Saturday, October 31, 2009

Led Zeppelin and Jack Welch Show Up On Time

Led Zeppelin took the 1970’s by storm, rising quickly to become, not only one of the most popular bands of their time, but of all time. Their song, Stairway to Heaven, remains one of the most played songs on radio. They’ve sold over 200 million albums worldwide. VH1 ranks them #1 on their chart of “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.”

Although they got into their fair share of craziness along the way, they were professional when it came to their music. They determined that they would let nothing come before their music. Here’s an example: according to their manager, during their twelve years of performing, they never missed a performance. Never. Neither were they ever late.

Think of it this way, had they been performing throughout your school career of 12 grades, they would have never been late for a performance. Not once.

You’ll find this as a characteristic of many highly successful people. They show up. On time. Every time.

Jack Welch lead one the largest, most successful companies in the world – General Electric. GE is worth more than the total domestic product of entire countries. Because of Welch’s performance there, he’s considered one of the greatest business leaders of his time.

But before he became president, while he was working his way up through the company, he found ways to separate himself out from the pack. Here’s one thing he did: if he had a business meeting scheduled the next day in another city, but he was afraid that bad weather might delay his flight, he’d fly in the day before.

That attention to showing up, on time and prepared, was a part of what made people know that he could one day lead the company.

From Led Zeppelin to Jack Welch, success people find ways to make their meetings on time. Do you want to get a good education? Now’s a great time to overcome whatever hurdles keep you from showing up from school. Hey, it’s not always easy. But find ways to make it happen and it just might make you successful, whether you want to be a rock star or a business leader.

(Sources: Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin, Uncensored, by Richard Cole, with Richard Trubo, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1992, p. 377.)

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The Paradise Series said...

Each family has to decide how they want their child to be educated and what kind of material they want brought into the lives of the little ones they love.

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In order to have a successful home school experience, all members of the program must be on board and willing to take a part in the program. I think it appropriate to suggest that home school is not for everyone and that includes the student, parent and overseer. I will explain my own situation and conditions which might serve to enlighten anyone heading in the home school direction.

First, I must admit I am a teaching professional who has retired, but I began my home school program for a bright young lady at age two when it was apparent that she was ready to learn to read. (And read she did) My wife and I read to her, allowed her access to educational program on the computer and instructed her that all toys which could be deemed educational would be purchased without question, if reasonably priced and worthy. During her K through high school-home school program she must have purchased over $5,000 worth of computer programs alone. I can remember one very well, which was, The Oregon Trail and was one of her favorites. The reason it is difficult to remember, she is now 24 years old, married and a college graduate, with a perfect GPA.

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The Paradise Series said...

Each family has to decide how they want their child to be educated and what kind of material they want brought into the lives of the little ones they love.

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J. Steve Miller said...

Thanks for the comments! You always have so much to add!