Last week, Karina & I were interviewed by the hugely successful personal development site, Addicted2Success. The topic was around how we have built our meetup group, The Entrepreneur Club up to near 7000 members now in 3.5 years. Click on the picture below to view the article and hear out 14 tips for building the no#1 meetup in your city!
Last week I had the pleasure of listening to the greatest marketing mind of the last 20 years, Seth Godin. His keynote was mind expanding. It is the end of the industrial revolution. No longer are we confined to the workforce. Now is our time to step up and create something amazing. Seth said the majority of people are waiting for the right time. It is always too soon. If not now when? In 2 years….when someone else has profited from our idea. In the late 90′s Seth missed out on the opportunity to create what is today Yahoo because he over analysed it. It is always to soon. Take action. Make it amazing.
‘Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another’. This is one of the most underestimated statements of all time. It comes from Proverbs 27:17. Whether you are spiritually inclined or not, this concept can enhance your life beyond measure. Last night, I was feeling a bit flat after a big day at work however had to go straight from work to one of our Monday business sessions. Before the session started I had planned to catch up with one of my team to make some calls and lock in some appointments. I didn’t feel like it. I was sitting in a bit of complacency and a bit of fear. The guy I was with started belting out his calls and talking positive affirmations and within 5 minutes I was into it and booking appointments. There is something special about the power of association. Author Napoleon Hill puts a huge amount of emphasis on “The Mastermind”. A group of people with a definite chief aim. A common purpose. Iron sharpers iron. Surround yourself with good people. Ambitious people who make you stretch and grow. That I believe has been one of the main keys to us staying focused and progressing this past few years!
Naysayers, Haters, Critics & Trolls. They are everywhere. Some do it intentionally and some not so much. Either way, a learning curve I have had is that most people really don’t know what they are talking about. People often give advice on subjects they only have opinions on which, funnily enough have been formed from hearing others opinions. Unfortunately, I have seen so many people get discouraged and even quit on what they really want out of life because they listened to a naysayer. In Australia we are rife with tall poppy syndrome. Karina and I are anti tall poppy. If you look at the picture below, you will see Myspace’s Tom Anderson posting about something on twitter and a troll with an opinion decides to bring him down. The response is priceless but what I hope to highlight is that most people have no idea what they are talking about. If you have a mentor, plug into them. If you don’t, find one. If you have friends that don’t support your dream, rethink your friends. Life is too short to listen to naysayers.
When we hear about success, it is often said that the process is dream, struggle then victory. Why then, do so many people dream, struggle then quit? Meridith Nathan, a leadership speaker I recently heard, talked about the law of resistance. This is the wall that people hit when ‘the going gets tough’. This is the pain threshold. This can be long extended periods of time too. This is the make or break for the majority. This is where the growth happens. Pressure is where the growth happens. It is where coal becomes diamond. In the attached picture, there are two levels people pass through, one is ‘suck threshold’ and the second is ‘kicking ass threshold’. To get through these though there is only one defining factor, can you grind it out for extended periods of time to reach mastery?
Over the past 18 months something Karina and I have observed over and over again is people who come within inches of the fears that are holding them back in life however they stop and regress because they perceive that the temporary pain will be to much and too uncomfortable to handle. Every person, whether they like it or not have fears, defects and shortcomings that they need to address if they want to perform in life. 2 years ago, I was riddled with the fear of rejection from women when expanding our business team. So much that it came to a point that I would not contact them and would pass their cards to my wife. After having no success and failing to get any traction due to the lack of business with women, my wife and I had the discussion around my fear. I made the decision to man up and although it was desperately uncomfortable at the time calling them, our business team now is thriving because we have strong women at the helm. One of my favourite business leaders Larry Winters points out that “Your greatest struggle will be your greatest victory” which is so accurate in this situation. Now I know that this will not be my last struggle nor victory however I think it needs to be pointed out that if you want to go to the next level in your life, you need to man up and stop being tormented by the shackles of what you percieve others to think of you. That strategy will always lead to failure. Lets man up and face some of our stuff.