“Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity with as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
As I was checking an email on my lovely IPAD, There was a TV show called Shark Tank from ABC. It is a show about some successful businessmen/women who will listen to average people pitching their business ideas to get some funding from these people below.
The panel shared these important traits:
- They all started from the bottom
- They all took some sort of risks and won it
- They all worked hard but at the same time loved it
- The money wasn’t a primary goal, it was more about power and leverage
- They understand their respective field.
What equals power? Being at the top of whatever your field is. When you’re the best of the best, you attract followers. And with followers, comes leverage. The leverage, no amount of money can buy true leverage.
There is a great book called, “The unknown story of Mao”, read it because it is some fascinating read. Mao Zedong had no money. All he had was leverage, from his followers, who followed him because of his ability to be the best in his field. No amount of money could take away his leverage. That’s true power.
How did Mao gain his power? Why did the people follow him? For one, he started at the bottom. He was right there with his soldiers, marching ten thousand miles, while dodging gunfire, and living off of the land. Everyone respects someone who went through it all, was where they were at some point in time.
That’s the first principle. If you want respect from your followers, then you have to earn it. Having power given to you without earning it is only a recipe for disaster. Sooner or later, the people will despise and dethrone you. If you have earned their respect, they will follow you to the ends of the earth.
Be different, be relentless, and most importantly, be passionate about life. Find that gut passion you love and go after it. If your job is not your gut passion, use that to supplement that passion to achieve your greatness.
What is the point here you may ask? Many of you have the ability to gain power, but you just don’t realize it yet. You’re blinded by the false power known as currency. When you go after something, strictly for the financial gain and the financial gain alone, you limit your ability to be the best at something you’re actually talented at.
I have to admit, I have chosen my career field because of financial gains. I did it all for the money, and sank into an ocean of mediocrity. It wasn’t until I got involved with an individual who I still don’t know why I got involved in the first place; I realized that money is not the focal point of success.
What you’ll find is that just about every field, every talent has people that want to be with the best. Yes, even video-games. People love to be with winners and successful people. People who give value in return will have loyal followers since they are now receiving that coveted value. How can you give value to the community you live in now?
- Figure out what your talents are
- Develop your talents by exploring what you can do now
- Teddy’s quote, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” and be good at it
- Write down your talents; ask yourself how you can improve them.
- Be detailed oriented and focus on the game plan.
- What is your BIG Picture? Determine that right now.
- Be prepared to get your hands dirty and make it your own habits.
- Take action. This must be the focal point. Taking ACTION NOW!
Remember, you gain power by doing something different/being good at it, and people will respect you for earning it. Follow that path you love, and you become a legend. I am on this path as I write this … SjC