177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class

Average performers think of work in terms of time invested on the job. World-class performers think of work in terms of overall productivity, output and results. Middle-class performers are far more concerned with what’s for lunch than with the productivity of the business day. Their bodies are at work, but their minds are elsewhere. Professional performers tend to work in jobs and businesses they love. As a result, thoughts of how to be more successful and productive rarely leave their mind. The great ones have to force themselves into nonwork activities just to give their mind a chance to rest and recover. Is it any wonder why the world class controls over 90% of the wealth in America?

The only people pros are competing against are other pros – about 5% of the workforce. The amateurs are no match for pros. How could they be? How can a person who is half engaged honestly expect to go head to head with the great ones? They can’t, and they don’t, which is why middle-class performers will always live middle-class existences. Don’t misunderstand; they have the intelligence, talent, and ability to go pro, but they usually lack the will. Meanwhile, the great ones are the most sought-after group of business leaders in the world. They are welcome in any organization during good times and bad. The world class has an open ticket anywhere they want to go because they are obsessed with increasing productivity and achieving results.


Rate your professional productivity on a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being highest. If you scored less than a 6, make a list of three things you could do to increase your overall productivity. After you make your list, go to your boss and ask for additional suggestions. This one exercise may double or even triple your productivity and results.

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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 133.

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