Lessons for Winning in Business & Life

I had the pleasure of seeing Robin Sharma speak at my business convention several years back, and have since been a huge fan of his work.  If you’re not familiar with him, he provides leadership and personal development training that helps organizations and people “Lead Without Title”.  He is a best-selling author, and his most recent book is aptly named, The Leader Who Had No Title:  A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and Life.  I just started reading this book, so will report back in another post, but I loved his book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, so am really excited about this one as well.

His recent newsletter, written while skiing in South American (sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?!) :-) , summarizes the 73 best ideas/insights/lessons he’s learned for winning in business and life. I believe these are words to live by, so was inspired to pass it along to my readers so you too can benefit.  Enjoy….

1. You can really Lead Without a Title.

2. Knowing what to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing what to do.

3. Give away what you most wish to receive.

4. The antidote to stagnation is innovation.

5. The conversations you are most resisting are the conversations you most need to be having.

6. Leadership is no longer about position – but passion. It’s no longer about image but impact. This is Leadership 2.0.

7. The bigger the dream, the more important to the team.

8. Visionaries see the “impossible” as the inevitable.

9. All great thinkers are initially ridiculed – and eventually revered.

10. The more you worry about being applauded by others and making money, the less you’ll focus on doing the great work that will generate applause. And make you money.

11. To double your net worth, double your self-worth. Because you will never exceed the height of your self-image.

12. The more messes you allow into your life, the more messes will become a normal (and acceptable) part of your life.

13. The secret to genius is not genetics but daily practice married with relentless perseverance.

14. The best leaders lift people up versus tear people down.

15. The most precious resource for businesspeople is not their time. It’s their energy. Manage it well.

16. The fears you run from run to you.

17. The most dangerous place is in your safety zone.

18. The more you go to your limits, the more your limits will expand.

19. Every moment in front of a customer is a gorgeous opportunity to live your values.

20. Be so good at what you do that no one else in the world can do what you do.

21. You’ll never go wrong in doing what is right.

22. It generally takes about 10 years to become an overnight sensation.

23. Never leave the site of a strong idea without doing something to execute around it.

24. A strong foundation at home sets you up for a strong foundation at work.

25. Never miss a moment to encourage someone you work with.

26. Saying “I’ll try” really means “I’m not really committed.”

27. The secret of passion is purpose.

28. Do a few things at mastery versus many things at mediocrity.

29. To have the rewards that very few have, do the things that very few people are willing to do.

30. Go where no one’s gone and leave a trail of excellence behind you.

31. Who you are becoming is more important than what you are accumulating.

32. Accept your teammates for what they are and inspire them to become all they can be.

33. To triple the growth of your organization, triple the growth of your people.

34. The best leaders are the most dedicated learners. Read great books daily. Investing in your self-development is the best investment you will ever make.

35. Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business.

36. Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.

37. Measure your success by your inner scorecard versus an outer one.

38. Understand the acute difference between the cost of something and the value of something.

39. Nothing fails like success. Because when you are at the top, it’s so easy to stop doing the very things that brought you to the top.

40. The best leaders blend courage with compassion.

41. The less you are like others, the less others will like you.

42. You’ll never go wrong in doing what’s right.

43. Excellence in one area is the beginning of excellence in every area.

44. The real reward for doing your best work is not the money you make but the leader you become.

45. Passion + production = performance.

46. The value of getting to your goals lives not in reaching the goal but what the talents/strengths/capabilities the journey reveals to you.

47. Stand for something. Or else you’ll fall for anything.

48. Say “thank you” when you’re grateful and “sorry” when you’re wrong.

49. Make the work you are doing today better than the work you did yesterday.

50. Small daily – seemingly insignificant – improvements and innovations lead to staggering achievements over time.

51. Peak performers replace depletion with inspiration on a daily basis.

52. Take care of your relationships and the sales/money will take care of itself.

53. You can’t be great if you don’t feel great. Make exceptional health your #1 priority.

54. Doing the difficult things that you’ve never done awakens the talents you never knew you had.

55. As we each express our natural genius, we all elevate our world.

56. Your daily schedule reflects your deepest values.

57. People do business with people who make them feel special.

58. All things being equal, the primary competitive advantage of your business will be your ability to grow Leaders Without Titles faster than your industry peers.

