Today our expert guest is Scott Amyx, a TEDx speaker, thought leader, and author on the Internet of Things and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In his book Strive, Scott shows that the secret to outstanding and lasting achievement is not passion or talent, but getting comfortable with discomfort by embracing and enjoying new challenges – what he appropriately calls “strive.”
Scott knows that how smart you are, what kind of background you have, how old you are, or where you are in life does not predict or indicate your chances of success because he was born with absolutely no advantages in life, “and everything that I have accomplished is because of the principles of Strive.”
Scott was born just South of the DMZ border between North and South Korea, both physically and emotionally close to the Korean War. Scott immigrated to the United States, ultimately becoming a ward of the state. He had no network, no support, nothing.
“I learned early on that if you want to succeed in life, no one is going to give you anything – you have to do the things that are uncomfortable to stretch yourself and to reach for it.”
So he wrote the book to share his story, inspire others, and demonstrate that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding the idea of success.
For example, we are told that if you do what you love, success will follow. However, passion does not always equate to success. We’re also told that putting in more hours will result in more success, but the reality is that most people who spend years and years playing a sport or an instrument will not be able to make that a career.
So let’s break down the STRIVE Methodology:
- Set a goal. Before you can forge ahead, you have to know where you’re going.
- Think about how to get there and plan for success. The gap between those who realize success and those who have big dreams is closed through execution; you have to know the steps that will get you where you want to go.
- Risk. It’s not easy to do, but you have to embrace risk and reframe challenges as opportunities for growth. “It’s only when you stretch yourself that you begin to make huge gains.”
- Insights. What did you learn from that uncomfortable change? It’s important for us to be intentional about self-examination.
- Verify progress. How do you know that you’re going the right direction, a few months down the road? We have to have something to measure progress that is quantifiable.
- Enhance yourself mentally and physically. Scott used to work until he collapsed, but he realized that the journey to success has to be holistic; it’s not good enough that you acquire new knowledge and expertise, you also have to consider your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
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“You were designed for a purpose. But in order for you to realize your full potential, you have to be used. So I challenge you to become the best person that you can – it’s very much within your grasp, and the methodology that I lay out is for you and for everyone.”
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- Read: Strive: How Doing The Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success
- Watch: “Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success | Scott Amyx | TEDxRutgers”
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