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LA 025: The Three Step Secret to Your Success

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Let me start by telling you that I have found the secret to success is not a 20 step process. It's not even a ten-step journey. No, not even seven steps to success. It's three steps. Seriously. After all this time and experience I've stumbled upon the secret to success, and it is a three step process! That's it, just three. And it's not going to be a secret for long. But before you get overly excited it's not a shortcut, nor is it a silver bullet. But it is a simple three step process. Why are there No Shortcuts? As I look back on my life, I finally begin to see a pattern emerging. You see, if you looked at my CV (resume for those of you preferring American English), it's rather difficult to make sense of all the, rather odd, directions my career appears to have taken.

The term "chef" is a little grand for my first real job. More chief pot washer and floor scrubber than chef exactly.

If you already know me, then you almost certainly know that my first career was as a chef. Well, perhaps the term 'chef' is a little grand for my first real job that was frying eggs and bacon, peeling potatoes, washing pots and scrubbing floors. I did, later train as a commis chef, became a sous chef and became a head chef. I also did my stints behind the bar and waiting in the restaurant. You see, while I had some abilities in cooking, no one was going to allow me to run a kitchen until I understood what was happening in all parts of the kitchen, and to know my diners. I went to University to study hotel management because now I wanted more than a kitchen. I loved being front of house as well. I enjoyed running back of house too. My industrial placement, which today would be Americanised into an internship, exposed me to the delights of housekeeping and cleaning rooms after an Irish stag weekend. And many other delightful and disgusting moments. I presided over a disastrous lunch for 3500 militant unionists at their conference that, due to my lack of leadership, was served lukewarm and two hours late. Used the wrong extinguisher on a fryer fire to the amusement of everyone who did not lose their eyebrows. I even managed to spill soup on the lap of a kindly Royal personage. If you speak to anyone in the hotel business, they too can regale you with stories of exhaustion, disasters, drunkards and learning. Yes, learning. But there are those who insist that it has to be easier than this. Then I'll meet a young manager in another industry. They got themselves a degree in business, for example, and they get an Associate Director title or a Vice President title. It's an entry level position but with a fancy name and a pretty fancy salary. They expect to be in a managerial role within a year or two and want to know what they need to know to get there as fast as possible. The expensive shortcut that isn’t

The MBA is regarded as an instant success secret to megabuck salaries. Another myth.

Many have embarked on an MBA, and having spent a small fortune on their education, want to know why they haven’t gotten to be a senior manager yet. People are signing up for courses that promise instant results even though they've been burnt more than once already. I've fallen victim to this thinking myself on many more occasions that I like to admit. I cast an envious eye on someone else's success and think that if only I can emulate them, I too will have that instant success. Of course, it's nonsense. You know that it is nonsense. You too have found out that there are no shortcuts. Or at least, according to Maya Angelou,

there are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

So now, I look back and think, if only I had cut across the meandering path of my career. There are some useful diversions but many useless ones. And ultimately, had I known that I was coming this way, I could easily have cut across. The trouble is, of course, that we don’t know which direction is the real shortcut. If I had known that I would essentially end up teaching, writing and recording

Hi. What's better, today you're listening to the leadership advantage podcast with me, Dr John Campwell and brought to your cells Incom it's why some leaders thrive and others struggle. Hey, they're welcome. This is John and as we come to the end of another year, it's episode twenty five of the leadership advantage podcast and there's not going to be a twenty six. While I don't think there's going to be a twenty six this year because a couple of weeks time it's Christmas over the weekend. So I I suspect I'm not going to be doing a podcast. I'll probably write a couple of articles and post those up, but every two weeks for this year I've been doing a podcast and I hope you've been enjoyment, and it's been. It's amazing as we come towards the end of another year, I see lots of people like Michael Hire, Jeff Coins and so on, are reinvigorating their marketing process to sell you...

...their their goal setting programs for the new year and everybody's looking for some new beginning, for a new way forward, and I'm honestly I'm going to be absolutely no different this episode is all about how you realize your dreams and I'm going to let me start with so I found the true secret success. It's not a twenty that process. It's not even ten steps, it's not even a seven step journey. It's three steps. Seriously, after all this time and experience, I've actually stumbled across the true secret to success and it's a three step process. That's it, just three and it's not going to be a secret for long. But before you go overly excited, it's not a short cut, it's not a silver bullet, it's not a magic pill,...

...but it is a simple three step process. Why are there no short cuts? Well, recently I was on a holiday in Margaret River in Western Australia and I was enjoying a fantastic walk one day. And it's called the walk is called the ten Mile Brook and it's called tenmile brook for a very good reason. It's a ten mile walk to a brook and back. It goes along the Margaret River and it goes to the dam and you basically turn around to come back again. It's a interesting walk, but not completely fascinating. When you get to this reservoir at the end it's a little bit disappointing because this year there's not enough water over the winter and so this spring it was pretty low. So it wasn't that pretty, but it was a nice walk through the woods and enjoyed the fresh air. I'm on the things. When I go for a walk on when I'm on holidays, I'm not looking for...

