I have had the good fortune to meet many great leaders in my lifetime, and I’m grateful for that. However, if someone told me today that I had to select one leader that stands out above the others, there is no question in my mind…I would pick Nido Qubein. Why is that?
Nido’s passion, as a leader, is contagious, but more than anything, he’s a leader who leads from his heart. You may have heard the quote…”They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
With Nido, there is never any doubt. He makes everyone in the room feel important.
Who is Nido Qubein? He is the author of many best-selling books. He is one of the most sought after speakers in America. He is the Chairman of Great Harvest Bread and the President of High Point University in High Point, North Carolina.
But how he got to where he is today will inspire you. You see, Nido came to America from the Middle East at age 17, with little knowledge of English and 50 dollars in his pocket. Through the choices he made, he became the amazing person he is today.
Nido’s book, Seven Choices for Success and Significance is an understatement. I feel there is more wisdom per square inch in this little book than any we’ve ever published. Simply put…it’s a book that can change the way you think about life.
As Nido says in Seven Choices for Success and Significance, “Regardless of where you were born or what your financial position in life, the power to affect your own future lies within your own hands. Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
So today is the day to start living the life of your dreams. It all starts with the right choices, because the choices you make define the person you become.
Today, I’d like to share a brief excerpt about choosing success and significance. Enjoy!
An excerpt from Seven Choices for Success and Significance by Nido R. Qubein
What is success? Only you can define it in your own life. In my own life, I have attempted to define both Success and Significance.
To me, Success is secular. Significance is spiritual.
It doesn’t matter how you define your own spirituality. Spiritual matters are always finer, deeper, and longer lasting than secular matters.
Success focuses on three Fs:
Success is focused on tasks, even goals.
Significance also focuses on three Fs:
But, significance focuses on purpose. Why am I here? What do I do with the talents, experiences and skills that I have? How can I make the world a better place? How do I plant seeds of greatness in the lives of those around me? How do I make an impact in the circles of influence where I find or place myself?
To choose success and significance, you must be a strategic thinker who:
• Has a clear vision of what you want to accomplish
• Develops a solid strategy that answers three questions:
- Who or what are we today?
- Who do we want to become?
- How do we get there?
• Employs practical systems to achieve your goals
• Commits to consistent execution because in consistency, success emerges.
When implementing your strategic plan for success, it really comes down to three “Ds”:
Decide what you want most to achieve
Determine the first step to getting what you want
Do the first thing that will start you moving toward your goal.
Using these seven keys, you can choose success and significance. But keep this in mind: success is not a matter of luck, not an accident of birth, not a reward for virtue. The most successful people I know are the ones who have something to do, somewhere to be and someone to love.
No one is responsible for your success or your joy. You must search for it and be in a continual state of earning it.
To merely succeed is not an end in itself. You must use your success to impact other people…to impact the world…to Live Life from the Inside Out.
It all starts with the choices you make—they determine the person you will become.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from someone who not only has set a standard for achievement, but who does so in a way which gives back to others. Seven Choices for Success and Significance will give you the tools you need to choose both success and significance in your own life.