Mindset Mastery 121 – A Tribute?

So who is most to credit for Halpin’s success? Is it Andrews or Halpin himself?

The Credit Goes To….

It is difficult to say whether Mr. Andrews or Mr. Halpin is more deserving of tribute, for the reason that both showed evidence of having an abundance of that very rare quality known as imagination. Mr. Andrews deserves credit for seeing, in young Halpin, a “go-getter” of the highest order. Halpin deserves credit for refusing to compromise with life by accepting and keeping a job he didn’t want. That is one of the major points Hill is trying to emphasize throughout this entire philosophy—that we rise to high positions or remain at the bottom because of conditions we can control if we want to control them.

What Habit Will Get You

Hill is also trying to emphasize another point; namely, that both success and failure are largely the results of habit! Without a doubt Dan Halpin’s close association with the greatest football coach America ever knew planted in his mind the same brand of desire to excel which made the Notre Dame football team world famous. Truly, there is something to the idea that hero-worship is helpful, provided one worships a winner. According to Halpin, Rockne was one of the world’s greatest leaders of men in all history.

Hill believed that business associations are vital factors, both in failure and in success, so intently that he intervened when his son Blair was negotiating with Dan Halpin for a position in his company. Mr. Halpin offered him a beginning salary of about one half what he could have gotten from a rival company. Nevertheless, Hill pressured his son to accept the position with Halpin, because he believed that close association with someone who refuses to compromise with circumstances they do not like is an asset that can never be measured in terms of money.

The Company You Keep

And so we are back to this point as well—that your success or failure is also a reflection of the company that you keep. Those who you choose to admire and emulate and associate with on a regular basis certainly will impact your outcome, so best to choose carefully and wisely! Have your heroes and mentors, but make sure they are worthy of you!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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  1. Phil Browne [stix] says:

    Ive left behind a lot of people I call friends and still do but I realise if Im to move forward then I must meet people who have the same ambitions that I have.They can say what they want one person said why bother your to stupid this person was particularly close to me.I love it when people say things like this because it only makes me try harder for the things that Im aiming for.Always aim higher then where you think you can reach you may achieve more then you imagined.Thanks

  2. How true is that “make sure they worthy of you”….. it is so easy to lose focus with those that are around you unless they have the same goals/dreams as you. There are so many dream takers….so choose carefully who you do hang around because the saying “You become just like the people you are next to” is more than just a saying…. Dream bigger, aim higher and mix with those that have made it big time if that is what your desire is. Only listen to those that have been in the same position as you, and never listen to those that are not successful. Life is far too short to be wasted so only have those in your life that will make you a better person……..Thanks Sean for a great blog.

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  3. Hi Sean,

    That is so true, that success or failure can be a reflection of the company you keep. I know it to be true, especially when giving up smoking. I could not be around people who smoked to be successful at giving it up. Instead I made a point of only socializing with people who did not smoke. This made it easy to give up. It’s been 15 year now and it doesn’t bother me any more that people around me may be smoking.

    Jill 🙂

    • Hi Jill I too withdrew from people who smoked and surrounded myself with non smokers that was in 1993 I was challenged that I couldn’t go four days without a cigarette well I have not had one since.

    • Hi Jill,
      that’s a great example of the influence you have yourself of setting your task up for failure or success. I am sure it is also possible while you stay around people that do the things you want to give up, but why make it un-necessarily hard on yourself?
      .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

  4. Habit – It’s the repetitive things we do on a daily basis that determines what we achieve in our lives. I just wish those good habits were easy to form…
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Taking the leap to work for yourself =-.

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I agree that success and failure are both habits. If we make it a habit to compromise what we want, we are setting ourselves up for failure. We need to have the courage to go after what we want and refuse to settle for anything less.

    I love that Halpin didn’t stay at a job he hated. I admire the fact that Halpin realized he needed to make a change and he had the courage to do it. I can learn a lot from Halpin.

  6. The company you keep is really important. Because it has a big influence on what you do, what you read, how you talk and what you think is “normal” and can be achieved. So if you want to reach high you better surround yourself with people that are there already, may it be in form of a mentor, books they wrote or about them, attending seminars they give and so on. There is endless opportunities to make sure you have heroes and positive role models in your life.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind =-.

    • Hi Renee
      My first ever seminars was may 2009 I had no idea what to expect, it was that weekend I knew where I was going and what I wanted to do, so now I am doing something I have found I love and now have the confidence to keep going

    • Hi Renee,

      This is an excellent point. If we want to succeed in life we need to associate with people who are already there. I really think we’ll make the effort to learn from them and be the kind of people we need to be to succeed.

      I think success is all in the habits we have. If we associate with successful people we’ll learn their successful habits. We wouldn’t have the same opportunity with unsuccessful people.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  7. Hi Sean

    I also think that success is a habit, one that can be learned fairly quickly because of the emotional surge one gets when they have a win, get the promotion, the proposal, the new job, the passive income, the goal weight loss etc.

    Achievements should be acknowledged and celebrated at the time, as they say, nothing breeds success like success.

    Another form of endorsing successful behaviour is to constantly read uplifting stories about successful people, books on positive thinking and to surround yourself with happy, positive and creative winners.

    • Hi Elly,

      We can make success a habit. I find that creating small successes helps me build momentum by giving me that winning feeling. Then I’m able to chase larger goals.

      I create small successes by setting a series of small goals. Every time I hit that small goal, it builds on that winning feeling and gives me the belief to hit a bigger goal.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

    • Totally right Elly, “nothing breeds success like success”.
      It’s important to celebrate the wins along the way and not wait for the one big one at the very end of it, otherwise you might loose your motivation.

      I like your other suggestion, to read stories of others that have made it. And if possible surround yourself with this kind of people, because it will rub off on you 🙂
      .-= Renee´s last blog ..Self Improvement Books – What Are Your Favourites =-.

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