Exponential Practice Growth
17th December 2011
Kemmons Wilson’s Twenty Tips for Success
"They worked for him...."
By: W.J. Simmons
A nice fun article but worth taking note of
Kemmons Wilson was the founder of Holiday Inns initially
starting with just the one motel back in 1952… until by 1972 (just 20 years later!) the chain had grown to over
This is his 20 step strategy for success - maybe there is
something in the list we can all learn from…
1. Work only half a day; it makes no
difference which half - it can be either the first 12 hours or the last 12 hours.
2. Work is the master key that opens
the door to all opportunities.
3. Mental attitude plays a far more
important role in a person’s success or failure that mental capacity.
4. Remember that we all climb the
ladder off success one step at a time.
5. There are two ways to get to
the top of an oak tree. One way is to sit on an acorn and wait; the other way is to climb it.
6. Do not be afraid of taking a chance.
Remember that a broken watch is right at least twice a day.
7. The secret of happiness is not in
doing what one likes but in liking what one does.
8. Eliminate from your vocabulary the
words, “I don’t think I can” and substitute “I know I can”.
9. In evaluating a career, put
opportunity ahead of security.
10. Remember that success requires half
luck and half brains.
11. A person has to take risks to
12. People who take pains never to do
more than they get paid for, never get paid for anything more than they do.
13. No job is too hard as long as you
are smart enough to find someone else to do it for you.
14. Opportunity knocks often. It knocks
as often as you have an ear trained to hear it, an eye trained to see it, a hand trained to grasp it and a head
trained to use it.
15. You cannot procrastinate. In two
days, tomorrow will be yesterday.
16. Sell your wristwatch and buy an
17. A successful person realises his
personal responsibility for self-motivation. He starts himself because he possesses the key to his own ignition
18. Do not worry. You can’t change the
past, but you sure can ruin the present by worrying over the future. Remember that half the things we worry about
never happen, and the other half are going to happen anyway. So, why worry?
19. It is not how much you have but how
much you enjoy that makes happiness.
20. Believe in God and obey the Ten
I have personally found that tips 1, 6, 12 and 13 have
helped me the most... but all have proved important in my career so far.
Kemmons Wilson was the founder of Holiday Inns - this is his 20 step strategy for success – maybe there is
something in the list you could use to help your Exponential Practice Growth!