Three Keys to Greatness

David Vogelsang, summarizes Jim Rohn’s "Three Keys to Greatness":

1. Setting Goals: I call it the view of the future. Most people, including kids, will pay the price if they can see the promise of the future. We need to help ourselves and our kids see a well-defined future so we will be motivated to pay the price today to attain the rewards of tomorrow. Goals help us do this. 

2. Personal Development: Simply making consistent investments in our self-education and knowledge banks pays major dividends throughout our lives. I suggest having a minimum amount of time set aside for reading books, listening to audio, attending seminars, keeping a journal and spending time with other successful people. Charlie Tremendous Jones says in five years you will be the sum total of the books you read and the people you are around. 

3. Financial Planning: I call it the 70/30 plan. After receiving your paycheck or paying yourself, simply set aside 10 percent for saving, 10 percent for investing and 10 percent for giving, and over time this will guarantee financial independence. 

Rohn’s three principles were for teenagers, but they can also be applied to anyone, including teachers. Setting goals for one’s teaching and “investing” in those goals through professional development are essential to improving one’s practice. 

Although a little bit of a stretch, the financial planning can be thought of as feedback loops of reflection in which one sets aside 

  1. 10 percent of one’s time for tracking and revising one's goal-planning,
  2. 10 percent for reflecting on one’s personal development and achievement of goals, and
  3. 10 percent for sharing with others the results of one’s professional development.