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Success Building Blocks: Confidence

By Bigg Success Staff
09-11-08

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We count ourselves among the many people who believe that John Wooden was the best coach in the history of college basketball. But his contributions go far beyond the court. He developed an incredible tool called the Pyramid of Success that will help you succeed in any endeavor you choose.

We’ve completed our discussion of three rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition, Skill and Team Spirit.

We’ve also looked at one of the two blocks that form that fourth row – Poise. This fourth row is also the second row from the top, right below the apex of the Pyramid. This week, we’ll look at the block that makes up the other half of this row. 

Confidence

Wooden points out that, if you don’t have all three blocks in the middle row of the Pyramid – Condition, Skill and Team Spirit – in place, you’ll never have Confidence. Confidence and Poise are closely related, but Wooden felt the need to include both in his Pyramid.

When we’re confident, we respect the task at hand but we don’t fear it. We know we’re prepared. That’s why the three blocks in the middle row – Condition, Skill, and Team Spirit – are so vital. We know the fundamentals of our craft. Even beyond that, we know that we know them. That’s not a subtle difference!

There’s a fine line between confidence and cockiness. Peak performers get right up to the line, but they don’t cross over it. We don’t strive to be cocky, but it can happen over time. We have to guard against it by keeping all of the other success building blocks in mind.

With that in mind, we won’t succeed bigg if we aren’t confident. We have to win mentally to win physically. We must think we can win or we won’t. We must believe we can succeed or we won’t. When we have this mindset, we’re ready to take action. We’re ready to succeed bigg! And we can’t wait to get going! 

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Success Building Blocks: Poise

By Bigg Success Staff
09-04-08

Timeless Principles

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John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. His contributions to success literature, though, possibly exceed his accomplishments on the court. He developed the Pyramid of Success, a wonderful tool that will help you succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose. 

So far, we’ve discussed three rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition and Team Spirit.

Now we’ll move to the fourth row, which is also the second row from the top. It consists of two blocks. We’ll look at the one on the left this week.  

Poise

This success building block sits atop Condition and Skill, but Wooden points out that it also comes from Team Spirit. You’ve worked hard to master the fundamentals of your craft so you know you’re ready to execute.

You’ve practiced every situation so you will be at ease when you’re playing the game. Even when things get tough, you’ll exhibit grace under pressure. You’ll just be yourself, because you know you’re ready! This leads to a calm, cool exterior because you’re calm and cool on the inside. That intimidates rivals who aren’t as prepared as you.  

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show.

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Success Building Blocks: Skills

By Bigg Success Staff
08-26-08

Timeless Principles

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In our minds, John Wooden was the best coach in the history of college basketball. Even more than that, though, we love what he contributed to the field of personal success. Perhaps his greatest gift has been his Pyramid of Success, a wonderful tool that will help you succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.  

So far, we’ve discussed the bottom two rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. We’ve now covered two of the three blocks that sit in the middle of the Pyramid –  Condition and Team Spirit.

Now we’ll move to the success building block that sits at the heart of the Pyramid, above Alertness and Initiative. 

Skills

The science of peak performance has come a long way. Wooden hits on the “flow” concept with this building block – body and mind working effortlessly, completely immersed in the moment, to accomplish some task.

He felt that his athletes needed to know the fundamentals so well that they didn’t have to think about them. They could just execute instinctively given the situation.

Just like great athletes, we need to know the fundamentals of our game so well that we can quickly pull them out when they’re needed. We’re prepared to deal with any situation because we’ve practiced it over and over again. We know what to do without thinking about it and we’re able to perform at our highest level at every moment.

We’re in the flow, or the zone. We know what we know so well that we don’t have to think about it. When we see it in others, we admire it. When we feel it ourselves, it’s one of the greatest experiences we can have!

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show.

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Why are Soft Skills So Important?

By Bigg Success Staff
08-25-08

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You’re probably familiar with this saying. You may have even heard it, or uttered it, yourself.

“He (she) was hired for hard skills, but got fired for lack of soft skills.”

Hard skills, the technical ability and knowledge to perform a particular job, are certainly important. But it’s amazing how much the paradigm has shifted in the last decade or so.

Soft skills are in demand

Companies are placing more emphasis on soft skills – things like self-discipline, work ethic, attitude, people skills, communication skills, and the like. They have realized that they can train people in the skills essential to the trade.

Universities are also jumping on board, with many now starting to offer some sort of soft skill training as part of a MBA. They’re responding to their corporate partners, who have been telling them that their graduates are technically proficient but often lacking in personal leadership skills.

What can’t be taught

So hard skills can be taught relatively easily. Soft skills, on the other hand, are tough to teach because it takes a certain level of soft skills to learn more soft skills!

An individual has to have a strong desire to learn the best way to deal with others. There has to be an acceptance that there may be a better way. The discipline to put the skills learned into practice, and not revert to old patterns, must also be present.

So if you want to set yourself apart, work on developing your soft skills at least as much as you work on your hard skills.

How do you learn?

It’s about personal leadership. One essential soft skill is learning how you learn best. Then use another soft skill – take action – and find an environment that allows that to happen. It may be a formal or informal place. It doesn’t matter, as long as you learn!

These soft skills help you professionally, but they also help you personally. The more you develop these skills, the more productive you will become. You’ll see significant changes in your relationships at work and at home.

How to start or refresh yourself

Want a great way to start or refresh yourself on basic soft skills? Read (or re-read) Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If you learn better by listening, get it in audio form.

Find a friend, mentor, or coach who has also read the book (or reads it at the same time). Discuss the lessons you’ve learned. Synergize, as Covey would say!

There are so many great resources to learn these essential skills. Tap into them regularly. There’s one we particularly recommend … okay, you guessed it – you’re there now!

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Success Building Blocks: Team Spirit

By Bigg Success Staff
08-08-08

Timeless Principles

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John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. He developed the Pyramid of Success, a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

So far, we’ve discussed the bottom two rows of his Pyramid. 843 Industriousness], Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and 879 Enthusiasm] form the foundation. The second row consists of 1011 Self-control], 1071 Alertness], 1099 Initiative], and 1032 Intentness].

Last time, we started the middle row with the block on the far left side – Condition.

Now we’ll move to the other side of the middle row, to the block that sits atop Initiative and Intentness.

Team Spirit

This success building block sits in the heart of the Pyramid on the right hand side. It’s impossible for a team to succeed with a group of individuals. The individuals need to think and play as a group.

It doesn’t come from begrudgingly putting the team first. Wooden felt that the individuals needed to eagerly forfeit their self-interest for the good of the group. All for one and one for all, put into practice. Nobody cares who gets the credit as long as the team wins.

Team mates don’t necessarily have to like each other to play together in this manner. They do, however, have to respect one another and be considerate. Good team members are selfless, not selfish, always putting the needs of the team above their own.

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