The quality of your mind does not matter unless the determination of your spirit is fierce. In the footrace of business performance, the individual with the lesser IQ will leave the “brain” in the dust when fueled by burning desire. In other words, fortitude trumps talent. Every time.
There are many formulas for success. Some people have tremendous strategic capability, some tenacious courage, some the gift of charisma, and some technical expertise worthy of guru status. However, there is one common quality that every successful person I have ever known has in spades.
Their desire to create peak performance is greater than their ego.
I have never met a person who doesn’t grapple with their ego. Our ego left untamed breeds fear, insecurity, lack of confidence, blaming, externalizing, justifying, over-representing, covering up, emotional outbursts, victim mentality, ….. I could go on but you get the picture. Think of every negative behavioral habit you witness in yourself and others, and you will find at the root the ego.
I think of our egos as a gremlin. It is this insanely powerful voice within us that tells us we aren’t good enough, lovable, or at risk of exposure. On the other end of the spectrum, it tells some they are better than others, superior, or entitled.
No one is without their gremlin foe. But some people are so excited about the possibility of the success they can create and the impact they can have on the world that they refuse to allow the gremlin to rule their life. They have taught themselves to overpower the gremlin with desire to become the most amazing version of themselves.
Do you know any of these people? They are the movers and shakers in an industry. They aren’t immune to stress or blue moments, but they rebound quickly. They are resilient, positive, and driven. They cycle upward & onward, auditing the past for purpose of learning & growing not sulking & wallowing.
I love people like this. They invite criticism because they see possibility for growth within the feedback. They are always working their development plan, picking people’s brains, and vigilantly prioritizing their work. These people have a written plan for success in every sphere of life that matters to them. And most importantly, they know their gremlin’s tendencies & have strategies to win the war.
In short, their desire to create peak performance is greater than their ego. This is their conscious choice. They were not born with a special gene. They simply made the choice to use their experience as input for improvement versus allowing it to be a landfill in their mind. What choice will you make?