It might be cliche but here is an entertaining motivational movie clip. The theme is highschool football and the message can relate to anyone who has ever given up too soon. (That includes me.)
What is the secret for success?
That is a a question that I have asked often. Of myself, of the hundreds of guests that I have interviewed on my weekly radio show, Business in Motion and of the universe.
This is what I have learned about the secret to success.
Success comes from doing little things, consistently well, over time.
There are three important parts to that formula:
It’s the little things that make or break you. It’s not about the lucky break or the big idea.
You don’t need to be perfect or give 100%. And let’s be realistic, 110% is mathematically imposssible. You only need to be consistently well – as compared to the competition.
This is likely the part that defeats most people. It’s not about having a good day. It’s about doing it every day for a long time. How long? Until you get where you want to be. Many overnight successes took many years.
Want to be successful?
Do little things, consistently well, over time.
When I started my radio show over 14 years ago – I noticed that I felt very inadequate in the presence of some of my guests. I aimed high in the quality of my guests yet felt inferior to them. Mike De Groote was one who was quite gracious yet I made myself feel less than him. After all he was a billionaire – I was nobody. I sweated while interviewing him. Yet he was so down to earth.
The first author that I interviewed was Nuala Beck, (Shifting Gears). Again she was gracious – yet I felt small.
It took a friend of mine to point this out to me. After he listened to a tape of this interview he said, “George, you usually sound more confident.”
That woke me up and made me examine what I had been doing to myself.
After a talk with myself I came to the realization that the only way for me to approach it was to consider all my guests as equals. I was equal to them.
Not equal in net wealth – but simply equal. They were very good at what they did and so was I. So we could have a conversation as equals.
Funny how strange I felt when another billionaire expressed how impressed he was by me because I was an author. He wasn’t an author – just a billionaire.
After that epithany – my interviews became much more comfortable, natural and interesting.