The REBL crew recently attended the National Achievers 2016 Congress at the SMX Convention last November 4, 2016. The main speaker was Chris Gardner whose life story was made a Hollywood Blockbuster played by Will Smith, ‘THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS.’ (No! Will Smith didn’t come on stage, I wish! Haha).
From sleeping in subway station bathrooms to now a net worth of over $60 million USD here are the top 4 take-aways from Chris Gardner’s inspirational talk:
He attributes his tenacity and success to what he terms ‘spiritual genetics’ handed down to him by his mother. This is something he explains as the spirit of who you’re going to become, you can choose. Happiness is a choice. Scientists can examine you, and measure you to your tiniest particle, but they cannot predict and know the kind of person you will become. Chris’s mother infused him with positivity and to never stop dreaming, that part of the movie where Will Smith and son are playing basketball, movie clip here:
Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something, not even me.
COMMIT TO PLAN A
Everyone can have goals and dreams, but what’s your plan? Your plan has got to have something what Chris calls, THE C FIVE COMPLEX, it has got to be Clear, Concise, Compelling, Consistent,and Committed. And when you try to do something you’re truly passionate about, there is no Plan B and Chris’ exacts words, “PLAN B SUCKS!”
BECOME WORLD CLASS
Decide that whatever you’re going to be passionate about, and committed about, become the world class at it. Of course, that takes practice and here’s where you develop your grit.
Here’s his example.
Chris along with a group of investors recently bid for the NBA Team ATLANTA HAWKS, they bid $700M and lost! And Chris said, that’s okay, because that was just practice. ?
In life, it’s all about perspective. Chris was homeless and now a millionaire. A single parent and a CEO. He says, “When life happens, you gotta do what you gotta do.” At the end of the day, our ultimate asset is our time. Money comes and goes, business opportunities come and go, but time, once gone, we can never get it back. Perspective, know your priorities and by knowing that, it will help you make decisions faster.
So what’s your plan A?