Derek Shivers, founder of CD Baby, has an interesting perspective about saying no. Early in his career he said yes to every gig as he wanted to be a professional musician. He played at a pig farm, he played an art opening, played at a circus. He took a $60 bus fare out to the gig that paid them $75 and then went back home. He took this circus gig and he wound up being in that show for 10 years…from age 18 to 28. He went from $75 a show to $300 a show and it became his full-time job. He eventually bought his first house on the money he made playing at the circus. He said yes to the circus gig so he could “earn the right” to say no and to say yes to the things that would fuel his passion and mission.
They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. That works really well if you’re Serena Williams and you know the lines on the court or rules of tennis are not changing. Serena can go out there and practice the same game every day for 10,000 hours. But in business that just doesn’t work. The game is constantly changing. The rules are constantly changing. The technology is constantly changing. Our industries are constantly changing.
James Clear sheds incredible light on behavior and what we can learn from successful people. Xperience continues to do deep dives into his content, such as the story and lesson below. In 1955, Disneyland had just opened in Anaheim, California, when a ten-year-old boy walked in and asked for a job. The boy managed to land a position selling guidebooks.
Within a year, he had transitioned to Disney’s magic shop, where he learned tricks. He experimented with jokes and tried out simple routines on visitors. Soon he discovered that what he loved was not performing magic but performing in general. He decided to become a comedian.
Beginning in his teenage years, he started performing in little clubs around Los Angeles. He was rarely on stage for more than five minutes. Most of the people in the crowd were too busy drinking or talking with friends to pay attention. His first routines would only last one or two minutes. By high school, his material had expanded to include a five-minute act and, a few years later, a ten-minute show.
Collectively, this group has over 60 years of experience in real estate with $600 million-plus closed in 2018.They recently sat down with KW agent David Vorhees to reveal secrets of their success on Secrets of the Pros – a new prime-time series on Connect Live where mega agents speak openly about their wins, failures, and business strategies.