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Beliefs empower leadership
It’s staggering how WRONG the general population is about success. A few years ago I was speaking at a charity fundraiser. After the event I was shaking hands and sharing conversation with a line of well-wishers. One of the men I had never met just kept shaking his head. He asked a few questions about business, and then made this curious statement:

“I could never be in business for myself. I could just never ‘screw’ that many people.”

I was dumbfounded. The momentum of the crowd was such I could not brace myself for an educational moment, but I sensed he was far too gone anyway. He believed intensely that to be successful in business, you had to “take from” other people. He never imagined I could excel financially by bringing value and discovering ways to solve problems. I wondered what prompted his statement. The common view of success in our society has become a vision of taking, not giving. Politicians have convinced voters that success should be punished!  What does it take to be successful? Let’s dispel 10 common myths!

Myth #1 – Success breeds success  

While it’s true, momentum and mastery learned from our successes is powerful, that first success often comes through the agonies of defeat. God rarely detours the fiery furnaces of our lives. Most often, He allows us to go through them.

Myth #2 – It’s not what you know but who you know

It’s true. But, what it implies is not true. “What you know” simply cannot be limited to process and procedure. Success requires we surround ourselves with others who are on a path of personal growth and mastery. The mentors and influencers in your life will radically impact your success. Go find them.

Myth #3 – You have to have money to make money  

Money does not procreate. Money is made through taking action on ideas with a commitment to mastery. Yes, the lottery does hit once in a while, but true sustained earning comes through personal growth and focus.

Myth #4 – If you want to make money, you have to take it from someone else. It’s a zero sum game  

I could give you many economic answers to the invalidity of this statement, however, there is an even higher authority I’d like to quote.

“Give and you shall receive. Pressed down, shaken together and running over.” – Luke 6:38

The latest economic theories of the day about radical service are mere replicas of Gods teaching for thousands of years.

Myth #5 – It’s lonely at the top

I believed this lie for decades. I had built false assumptions and beliefs about maintaining a bullet proof persona and it failed me. The fact is that if it’s lonely at the top you’re not developing leaders.  Without raising the level of leadership in your organization, you can’t stay at the top for long.

Myth #6 – To be successful you have to be Bullet Proof. You can’t be vulnerable

True success is built on strong relationships. The heart of relationship is vulnerability. If success is to include any degree of satisfaction and contentment, you must be vulnerable.

Myth #7 – You have to look out for #1 (God helps those who help themselves!)

This is such a common theme, and nothing could be farther from the truth. The highest recorded truth of all says this:

“He who would be first must be servant of all.” – Mark 9:35

Looking out for yourself means missing out on everything about success and leadership that ultimately has any value at all.

Myth #8 – Winners never quit and quitters never win

There is a time for everything. Everything has its season. Even quitting can mark new beginnings when the exchange results in your ability to serve One Master. Multitasking is a cultural phenomenon that diminishes your effectiveness exponentially. Successful leaders know there is a time to quit some things so that others can succeed. Every goal has a higher goal that may require us to set aside our former pursuits. Sometimes it is NECESSARY to quit in order to win.

Myth #9 – If it’s not broken, don’t fix it  

The fact is, the greatest barrier to growth is our past successes. The cycle from success to failure is littered with people unwilling to change. Growth requires change!

Myth #10 – Fake it till you make it

I cry when I hear this one.  Deception always fails. Authenticity prevails.  The good news is that when we embrace the truth of Gods Success, we don’t have to fake it. We have already made it and we will walk the path to mastery as we grow in the Truth. Intentional Growth is built on authenticity.  Don’t let anyone convince you that it’s necessary to fake it! You have everything it takes to be successful!

Add your comments to the conversation: What are some of the myths, misconceptions, and mindsets you’ve experienced about success? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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