I say this a lot but I love to read. At a minimum, I’m reading one book a week more often two. One of my favorite books of all time is David J. Schwartz’s, The Magic of Thinking Big
While listening to this book for about the 5th time in the car the other day, I came upon former President Lyndon Johnson’s 10 Point Formula For Success.
The following 10 points are directly from Lyndon Johnson, followed by my comments.
- Learn to remember names. Inefficiency at this point may indicate that your interest is not sufficiently outgoing.
- Be comfortable personal so there is no strain in being with you. Be an old-show, old-had kind of individual.
- Acquire the quality of relaxed easy-going so that things do not ruffle you.
- Don’t be egotistical. Guard against the impression that you know it all.
- Cultivate the quality of being interesting so people will get something of value from their association with you.
- Study to get the “scratchy” elements out of your personality, even those of which you may be unconscious.
- Sincerely attempt to heal, on an honest, Christian basis, every misunderstanding you have had or now have. Drain off your grievances.
- Practice liking people until you learn to do so genuinely.
- Never miss an opportunity to say a word of congratulation upon anyone’s achievement, or express sympathy in sorry or disappointment.
- Give spiritual strength to people, and they will give genuine affection to you.
Even though Lyndon Johnson became President due to the death of JFK, he did manage to win the popular vote on his own in 1964. I was far from being born, but it’s not difficult to imagine the public placing their trust in someone who lives by those 10 points.
Developing Your Formula For Success
What stood out was that never did Lyndon Johnson wait. He never worried about things outside of his control. Instead, his formula consisted of only proactive habits.
Lyndon Johnson understood that only other people (voters and politicians) could get him to where he wanted. Instead of worrying about what other people thought of him, he worked hard to market himself so that he could control how the public perceived him.
In the comments, I want to hear how you can apply Lyndon Johnson’s 10-Point Formula for success to your life.