How to Be a Winner: 5 Keys to Achieving Big Goals

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The Rule of Three

If you want to win, you have to play the odds, and not let failure frustrate you into giving up or playing small. You do this by refusing to do "just enough." You overdo by generating three times the opportunities you actually need. Weidel likes to use a baseball metaphor to explain the rule of three. The greatest hitters of all time, people like Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, or Lou Gehrig, only got a hit roughly one out of three times they went up to the plate. That means they failed 2 out of 3 times, but are still considered the best at what they do. Similarly, when you're trying to accomplish anything great, two out of three times it will likely go wrong. So make sure you have at least three rock-solid possibilities for every positive outcome you're trying to achieve. This way, you're giving yourself the best shot at succeeding by making sure the odds are in your favor.

Everyone wants to do great things, but few actually do. Why? Most people are either afraid to think big, believe they don't have what it takes, or don't want to commit to putting in the kind of effort required to accomplish anything truly great.

The truth is that nothing great happens without intense effort. Plans are a good starting point, but it's the energy you put behind them that make them fail or succeed. And anybody willing to put in the energy and effort can accomplish great things. But people who feel like life is giving them a dirty hand usually resent everything they have to do. They look for ways to cut corners and end up leading a small and limited life.

According to Larry Weidel, author of "Serial Winner: 5 Actions To Create Your Cycle of Success," if you want to achieve big things, you have to be willing to lay it all on the line, and drive yourself to exhaustion over a goal. When you push yourself, you grow faster. You learn how to get more done. You learn how to make yourself more valuable. You pick up ideas and experience you can use the rest of your life.

So what's the strategy for actually pulling off big goals? Weidel has refined what he's learned from various winners in all fields to five tactics.

Larry Weidel is the author of Serial Winner: 5 Actions to Create Your Cycle of Success (Greenleaf; October 2015). He has spent the past 40 years building a national financial services organization and helping the people on his team achieve the success they want. He helped grow A.L. Williams into the financial services giant Primerica. Today, Larry holds weekly coaching calls for leaders across the United States and Canada. His videos, articles, and other resources on career success, leadership, and sales are widely popular. You can learn more at


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