The Cost of a Earning a Gold Medal in Business

Gold MedalSince the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic Games, the world has been captivated by the world’s best athletes competing for the gold medal.  Inspirational athlete Gabby Douglas, who left her family at young age in order to achieve her dream, took the gold in the gymnastics’ all-around; and swimming legend Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all-time, as people around the world were left in awe of what hard work and dedication can achieve.

While we are not all Olympians, and most of us will never know what it feels like to win a gold medal and stand on the podium, everyone can achieve the “gold” in their own right.

The common factor that every Olympian had was that they set a goal and did everything  they could to work toward achieving their dream—even if that meant leaving their family behind to train with the world’s best trainers and invest immense amounts of money into making that dream come true.

That “Olympian factor” is the same factor that can help you earn a gold medal in business.

There has never been an athlete who became an overnight Olympian, there were years of hard work, dedication, setbacks, failures and triumphs before they made it to the Olympics. The same is true in the world of business.

If you want to make it to the top, you need to set a goal and do everything in your power to make that dream become reality.

According to National Agents Alliance, the following training schedule can help you become successful in the business arena:

  1. Set a goal: What are you trying to achieve and where do you want to go?
  2. Work: Attend all meetings, training seminars and actively work toward your goal.
  3. Associate:  Get around people that you want to be like, and lose the ones that hold you down. If you begin spending  time with people who are more successful and smarter than you are, it’s likely that over time you will begin to see your production and income begin to rise. . In fact, there is an economic theory that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income.
  4. Read: You need to be a lifelong learner. When you stop learning is when you’ll begin to fail.
  5. Be Teachable: Don’t ever be so smart that you can’t learn something new. Let yourself be coached by people who are more successful than you are.
  6. Have a Positive Mental Attitude: A positive outlook will bring positive outcomes.
  7. Listen: Listen to those when are in the position you want to be in. “Many ideas are communicated only when the listener pays attention to more than just the words that are spoken,” said Andy Albright, the president and CEO of National Agents Alliance in his book, The 8 Steps to Success.
  8. Be Accountable:  Be accountable to someone, whether it is to your family, employees, or someone you shared your goal with.

If you follow this training schedule, work hard and keep your eye on the prize, you too can become a gold medal winner in your business.  Don’t give up, fight, and be all that you can be!

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