59. Treat people well on your way up and they’ll treat you well on your way down.

60. Success lies in a masterful consistency around a few fundamentals. It really is simple. Not easy. But simple.

61. The business (and person) who tries to be everything to everyone ends up being nothing to anyone.

62. One of the primary tactics for enduring winning is daily learning.

63. To have everything you want, help as many people as you can possibly find get everything they want.

64. Understand that a problem is only a problem if you choose to view it as a problem (vs. an opportunity).

65. Clarity precedes mastery. Craft clear and precise plans/goals/deliverables. And then block out all else.

66. The best in business spend far more time on learning than in leisure.

67. Lucky is where skill meets persistence.

68. The best Leaders Without a Title use their heads and listen to their hearts.

69. The things that are hardest to do are often the things that are the best to do.

70. Every single person in the world could be a genius at something, if they practiced it daily for at least ten years (as confirmed by the research of Anders Ericsson and others).

71. Daily exercise is an insurance policy against future illness. The best Leaders Without Titles are the fittest.

72. Education is the beginning of transformation. Dedicate yourself to daily learning via books/audios/seminars and coaching.

73. The quickest way to grow the sales of your business is to grow your people.

Pretty fabulous list, right?  If you found it as valuable as I have, please pass it on!   I’d love to hear in the comments below, which insight resonated with you the most, and why? I look forward to a lively dialogue! :-)

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48 Responses to “Lessons for Winning in Business & Life”

  1. Hi Beth,

    Yes, fabulous list and I’ll definitely be sharing it. So many resonate with me but I think the one that does the most is #2 because it’s what I struggle with the most.

    My mom used to say “the road to h__ is paved with good intentions”. While my intentions are always good, I don’t always follow through so like #2 – “Knowing what to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing what to do” is something I always need to keep in the back of my mind. No one knows or really cares about what you intend to do, it’s only what you actually do that matters.

    Thanks for sharing, Laura
    .-= Laura Paulson´s last blog ..Secret Recipe That Make Simple Systems Work =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I’m glad you enjoyed the list. And your mom is absolutely right, Laura! Intentions are good to set, but it is our results that matter!

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  2. Hey Beth!

    Awesome list of leadership tips! I have not heard of Robin but will have to put him on my list of authors to look up.

    It’s funny how so many of these tips apply not only to business, but to life in general. When you really think about it, we’re all leaders in one capacity or another. Whether we lead an organization, a team, or a family, there are always people watching us and learning from the example we set.

    My favorite of the tips listed here is: give away what you most wish to receive. It’s so beautifully simple, yet true. Thanks for sharing :-)

    ~ Kathy
    .-= Kathy Jodrey´s last blog ..Emotional Clearing With EmMatrix…Thank You Sandhan! Summer Scenery Series 4 =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, Robin Sharma is a great guy to add to your list. I love that one to, Kathy! Simple, beautiful and profound. :)

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  3. Wow Beth!
    What an empowering list. I have too many favorites to list them all, yet the statement about passion and purpose does stand out.

    Not only are you sharing some great words to live by, you are also sharing another book that I’m adding to my list of want-to-reads. :)

    I appreciate you,
    Val ;)
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Isn’t it though?! And yes, I can always count on you to be my passion and purpose sister! ;) Enjoy the book, Val….I really am!

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  4. Beth I just found 74 reasons I like you. 73 are above and 1, because your so cool. Great content, many of which I will post sometime on Twitter

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    bethallen Reply:

    You are too cute, Nelson! Posting these on Twitter…that’s a great idea I hadn’t thought of! Thanks! :)

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  5. Wow Beth, I could hardly pick one item off that list that I liked more than the last. I think if I DID pick one though, it would be #2 Knowing what to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing what to do.

    This is an awesome resource to have! I think I’m going to print this out and post it next to my vision board!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I had not heard of Robin Sharma before. I’ll definitely be looking him up!
    .-= Lorri Ratzlaff´s last blog ..When You Need a Break From YOU- Inc be Affiliate Inc =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Lorri, I’m glad this list will be an awesome resource for you! I agree! I love your idea of printing it out and hanging it next to your vision board, even just to catch one every time you walked by would be incredibly powerful! I think I’ll follow suit! Thanks.

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  6. Hi Beth,
    Wow that is an awesome list and it must have taken you a while to write it all.
    I loved Robing Sharma’ “Monk who sold his ferrari” and feel inspired through your article to read some more of his writing.

    Your effort is very much appreciated.

