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:
- Your reaction to an event is predetermined before the event takes place.
- Achievers create the interruptions.
- People come after you when you’re successful.
- It’s not over ‘til it’s over.
- 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.
- 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
- You will know you’re a good leader if they’ll follow you out of curiosity (trust).
- 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.
- Work for yourself as hard as you work for others.
- It’s the little things you do.
- Be the show!
- If you listen to the people who say how stupid you are, you won’t amount to much.
- Keep things simple.
- Do it! Live it!
- Surround yourself with people who are doing it.
- 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.
- 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?