Anything, Everything, And One Huge Success Principle – By Bob Burg

There’s a saying which, for many years, has been one of my personal favorites:

“How you do anything is how you do everything.” 

This point is often hammered home by my friend, Achievement Authority Tom Terwilliger, as he did in this recent post.

It was a consistent theme throughout T. Harv Eker’s book, Secrets of The Millionaire Mind.

This is one of those concepts that — for some reason — despite a great example set by my Parents, I simply refused to pick up on when I was a kid. It was easy to tell when I was motivated because I went full-out, 100 percent with fire and determination.

But, it wasn’t good enough because I loafed my way through whatever I didn’t want to do, doing just enough to get by.

I’m not proud of it, and willingly (though, regrettably) admit that it set my “success clock” back a long way. Once I understood and embraced the concept as an adult, I then had to retrain myself. It wasn’t easy.

I don’t have children; thus, I’m not qualified to suggest what anyone should teach theirs. However, I firmly believe that — if I had children — this principle would be right at the top along with those other teachings that we all know are so important: not intentionally hurting others, not lying, cheating, stealing and being disrespectful…and, of course, donuts no more than once a week, etc.) ;-)

One of my greatest heroes and mentors*, Booker T. Washington, credits one of his first employers (and a true mentor), Mrs. Ruffner, with changing the course of his life by teaching him why — when he swept her floor clean — it needed to be done 100 percent, spotless with nothing missed. This turned him from a young up-n’-comer with greatpotential to a man who would accomplish more and do more to touch and change more lives than most people could ever even imagine.

In his famous Tuskegee lectures, he taught this valuable success principle to his students and protégés. Imagine if this “one thing” were taught everywhere.

How important do you think this principle is to one’s success?


*Many of whom I consider to be great mentors of mine I never had the honor to personally meet. Such is the magnificence of books!


Bob Burg is coauthor (with John David Mann) of the international bestseller, The Go-Giver and their newly-released, It’s Not About You. To download the first chapters of Bob’s books, visit