When we get back to the basics, the main goal of every business owner or professional is to achieve success and find fulfilment. On a recent episode of the It’s More Than Money podcast, Kye Harris chatted with Greg Reid about his astounding career in writing and filmmaking and the many ways of becoming a success, including taking action. Reid is a filmmaker, keynote speaker, best-selling author, and entrepreneur who has devoted his life’s work to helping others. He has been published in over 70 books, 40 languages and he has inspired millions with his message.
One key factor for success and fulfilment discussed in the podcast is working on your strengths and hiring for your weaknesses. This means you can concentrate on what you are good at and get people to make up for the areas where your performance is low. This article discusses some of the essential takeaways from Kye’s discussion with Greg.
Surround Yourself With People Who Inspire You
Greg’s top tip is to always be around people you respect and not those you have influence over. These people should be able to affect your life positively and add value to it. Interacting with them helps you focus on how they achieved success in their business or career and can help you on your journey. For instance, when Reid wanted to become a bestselling author, he went to Barnes and Noble and bought bestsellers. His lesson is to learn the blueprint of success from those you admire and duplicate it.
Seek Counsel, Not Opinion
A lot of people have opinions, but not everyone has counsel. So, seek the wisdom and knowledge of people you aspire to be like and get them to mentor you. Research shows that effective mentoring relationships can improve individual career development and productivity outcomes. We’ve all come across people who doubt us. The trick is to avoid listening to people who will derail and discourage you. Listen to productive counsel rather than opinion; people who counsel you should be authorities in their field.
Suppose you want to learn how to make your first one million dollars in sales. Would you listen to what your next-door neighbour says about selling when they themselves haven’t achieved your goal? Listen only to people who have achieved that feat, and find out how they did it. If you seek the opinions of inexperienced people, you will be more likely to steer off your path or make detrimental mistakes along the way.
Don’t Brain Pick
Although many people believe that successful people are inaccessible, this is false. Instead, successful people are the most accessible. Think about it, how many podcasts, news articles, and interviews provide insights into the minds of successful people? Do your research and reach out. If you’re able to meet one of your success icons in person, don’t brain pick.
Plan the questions you want to ask ahead of time, and the meeting should be time-constrained. For example, tell the person that you only need ten minutes to get your questions or points across and conclude within that time.
Use the CPC Recipe
CPC is an acronym for clues, patterns, and choices. One mistake people make in business is ignoring the clues and patterns when making choices. Unfortunately, this often puts them in otherwise avoidable situations. The solution is to note the signals and not try to change people to fit your paradigm. If you do this, you’ll make better choices and blame people less for your mistakes in business or your career.
Stickability With Flexibility Differentiates People
People make endless business or career plans that sometimes do not work out, leaving them disappointed and discouraged. So, what’s the solution? Stop planning and look for opportunities to capitalise on. Cultivate a culture of stickability to keep you pushing in hard times and flexibility to help you go after opportunities. Don’t get caught up in how to achieve your business goals, but take chances and trust your gut.
Don’t Follow Your Passion.
It is often said that successful people are those who follow their passion, but this is not always true. Following your passion does not mean you will be successful in the long run. So, chase opportunities instead. Aim to meet the right people, and the most significant way to honour your mentors is by being successful.
If we’re all to take a leaf out of Greg’s book, we must remember that success is possible as a business owner or professional if you take action today and follow those who have succeeded before you. So, stop thinking and start doing!
If you’d like to hear more from Greg Reid and discover more of his brilliant insights, listen to our podcast episode of It’s More Than Money.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances, financial needs or objectives. Before acting on any of the information you should consider the appropriateness of the relevant product having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. In particular, you should seek independent financial advice and read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or other offer document prior to acting on any financial product or implementing any financial strategy.
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