When I began bass fishing in 1981, I was really terrible. I only caught 39 bass all year but I decided to record my results and track my progress. Within 3 years, I caught 800 bass in 88 days! Encouraged, I decided to keep track of every fishing expedition. I recorded the locations, dates, lures and sizes of the bass I caught.
The results—I caught more than 25,000 bass between 1982 and 2007. It changed my life forever. I went from being a shy, insecure, introvert to running my own Bass Fishing Tournament business, authoring books, doing television appearances, designing lures and DVDs, and eventually becoming a national motivational speaker.
Not only did tracking that information help me establish a Guinness World Record—I also learned how to turn the many lessons I learned while bass fishing into valuable lessons that I share with my seminar and coaching clients.
One lesson I’d like to share with you is this: When you accomplish something that benefits you, you have achieved success. When you accomplish something that benefits others, you achieve significance. I invite you to pick a copy of my book Striving for Significance and make the most of your life.