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Lessons from Rock Bottom

October 11, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about making changes in business.

Hi, folks! Shawn with you here. Talking about my experience – my run in with a prostitute and crack head. Really, you’re not going to believe this, you know. And this is something from a couple years ago and I probably would have never talked about, but, you know, it’s interesting to me. I was walking the streets, I was on a trip. I was taking a break, a little bit of me time. Going to run an errand and a lady was walking down the street. She was talking to somebody else, saying how she had quit smoking, and I said, “Congratulations, I think that’s wonderful, because I like when people are doing positive things.” And it just went from there. She started telling me how she not only quit smoking, but she had quit her habits and her prior life, and now she was going in a new direction. And I asked her, “Why? Why did you make this change?” And you know, I think she basically hit what people will call rock bottom.

The same thing is true when I find my clients and others. When they are making changes, something’s happened. Something is causing them to really want to adjust the world that they’re in. If they weren’t willing to make that change, they don’t do it. So people can think theoretically about how nice it would be to be in a changed world, or how wonderful it would be to do more, to be more successful, to touch more lives, to make more money. But, if you don’t have that motivation, you’re not going to get there. This lady was motivated. Now, I don’t know whether her motivation will continue. I don’t know if she’ll make it, but a lot of lessons there. And the same lessons for business.

You’ve got to be motivated. You have to have a reason to change and you have to figure out what you want to change and then use that motivation as a reason to continue that change. I often do what I call The 3 Laws of Empowerment speech when I speak to audiences. And that’s all about preparing, planning, and protecting. Preparing is about building a vision. And this is really where it starts. You’ve got figure out where you want to be and why you want to be there, and what’s going to propel you through your plans and the protection to do the things you want to do. So be authentically you. Think about what you want to be. Think about how you want to do it, and work through the process, start to finish. But it starts with motivation.

What’s motivating you? And what can you learn from this very unusual individual that I got to meet? Think about it.

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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