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Letters From Leaders – Muhammad Ali

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“The greater the obstacle, the more glorious the moment of success.”

I picked up a booked called “Letters From Leaders” by Henry I. Dormann, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Leaders magazine. It is composed of letters written by some of the greats of our time.

It shares some of their experiences, ups and downs.

This is a letter that Muhammad Ali wrote. Some of my favorite quotes in this letter:

“I listened, observed and read, taking the ideas and information that made sense to me and adapting and adopting them for my life.”

“I learned that tough times are part of our journey in this life, but that challenges make life interesting.”

“It is also important to have fun. I enjoyed my life. No matter where I was or what I was doing, I took the positive from the experience and lived in the moment, connecting with people around me… “

~B.H.

Follow your Niche

If you are in a position where you feel like you are stuck and you do not see any progression, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate and think again. The problem for many of us is that we tend to get complacent in our current role yet we expect upward movement within our companies. Fact, if you believe that you have given 100%, yet feel as if you are being overlooked, look at the person beside you, they are probably feeling the same way. The question is, not if you are putting in 100%, but rather if you are putting this effort in effectively. It is often that your company have hired on a new employees only to see the new employee get promoted before you. This is not that they are smarter or more qualified, this just means that he/she know how to effectively communicate their niche and maximize their potential.

Law of the Niche. In John C. Maxwell’s book, 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, John broke down different laws that separates a great team from the rest. One of the law is called the Law of the Niche. The Law of the Niche states that everyone has a niche. This niche is where we as individuals put the most value into a team. This is also where we will get maximal exposure in the eye of our company. Remember, it is not that you can do 100 different things, its the fact that you perfect that one gift that you already have. For example, if we look at any champion teams, we will notice that every team member has a place. In order for a team to be successful, everyone in their specific position must be able to execute in order for the team to win. We’ve also witness teams who has great players, yet fail to win any championship titles. This is due to the fact that individual team members are not fitting in their natural role, therefore making it hard for them to maximize their potential. This is why we see championship teams often time move around their key players.

So, have you found your niche? Do you know what your niche is? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, it is probably a good place to start. In order for you to stand out from a room full of employees you must be able to make a bold statement. You must be able to communicate thoroughly what your niche is and show your company why you believe that you deserve a promotion. Once you have found your niche and found how your niche can be impactful to your company, that is where you take the next step in putting together a plan of execution. Remember, like you, there are other employees who believes that they are also working hard, so does this mean they too should be promoted?

The steps in taking yourself to the next level:

1) Stop thinking like an employee and start thinking like an employer. What would you want from an employee if you were looking to promote someone?

2) Re-evaluate: yourself and define your NICHE. Find out what you are good at naturally. Understand that your niche is your gift.

3) Self development: once you have figured your niche, make sure to research and absorb as much as you can to help you strengthen your niche. Make sure you passionately pursue knowledge. Resources are plentiful. Even if you need to take courses to help you strengthen your niche, DO IT!

4) Plan Of Execution (P.O.E.): once you feel ready and confident, make sure to talk to your team leader and or management to show them that you are extremely interested in playing a larger role in the company. Put together a plan to show them how you are a valuable asset to the company’s success. Remember to include goals that will make you extend yourself. Something that you know will be a challenge yet you are willing to take the challenge and overcome. This shows that you are serious and you are ready.

5) Take ownership and execute. This is the true test.

Start taking ownership of your life and your career now. Companies will not turn down great talent. They will turn down something good for something great. Get out of the “Entitlement” mentality. Rather, empower yourself to step up to the next level. Find your niche because it will always be in your favor. Focus on this niche and maximize your potential. Remember, through the process it is important to know that everything that you are doing result in a stronger character. Many of us forget how important it is to be discipline and the importance of character. If you build character through this process, who’s to say you can’t go out and find a company who will truly value who you are? Pursue your niche passionately and you will find yourself in a place where you have always wanted to be.

~B.H.

Why Work Hard?

