By Joe Dirani CEO of Ample Property Solutions
Joe holds the Investment property seat at BNI Innovate
Motivational Speakers, Mindset and Success.
Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; We must do.
What could Bruce Lee teach us about sales and motivation ?
It appears he could teach us many things..
Its almost a given that we would prefer to be lectured to by someone who has made it so to speak, than a beggar who has some witty one liners.
I realise we are flooded now days with “motivational speakers” and ideas about being motivated and how to obtain some level of success by visualising what you want, then taking small steps in the right direction.
Do the soothing words of these successful “sages” lead us to better outcomes?
You might notice I used the word “successful” before sage.
I have met a man who was on unemployment benefits writing a book on how to get rich quick, who has spent a small fortune going to all the popular speakers..and felt that he had amassed enough “stuff” inside his head to be able to teach this mind/wealth connection.
He failed of course, but many people do have a fake it to make mindset in this area.
As a culture, we also have a tendency to judge someone`s worth(sometimes mental health) on the apparent feasibility of their ideas.
For instance, the late great Gary Ross Dahl (December 18, 1936 – March 23, 2015) became a millionaire from thinking of selling rocks, as pets.
The idea is insane of course, or is it ?
Dahl became a millionaire from this one idea.
So he is a genius, but if he had failed, he was just another kook ?
One of the first western motivational speakers I am truly fond off is Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)
I understand that the word motivate is a slightly nebulous word that can mean different things to different people.
His writings did appear to positively effect the minds, as well as wallets of those he resonated with, and a percentage of those people we would assume, then were motivated to think and act, which is surely the whole point of being motivated by another !
“The first wealth is health.. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail…The greatest glory in living, lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”
Granted they might seem a little old fashioned, but these type of sayings still have value now days.
Such proclamations, delivered from the lectern rather than the pulpit, are the very stuff of which uplift us. Small wonder that Emerson always attracted a large following.
His first series of essays was never out of print or demand, and he made the rounds of the lecture circuit surrounded by the frenzy and adulation now lavished on rock stars.
But the first serious motivational speaker was Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (February 16, 1802 – January 16, 1866) who went from being a watchmaker to becoming a mesmerist(a form of hypnotist” and went around lecturing and healing people using hypnotism.
This was the start of the rocky road that lead to finally Tony Robbins(more of him later) and this movement was called the New Thought Movement.
In general, modern-day adherents of New Thought believe that God or Infinite Intelligence is “supreme, universal, and everlasting”, that divinity dwells within each person.
And by believing these mandates, one can become successful in everything that you aimed for.
New Thought was dominated initially by books rather than lectures.
The 1890s and the first decades of the 20th century saw many New Thought books published on the topics of self-help, financial success, and will-training books. New Thought authors such as Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles, Perry Joseph Green, Frank Channing Haddock, and Thomas Troward were,and still are, extremely popular.
And now we end with he master motivator who has helped many people change their outlooks and achieve their financial and life goals.
Tony Robbins (born Anthony J. Mahavoric; February 29, 1960)
Robbins, grew up looking after his alcoholic mother only realised he had a gift when his debate teacher Mr Cobb told him “I have never seen anybody who can stand up and speak with no notes, look around to kids who won’t listen, and mesmerize them with just raw communication.”
Cobb handed Robbins a speech called “The will to win” and challenged Robbins that if he connected,personally, with the speech, he would have to enter a persuasive oratory competition.
Robbins read it, wept, entered the next three contests and won them all.
At the age of 17 Robbins started working with personal development coach and speaker Jim Rohn who was working by doing three speeches a month.
Robbins thought to himself “If he does three a month, I’ll find a way to book myself for three speeches a day. I’ll talk to the groups nobody wants to talk to”
The documentary “Tony Robbins: I AM NOT YOUR GURU” listed below, has a scene where Robbins, onstage, met and spoke to a woman who had been suicidal.
The camera crew followed Robbins into his private room and found Robbins weeping..“He was like that when I walked in. I found the guy balling—I mean, really crying. That’s when I knew that he connects with people in a really deep way and that it’s very real and very authentic.”
So what does this all mean to people interested in making a better future for themselves and their families ?
It means that there is always someone who has more problems than we do, and they have overcome them and succeeded.
The power of words, spoken or written can effect change in all of us for the positive.
Knowledge and a plan can set us all free.
Being authentic and honest is not hard, its the right thing to do.
Ample property Solutions can help you plan your future, using the skill sets of our trained team and using property investment as a vehicle for wealth creation.
Other people`s time and skills(our team), other people`s money(the bank)equals success.