One of the most valuable business tips, isn’t.
That’s to say, the tip doesn’t appear to be business related at all. It has nothing to do with customer service, marketing, cash flow, logistics or any key business activity.
Yet it has everything to do with your business.
Ideas and actions
A business is always a reflection of the ideas and actions of the person (or people) directing that business. The quality of your ideas and your commitment to take action are everything. And these are directly linked to how you feel mentally and physically.
An average diet, coupled with too little exercise, leaves you operating way below your potential. It leaves you with foggy thinking and a lack of energy. People tend to confuse this with low self-motivation. They’re often wrong.
Most business owners are motivated people, but it’s hard to keep pushing forward when you lack clarity and energy.
A healthy diet and regular exercise is the answer. Avoid foods that are processed, foods that are high in bad fat and foods that are high in sugar. And walk. Walk daily for 30 minutes. That’s every day. Yes, even when it’s raining. The key is to move your body regularly.
Obviously, before you do anything, speak with a medical professional. They’ll be able to put you on the right track, based on your current health and fitness levels.
Seems the latest trend for gurus, is to be profane.
I’ve noticed it mostly from social-media-famous experts, who come from privileged backgrounds. It feels like an effort to make themselves more street or more relevant.
Sure, the first time you say ‘fuck’ in your book / blog / podcast, people notice it. After a while though, it ceases to work. The effectiveness wears off. People get snow-blind.
If cussing is currently your shtick, you may want to work on your plan B. Because there’s no deficit of cussing experts, speakers, podcasters or bloggers.
There’s a HUGE shortage of people willing to lead. There’s a vast deficit of people prepared to create ideas worth sharing. These are more profitable areas to invest your time and energy.
There are bloggers I have seen online over the past 5 years or more, yet I know nothing about them.
Sure, I know they retweet social media gurus and a-list bloggers. I know they write the same me too blog posts, agreeing with whatever the popular opinion is on a topic. But I know nothing about them.
I have no idea what they think.
What they stand for.
What they are excited about.
What their story is.
This got me thinking
Unlike previous generations, we leave an easy to follow stream of activity behind us online. Our kids or grand kids will be able to see if we stood for anything. They will see of we were ditto heads or if we had the courage to express ourselves. They will see if we were leaders or if we were sheep.
Maybe that’s something to think about, the next time you feel compelled to share your guru’s latest thoughts… rather than your own.
I saw a wonderful piece of street art recently, (above). It’s called From Queens Come Kings.
The title refers to the fact that 3 guys from Hollis, Queens, New York, went on to become international super-stars of music – influencing millions of people. I’m referring to the amazing RUN DMC.
Talent, determination and commitment
Whatever your musical tastes may be, I am willing to guess that there are artists in your music collection, who went from nowhere, to super-stardom. Talent, determination and a commitment to their craft – this seems a recipe for success at the highest level in music.
- Interestingly, that same talent, determination and commitment has seen many people go from rags to riches in business too.
- Even more interestingly, you and I were both born with talent in at least one area and we can acquire the learned skills of determination and commitment.
The question is, what are we going to do with all our potential?
PS: Please check out the Jam Master Jay Foundation For Music. At time of writing, the site is under development.