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You Don’t Have to Get Good to Get Started, You Have to Get Started to Get Good!

“You don’t have to get good to get started, you have to get started to get good.” I love that quote.  I’m not sure who said it first but I heard it first from Leadership expert Orrin Woodward (Listed at #20 in Inc. Magazine’s Top 50 Leadership and management Experts) The truth of this statement rings louder the more people I talk to.

Orrin Woodward’s story alone should be enough to prove the statement true. But let’s not stop there. Chris Brady (inc.com’s #39 expert) who was mentored by Oriin Woodward has an equally impressive story. Having heard their story by them on audio or in person, I can only describe what they have said. Each of them started with a dream of a better life, an idea that drove them and many others to accomplish massive success. That success did not come easy however, Because neither Orrin or Chris had any decent people skills to talk about. Both were quintessential engineers with pocket protectors and color coordinated pens. Orrin quotes what someone wrote in his high school yearbook “arguing, arguing, early and late. If a line were crooked, he’d argue it straight.” Does that sound like a man born to lead thousands of people? No way!

When I hear men like Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, Dan Hawkins, Bill Lewis, George Guzzardo, Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton (and of course their amazing wives) and so many other incredible leaders within the Life Leadership organization tell their stories of dream and struggle toward victory, I see hope. I see hope like thousands of other leaders across the country and across the world because I know that I can achieve my goals and dreams just like they have. So can you. As the old saying goes “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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The more I learn, the more I realize I need to learn. I don’t have all the answers, for that matter I may not have any answers. The one thing I do know is that we all have the ability to learn. We can and we do every single day! The real question for you is this: Are you going to make a decision to get started doing whatever you know in your heart you should be starting or are you going to complain about not being smart enough or talented enough or whatever else, enough? The choice is yours!

You can live in fear or you can decide to get started and learn what you need to learn along the way. Think about the first time you did anything. -Swing a bat at a baseball -Tie your shoes -crack an egg -read, write or spell How many things did you ever do perfectly the first time and every time thereafter? None! You have to learn, You have to practice, You have to seek help from others who have done it before. DON’T LET FEAR HOLD YOU BACK! Get into action today. You can do it! You can do it because you can learn. GO! DO! BECOME! Achieve your dreams! Follow your passions! Don’t forget to ask for help along the way.

You have to get started to get good!

So DECIDE to START today!

Philip Brittain

philip@life-leadershift.com

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Entrepreneur as Leader (By Orrin Woodward)

Orrin woodward has such an amazing way of communicating truth.  This article from Orrin is a fantastic example of his excellence in conveying principles of success in the marketplace.  I trust you will enjoy this as much as I did.

 

Posted by Orrin Woodward on May 22, 2013

An entrepreneur must be a leader. Why? Because he or she must build and lead teams of people to accomplish the task, satisfy the customer, and do so at a price that leaves profit for the team members. In other words, ineffective leaders soon prove to be ineffective entrepreneurs because the customer isn’t satisfied nor the teams paid well. Nonetheless, many would-be entrepreneurs start business while ignoring the importance of leadership to the health of their enterprise.

Entrepreneurs should enter into markets where they feel they can satisfy the customers better than their competitors. For instance, Jack Welch, in his early days, was called “Neutron Jack” because he refused to be in a business sector where he couldn’t improve to either #1 or #2. His philosophy of business led him to get out of markets where he couldn’t be the best, and move into markets where he could be the best, thus maximizing profits for the company and ensuring employment for the workers. Incidentally, few seem to understand that only a profitable company can maintain its workers. Since profit is the life-blood of any business, when a company is losing money, it’s similar to a patient losing blood.  In both instances, death results if the bleeding isn’t checked.

Accordingly, leaders are constantly studying the vital signs of their business, ensuring the business is not bleeding to death. In fact, leaders must be PDCA champions, constantly making adjustment in the areas where it can have the most impact. They don’t just change things to make change, however. Instead, they listen, study, and analyze until they determine which area of change could have the biggest impact on the bottom line. Then they do something unheard of in our modern world, namely, take massive action to drive the team and business forward.

Whenever I study a business, the first question I ask is: Who is the leader? If an effective leader is in charge, he can overcome lack of capital, lack of resources, and still beat competitors who have plenty of both. Why? Because leaders constantly are developing innovative ways to solve problems while managers focus on the same methods that worked before. I love the saying: If it isn’t broke, then break it and make it better.

When my co-founders and I started LIFE Leadership, we did so with little funds or resources, but we had a superbly talented leadership team. I knew that the leadership team would quickly build the leadership products that could compete with any leadership team anywhere. Interestingly, over the last 18 months LIFE Leadership has become a $50 million dollar conglomerate through building the highest quality personal development products in the industry.

For example, anyone serious about being an entrepreneur ought to purchase and apply the principles from the Mental Fitness Challenge personal development program. The 13 Resolutions are found in my All-Time Top 100 Leadership book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE.  If applied daily, they will radically change the leadership capabilities of any hungry student. In fact, I have hundreds of emails from satisfied customers who did just that.

