Personal Coaching is the Fastest Road to Success

If you’ve read the previous articles on this site, you’ll see that you can take steps on your own to “break out” of the typical mentality and set yourself up for success. Unfortunately, even the mind that is determined and creative can have a difficult time being successful. There are so many pitfalls in every field that taking them on without any help can be devastating.

So what’s the answer? How can you think outside of the box, and be successful, without falling into the traps of the particular field you are interested in?

Look to Become an Apprentice

Unfortunately (at least in the western world), many people want to start out at the top. But it takes time and experience. But what if you could find someone that has the success you want to have, in the particular field that you want to be involved in? And what if that person was willing to teach you?

There are professionals in almost every field that will be willing to work out a deal with you. Whether you need a real estate coach, a dissertation coach, a personal training coach, or otherwise, there is someone in your field that is successful, that would be willing to work with you to increase their success and yours.

It’s as simple as looking up those that are successful in your field that are located in your area, and dropping in to talk to them. This may be a bold move, but invite them out to a lunch on you, and just talk to them, see what they need, and let them know what you are looking for. You may be shocked and amazed when they say YES!

The Twofold Benefit of the Mentor-Protégé System

Then that would be your ideal opportunity. You can use them to increase your knowledge and expertise in the field, preparing you to defeat the common pitfalls and educate you on the inner workings of that field. But you might ask “Why would someone want to do that for me?” Well, often, successful people want to increase their success, and one of the ways to do so is to train others to help them do it. So you could become a helper or a “bird-dog” if you will, to help your mentor increase their success. And what a beautiful trade off it would be! You get what you need to become successful, and they simultaneously increase their success.

This type of Mentor-Protégé system is probably the best system in the world for creating successful people. So I encourage you to seek out that successful someone that can catapult you to the top. So go out there and be successful!

Two Keys to Reshaping Your Thinking for Success

So after you have read the previous post on Two Fallacies of Traditional Education, hopefully you are wondering what can help you to develop the mindset of a highly successful person. The highly successful person thinks differently. It all starts in the mind. You have to abandon the typical mentality. You have to ignore your family and friends’ advice to “just get a stable job”. You have to think outside the box. Now this doesn’t mean you ignore financial obligations, etc. and it may mean that you have to work a regular job for a while.

But the successful person has two rare mental qualities: determination and creativity.

The Determined Mind

Those that are successful refuse to quit, even when they failed time and time again. Just think of Thomas Edison. He failed some 1,000+ times before successfully inventing a sustainable light bulb. The Wright brothers worked some 6+ years before creating the first human operated airplane.

So what’s the point?

You have to become completely committed to success. You have to anticipate and expect to fail, but have an insatiable drive to succeed no matter how many times you fail. This mentality can only be spoken of, it cannot be taught. You must decide for yourself whether to be determined or not.

The Creative Mind

As was previously spoken to, stable jobs tend to stifle creativity. Creativity is in the mind of every human on earth. It just has to be cultivated. Again, this is not something that can be taught, you must challenge yourself to think about things that haven’t been thought of before. To take existing ideas and expand them or change them. To look at problems and think of ways to solve them. The determined mind tends to be more creative, as it is necessary to push technology and ideas forward.

So since these two qualities cannot be learned, what’s the best way to develop them?

The answer is simple. If you want to have these qualities, then you should surround yourself with those that have them. In any area, you’ll be able to find real estate clubs, investor clubs, artists, racing clubs, etc. There are groups in vastly different areas of life and business that will welcome you. Some may charge a fee, others may not.

The point is, get out there and meet some people. Attend workshops, clubs, etc. Find those groups and people that are creative, and spend time with them. Getting this exposure will help to spark your ideas, and you will be off and running!

Two Fallacies of Traditional Education

Think about most schools in the world. What are they teaching their students? While they may be teaching reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, there is an inherent goal, to shape and mold the student into a suitable employee. The educator’s goal is to produce students that can get jobs that provide stable income.

Now you may be reading this and thinking to yourself “What’s wrong with that?” I want to be a skilled employee that makes a high, “guaranteed” salary. I want to be able to provide for myself, and my family. I don’t want to have to worry about bills, or whether I am going to get paid this week, bi-week or month.

But there are two major downsides to this philosophy…

There is No “Guaranteed” Income

Let’s be honest, it doesn’t really matter what business you go to work for, all of them have the potential to go bankrupt and you are left with no job. Or perhaps management just wants to eek out a little more in the stock price. What’s the easiest way to increase profitability (at least in the short term)? To fire or lay off employees. Employees are the highest singular cost to any business.

So what’s the bottom line? No matter what job you take, you are not guaranteed a continuing job. And in today’s volatile society, it is actually more likely that you will be laid off or fired, not less. So don’t bank on that job being there in the future.

The “Job” Mentality Crushes Creativity

Those that go to traditional schools that train their students to be job seekers tend to have extremely low creativity.

Why is that?

Because most jobs out there require little creativity, and little motivation. Think about most businesses. They are continually seeking automation as a means of replacing the need for capable employees.

Why would they do that?

Because the more intelligence and skill required in an employee, the more the employer has to pay them. And employers would rather not have to pay any employees at all. Take the example of the grocery store. Thirty years ago, a cashier had to have good arithmetic skills, because computers and point-of-sale machines were just not widely available. The cashier had to know how to do some math. But today, with these machines available, a high school student can easy do the work of a cashier.

So because the student is trained to find a job with stable income, and the available jobs tend to require less skill to perform, the job seeker finds little motivation to be creative, to really push hard to succeed.