Ask any of the world’s most successful people how they reached their goals and achieved greatness. One answer will be synonymous amongst all of them- they proactively sought out the wisdom of others.
Maybe, they gained this wisdom from reading position papers, listening to thought leaders on stage or in interviews, or even hiring their own personal coach or consultant(s).
No doubt, you’ve heard the cliche “you don’t know what you don’t know.” Often, we need others to help show us things that we don’t know but only the people who desire success and achievement will act on it; making it an effort to seek out others to get information they don’t know.
As youth we’ve had teachers, coaches, parents, family members and instructors to show and teach us things that help us reach our potential whether in sport or school.
I’m concerned that the practice of seeking others insights and wisdoms through our business careers seems less likely. Why do we stop pursuing knowledge of others in our business careers when it seemed so common in sport or in school.
Are we too prideful? Egotistic? Stubborn? Overconfident? All the above? Our founder, Chad Celi believes “overconfidence is killing american businesses and some are to self-assured to see it.”
Because we practice what we preach our own firm seeks out mentors, coaches, consultants, and other experts in their respective fields. This helps us gain new insights, paradigms, perspectives, and mindset shifts. This has been instrumental in helping our clients achieve the desired results they want from our partnership. We’ll be the first to admit we don’t know it all. We would be doing our clients a disservice if that was our belief. They would miss out on new innovations-better ways to do something, market insights, best tools and resources for making your marketing work, and little known marketing and growth strategies.
So, the secret to business success is to “stop stealing from yourself” and go find others who can take you from where you are to where you want to be. Put ego and pride on the back shelf where it’s hard to reach.
Most importantly, realize that those who’ve reached quantum success had enough confidence to admit they didn’t know everything.