“Its easy to gather a gaggle of people who are entertained by your self destruction. People will whip out a cell phone in seconds if you set yourself on fire in the street. You will create an instant fan base and tons of notoriety. But ask them to set themselves on fire with you and watch them run away. Those are fans not followers. You have become a spectacle not a leader.” J Loren Norris
LEADERS: DO YOU INSPIRE FANS OR FOLLOWERS? DO YOU INVITE ADMIRERS OR INVESTORS?
“It’s easy to gather a gaggle of people who are entertained by your self destruction. People will whip out a cell phone in seconds if you set yourself on fire in the street. You will create an instant fan base and tons of notoriety. But ask them to set themselves on fire with you and watch them run away. Those are fans not followers. You have become a spectacle not a leader.” J Loren Norris
THERE’S ALWAYS A PRICE TO PAY
Very few leaders accomplish the level of influence they desire. Not because they don’t try hard enough, not because they don’t have the expertise to lead, not because they do not reach the crowds with sufficient marketing or awareness. No they fail to reach the level of influence they are seeking because they “sell an invitation” which does not clearly explain the “investment required to follow.”
Sure, the pricing is clear, fair, well researched and sufficiently justified. The financial expectations are documented and likely even come with a 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. But the cost of following is generally hidden in the transition. Deeply disguised by the required transformation, the true cost of being a follower who will one day lead where they have been lead is immensely immeasurable and often unknown at the time of commitment.
THE REAL COST OF FOLLOWING
A leader who is not clear about the cost themselves cannot articulate the cost a follower should expect to pay. The “Law of The Sacrifice” according to John Maxwell, says one must be willing to give up to go up. He goes on to explain that each level of GOING UP demands more GIVING UP. The sacrifices are larger, the expenses higher, the risk more enormous, the effort, energy and commitment more daunting for every level of achievement.
The influencer who is nothing more than a “fan base builder” does not understand this. Perhaps they have generated significant numbers, in client counts, bank accounts and accolades. Perhaps they have even made other people famous or wealthy “fan base builders” as well. Perhaps they have even crafted a spectacular origin story of rags to riches for those who will be moved and motivated by the emotional hope (or hype) for their own potential success story. But if they have not had to count the cost of sacrifice which comes with transforming yourself into someone worthy of imitating and emulating in every area of life, then they are spectacles, not leaders.
Imagine the “fans” Mandela, Churchill, Ghandi, Buddha, Jesus or Mohammed would have collected if they lived in the days of Twitter... contrast that with those who imitate and emulate them now. Those who still sacrifice everything to imitate these leaders, do so because they CAUGHT THE VISION of the leader. Is your vision that contagious? If not, start now!
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Insuperable Vision Workshop - Audio Download
Insuperable Vision Workshop - Audio Download with worksheets
Day after day I meet people who are struggling just to make ends meet. They are adrift in this vast sea of humanity holding on to their job, their family, their home, and their car with all they've got. They see their life experiences and education as the last hope to find their purpose and identity. They gather, fill and stuff all the money they can into every opportune investment. Yet they are empty, frustrated, angry and just plain fed up.
We have all experienced that moment; when we find yourself stuck in traffic, yelling at random strangers to do what they wish they could... but can't... GO!
The idea that life can be better than it is today is like the flame of a candle fighting for all its worth to stand against the tempest.
We all want a better life.
Even when life is good, we want more.
That idea, that flame, is the hope that lives in the hearts and minds of all of us. Should that flame be extinguished, hope itself may well go with it. It is the rut of hopelessness that traps many would be shining stars and buries that glow from the sight of the world. It is the rut of hopelessness that extinguishes that flame.
Lives that would have been a beacon to the wandering are lost at sea themselves. Inspirations of success that would have been the voices crying out to all who suffer are hidden away in their own stale lives, they cannot share who they are or what the world needs from them.
It is my passion to help you find your purpose. I want to see you become successful, but more than that to be free!
Without vision people perish.
Without vision, we seem to be lost, mind numb robots following the herd into the abyss that is everyday life. We do not live intentionally without a vision for our future. We do not live passionately without a vision for our future. We do not live productively without a vision for our future. We certainly cannot lead without a vision for our future and a vision for the future of those we lead.
This audio course will inspire and instruct you to create a vision which will become a significant driving force in your life.