One of my very good friends is Ms. Figure Olympia Nicole Wilkins. Nicole is the #1 figure competitor in the world and can often be seen gracing the covers of the top fitness magazines. When I’m around her, I see why she is so successful. She is very detailed, punctual and driven. She is constantly trying to improve not only her physique, but her professional skills, marketing skills and attitude in general. Her work ethic is infectious and it’s great to have people like that around you. They push you, inspire you and make you want to be better at whatever it is you’re doing.
But they’re also great because they are an example of what we should all strive to be like. No matter if you are low on the totem pole of success in your industry or sport or whatever you do, or if you are the best in the world, there is always room to improve. And there is always someone out there who can help you to do so.
Imagine if you watched a professional baseball or football game and the players came out of the locker room with no coaches or supporting staff. To say the least, it would be a 9- inning or 60 minute free for all that would disastrous at best.
If you’re a TV host and you want to get better, sure you can watch others and mimic what they do, but the moment that you allow a coach to critique you and accept constructive criticism is when you’ll really grow.
I’ve seen so many people that think they know it all. It’s almost comical, because they’ll do something that you know you can help them with and you offer to help them in a polite and non-confrontational way and they’ll say, “yeah I knew that.” Really? If you knew it then why did you do it? Pride is a dangerous and destructive emotion that stands in the way of many potential successful people.
The reason I am so impressed with Nicole is the fact she could easily be prideful and tell anyone that she is the best in the world at what she does and doesn’t need their help. In the video below, you’ll notice that she came to me for help with being on camera. She knew she was great at being in front of a still camera, but when it came to talking and performing in front of a video or TV camera, that’s a whole different animal to tackle. She wasn’t too big to tell me she needed help and obviously took the time to learn a new skill.
So let’s all take a lesson from Nicole. If you know it all, you’ll never REALLY know it all. Egotism and pride will carry you straight to the front of the mediocrity line. If that’s you, I for one will be waving at you from the humble and gracious line. So do some self-evaluation and reach out to someone who can help you improve at whatever is you’ll do. A year from now you’ll be thanking yourself.