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      Title: Whatever It Takes
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      Author: Harald Anderson
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      Whatever It Takes
      Copyright 2004 Harald Anderson

      I have a sign on my office door. It pretty much summarizes
      my philosophy of life. The sign simply says�..�Whatever it

      Short. Simple. To the Point.

      �Whatever it takes� means exactly that. That I will do
      �whatever it takes� to get what I really want. It is the
      best description that I have ever been able to come up with
      to summarize the entrepreneurial experience.

      Decision. Commitment. Result.
      Something I pretty much had ingrained into my subconscious,
      playing sports as a kid.

      Make the Decision.
      Commit to that outcome. Visualize.
      Experience that Result.

      With my friends and colleagues I abbreviate and say�W.I.T.
      I�ll often refer to individuals as either having W.I.T or
      not. Y�know it�s like in the Rocky movies��the eye of the
      tiger.� You can tell when someone has W.I.T and when
      someone is faking W.I.T.. Or, worse yet when someone
      doesn�t even know about it!

      Walt Disney suffered through a bankruptcy and breakdown.
      Milton Hershey experienced bankruptcy in his pursuit as the
      �chocolate king.�
      H.J. Heinz saw his newborn company forced into liquidation.
      All these individuals understood W.I.T.

      It often confounds me though how many people will never
      understand what �whatever it takes� really means?

      It seems that I developed my understanding of this
      philosophy through hardship. A tough teacher but an
      effective one nonetheless.

      Maybe you can relate.

      When I first started my life as an entrepreneur I thought I
      was pretty focused on what I wanted. Instead I got the
      exact opposite. Working long hours for little or no pay,
      dealing with creditors, angry customers, unresponsive
      vendors, indifferent intermediaries, idiotic bankers,
      erratic sales, loaning money to the company, etc. Quite
      frustrating until I discovered that all of that had been a
      training ground of sorts that taught me the alchemy of
      turning problems into opportunities. The one
      characteristic that every great businessperson must

      Whatever it takes. Problems into Opportunities.

      W.I.T made me understand that it is not what happens to
      you. W.I.T makes you look at what are you going to do
      about it?

      Before I had discovered W.I.T I had never realized that I
      had a �BLAME� list that was responsible for my
      circumstances. There were so many problems standing in the
      way of my success. I was convinced that I needed less
      problems. �If Only�s� so to speak�.
      I rationalized that successful people had less problems
      than I did which allowed them to be successful. LOL! I
      hate to admit it, but it is true.

      �Well you know the economy��
      �But the Government�.�
      �If I only had more money��
      �Its all in who you know�.�

      All of these are huge lies which will prevent you from
      understanding �W.I.T.�

      Everybody has problems.
      But problems begin to dissolve when you acquire skills.
      I was guilty of wishing and hoping for less problems. What
      I needed though was better skills. Without skills your
      focus gravitates to the problem. A very poor focus indeed.

      How often do you complain? Most of us are not conscious of
      how regularly we demonstrate that our �FOCUS� is on the
      problem and not the solution. I was thinking about this
      the other day when I overheard a group of employees whining
      about their circumstances. It reminded me of my �BLAME
      LIST.� No W.I.T.

      One of the benefits of being an employee is not having to
      take TOTAL responsibility for your life. Its made me
      realize that rarely have I observed successful individuals
      complain about their circumstances. It is a major
      distinction between people who exhibit entrepreneurial
      flair and those who are will always remain employees.

      The biggest issue that I have found with success is
      actually defining �the word� SUCCESS on my own terms.
      Over the years I have developed a love affair with
      dictionaries. You might remember those books our ancestors
      used in the pre-search engine days. Anyway, I use
      dictionaries regularly to see how they define a word. What
      has become fascinating about this is that dictionaries
      often disagree with one another�.kind of like the search
      engines do today.

      If you look up the word success in most dictionaries it
      will normally come up with some variations of the
      following ideas:

      "accomplishment, achievement, attainment; triumph,

      And my experience has been that these synonyms promote the
      following viewpoints:

      When you get what you want then you can be happy.

      Life begins when you get X.

      What you don�t have is better that what you do have.

      More is better.

      I find these perspectives woefully inadequate for truly
      defining the elements of a successful life. Until you
      decide what success means to you, inadvertently you will
      fall for one of these perspectives. The key is defining
      SUCCESS based upon what is ultimately significant to your
      life, on your own terms.

      For me, W.I.T. is a wonderful definition of SUCCESS.
      Football coach and legend Vince Lombardi said, �The pride
      of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and
      determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied
      the best of ourselves to the task at hand.� If anybody
      understood W.I.T, it was Vince Lombardi.

      I, also however am reminded of the French prisoner
      Papillon who was unjustly condemned to life imprisonment on
      Devils Island. He was disturbed by a recurring nightmare.
      His dream was that he stood before a harsh tribunal.
      �You are charged� they would shout, �with a wasted
      life. How do you plead?�
      �Guilty.� He would mutter. �I plead guilty.�
      Papillon, the prisoner knew that to waste his life under
      the control of others was WASTE. He also consistently
      pursued his freedom. W.I.T.

      Life is essentially composed of energy, time and space. To
      ultimately live a successful life would mean that we
      intensely understand these basic elements and invest them
      wisely without waste in pursuit of our goal. The rich have
      money. The successful individual has a rich
      entrepreneurial life and lives it intensely.

      Success is a passionate love affair with life, W.I.T, on
      your own terms, by your own design.

      So be it!

      About the Author:

      Harald Anderson is the co-founder of Art Inspires a leading
      online gallery of motivational and inspirational posters,
      prints. �When Art Inspires, Dreams Become Realities. His
      goal in life is to become the kind of person that his dog
      already thinks he is. http://www.artinspires.com
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