In summary, if the reader wants to be a successful entrepreneur, then he must be a successful leader. Building a company without building one’s leadership is a fools way to launch a company. For no company will rise higher than the leadership within the company. America needs leaders to create the LeaderShift! What part will the reader play? Here is another segment of the article on the role of entrepreneurs.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

Entrepreneur as exceptional leader

Hans Karl Emil von Mangoldt  (1824-1868) developed the notion that entrepreneurial profit is the rent of ability. He divided entrepreneurial income into three parts: (1) a premium on uninsured risks; (2) entrepreneur interest and wages, including only payments for special forms of capital or productive effort that did not admit of exploitation by anyone other than the owner; and (3) entrepreneurial rents or payments for differential abilities or assets not held by anyone else. The first part is a return on risk taking; the second part from capital use and production effort, and the third part from ability or asset specificity. Alfred Marshall (1842-1924) carried forward Mangoldt’s notion of rent-of-ability by adding the element of leadership to “entrepreneurial” responsibilities. Marshall’s entrepreneurs “must be a natural leader of men who can choose assistants wisely but also exercise a general control over everything and preserve order and unity in the main plan of business. In fulfilling this organizational function, the entrepreneur must always be “on the lookout for methods that promise to be more effective in proportion to their cost than methods currently in use”. Marshall noted that not everyone had the innate ability to perform this entrepreneurial role as these abilities are so great that very few persons can exhibit all of them in a very high degree. Accordingly, he termed the entrepreneurial rents specifically as a “quasi-rent”, which is a return for exceptional natural abilities, which are not made by human effort, and enable the entrepreneur to obtain a surplus income over what ordinary persons could expect for similar exertions following similar investments of capital and labour in their education and start in life.

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Triple-A Formula for Attracting People

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More than six decades ago there was a book written by Les Giblin titled How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People. This is one of those books to read over, and over, and over again.  It never gets old. In fact, It will likely reveal more with each new time you read it. The principles found within are timeless.  This book is one of five top books I can recommend to anyone who deals with living, breathing human beings in any part of his or her life.  (Yes. That means YOU.)

I’m part of a TEAM of people building Compensated Communities. We use this information daily to improve people skills.  I hope you find this information helpfull in your own business dealings.

One of the biggest and most important takeaway’s from this book is what Les calls the “Triple-A formula for attracting people”.

The first “A” is ACCEPTANCE.

Every person on this planet craves it at the most primitive level. We literally NEED it in order to function at a normal level within any community we associate with.  Les Quotes a psychologist as saying “No one has the power to reform another person, but by liking the other person as he is, you give him the power to change himself.”  I think one could just as easily refer to the Golden Rule; do to others what you would want done to you.  Am I Right?  Lets just go back to the principle based off the words of Jesus when he was asked what the greatest law was. Jesus basically replied by saying first love God then love people. You can read that story in Matthew chapter 22, verses 34-40.

Acceptance works wonders in any relationship. As Mr. Giblin goes on to describe the husband/wife relationship, he makes it very clear that ” Of course, everything I’ve said about wives applies just as much, if not more so, to husbands.” What he is referring to in that remarks is found in part in the following words.“… a wife gives her husband acceptance not only give him a dose of self-confidence, but also gives him a good dose of human kindness, and that easy-to-get-along-with quality. for, by her acceptance, she helps him to like himself better. When he likes himself better, he is going to be easier to get along with . He is going to be more thoughtful and considerate.”

The same thing can be applied to a co-worker or some other family member or acquaintance.  The principle is the same and the results will follow, although not every relationship will see the improvement within the same length of time.  You may have to be patient… very patient sometimes!  If you also add the use of the second “A”, you may not need to wait quite so long.

The Second “A” is APPROVAL.

 Acceptance is the fist step because it’s allowing the negative traits to exist but approval takes it to the next level by finding and pointing out the positive traits in the person. This is truly magic if you are actually sincere! BE SINCERE! I cannot stress this point enough. Anybody can smell a phony compliment. Find something that you can GENUINELY approve of in the person you’re talking to. Stay away from the obvious traits, the ones that “everybody” sees.  Take the time to look deeper and get specific.  Les puts it this way: “A good rule to remember in complimenting people is this: people are more pleased at a compliment if you praise them for some virtue that is not glaringly obvious.” He follows that up with this. “But he may be good at other things, which are not so obvious. Seek these out and praise him for them, and watch him glow!”  That sure sounds like magic to me.  I challenge you to go out right now and make another person glow.  The world would be a better place if more of us did that!

Let’s check out the third “A” which is APPRECIATE.

Les Giblin does a marvelous job at showing us what it means to appreciate someone. He says “The word appreciate really means to raise in value, or the opposite of depreciate, which means to lower in value.  Wow! did you catch that?  By appreciating someone else, we are raising them in value!  Les Quotes Dr. Brooks with saying it this way: “When you appreciate a person, you actually make him more valuable and more successful.” If you want to increase your Social capital and have more people like being around you, then you must find a way tell other people what you like and value about them. You must treat them as an individual instead of “rubber-stamping” them in the same manner you do everyone else.

I will end with this:

Some of you need to stop being so focused on your self and start turning your focus toward increasing the value of others around you. I can promise you one thing. If you take these three A’s and put them into practice in your life, you will be amazed at how much value others will then place on you!

I sincerly appreciate each one of you who take the time to tell me what you think, like, and share this blog.  Thank-you.

~Philip

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The 8 F’s of LIFE

We all need help in at least one, if not multiple areas of our lives.  If you were to take an honest assessment of yourself you would begin to find a need for improvement in each of the 8 F’s show in the picture below.

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Our current skills in these 8 areas make up and determine the quality of life we are living.  If you choose to recognise and then take action toward improving in any area, incrementally, over time you will find yourself in a new place and living a far better quality of life than perhaps you might have imagined just a short time prior.

I love what the founders of  The LIFE Business did with the design of the picture above.  The 8 F’s are the spokes of the wheel that steer the ship in a given direction.  What should be obvious to most people might certainly be overlooked by some.  Let me explain.  Have you ever heard the saying ” you can’t steer a parked car”?  In the same way, you cannot steer a ship that is still tied to the dock. You were given special gifts and talents by God to be used for and with others and not to be used or hoarded for yourself.  The goods (gifts and talents) you were given are doing no good sitting in the hull of your ship tied to the dock!

I want to challenge you today to untie your ship, push-off from the dock,  and set sail into a bright new future so that you might live the life you’ve always wanted.

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