Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world. ~Archimedes
Throughout my public career and, as, I build my coaching business, I’ve found the need to be especially organized. To do this, I rely on what I call the Lever of Success.
The lever consists of three parts: Knowledge, Experience, and Relationships (all are intertwined). And, a lever is just a pole, if you don’t have a fulcrum. The fulcrum is built on vision, values, and beliefs. The power to move the lever comes from consistent, dedicated, effort.
One can obtain knowledge through formal education and self-study. This is perhaps the easiest piece to build. There are college programs for, almost, any field of interest and certification programs for everything. There are are, also, abundant resources for self study. These resources range from your local library, seminars, and, of course, the internet.
The next part is experience. You have to know how to apply what you’ve learned to the real world. Experience can come from assignments and through volunteering. As your experience grows so does your knowledge and ability to form fruitful relationships.
They say, it’s not what you know, but who you know. This is partially true, but you often can’t get a foot in the door without knowledge and experience. This requires putting yourself in places where you’ll be able to interact with a wide range of people in your desired field. With that said, it’s not enough to gather a large stack of business cards. To truly be successful, your relationships need depth. Invest in people and they’ll invest in you.
If you take the time to reflect, you’ll find that the fulcrum is already there. As mentioned earlier, you need a clear vision of where you want to go. You need to build positive beliefs that lead to an optimistic outlook about your endeavor. Finally, whatever you are setting out to accomplish, it needs to be in line with your personal values.
A lever won’t move itself. It needs a downward force. There’s no way around it, you have to put in the effort. But, using the right tool will save you a lot of sweat and tears.
Trying to move that boulder may seem impossible at first, but by creating leverage, you’ll move the world.