Will this be the Year You Make a Ruckus?


                   Wayne Kurzen, Certified EOS Implementer

One of my favorite bloggers is Seth Godin (author of many books including The Purple Cow).  I was personally challenged by his recent blog “The Top 5%.”  There is something in us that says shoot to be in the top 1%.  While that sounds so “right” – the best goal ever!  But is it?  For a few, I am sure it is.  But as Seth notes, “ To be in the top 1% takes a combination of luck and magical talent. But to be in the top 5%, one in twenty, is mostly about choices.” Let’s pick something we have control over, something less than perfection.

  • Perfection is the lowest standard anyone can have – it leaves no room for growth. It’s in our mistakes that we develop our greatest strengths and find life’s greatest lessons.

                                        ~ Unleash the Power Within, Tony Robbin

What can you do to be in the Top 5%?  Maybe it is to begin an established self-development program or begin an employee engagement program. For all of us, we can choose to associate with the best of the best – whether a peer-to-peer group like Convene, Vistage, or C12 or an industry-related group.  As an EOS Implementer (EOSI) I recently joined a Master Mind Group of 30 of the top EOSI’s (there is a total of over 230 EOSIs worldwide).

And to be a bit self-serving – implementing EOS in your organization. Traction has moved many clients into the Top 5% in their industry.

Enjoy Seth’s Blog, The Top 5%:

In every field, extraordinary benefits go to those seen as being in the top five percent. One out of twenty.

Sure, the biggest prizes go to the once-in-a-generation superstar. But that’s largely out of reach. It turns out, though, that if you’re thoughtful and diligent, the top 5% is attainable.

The approach is to pick the right set to be part of. Not, “top 5% of all surgeons,” but perhaps, “top 5% of thoracic surgeons in Minnesota.” Be specific. Find your niche and fill it.

That’s challenging because once you set out to be specific, you’re on the hook. The standards are more clear. No room to waffle.

Which leads to the second half of the approach: The hard work. The work of leveling up and being honest about the choices that those you seek to serve actually have. If they knew what you know, would they choose you? What would it take for you to learn enough and practice enough and invest enough to truly be one of the top 5%?

That’s something you can achieve in exchange for focus and effort. To be in the top 1% takes a combination of luck and magical talent. But to be in the top 5%, one in twenty, is mostly about choices.

The thing is, you’re not competing with the other 19 people, not really. You’re competing with yourself, competing in a journey to determine how much you care about making an impact.

Here’s to a powerful and productive year. Make a ruckus!

REFERENCE: Seth’s Blog: https://seths.blog/2019/01/the-top-5/

Next Steps

  • The one thing you are going to start/stop so that you will be a 5%er?
  • Check the strength of your company with a free Organization Checkup™. It only takes 10 min and you get an immediate report with recommended actions.
  • Download a free chapter of Traction® – the book that shows you how to focus on the 6 key areas of business.
  • Request a free 90-Minute Discovery Workshop for your leadership team – to get a clear picture of how EOS® works and would it be a good fit for you.

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