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Are You Open for Business?

October 24, 2013 20 Comments

As we enter that time of year full of great traditions, I am reminded that there are some traditions that can get in the way of success.

When we stick to what's been done just because it's the way we've always done it, we lose the opportunity for greater possibilities. This happens in all aspects of life. In my book The 10X Rule I make the point that you must seek to do what others refuse to do and this applies to breaking traditions where they no longer serve you. Macy's recently announced they would break the sanctity of Thanksgiving Day spent over-eating and watching football by opening their doors at 8pm for earlybird Black Friday shoppers. They may have gotten some kickback, but this is exactly the type of thinking we can all learn from. Ask yourself, are you open for business? Are you taking advantage of every opportunity to make a great life for yourself and your family by casting aside the old mindset and embracing a new level of action in your life and business? Most people cling to what's familiar and comfortable and let opportunity pass them by. Why? "This is where I'm from. I've lived here my whole life," or "My entire family is here, I can't just leave." These are traditions and they hold us back. Want to create a rut for yourself? Stick to traditions and even worse, allow others to impose traditions on you. "We always go to XYZ restaurant for Jack's birthday," or "We always shop at ABC" or "We always go to our same favorite vacation spot." We must catch ourselves in this limiting "always mode" and force ourselves to break traditions and switch to saying "let's try something new." This is how to expand and thrive. Here's an exercise. List the traditions you live by. Maybe you've gotten your haircut at the same place for 10 years? Write it down. Been rolling with the same friends since high school? Spend the holidays at your parent's house? Write it all down. Then, beside each tradition, write what you will do differently. Be prepared to get fallout from family, friends, colleagues. People who are stuck wanting others to remain stuck with them. It is so important that we remain open to possibilities to better ourselves and our loved ones. Looking at the traditions that may get in the way of success helps us get honest about what may be holding us back. I know that when I approach situations differently, great things happen. When I catch myself being too emotionally tied to traditions, I have to get real about it and push myself out of my comfort zone. The most successful deals and experiences in my life came when I went against the norm or status quo. It's not easy, but nothing great ever is. Be great. Nothing else pays.

20 Responses

Tim Coe
Tim Coe

November 01, 2016

Leaving negative friends behind is hard but I am doing it now. Difficult to say to their faces that you do not want to hear their bullshit negativity all the time. They look at you as a listening friend. But who wants to listen to problem after self inflicted problem when they make the same mistakes over and over again? So, the new tradition is to ignore old traditions! Thanks AGAIN Grant. Tim

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

November 01, 2016

The family traditions are the hardest, like spending time over the holidays. But, strangely I’ve been thinking about doing something different regarding that this week. This is just what I needed to take the next step and switch things up. I also started reading the 10X Rule last night. Great stuff Grant. Thank you.

LDorfman
LDorfman

November 01, 2016

Solid message Grant… thanks for sharing.

Laurie Johnson
Laurie Johnson

November 01, 2016

I agree up to a point, Grant. Thanksgiving is a time when people can be grateful for their lives and the people who they love and love them. It’s a holiday where there is no gift giving and is simply a time to be quiet and share our joy. We need more of those moments in this harried life we live in especially in California! Macys is opening simply to grab the holiday business quickly and make the almighty dollar before the next guy.

Joyce Nicoletti
Joyce Nicoletti

November 01, 2016

Yes Tim, I hear you, exactly. I too am ignoring old tradition (and am much freer in the process)!! To expansion! And my thanks to Grant, too.

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

Awesome Dave!

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

What’s hard on the emotions Delia is being around people who will bring you down instead of lifting you up.
Step outside of the box to make new friends, get involved in your community and you won’t be isolated.

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

Stay strong and stay around positivity, you’ll be glad you
did.

Delia De Jesus
Delia De Jesus

November 01, 2016

Leaving negative friends behind means making new friends and at times tolerating self-isolation. It is hard on the emotions but workable.

Anthony
Anthony

November 01, 2016

That’s a great message, but poor example. If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you always got That is so true and getting out of your comfort zone is where you experience true growth, that’s why muscle ache when you train! The example of Macy’s and countless other businesses that cast aside the importance of family to impact the bottom line isn’t a great example. I agree if you want to be successful you need to do what others aren’t willing to do, but not at the expense of what is truly important. True success is when the people who know you the best love and respect you the most, and that never has anything to do with material gain or business success. Just my .02

Dennis
Dennis

November 01, 2016

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence,then,is not an act but a habit.
Aristotle

Richard S Monroe
Richard S Monroe

November 01, 2016

But Tim we been friends for years!

Tim Coe
Tim Coe

November 01, 2016

Yeah Rich, how’s it going? How’s that car of yours doing?

Patrick O'Riordan
Patrick O'Riordan

November 01, 2016

That’s the gutsy bit is stopping people imposing those restrictions, that ain’t half caused some fireworks, but it does feel you start to move even if being perceived less tolerant or is that just more honest. That’s just from reading 10x and sell or be sold (plus the app)

Rosalie
Rosalie

November 01, 2016

I was thinking the same thing. But also I remember times I had a lot of success because I was working when others were celebrating. Why can’t you do both? It doesn’t seem right that it’s one or the other. I want to be successful and I want money, but I love family traditions. ???

Shawn Sweeney
Shawn Sweeney

November 01, 2016

Friends, family, colleagues etc…people closest to you, become the biggest haters when you go against the grain and try something new. Traditions are repetitive, so by sticking to them you guarantee that there will be no change. What’s life with out change? BORING!!! Personally, I’m gifted with a short attention span so I don’t care about the sentiments of tradition because I just find myself un-enthused. This goes for my personal life and my professional life. Haters will hate and bitches will bitch.
How you liking that Fusion Grant?

VICTOR
VICTOR

November 01, 2016

spending time with your family and friends is a good time to recharge your self for the next week ahead….SO SOME TRADITIONS ARE GOOD TO HLOD ON TO

Kevin
Kevin

November 01, 2016

While I agree with most of what has been said and it brings up very valid points, how do you weigh on Loyalty to someone? ie. Maybe buying product or services repeated through the same person whos proven to treat me fairly and with high servic?

Anthony
Anthony

November 01, 2016

You can have both. First you have to be clear on what you define as successful. If I accumulate a large amount of wealth and lose the respect of those that are closest, and mean the most i.e. my wife and children am I really successful? If I am “just getting by” by the standards of society, and my kids and those who truly know me hold me in high regard because of the real impact I’ve made in their lives am I really “just getting by”?
I am successful in both areas because I work really hard at both. I am intentional and on purpose in both areas. My best advice is after you clearly define success and what is important, protect it and do not relent. W.I.N What’s Important Now In my opinion, and for me, family (my wife and children) trump all.

Jason
Jason

November 01, 2016

Its really tough to walk away from a family owned business and a town you have been your entire life. As the main principle it is nearly impossible. Sounds impossible to just one day get up and walk away. I am sure there are better opportunities in other places but how do you cut ties without cutting your own neck. I have my whole life invested in this place.

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