“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
I love that quote by Zig Ziglar. It’s true, isn’t it? Your success is directly related to the success of the people around you. So what if you spent your time pouring into the top 20% of your organization and watching them grow and achieve everything they want? I would like to say that I’m completely altruistic, but I’m not. Do I want my leadership team and staff to accomplish all of their goals? Absolutely. But I also know that by them accomplishing their goals (whether that’s financial or simply a personal accomplishment like a marathon or a dream vacation), they will be more fulfilled personally and professionally and that benefits us all.
Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Surround yourself with the best in life and business and make sure your top five people are doing the same. I make sure that just as I am pouring into my top 20%, I am teaching them how to do the same with their top 20%. For example, my leadership team knows that they must coach, train, and mentor their team members to ensure that the circle isn’t broken. By hiring leaders and empire builders and pouring into them, they will in turn hire more leaders and empire builders and you will all win! Do not be afraid to hire someone better than you. In fact, if you are the smartest person in the room than you have failed.
If you are not where you want to be, it’s because you are making it about yourself.
So you want to grow your business? Make it about others. Make it about creating a world large enough for your employees to exceed their wealthiest and wildest goals. Make it about providing an incredible experience to your clients – every time. Make it about your family. Make it about your ability to give back. Make it about anything other than YOU and your business will grow.
I challenge you to take some time to work on your personal mission statement. This will be a guiding document as you consider new opportunities and make decisions for yourself and your business. Creating a personal mission statement is a sure-fire way to solidify who you are and who you want to be.
My personal mission statement:
My mission is to grow spiritually through all of life’s experiences in order to create a world large enough for everyone who enters my life to exceed their wealthiest/biggest/wildest goals.
See? It’s about other people. And I know that through people I will be able to accomplish my big WHY – FREEDOM. Financial freedom, freedom to give freedom to richly bless other’s lives, physical freedom, spiritual freedom to truly embrace other people’s growth and success, social freedom to experience the journey of life with other people when and where I choose. Freedom drives me to wake up every day at 4:45am. It’s what keeps me up late into the night. It’s what keeps me going through all the ups and downs and twists and turns. Freedom. And it ain’t going to happen without people.
Make it a habit to help others get what you want (not at the expense of the bottom line, but in support of it). By giving others opportunities and helping them grow and achieve their goals, you will both win.
Share your personal mission statement in the comments below!
Here are a few other examples to get the juices flowing:
Oprah – To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they though they could be.
Richard Branson – To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes.