Hour Number One | Generally Speaking with Bob Snyder

Hour Number One | Generally Speaking with Bob Snyder


Hey everybody. Bob Snyder back at you,
driving down the road for our episode of Generally Speaking and I was thinking
about a great book I read of Malcolm Gladwell’s. He’s certainly one of my
favorite authors and he’s got some brilliant ideas about things, and he
talks a lot about, you know, what it takes for mastery to take place in your life.
The 10,000 hour principle, right? If anyone spends ten thousand hours
engaged in in the pursuit of a skill set or an ability, or whatever it might be,
they become a master in that area. That’s all well and good, but what about hour
number one? Right, hour number one? You know, we’ve got to be looking with optimism
for hour one, hour two, hour three, hour four. If our goal is, or I should say, our focus is
just on getting 10,000 hours in, then it may seem like such a daunting
task that we’re unwilling to do the work to start the journey. I want you to
understand that success is a journey. There’s joy in the journey, so what you
do, is you’ve got to find ways to enjoy what you need to do to, you know,
kind of put you on that path to success. When I first started in
the the business of networking and direct sales, I got to tell you, I
wasn’t any good and I certainly wasn’t close to mastery. My first hour was
horrific. My tenth hour wasn’t much better. It wasn’t until I got down the
road a few weeks where I really started to develop a little better perspective
and some skill sets that things started to improve. But I had to push myself
forward through some of those uncomfortable times so that I could get
to more of a happy place, if you will. And you’ll find the same thing to be true
for you. There were times I didn’t want to make phone calls, there were times I
didn’t want to contact and invite. There were times where I just was
feeling way off in the day but I had to get out of bed in the morning, I had to
stand up, and look myself in the mirror and say, “Man, I am NOT gonna let this
thought process defeat me. I’m going to buckle down and make it happen.” And then
what I would do, is that I would force myself back into my office and put the
headset on, and what I found, is that inside of, you know, a few minutes talking
to somebody, or maybe two or three phone calls into my day, I was back in the
rhythm. Back in the flow and enjoying the process and learning as I would go along.
You do not have to become a master before you can start to create success
and drive results. Mastery is something that happens as a result of all of that
time you spend, you know, perfecting your skill sets and your ideas. If you’re a
perfectionist, this idea is gonna just go against the
grain. It is. And if you’re a perfectionist, sometimes you think you
can’t do something until you’ve mastered it. You can’t master it unless you do it.
So a little bit of an oxymoron there. You know, it’s kind of like trying to get the
cart before the horse, doesn’t work if you’re trying to to push a heavy
obstacle as much as you might get leverage out of pulling. So mastery only
comes from doing. Doing comes from making a commitment and then following through
with the commitment to yourself. Now, the commitments that you make, well,
they don’t have to be huge at first. We ask people all the time, be smart about
this business. While you’re developing the belief, the conviction, the confidence,
the competency and the skill sets. Take it on a part-time basis. That way, you can
learn as you go and learn as you grow. A little play on words there, because this
business is all about the process of becoming. If you want to be a master,
that’s a great goal, but don’t think you got to be a master before you can start
making money. You will do, and then you will earn, and then you will achieve, and
then over time mastery will come but don’t put one before the other, you’re
going to be disappointed with the outcome.

Eugene Islam

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