When I started my first business back in 2009, I had zero experience. I was still studying and although I knew quite a lot of theories and my confidence level was (unrealistically) high, I still had to figure it all out in real life. Just like the Karate Kid, I knew you learn the best when you have mentors. I’ve had a lot of great people around me in my life, but not from the kinds of Mister Miyagi, Tony Robbins or Zig Ziglar. So I did what many people pursuing success do: learn from mentors.
I’ve learned from as many people around me as possible. In real life and on the internet. I observed, asked a lot of questions, watched TED talks, listened to audio tapes, enjoyed biographical movies…and I read books. A lot of books.
It made me rapidly grow and achieve some amazing things. To name just a few: with our marketing agency, we advise some of the leading companies in the Netherlands. Our café got awarded multiple times. Dad’s cook book is read by people all over the world. And with The Pure Family, we are unlocking a pure lifestyle for more people every day.
Still, there was one thing bothering me. Although I was becoming successful, I realized that I was fooling myself sometimes. I’ll explain it with two quotes I decided to live by early in my career:
- ‘It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.’ — Tony Robbins
- ‘What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.’ — Tim Ferriss
After all this learning, I had a clear sense of what to do. But did I do everything in order to make it true? On many aspects of my career: yes. But when I looked myself in the eyes, I knew at some important occasions, I was knowing, but not doing.
It’s about time to radically do what I know, in all aspects of my life. 2016 will be the year of massive action!
So where am I at this point?
I’m currently reaching out to like-minded modern entrepreneurs from my own generation all over the world. Two examples are Till Gross (the guy from Comfort Zone Crusher and his 1.000.000+ viewed TED talk) from Austria and Greg Faxon (a guy I know from his interview with Seth Godin and you probably know from ‘the bravery project’) from the USA.
Second, I will become an NLP-practitioner this year.
Reading goes on as well. I currently go at the pace of 1 a week. This year, I already read Siddhartha, The Little Prince, The Six Pillars of Self Esteem, Losing My Virginity, The Charisma Myth, The Alchemist and The Empire State of Mind.
The thing I’m most excited about is ‘Charisma University’. On a Friday I was having a YouTube learning session when I started searching for ‘charisma’. Five of the first ten search results were from a source called Charisma on Command, so it was no coincidence I started watching one of its vids. It blew my mind! The content had such a high learning value that I finished most of the videos before the end of the weekend. Shortly after, I joined the Charisma on Command University, a 6 week step-by-step program designed to give you all the tools you need to take your charisma to the next level. I’m now in my fifth week and it shows. My family and closest friends constantly tell me about the progress they see.
Of course, I will share all my new-found wisdom with you. Do look forward to the article ‘Charisma on Command — An example of a perfect online brand’. And to ’50 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Charismatic’, an article inspired by this one and solely based on two sources named above; The Charisma Myth and Charisma on Command University.
Please feel free to join me in my year of action. Drop me a mail and tell me how you want to act together. To quote Jim Rohn (once again): ‘Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.’