Tom Haupt: Why are Most People Followers and Not Leaders?

Tom Haupt

A few weeks ago, I stated I would have several guest posts from some of my personal mentors. Tom Haupt is someone I met at a corporate team building event, has been a personal mentor of mine for over three years, and has an amazing way of stretching me to find the right answers to the challenges I face. I hope you all find value in his current post.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thomas Alva Edison

Time Out! Book

I have probably read or heard the previous quote at least 50 times or more in the last few years alone. It’s been tweeted, posted on Facebook, shared on LinkedIn, written about in blogs and repeated at various trainings I’ve attended. And every time I hear or read it I think, why do people keep misquoting this great American inventor Thomas Edison? Why won’t someone actually take the time to look up what Mr. Edison actually said and not simply re-quote a misquote? Then it hit me, it’s just easier to follow then it is to lead.

So I ask you, why are most people followers and not leaders? Is it because leading is harder, tougher, or just plain scary? Is it because leading is outside most people’s comfort zone or because they don’t know what leading looks like? Here’s what I think. Leading is challenging, it’s uncomfortable, there’s no rule book for it, and it’s the biggest risk you can take in life. It takes a commitment to want to lead regardless of whether you’re doing it “right”. In other words, it takes effort.

I’ve met so many people over the years in traveling the world asking for the secret sauce, the silver bullet, and the “strategy” to get rich, skinny and happy. Now I’m no guru however what I’ve learned in my life that works is to stop looking outside for the proverbial answers to being a leader and start looking inside. Be a leader of self, take yourself on and take some risks in life. You actually have all the answers you need to lead, so trust yourself and take an action step into the unknown. That’s what a risk is, it’s an action step into the unknown!

Keep in mind, there is no easy and there is no hard in life. That’s just judgment and it’s what other people keep writing and talking about. If I hear one more time how, “life’s hard or life’s not easy” my head might explode. Be a leader and not a follower and take yourself on. Stop following the crowd and what everyone else is saying and doing. Get committed to what your deepest desires are and achieve your goals and dreams. Be the leader you desire to be and step up in your life. It’s not hard.

Here’s my Take a Risk Action Challenge for you. Set 1 goal around each of the four areas of your life. Your health, wealth, faith and relationships for 2013. These 4 goals need to be specific, measurable, attainable, risky and with a timetable. Make them a 1 year goal and break that goal down into 4 quarterly goals. By doing so, it will keep you on track with the overall goal and you’ll be able to make adjustments accordingly in your efforts throughout the year.

In closing, peace be with you during this holiday season and may you be blessed in 2013 beyond your wildest dreams!

Oh, and by the way, straight from the Thomas Edison website, the quote is “Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward….”

Embrace Risk, Embrace Success – Tom Haupt     

Tom Haupt

Tom Haupt, Co-Founder and Lead Trainer/Speaker

As an internationally recognized leadership expert, trainer, executive coach and best-selling author in the arena of leadership and personal development, Tom Haupt is co-founder and CEO of Haupt International Leadership Training, an organization dedicated to transforming the culture and workforce of companies from compliance to commitment.

Tom has been training on foundational leadership principles to support paradigm shifts with CEOs and their executive teams to create healthy, successful companies around the world. As a result of his 30 plus years of experience as a business owner and entrepreneur, Tom can customize specific programs that fit his client’s business needs to accelerate the results his clients require. He has worked on 3 continents, in 20 countries and in over 134 cities worldwide training and speaking to leaders about how to overcome self-limiting beliefs to be more personally responsible and effective in their personal and professional life.

Over the years, Tom has transitioned from training front-line leaders to working directly with CEOs and business owners through his executive coaching and mentorship. His leadership trainings are customized experiential corporate trainings and through high-quality resources in the form of audio and video trainings based on his highly-acclaimed books, Time-Out! Winning Strategies for Playing a Bigger Game in Life and soon to be released, Herding Cats and Pushing a Rope Up a Hill, Transforming Your Companies Culture From Compliance to Commitment.

Tom’s work has been featured in various publications such as Accomplish Magazine, Brilliant Results Magazine and Motivated Magazine.

MLM Weekly News: Network Marketing Companies From MLM Startups to Top 100 Direct Selling Companies Grow 1400%

MLM News this week focuses on the massive grow in the network marketing community in 2011. While the general economy may still be floundering, direct selling seems to be on the up swing, with ViSalus, Vemma, Yoli, Plexus and others leading the trend!

Sponsor of the week: Orrin Woodward – Co-founder of T.E.A.M & L.I.F.E.

Vemma breaking records after launching Bod-e breaking the $1 million in daily sales number!

I just got word from Vemma of some fantastic growth numbers. First is the financial records. Vemma has broken the $1 million in daily sales mark. And November & December which are usually down months in direct sales due to the holidays, set two record breaking months in field growth. On top of that Dr. Oz has just signed as a key note speaker for the 2012 Vemma “Believe” annual convention! Read the full article here!

Yoli growing by double digits monthly due to the Yoli Nation’s belief in the Yoli Better Body System!

ViSalus goes from $34 million in 2010 to $234 million in 2011!

This week has rocked for ViSalus! Blake Mullen, CMO at ViSalus just shot me over the great news that ViSalus has grown from $34 million in 2010 to $234 million in 2011. Read the full report here!

Direct Selling Association News!

Arbonne Highlights Commitment to Ethics, Professionalism through Code Communication Initiative

As an active participant in DSA’s Code of Ethics Communication Initiative, Arbonne consultants and company executives alike have benefited from this unique opportunity to promote the wellness product company’s high standards for ethical behavior and professionalism.

“Our participation in the initiative helps us highlight the fact that Arbonne stands firm in its commitment both in the field and at the executive level,” said Ashley Good, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Arbonne. “It allows us to foster the right culture by promoting ethics and showing that we connect with the rest of the industry through our DSA membership and our commitment to the Code of Ethics.” Read the full article here!

Direct Selling Association Member Company News!

Investor’s Business Daily recently named its “Best of 2011,” a list of top 100 companies of 2011 based on stock performance. Blyth, parent company to DSA member PartyLite came in at number 41, Nu Skin at number 51, Herbalife at number 84 and Kirby at number 90.

PartyLite is planning the construction of a £1 million storage facility in the U.K., to be completed later this year. It will be built alongside the existing 9,400 square meter factory that was built there in 1997.

Tahitian Noni announced it will officially change its name in the U.S. to Morinda this April at its International Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City. Its new tagline will be Bioactives. John Wadsworth stated, “The new name stays true to our noni roots (since Morinda citrifolia is the scientific name for noni), while broad enough to capture the new bioactives vision. The name Morinda symbolizes everything that this company represents—past, present and future.”

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Tom Haupt is America’s #1 Leadership Trainer and Mentor in Professional Development!