You Need a Plus, Minus, Equal
“To become great, you need someone better you can learn from, someone lessor you can teach, & someone equal that can challenge you.” — Ken Shamrock, UFC Legend
Ken Shamrock is a dangerous person.
Shamrock is a legend in the Mixed Martial Arts community.
He is a 4x World Champion and UFC Hall of Famer.
What can Ken Shamrock teach us about sales and personal growth?
Shamrock is now a renowned trainer for young MMA fighters.
He developed a training strategy that is studied by business leaders and best selling authors.
It’s called: Plus, Minus, Equal.
Let’s double leg in to take a look…
Everyone needs a coach.
We need someone in our life who has more experience than we do.
It’s human nature to revert back to the mean.
You need someone you can go to when you’re in a slump.
You need someone to tell you the hard truth you don’t want to hear.
- Tiger Woods has a swing coach.
- Mike Trout has a hitting instructor.
- Robert De Niro has an acting coach.
Even Warren Buffett has Charlie Munger to run deals by.
It doesn’t matter if you have won 4 Masters, 2 American league MVP’s, 2 Academy Awards, or have a net worth of $74.6 Billion.
You need a mentor.
Everyone needs someone to teach.
When you teach something, you are forced to understand it better.
The teacher benefits as much as the student.
I was a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 7 years.
People earn their law degree faster.
I had incredible instructors.
I had a peer group who enjoyed smashing me into the mat.
But 1 thing was missing.
I was not teaching anyone.
Then I was asked to teach a weekly basic’s class.
An amazing thing happened…
The more I taught, the more refined my own skills became.
That faded blue belt is now draped around my college diploma in my home office.
Find someone to mentor.
We all need a peer group that pushes and challenges us to be our best.
Tony Robbins said in a recent podcast that there are 2 rules people need to follow to live an extraordinary life.
Rule #2 is:
- “Surround yourself with quality individuals. You become who you hang out with.”
Sorry, that’s a topic for a future Vibe.
The Plus Minus Equals concept works so well because it gives us continuous feedback from every angle.
When we play in all 3 spaces, we get exponential benefits.
Plus Minus Equals changes our mindset.
Too often we get caught up in singular titles:
- “I’m the director.”
- “I’m just a sales rep.”
- “I’m the new guy.”
Your CHALLENGE is to find an area in your life where you can dive into all 3 roles.
Mouthpiece not included.