Two Keys To Success

I was listening to a podcast where CJ McCollum (shooting guard for the Portland Trailblazers) was talking to Brian Koppelman (filmmaker who wrote and produced Rounders, Oceans 13 & his current show, Billions)

Brian made a great point that two of the keys to success are:

  1. Being present
  2. Being comfortable in your own skin

Being present is harder & harder in our busy, technology driven world & for that reason it is even more important.

Being present with the people you are with is crucial to connection but being present in your work is also crucial to your effectiveness. Learning to eliminate distractions, turn down the noise & focus are skills of the highly successful.

Being comfortable in your own skin is harder to teach. It eludes many people and their can be many reasons for that. I don’t know all the answers but a couple things that help are:

  • Living congruently (where your actions & values line up)
  • Living your purpose (where your talents & passion align to contribute)
  • Loving yourself (where you let go of comparisons & embrace your uniqueness)

I find that as I work with influencers (leaders, salespeople, speakers, etc…) I agree with Brian that two of the keys to success are:

  1. Being present
  2. Being comfortable in your own skin

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