Your Morning Success Walk
April 28, 2015
A Guest Column by Scott Kosak
This week in Success Tips, my friend and Mentor Scott Kosak agreed to write a short piece about his experiences since starting his own successful small business. His guidance is truly enlightening, and will be a boost to your success efforts. Enjoy! -- Dave Robbins
The crisp, spring Midwest air really gets my mind firing, especially during my morning walks with Riley (my four-year-old coon hound mix) at 5a. These walks are partly by choice and partly because Riley decides, "Hey, it's time for my walk!" Yeah, I could try to ignore her, but her pacing gets more rapid, her little whimpers a bit more persistent, and my ability to fall back to sleep fades away fast. Before I know it, I'm halfway around the block and with each step, each breath of fresh morning air seems to feed more thoughts about what I want to accomplish today and beyond.
This morning, I found myself thinking about my years in radio, my time in professional sports, and my experience as a small business owner. I hope these four things I thought about help you drive forward toward more success!
FIRST … Recognize The Honor And Privilege In What You Do!
Working in radio, music, entertainment or sports, you have unique experiences that people on the 'outside' could only dream of. Whether it's access to the latest stars, VIP tickets to the coolest events, promotional duties with sports stars, or simply hanging out with your radio's local morning show, if you are 'on the inside,' you are having experiences that are truly unique. While I have had some great experiences in my career, I believe that my greatest success has come from watching those on the 'outside.'
Have you ever stepped out of your 'insider' moments long enough to watch and recognize just how impactful those people you have met are to the fans who will wait in long lines for tickets or an autograph? Remember, if it wasn't for those fans, you wouldn't have a job! So use those fans' smiles as fuel in your gas tank as you drive toward greater success. Never stop taking that moment to appreciate how what you do every day truly is a 'once in a lifetime experience' for those on the 'outside.' And, most importantly, don't keep those moments of appreciation to yourself. Pull the nearest co-worker next to you and point out the joy on the fans' faces. Enjoy the joy your job brings to others and build that positive appreciation in those around you as well!
SECOND… Size Doesn't Matter as Much As You Think!
I have worked within organizations as large as thousands of employees and as small as less than five. Here's one thing I know for sure: There is strength in numbers, but not just in BIG numbers. There is strength in small numbers, too! The smaller you are, the more opportunity you have to change direction when something's not working. Smaller organizations also tend to create a better TEAM approach. Yes, there are definitely areas of specialization for individuals, but there is also an opportunity to create 'Group Success' as well! If you're a member of a small organization never let yourself use your size as an excuse for not innovating. If there's a way to do something better, just do it and don't spend time trying to poke holes in a new approach when the old way simply isn't working either. If there's an opportunity to do something bigger than it's ever been done before, be a leader and find a way to get it done. If you're a success oriented person, it WILL BE SUCCESSFUL and more success will surely follow for you and the rest of your team who are fueled by that success!
THIRD… History Matters Far Less Than How You React To It
What happened last year? Maybe the numbers last year weren't on the right upward glide plane. Or, maybe they were phenomenal and surprised everyone! The reality is that whatever happened in the past has little to do with the future. What's really important is how you use your past to drive your future success. If the trajectory isn't what you want it to be, figure out what went wrong and make a commitment to change for the better. Did you get complacent after a great year and try to 'ride the wave?' Did you stick with 'how we've always done things' but been disappointed that the results weren't different? Regardless of your success or failure, when new ideas are presented, do you find yourself judging them based on experiences of three or five years ago when 'things were different?' The longer you've been in a specific position, the more likely you are to be jaded toward less change. When that happens, you're risking your future success because you're not learning from your past to make your future better.
FINALLY… Take Walks!
Ultimately, to be successful, you need to find that time when you can fill your tank with energy and optimism while reflecting on what's next for you. For me, it's those morning walks with Riley. For you, it may be that morning commute while listening to the radio or that train ride as you're staring out the window. Whatever it is that energizes you and clears your mind, do it regularly and you'll spend less time looking for success because success will find you!