The book is "A Life of Excellence" by Richard E Simmons. The author is the founder of The Center for Executive Leadership, which much to my surprise is located in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Now I've never met Mr. Simmons, but I sure would like to, so I could thank him for writing such a powerful book.
This book lays out three guiding principles that govern our life. According to the author, once we understand and grasp these principles, life becomes fairly predictable.
One thing I do want to mention, the author runs a Christian faith-based ministry, but this is not a religious book. These principles are timeless life truths or laws and they are applicable regardless of your religious beliefs.
The first principle he discusses is The Principle of the Path, which states that whether you realize it or not, your life is a journey and the choices you make and the actions you take are leading you down a certain path. It may be a path towards excellence and living a full life, or it may be a path of mediocrity or unfulfilled potential. In other words, you are the captain of your ship, and if your life isn't headed in the direction you want it to, you have the power to change course. You can head down a different path.
The second principle is The Vector Principle, which states that small changes over time become significant. Vector is a term used in mathematics and physics and it deals with the speed and direction of an object. The author gives the example of an airplane flying from New York to the West Coast and how one tiny vector change by the pilot will result in the plane ending up in Los Angeles instead of Seattle.
Likewise, small changes in our habits and routines can lead to incredible results over time. When our lives aren't really going the way we would like, we tend to think we need an extensive overhaul so we can completely re-invent ourselves when in fact a few tweaks here and there can be life-altering.
The third principle he discusses is The Daffodil Principle, which states that small investments over time have a cumulative effect. The author points out that someone who exercises consistently over a 40 year period will reap significant health benefits, even though each individual workout does not carry that much value in and of itself. The same notion can be explained by compound interest.
The author poses an interesting question: If you were given the choice of receiving $3 million in cash right now or a single penny that would double in value every day for 31 days, which would you choose? It seems like a pretty easy choice. $3 million is a lot of money compared to one penny, but doubling the penny every day for just one month results in over $10 million. That's the power of compounding interest.
If you want to know why this 3rd principle is called The Daffodil Principle, you're going to have to buy the book to find out. I don't want to tell you everything because I really think you should read it and absorb the principles for yourself. I will, however, provide a link below to buy it if you don't already own a copy.
The end of the book includes an action plan, with very easy to understand steps you can implement almost immediately to start making small changes to help you on your path towards a life of excellence.
I really hope you'll consider grabbing a copy of this book. You can read it in one or two sittings. It's written in a very easy to understand straightforward language and the suggestions are easy to follow. I'm not suggesting they're easy to implement. There's a reason not everyone lives a life of excellence. But if you take the time to absorb the lessons and then make a commitment to yourself, I think you'll be amazed at what you'll be able to accomplish.
Starting today, right now, I want you to make the decision to head down the path of excellence so you can make an impact and lead a full life.
Thanks again for reading, now go make an impact!
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