Achieving Greatness…Need a Nudge?
Years ago, I attended the National Speakers Association (NSA) Annual Conference in California. For those of you who don’t know NSA is an organization made up of some of the world’s best professional speakers.
Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Les Brown, Dr. Norman Vincent Peal, and Og Mandino are just a few of its’ legendary members.
As I sat studying some of the best speakers in the country, I found myself in a state of both awe. Not necessarily because of the words they spoke, but more so by the delivery of those words. They were precise, accurate, perfectly timed, perfectly pitched, and eloquently spoken. I felt like a student sitting at the feet of the masters as I watched their magic unfold.
During a breakout session, one of the speakers from the main stage asked us why we chose his session. One of them replied, “It’s because you are relaxed, easy going, and non-rehearsed.” He went on, “You aren’t overly polished like some of the other speakers on the main stage.”
The speakers’ response surprised all of us. Replying somewhat intensely. He said, “It has taken me 30 years to perfect my speaking!” “I have spent thousands of dollars on speaking coaches and mentors.” “I have worked so damn hard to be able to present that way, so PLEASE don’t think that this is easy or unintentional!!”
BOOM! MIC DROP!
And that got me thinking…
Am I Working Towards Greatness?
What that speaker said hit me like a 4 X 4 timber to the side of my head. It forced me to ask myself the question: “Am I working as hard as I need to in order to achieve greatness in my business? In my life? In my relationships?
One of the most influential mentors in my life is Nido Qubein. He once said, “We are so busy being good that we don’t take the time to become great!”
3 Questions To Ask Yourself:
- Are you continually learning and studying how to be a great leader, a great business professional, partner, spouse, father, etc.?
- Have you become comfortable being…good enough…but not great?
- What 1 action would you be willing to take in order to nudge you or your business a step closer to greatness?
Inside each and every one of us is the seed of greatness. Sometimes it just needs a little nudge in order to break through the surface and begin the journey upward towards its destiny…consider this a nudge!
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