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msg #42332
Ignore TheRumpledOne
3/22/2006 12:44:44 PM

Wait Long, Move Fast By Robert Ringer

The late Chinn Ho, the wealthy Hawaiian who was commonly referred to as "the Chinese Rockefeller," once said in an interview that a cornerstone of his success philosop­hy was, "Wait long, then move fast." Ho said that young people tend to think in terms of one or two years, whereas he focused on periods of 10-20 years.

At the time he purportedly made these statements, he was in his eighties. So, on its face, it seems like a strange philosophy for someone his age to embrace. After all, how can you afford to "wait long" if you're in your waning years?

The answer, I believe, is that this is a philosophy of life. And your philosophy of life should not change just because you're growing older. Important announcement: You're always growing older!

As the years have passed, I find myself understanding and practicing Chinn Ho's philosophy more and more. Patience really is a virtue - and so is the ability and willingness to move fast when the Great Opportunity Door suddenly swings open.

Many motivational speakers like to point out that most people overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can accomplish in five-to-10 years. (Who knows who originally said this? One of the cornerstones of the speaking business is that speakers take the liberty to "borrow" each other's lines whenever the urge comes over them - which is often.)

The person who understands and believes in the philosophy of "wait long, then move fast" is most likely to possess the self-control to ignore ads that scream headlines such as: HOW I MADE $341,287.18 IN 28 DAYS WHILE LYING IN BED, EATING CHEESE-COVERED NACHOS, AND WATCHING TELEVISION!

Though I want to believe that a headline such as this is true, my intellect assures me that it isn't. Though you want to believe that such a headline is true, I'm confident that your intellect knows full well that it isn't. And, trust me, though the guy who wrote the headline wishes it were true, he also knows that it isn't - even if he has no intellect!

So, why do headlines like this still succeed in getting so many people to part with their money? In his brutally blunt style, P.T. Barnum answered this question for us a long time ago. Nevertheless, I'll take a stab at answering it in a more gentle way.

The living organisms that read these ads are human beings - and human beings despise long-term thinking and love the idea of quick money. My advice to anyone who is not able to suppress such a damaging mind-set is that he become a bank robber. He may end up in jail - or even get shot dead - but at least he would be zeroing in on a source of money that actually exists.

On the other hand, if you aspire to lead the dull life of an honest, ethical human being, take Chinn Ho's advice and learn to wait long, then move fast. If you stay focused on your goals and continue to trudge forward, I can almost guarantee that sooner or later many fabulous opportunities will open up for you.

And when they do, you have to be ready and willing to move fast. There are millions of long-term thinkers who wait long, then move slow. Which is fine, but they don't die rich. And since you do have to die, why not die rich instead of poor?

I mean ... after all ... we just assume that you can't take it with you. But wouldn't it be a bummer to find out, when you arrive at the pearly gates, that the gatekeepers really do allow people to bring it with them after all?

6,359 posts
msg #42333
Ignore TheRumpledOne
3/22/2006 12:53:17 PM

Another email in my inbox:

Common Things are Common

"I remember in medical school, they told us to never assume zebras when we heard the hooves of horses (or something like that). The meaning was simple, common things are common, uncommon things arent common."

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msg #42359
Ignore markcrisp
3/23/2006 5:05:15 AM

where do you get these articles from RumpledOne?

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msg #42360
Ignore heyen
3/23/2006 5:32:28 AM

Well if we arrive the pearly gate, what do you think,
how much time is ahead of us? Wouldnt the principles stay the same?

Planning to success und succeeding is a manifestation of our ability
to manage whats around us. Thats the reproducable wealth we will be
able to take with us. So who cares about the bucks...

6,359 posts
msg #42364
Ignore TheRumpledOne
3/23/2006 7:27:12 AM

Hi Mark, Ringer has a website and emails once a week.

A Voice of Sanity issue 66:

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msg #42382
Ignore TheRumpledOne
3/23/2006 3:28:08 PM


Includes Ringer's message.

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