I recently attended an event where Daymond John from the Shark Tank TV show gave a keynote to a small gathering of entrepreneurs.
He mesmerized us by using music, sounds and storytelling to share his journey through hardship and challenge to get to where he is now.
Through his actions he inspired me to rethink the art of presentation and the power of storytelling.
After his talk I got to ask him questions and there were two big takeaways I wanted to share with you.
First, I asked him how he is able to help the entrepreneurs he sponsors when they can’t get out of their own way.
His first reply was, “Absolutely nothing.”
Then he went on to say that he was not able to do much because getting out of your own way is an inside job. That it relies on the individual to figure out they are the reason things aren’t working in their favor and until that happens nothing is going to change about the business.
He also said that when he runs into this type of resistance many entrepreneurs don’t figure it out until it is too late.
This wasn’t the response I was expecting.
I thought he’d have a process all set up but instead I learned that even someone who has millions of dollars on the line knows that when an entrepreneur can’t get out of their own way — no one can help them but themselves.
The other thing I learned was that Daymond has a process that sounds uncannily similar to my WealthFlower Exercise (click to access) that he keeps updated and on his nightstand.
He then goes over what he has written every morning before he begins his day.
He said that this process and the ensuing actions he takes as a result are what inspire him to achieve his dreams. By creating goals for the things he really wants (no matter how silly they may seem to anyone but him) and re-committing to them on a daily basis he has become unstoppable.
Three of the goals on his list when he first started out were to spend time with Prince, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jackson. He knew what he wanted and guess what? He met all three men and had some pretty amazing stories to share with us about those meetings.
He even showed us the video of him strumming an air guitar behind Prince in a famous video of Prince performing 1999 on New Years Eve that year.
With that, take a moment to imagine what could happen if you wrote down the things you really, really, really want and reviewed them every morning.
Now’s your chance to begin. I hope you take it.