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The Steve Martin Method of Dominating Your Field

March 26, 2012
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This guy has a way with subject lines. This was the title of the email that arrived in my Inbox. I’m thinking – what does Steve Martin have to do with success in business. Little did I know!

The following article comes from a recent issue of a newsletter that I receive. Contact info is below the article.  Enjoy!

by Pat Clouden

Steve Martin is one of the most famous comedians of the 20th century, and many “modern” devices that young people think are so novel actually have their roots in Martin’s work. Martin is a highly accomplished stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and musician…

…but how did he do it?

In his memoirs, Born Standing Up, Martin wanted to share his insights on how he achieved his success, not just what he achieved. His advice is inspiring, spot-on, and applicable to any activity or field. I want to share the essence of what I’m going to call the “Steve Martin Method for Dominating Your Field” with you here.

When people ask Martin what his secret to success in the entertainment industry, his answer usually disappoints. It’s one, unsexy line and it’s very simple. Here’s what he tells them:

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

Before you dismiss this as clichéd, let it sink in because it captures the essence of success in any area of your life.

While his “secret” might seem daunting, it can actually be invigorating. It simplifies the quest for success, which is often made to look very complex and overwhelming.

What Martin is saying is forget the secret backdoors, the gimmicks and tricks, the frustration of feeling like you’re missing some mystical element, and focus on just one thing: Become really damn good at something. Become extraordinary at it. Better than everyone you know. So good that people couldn’t help but be amazed.

If you do this, you’ve almost guaranteed your success (the rest is all too easy, especially in this age of instant, worldwide communication channels).

Martin had two other powerful pieces of advice that will help you apply his one-step-to-success.

Tip #1: Innovate, Don’t Just Work

Going through the motions to “put in your time” isn’t enough to become outstanding. You need a restless desire to figure out new, better ways to do things. You can’t be afraid to experiment and learn from the successes and failures.

Don’t be content with just following the crowd. Take the time to understand the principles and laws of the activity and look to others to see what they do well and what they don’t, and then dream up new ways to mix, match, stretch, and augment these things into something new and better.

Tip #2: One Focus, One Goal

Martin said he owes his success to his diligence in one field at a time until he had mastered it. He resisted the urge to branch off into other, new types of work or projects.

In today’s age of never-ending distractions and possibilities, it can feel a bit counter-intuitive to sharpen your ambitions to a razor’s edge, but it’s actually the most effective way I know to dominate in any activity. Martin was right when he said that if you don’t align your entire life with one, singular quest for greatness, you’ll dilute your focus and drive to a point where becoming extraordinary is not possible.

So, if you want to become a true leader in your field, forget about comparing yourself to others and looking for consolation. Instead, ask yourself this question:

“Am I so good that I can’t be ignored?”

If your honest answer is “no,” then you’ve taken your first step to achieving greatness because now you know what needs to happen. Start applying the Steve Martin Method and one day, you’ll realize that you’re at the top of your industry.

See you next week,

Pat

Accelerated Training Solutions

http://www.accelerateyourtraining.com/

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The Mystery of It All

May 24, 2011
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Ever wonder if there’s something wrong with you because you just can’t seem to figure out how network marketing works? Why some people seem to do so well yet you seem to be just struggling along hoping that it starts working for you. Ever get so frustrated that you just want to scream?

I sometimes get the feeling that some of the “gurus” aren’t trying to expose any mystery, they’re working hard to maintain it so they can sell us their cure, their magic elixir.

Mystery & Power

The truth is, if a mystery is exposed, the power will be gone in the mystery, and you will have the power instead.

If you have the basics or fundamentals of something, and can apply those basics to your business, or your life, you can cause things to happen and achieve your goals and purposes.

Gurus?

There are a lot of gurus out there selling their secrets to success in network marketing. For the newbies, novices and even people who have been around awhile, it can be very difficult to tell real gurus from the pretended ones.

There are a couple of ways to tell who really has the right stuff. One is to check the statistics of the guru and see if he’s practicing what he preaches and having success with it. The second and I think better way is to find the guru’s students and find out if they are succeeding. Are they able to listen to and understand what the guru is teaching, apply it and have success with it?

Here’s My Favorites

I have a few that put together in correct sequence will improve your odds immensely of achieving your goals in network marketing.

First, are you totally sold on our industry – network marketing? Do you think it’s an honest, ethical and honorable way to build a business? Do you know why it is? If you don’t, then I recommend you grab your mouse and click through to Brilliant Compensation and let a Professor of Marketing and an industry veteran who’s made millions explain the industry to you in a way that makes complete sense.

Second, do you know how to to evaluate a business against a standard checklist. Do you know what the 12 Critical Success Factors are? If not, then you need MLM-The Whole Truth by Lou Abbott. Lou has a free email series to introduce you to MLM – The Whole Truth. You can sign up for the free emails here, 7 Days – 7 Insider Secrets, and learn how to check out a company before you join. A full book and course is available which the email series will tell you how to order.

Third pick, once you’re sold on the industry, and you’ve picked your company and you’re ready to rock and roll, what do you do? You have to invite people to take a look at your business, of course. Industry veteran Tim Sales has put together a course called “Professional Inviter” that breaks the subject of inviting down into easy pieces that anyone can learn.

I think I’ve dispelled enough mystery for the day. If you avail yourselves of these materials, you’ll be way ahead of the game.

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Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.  – Confucius