“Are you the best in the world at what you do?”
That’s the one question that Les Brown, one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, consistently asks his audiences. After asking this question, Les then goes on to say that whatever it is that you do, you should strive to be the best in the world, no matter what it is. If you’re a mechanic, you should take pride in striving to be the best mechanic in the world. If you are a surgeon, be the best surgeon in the world. If you’re a parent, be the best parent in the world. Les’s contention is that you have only one life to live, and whatever it is that you are going to spend your one life doing, don’t sell yourself short: be the best there is.
1. Find Your Passion
Being the best in the world requires a simple formula: passion, the ability to learn, and relationship building. The first step to being the best in the world at something is finding the passion within to have the desire and drive to get there. “America’s Business Expert,” Bill Walsh, refers to this as “Finding Your Why.” Why do you want to be the best in the world? If there is not a deep, passionate force driving you to be the best, chances are you will not get there. You must have a deep passion and a very defined “Why” pushing you to be the best.
2. Learn Every Day
The second piece of the formula is having the ability to learn from others. We are who we are, and we make the judgment calls that we do based on what we currently know. Until we learn things that are different from what we know today, our decision making process will not change. The only way to change the way that we are currently doing things is by learning new ways. We need to find the “experts” in the field and learn from them. Learn through reading, listening, and engaging. If you want to be the best teacher in the world, determine who the best teachers are currently and learn from what they are doing.
3. Lift Up Others
The last piece of the formula is relationship building. Often times the quality of our life both personally and professionally can easily be determined by the quality of our relationships. Life is about relationships and the ability to positively influence others, as well as to be positively influenced ourselves. People need people in all aspects of life, and to be the best in the world at anything is going to require other people and tremendous relationships to help you get there.
Serve others first with no expectation of anything in return. The late, great Zig Ziglar once said, “If you help enough other people get what they want, you will get what you want.” Selfless acts of serving and kindness will not go unrecognized. Approaching life with this mindset will cause people to want to raise you, serve you, and help you get to anywhere you want to be.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
We all settle, and we all become complacent. Why is that? Maybe it’s laziness or a lack of desire to be the best, and maybe it’s just because we don’t know any better. Regardless, this doesn’t have to be you. What do you want to be the best in the world at, or are you already there? If you aren’t there, don’t stop: go get it! If you are there, work as hard as possible to stay there, because someone is working hard at taking that title from you right now.
Kevin Velpel is the President of Kevin Velpel & Associates of East Dundee, IL. Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in sales, sales management and sales training, and specializes in creating and implementing selling systems for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.