If there’s one thing I’ve learned through all of my years working in the speaking and training industries it’s that the most successful people – those who seem to effortlessly rise to the top and stay there have many common denominators – but right at the top of the list – is PASSION. They LOVE what they do. They love the people they work with, the client base they’ve cultivated and the tools and systems they use to make it all look so easy.
How about you? Are you infusing your career, your days – your life with passion? I read a quote not long ago that said, “If you can’t put your heart into it – take yourself out of it.” That’s good advice, and a powerful reminder that much of what makes people successful comes from their ability to really put themselves – heart and all – into what they do each day.
How can you become more passionate about your career?
1. Work with the people you like. Don’t try to be all things to all people. That’s a mistake many new trainers make (not to mention a fair share of experienced ones as well.) Finding a niche that works for you and becoming the very best you can be at it will not only propel your productivity, but save you time, money, headaches and aggravation as well. Top that off with the fact that it’s just more FUN to work with people you like and you’ve got a great foundation building block.
2. Take more action. In the words of Pete Seeger, “do-so” is more important than “say-so.” Top professionals don’t wait, procrastinate or debate decisions three hundred ways to Sunday. They take action-strategically, intelligently, thoughtfully and consistently because they know that action is the key to momentum and productivity.
3. Desire to learn. How do the best get better? How do they maintain their integrity, success and longevity despite market shifts and economic challenges? They LEARN…New things almost every day. They keep their eyes, ears, heart and mind OPEN so that they can continuously absorb new ways to grow as people and professionals.
4. Put people first. One of the traits I find most interesting about many of the most successful entrepreneurs I know is their commitment to putting people first. They are service minded, happy to help and willing to go the extra mile not just for their clients, but for everyone in their lives.
Is money a priority? In the words of one client, “Abso-freakin-lutely!” but it doesn’t top the list. Top producers fully understand that theirs is a people industry, and an unwavering focus on bringing their best selves to the table for everyone is what makes them superstars above and beyond the balance in their bank accounts.
I recommend both Jack Mitchell’s Hug Your Customer and Mark Sanborn’s The Fred Factor. These terrific books explain how focusing on and serving the VIPs in your life brings tremendous rewards that go far beyond business.
This month give yourself a gift– and add more PASSION to your business and life. I challenge you to adopt and adapt these traits of top entrepreneurs so that you can invite the EXTRARORDINARY into your career. To paraphrase Confucius, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Now – doesn’t that sound like great advice? Have a great month!
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