The Power of Doing Something Stupid

We’re happy to bring to you this amazing interview with Richie Norton. 

Richie is the bestselling author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid as well as the #1 Amazon download Résumés Are Dead and What to Do About It. He is an international speaker and consultant for the corporate growth and personal development industries, a social entrepreneur, and CEO and Founder of Global Consulting Circle. He is also the owner of Prouduct Inc. a company that helps source products for companies so they can focus on their business.

Richie has been featured in Forbes, Businessweek, Young Entrepreneur, Huffington Post and other national publications both in print and online. The 2013 San Francisco Book Festival named The Power of Starting Something Stupid the winner of the business category and the grand prize winner of all book categories in its annual competition. In 2010, Pacific Business News recognized Richie as one of the Top Forty Under 40 “best and brightest young businessmen” in Hawaii.

Richie has shared the stage with bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen M.R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust and Kevin Rollins, former CEO of Dell Computers.

Richie received his MBA from the world’s #1 ranked international business school, Thunderbird School of Global Management.

In this episode, Richie talks about:

  • His personal story about the death of his son and the death of his brother-in-law, and how these tragic events affected his family’s approach to life.
  • Being Intentional in creating income for the family, but still being there for the family.
  • One of the important principles that came of his son’s passing, which he calls Gavin’s law – “Live to Start, Start to Live.”
  • How to step into (stupid) ideas that you have and lean into your fears.
  • Why starting something stupid is the smartest thing you could do.
  • That life matters, life has purpose, and we are meant to be happy.
  • How to build a project and get small wins when you start something stupid.
  • How positivity plays into success.
  • What part vulnerability plays in starting something stupid and how to be vulnerable in a small way while creating your idea.
  • How to crush fear by breaking it into small pieces. We are all scared of something. It’s how we work with fear that is the real question.

Embracing Your Innate Strengths

Hello, it’s Teresa here with some ideas that I hope will knock your socks off because today I’m talking to you about Shoes, (AND Strengths).

As I sat in my closet (actually it was my daughter’s closet – you can see her recently worn bridal gown bag hanging up behind me), I started thinking deeply about shoes and the various types we all wear. Some shoes work best for working and others are best for play. Somehow it got me thinking about the innate core strengths each of us brings into this world. So here are a few of my thoughts (or you can just watch the video below).

Embracing Your Innate Strengths

First off I picked up my “A to B shoes.” They’re my trail runners, my powerful – get the job done, climb that mountain shoes. The have extra tread and a curved toe that helps me push off and run fast – even in rugged terrain. These are my “power shoes.”

The shoes I wear most are my “connector shoes.” They are built to be comfortable & allow me to connect with others without worrying about my feet. They are very supportive. I can Work hard in these shoes to meet the needs of those I’m serving in my daily work as a teacher.

Then there are my “go out on the town and have a good time shoes.” These shoes are classy, flashy, fun & sassy! I would never wear these on a trail run – but then again would I wear my trail runners out for a classy night out on the town with my husband. These are my “FUN shoes!” My “let the good times roll shoes!”

Finally, there are my “peaceful shoes.” They are the next best thing to being barefoot shoes. They’re comfortable, relaxed, and very practical. My feet feel at peace in these shoes.

People are like shoes. We all have innate core strengths and we usually feel most purposeful in life when we share our gifts, talents and strengths with others. It’s important that we also appreciate and value the innate gifts and strengths of others.

Unlike shoes, people can develop strengths in other areas. Although I feel most comfortable in my “connector shoes,” I can choose to develop the character strengths found in my “A to B power shoes.” It’s also important that I allow myself opportunity to wear my “fun shoes” every once in awhile. This rejuvenates me and reminds me that life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. And then there are those times when I just need to take time to be at peace. I shouldn’t expect myself to be serving others ALL the time. Sometimes I just need to be still and be comfortable. And that’s when I slip on my “peace shoes.”

My message:
Embrace and value your core strengths, appreciate and value the strengths of others and be willing to increase your character by trying on a different kind of shoes, in other words be willing to have a growth mindset and strive to stretch yourself to develop strengths in other areas. That’s how your build CHARACTER.

In a nutshell, love your shoes, love others’ shoes and try on a new pair every now and then, just for the fun (and the growth) of it.

To find out more about YOUR innate core strengths, take the FREE Hartman Personality Profile Test, Click HERE.

To learn more about The Power of Strengths, Click HERE.

The Power of STRENGTHS!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your weakness? Maybe you’ve even asked yourself, “What’s wrong with me?” A better question is “What’s wrong with that question?” The answer is found in Positive Psychology, which recommends focusing  on strengths instead of problems and weakness. Why focus on strengths? Because strengths empower you! In fact, scientific studies indicate that … Read more