005: The Three Pillars of Success

We are going to be talking about the basis or foundation for what future solo shows and what we’re going to extrapolate from these amazing individuals that we’ve been able to interview and are going to interview. I like to call it the pillars of success. There are three of this: Number one, surrounding yourself with the right people; Number two, the willingness to invest in yourself; and lastly, taking action through experimentation.

First Pillar: Surround yourself with the right people

You’ve heard the saying, “You’re the average of the five people you surround yourself with.” There have been times in my life that I have surrounded myself with absolutely the wrong individuals and the outcome, not only from a personal but a business perspective, I don’t want to say it’s detrimental, but it really makes things difficult in order to have what you need around you. There’s been times where I’ve had like three of the right people or two of the wrong people, or vice versa. You get a mixed bag right there. You really should focus. I know it’s difficult because it has been for me, making sure the five core people that you surround yourself with are the ones that not only you can help propel forward, but they can as well. It will absolutely and unequivocally change not only wherever you are in your working life, but also your personal life. Think about it. When you surround yourself with the five best versions of the people you want to be around, you now have access to their network. They not only have access to your network, but now you’re multiplying your network because when you need something of a problem, they’re probably going to have a person for or they’re going to know who you should speak with.

Next on a future episode is Steve Sims. Forbes calls him the real Wizard of Oz. He talks about the three people that you’re going to have or you should have in your life. I call it the three C’s—the cheerleader, the challenger, and the crab. The cheerleader will always going to sit there and rah rah rah rah rah. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing but you always need a yes person around you. The crab is the person that’s going to say you can never do it. Remember, they’re scared, they’re actually going to prove them wrong. The challenger is the one that you want the most of. They’re going to help you refine your focus. They’re going to question you why you’re doing it and how you’re doing it. Those are the individuals that you want in your life. Remember, even though the crab is someone that is the Debbie Downer, they’re the ones who are going to help fuel your fire.

Second Pillar: Willingness to invest in yourself 

It used to be that the only way to invest in yourself is the most obvious: the standardized schooling method. But is it really anymore? I don’t think so because the price point and your eventual return on investment just isn’t there anymore. If you come out of school with a quarter million dollars in debt, and you’re working at a $40,000 a year job, how long is that going to take you to actually pay that off? No matter the age, the price point, or the content you want to grow with, there are now more ways that you can invest in your future. It doesn’t matter. Those barriers aren’t there. The availability is endless.

Make sure that when you’re investing in yourself, you’ve done the research on the people that you’re going to invest with. Because there are a lot of individuals out there who stand in front of a Lamborghini and piles of cash but what’s the proof that they’ve actually done it. You need to have a way in order to research and make sure that what you’re going to invest in has an actual outcome. As long as you follow the steps and the practices that they put in place, you can actually come out ahead on what that ROI is. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of those mentors or the course creators or masterminds that you’re going to choose to invest in. Make sure that no matter the outcome, you’ll find a way through and you’ll continue to know. An investment in yourself pays the best interest. No matter the outcome—there’s going to be good and bad outcomes and there’s probably going to be more bad outcomes than good ones—it’s the perseverance of pushing through and continuing to invest in yourself. I’ll leave you with this on investing in yourself: your income seldom exceeds your personal development.

Third Pillar: Action through experimentation

 Your greatest successes are probably going to come through failure. That’s a common theme that I continuously hear through the people that we interview. Myself, the places I’ve succeeded in, I’ve already failed. It didn’t just happen by circumstance. It happened through constant trial and error and finding a way to say, “Hey, I need to push through.” It’s when you continue to push through after the doors have been slammed in your face that you’re able to see that success. Because you continue to take that action. You need to think of it from this standpoint: learn from others’ experiences, successes, and failures. The opening line is we can learn through other people’s experiences. When you do that, because you’ve surrounded yourself with the right people and you’ve invested in yourself, you’re now able to take action through your experimentation—through your masterminds, your courses that you’re taking, the mentors, and the coaches that you’re working with—in order to get to where you want to go.

Have what your actual goal is but be willing to invest in it from different perspectives or angles. Don’t sit there and say, “Okay, this is where I want to go. This is the outcome that I want to create.” Expect that if I only invest in one marketing method or one sales approach, there’s one direction that it’s going to work out. In a future episode, we’ll talk about what I like to call the five headed dragon from a marketing perspective or from what you’re building. You need to possibly have five different things going on out there and then know when to quickly replace the ones that aren’t working with other ones. Make sure that you can invest in it from a different perspective, a different angle, or a different method.

These are my thoughts on what it takes to create success. These three things will help shape future solo shows and Season One. I’ll take the information from our guests and weave their success throughout the shows. I want to live a life of purpose and momentum so that when I look back at what we’ve created, the opportunity to build some form of legacy is there.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “You’re the average of the five people you surround yourself with.”
  • “Your income seldom exceeds your personal development.”
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