ONE OF THE GREATEST KEYS TO SUCCESS

A key piece to playing at your absolute best as a leader (and as a person) is to ensure that your daily schedule reflects your deepest values. Anything less is a flight from integrity.

One of the exercises I’ve been taking our clients through at my “Leadership in Turbulent Times” workshop is called “The 5 Main Values.” I take participants through a powerful visualization where they visit themselves, not as they now are but as they want to be at the end of their career. Then they record the main 5 values they will have wished they’d worked under.

I wanted to share my own 5 Main Values with you. I hope you’ll share yours with me on Twitter so we can continue this conversation. Anyway, here are the top 5 values I want to work by and stay true to:

1. EXCELLENCE. I adore this word. My goal is to work at a level of excellence, constantly refining my craft as an author and speaker – while delivering outrageous values to our clients.

2. PASSION. Without passion, nothing great every gets built. Passion fuels innovation, builds a fantastic team and makes the impossible possible. I want to express my passion in all that I do. Otherwise, what’s the point?

3. SELF-MASTERY. You can’t be a better leader than you are a person. So every day, I work intensely on developing my inner life. I read. I reflect. I write in a journal. I exercise. And do all those things I need to do to express my best.

4. BEAUTY. I’m an aesthete. I love beauty in all forms. So I make the time to look for beauty, in both expected and unexpected places. Interesting conversations are beautiful to me; brilliantly designed products (think Apple) are beautiful to me. Great food, fresh nature, cool architecture, a strong cup of coffee in the morning and modern art are all some of the things that fill my life with a sense of beauty.

5. CONTRIBUTION. Leadership is about doing deeds that live on long after your death. I want to do things that will help people awaken to the fact that, regardless of what they do and where they are, they have the opportunity (and responsibility) to show leadership in their work and at their life. Few things are important to me than feeling I’m making a difference for people. And doing my part to build a better world.

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12 Responses to “ONE OF THE GREATEST KEYS TO SUCCESS”

  1. Edgar Delgado says:

    I participated at your conference last wk in our beautiful DR. U were inspiring and moving!!! It’s helped me move closer to how I want to b remembered, my legacy. Same night watching Bill Gates on CNBC I read this frase: “wealth is not measured by how much money you have, but by the amount of lives you have enriched.” Very powerful stuff.
    What do u think?

  2. Ingrid says:

    Thank you for sharing your values with us Robin. Here are my 5 important values to me:
    1.Honesty
    2.Know thyself
    3.Loyalty
    4.Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
    5.Champion of the Underdog
    Thanks for the opportunity to share with you. You are definitely on my hero list.
    Sincerely,
    Ingrid

  3. Susan Koruthu says:

    Dear Robin, I heard a lot about you and today I got a chance to look at your website; an impressive one. The five values you shared are indeed valuable to lead a successful life. To make these values effective you must have a dream and I feel dream should be given the prime importance and you should have a burning passion/desire to achieve it. When I say dream; it should be realistic and measurable. I value my dreams and am currently on my journey to achieve it. Thought I should share this with you. Best wishes, Susan

  4. Ashwati says:

    I share the same first 4 values as yours… for the 5th one… i need to reflect. One thing i know is that i have a to put in a lot of effort for “Self-Mastery”.

    What i liked best in your blog post was the idea of thinking and feeling who “you” would like to be in the future.

  5. Dilip says:

    Very very Good indeed.
    Robin you never cease to amaze me!
    An excellent way of putting it across and influencing others.
    I share your values. The ones I like most in priority are –
    1. Integrity- This one value creates the real me. Without this, one is a fraud.
    2. Drive/Passion- Having been true to oneself and to others now I need to believe to drive the passion in me to the aims I want to achieve.
    3. Clear Thinking & Logic- This helps me analyse visual, sound and mental inputs clearly dispassionately and quickly. A difficult one, complex and needs a lot of practice and background knowledge and logic to arrive at.
    4. Compassion- Having done what one has to this one helps me check out if what I propose can be ‘humanized’ for the greater benefit of every one in general.
    5. Detachment- This helps me detach immediately after having done a deed correctly and focus on a new one.
    Probably I am too much of a ‘doing’ person.

  6. Taglo kassa says:

    I don’t have words to appreciate your book THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI.Please keep it up.

  7. Your Book, “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” has totally changed my life to the best. I realized I had been living in such a fast pace life and the simple things in life, like watering my garden had disappeared. Yet, you made it all come alive. I now have a garden on my terrace that is beautiful and vibrant. I feel as if I am mentally and emotionally preparing myself to nurture possibly a child in the near future. For the mean time, my garden are my children and I have given my plants names too!!
    Peace & Space
    Cristina Maria Lloyd
    http://www.OuttaSpaceonline.com

  8. Ashok says:

    Your books, Vblogs and your continuously sharing thoughts and perspectives about life and work are enriching my life. And so, millions other in the World!

  9. Parul says:

    Hi Robin
    I like to read your books.But there is a big problem in my life that i am still trying to solve and i.e confusion.
    I am always confused and dont know how to handle it.Kindly help on this.
    Becoming a confusion free person,I will learn the required lesson for this birth.
    Thnaks!

  10. Robyn, Love your 5 keys to success, wanted to share my Four!
    1-To LIVE a life of meaning and service!

    2- To Love thyself,family,friends, and MISSION with PASSION.

    3- To Learn and Master my Craft and something New that can help Me and others be better!

    4- To Leave a LEGACY

  11. deepal says:

    5 important values for me
    1) Aggressive and passion for work
    2) All ways feel happy
    3) Loyalty
    4) Good human being
    5) Good health

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