Beware of Best Business Practices
By Jimmy Vee and Travis Miller
doesn't happen by accident. It has nothing to do with luck. It's not
a magic pill someone swallows or a wand someone waves which
immediately manifests a revolutionary change in status and bank
balance. Success requires strategic planning, action and commitment.
also takes an additional ingredient most people overlook; the
ability to thumb your nose at conventional wisdom and so-called
“best practices” about achieving success. You’ve heard the lines;
"It’s luck" or, "You have to be in the right place at the right
time" or, "It's all about who you know" and the big one, "It's about
how hard you work." Those lines just aren't true.
statements make up much of the conventional wisdom about what it
takes to become a success. However, conventional wisdom is not
always the best wisdom, and can frequently be detrimental if
followed. The term “conventional,” by definition, should send up a
red flag. According to www.dictionary.com it means, "Conforming or
adhering to accepted standards," and in another definition,
"Ordinary rather than different or original." Accepted standard?
Ordinary? Do those sound like the building blocks of success
would describe an ultra successful person by those definitions,
because the über successful don't conform and they aren't ordinary.
In fact they are the complete opposite. From
the minute people are born, they start to conform and follow the
herd. They do what everyone else is doing, the way everyone else is
doing it. They are taught to stand in line and work to "fit in."
They follow the masses and all get the same results ... Average
Extraordinary results come from doing
something different … from challenging the status quo and shaking
things up. So what can you do to get on a path to innovation,
extraordinary progress and extreme success? Here are five things
the ultra successful do differently that you can implement now.
Exploit Your Uniqueness: The
ultra successful companies and entrepreneurs know what makes them
different and use it to their full advantage. Most businesses try to
be all things to all people, trying to please everyone. They are
afraid that being polar will alienate their market. The truth is,
real success comes from being “for” a specific group of people and
“not for” others. Specialization and customization win the day,
garner more attention and ultimately attract the most success.
Every consumer believes his or her
situation or problem is somehow different and unique, and they
believe there’s a custom solution needed to fix it. They don't want
a one-size fits all, “canned” solution, rather a customized solution
from an expert person or company that specializes in helping people
in their circumstances, understands exactly what they are going
through and can relate directly to them.
Ask Better Questions: Many
people think the super successful have all the answers. That may be
true, but they didn't get them from divine intervention or random
guessing. They get the answers from asking better questions of
yourself, your business, your industry, your employees, co-workers,
customers, peers and family.
Average people tend to shy away from
asking the tough questions because they fear the answers they might
get. The successful people face new challenges head-on, ask the
tough questions and tackle them regardless of the answers.
The ultra successful realize a need to
continue educating themselves. School’s never out for the pro.
According to the Jenkins Group, 80 percent of U.S. families did not
buy or read a book last year, and 42 percent of college graduates
never, ever read another book after school. Successful people devour
information, read books constantly, listen to tapes, audio programs
and attend seminars on a regular basis. They are addicted to
information, positive thinking and improvement. Jim Rohn,
world-famous motivational speaker, philosopher and entrepreneur,
sums this point up brilliantly, saying, “Poor people have big TVs,
rich people have big libraries.”
Risk tolerance is a success trait hard to
ignore. Super successful people understand that with risk comes
reward and they are willing to take chances. But they aren't stupid,
hedging their bets with high quality information and research. They
put the work and time necessary to plan for and research the
viability of a risky decision. It's still a risk, but a calculated
The hyper-success minded also understand
with every failure comes a learning experience. They know how to
gain valuable information from their mistakes and failures,
analyzing situations and extracting as many lessons as possible from
disasters. They synthesize this information and create better plans
for moving forward.
The average person tries to avoid
confrontation at all costs. People hate to cause trouble, make a
scene or get in someone’s face, even to the point of missing out on
something they are entitled to. They’re happier practicing avoidance
than strength. The overachievers – on the other hand – don’t follow
that thinking. They engage in battle to get what they want, deserve
or are passionate about, and are not afraid to hurt feelings by
being open, honest and blunt about their passions.
We all have the same amount of time in a
day. Some people just do more with it than others. The “Trumps” of
the world know the value of time, and how to leverage it to get more
accomplished. The average person thinks about time as a renewable
resource, not a precious raw material to success. They measure their
success in terms of money collected per hour or per year, and think
of time as something you exchange for money; an even swap. This
thinking delivers standard returns and mediocre wages.
The successful know how to leverage time
and stop trading it for dollars. They don't buy into a tit-for-tat
mentality when it comes to the exchanging of time for money; rather
they create systems that work for eternity. They seek out and get
involved in opportunities that deliver returns for long periods of
When you follow the crowd and do what
everyone thinks is right – for instance, “best practices” – you're
going to duplicate their results. Those results are typically
mediocre and average at best. The norm isn't extraordinary. If it
were, most people would be wealthy, happy and have mind-blowing
experiences on a daily basis.
Instead, a normal day usually consists of
frustration from businesses and people who are just getting by,
limping along and trying to keep it together. That's what
conventional thinking and “best practices” deliver.
Read other articles and learn more
about Travis Miller and
[This article is available at no-cost, on a non-exclusive basis.
Contact PR/PR at 407-299-6128 for details and