Tony Robbins always says, “Success leaves clues.”  But you have to hunt for the clues.  Here’s a story about my hunt for such clues and how it benefited a  non-profit.

In this episode, I talk about:

  • Working with a Non-Profit
  • Thought Puzzles and How They Help
  • Success leaves Clues

Transcript:

Good Morning everyone. Welcome to this episode of the Path to 1 Million. This is going to be episode 149. This last weekend I had the, I had kind of like an opportunity to be a little bit creative. I kind of let my mind wander off the, the normal track, you know, when I’m thinking about working or helping out my clients or anything else to kind of work on something a little bit different. I recently was contacted by a nonprofit to give them some ideas on how they could raise some money and just, you know, putting together ideas and putting together a little plan for them or something. Typically, I don’t charge for a, everybody’s a little bit different. If I do work, then I would charge for it. But just putting together an idea and putting together a strategy, something that they could actually implement is something that I, I love working on.

So this last weekend I was kind of, you know, brainstorming ideas and stuff that you know, that I could do to, you know, to help them. And I noticed that you know, it was kind of like consuming a little bit more and more of my time as the weekend went on and it was starting to creep into conversations that I was having with people. And you know, I was asking you, you know, what do you think about this and what do you think about that? And, you know, do you have any ideas? And I, and I got some really great ideas from people, which was, you know, which is really cool. And but I just, the one thing I just noticed, it seemed like it was just taken up more and more of my time. And so yesterday I sat down to actually write all the ideas, all the brainstorming that I had down into a document to send it over to them.

And it occurred to me that I was like, you know, I said, they’re not the first person to have faced this problem. So what I need to do is I need to go out and I need to find other companies, other nonprofits that have faced a similar problem and learn from their success. Now, a lot of the times when, you know, I take a look at other companies that are out there, like if I’m working for client or something, I’ll go take a look at their competitors. And it’s always interesting when you take a look at, you know, what it is that they’re doing and it’s really quick to say, Oh, well, they’re not doing this. They’re not doing this. So you know, I’m going to do this. But sometimes you need to invert that formula and say to yourself, “What did they do to be successful?”

Obviously they have done something to be successful. They’ve, they followed a process, they’ve implemented something, they have seen success. So what is it that has helped them become successful in what it is that they’re doing? So you know, of course I’m kicking myself because I didn’t think of that before. So I got onto Google and probably within maybe five minutes, I came across a couple of websites where nonprofits very similar to theirs. I had faced the similar challenge and they succeeded and it was just awesome to be able to look at and be like, wow, these are what these guys did was really cool. Now what’s interesting is that, you know, I can come up with ideas all day long, but to actually see people implement something that is successful carries a lot more weight. So rather than take my time and trying to, you know, create something new and show examples of what might work and what didn’t work, it’s just easier for me to link to it inside of that document and say, you know, here’s a company who did it.

Here’s how they’re successful. Notice how they did X. They did Y, they did Z. Look at where they are. They’ve been in business for this long. Look how, you know, look how much on money they were able to generate. Look at the revenue that they’re able to, to bring into the door. And I think a lot of times in life I, and sometimes I have to sit back and I, and I have to pull myself back from the situation and I have to remind myself, you know, it’s something that Tony Robins has had said and a lot of other experts have said, but success always leaves clues. So again, it’s super easy to look at other people and to kind of like, you know, identify, Oh they’re not doing this and they did this wrong and they’re doing this wrong. It’s often done to the doc, but sometimes, like I said, you just need to invert that on its head and say to yourself, okay, these people have seen success.

How do they do it? Obviously I’m on a similar quest or something along those lines. Yeah. They might be a direct competitor to you or they might be, you know, somebody else competing for the same job or whatever, but take a look at, you know, what did they do that, that made them successful? What is it that you know, that they have that I don’t have or what did they implement that I could implement inside of a, you know, whatever it is that I’m doing and one of our project that it is that I’m working on. So it’s always good to find your heroes that you know, have gone before you, that have blazed the trail before you and just mimic everything that that they’ve done. And sometimes they, they get a process and they’ve experimented with it and they said, you know what, I found that this didn’t work, but when I tweaked it, this did work.

And they just go off and they, and they do it. And most of the time these people will be more than happy to share their thoughts, you know, and, and that’s the beautiful thing about, you know, having the internet these days with social media and with email and everything else. It’s, it’s now easier than ever to send out a tweet or to send a message on Facebook or to send an email and just say, Hey, I noticed that you were really successful at doing this. You know, if you had to do it all over again, what would you do different? Or you know, would you be willing to jump on a Skype call for five minutes? Just so I could pick your brain, but whatever it is. But success always leaves clues. So why not take advantage of all these great, great examples that are out there that can really help to push your business forward or to push your career forward or whatever Avenue that might be on.

So anyways, it was interesting because I was able to get most of the document completed yesterday instead of, instead of it, you know, anticipating taking like eight hours to do, I was able to do it at five minutes. You know, this is my thought, this is, this is the implementation that I’m thinking of. And then here’s a couple of examples of people who have done this and then, you know, modify it as you go. So, you know, and hopefully a, the company that I’m working for a, we’ll get some value out of it. It’s always a good idea to get some fresh, new ideas as you’re going through. So anyways, that’s all I got for today. That’s my little story. Thank you so much for tuning in and watching. I will be back again tomorrow with another story, and I hope you guys are having a phenomenal Tuesday, and I’ll be back again tomorrow.