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10 Things That Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Sacha Baron Cohen

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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This Cambridge graduate is mostly known as a stand-up comedian and an actor who created and made four very distinct characters famous: Ali G, Borat, Bruno and Admiral General Aladeen. During his work, Sacha Baron Cohen met a lot of critique and controversy, calling him racist, politically incorrect and outrageous.

The public knows Sacha Baron Cohen as his alter egos. But away from the cameras, he is a husband and a father to two daughters and a wise entrepreneur. In fact, much can be learned from this man.

 

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Success

 

Be Honest

Sacha Baron Cohen movie dictatorSacha Baron Cohen is a truly honest man. He did create noise and controversy by being who he is, but there is much to be learned about the true power of honesty.

Many of the entrepreneurs today operate dishonestly, in an effort to mask the dirt that they have. A web of lies hold no place in a man’s success. If you want to be truly successful in business, you have to be straight and be true to yourself, and to the people you will be working with.

 

 

Be Inspiring

Sacha Baron Cohen Movie NewMany people viewed his work as inappropriate. When he took on roles, Sacha took the roles seriously, often confusing people and forgetting that he is Sacha Baron Cohen and not Ali G, not Bruno, not Borat and not the Admiral. In his awesome portrayals, Sacha channels a personality and with his work, he has touched lives. He did put himself in the spotlight and opened himself to be poked and blamed, but he did it in an effort to send a message.

Entrepreneurs are supposed to be inspiring. A good man in business is one who can be a good leader. He should be a man who can touch people’s lives and inspire them to make a difference.

 

Be Bold

movies with sacha baron cohenIf anyone knows how to be bold, it’s Sacha. He does not mind it if he is making noise. He does not mind it if he is making news. When he does something, he makes sure that he is noticed, because it is true: what point is it to make an effort when no one is able to see what you are doing? The same thing holds true in business. When you do something you should not do it just for the sake of having something to do; you do things because you want to show everyone that you are capable.

Great marketing and promotion plays an important key to your businesses success, in this day and age we have to be more bold to get the point across and stand out from the crowd.

 

Be Risky

Sacha Baron Cohen The Dictator AshesRisks do not come with warranties and Baron Cohen knew that. He knew that when he made his statements in public; he knew that when he paraded himself for the world to see. He knew that his actions could have negative repercussions, but he believed in what he was doing, so he took the risk and saw things true.

Business is not exactly a safe trade. There are known dangers to taking risks and they could be very dangerous, but sometimes there risks that are worth taking. No one knows what will happen in the end. You have to open the door and jump out, to find out; and you have to take the risk and see what happens, to know if everything is going to be worth it. Sometimes, there are risks that are worth great things, but you will never find out about it, unless you take that step.

 

Be a Winner

Sacha Baron Cohen AwardSacha Baron Cohen is a multi-awarded actor and writer. He may have made eyebrows rise with what he decided to do, with his career, but when he did something he committed to it; and his efforts were rewarded. He is multi-awarded because he never settles for second best. When he does something, he gives it his all — and he was recognized for it.

This is a very important character that entrepreneurs should learn from him. Everyone has the right and the opportunity to be great and you should aspire for greatness at all times. You should not be the type of person that settles for mediocre. You should not be the type of person that claims his victory — because he knows he deserves nothing less.

 

Be Innovative

Sacha Baron Cohen BrunoPeople do the same thing. People dress the same way, following fads and copying idols and icons. People find comfort in conforming to what is normal because it is easier that way. This never applied to Sacha Baron Cohen, who always went against the grain. He was never afraid to try new things; in fact, he always thought it best to challenge himself.

Innovation is a good trait in business, where there is much similarity around you. Everyone is offering the same thing; everyone is copying each other. How different are you from those who exist with you? What edge do you have with your competitors? Entrepreneurs should never be afraid to be innovative because brilliant ideas make great breakthroughs.

 

Be Committed

Sacha Baron Cohen InterviewMany a times, when Sacha appeared in public, he was mistaken for the character he was portraying. When he was invited for an interview in television and radio, he dresses up and acts as the character he is currently playing. When Sacha puts his mind to something, he commits and he does not falter.

Every businessman should know and understand the power of commitment. It is the strongest force that you can have that will withstand all the dangers amidst you. If you are 100% committed, no failure can bring you down and no obstacle can make you fall.

 

Be Responsible

Sacha Baron Cohen MoviesDespite what he has ran against, in his long career, you will never hear any news of Sacha Baron Cohen ever running from controversies and criticisms. If he had to make confrontations, he would do it. If he had to speak in public, he would not cower.

Sacha takes responsibilities for his actions, and every entrepreneur should do the same, because there is no nobility to pointing fingers and laying blame.

 

Be Thorough

Sacha Baron Cohen MoviesBefore Sacha portrayed any role, he takes time to study each person; the background, the culture, the history. He did this because he knows that he cannot be inconsistent, so he worked hard and he researched hard.

In business, you also have to be thorough. You cannot cut corners; you cannot settle with the little that you have. If you want to do things right, you will prepare for it because mistakes that come in the end, root from the beginning; and if you start it right, then you will have a prosperous ending.

Sacha Baron Cohen is a simple man, who lives and breathes his work, whether you are for or against his style you have to admit he has truly left a mark in society, today.

 

Article By Joel Brown of Addicted2Success.com

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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