Have you ever thought about the traits that make highly profitable entrepreneurs, top sales leaders and life hustlers so successful?
We read countless articles and books searching for the answer and most of the time we’re told to develop a certain skill or learn a new behavior and implement a new habit to reach the same level of success.
However, what if I told you that every skill, attitude, habit, behavior and experience you’ve ever needed to dominate in life you’ve already previously mastered as a toddler?
As a society, we spend a lot of time teaching children to act and function in a particular way, but how often do we take a step back and see what children can teach us?
Below are a few examples of traits that both highly successful individuals and children have in common and how you can ‘unlearn’ what society has taught you as an adult to experience the same success.
Here are 5 things you can learn from your inner child:
1. Never take “no” for an answer
Probably the best lesson we can learn from our four year old self is never take “no” for an answer. Plead, beg and argue until you finally get what it is you desire.
Go to any supermarket and you’ll witness this strategy used by almost every toddler. Stroll into the candy aisle and you’ll more than likely find a crying child with a stressed out parent arguing back and forth about a sugary snack that the child wants. In most cases, the screaming match will end once the parent gives in and hands the child their desired treat.
Although we find this experience unpleasant, you have to admire a child’s persistence and tenacity.
If we adapt the same mindset and level of perseverance when asking for an opportunity, closing a deal or going after what it is you want – guaranteed your strike rate will go through the roof if you consciously refuse to take “no” for an answer.
“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place”. – Nora Roberts
2. Everything is up for negation
I remember negotiating bath time as a kid because I hated taking baths. Whilst watching my nightly cartoons at 5:30pm sharp every night I would hear the bath start running and I would anticipate my mother yelling across the hall ‘Carla, time for a bath!’ For at least the next 3 minutes, I and my patient mother would negotiate the terms of me taking the bath. ‘Can I come when this show finishes?’ ‘No, now Carla’. ‘Can I just wait till the ads are on?’ ‘No, NOW Carla!’.
Kids are masters of the art of negotiating. Watch a child engaging in the bargaining process, they learn early on that everything has subjective value.
3. Bounce back quicker
Have you ever noticed that a child can switch from crying to laughing in 2 seconds flat?
They fall over, hurt themselves then get back up and continue playing as if nothing happened. They ask for something, get told no, ask again, and if that doesn’t work – they move on and ask the next person.
Kids have a crazy level of resilience – when they hit a wall, they walk around it, climb over it or set up a catapult. Next time you get rejected or hit a road block, ask yourself ‘what would my inner child do?’
4. Meet 5 new people everyday
One thing I admire about children is their ability to make friends with anyone, instantly.
I remember taking my little sister to a playground and within 5 minutes she had coordinated all 7 of the other kids to play hide and seek with her. By the end of the day, she had the phone numbers of two of the other girls parents and had organized another play day with them for the next week. Talk about social networking!
Imagine as entrepreneurs, sales people and business leaders if we too networked like a 7 year old. Imagine all the new contacts, prospects and business relationships we could form, grow and utilize.
Maybe we should start unleashing our inner kid self and make a conscious effort to introduce ourselves to 5 new people every day. Our friend base will grow, our network will grow and most importantly our businesses will grow!
5. The bigger the dream, the bigger the success
Remember dreaming of becoming a fireman, a surgeon, an astronaut, the president or a famous movie star? Well, what happened? Most likely, you were told to “grow and get a real job“.
Not to say that the above careers aren’t real or attainable, it’s more to highlight the fact that when you’re young, you believe anything is possible – you can be anything, do anything, and achieve anything. However, as we grow up, we lose that magic and faith within ourselves.
We need strip back the limitations we and society place on ourselves and begin dreaming big dreams again!