Success Involves This One Thing Which Many People Ignore …

Written by William Pauwels on July 12, 2017

There are so many things I have learned – particularly about business – during my later years. That’s one of the reasons I pass on info and opinions to others – in the hope that you will learn these things sooner rather than later.

Nothing is more important for the desire to learn than perhaps the act of learning.

Knowing what you don’t know, followed by the act of learning what you don’t know, will make you a success in any field of endeavor.

But that’s so easy to say, isn’t it? It’s so easy to be lazy – physically and mentally. But not so for that small percentage of people who search for what they don’t know – what they need to know – and where to find the knowledge they must acquire.

Keep in mind that almost every field has its own specialized language. Learning that language is the first step in understanding what you don’t know.

Brain power is certainly important – but not as important as knowing what you don’t know – and the act of learning what you don’t know.

For example, take the profitability of a business. Most profitability is achieved during the last few weeks of a business’s fiscal year. The first several months are normally required to cover the business’s fixed expenses. The last month or so determines the business’s profitability. Obviously, the earlier all fixed expenses are covered in a business’s fiscal year, the greater the profitability produced in the latter months. So that’s why so many businesses push extra hard in the last several weeks of their fiscal year – with ads and promotions…

Obviously the above example is common sense – but I wonder how many people really think about it that way. I bet not many.

In any case, much of what I pass along may seem like common sense. I don’t mean to talk down to anyone. I want others to succeed as much as possible in their personal and business life – and most of all in their spiritual life. Obviously, there are different levels of education – both academically and via work experience – in people’s lives. Question is: are they willing to learn the new things they need to know but which they don’t already know?

Never forget: In God we must trust . . . but we must always do our part – to secure and promote the truth and a better way – to protect our freedom and interests – and to defend the Judeo-Christian American-Way.

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William Pauwels
William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.