I’ve always been a firm believer of working hard. I don’t think everyone truly understands what this means. For most, working hard is putting out labor hours and hard effort to accomplish a given task. What many don’t understand is that when we work hard blindly, without a strategic plan, we could potentially be expending valuable energy in the wrong places. If we feel like we are working hard everyday but we are not making any progress in our lives, maybe its time to take a step back and put things in perspective. I admire hard working people, I believe that working hard is the root of success. I’ve seen my own parents work hard all of there lives, its a great principle to have. Many of us then tend to ask ourselves questions such as, “How come “x” person is getting promoted and I work 10 times harder then them?” The science is not in simply working hard with no end in mind. It’s about working strategically so that we can accomplish the end result, whether it be for a raise or a promotion.

Make sure we create a system of leverage. Too often, we do what we are told but we don’t put a value on ourselves, therefore we keep hitting “goals” but we fall in a realm of mediocrity. Make sure there is a balance in our values, integrity, efforts and results. When we work with a purpose it increases our level of urgency thus creating a surge of energy that allows us to be stimulated. We are often overlooked because we overlook ourselves. There is ALWAYS a reason to why we may be overlooked and it doesn’t necessarily mean its because “x” person above us doesn’t like us. It’s most likely because we are not exercising our natural talent, over performing but under developed. It is important to truly see our own progression.

If we are noticing that our tasks are not getting bigger and our jobs are getting repetitive, it’s probably due to the fact that we aren’t reaching out for more responsibilities to grow. If the sun never reaches for the sun, it will never grow. It will end up wilting in total darkness. If we work our muscles with the same motion and the same weight we stop growing because we are not adding resistance to help our muscles grow. The key is to re-evaluate ourselves and see what it is that may be causing ourselves to be over looked, and we must be honest. Refine those weak areas and make sure to make note of our efforts daily. This is when we start to work strategically and working smart.

Working hard daily doesn’t mean we are working hard for any particular person but ourselves. This is where the disconnection begins which causes us to cheat ourselves. I hear people say, “Why work hard if no one notices?” this is a common mistake that many of us don’t realize. When we don’t work hard, we lack integrity and character to none other but ourselves. Remember, when we work, we are working for ourselves. We work so that we can make a living to be able to sustain life. Building character is absolutely necessary. We must start by making a commitment to excellence. Once we have made this commitment to ourselves we will see the impact. It will be an impact that is effected on a global scale. We may not see it but many others will. Remember, the quality of our lives is in direct proportion to the quality of questions that we ask ourselves and others. Instead of asking why “he, she, they” got promoted, ask ourselves what is it that we are lacking to make the progression. We will then realize that the person who is going to make the difference depends on none other but ourselves.

-B.H.

Opportunities Await


I had an opportunity to sit down with a few of my associates to discuss a new business venture. The meeting was held at Ms. Debra White’s humble home. I am extremely excited to be a part of this operation. I believe it will help people in any aspect of their lives. The conversation and the communication in the meeting was extremely open and there was definitely synergy in the works. When I was asked to come to the meeting, I accepted the offer because I truly wanted to help. All of my associates in this venture all had the passion to help people. They all also believe in my “branded” philosophy of being “SuperNatural”. It’s extremely amazing how if you created an image or thought in your head about anything and you believe and think about it enough, it starts to manifest in time. I’m a firm believer of the idea that if you are just now preparing for the opportunity that just opened up…it’s already too late. I believe in preparation far beyond the now. Every day is a day that we should practice and prepare for that specific opportunity to arise and be prepared to own it.

This venture will allow me to reach out and help people by giving them an opportunity to build a brand that will commit to excellence. Branding with a commitment to be excellent will only result in strong brand loyalty. I’ve always stated that I am a student of life and this venture will allow me to do just that, learn and experience different avenues of opportunities. Taking the next step to actually being given the opportunity to brand a specific individual who already has such a strong brand, will only allow me to exercise my passion. By exercising my passion, this will in turn allow them to exercise their passion.

