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19
Feb
13

Success by Association?

Not-Like-The-Others-PenguinWe’ve all heard the term guilt by association, but can we be successful by association? The truest leaders are constantly giving of themselves.  My father, the late, great Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, said “You are the same person five years from now that you are today except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” Some take this to mean that if I spend five years reading books on becoming a millionaire then I’ll become a millionaire; and if I associate with successful people for five years I’m going to become one.

Success is not assimilated. When you rub elbows with the rich and famous, none of it actually rubs off on you. You still have to earn it for yourself.  It’s just that the vision, and the council, and the motivation are around you so the chances of you accomplishing YOUR goals are much greater than if you were not in the presence of greatness.

Sooner or later, you’ve got to pay it forward to stay in the Success Club. If all you represent is a siphon on those around you in an effort to prop yourself up to their level by association, you are a taker, not a giver, and you are certainly not a success. One of my favorite analogies used by many a preacher regarding making Christianity a personal choice, and not being born into faith is, “Just because you’re born in a garage doesn’t make you an automobile.”

The whole premise of success is to give back, and not to continually leech off the reputation or contacts of the people you are associating with. Riding on someone else’s coattails and name dropping are just as despicable as stepping on someone to get to the top.

Humility is the ultimate sign of greatness. To truly become first, you must become last, not simply hang out with those in first place. So make sure your motives are self-examined. There is no doubt that who we hang out with impacts us. But we really should be doing some of our own impacting, too, which is why we should never make associations about ourselves, but rather ask ourselves what our associations can do for others.

12
Sep
11

how to shuck a huckster

One of the biggest challenges faced by business owners is choosing whom to do business with. One wrong “ally” can result in lost revenue, stolen customers, or pirated intellectual property. The best way to separate the wheat from the chaff is to align yourself with people who do things solely to help you. My father used to tell me that if you give to get, that’s not giving, that’s trading. And in today’s business world, it is imperative that we continue to find others who work for a higher good over their own personal benefit. These people are the real deal and embody the term adding value.

Make sure your closest advisors, board members, mentors, consultants, and key personnel are true evangelists for supporting your business or cause. Whether it is referring you to their clients, or simply forwarding an eBlast or tweet, they are “on your team” to promote you. Make sure they are doing this or find someone who will.

Watch out for people that won’t do anything for you without a cut. I’ve had people call me about a promising client or sale and in the same breath begin discussing their cut. I may be old school, but I truly believe Zig Ziglar’s famous quote, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Again, I want to align myself with helpers, not traders.

There are plenty of consultants out there who will charge you to grow your business before they’ve delivered results. Be very careful investing upfront with anyone who doesn’t have skin in the game. If someone is really that certain or savvy about delivering the results they’ve promised, they should be more than willing to wait for the actual results.

As a publisher, we invest in authors because they can transform the lives of others. Take some time to ensure that the words are an authentic representation of the person putting the ink on the page. You can’t teach others to get their house in order unless yours is. Do your homework, get references, run appropriate checks, and remember: actions always speak louder than words. This is critical for any business, regardless of the end product or service.

Following these brief hints will ensure that you are working with those who truly have your best interests at heart. The greatest supporters in my business have come to me willingly, doing things without my request, and stepping in to provide their expertise without trying to negotiate a deal. And in helping me, I have added helping them to the top of my strategic plan.




Tremendous Tracey


CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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