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8 Reasons People Who Love Performing On Stage Are More Likely To Be Successful

8 Reasons People Who Love Performing On Stage Are More Likely To Be Successful

Performing on stage is a great way to prepare yourself for success in the working world. In this article, you will discover how the art and science of performing on stage equips you with valuable skills. Whether or not your stage career is over, rest assured that those skills will carry over to the office.

1. They Know When To Improvise

Success on the stage requires the ability to respond to unexpected developments. A musician may need to perform a solo if the star performer fails to show up. The ability to take in a situation and respond quickly is valuable. As the old saying goes, “The show must go on.” Bringing that attitude to the business world means that you will be highly adaptable and able to overcome problems. Stage performers know how to expand their job when the situation calls for it.

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2. They Know The Importance Of Deadlines

When you perform on stage as an actor, musician or someone else, you quickly learn the importance of deadlines. If someone is late to the production, the entire crew suffers and the audience will be upset. Showing up on time for each and every performance is a skill that carries over directly to the working world. In the professional world, showing up for meetings and meeting deadlines day after day are important skills.

3. They Know How To Present

On stage, you are in full view of the audience and your fellow performers. The confidence to stand in front of people and deliver value is important. Once you build up your foundation of confidence, you can work to develop the other habits of highly effective communicators. Remember – as a performer, you know that presentation and communication is about THE AUDIENCE, not you!

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4. They Make The Most Of What They Have

As a performer, you sometimes have to make do with limited support and equipment. For example, you may have lost your favorite instrument at home when you go on the road for a performance. A committed performer finds an alternative solution so that they can deliver a great performance. In the corporate world, this same attitude is highly valuable. You may not receive all the training and the latest technology at your office. Nevertheless, successful people find a way to achieve results.

5. They Know How To Wear Multiple Hats

Delivering a successful stage performance requires contributions from many different people. While you may specialize as an actor, you understand that the show may ask you to make different contributions from time to time. You may have to make emergency costume repairs, go shopping for supplies at the last minute or help with stage management. The ability to be flexible and take on multiple responsibilities makes a big difference. Successful people rarely say “that’s not in my job description.”

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6. They Know How To Work Long Hours To Achieve A Goal

As you work on a show, long hours are often needed. In fact, you may be working almost around the clock as opening night approaches. The mindset to keep working in order to reach a result is valuable when you perform. It also makes a major difference in the professional world. You may be working to land a sale or ship a new product. The ability to put in long hours to achieve a goal is a vital success trait.

7. They Know How To Celebrate A Success (Cast Parties!)

Many actors and performers throw a party when they successfully complete opening night. It’s a long tradition in the performing world. Organizing a party where you recognize others is an important skill. Recognizing others and being grateful for their contributions are important to professional success according to the Harvard Business Review.

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8. They Know How To Read Other People

As a performer, you are part of a team that creates a show. This principle holds true even if you are a solo performer – you have to observe and notice how the audience reacts. Truly outstanding performers observe others and the audience and adjust as they perform. These observation skills make a difference outside the performing world. With keen observation, you can pick and choose when to raise questions, when to ask for the sale and when to offer help.

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Last Updated on May 16, 2019

The Daily Rituals of 7 Successful CEOs

The Daily Rituals of 7 Successful CEOs

One of my favorite success quotes ever comes from one of the original and most successful ‘CEOs’ of his era: Aristotle. Here’s what he said:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

This advice is just as sound today as it was when Aristotle first expressed it, way back when. I’m reminded of this at least once a week, when I interview an inspiring author, leader, or successful CEO on my show. I ask my guests a series of questions about what has contributed to their success and their ability to build something meaningful.

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You want to know what nearly all of them say? Almost every time, they respond by telling me that their success is the result of simple habits  enacted day after day.

These quotes from seven successful CEOs demonstrate the daily rituals that have contributed to their success:

1. Promote what you love.

“It’s so much better to promote what you love than to bash what you hate.” – Jessica Alba, CEO of The Honest Company

2. Develop a feedback loop.

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk, CEO of TESLA Motors

3. Create things that are better, not just “different.”

“Our task today is to find singular ways to create the new things that will make the future not just different, but better—to go from 0 to 1. The essential first step is to think for yourself. Only by seeing our world anew, as fresh and strange as it was to the ancients who saw it first, can we both re-create it and preserve it for the future.” – Peter Thiel, CEO of Palantir and best-selling author of Zero To One.

4. Meditate.

“Meditate. Breathe consciously. Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment. Make the connection.” – Oprah Winfrey, CEO of OWN Network

5. Read every day.

“Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest.”-Warren Buffet, CEO of investment firm Berkshire-Hathaway

6. Block time for email.

“Set aside a 20- to 30-minute chunk of time two or three times a day for email. Do not check continually through the day.” – Doug Camplejohn, CEO of predictive lead marketing company FlipTop.

7. Make your customers happy.

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com

Develop the right rituals. Become a successful CEO.

If the majority of these daily habits are new to you, avoid making the crucial mistake of adopting all of these habits at once. Research on habit-formation indicates that lasting habits are formed one at a time.

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For example, let’s say you’re excited about developing the following daily habits:

  • daily reading,
  • daily meditation, and
  • updating your to-do list every night

Let’s say that daily reading is the one that excites you the most out of the three habits noted above. It would be wise of you to begin by choosing and scheduling time to read every day, and then sticking to that time until it becomes a habit. Once it feels effortless and automatic, you’ll know that you’ve turned it into a daily habit. Now you’re ready to install the next habit… and the next… Until before you know it, you’ll start looking in the mirror and seeing the reflection of a successful CEO.

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