“Are you ordinary or are you extraordinary?“
By Rene A. Bastarache, CI
At first glance reading that question might not mean much to you but if you take some time to think about it you’ll realize the importance and true meaning of the question.
Most entrepreneurs want to have an extraordinary income, an extraordinary home, and extraordinary vacation, extraordinary relationship and let’s face it an extraordinary life. Who wouldn’t want that? If everything was in alignment that would be wonderful however how can we attract all these extraordinary things into our lives if we ourselves are simply ordinary? Ordinary people don’t attract extraordinary things.
They’re not in alignment: they’re just not made for each other. It would be like trying to pour five liters of water into a small coffee cup which as you know would simply not fit.
“If you don’t want to work hard then you might want to cut back on some of your dreams and goals but if you dream big you better work even harder.”
Being a successful entrepreneur is hard work. I wish I could say otherwise but you will not start a successful hypnosis business with an amazing income if you’re watching five hours of television each day. Success does require sacrifice; it requires giving 110%. That explains why the percentage of truly successful entrepreneurs is so low. Entrepreneurs are a different breed from the average person and being a successful entrepreneur just isn’t for everyone.
I was listening to a motivational speaker yesterday who was speaking to a group of about 150 people who were not entrepreneurs but were employed with various jobs throughout that area. The speaker asked the audience to raise their hands if they gave 100% effort at work. There were no people who raise their hand in the audience. Then he asked him how many give 80% effort at work to which about 20 raise their hands. Then he asked how many of them gave about 40% effort at work to which the majority of the audience raised their hands. Obviously the majority of this audience will not be future entrepreneurs.
The results speak for themselves. Ordinary people give ordinary effort at work. They also have an ordinary lifestyle, income and future. The majority of them have no goals and are simply content remaining in the situation they’re in. You see these people everywhere you go. Have you noticed the difference between an extraordinary waiter or waitress serving you in a restaurant compared to the ordinary everyday server who’s just doing their job. The extraordinary one is appreciated and makes your dining experience an enjoyable event. In fact as a result of their service you feel like leaving them and extraordinary tip because they deserved it. The ordinary one usually makes you feel like you wish you had gone someplace else to dine and you sometimes feel like they should leave you a tip just for putting up with them.
Once again are you ordinary or extraordinary? The reason I’m writing this article is that many times practitioners will call me and ask what it takes to create a successful business. Is the answer to have a plush looking office, to have lots of additional training and certificates or to spend lots of money in marketing? Even though all those things are helpful I think the main key to being truly successful as a practitioner is all about you. It has to do with the amount of effort you put into your business, your attitude, your goals and your persistence.
“Extraordinary people receive extraordinary results”