time, rightly said: “You think you can. You think you can’t. Either way you’re right.”

Last Words

Success at the best of times is generally difficult to achieve. Why, then, make it even more difficult by sabotaging yourself, diminishing success by empowering failure? Your thoughts, your words are your realities. Negative words, restricting words, words that sabotage rather than improve and inspire must be rooted out and destroyed.

YOU must create for yourself an environment where the total focus, including every word you utter, facilitates achievement and does not handicap it. Start by eradicating these 7 invidious phrases, replacing them with those that enrich, improve… and never impede. At once, your trek to success becomes decidedly easier. Yes, you are on your way!

This astonishing phrase is dynamite, a sure-fire indicator that the person who thinks and utters it will have the most meager portion of success. In short, it undermines, sabotages and otherwise strangles the very possibility of success.

What stimulates success is the keen desire to be better, to have better, to live better.

About The Author

Harvard-educated Dr. Jeffrey Lant is CEO of Worldprofit, Inc.,
where small and home-based businesses learn how to profit online. Attend Dr. Lant’s live webcast TODAY and receive 50,000 free guaranteed visitors to the website of your choice. Dr. Lant is the author of 18 best-selling books. Republished with author’s permission by Daniel Fischer Check out Info Cash ->