I have been looking for an office to move into so that I can have a more professional atmosphere to meet clients and hold meetings. Debra was generous enough to offer some of her space to us. I am extremely humble for the offer. Things are becoming more concrete towards the direction in which I have envisioned in my mind. Things are slowly starting to manifest in real time.

Key Point: Believe in your vision, think about it deeply, take a few steps and start prepping TODAY. Do NOT let anyone tell you it’s impossible.

Thank you for reading and as always remind yourself to be SuperNatural,

-B.H.

Change

I’m sure you’ve either heard about or have read about the story of the Eagle. I thought it was extremely interesting and thought I would share. For many of us, change is something we steer away from doing. Change takes us away from our certainty, which is one of our basic human needs. It makes us feel uncomfortable and causes us to feel uncertain. Now, human’s instinctively live for two things: Gain Pleasure and/or to Avoid Pain. This is recognized as the Pleasure and Pain Principle. This is the underlining reason why we choose to act and do the things that we do. It is also the reason why it is so hard for us to break a habit.

Now, let’s examine the story of the Eagle. The Eagle has the longest life-span of its’ species, but to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision. It can live up to 70 years. Its’ long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. In its’ 40’s, its’ long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its’ old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its’ chest and make it difficult to fly. Then, the eagle is left with only two options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its’ nest. There the eagle knocks its’ beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its’ talons. When its’ new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its’ old-aged feathers. 30 more years and after five months, the eagle takes its’ famous flight of rebirth and lives for … 30 more years.

Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. Why is change needed? We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.

We are driven for two main reason and that is to Avoid Pain and to Gain Pleasure. What we often forget is that at times avoiding pain will only cause us to suffer from our own wounds. Once a wound is there, a scab replaces this wound, therefore temporarily heals it. Once this scab gets plucked a day at a time, it opens the wound. The scab is only a mask that overlays the damage that has already been done. What happens once the mask has been lifted? The wound is exposed all over again.

This is why it is extremely important to truly forgive and to make sure you stare your fears in the eyes, when the time to face them arises. Running away from the problem and masking it over with other problems will not take care of the source. As we all know, this behavior will only cause more problems, stemming from the source itself. This is when we need CHANGE the most. Change isn’t always the most comfortable process as we’ve observed with the Eagle. It takes patience, but as long as their is a purpose, the process of change can determine life and/or death.

As humans, we need to feel certain. Certainty is one of the 6 human needs. Change causes an unbalance feeling of uncertainty, which is also one of the 6 human needs. So, if we need to feel certain and uncertain, this could cause mixed emotions from within, an internal battle. With our drive to avoid pain and to gain pleasure, we can see where the conflict is real. So, how do we overcome? We then tap into our 3rd human need and that is the need for growth.

Growth is the determining factor of our action. We all realize that sometime, we must do what is necessary to change ourselves. But, why is it so hard to tell ourselves to change, knowing that it is NECESSARY? This is where our FEAR of Uncertainty and the need for comfort (Certainty) kicks in. Those of us who have decided to make a change has ground up the power from within to control our emotions and our needs. We are able to decipher what’s necessary and what isn’t. This is when we can truly become dominate of ourselves and stare our fears dead in the eyes. This is when we can truly change.

Change without purpose will not last, but change with purpose will cause us to complete the process. This is when our 4th human need kicks in and that is the need to Contribute. If we see that change is necessary so that we can contribute more of ourselves, this will drive us to do whatever it takes to change. If we see that changing will help us to be loved and to be significant to ourselves and others, which are the 5th and 6th human needs, then change will proceed and we will overcome.

With all of these conflicts that we go through internally, it may cause an emotional wreck. The fact is, this is how we decipher what goes on in our daily lives. The Pleasure and Pain principle as well as the 6 Human Needs. Think about it, what makes you decide to do the things that you do on a daily basis? Now that you know, decipher which of your needs conquers the others. Then finally, ask yourself if change is necessary in your life. Are you willing to do what the Eagle did, to ensure a better life for yourself and others around you? With the complexity of our human needs, change can be INSTANT, but it is all in your hands.

-B.H.

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