Episode 6 – 4 achievers, 5 big learnings for growth

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We had 4 achievers from diverse backgrounds in the show so far – 2 entrepreneurs, 1 CEO and 1 CFO. All of them are self-made and started with very ordinary backgrounds. That makes replicating what they did possible for Anyone who is hungry for success. Our community members had some questions. Are there common patterns in these achievers’ success? What was common in their mindset? What habits, routines and systems were similar?This episode is a reflection on 5 biggest learnings our community members had from these 4 achievers and the habits that anyone can develop for accelerated success. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to all the episodes, or if you did that and are looking for actionable insights then this episode will possibly do that for you.

5 learnings from the success of 4 achievers

We had 4 achievers from diverse backgrounds in the show so far – 2 entrepreneurs, 1 CEO and 1 CFO. All of them are self-made and started with very ordinary backgrounds. That makes replicating what they did possible for anyone who is hungry for success. Our community members had some questions. Are there common patterns in these achievers’ success? What was common in their mindset? What habits, routines and systems were similar?

This episode is a reflection on 5 biggest learnings our community members had from these 4 achievers and the habits that anyone can develop for accelerated success. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to all the episodes, or if you did that and are looking for actionable insights then this episode will possibly do that for you. Let’s get going:

  • Start with Why: Almost every achiever had clarity of Why they are doing what they are doing. This came in much before the what and the how in some cases. Their values, beliefs and strengths led them. Take Nand Kishore Chaudhary (NKC), the highly acclaimed social entrepreneur and the founder of Jaipur Rugs. He wants to discover himself and has deep love for artisans in the villages. To further both, he sees business as a medium. A mission or a purpose that is exciting enough or is one that creates a burning desire seems to be the first step in the success journey. How to find yours, if you do not know yet? 2 ways to consider: find a Coach who can help you discover (Sarika’s journey is an example) OR just continue doing what you are good at and let your purpose discover you (Sriram’s journey is an example)!

  • So good that they can’t ignore you: After the Why, is Excellence. Most achievers created excellence in one or more areas. The Why created the drive, and then most of them put in the simplest but seemingly difficult ingredient – hard work. Hours and hours of efforts, put over days, months and years to become better at their craft. NKC toiled for years, so did Sarika. Kedar was vocal on this trait as he said that hard work is one of the 3 most important mantras behind his success. Sriram made Aurolab so good at building world class products at affordable prices, that it is now a global leader in many segments of presence. What are you so good that everyone takes notice? If you are not there yet, this is a place to focus. Read books, take classes, practice more of your craft through paid and unpaid work, and monitor your progress. As they say, dreams don’t work unless you do!

  • Your network is your networth: This is arguably the most important factor, once early success has been achieved. Notice how NKC was influenced early in the career by foreign tourists to his village and he grabbed that opportunity to learn from them. Later on, his network consisted of influencers of the villages to corporate influencers like Bain and Company. Sarika credits Ascent Foundation, which is a network of entrepreneurs for discovering her coach as well as learning more about working on the business and not in it. When you break down the word network, it will consist of people who play a role in your life and those in whose life you play a role. Both are important. Innovations in history have built upon exchange of information among creators and not just by shower thoughts of an individual. Who in your network is your influencer? Who is your mentor or advisor? Do you have a coach? Besides, role models, teammates, peers, friends and family, all have a role in your success. How are you building and nurturing your network? Perhaps, building a habit of making one contribution a day to someone in the network is a starting point. And then continuing this practice forever to create a system is the trick

  • The Habit Stack: While a lot of people give credit of their success to what sounds nice – purpose, passion, people, luck (!), what is spoken less, yet true is that almost all of them built ‘Systems’. What is a system? In simple terms, it is a process of making daily action possible without breaking the chain. The result is compounding of ‘micro-successes’. And if you know how compounding works, then you would know that at some point of time the outcome is ‘Mega Success’ that makes news! Achievers stack up one action after the other in their day. They repeat the actions daily, and these become a ‘stack of habits’. Take NKC as an example. He mentioned in the show, that every morning he reads emails with an objective to ‘listen and connect’ with his people and customers. He has built this habit and maintained it over years. For him, the freshness of mornings gives the clarity and space to solve problems that others are facing. That in turn, results in excellent relationships with those who matter in his life and business. How to start? This one is simple – just maintain a daily journal and track an action that matters to you. Make sure there isn’t a single day when the journal is blank!

  • Bulletproof Problem Solving (Including communications): If you have heard all the episodes, you would have noticed that all the achievers are also great problem solvers. Life is complex. Business is complex. Relationships are complex. Even well-being is complex. There is no single variable that decides outcomes in each of these systems. That is, these are not linear systems where you focus on one area and outcome is certain. The skills that become critical then are complex problem solving and critical thinking. The ability to look at any complex problem and break it down into multiple sub-problems, analyse quantitatively and qualitatively, and then build a system for taking actions. Sarika did that in her business. She was an accidental entrepreneur who knew nothing about running a business or even the sector the business was in. She had to manage the family as well. She took one problem, built a system to solve it, then took the next one and so on. Did it solve all problems? Probably no. Did it help her make progress in her journey as an entrepreneur, as a mother, wife and a human being in a productive manner? Certainly yes.Mastering complex problem solving can help increase productivity and create time for health, well-being and family. In an uncertain world, this is such an important and fundamental skill to develop and master!

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