A few weeks back, I was speaking at a conference and was mingling with a gentleman from Indiana at a pre-event reception. We were talking about how to be successful and he uttered five words that I knew would be one of my future battle cries!
LEARN TO DROP THE ROCK!
He was a very successful man. Full of life. Full of fun. Full of ideas. And more than financially sound. We were talking about why some people are more successful than others when began to wax eloquent on the subject.
He said, “Most people are just too scared to drop the rock”. At that point, I just knew I would be stealing these five words!
The reason that many people are not more successful today is because they are holding onto self-imposed limitations . It’s as if they were anchored to a huge rock for stability. They are burdened by what others may think and are shackled by a bunch of negative “what-if” energy-sapping scenarios.
- We can’t do that.
- We have never done that before.
- That is not the way we do things.
- Don’t be silly!
- What would people think?
- That isn’t me.
- Sounds like too much work.
- What if it doesn’t work?
- You’re kidding…right?
- That would never work.
Here’s the bottom line. The people holding onto their personal rocks become another one of the ducks. They paddle around in circles. They are plain vanilla and nothing special. They are predictable. They are moderately successful; yet they are still one of the gang and essentially invisible.
To follow the advice of an “entrepreneur” blindly is an invitation to flirt with disaster. But to listen to the advice and wisdom of a “successful entrepreneur” is something I recommend.
Show me a successful entrepreneur, and more often than not, I will show you a person who has “dropped the rock”.
Don’t be foolish. And don’t be too impetuous. But this week, focus on identifying the rocks you are tethered to, and see if it would make sense for you to drop them.
Mike Marchev is a non-linear thinker who makes his living shooting from the hip. Wanna know more? Send me an email … firstname.lastname@example.org