    Love and Joy
    from
    Yorinda
    .-= Yorinda´s last blog ..Active Listening =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Glad to hear that you’ve read Robin’s book, and that you’re inspired to read his new one! I’m really loving it. Thanks for stopping by Yorinda, so glad you enjoyed this list.

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  7. Thanks Beth!

    What a great list and will share it to my network. It’s going to be interesting which ones are people’s favorites.

    Our model or view of the world will determine which ones will be our favorites.

    It will be either the most connected to their identity or a need in the moment.

    My favorites are #55 and #70.

    55. As we each express our natural genius, we all elevate our world.

    70. Every single person in the world could be a genius at something, if they practiced it daily for at least ten years (as confirmed by the research of Anders Ericsson and others).

    Thank you Beth!

    To Your Genius,

    Eiji Morishita
    Genius Squared Trainings
    .-= Eiji Morishita´s last blog ..The Gift of Simplicity =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hey Eiji ~ I can see why those 2 resonated with you! ;) I am off to your blog to see what your Genius Squared Trainings are all about! Glad to hear you’ll spread this awesome message, and thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Hi Beth,

    Another great post! Gosh, there are so many great insights here that I can’t pick just one. I will definitely be sharing these…and printing them to serve as inspiration for myself! Thank you for sharing and letting us know about another great read!

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    bethallen Reply:

    Sure thing, Linnea! Happy to pass on great inspiration. :)

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  9. Beth,
    Wonderful post. So full of information that I’m going to have to read it again. Tonight, the one that resonated the most with me was “to double your net worth, double your self-worth” That was a big takeaway.
    Thanks so much,
    Adam
    .-= Dr. Adam Sheck´s last blog ..Relationship Recipe =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you, Adam. That one is so critical. If we don’t see it ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to see it? When self-worth literally oozes from every cell of our being, that is when we are unstoppable!

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  10. Kevin M.
    Twitter: KevinMartineau
    14. Aug, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    “36. Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.”

    This one resonated with me the most. I am at the beginning of making some big changes and it is definitely hard! :)
    .-= Kevin M.´s last blog ..6 key ingredients to a successful relationship =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I always say the first step is by FAR the hardest …. so congratulations on accomplishing that part! Keep the end clearly in sight, every single day, and you’ll get there. When I’m in the throws of massive change, I hold it in my mind that I’m already there. I see it, feel it, taste it ….then no matter the mess, I get through it! So Kevin, congrats, you’re already there! :)

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  11. Hi Beth,

    Everyone of those points is a lesson on it’s own. The one that really resonated with me was The most dangerous place is in your safety zone. I find now that I start feeling uncomfortable when I feel comfortable because I’m not doing everything possible to grow.

    Great list,

    Michael

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    bethallen Reply:

    I agree, Michael, I really could take each one of these points and make a blog post about it! Great idea to file away actually. And I couldn’t agree more, whenever I feel comfortable I know I’m selling myself short. It is in the uncomfortable moments that we create more than we ever thought possible!

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  12. Beth
    This post is without a doubt awesome! Thank you! The list is really like a business model. Follow these and you will have success. The one that I liked the most was, To double your net worth, double your self-worth. Because you will never exceed the height of your self-image. If we have little self-worth it translates into every aspect of our lives and we cannot offer significant value to others. I know we must have great self-worth and a great self-image to be able to lead others. I will use this list as a reference for a long time to come. Thanks again!

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Darcy, I agree that this list makes a great business model! I’m glad you’ve found it valuable. :)

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  13. Great Post Really appreciate that. Thats what a blog is really about for me. Sharing the things that matter most in our niche.
    The first one really hit me because we have seen, in our times leaders emerging from obscure places that give them leadership almost instantly in some cases, although it is always planned. Success is about planning
    .-= Andrew Gallagher´s last blog ..Network Marketing Online =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Cool. Yes, while this is my first time not writing a post (and it was hard for me to hold back!) :), I found this too valuable to not pass along. If you loved #1, you will love Robin’s book. Thanks for visiting, Andrew!

