Today is an age when every startup has a potential to be next Apple and every third person is struggling to be another Bill Gates. But how successful they turn in attaining their ambitions? And what counts as their key resources to move in the right direction? Experience, investment, business model, Industry contacts and innovation? Or is there a mantra that makes a world-class man different from masses.
Well there is one!!! Steve Siebold, an author, speaker and consultant to Fortune 500 sales teams and the face behind Mental Toughness Blog is known for his great work helping people control thoughts and emotions, and then directing that thinking towards achieving one’s goals. Here Steve managed to spare minutes for us and share with us how every average man can be a millionaire. More from him:
1) Kindly introduce yourself to my readers.
I’m an author, speaker and consultant to Fortune 500 sales teams for companies like Toyota, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, etc.
2) The questions that you ask on mentaltoughnessblog reflect your own mental conflict or one can see it as your dealing with the subject in association with the people struggling to get answers to them?
I address a little of everything that relates to mental toughness, world-class performance and critical thinking. Some are based on my own struggles and successes, and others are not.
3) What was your inspiration behind “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class” that sold over 100,000 copies globally?
The book is based on years of interviewing world-class performers, and it compares the middle class (the average person) and the world class (the super achiever) for the purpose of showing the reader the difference between the two groups.
4) What is the thought behind interviewing millionaires over billionaires? Share with us the commonalities and uniqueness amongst millionaires that you observed while interviewing them?
Almost every American has a chance to become a millionaire. Being a billionaire is equal to becoming a millionaire a thousand times, which percentage wise is almost impossible. The average American earns $42,000 per year. Becoming a millionaire from 42K is a big enough stretch for most of us. Millionaires focus on making money more than anything else during the business day. Most of us focus on actions and behaviors that have little to do with building wealth.
5) How has your association with millionaires and fortune 500 companies as your clientele affected your approach to life?
Millionaires taught me how to become one. They changed my life. Fortune 500 companies are full of smart, educated people who earn a good living but are usually selling themselves short. Most of them are completely unaware of the fact that they’ve sold their opportunity to be rich for the perceived security of a corporate position. I’m hired to increase sales, but I also try to wake the salespeople up to their own potential. Sales almost always go up, but only about 5% become conscious of the larger message.
6) Is it true to say that mental toughness exercise is a way to become rich? Or every wealthy being have undergone it to maintain his affluence?
You can use mental toughness to focus on whatever you desire. I’ve used it to build wealth, but I’ve also used it to achieve personal dreams that have nothing to do with money. Mental toughness is about taking control of your thinking, and then directing that thinking towards whatever you want to achieve.
7) What is the duration of your mental toughness classes that you offer to sales teams of Fortune 500? How easy and difficult is it for you to deal with people coming from different classes (not wealthy always)?
Our average Fortune 500 sales team invests 1-2 years putting their people through Mental Toughness University. I enjoy dealing with people at different levels of success and thinking, and I can relate because I spent a lot of time at the lower levels. (and sometimes still do!)
8) Whom do you consider as your ideal? What would you like to be if you weren’t a Professional Speaker/Author today?
I would be a social commentator on issues involving critical thinking, such as the victimless crimes like drugs and gambling; as well as politics, racism, organized religion, government overreach in America and other hot-button issues. America needs more smart people to step up and take a stand for freedom, liberty and equality. The bleeding heart liberals on the left are moving us towards socialism and the far right radicals are pushing us back to the Middle Ages on social issues. It’s time for America to grow up and get mentally tough. It’s time for the critical thinkers to unite and move the country forward. If I wasn’t writing books and giving speeches, that’s what I’d be doing.
9) How would you like to be known as and why?
As someone who owned his own life and lived on his own terms. As someone who lived an unrestricted existence through challenging the dogma and puritanical ideology of the masses. As a thought leader who helped people expand their consciousness and live their dreams.
10) Pen down the 5 mental toughness tips you would offer to a wannabe entrepreneur ensuring he is surely going to be rich and successful if he follows them religiously.
1. Decide what you want.
2. Determine the price you’re willing to pay.
3. Stop listening to the masses and seek world-class mentorship.
4. Grow up emotionally and see the world as it really is.
5. Develop the mental toughness to stick to your vision no matter what price you have to pay.
11) Share with us your views on “How rich people think”? Literally!!!
The self-made rich have a positive relationship with money. They treat it like a friend and court it like a lover. While the masses are talking about Monday Night Football and Jennifer Aniston’s love life, the rich are thinking about how to solve more problems for more people to increase their net worth.
12) What is the biggest achievement and mistake you made during your 26 years of tenure in the mental toughness training?
In the beginning I worried too much about what other people thought about me and what I was doing.
13) Whom do you want us to interview next here from the luxury world?
Larry Wilson, founder of Wilson Learning. He’s my mentor, and one of the greatest living geniuses in America today.
I suggest you all to check Siebold Success Network, his new company. And at last we want to thank Steve for his straight and clear answers that i am sure would inspire many.