We may not all have the same circumstances, but we will at one point have our solo moment on the stage.
The question is, are you ready?
Charles Gordon author of “The Secrets of Empowerment” shares some of his thoughts on personal development and how he prepared himself for the biggest performances of his life.
SECRET 3: KNOW YOURSELF AND WHAT YOUR LIMITATIONS ARE
We tend to acknowledge our limitations, which proposes the benefits in accepting that we are imperfect humans and not supernatural beings.
Awareness of one’s limitations provides a unique opportunity to refine our weaknesses, overshadowing them can be damaging for business development and our perception of ourselves.
“The man who fails to place a healthy and realistic value on himself will soon discover that others will do the same.” – Charles Gordon
We have all heard the story of how David toppled Goliath, partly because of the size of his head. The lessons that can be drawn from history are that big heads are an easy target for the person keen to rob from the rich to give to the poor. Big heads rarely know their limitations, and there is a saying ‘Pride goes before a fall’. An effective antidote for ‘big-head’ syndrome is the honesty of a trusted business advisor, who will tell you candidly when you are being a fool. The recommendation for persons who want to remain empowered is to surround themselves with honest friends.
The business world is littered with individuals who in their quest for fame and fortune have burnt themselves out and are still experiencing the tremors today! The question I ask myself is… “What price am I willing to pay for the loot, and do I have necessary strength of character to go for the big hit?”
Just ask yourself this and you’re one step closer to knowing yourself and what your own limitations are.
SECRET 6: EVERY TIME YOU GET IT WRONG YOU ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO GETTING IT RIGHT
The biggest pitfall that many people fall into is not learning from past mistakes. When trying to establish a business venture, the objective is to turn a negative into a positive.
The reality of life is that if a person is to become empowered, persistence and patient action is essential.
Growing up in the environment that I did taught me a lot of things. First of all as a teenager raised amongst drug-dealing, robbery and murders that we’re a regularity in the community. At 19 walking into the bank dressed in my tracksuit and trainers, is not the way to go about asking a bank manager for a loan.
That was one of the first solo acts I had in my life, that wasn’t successful. The things that are obvious to me now, but were oblivious to me before; are the things I learnt from in my personal journey.
The message is clear: don’t give up, like most people, when you don’t see instant results from your efforts. With diligence and patience you will develop qualities that will be rewarded both in satisfaction and in monetary terms.
SECRET 8: SETTING THE STAGE
By creating the appropriate stage in life a person will be able to attract and retain a captive audience of potential investors and influential contacts. Failing to set an appropriate stage, your audience will assume the curtain has come down on your business and move on to the next show where there is a bit of razzmatazz.
That is why “…a successful entrepreneur remembers his unique audience and that he will never get a second chance to make a first impression”.
So I would like everyone to remember this; “We all start out with the same alphabet. We are all unique. Talent is not the most important thing; discipline and dedication are.” – Charles Gordon.