In This Episode You’ll Learn:
- The value of empowering others
- How self-reflection can make you a better entrepreneur
- Why we can’t seem to accomplish the things we want—and how imagination can help
Building a Great Team
Rock is an expert at nourishing talent and building successful businesses. His goal is to identify the highest and best use for each role in his company—this is only possible with detailed employee training.
Rock says most businesses don’t provide proper training because they aren’t good at creating systems. Good systems create success. He recommends having existing employees progressively document their duties, then creating a training system for their roles from that information.
Decision, Consistency, System
Many entrepreneurs get caught on thinking about how to get things done rather than doing them. Rock encourages entrepreneurs to keep making decisions and to take time afterward to ask:
- What worked?
- What didn’t work?
- How do I make it better?
“As an entrepreneur I don’t focus on my mistakes. I focus on what I learn; I focus on how to get better; I have a plan for progress to get 1% better every day; and I focus on the mindset of remaining enthusiastic amongst the chaos. And that’s what I believe gives me the edge.”
Entrepreneurship isn’t about being smarter or better. It’s about being consistent and having a system. Work smarter, not harder.
The Power of Encouragement
Rock insists on encouragement’s capability to empower people to grow and become the best versions of themselves—personally and professionally.
“Everybody in their life needs somebody to come up to them at some point and see the magic in that person.”
He says pain creates passion, and if you have passion, you can create a vision. To encourage others:
- Really care about people
- Watch for people doing things well
Gratitude is a muscle to develop. Practice encouragement, change people’s perspectives, and help them meet their goals.
Information, Repetition, Practice, Mastery
Rock swears by systems as a means to success. Taking 90 minutes each Sunday to plan out the week allows him to be more productive and less stressed. Be intentional with your time.
However, many people want to be successful but lack motivation. Rock says success is only possible if you know yourself deeply. Take time each day to engage in reflective activities like meditation or journaling. Then, start a system of progress:
- Gather information that will inspire and move you toward your goals.
- Repeat learned information and absorb the nuances.
- Practice. Practice. Practice.
- Master your goal.
The brain is motivated by pain and pleasure. Use your imagination and trick yourself through those pathways to achieve your goals. All you need is work ethic and passionate curiosity to get great at anything. Just ask Rock.
Also Mentioned in This Episode:
- Rock Thomas’ Goalcast video: How to Change the Way You See Yourself
- The Power of Your Identity
- Your Sacred Gifts