Profile: Larry Page, Co-founder of Google
In this chapter, we’ll be profiling Larry Page, one of the founders of Google.
While you may not be as familiar with his name as Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs, Page is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, surpassing some of those names that you are familiar with through his impact on the present state of technology and potential impact on the future.
Here’s a pop quiz.
What is the one way to ensure that your products and services are always at the very top of internet searches no matter what? The answer is – build the world’s most popular search engine first, and then build products and services second.
Page read the biography of Nikola Tesla when he was just 12 years old and it changed his life – and ours – forever.
From that point forward, Larry Page had a passion for business and technology, and he turned it into the world’s most successful corporation.
Most of the advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, automotive technology and the internet at large will likely come from Google in the coming decades.
Let’s take a look at the nine habits that people like Larry Page incorporate into their life in the area of setting and achieving professional goals.
Habit 7: They write down their goals
The problem with trying to take a journey somewhere that you haven’t been before is that without a map, you have very little chance of reaching your destination.
Imagine that you took a trip from Los Angeles to Tallahassee without a GPS or a map – and there weren’t any road signs to guide you.
That’s how trying to reach your goals without writing them down is.
Luckily, successful people like the entrepreneurs featured here know this, and they make sure they always write down their goals.
Habit 8: They work on them nearly every day
Also, entrepreneurs don’t just set them and forget them.
They actively work on them every day if they can.
The success that they achieve comes with a lot of hard work and they know this is the case.
That’s why they consistently do thing to get them closer to their goals.
If you want to be successful, then write down your goals and post them somewhere that you can always see them.
Then each and every day, try to do something to move yourself closer to each and every one of those goals.
Habit 9: They aren’t afraid to dream big
Entrepreneurs aren’t afraid to dream big.
Someone else might think that owning a multi-million dollar company or becoming a billionaire is well out of their reach, but the most successful people in the world have no problem seeing themselves achieving any level of success that they desire.
They know that anything worth achieving is going to take hard work, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.
It just means that it might take a little longer to get there, or it might take more work for them than someone with less lofty goals.
Habit 10: They don’t allow setbacks to keep them down for long
Even when things happen that make it more difficult to reach their goals, they don’t get thwarted for long.
Successful entrepreneurs know that failing is part of the journey and when they have a setback they just think of a way around it and then continue on their journey.
Setbacks can knock some people down and they never get back up, but that’s not the case with the world’s most successful people.
Habit 11: They never give up on their dream
Another thing that can sometimes happen when a journey is difficult is wanting to give up on the dream.
For millions of people who do not realize that they really could reach their goals if they put in the work, the dream is just that.
But for these entrepreneurs, they never give up, no matter how hard things get.
They just keep plugging away until they eventually achieve their goals.
Habit 12: They do things that others won’t
You will also notice that successful people will do things that others won’t do.
For example, if someone has a dream of creating a video game, they may not be willing to spend ten years reading every book on programming and living on almost nothing while they work towards that dream.
Most people don’t have that kind of motivation.
But successful entrepreneurs will stay late, show up early, and work for years without pay to achieve their goals.
Habit 13: They are flexible enough to adjust their goals when needed
One of the problems that people sometimes run into after they set their goals is that they made them so inflexible and difficult to achieve that they become impossible.
While there is nothing wrong with setting a goal to become a millionaire, you are probably going to be disappointed if you put the time limit on your millionaire goal one week.
Successful people, on the other hands, create realistic goals and make them flexible enough to bend with the unexpected things in life.
Habit 14: They don’t procrastinate
Another thing that successful people refuse to do is procrastinate.
Procrastination is one of the worst plagues that humanity faces, and people often fail simply because they put something off till the last minute and didn’t have time to do it.
But the entrepreneurs on this list do not procrastinate.
In fact, they take the most difficult task and do it first, and then take the other tasks after it and do them too.
Habit 15: They do more than what is expected of them
Do you only do the minimum at work or with your other responsibilities?
That might be why you haven’t achieved the level of success that some of our profiled businesspeople have.
Successful people do more than what is expected.
They always go above and beyond.
Whether that means showing up early and staying late, or spending time outside of the office trying to achieve their goals.
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