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How to Have Massive Success Fast

Aug 21, 2007
Excuse me for the cliche title. However, I believe it's fitting because these principles I feel really are the secrets to having massive success and having it fast.

Most experienced people in their area of expertise know of these principles. The first principle is: The best way to learn is to do it, screw up, and screw up fast. (The screwing up is optional but almost inevitable.)

Here's the thing. I just had a little reminder of this principle recently. I love playing basketball and take it pretty seriously.

I had to referee 4 games with zero refereeing experience and zero refereeing training. I have no skills refereeing; I'm a player. Most players at almost any sport really don't have a clue as to what's going on. We just love to complain to the referee about a few calls and pretend we know what's going on. We have no idea about how to run a game, just the basics about what is an illegal play.

I was freaking out about refereeing the games as I don't even know how to run a game as a ref like substituting players on, how to call fouls, how to call time outs, and the most basic stuff! ha! I had to ref because the tournament organizer (my coach), made all his players ref to help fundraise an event for the next month. He ignored my plea to be released from the torture of having no experience. Here I was thrown in the deep end.

Fortunately, the first game wasn't to bad. I had a girls game (and an experienced ref with me) and think the players mostly just respected what I did (nothing) because I'm 3 times their size.

I learned from this is if you have someone experienced by your side, they know what to expect and can guide you. This is the part where you get someone who has experience, and help them guide you during the unknown. It's the view where your inexperience needs to be "made up" by someone else otherwise you'll run into future problems.

New corporations that do great just about always employ a board of directors or fill other important positions with those who have experience. Get a mentor or just talk with those who have experience in areas you don't. Let them guide you because you've never gone down that path while they likely have. This is a huge secret to succeeding fast.

As I said before, screw up and screw up fast. I sure did (it wasn't that bad) as I missed a few obvious calls like one girl who should have gotten the charge as she was planted and was trampled over (silly ref :) ). I learned for the next games which were more important. A later game I called my first charge which was great.

I stayed pretty quite that first game but made my first call (after having observed the other ref, what you exactly do. ha!) which was nerve raking. Like almost all fears, I had blown it out of proportion. I made the call and everyone just accepted it. What was I expecting? ... to be yelled at of course.

Maybe you have a fear of being laughed at when writing a book (this was a big one for me), breaking the habitual pattern of 9-5, or jumping on the new diet. It's likely the fear is attempting to protect you, but I'm betting you're letting it build a 5 metre concrete wall around you such that you're immobile.

The third game was a joke. I had to ref in front of 200+ students (it was a college game) who were standing one inch away from the sideline the entire game. The teams each had a side of the court to their own. Most of the game they were yelling abuse at each other. Why the heck was I reffing the biggest game of the night? I had no experience prior to the night and no training.

After doing that game, the following game was easy simply because it was contrasted against the third one and it just seemed easy.

You're going to have those real tough moments when starting a diet, setting up a business, or trying to get a promotion, but get past them, and it just seems easy from then on in - even though it may not actually be that easy. For the future, you'll have the pride and confidence knowing that you underwent those moments and they can fuel you to overcome your current problem.

There is no way I could have learned so fast if I hadn't been thrown in the deep end. So... why not jump in? Come join me. It may be cold and deep but you can float and move around. You'll live.
About the Author
Joshua Uebergang is a motivational communication skills expert. He teaches people both verbal and nonverbal communication skills. You can read more articles about communication and how to be successful in life by visiting his site and getting his free newsletter.
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