My key take-aways from the 2019 National Achievers Congress

I took the opportunity today to experience some of America’s greatest speakers and thought leaders live on stage at the National Achievers Congress in Chicago’s United Center (home to both the Chicago Bulls – Basketball – and the Chicago Blackhawks – Hockey). Under the framework of what it takes to be successful in life, Kevin O’Leary, Dean Graziosi, Tony Robbins and a few others shared their personal secrets to happiness, abundance and fulfillment.


While it is impossible to convey even half of what I heard, learned and jotted down, I do want to share with you my key take-aways as a bit of inspiration for your upcoming weekend: 

  • A change of attitude creates a change in life. Great attitude creates a great life, because attitude generates energy. (Joseph McClendon)
  • Life is exactly what you dare to make it. (Joseph McClendon)
  • The secret to success is learning from others who have already done it. (Dean Graziosi)
  • To define your goals of where you want to be, picture yourself a year from now and think of what it would have made it the best year of your life. Start there. (Dean Graziosi)
  • Dreams do not change someone’s life. It is the courage to pursue them that makes the difference. (Wayne Gray)
  • Unless you are going to do something different, nothing is going to change, and everything will stay the same. (Wayne Gray)
  • There is no entitlement. If you want to achieve something, you must do something for it. (Kevin O’Leary)
  • “Dad, why is it that every time we take a plane together, you turn left to where you have a bed, a big screen tv, a roast beef rolled by on a trolley and French wine, while I turn right and sit in 69D?” “Son, that is because I have money and you don’t.” (story told by Kevin O’Leary about a recent conversation he had with his teenage son)
  • If you struggle and all you do is cry about it 24/7, nothing is going to happen. (Gary Vaynerchuk)
  • It takes an obnoxious amount of work to create success. If you put in mediocre effort, you generate mediocre results. (Gary Vaynerchuk)
  • Do not create entitlement for your kids. When they win, they win. When they lose, they lose. This is reality and they need to learn early. When they lose, help them feel grateful for the opportunity to play. (Gary Vaynerchuk)
  • Whether someone wants to do business with you or spend time with you, they will be affected by your energy. High energy attracts high energy, and low energy attracts low energy. (Tony Robbins)
  • Energy is the single most important theme relevant for success in your life. It does not come from food, it does not come from sleep, it comes from how you program your mind. (Tony Robbins)

While some of these thoughts might appear like common sense, I find that it does help to be reminded every once in a little while that achievement in life does not come from nothing and requires a great deal of hard work (which can be painful sometimes). Most of the speakers started out being nothing and owning nothing and only through hard work, determination and perseverance have they gotten to where they are today.

Of all the messages I listened to today, I was especially awestruck by Kevin O’Leary’s approach to teaching his son the lesson of entitlement, where everybody is tasked to create their own success in life, independent from which family they are born into. Would you raise your kids like this?

I was equally amazed by the amount of positive energy which Tony Robbins is capably of generating in a stadium this size with no single person remaining seated on their chair. He has coached people like Andre Agassi, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa and many more to outstanding successes and has a presence that is simply indescribable.

My main take-away from today’s event is that everyone must identify their own recipe for success and personal mantra to live by. But is it not great to know that the path to happiness and fulfillment in life, whether related to our job, relationships, health or financial well-being primarily lies in our own hands? I think that is pretty awesome.

Have a lovely weekend!

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