Lessons From A 15-year old

Serious Business, the annual conference put on by Neill Corporation, the brainchild of Debra Neill Baker and Carol Augusto, is always a source of inspiration and education. Serious Business helps my thinking and my feeling – and Serious Business is always surprising. This year’s theme, “Will you?” poses the hard question: Will you do what it takes to become the person you want to be?”

Today I learned from a 15-year old, Caleb Maddix. I feel like I should write “I learned from Caleb Maddix.” But I can’t get over the fact that he is 15. What was I doing when I was 15? I was not a published author. I was not standing up on stage in front of 3,000 people to motivate them, encourage them, stimulate them, make them laugh.

Maddix shared his five rules of success:

  1. I am anti-gun.
  2. I refuse to be average.
  3. I am obsessed.
  4. I provide value.
  5. I give my face off

He reminded me of essential truths.

  1. Don’t say you’re “gunna” do something; just do it.
  2. What is the benefit of a second place trophy? Trash that trophy. Aim to be the best, and only the best. Average is for suckers.
  3. Your life is sales. Be obsessed with sales.
  4. Be obsessed with gratitude. Aim to never complain.
  5. If you open doors for people (figuratively and literally), they will open doors for you. Embrace manners and reciprocity.
  6. Be obsessed with personal growth. Read and learn. “The more you learn, the more you earn.”
  7. You can’t get a $1M income by providing $100 value.
  8. A penny you give feels better than any penny you make

As I work to make 2017 my best year ever, these reminders could not be more timely. Thank you Caleb!

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