...short cuts, I'm not looking for quicker ways, I'm looking to enjoy the hike the wall. And as I look back on my life, I finally begin to see a pattern emerging. You See, if you looked at my CV, it's round rather difficult to make sense of it. People always ask me rather odd directions my career appears to have taken and if you already know me, then you certainly know that my first career was as a chef. Well, okay, perhaps the terms chef is a little grand for my first real job, which was frying eggs and bacon, peeling potatoes, washing pots and scrubbing floors. I did later train as a common chef, became sue chef and Lan eventually became a head chef. I also did my stints behind the bar and waiting in a restaurant so on. See, whilst I had some abilities in cooking, no one was going to allow me to run a...

...kitchen until I understood what was happening in all parts of the kitchen and to understand my diners, my customers. After a while, I went home to university just w hotel management, because now I wanted more than a kitchen. I love to be in front of House as well. Enjoyed running the back of the House to and my industrial placement, which today would be an Americanized into an internship, expose me to the delights of housekeeping and cleaning rooms after an Irish stag weekend and many other delightful and disgusting moments. You See, my internship, my industrial release, was in the Isle of Man in a hotel casino. During my time there, I presided over a disastrous lunch for three and a half thousand militant unionists at their conference that, due to my...

...lack of leadership, was served lukewarm and two hours of late. I use the wrong fire extinguisher on a fire fire, to the amusement of everyone who did not lose their eyebrows. I even managed to spill soup on the lap of a kindly royal personage. And if you speak to anyone in the hotel business, they too can regale you with stories of exhaustion, disasters, drunkards and learning. Oh yes, because there are those who insist that it has to be easier than this. But he's not. See, nowadays I meeting young manager in another industry. They got themselves a degree in business, for example, and they get an associate director title or voice president. It's an entry level position, but I got a fancy name and a pretty fancy salary.

They expect to be in a managerial role within a year or two. I want to know what they need to know to get there as fast as possible. But it is an expensive short cut. That isn't many have embarked on an MBA, masters in business admen and, having spent a small fortune on their education, want to know why they haven't got to be the senior manager. Yet people are signing up for courses that promise instant results, even though they burnt more. Being burnt more than once already, I fallen victim to this thinking myself on many more occasions than I like to admit, I've cast an envious I on someone else's success and think that if only I can emulate them, I too will have that instant success. Of course, is...

...nonsense. You know that it is nonsense. You two have found out that there are no shortcuts, or at least, as according to Myer Angelu, there are no short cuts to any place that's worth going. So now I look back and think, if only I had cut across the meaning for meandering path of my career. There are some useful diversions, but many useless. And ultimately, had I known that I was coming this way, I could easily have cut apart. The trouble is, of course, that we don't know which direction is the real short cut. See, if I'd known that I would essentially end up teaching, writing and recording audio podcasts, I should really have taken a course in journalism or teaching, or both, just to be sure. But then my godfather did ask me some forty years ago what...

I really wanted to do with my life as he watched me scrub the floor of the cafe's kitchen. Then I wanted the short cut, having a clean floor without actually having to put in any effort, and I wrote the book. See, when I've wrote my leadership field guide, what's better to day. I set out to be different from all the other leadership instant success books out there. I even wrote on the cover as a warning there are no silver bullets, no quick and easy solutions. It will not happen overnight, and that's the problem. It's very difficult to sell a book that promises not to have instant results, but the truth is there are no instant results. And this is one of the very, very few times I actually agree with the Iron Lady. She said I do not know anyone who has got to...

...the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near. That was Margaret Thatcher. Okay, hurry up already, one of the three steps. I know the world is an inpatient place and I know you're keen to find out. So here you go. Success starts with number one, deciding what you want from life, number two, choosing that you are going to work at it every day, and number three, every day you keep on keeping on. Let me repeat those three steps because I want you to be sure that you're getting it. Number one is deciding what you want from life. Number two is choosing that you are going to work for it every day. And number three, and every day you keep on keeping on. See if...

...you're disappointed, you're not alone. And of course, if you're young and hungry, the chances are pretty high that you're going to forget this for a while and go seek a much nicer answer and some other magic formula. But that's the thing. This is the magic formula. It's no shortcount, it's no silver bullet, it's not instant, but it is the magic for it is, George Chap Bernard Shaw said, the people who get on in this world. People get up and look for the circumstances they want and, if they can't find them, make some. So what we're looking to do here let's decide what you want from choose that you're going to work of it every day and every day keep on keeping on. That is the three step secret...

...to success. So may I wish you all the blessings of the season, for Hannaca, for Christmas, for a blessed New Year. It's been a pleasure being with you. Do drop me a line, do right to me, wish me happy Christmas. Very happy to hear from you. Tell me what you think about these podcasts over this past year. I'd like your feedback, and I don't mean by that only tell me praise. I mean I'd like your feedback. If you've read my book what's better today, there's the feedback sandwich in there. I would love to get a feedback sandwich from you about this. Three things that you specifically like, one thing for me to improve, an overall what you think is going well with the podcast. Please let me have your feedback and really appreciate it, and I've got some special surprises and lots of lovely things lined up in two thousand and sixteen. In...

...the meantime, I've just listened to podcast by one of my favorite people in all the world. That's Shoulder Sousa from psychotacticscom. I'll put the link to his latest podcast in the show notes on the website at sells himcom. Forward Slash podcasts. Go and have a listen to that as well. I think it's going to make a big difference for you. Enjoy. Be Blessed. By Bye. Fin Now you've been listening to the leadership advantage podcast with me, Dr John Kimworthy. If you like to find out more, visitors sells himcom. It's why some leaders thrive and others struggled.

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