Two important ideas drive everything that I do:
First, the best way to achieve success is by modelling others who have what you want.
Second, people typically achieve 10% of the results of the person they’re modelling.
So, if you want to make $1,000,000… then you need to model someone making $10 million.
Makes sense, right?
Now, Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com has a net worth of about $30 billion dollars at the time of this writing.
So the question is – what’s his secret to success? And more intriguingly… could you make $3 billion by modelling him?
(Note: more on successful modelling at the bottom)
Since it may be tough for you to arrange to follow Jeff around every waking hour of his day, here are a couple of life-transforming traits he has for you to start with:
The 2 Life-Transforming Traits Of A $30 Billion Dollar Man
In The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone, these two golden nuggets stand out:
Trait #1: Embrace The Truth
“Jeff does a couple of things better than anyone I’ve ever worked for,” one executive told the author.
“He embraces the truth. A lot of people talk about the truth, but they don’t engage their decision-making around [it]…
Bezos embraces the truth. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Whatever it is, he acknowledges it, and then works with it.
Like a river running around and over rocks, obstacles are seen, and dealt with.
What a great way to see the world, isn’t it?
Trait #2: Defy Conventional Thinking
“The second thing is that he is not tethered by conventional thinking… he is bound only by the laws of physics. He can’t change those. Everything else, he views as open to discussion.”
Steve Jobs is another wildly successful CEO famous for defying conventional thinking. In fact, the entire brand of Apple is based upon that idea.
Bezos proves the value of questioning what works (just because it worked it in the past)…
And instead asks what the best way to accomplish something is.
Maybe you’ll be able to hang out with Jeff in person sometime and soak in more of his magic…
However, in the meantime, practice these two life-transforming ideas in your daily life and watch as opportunities arise and obstacles are overcome like never before.
If you want to model the most successful and inspiring people in the world, then the best place (in my opinion) to find them would be the GameChangers 500 list of the world’s top For-Benefit companies.
Incredible organizations like Patagonia, Google, and Kiva are on there…
And if you want to get their attention and get the job, then check out the free video I put together alongside the founder of the GameChangers 500.
Traditional job seeking approaches are a big red-flag with this group of companies, so you can find out what works right here.
About the author
Ryan Niessen is a keynote speaker and co-creator of The Gateway Method: a simple, proven way to gain inside access to the world’s best employers and get your dream job. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.
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