About 8 months ago, (at the time of this writing) after watching my 
son 
Carter practice Tae Kwon Do at our local Do Jang, I chose to join 
him 
in his daily practice and enrolled myself into a three year program 
with
 our Master teacher.

At first, my goal was to become a black belt.

Once I got going though, my focus began to change.

You see, I saw young kids, even 9, 10, 11 years old, who earned black 
belts.

And this is no small task, even for these young kids,
however, through my training, I learned something very valuable.

Let me share this short story with you:

One night, at about 3 am, I woke up from a dead sleep thinking about 
how quickly I was progressing.

I started out as a white belt, progressed to yellow, then orange,
then purple, then green, then blue, now brown.

Yes, I moved up seven belts in 8 months and to be quite honest, 
although I’ve paid quite the price, I was concerned that I was
 moving too fast.

Some people are worried that they are moving too slow, but I had the
 opposite problem.

I pondered; was I really getting the proper training?

Was I really getting good enough with the basic skills to progress 
this quickly?

Did I really deserve to be a brown belt with such little time 
invested?

Did my belt color really mean that I was as good as it looked?

These were the questions I was asking myself.

So, the next day, I approached my Master teacher and explained 
to him how I was feeling.

His exact words to me were, “You are not moving fast enough.
Your belt color doesn’t mean anything. Who wears the belt, means 
EVERYTHING. The real test – your real training, begins at black.”

I thought to myself, wow! 

The real test begins at the place where most people think it ends.

My ultimate goal, was just the beginning of the journey.

And so HOT Leadership Tip #6 was born for me.

I’d heard it for many years.

I’ve even lived it in many ways, just never realized it until that 
moment.

“The top is just the start of a higher climb.”

What the caterpillar calls the end, the butterfly calls the
 beginning.

The key then, as Jim Rohn says, is to do whatever you have to do, as 
fast as you can, so that you can do whatever you WANT to do, for 
as long as you can.

Leaders are movers and shakers.

They take initiative.

They take action.

They are always striving to be better.

No matter what level of success they achieve, they may get 
temporarily content, but they are never satisfied.

There is always someone out there looking for some assistance.

There is always someone out there searching for you, as much as you
are searching for them.

There is always someone looking for a better life, a better
lifestyle, more income, more peace of mind.

Yes, there is always someone looking for a leader.

And by you being that leader that others are looking for, you are
always going to be in high demand.

Remember, there is a HUGE market in this World for people with 
belief and self confidence.

Get out there and demonstrate how its done.

Lead from the front, from the top and ’til the end.

And always remember, no matter how well you are doing, that the top 
is just the start of a higher climb.