A World-Class Success

In January, I met an amazing individual called George Hardwick. I had gone to London for a couple of events, and he was at the first one, which was the Yes Group London meeting. Attracted by the cover of his book, I began talking to him about living life as a creative. He is a spoken-word artist, and one of the first things he’s said to me, was:

“To be successful in your creative missions, you must be world-class in whatever it is you do.”

Now at first, I thought, well jeez, that’s a bit of a tall-order! There are millions of writers in the world, and even if I tried my hardest, I couldn’t imagine being known as a world-class author. It just seemed impossible. I bought his book, The Creative Uprising, because I was intrigued by his message and his ideas, and wanted to know more.

Then at the end of the evening, after listening to two incredible speakers, who indeed both appeared to be world-class in what they did, George took to the stage.

To say I was blown away would be an understatement. He delivered a rap/poem, that encompassed the messages of the two speakers, and the energy of the meeting, and it flowed and rhymed and made us all laugh, gasp and clap. And he had written the entire thing during that evening, while sitting and watching in the audience. He had taken in every word, and then wrote the piece, which summarised the evening in the most poetic and beautiful way.

He was, quite frankly, world-class.

In fact, you can see his ‘wRapping up’ of that evening below. Even if you weren’t there and watched the speakers, you will still get a lot from George’s words.

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So how can you become a world-class success? Recently I have been re-reading two books, the first is The Go-Giver, by Bob Burg and John David Mann, and the second is Go-Givers Sell More, by the same authors. The first is a parable, and the second then applies the laws from the story to real life. For anyone who has a phobia of selling, I would highly recommend them. There are five laws described, and the first is the Law of Value, where your true worth is based on how much value you create for others. As they say in the second book, creating value for others does not necessarily need to cost any money. You create value every time you take the time to thank someone, greet someone or call someone to say hello. In business, you create value when you send a handwritten thank you note or in fact do anything where you are putting the needs and desires of your customer above your own.

This is what I think it means to be world-class. George says in his book that we often link success to how much money or stuff we have acquired, but that it doesn’t necessarily mean anything. And that it is more important to be successful in helping others and changing people’s lives for the better, by giving our gift. A while back, fed up with being asked how many books I had sold, because to most people, that is how you measure the success of an author, I wrote the following quote on my Facebook wall:

“Do not ask an author how many books she has sold. Instead, ask her how many lives she has touched.”

To me, I write to help people. I don’t write to see how much money I can make, because that is not how I measure success. The main reason I would like to sell more books, is so that I can help more people. And I am coming to realise that I need to step up my game. I know that I have published books before they are ready, and I have not given my all to making sure they are as awesome as I can make them before I release them into the world. This is due to impatience and an attitude of ‘It will do’. But no more. I will still set myself deadlines, because I know full well that without them, I will never publish anything, but I am making a commitment to myself that my next book is as amazing as I can possibly make it before I publish it.

Oddly enough, when it comes to projects I do for other people, I will work my ass off to make sure it’s as perfect as possible, before the author publishes it. It seems I have no problems with working really hard for other people on their projects, but when it comes to my own, I am more slack. I suppose I fear disappointing others more than I fear disappointing myself, but I need to change that feeling into the driving desire to be world-class in every sense.

As the saying goes – ‘How you do anything is how you do everything.’ And I am beginning to think that in order to be successful in life, and not just in our creative missions or business, we must be world-class in EVERYTHING that we do, every day.

What do you think?


P.S. After having a conversation with Bob Burg on Twitter, I would like to add to this post that it isn’t a case of EITHER creating value for others OR making money, it is more of a case that by putting your FOCUS on creating value for others, then making money will be the result. I know I have had difficulty with the idea of being paid to help others or for doing something I love, but I am working on those old beliefs.

Thank you, Bob, for your awesome words and your encouragement 🙂

You are so intelligent, talented and beautiful!

What went through your mind when you read the post title? Did you laugh? Did you think – ‘Okay, what does she want?’ Did you think, or even say out loud – ‘Don’t be ridiculous.’?

Or did you smile and say – ‘Thank you.’ ?

Just purely from my own experience and observations, most people tend to be in the first camp. (Or is it mainly a British thing?) Because it’s difficult to receive compliments. Usually we brush it off – ‘Oh, don’t be silly, I’m really not that awesome.’ or ‘This old thing? It doesn’t really fit me properly, it looks better on my sister.’ Or we throw the compliment back at the person – ‘You look gorgeous too! Are those new shoes? They’re lovely!’

But have you really considered what you are doing when you are unable to receive and fully accept a compliment? Imagine that the compliments were really gifts, or, if you like, money. If someone gave you ÂŁ20, for no reason other than they wanted you to have it, would you throw it on the ground? Would you give it back to them immediately? Would you laugh in their face and tell them not to be so ridiculous?

I would hope not.

There are those of us who love to give. We love to make others happy, and we run ourselves ragged trying to please others (many of these people are Incarnated Angels, which I talk a little about in my latest oracle card reading on Youtube) but quite often, amazing givers are terrible at receiving. And they’re even worse at asking for help when they really need it.

Doorway to PAM

Though I am more of an Old Soul than an Angel, Earth Angels in general have this similar problem of being too giving. I find it hard to ask for help, and sometimes even harder to accept it. A while back, I bit the bullet and wrote a blog post asking for help, and as a result of that post, I have developed amazing friendships with people who genuinely want to help me and see me do well. At times, I’ve found it hard to accept their help, but I’ve come to realise, that I’m helping them by receiving the help that they are offering. And when possible, I find ways to help them, so there is a healthy flow back and forth, (but not in a throw it back in their face kind of way.)

In the last couple of weeks, I have been organising a party to end all parties, for my 30th Birthday. Though I already had many of the decorations and things from the previous two Harry Potter themed parties I’ve thrown, there was still a lot more to do, as I am transforming the entire house and parts of outside too. It was a little overwhelming to say the least. Especially with my work schedule and writing my new book etc.

So my amazing friend, Liz Lockwood, and my awesome sister, Liz Gordon, and my fab mother Sally Byrne, all offered their help. At first, I was like – no, no, it’s all fine, I can do it. But after they repeated their offer of help a few more times, I finally said, actually, I really could do with some help. And do you know what? With their amazing creative input, the party is now going to be epic. It’s a team effort now, (along with the help of my partner and his three kids) and I know that everyone (myself included) will have the most amazing time. All because I finally accepted help that was being offered to me.

It’s hard work at first, accepting a compliment with a smile and a ‘thank you’, and accepting the help or the money that is offered. But it’s worth persevering. Because not only are you telling the Universe that you are open to receiving the abundance that is available to you, you are also making others feel good, because they have been able to give to you. And they have been able to make a difference in your life.

So here it is – your first chance to receive and completely accept a compliment:

You are a fabulous person, who has a wonderful, kind heart, and who brings joy to everyone around you.


Let me know how you did 🙂