How motivated are you to be successful? In this Expert Insight Interview, Walter Bond discusses motivation as well as his book Swim! How a Shark, a Suckerfish, and a Parasite Teach You Leadership, Mentoring, and Next Level Success. Walter Bond is a former NBA player who is now an award-winning keynote speaker, business coach on building high-performance teams, and author.
The interview discusses:
- Extra level of motivation for success
- The right mindset to face the journey
- Shark, suckerfish, and parasite metaphor
- The accountability for the actions
To reach an NBA level of success in sports takes an extraordinary amount of motivation and daily commitment to it for years. The same stands for achieving success in the business world.
Most people are not aware of how much unbelievable effort it takes to become the best in something, and from those who are aware of it, very few people are up for that challenge. Besides, the journey to success is not only to achieve it but to sustain it as well.
The Right Mindset
We live in a world in which everything has to be instant and easy. However, success does not come immediately, and definitely, it does not come easy. To understand success means to understand the value of time. People get discouraged, or they decide to give up even though they are on the right path only because they do not realize that success is a lifetime journey where each decade has its passage. Thus, having the right mindset helps to overcome adversity, which is a common thing on the path to success.
Shark, Suckerfish, and Parasite
Shark, suckerfish, and parasite are the perfect metaphor for three different types of people. Sharks are very successful people, suckerfish are the people who have potential, but they need more work and support, while parasites are the selfish ones who only take and never give anything. In the ocean, sharks and suckerfish create a symbiotic relationship that benefits both. Humans need that same relationship. We need people around us in terms of mentorship, friends, and family for support and encouragement. Only like that, we can be like sharks, always to go forward and never to stop moving. However, we all have some parasite connected to us as well that we need to get rid of it.
Take the Accountability
By taking accountability for where we are in our life, we accept things, heal, and we mature. We need adversity and fear to go through in life so that the value of our success can increase. And then, when we do come to the top, we should not celebrate the talent but the resilience and perseverance that brought us there.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.