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  14. I have never been a big fan of titles. In fact, I have avoided creating titles in my companies whenever possible. Hard creating a cohesive organization when individuals are overly worried about their current or future title. Thanks for sharing this great list.
    .-= Scott Pollov´s last blog ..Leverage Your Technology IP to Raise Capital =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You know, before Robin started this movement, I never really gave much thought to titles. I definitely see that they can serve to both influence and intimidate, and that usually hard work was required to reach that title….but yes, I agree that the idea of leadership without title is a pretty fantastic thing. :)

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  15. Hey Beth, That’s a really powerful list of insights! I guess the one that resonated with me most is #3 “Give away what you most wish to receive”. I think there is so much truth, power, and value to that statement! I truly believe that we will get back what we give!
    Thanks for the great post!:) Joseph McDevitt
    .-= Joseph McDevitt´s last blog ..HTML – Understanding The Basics =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Isn’t it though?! Joseph, I love that one as well. It’s actually a core part of my opt-in offer which I’m finally almost finished with! :) Great to see you stopping by.

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  16. Beth,
    Great post. Full insightful quotes that really lead to inspiration. I had to laugh to myself over #22.

    22. It generally takes about 10 years to become an overnight sensation. As you know, in my latest post I was talking about several musicians and creating a legacy. What cracked me up was a little addition to this.

    22. It generally takes about 10 years to become an overnight sensation… unless you were on stage at Woodstock! :-)

    Thanks for sharing this Beth…great stuff!
    .-= Don Enck´s last blog ..Are You A Living Legend Creating A Lasting Legacy =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes Don, I suppose that is funny in light of your recent post on legends! I think the internet has allowed for quite a few overnight sensations these past few years, but I think the key point of this lesson is vision and persistence. It’s rare to be a woodstock sensation, but with hard work and consistency, anyone can become sensational! :)

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  17. Beth,
    I read this list twice and it hit me on so many different levels. Each one is impactful. Two that I said “whoa” to are:

    46. The value of getting to your goals lives not in reaching the goal but what the talents/strengths/capabilities the journey reveals to you.

    and

    70. Every single person in the world could be a genius at something, if they practiced it daily for at least ten years (as confirmed by the research of Anders Ericsson and others).

    Thanks for sharing this incredible list. I’ll carry it with me:)
    .-= Darlene Davis´s last blog ..Whacking Limiting Beliefs =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Darlene! Yes, I’ve read through this list now at different times, and different ones jump out at me. Those 2 that gave you that ‘whoa’ factor are great. The journey is where the magic happens, I definitely agree with that! And a journey of at least 10 years….:)

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  18. It is really nice to have a breath of fresh air! I have been surrounding myself with business leaders like yourself. I highly appreciate the abundance of value to help us grow our business and to lead a quality business life.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I’m glad you found this post to be a breath of fresh air, Justin! It is so important to surround yourself with people that have the mindset, attitude, success and lifestyle you desire ~ sounds like you’re doing that, which is awesome! It will lead to not just a quality business life, but a quality entire life! :)

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  19. The law of attraction, or whatever one would like to call it, certainly works! If you want to become the best, you must learn from the best. Thanks for your quality teaching and expertise.

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    bethallen Reply:

    It absolutely does! Yes, just like the saying that our income is the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with, so it is with our mindset, attitude and results! Glad you benefited from this post, and thanks for stopping by, Julies!

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  20. This is such a great list! Not only can most of these be used in business, but they can also be used in ones life. Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Any and every employer or manager should read this list. There are so many great points that most people may not realize. Thank you for sharing!

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  22. Thank you for posting this list, Beth! Everyone should read this list, whether they are employers, employees, or just curious on how to improve themselves.

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  23. #48 is a great tip for work. So many people don’t say the simple “Thank You”, “Sorry”, or “You’re Welcome.” Those seem to have fallen to the wayside.

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  24. I love #25! Everyone in the office should encourage one another. Without that, there is no teamwork and without teamwork there is no success.

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  25. What a great compilation. So many of these items employers need to know. I have worked with a few managers that don’t know how to work with others so the team dynamic was never there. I think forwarding this on to them might be a good thing.

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  26. Beth,
    I’ve been following you for a while now and it seems that you are having a lot of success with internet marketing. It’s great to read your story and hear how important your parents were in your decision to view life another way and to get involved in network marketing. Keep up the good work, I hope to meet you one day.

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  27. What a list! I can come up with another one of my favorites from that one. I am glad you shared this because I have actually learned so much. This are great tips that can make anyone successful as well as to have great leadership skills.

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  28. Number 26 is a personal favorite. Maybe I’m a bit of a nerd, but I grew up following Yoda’s advice: “Do or do not; there is no try.”

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    bethallen Reply:

    Awesome! Not nerdy, smart! Yoda was a wise one, wasn’t he?! ;)

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