As a keynote speaker, I spend the majority of my time speaking to, and working with, high achieving individuals.
I spend the rest of my time interviewing and researching the timeless traits of thought leaders from across North America.
To perform at the highest level it helps if you can learn what the top thought leaders do, and do likewise.
Yes, it’s true that some have achieved massive success doing the opposite of other thought leaders. Steve Jobs comes to mind.
But there is only one Steve Jobs, and until one gets to that level, why ignore the fact that, in the words of the late great Business Philosopher, Jim Rohns, “Success Leaves Clues”.
An obvious question at this point becomes, what timeless traits do the more than 4000 thought leaders I have studied share?
I get that question more often than you can perhaps imagine.
When I finally determined the top traits, what struck me the most is the fact that the top traits weren’t what most would expect.
Believe it or not, hard work, having a good mentor, entering the industry at the right time, having a solid cash flow, and so on, albeit important, were not the most common traits the top thought leaders shared.
Further, one of these traits stood out so much, and it is in such contrast to what the average person does, I felt it imperative to focus on that one trait, above all else.
That trait is tied directly to focus. Bigger than that, it is the action of removing all distractions from each interaction throughout one’s day.
At a time when the average person can barely take their eyes away from their I-Phone, Blackberry or Android, it really struck me that some of the busiest, and highest achieving people in the world, find a way to silence their phones, and dedicate their full time and attention to the moment at hand.
Whether it was Chicken Soup for the Soul Co-Creator Jack Canfield, former world champion Trish Stratus, Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse, award winning singer / songwriter Sass Jordan, or leadership Guru Robin Sharma; almost every single one found a way to make me feel like I was the only person in their world during our time together.
Again, this is so much in contrast to the actions of the average person today, I felt compelled to share this in hopes that it will help others rethink the focus they place on the person in front of them; despite the many distractions battling for their time.
It was a game changer for me when I started focusing completely on the task at hand rather than trying to juggle multiple distractions.
As a wise attendee at a talk I gave explained it best when he said, “When you wash the rice, wash the rice”.
It may be an old proverb, but it’s still as wise today – in essence, it means, when you are focused on one task, focus completely on that one task. Be in the present. Be in the moment.
As the article header indicates, if you want to achieve at the highest level, you need to do what the high achievers do.
So the question becomes: Are you washing the rice when you wash the rice?