Archive: August 2013

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    Entrepreneurs Use the Prosperity Cycle to Make Dreams Come True

    Prosperity Cycle PicMotivation equals success. Guaranteed. It might not equal immediate success. It might not equal success in everything you try. But strong motivation breeds inspired effort, and that will always lead to triumph eventually, even if it wasn’t the triumph you were expecting. Passion is the source of motivation. How does passion get translated into prosperity? Through the Prosperity Cycle.

    The Prosperity Cycle is a self-reinforcing cycle that will set you on your chosen path, keep you moving forward, and provide you with the vast amount of energy that you’ll need to get where you want to go. It offers a structured process for personal development and for achieving prosperity. It creates a perpetual feedback loop between your passions and your actions, propelling you forward down the path of your choice. Passion helps you get the cycle started, but the cycle itself reinforces your passion, powering your imagination and inspiring you to dream bigger and do bigger—“do” being the operative word.

    The most successful people, particularly entrepreneurs, use this cycle to their advantage every day, even if only intuitively. They are inspired by a hardship or a vision to step off the beaten track, where others are consistently telling them what is and is not possible. That first step, though, is prompted by a decision to do something, to embark on a new path toward a different goal. Whether your initial spark comes from being mad as hell or incredibly inspired, it’s your ticket to ride. That energy and passion powers the self-discipline required to get started and fuels the focused effort required to move forward. Effort always yields progress, even if it doesn’t quite turn out the way you had envisioned. A win is fantastic, but a learning moment can sometimes be even more rewarding. Either can lead to increased confidence and self-esteem, which, in turn, motivates you to make the decision to do it again, only bigger.

    Each success you rack up builds your capability and gives you the confidence to keep going bigger. Personal achievement is the human equivalent of nuclear fusion, releasing vast amounts of energy to tackle the next challenge in your path. The cycle never ends for those who continue to fuel their internal fire, because even if they achieve their goals, life is full of new challenges and opportunities that renew the cycle.

    Right now, you may not feel very passionate about any one thing in your life. Or you may have been persuaded that the thing you feel most passionate about isn’t worth your energy, dampening the flames. You may not think of yourself as somebody who is inherently motivated. Many of us aren’t. The Prosperity Cycle can help.

    Decide to start using the Prosperity Cycle today! Identify something that you would like to make happen at work or at home. Make it something fairly simple. What is the very first step you need to make to achieve the goal? Make it granular, such as setting up a meeting or asking a colleague for help. Don’t worry about the next steps for now, just take the very first step. You will know what the next cycle is once you’ve completed the first one.  DO SOMETHING!

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    Pursuing Prosperity Means Caring

    blind womanOn Sunday afternoon Jenny decided to make homemade tomato soup and sent me to the grocery to pick up the ingredients.  It was a hot afternoon, over 90°F, and as I entered the store I passed a middle aged blind woman standing on the hot sidewalk with her groceries neatly packed away in a rolling cart.  I didn’t think much of it until I noted that she was still there when I came out with my haul of tomatoes and other goodies 20 minutes later.

    I politely asked her if she needed a ride home and she replied that she had called a cab a half an hour ago but that they hadn’t shown up.  She asked me a few casual, but clearly qualifying, questions to help her confirm that I was just a guy concerned about her, and her groceries, melting on the sidewalk and accepted a ride.  It made my day to help her out and I hope it made hers a little easier.

    Technology may have eliminated many daily interactions that used to require face-to-face communication, but it has also had the unintended consequence of making the human interaction that remains all that more important.  We are all social animals with a need to share, a need to be appreciated, and a desire to work with people who care about us.  Check out David Brook’s TedEx talk here to hear more about this and to be able to use “interpenetrated” in a sentence!

    With regard to your pursuit of prosperity, some of the best advice I can offer is that caring about other people—a process that I call Carefrontation—will help you build a team that will help you achieve your vision and make the journey a whole lot more fun.  For a full explanation of the concept and the ways that a team full of people who care about each other outperform a team that doesn’t, check out a guest blog I wrote on Carefrontation here.

    If you still want to know more, send me an email at and I’ll send you the full text to the Chapter that explains why genuinely caring about other people is a shortcut to prosperity.

    Have a great day!


  • Mark reminds us how important it is to spend your time doing something you’re passionate about, and how easy it can be to turn that passion into prosperity.

    Mike Fries, President and CEO, Liberty Global

  • Shortcut to Prosperity captured many habits that I learned over the course of my career. I would have loved to have this book twenty years ago, as it would have helped accelerate the development of my entrepreneurial capabilities.

    Dan Caruso, Founder and CEO, Zayo Group

  • I have spent my career preparing young people to succeed in an increasingly challenging global economy. Shortcut to Prosperity does a wonderful job compiling a timeless set of recommendations that will give readers a huge head start.

    John Box, PhD, senior vice president, education (retired), Junior Achievement Worldwide

  • Success is personal. Mark Hopkins has created a powerful approach to identify and achieve your version of prosperity.

    Mo Siegel, cofounder and former CEO, Celestial Seasonings

  • Whether you want to move up the corporate ladder or make it on your own, Shortcut to Prosperity is your success bible.

    Tommy Spaulding, author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller It’s Not Just Who You Know

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