Over the next three days, I would like to present to you a three-part blog written by Success Magazine editor Darren Hardy. I thought the ideas presented in this series were very good and need to be considered by all of us for our future success.
In this first part, Darren talks about the fact that the level of our success is directly proportional to the people we surround ourselves with. Obviously, you should work each day to improve yourself as a person. You should always be learning. The best way to do this is to surround yourself with people who know more about the subject you are wanting to learn about than you do.
People have a tendency to stay at the level of people they surround themselves with. If you surround yourself with people who are lazy and don’t have any desire to improve themselves, you will soon find that your motivation level will soon mirror theirs. On the other hand, if you surround yourselves with people who are very highly motivated (more motivated than you), you will find that your level of motivation will increase as well. Usually to a level higher than what you even though possible.
With successful people, when a difficult task presents itself, the first tendency is to work harder to be able to accomplish this goal. This would be the law of addition. You are adding to the output by applying more concentrated effort. This is Ok to a point, but there is a much more successful way. It is called the rule of multiplication. If you have a difficult task and you have 4 people all working on the task, you are now multiplying your efforts and a lot more can be accomplished in the end.
We need to put some thought into the type of people we surround ourselves with.They will have a very big impact on us developing as a person.
Recruiting Great People (Part 1) by Darren Hardy
Any business or organization is simply a group of human beings that have joined together to accomplish an objective. Whether that objective is to sell a product, win a game or even defeat an enemy and win a war.
The success of the organization is strictly dependent on the quality and caliber of the people in it.
The number one asset of any organization or business and the greatest determining factor of success or failure to the organization are quality of the people involved. That is why your ability to recruit great people is paramount to a business, organization, association, charity, team or any entity that requires more than one person to succeed.
What the über-successful attribute their success to:
As you know, I have had the opportunity to meet, sit down with and spend time with many of today’s most admired super-achievers. When asked what they attribute the success of their business to, invariably, they will say it is the great people they have surrounded themselves with. We all know no one climbs to the top of the mountain alone—it requires a great team. Many of these extraordinary achievers will readily confess that most of their team is smarter, more talented and more skilled than they are… in fact they will tell you that is always their objective.
The CEO of a billion-dollar company told me recently that it is his ardent goal to always “be the dumbest guy in the room.” And quite candidly, he’s not that smart (notice I didn’t use his name). But he is brilliant at recruiting and retaining great people, people much smarter than he is—and he owns the majority of the stock. Sounds pretty darn smart to me!
He said, “If I know more than someone at the table, number one, we are in trouble, number two, I have the wrong people at the table. My job is to get them to the table and keep them at the table. Then it is their job to accomplish the mission.”
The very important key point I am passing on here is this: it is not your intelligence, talent or experience that makes the difference. It comes down to a single skill—your ability to recruit, retain and empower great people around you. Thus the key skill you want to build, develop and hone is your recruiting skill.
In the next couple of posts I will share some of my own street-tested recruiting strategies, as well as bring in a couple of experts on the topic to share their ideas with you. Stay tuned!