Let's call them Ron and Steve, two highly successful individuals measured by our societal standards of net worth and attainment of goals. They are both billionaires. Aside from their net worth, one powerful commonality is their focus on their goals. Each carries a physical journal with them throughout the day. Every morning they wake to review their long-term, intermediate and daily goals; and they remind themselves why these goals matter. They repeat this routine before bed. This dirt simple routine does a few things:It keeps their bigger goals front and center. It's a daily reminder to keep on task, eliminate distractions and stay the course. The Greeks knew ......

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This visual shows why companies get stuck on the growth curve
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