While watching the spectacular sunset from his cliff side home we got to chatting about life, plans, passions and dreams. We started talking about success and he told me something interesting that I thought worthy to share.
Back when my friend was in college at MIT he was having a beer one time in a typical Boston Bar in Faneuil Hall. A patron came in and sat down next to him at the bar. The man was dressed in an expensive suit, wore a pricy Rolex and had an air of confidence and class. They got to talking as they sipped their beers, including what they did for work. I don’t remember exactly but the man owned some famous company that’s well known. He was obviously worth a fortune – yet was still relaxed, humble, respectful and gracious to all of those around them – even poor college students.
Emboldened by the man’s friendly demeanor (and possibly the beer) my friend asked the man what he thought the secret to success was.
The man thought for a while and then spoke.
“You can get by fine on smarts, hard work, being in the right network, and creating something amazing. All of those things are great. But for me and all of the ultra successful and super rich people I’ve seen, the secret is to be good at two things.”
My friend listed, enthralled.
“You don’t have to be the best in the world at these two things, just near the top – maybe top ten. And it’s important you are great at these two things, not just one. It doesn’t really matter what they are because in business if you’re great at two things and can put them together, you’ll be incredibly successful.”
The man eventually finished his drink and said goodbye and left the bar, but the advice stuck with my friend, who later used it to go on to achieve his own great wealth and professional success.
Be near the top at two things and then bring them together. Essentially, that was his advice for professional greatness.
In a world where we talk about increased specialization, does this advice still apply?
If we think about Trump, Buffet, Gates, Oprah, and on and on, do some of the wealthiest, most accomplished and iconic people in the world actually follow this formula?
And how would this apply to chiropractors that are trying to build their practice into something special? Obviously you'd want to become as great as possible at chiropractic, but what second category of success could really distinguish you?
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