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3 Steps to Reach for Your Next Milestone

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Guest post by Bob Pritchett, President/CEO of Faithlife Corporation

 Has anyone ever told you that you have permission to do something incredible? You can have the life you’ve always wanted. And, you can start right now.

If you’re ready to reach for your next milestone, follow these three simple steps to keep moving forward.

Step One: Time

Turn off your television—any form of video entertainment, online or over the air.

If you have a job and any family or social obligations, a couple of hours each evening are close to 100 percent of the time available in which to distinguish yourself from everyone else in similar circumstances.

You don’t get ahead by leaning back; you get ahead by leaning forward.”—Bob Pritchett

Step Two: Savings

Start saving money right now.

Savings create margin. Savings give you time. Savings allow you to seize opportunities. Savings prevent you from being held hostage by a particular job or set of circumstances.

Step Three: Learning

Treat the internet as the world’s greatest library and classroom.

This very moment you likely have on your person, or close at hand, a portal to all that is known of the world and humanity. Today, learning isn’t bound to books, classes, or instructors.

The life you’ve always wanted may involve climbing a ladder, or it may be following a passion down a never-explored path. Own your responsibility for yourself.

Start-Next-Now-coverIf you learn to be intentional, then you can choose to be happy where you are or to set your sights on a new goal. Intentionality can help free you from doubt, from envy, and from self-reproach. You can start now.

Learn more about reaching for your next milestone at StartNextNow.com.

Bob Pritchett co-founded Faithlife Corporation (makers of Logos Bible Software) and serves as President/CEO. Bob speaks regularly at industry conferences and to academic groups on entrepreneurship, electronic publishing, and digital libraries. He is a 2005 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, one of Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs 2015, and was included in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. His second book, Start Next Now: How to Get the Life You’ve Always Wanted released in October 2015.


The Product Management Perspective: Successful product managers focus on clear objectives and use their time effectively. They generally do not own a budget; however, they look for ways to save money and invest it in the most important activities for their products. They are learners. Effective product managers follow the adage of the late Eric Hoffer: “In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”

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