Walter McIntyre’s Incomplete Success Thoughts

Walter McIntyre Incomplete Success Thoughts

Can you remember when you graduated from high school or college? The feeling that you could change the world and that you could be and do anything you choose? Can you also remember the day you realized that maybe you were not going to change the world and that you were limited to what you could be?

I can. I can also remember feeling disappointed in myself when my dreams for success did not immediately come true. Fortunately, I had a wise adviser in my life that helped me put things into perspective.

Walt’s Incomplete Guidelines to Success in Life

Can you remember when you graduated from high school or college? The feeling that you could change the world and that you could be and do anything you choose? Can you also remember the day you realized that maybe you were not going to change the world and that you were limited to what you could be?

I can. I can also remember feeling disappointed in myself when my dreams for success did not immediately come true. Fortunately, I had a wise advisor in my life that helped me put things into perspective.

Random Success Thoughts

  • Know who you are.
  • Know where you are going.
  • Know why you are going.
  • Slow down and think your way through tough situations.
  • Balance long and short term thinking.
  • Avoid sacrificing long term goals for short term goals.
  • Keep the main thing, the main thing.
  • Your tactics should support your strategies, and your strategies should support your objectives.
  • Feeling good about yourself and your successes is more important than outward celebration.
  • Know your next goal or objective before you reach you current goal or objective.
  • Be honest with yourself.

Talent vs Heart

If you follow professional football you are hearing a lot about Tim Tebow’s perceived lack of passing talent. Even so, he continues to win. So what’s up with that? If you look deeper into the story, you will find that his teammates believe in his leadership and drive, even if his head coach and the sports news talking heads do not.

Obviously, there is something else in play here. Let me explain. Talent by itself is like a box cake mix. Until you add some water and eggs, you have nothing of value. Talent without heart and drive will not win a championship for you. After coaching high school basketball for several years I found that teams who relied on their talent for success were the easiest to beat.

Personal Motivation

Personal motivation has 4 components:

  • Belief in purpose
  • Belief in process
  • Belief in self
  • Definition of success

Belief in purpose is about having a reason to want to achieve a goal or objective. What is the burning “Yes” in your life that makes you want to be successful?  For some it is our families, for others it may be a desired life style or a cause we are passionate about. In any case, you have to know what it is.  I am not talking about head knowledge in this case.  It is heart knowledge you need.

30 Things I Believe

30 Things That I believe:

 – I am not here by accident.

– We are not here by accident.

– My life’s wake tells my life’s story.

– I will make a difference with my life whether I want to or not.

– I will make a positive difference in the world.

– We know the solutions to our problems; we just don’t know that we know.

– Diversity is good, but divisiveness in bad.

– I am responsible for my actions.

– I am responsible for my success or failure.

Six Sigma Success

The roll out of a process improvement initiative like Six Sigma is always a cultural event.  It requires a cultural change.  The problem is that many executives do not have a clear understanding of how to change a culture in this way.  Not because they do not have leadership skills, but because it requires leadership without the use of position power. It is sales related.