3 Learnings From Steve
Recently I have been reading the biography of Steve Jobs – I got it for Christmas a few years ago and for whatever reason hadn’t gotten around to reading. I picked it up a couple of months ago and for me the timing has been perfect. I feel like I’ve learnt a few great learning and I wanted to share them with you
I find a lot of the time learning is being reminded of things you may already in the back of your head know but you hadn’t done anything with or making a finer distinction on something. So you might see some things in here that you already “know” I will ask that you challenge yourself to know it better and secondly if you aren’t putting that learning into practice – YOU DON’T REALLY KNOW IT!
Learning 1 – Your Time Is Limited – Do It Now!
Steve has a profound conversation in the book where he explained to the writer how he always had this feeling that he wasn’t going to have a really long life so he felt he had to get as much done as soon as possible.
This really struck a chord with me as while I thought I already knew this I had found myself recently slipping into a few easy things that aren’t really helping me move forward to achieve what I want to achieve. Simple things like running bootcamp sessions or doing the cleaning around the gym. They are important things but if I’m being honest somebody else should be doing them and I should be doing other things like developing new systems and recruiting more team members.
Action Steps Taken – Restarted the search for another awesome bootcamp instructor and school based trainee to add to add to our team as well as started interviewing remedial massage therapists and exercise physiologists to start some pilates and programs for older adults which is something I’ve been talking about for ages now!
Learning 2 – Stay True To Your Vision
One thing Steve did really well was stick to his vision and follow his instincts. When he came back to Apple after being kicked out it had gone off purpose or off track if you like. It was struggling badly because it had lost it’s purpose and vision of why the company existed in the first place.
One of the first things he did was to cull any projects that weren’t going to be revolutionary or different to it’s competition. Apple had become just another computer company instead of the business that thrived on doing things differently and standing out from their competition. This cull allowed them to focus their resources on the things that had the potential to be truly great and revolutionary. Think the ipod, the iphone and the macbook. There is a good chance that if they were still wasting their time on developing a crappy little personal organiser that their might not have ever been an ipod. If there was no ipod then there would be no iphone as it was developed because Apple feared their market share would have diminished if someone else invented a phone that could play music just as well as an ipod could.
Action Steps Taken - The vision for PEPT is to expand Australia wide with 100 locations or more by the end of 2018 and to be helping over 10,000 people every single week lead a healthier, happier, more positive life. Of late I feel I’ve taken the foot off the accelerator in terms of finding more trainers to open new locations. To remedy that this week I’ve put the marketing together for a regional QLD tour to do workshops for personal trainers. We’re in the process of booking the venues and will launch the marketing over the weekend.
Learning 3 – Think Big!
You being small doesn’t help anybody. In fact if you don’t challenge yourself and demand more you are actually letting the rest of us down! I know you have gifts and talents that you are keeping hidden or not using to their potential for fear of failure or what “other people might think.”
Here’s a thought – Where has taking the safe route ever gotten you?
Being in your comfort zone is a funny thing. While it’s warm and cozy now it’s actually the worst place to be because it’s only a matter of time until you end up feeling empty and unfulfilled. As human beings we have an innate desire to feel important and valued. Much of that comes down to how much we contribute to the lives of others.
Staying in your comfort zone is a sure fire way to keep your self esteem and self worth low. Challenge yourself and become better, more confident and more valuable!
Action Steps Taken – For me this one comes down to constantly challenging yourself. In June I’m doing the Kokoda Trek in PNG which is a 94km trek through hilly jungle – safe to say it will be fairly uncomfortable! To make that happen it means early morning rises every Sunday for hiking training which can take up to 6 hours.
A challenge is one of my favourite ways to help someone (or myself) see how much they are capable of. It’s a huge eye opener and will set you up for future success!
Well that’s it! I hope you learnt something from my learnings
Dedicated to your fitness success,