As coaches, we all know the absolute value in coaching and being mentored by someone a few steps ahead of us. And when you are brand new to the world of business it can be daunting on where to start... You want to learn it all!
Your dreams are BIG! And you want to learn from the BEST!
So how can you learn from those who are SO BIG, and would never be accessible to learn from directly?
At a Tony Robbins event 8 years ago I learnt a sneaky little secret of how we can learn from the mentors who are so BIG that we might never get direct access from them.
"We can 'model' the behaviours and actions of others. Success leaves clues!"
In my eyes, Richard Branson is the absolute KING of the business world and while one day I plan to meet him in person (did you hear that Universe?) , in the mean time I will continue to be inspired by modelling his beliefs and actions. While there are no shortcuts to success, certain attitudes and actions can leave clues for us all on our path to living our wildest dreams.
Here are some of my favourite tips from Richard for doing business the Virgin way:
1. Follow your dreams.
You will live a much better life if you pursue your passions. People who work on the things that they love usually enjoy life more than everyone else does simply because they are chasing their dreams.
2. Do some good.
If you aren’t making a difference in other people’s lives, you shouldn’t be in business -- it’s that simple. Companies have a responsibility to make a difference in the world: They owe this to their community, their staff, their customers, everyone. The amazing part is that doing good is also good for business -- what are you waiting for?
3. Believe in your ideas: Give your venture everything you’ve got.
A passionate commitment to your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing, why should anybody else be?
And don’t get suckered into blindly pursuing profits and growth. If you stay focused on being the best at what you do, it’s more likely that the rest will follow.
4. Have fun, and make sure that your team members are enjoying themselves too.
Fun is one of the most important -- and underrated -- components of any successful venture. If you’re not enjoying yourself, it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else. If your employees are engaged and having fun, and they genuinely care about your customers, they will enjoy their work more and do a better job. Hire people who look for the best in others, who lavish more praise than they dole out criticism, and who genuinely love what they do.
5. Don’t give up.
On every adventure that I have undertaken -- whether it was setting up a business, flying around the world in a balloon or racing across an ocean in a powerboat -- I have faced difficult moments when the easiest thing to do would have been to throw in the towel and walk away. But you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve by tenaciously sticking to your goals. When you fail, get back up, brush yourself off and try again.
6. Listen, take lots of notes and keep setting yourself new challenges.
If you don’t write down your own (and others’) spontaneous ideas, they can vanish in the blink of an eye. So be sure to keep track of your goals: make lists. And remember to listen more and talk less. You’ll be amazed at the obstacles a listening culture can overcome.
7. Delegate, and spend more time with your family.
The art of delegation is one of the key skills that entrepreneurs must master. Be sure to “hire to your weaknesses.” Bringing on people who can do the tasks you aren’t particularly good at can free you up to plan for your company’s future. This strategy also allows you to spend more time with your family, which is really the most important thing of all.
Oh yes, and don’t forget to ask your family for input on your latest big idea!
8. Communicate, collaborate and communicate some more.
Keep it simple, stupid and above all else, work and play with others. Mushrooms might grow when they are kept in the dark and fed a diet of dung, but that strategy doesn’t work with people. The
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and companies like Pixar built open work environments that invited intermingling and the sharing of visions -- you need that atmosphere too.
9. Turn off your laptop and iPhone, and get out there.
Don’t sit in front of a screen all day. Switch everything off and venture out into the world regularly. If you’ve been neglecting this part of life, start with your own backyard, then expand your field of vision. With so many fascinating people to meet, exciting adventures to embark upon and rewarding challenges to undertake, there’s no time to lose. As the saying goes: Life isn’t a dress rehearsal.
10. Do what you love, and keep a couch in the kitchen.
As long as you are surrounded by the people you love and you’re doing what you love, it really doesn’t matter where you live or how much money you make. When we are on Necker Island, my family tends to spend most of our time in the kitchen together. If you have a roof over your head and a partner you love, you really don’t need too much more.
Let me know in the comments below, which tip inspires you most? Which one will you implement in your life today?