The Single Most Accurate Predictor of Successs


When I had a chance to work as a nurse here in New Zealand at 24, I really thought it will make all my big dreams come true but it didn’t as I imagined it. It helped for sure but working abroad and sending money back home wasn’t enough to help my family in a real and deeper sense. My pay as a nurse is big enough for myself but still limited to help me achieve my bigger dreams for my family.

I’m sure a lot of OFWs can relate to this.

So I have a few questions for you.

Dreams like owning a beautiful house overlooking the mountains and the ocean.

Or to travel the world with your family.

Or to own a successful business so you don’t need to go abroad to work again if you don’t want to so you can spend more time with your family.

Or maybe if you’re like me,  I dream to start a foundation or charity so I can serve others.

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a job that’s just enough to pay the bills, the rent or mortgage and you can’t even save or invest at the end of the moment?

I hear this problem from a lot of OFWs and it is sad. I was in the same situation many years ago until I started planning and I look for other ways for me to have other income streams other than my nursing job.

Along the journey- I’ve learned something very important from my favorite mentor- Bro.Bo Sanchez. He wrote this in one of his blog.

If you want to be successful, you need to learn to see a vision and plan accordingly. Proverbs says: PLAN carefully and you will have plenty; if you act too quickly, you will never have enough. (Proverbs 21:5 GNT)

Successful people plan ahead for the coming winter. Proverbs says. Lazy people should learn a lesson from the way ants live. They have no leader, chief, or ruler, but they store up their food during the summer, getting ready for winter. (Proverbs 6:6-8 GNT)

Big Question: How Long-Term is your thinking?

The longer-term your thinking is, the more successful you are.

When I was serving in the slums, I noticed that people think only for the day. A few think of tomorrow, perhaps next week—but that’s about it. They can’t think anything longer than that. The poorest of the poor think of where to get food for the day.

But when I talk to very successful people, they’re always thinking 5 years from now, 10 years from now, even 20 years from now.

A Harvard sociologist, Dr. Edward Banfield, confirmed this fact. He dedicated his life to study why some people succeed and others do not. When he did his research, he expected that race, gender, family background, and education were what made people successful, but he found out that they weren’t predictors of success.

What was his biggest discovery? That the single most accurate predictor of success was having what he called a “longtime perspective”.

Note, however, that it’s not just the ability to think into the future— but how that kind of thinking impacts your actions NOW that makes you successful.

Here’s the key: Success is the ability to make sacrifices now for a future reality.

I’m on my 30’s now and I work hard and I keep on investing new learnings for my self at the same time invest in the stock market slowly for my future.  And I’m very excited to think about the future.

I wanna retire @ 45 and before I just wanted to have at least 50 Million in my Stock Market Portfolio when that time comes but I feel like I can achieve more with the new skills I have now.

 I see a lot of my workmates on their forties, fifties and even sixties still working hard to pay the bills. And not just my workmates- I see it in my own family- my parents, uncles, and aunties. They haven’t think long term enough when they’re younger and now they’re unprepared for their future.

That’s the sad reality now for many Filipinos now- but it’s not too late. We can still change this by educating ourselves and develop the mindset of  LONG TERM THINKING!

May you live a happy healthy and wealthy life. May you live the truly rich lifestyle.

P.S.  If you want to learn about investing in the Philippine Stock Market guided by Bro. Bo Sanchez for your long term investment. Read more about the Truly Rich Club.–>

Crestine Carson

I’m Crestine Carson. I would love to inspire you to live a happy, healthy, and abundant life. It's my dream to inspire Overseas Filipino Workers to experience REAL HAPPINESS and SUCCESS in all aspect of your life. I believe everybody deserves to enjoy a Truly Rich Lifestyle. Read my blogs The Truly Rich Lifestyle.

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