Get Motivated! Business Seminar

Last week, Tuesday, we went to the Get Motivated! Business Seminar. There are mixed reviews on such events, just look at this consumer report article:  Can ‘The Donald’ make you rich? ‘The Donald’ was not at this seminar, but a couple people mentioned in the article were. People attending Get Motivated! may have been disappointed if they were expecting a miracle to help their business. But for those of us looking for a pep talk and some self-help tips (and didn’t mind a few infomercials), it was great! Despite sitting in the dark, I was able to jot down a few notes per speaker:

Bob Harrison

Bob Harrison

  • Your reaction to an event is predetermined before the event takes place.
  • Achievers create the interruptions.

Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes

  • People come after you when you’re successful.
  • It’s not over ‘til it’s over.

Rick Belluzzo

Rick Belluzzo

  • These times of disruption and change are full of opportunity.
  • Believe that disruption is good.
  • Strive to make a difference.
  • Be willing to take on tough assignments.
  • Be self-aware and open to feedback.
  • Perseverance can pay off.
  • Always maintain integrity.
  • Be hardheaded and softhearted.

Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz

  • ATTITUDE
  • Be excited.
  • What is your attitude when people say negative things?
  • We get too complicated and lose sight of our purpose.
  • Make good choices.
  • One law:  Do Right
  • Trust, Commitment, Love

Colin Powell

Colin Powell

  • You will know you’re a good leader if they’ll follow you out of curiosity (trust).

Rudy Guliani

Rudy Guliani

  • Listening is the best way to learn.
  • Don’t stop making notes.
  • A person with goals is very effective.
  • Every day take time to relax and think. At least five minutes.

James Smith

James Smith

  • Work for yourself as hard as you work for others.
  • It’s the little things you do.
  • Be the show!

Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw

  • If you listen to the people who say how stupid you are, you won’t amount to much.
  • Keep things simple.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

  • Do it! Live it!
  • Surround yourself with people who are doing it.

Stephen Pierce

Stephen Pierce

  • Biggest threat to the future is not letting go of the past.
  • It’s about you getting better.
  • New perspective. Change.
  • It’s impossible to be great if we are seeking comfort.

Bill Self

Bill Self

  • You have to love what you do.
  • Pressure can bring out the best in people.
  • Best time to go out to compete is when your back’s against the wall.
  • Welcome—don’t be jealous of competition.
  • Believe in what you do. Have confidence.
  • Enjoy the process.

All of the above points can be applied to daily life—not just businesses! “Your reaction to an event is predetermined” says so much about why we hesitate to pursue our dreams. Choosing to pursue ours took a leap of faith. “It’s impossible to be great if we are seeking comfort” is something people do not want to hear. We are creatures of comfort. But becoming great is worth stepping outside our comfort zone. Most importantly, “You have to love what you do”. At the same time we must remember that does not always happen over night. Sacrifices need to be made along the way. But those sacrifices get us to where we ultimately want to be. All of the speakers’ points are great reminders and words of encouragement to us on our journey. I hope they inspire you as well!

Which statements stand out to you?

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Initial Reactions….from friends, family, acquaintances…and strangers

  • I wish I had the guts to follow my dreams. Our number one response. As Americans we often take the American Dream for granted. And however skewed from the original definition, comfort, job stability, and financial gain are what people seem to think of when referencing that Dream. Maybe that is why more people are not following their dreams. If it takes you out of your comfort zone, the job is not guaranteed, and finances are iffy, you may question the value (or sanity!) in pursing your dream. But worthwhile dreams can be risks and hard work. Maybe that is why people think pursuing them takes guts.
  • I regret not following my dreams. Our number two response. No one wants regrets in life. Sure, we all make mistakes… That doesn’t mean we regret what we have learned. I believe our dreams are usually intertwined with our purpose in life. And I believe everyone has a purpose, even though sometimes I doubted I would ever find mine. It just took a little while before I was prepared to recognize it. I believe a person cannot feel complete unless they are following their purpose. You may never know who you were fully meant to be. Of course, we always have opportunity to get back on track.
  • Are you crazy!? This might have been our number one response if more people felt comfortable telling us we were nuts! Following our dreams can take us away from the ‘safety of the known’. So many people have a preconceived idea about what life should look like. And when anyone deters from that idea, they have a hard time understanding. One of the things we can and do benefit from, from people in this category, is listening to their concerns. We may have good intentions, but our heads may be so far in the clouds we do not see everything we should. These people may not always be right in their opinions, but they offer a different perspective. Listening to them can prove invaluable. It can help us see things from all angles. And may help us recognize a benefit or pertinent downside we would not have seen otherwise.

We appreciate all the responses we receive(d). The one that surprised us the most was the first, with how often we heard it. People seem to have an unmet thirst for what they dream but seemingly cannot attain. Start believing in yourself!

Hold on to your dreams!

Disclaimer:  Everything I wrote above is in context of how my husband and I are pursuing our dreams—with a huge leap of faith. There are those whose dreams require a different approach, maybe along the lines of baby steps…where consistency is key. Those dreams are just as important to follow, and every step is/will be worth it!

Has anyone received different responses?