14 November 2010

Rise in Peace

| Chen Tay

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Hey There,

“When you try your best, but you don't succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse”
- “Fix You”, ColdPlay

Innovation comes with a price. Whether you pay for it now or learn from it over time. You must constantly reinvent yourself and make yourself relevant.

Being stuck can often mean you are disconnected with your core vision or purpose. Or as Stephen Covey says, “start with the end in mind”.

When you position, package and price your “widgets” in a certain way allows you to differentiate yourself from the rest of the marketplace.

With great value and support, you place yourself in an unique space in a crowded marketplace.

Recently I described someone as the “Robbie Williams of the Personal Development” game because of his attitude and ability to deliver results.

While you should never compare yourself with others (values), you should look at comparables to find leverage (equity) in the marketplace.

When you educate yourself and release your story, you expand and enlarge those around you. Your capacity to influence and impact people will determine your level of income.

The problem is it’s easy to forget the fundamentals when you obtain a high level of success. The higher you climb the ladder, the less number of people “get you” and it may frustrate you.

Over-achievers often win in isolation. While they may appear to live amazing lives on the outside, there’s an emptiness and constant battle with dragons within.

There’s a saying, the higher you climb, the faster you fall. This is often due to the lack of fundamentals. Having said that, many people that have a “success blueprint” can often re-create their wealth rapidly again.

Success can be a dangerous drug. You get seduced in the ego and status. You start trying to impress people that you don’t even like. You buy things you don’t need. And you find entertainment in the drama around you.

These distractions disconnect you from your core purpose. If you find yourself in this space, it’s important to FOCUS on your current ALIGNMENT.

Are you in alignment today?
Are you guided by a compass or by chaos?

This weekend, I was reading a proposal to buy 50% of a seminar company a few years ago for a significant price. There were many lessons and great questions raised in this document on clarity of value.

But the big breakthrough halfway through this proposal was that I realized if you want to change your industry, you got to be a role model. Be the change you seek as Ghandi would say.

You have to do your research and get results in the game before you start dishing out advice. Runs on the board and an unique perspective gives you the opportunity to influence others.

The life of dreamers and doers are world’s apart. But they all start with same spark.

If you have read my posts or are a supporter, I encourage you to contribute to "new conversations" in your circles of influence.

Let's create solutions, build a framework and support ideas that add value to the marketplace.

Spitting poison on an industry where you generate your income is extremely disrespected and ungrateful and is a zero-sum game.

I've always tried to provide solutions when problems arise but in some situations, the truth hurts too much and I am out of my depth.

The reason I joined the TED movement is because I want to raise the bar on our industry. I want to be on the leading edge of innovating the online education experience. But I realize that these worlds are far apart because of their value systems.

Maybe one day, a bridge can be constructed through leaders, educators, trainers, students and graduates. Time is the essence. The birth of a new era of education with the innovation of online technology breeds exciting times ahead...

Nothing is missing...In awe of no one, inspired by everyone.

Live Your Legacy,

CHEN
P.S With 2011 approaching, I’m looking for new talent and stars. If you know someone who is an expert in their field and delivers great value and results, please send me a private message. The fun part of curating an education program is meeting new speakers, educators and trainers. Thanks for your support and I appreciate your referrals.


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