BBEING teachable and action-minded clears the way for success. It also sets the stage for The Shortcut said four-time luge Olympian Ruben Gonzalez.
The Shortcut a business story full of critical life principles. This is the story of the arrogant and bad regional director Johnny Valentine who is about to lose his job. Wanting to succeed, his boss directed him to the Olympian Café.
The old Olympian Café is a place designed around sharing timeless wisdom and life-changing conversation. This is where Johnny meets his teacher, RG. Through a series of conversations, he began laying the foundations for success starting with curiosity (“Always green and growing.”) and advised him to “find the right leader—someone who has done what you want to do and follows the leader. immediately, start, and don’t stop (“If you have to cross a minefield, it makes sense to follow someone who has already crossed it.”).”
Remember, action breeds confidence. Inaction reinforces fear. Every time you take a risk, you expand your comfort zone. Always do the thing that scares you the most. All the best things in life are on the other side of that fear.
Don’t be afraid of not knowing. Johnny asks a successful partner to help guide him out of his old mindset. Through his visit to RG at the Olympian Café, Johnny meets a series of people who share their journeys and lessons they have learned.
Your dream must become an obsession, or if there are difficulties, you will give up. RG told him, “If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.”
Miracles can happen if you believe and if you are willing to take action. But you must be willing to go through the struggle if you want to taste the sweet taste of victory. I see people everywhere trying to live a balanced life. What they don’t know is that the only way to rise to another level, the only way to achieve their dreams, is to be temporarily unbalanced. You have to temporarily surrender things to get to the next level. The faster you want to progress, the more unbalanced you need to be.
Success is simple, but it is not easy. You will always be subject to tests of persistence and courage as you pursue your dream. It will take everything you have. But the good news is that you have what it takes. If it is truly your dream and if you persist, the dream will reveal its secrets to you. It will happen. Find the right leader, follow the leader, then become the leader.
That is the shortcut to success.
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