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Introduction: The Outer Handbook
Any road will get you there if you don't know where you're going.
My Moms used to tell us, "Any road will get you there if you don't know where you're going," and I pass this on for you to think about. It's important to know where you're going in life. If you don't, it might take you twenty years to get somewhere that would have only taken twenty minutes if you'd known what you wanted. So the trick is to figure out what it is that you really want.
When I was in college, I read an interview with Lamar Hunt in a magazine called Success Unlimited. His father, H. L. Hunt, had become a multibillionaire back before it was popular to be even a millionaire. The interviewer asked Mr. Hunt how his father was able to amass so much money. Hunt replied, "It was quite easy." The interviewer responded that it wasn't easy to put together large sums of money; it wasn't easy to put together small sums of money. So how could it be easy to put together billions of dollars? Mr. Hunt said his father's philosophy had always been that you first must have a vision. You must see what you really want and see it crystal clear. Second, you have to decide what you're willing to sacrifice to make it happen, what you'll be willing to give up to make your vision come true. Finally, you have to just go about the business of making it happen or, as I tell young men and ladies in "Nike language": Just Do It.
When I speak to young people I always tell the H. L. Hunt story to inspire them. I still tell the story because I truly believe that these principles work. I have seen them in action again and again in my own life and in the lives of those around me. If you follow these three steps vision, sacrifice, and doing the work you can have anything you truly want out of life.
I adopted H. L. Hunt's philosophy, but I've added a fourth step to the process: Write down whatever it is that you want to accomplish so you'll have a reference point as you go forward.
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