Thank you for making the past two years amazing.

Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary of me starting this blog. I realize that most of you reading this haven’t been here that long. One of my favorite parts of doing this is welcoming new members to the community every day.

Every year, I revisit my inaugural post, entitled Beginnings (Or…The Declarations of a Failure). It’s an important exercise for me to look back to how it all began and to reconsider my original thoughts. After all, our greatest lessons in life come from studying our past.

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Two years ago tomorrow, I launched my blog for that very reason. To learn from my own past and to share my life, my failures, my successes, my heartaches, and triumphs with others. They are all a part of my learning.

I originally declared, as you will read below, that “I am a failure.” I didn’t mean it in a “poor me” way, but rather an “I’m okay with that” way. However, I’ve since learned that my declaration that “I am a failure,” was misguided. It was wrong.

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I’m going to make one assumption about you as I write this post:

You are already a successful person.

I know that to be true because unsuccessful people don’t usually read self-improvement blogs. No, you may not be a millionaire yet, your business may still be virtually unknown, or you haven’t gotten the promotion you’ve wanted for the past two years, but the very act of reading this shows me you are already successful. But I also know that you want to take it to the next level. So how do you do that?

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To make the leap from successful to very successful, there are four things you must learn to do. In studying the most successful people in history, I’ve found that each of them clearly learned to do each of these. Some learned them earlier than others. But eventually they learned them all before they reached the level of very successful.

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“My team doesn’t seem to care as much as I do.”

Those were the words of Nelson, a business owner I recently spoke with. I listened intently as he described the situation. It was remarkably similar to mine.

His team didn’t have the fire that he had.

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They seemed to be going through the motions. When things went wrong, they didn’t lose the sleep that he lost. When things were right, they didn’t seem to celebrate like he would. Nelson was at a loss…”what do I do, Matt?” he asked.

The brutal truth

Whether you are business owner or team leader, I have a brutal truth for you:

Your team will never care as much as you do.

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Two of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in life came from Robin Williams.

From his role in Dead Poet’s Society, I learned how to use my fears to take my life to the next level. From his character in the movie, John Keating, I learned how a leader helps others to roar.

Robin Williams will be missed. Today, I share with you the two greatest lessons I learned from his life and his character, John Keating.

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Lesson One: A leader helps others to roar

A leader’s job is to help others to find their courage.

A leader’s job is to help others overcome their fears and find that something inside of them that is dying to come out; that something that will change the world and give them life.

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