Little Ralphie Lifshitz was born on October 14, 1939 in The Bronx section of New York City. And he was the son of Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants. Those are Jews who are dispersed mostly around Europe. His dad was an artist and house painter from Pinsk, Belarus. Ralphie had two older brothers and an older sister. And the fact that he was the youngest might have been his unfair advantage.
And I’ll share why I say “unfair advantage” in a minute.
But let’s get back to little Ralphie. He went to school at the Manhattan Talmudical Academy, which is a Jewish school keenly focused on the Torah. And then he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1957. After that, he studied business at Baruch College, at the City University of New York. But he dropped out after two years.
Then, from 1962 to 1964, Ralph (can’t call him Ralphie anymore) served in the United States Army. And he followed that up with a brief stint as a sales assistant for Brooks Brothers. Then he became a tie salesman for another company. Yes, guys could actually earn a living as a tie salesman back then.
But you’d probably like me to get to the point as to why I’m sharing this story about Ralphie…uh…Ralph. Right? OK, the tie company he worked for was Beau Brummell. And at the ripe old age of 28, Ralph talked the company’s president into letting him start his own line.
So, after learning the ropes (or, in this case, ties), Ralph figured out a way to move up in the world. That was in 1967. And by 1968, he launched his, now famous, line of menswear known as “Polo.” I’m sure you’ve heard of that brand. And I’ll bet you know I’m talking about Ralph Lauren.
Yep. This “dropout” is now a billionaire.
And now, when he does something benevolent or charitable, there will be some who think he can do that because he has the unfair advantage of being a billionaire.
But since you know a little more of the rest of the story, maybe you understand how it’s much more than that. Ralph Lauren developed a vision for what he wanted to be and do. At a fairly early age he stayed focused on his dreams and goals. And he created his own roadmap. Like anyone, he had help along the way. But unlike most, he didn’t let distractions throw him off course.
And the way you can do that too is to figure out who you are and what you wanna do in life. The best time to start is years ago. But the second best time to start is right now.
Fortunately for you, I’ve built a System to help you focus. And to help you avoid distractions the way Ralph did. And you don’t have to do everything the way he did. Because you’re unique. But my System can help you take advantage of your uniqueness. As long as you’re willing to follow the roadmap.
If that sounds like a plan (and it is), and you’re not quite ready to commit to the entire System, I have another option for you. RondaReady YOUniversity. The place where you’ll focus on YOU. So you’ll be able to move in the direction that’s best for YOU.
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