I’ve just come back from the Entrepreneur Circle’s Success Summit this weekend and am still buzzing.
I’ve said it before but who you spend your time with, really does matter.
This weekend was all about celebrating success with the Keynote being delivered by Michael Gerber, author of the Emyth. The Emyth was probably the first “proper” business book I ever read and it reading it really smacked my around the face with a number of realisations at the time which were fundamental in changing the way I was thinking.
If you’ve not read the book, go read it; it’s certainly in my top 5 and worthy of study.
What was great on the weekend was listening to the stories of all the nominees for the various awards up for grabs. They were inspiring, humbling and motivating. The lessons learned were many and the stories from the “Bounce Back” award emotional at the least.
Here’s the thing though. What really resonated with me is that every single person nominated, whether they won outright or not had a number of traits in common that clearly were instrumental in bringing them to this position.
They have a dream or a vision. Whatever you like to call it all of the finalists know where they are going. They have a purpose that drives them forward; a burning desire, a ‘why’. I have never met any successful person who didn’t have complete clarity on the direction they were taking.
They have a plan. Whilst having clarity on why they do what they do is fundamental, they also know exactly what they need to do to get there. They know the stepping stones or bridges they need to build to take them to their goals and spend their time focussing on these activities.
They know how to build the bridges they need. Not always straight away from the outset but they spend time practicing the skills they need to get there. This was something that Michael Gerber talked about in the afternoon; practice, practice, practice.
There’s one other thing that stood out. They all have patience. They are all willing to put in the time it takes; to not let setbacks get in the way, to change what isn’t working and accelerate what it is. They persevere day after day, even when there are no tangible results in front of them because they know that to stop the momentum would destroy what work they have done to date.
I won’t lie; it’s not easy going after a goal, day after day, not feeling any closer to it.
One of my goals for this year was to speak in front of more than 250 people.
In January I spoke in front of 22.
April it was 200
Yesterday it was 900.
I didn’t know how I was going to create the opportunity but I just kept asking.
I didn’t know what I was going to say if I got the chance but I did think of something because I had too.
Was it perfect? No.
Was it polished? No.
Did it work? Yes.
Would I do it again? Hell yeah!
Did I think I would do it last January? Probably not but I had a burning desire to and I made it happen in the end.
This was the crux of the talk I gave. You have to keep persevering, you have to lay foundations for success even when you can’t see it, you have to keep practising every day, keep asking, keep knocking on doors, picking up the phone because if you do then the results will come. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next week but success will come in the end.