I was 13 when I first heard the word “underachiever.” Mrs. Adams, my ninth grade English teacher, used it to describe a student who had, in her opinion, failed to work to his potential. The student? Yours truly.
Back in 2006, I and a good friend and colleague (let's just call him Joe for now) came across a robust set of documents by Adam Sicinski. The starting point of this set of documents was a document Adam called 'The Mastermind Matrix.' Adam's work pulled us in due to our interest in and use of Mind Mapping as part of our workflow.
Look over there. There are diamonds there for you. No, not over there on the other side of the field. Over there right next to you. Just bend down and scoop it up, and you will have the diamond right in your hand. Dr. Russell Conwell, who was the founder of Temple University, delivered a lecture over 6000 times. Someone later documented his speech in the timeless and classic book Acres of Diamond. It is an incredibly well-told story.
In his book You were born rich, Bob Proctor tells the following story. In 1923, at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago, eight of the world's wealthiest financiers met. These eight men controlled more money than the United States government at that time. They included :