In a monarch society the ruling faction is determined by bloodline. But beyond the royal palace, success is impartial. The crown of great accomplishments can be claimed by the hardworking, innovative, and resourceful individual — whatever their background or bloodline.
Ah, the bell curve. There are few better mathematical representations of mediocrity. The most obvious message? The majority performs at roughly the same level.
Thus, the norm is the majority. So if you truly want extraordinary results you need to free yourself from ‘the norm.’
Too often I hear people complain about the roadblocks of taking action. For most, these challenges are the greatest barriers to getting started. They say that the cost of initiation is expensive. “It takes a lot of money,” they say. “As well as time, and energy, and countless other resources.”
It was 2009 and the real estate market crashed. But I smelled opportunity. There was only one problem, however… I didn’t know anything about real estate.
I had two choices: One, wait as I learned all of the tools and information available or two, jump in the deep end, get started and figure it out under the necessity to perform.
The greatest influencers appreciate reality as it stands today AND the ability they have to change it. These two aspects make them invaluable to the fate of their community, team, business, family, and their world.
Linchpins are those who play an invaluable role in the relationship of the ideal and the real. They not only help bridge this gap, they literally are the bridge.
Change the question you ask yourself and it immediately changes your subsequent thoughts — as well as your feelings. It’s no surprise then, that the greatest innovators, leaders, teachers, and students are excellent mental shepherds… they have made a habit of asking excellent questions.
In an effort to be viewed as ‘professional’ many companies and entrepreneurs alienate people. They use complex terminology, long unnecessary processes, automated systems, and place policy before personality. When you work with a company do YOU like any of these things? Nope.
In Western culture, the ‘rush hour’ has turned into the ‘rushed lifestyle.’ Too many people are busy looking only to their next appointment or reminiscing about past times.
The challenge is learning how find the place in between: the present.
To protect ourselves from possible embarrassment, ridicule, or judgement, we often live life with a psychological lampshade. We hide our most audacious, crazy (and often most important) ideas from the world. But ideas can’t materialize when held captive in our minds. In fact, ideas multiply in value when they are freed, shared, talked about, and tested.
I created this image for a speech I gave early this year (2012) to describe my life in 2011. While running my two businesses and attending USC as a full-time student, the longest I was in any one city during 2011 was ten days. During one school semester I even traveled to 5 different countries.
And yet, it was still a very successful year both professionally and academically.
Despite the oversimplified beliefs about the necessity of earning a degree from ‘art school,’ a true artist knows that art school does not groom one to become a world-class artist. They understand that such an education may help hone their skills, but not reveal them.
A lot has changed in the workplace and businesses no longer want ‘drone employees’ with a “go to the fridge and get the cheese” mentality. Enter the intrapreneur: A person who works within an organization, but thinks and acts like an entrepreneur. The truth is, all of the great jobs from this day forward will be filled by intrapreneurs, not employees. These are individuals who look at themselves and problem solvers, not clock punchers. They are hard-working, resourceful, frugal, big-picture minded, and team oriented.