“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.” – James Bond, the 6th
Do you want to work with someone who is prideful or HUMBLE?
Do you want to be a James Bond or someone who watches James Bond?
The obvious answers are in front of us, yet sometimes we overlook them and do the complete opposite. It happens to all of us- just remember though, we have CONTROL over our DESTINY. If you want to know HOW you could be a James Bond, then I recommend you to continue reading and start taking notes. Before I go further though, what does James Bond have to do anything with entrepreneurship? Look, you might not be working with the Secret Intelligence Service and on the pursuit of becoming the world’s top secret agent, you can at least learn how to be a BAD ASS like him in the sense of learning from others when you don’t know any better, admitting to your faults, taking action when it is necessary and always having a back-up plan just in case shit goes down hill.
To recap last week’s post, the five necessities to becoming more successful for entrepreneurs consists of: Mindset, Humility, Action, Failure, and Will- all of which are in a particular order. I went over the first component, MINDSET, which is going to be your foundation for success. If your mind is not in the right setting, reaching for success would be like a man trying to do a presentation in which he had practiced for countless of times yet, somehow still messed up when it was his turn to present.
Do you think the man was motivating himself beforehand or was he doubting himself, even though he practiced? The answer is he lived in doubt and fear. And all of those things that he thought could go wrong became a reality to him. Thoughts are powerful- they can either make you or break you. With that being said, what you think is very important and if you have not read the first post, I recommend you scrolling down before you start reading this one. Moving forward, the two main focus for this post is going to be Humility and Action- both goes hand in hand. I am going to go ahead and be upfront with you, you will not be able to take full ACTION without DROPPING your EGO. Richard Branson quoted:
“Leaders should be visible, accessible and approachable, and never stop learning.”
The term humility comes from the Latin word of humilitas which is a noun that is connected to the adjective humilis meaning humble, grounded, or from the earth. Humility is defined as: a modest or low view of one’s own importance. Now what does that mean exactly? Does that mean you have to look down upon yourself? Look, I’m going to go ahead and be upfront with you, it does not mean that you can’t stand up for yourself or see yourself as worthless. Being HUMBLE means that you can admit to what you don’t know when you really don’t know it and you are able to swallow your pride (especially when you know that you are in the wrong) and learn from your mistakes. In conclusion, having humility means you acknowledge that you don’t have all the answers in the world and you don’t think of yourself as the high and mighty. People who think they are the shit (basically, cocky which is different from being confident) will not be 100% successful because they won’t LEARN and are not coachable. This is one of the main reasons why there is a big gap between the rich and the poor. Warren Buffet, the genius of investing who is currently 86 years old, still learns but not only from his own experience. He stated:
“It’s good to learn from your mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.”
Don’t make it hard on yourself- someone has probably tried to do what you are doing and succeeded. Instead of learning things the hard way, just LEARN from THEM. That can be from reading books or listening to audio books. One of most essential part of being humble is being able to accept the fact that sometimes you can’t do things on your own and realizing that you may need help to achieve your dreams and goals. I can easily bet with you that most, if not all, successful entrepreneurs have had or still have a mentor. For example, before Tony Robbins became the “Tony Robbins” that we know now, majority of his success was due to the mentorship of Jim Rohn, an American Entrepreneur who is in partnership with SUCCESS magazine. If you are not achieving your goals and know that you need GUIDEANCE yet, you don’t have a coach or mentor, I advocate in finding someone that you look up to and highly respect. There is ALWAYS a way to get the mentor you want but it all depends on HOW badly you want them. Before you ask someone to mentor you, ask yourself first: do you DERSERVE to be mentored? What have you done to get their mentorship? And as a reminder, you are who you surround yourself with. This being the case, Robert Kiyosaki, author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” said:
“Your mentors in life are important, so choose them wisely.”
If you are “humble” but you don’t listen, then you are not humble. You see, the act of humility requires you to listen to everything around you. This means listening to what “life” tells you or your mentor, if you have one. And what I mean by listening to “life” is reflecting on your personal experiences and learning from them. Now that we have humility down, taking action is our next step to success. Zig Ziglar, an American author and motivational speaker, preached:
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
I couldn’t have agreed more. In all honesty, I am going to go ahead and be upfront with you, you can’t be lazy and expect to be rich. It doesn’t work like that- you have to take initiative. If someone is telling you that being rich will come really quick if you this or do that, please run away, fast. There are no shortcuts to becoming rich overnight but there are smarter ways to become more rich and it all starts with action. Did you think James Bond would be able to save the girl if he just waited for her to appear somewhere? The answer is no. He had to think on his feet and spring into action. Alongside with that, have you ever heard of the line “action speaks louder than words?” It is vital that you are a man of your words. Actions don’t mean jack shit if you aren’t going to do it my friend. Anyone can talk but not everyone follows through. A quote that I strongly live by:
“The more you talk with no action, the less respect you are going to get as an entrepreneur.”
A lot of people come up to me and tell me about their grand ideas yet, they have done nothing before in which that would give them credentials. For instance, if you wanted to create a “billion-dollar” app, ask yourself these questions before you present your idea to someone: how many books have I read on creating successful apps, who are the top app developers, how does an app function, who is my target audience for my specific app, and how can I strategically market my app? You see, all these questions are part of your action process. I’m not trying to be mean but I don’t give a shit about your ideas or strategies unless you take any of the necessary actions. Successful entrepreneurs did not wake up one day and became a successful entrepreneur. They took small actions to get to where they are right now. In essence, be humble in order for you to learn and from what you learned, take action and if the action you took did not fall through, have a back-up plan like James Bond. I would like to end this with what Uncle G (Grant Cardone) said that really resonated with me:
“No one is going to come to your house and make your dreams come true.”
So stop waiting and start making your fucking dreams come true. If you want to start taking action but don’t know where to start, schedule a Skype call or do a one-on-one meeting if you are local.
I will continue the next key two points in the upcoming post. Stay tuned for “Failure and Will.”