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Thought for the Week
Your Success Thought for the Week of October 28, 2009
Outstanding in Your Field
A client recently explored his preference to deal solely with people he considers to be 'outstanding in their field.'  This was not a surprise to me as he is highly respected, generous, and clearly outstanding in his field. 
According to George, "I've always seen myself in the top 3% of anything I've done; why would I deal with someone who doesn't?" 
Egotistical or a good question?  This man knows himself and what he wants.
Every field possesses individuals like George who stand out, in a favorable manner, because of who they are, what they contribute to the greater good, the talents they've painstakingly developed.
Think of an entertainer, author, entrepreneur, athlete, medical professional, politician, or teacher who is outstanding to you.  What images come to mind?  How do you feel about these individuals? 
What does it take to be outstanding in one's field?  Since most of my clients fit this category, I'll share my observations:
Present & Alive:  When they walk into a room, their presence is felt. They are not typically the life of the party, though they have their moments.  They are present in mind and body, not on the phone, blackberry or with the group in the corner complaining about the economy.

Passionate:  Their passion is evident, oftentimes before they utter a single word.  Just watch someone who fits this 'outstanding' category in action.  Observe their body language in discussing their profession, product, clients or customers.  Their eyes light up with possibility and an inner joy for not only what they do, but for respected individuals with whom they get to work.
Confident & Charismatic:  They genuinely like people and easily show appreciation and admiration. They are confident enough that they don't need anyone's approval. Instead, they focus upon enjoying the nuances of the person with whom they are interacting.
Innovative:  In the music world, think of singers/songwriters like Chris Martin (Coldplay), Bono (U2), or Brad Paisley (country) who constantly reinvent their sound.  Yesterday was good, but tomorrow will be even greater for these continually innovative stars.  Outstanding individuals never settle.  Instead, they constantly seek new perspectives and create.
Smart & Savvy:  They are highly intelligent and savvy enough to surround themselves with individuals who are smart, creative thinkers in order to expand their own thinking.  You'll often hear them say that they have people on their team who are "smarter than I am so I don't have to think of everything."
Stable with Strong Values: People who stand out in our minds are solid, dependable, human beings.  You know with whom you're dealing and what you'll receive in choosing to work with them.
Educated:  They have devoted themselves to not only the necessary credentials to perform at their highest capacity; they've made it their life's work to stay on top of changes, challenges and advancements in their profession.
Are you someone who is outstanding in youe field?  If so, congratulations!  I don't have to tell you to stay on course as you've created your course and it's clearly working for you.
If you're not there yet, which of the above qualities will you cultivate to bring you one step closer?  Not everyone can be or even wants to be 'outstanding in their field.'  You wouldn't be reading these success thoughts each week if you didn't possess a desire to at least take one baby step to that next level.

Leaders, send this message to your key team players.  You need all of your people to be outstanding to succeed and prosper.

Enjoy your discoveries and have a great week.

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