18 May 2016

In business (and in life in general), we need to participate in order to get things done

One of the many benefits of having a coach is you can learn a lot of business strategies, and I’ve got hundreds of them. That’s my thing. But let me tell you this: none of those strategies are going to work if you don’t have the right mindset.

That’s why aside from learning about strategy, coaching is also about conditioning your mentality as a business owner. Because whether you like it or not, what’s going on inside your mind affects every single person involved in your business. And as far as mindset goes, the first thing we need to develop is participation.

Participation is about giving things a go.

Warren Buffet, the third wealthiest man in the world, once said “The only difference between me and the next investor is that I give things a go.” Now Warren doesn’t necessarily always make the right decisions. His successful business journey wasn’t made out of a series of good decisions that turned out perfectly.

In fact, he also once said when he makes a bad decision, he learns something, and when he makes a good decision, he makes lots of money.

See, if Warren sat on his hands and did nothing, what would he get? You’re right — nothing. And in life, we need to participate in order to get things done. We have to give things a go.

When we were little and we tried to walk for the first time, most of us never got it right. But I bet our parents never turned around and said, “Well I suppose you’re just going to be the crawling type.” No — we kept on going and our parents kept on helping us until we were able to do what we’re supposed to do.

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.”

Nothing is ever going to happen if we don’t take the plunge, if we don’t take certain risks. And that’s true not only in business but in life. As a coach, I aim to condition your mindset so that as a business owner you can open yourself to opportunities and possibilities. It all starts with 100% participation, and everything else follows.

Now ask yourself: how much do you participate on a daily basis?

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