11 Keys to Great Success in Life and Business: Key #3 Be Extraordinary

Key #3: Be Extraordinary
It’s easy to be ordinary (Ordinary = with no special or distinctive feature). C’mon… surely you want to be special and distinctive. So surely you want to be extraordinary.

Let’s face it. There’s lots of competition in business and much of that competition is uninspiring to say the least. So what does it take to become extraordinary? The answer may surprise you.

Let’s look at the Olympics. In the 2014 women’s figure skating the gold medal was won with 224 points. The silver medal was won with 219 points. 4th place, which won NO medal scored 205 points. So the difference between gold medal and NO medal was 19 points… less than 10% difference.

This year we celebrated a Triple Crown winner in horse racing. But American Pharoah won by only a few lengths of a horse… only a few seconds ahead of the next three finishers.

The point is that the difference between extraordinary and ordinary isn’t massive. It’s not out of your reach. It’s just doing things a little better, in some cases just a small fraction better than your competition.

Let me encourage you to take a look at the key components in your sales processes and business operations and find a way to implement small improvements. It’s the small improvements that will take you and your business from ordinary to extraordinary. Being extraordinary is a choice. As Tony Robbins says, “Why live an ordinary life when you can live an extraordinary one?”

Previously, in our “11 Keys to Success” series we discussed:
Key 1: “Add Value”
Key 2: “Find Passion”

Stay tuned next time for the fifth key to achieving great success in life and business: find great mentors.

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Read past articles in Greg’s Million Dollar Mindset at Promo Marketing Magazine online.

Greg Muzzillo, Founder of Proforma

AboutGreg Muzzillo, Founder of Proforma

Greg Muzzillo started Proforma as an industry distributor in 1978. The company grew quickly and in the early 1980s Proforma was recognized for three consecutive years on Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies in North America. In the late 1980’s Proforma introduced its membership program to enable distributors to retain their business ownership and independence, and to share in sales and marketing resources, purchasing power with industry suppliers, one back office including all billing, accounting, vendor payments, cash flow, computer systems and more. Today Proforma has more than 750 members with over $500 million in sales. Proforma has over 100 members in its Million Dollar Club and more than 40 members in its Multi-Million Dollar Club (With sales ranging from $2 million to over $26 million). In 2014, eight Proforma members were named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 List of the 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.