Thank you for listening to the Champion Forum Podcast with Jeff Hancher! In this episode, Jeff sits down with Chuck Bolena, a Mindset Coach with years of experience helping others achieve what they really want in life; personally and professionally. Together, they discuss how reading the best-seller "Think and Grow Rich" changed their perspectives and their lives. Specifically, they talk about taking ownership of your thoughts and attitudes and what it will really take to see your dreams become a reality.
Andrew Carnegie opened doors for Napoleon Hill to interview dozens of the most successful, wealthy, and well-known people. Over the next twenty years, Hill asked these people what it was that made them successful. He was able to learn the principles and habits that made these people successful and write The Science of Success. Then he took 13 steps from that book and wrote Think and Grow Rich.
Through reading the book, Bolena realized that everything is his fault. When Bolena first started working with his mentor Jim Shorkey, he realized that everything he complained about in his industry wasn’t the problem, he was the problem. So when he started taking ownership of what happened, he took the power away from the circumstances and opponents in his life and empowered himself to make a change.
If you want to be successful, you have to direct your mind to where you want to go. - Chuck Bolena
When working with a team, make sure you are in tune with your teammates in a way that is deeper than just how things are going at work. You need to know how things are going at home and in their personal life as well. Essentially, you want to set up a mastermind with them. You want them to buy into the vision of the company and know that they are free to be creative and share new ideas, even if their idea does not have anything to do with “their role.”
Once you have a team that is aligned, you need to inspire faith that they can do what they have set out to do. Additionally, you need to inspire a desire to achieve that goal. Finally, you need to set up a plan to implement that goal.
Q: Have you ever read “Think and Grow Rich”? If you have, what was your one big takeaway from the book?
Q: What mentors have you had that changed your life? How did you get connected with those mentors? When considering what made the biggest difference in your life, was it the lessons they taught you, the doors they opened for you, or the resources they recommended to you? Why?
Q: What books do you read over and over? Why do you think it is so important to read books more than once? Why do you think Napoleon Hill thought it was important for people to read his book more than once?
Consider why you think it is hard to admit that something is your fault. How do you respond differently in situations where you are or are not at fault? Why would anyone want to believe that something is their fault when maybe their situation was caused by some outside force? Take inventory of how you currently view your situation. Write down some things you would change if you took responsibility for your situation and decide to take one step to move forward by the end of the week.
What do you think is the key to your team’s success? Of the qualities, Bolena talks about in this podcast (being in tune with your team, buying into the vision, encouraging creativity, inspiring faith, a desire to achieve the goal, and a plan to achieve the goal) what strengths does your team have? Which of these factors is the easiest for you to apply in your own life? How can you help inspire more of these qualities in your team?
Find a book on your shelf that you have not read in a while and read it again! Consider the content of the book in the scope of your current life experience and challenges. Write down anything that stood out to you as different from the last time. Then, set a reminder in your calendar to read that book again next fall and compare your notes! You will be amazed to see how your understanding of the book changes as you gain more experiences and face different challenges.