Dream Team Pick of the Week: Richard St. John: Secrets of Success in 8 Words

Today my top mentor of the weak analyst Richard St. John who does an awesome job during this TedTalk event. In the video, he summarizes a poll taken by participants at TedTalks where he asks, “Why do people succeed? Although the question can be applied to anyone in any field, it is also fitting in an entrepreneurial career. Here are the main points from the clip.

Passion – Do it for love.

This is a message that you may have heard before. Find a way to create a business around what you most enjoy definitely plays a role in success. The reason is because although profits is the name of the game, keeping passion in business is what drives you to reach the goal.

Work – Have fun working hard.

Janet Jackson made a song titled, “Funny how time flies when you’re having fun” and it’s true. When you have clients and projects that you can have fun with, you don’t mind the time that it takes to get it off the ground and grow it. It’s like being a kid at Disney World. You never want to leave.

Focus – Put your nose into something and don’t stop until you’re done.

There are so many aspects of business that are interesting but what matters most is niche. If you find one thing to give your undivided attention it will expand and grow. Focus is keeping your eyes on the prize instead of being taken off course by the bright shiny objects.

Persist – Stay on course in spite of failure.

If anyone ever told you that building a successful business is easy they were wrong. There will be good days and not so good days. There will be times when you are extremely confident and moments when struggle with self-doubt. So you need to be prepared by staying physically, mentally, and spiritually able to handle the inevitable bumps in the road.

Ideas – Listen and observe.

Pay attention to what goes on around you to be a catalyst for new ideas. When you keep an open mind it sparks your imagination. From there you can innovate or improve upon what already exists by acting on what you find.

Good – Get darn good at what you do!

To this statement, I totally agree. When you put in the work and practice, practice, practice, it makes you an expert at what you do. Your market values your expertise so take the time to develop it.

Push – Push yourself and have a support circle around you.

Ask yourself how will you keep going when times get hard? A mission statement and positive mental attitude helps but so does a supportive inner circle. You need people to cheer you on in times when you are dealing with what Richard calls, “Crap”.

Serve – Keep an attitude of giving others something of value.

Ivan Misner, founder of Business Network International has a motto that I like called, “Givers gain.” The  more you find ways to help others, the more valuable you become to them. Remember, people do business with people they know, like and trust. Putting others first is the most genuine way to achieve that.

So what do you think?…

Are there any other factors that contribute to success? I’d like to read about your favorite business or career strategies in the comments below.


One thought on “Dream Team Pick of the Week: Richard St. John: Secrets of Success in 8 Words

  1. Very good list. I agree with the thought that helping others can add to our success. The hardest thing to do is stick to something that is hard, but when it helps others, it makes it easier to stick it out when things get tough.

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