I have this theory that there are three kinds of people.

Those that get a lot done daily.

Those that get some done daily.

Those that life "does" daily.

I know that is harsh, but my good friend Christopher Lochhead says it plainly: “There are 3 kinds of people you either suck, don’t suck, or you are legendary!” Then he says, “Think about it. When you go to a movie, it either sucked, didn’t suck or it was LEGENDARY!” Out for dinner? Same thing. “That meal either sucked, didn’t suck, or was legendary.”

Let’s look at this concept from another angle.

How many of you can remember buying a balsa wood airplane in a store as kids? It came unassembled in a plastic package. You would build it yourself and it had a rubber band to spin the propeller.

If you barely wound the rubber band, the propeller wouldn’t spin much, and the plane would fall at your feet or a few feet in front of you. If you wound the band tighter it would fly four to six feet. Which was okk, but nothing to write home about. If you wound it really tight, gave it a few more twists, and then one more super tight twist that airplane would soar! It was a sight to behold indeed. This is a legendary flight and demonstrates what happens pretty much every time you give extra effort on a worthy project or game, etc.

Here is one more example of the rewards and punishments for a tightly wound metaphorical airplane. In the 1992 movie Glengarry Glen Ross, they had a sales contest in which , the boss gave the top performers prizes. I’ve listed them below. See if they sound familiar to what I wrote above?

1St Place - A new Cadillac

2nd Place – A set of steak knives

3rd place – You’re fired!

This is an outrageous example here. But maybe not. What place are you in this example? How tightly do you wind your “Airplane Propeller?” How strong are your efforts in life?

You know how you know? Look at the results you are currently seeing in your life. Are you currently two turns short of legendary?


~ Tim Rhode

Author's Bio: 

Tim would tell you that he got off to a slow start. After growing up in the rural town of Portola in Northern California and barely graduating high school, Tim Rhode found himself at the age of 25 working as a grocery clerk with two young children to provide for.

He eventually found his “niche” selling real estate; and from 1986 to 2000, he sold over 2,500 homes and from 1997 to 2006 he invested in over 100 properties. Tim focused on saving money, keeping his expenses low, and playing solid “financial defense” which allowed him to basically retire, and he was financially free at the age of 40.

Not wanting to play hike, bike or ski all day, Tim threw his energy into his true passion: helping people thrive and live their most fulfilling life. He founded the nonprofit 1Life Fully Lived to help people of all ages gain the tools and skills they need to thrive and also co-founded GoBundance, a high-level mastermind, with David Osborn, Pat Hiban and Mike McCarthy to help healthy, wealthy, generous people lead epic lives. We have a women’s tribe now!

Tim has also authored numerous books and has been featured on a variety of podcasts and media outlets. He now lives near his children in the High Sierras with his wife and dog.​

You can connect with Tim at www.TimRhode.com.