2017 was a wonderful year for me. I have never experienced so much growth in such a short period of time. I can attribute that to all of the tragedies I experienced. The salon lost a senior stylist, had massive turn over, endured a security breach which left us with NOTHING, major appliance repair bills, and so much more that I know I’m leaving out. Taking all those negative things and turning them into positives was amazing and a result of all the education I got in 2017. I took many classes hosted by our amazing distribution company focusing on business strategies and systems, I read SO many books on development, leadership, and growth, and I attended the best growth and knowledge seminar I have ever experienced, Vision Quest, hosted in the beautiful Carlsbad California.
Reading and attending these “growth seminars” is what really brought me to this level of enlightenment. Surrounding myself with like-minded people with killer strategies and a relentless forward motion towards greatness.
The A-ha moment I am having is that these amazing people who I had the pleasure of learning from all had one thing in common. They all learned everything they know from other people. That’s it….they took a philosophy, personalized it, ran with it and failed many times, kept getting up and dusting themselves off, and kept on polishing up their brand. These philosophies and systems they teach and empower others with is nothing more than knowledge they learned from someone else. It’s up-cycled information!
Why is this important to know and understand? Because you need to know that the only thing keeping you from a heightened level of greatness is the proper information. You have the desire, you have the proper vessel necessary to take you to the world’s greatest heights now all you have to do is fill that vessel with words, encouragement, strategies, and systems.
1. One book leads to another, leads to another, and leads to another
Every book that I have read this year was recommended by the Author of the book I was currently reading. If you are really moved by the words you are reading know that the information that you are gathering are simply ideas and philosophies gathered from other people. The Author received information, up-cycled it, and put their own unique energy into it. Also know that if you are reading a book and it is not speaking to you….you don’t have to finish it. Who made up the rule that you have to read a book from beginning to end…if you’re not into it put it down and find one that speaks to you.
2. TedTalks, YouTube, GoalCast….Videos stimulate you in a different way
There is something about watching a video that really gets me going. To physically SEE the passion in someone’s eyes as they are sharing their stories and ideas…that is powerful stuff. You can also learn great presentation skills by watching the way they present themselves. The internet has put together an endless amount of information for you to watch and learn from. My favorite right now is Impact Theory…In fact I am wearing my new Impact Theory sweatshirt as I write this blog. It says “Everything is My Fault”…and I love it. I am all about taking responsibility for everything in my life and this sweatshirt empowers me when I wear it. Visit Impact Theory to get some inspiration!
3. Asking questions and hearing people’s stories
This one seems so obvious but I truly just learned its importance and magnitude at 41 years old. To really hear someone’s story…man that is powerful and so inspiring. Most of the time you have no idea the level of emotion that the people around you are carrying. Most people will not just share that information either. You have to give them a safe place to tell it (an honestly judgment-free zone) and ask them good questions. Good questions come in the form of a genuine desire to learn about the person. If you find yourself asking questions in hopes of getting the dirt on someone’s life that is the opposite of a safe place. The information shared with you must be used for 2 main purposes…#1 to connect with the person that you are talking too and #2 to gain knowledge and insight that you can use in your own life. These stories should NEVER be shared without the permission of the person telling them.
2018 is filled with opportunities and I believe these opportunities come in books, videos, and stories. To be your very best self you must surround yourself with people who share that same desire and show action. I consider the books, videos, and stories to be those people as well. It doesn’t always have to be a physical person next to you it can simply be their ideals.
Read, watch, learn, grow….that’s where it’s at!!!