Dale Krammes made a difference in my life … a huge difference. As one of my high school teachers and life coaches, he would frequently tell me, “You don’t get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.” In other words, what you achieve in life is a direct reflection of your growth and development as a person.
Unfortunately, most people fail to achieve all they could achieve in their lives and their work … because they stop working on
themselves. They naively think they already know everything they need to know.
Of course, they’re sadly mistaken. As Krammes put it, “They don’t know that they don’t know, but they think they know.” The result is “mental malnutrition.” They stop their active pursuit of knowledge and they stop their diligent pursuit of personal growth.
Krammes urged me to become more so I would have more. He urged me to take time to develop my mind … to read ten to fifteen pages of something inspirational or motivational every single day. He urged me to set goals that would stretch me
beyond my simple, blue-collar comfort zone. And as he would preach day after day, “To do something you’ve never
done, you’ve got to be someone you’ve never been.”
Now it’s my turn. After several decades of teaching and speaking around the world, I can tell you that Krammes was right. If you want more, you have to become more.
So let me ask you, “What are you doing to become more?” I’d like to know.