Please welcome Christine Comaford-Lynch of Rules For Renegades. Christine a five-time CEO and company founder — and all five businesses grew to be either acquired or taken public. She has 20 years’ experience in operational high-tech positions with Microsoft, Lotus, Adobe, and Apple. She has assisted 700 of the Fortune 1000 companies and 300 small businesses in accelerating innovation and has consulted with the White House on tech and small business strategies. Christine took her very first biz to million-dollars in her very first year! So, girl, it’s time to read carefully & take notice!
Christine offers this magnificent article just to kick our busy short-week into gear! Write a thoughtful blogpost on your blog, or write a detailed comment agreeing or disagreeing with these rules & tips; and I’ll pick 3 Renegades for a free NY Times,Wall Street Journal, amazon.com, USA Today Best-Seller book! [Thanks Christine for sharing your unique words of wisdom & awesome books for our readers You Rock!]
Several people have asked me why a renegade would actually need rules, and why I named my book implying this (Rules for Renegades: How to Make More Money, Rock Your Career, and Revel in Your Individuality, McGraw-Hill 2007).
First, let’s define what I consider a renegade.
A Renegade is a person with a degree of passion and commitment that exceeds the norm. A renegade achieves great things without sacrificing their personal life on the altar of success. A renegade is not a rebel; renegades don’t trash “the system”, rather they acknowledge that it exists and they resolve to optimize their navigation of it!
That said, do renegades need rules?
I think so. Because we need a little bolstering some days, we need a lot of insider info every day, and we need to remember to not sacrifice ourselves to the cause, which, my women friends, many of us do.
Here are the rules as I see them. I’d love to hear what you think! [Me too!]
Rule 1: Everything’s an Illusion, So Pick One That’s Empowering
We often get stuck in our self-definitions, which are the most limiting thing we do to ourselves. But often we’ll need to intentionally redefine ourselves in order to achieve new goals, take new risks, stretch outside of our comfort zone. We’re not being fake here, we’re intending our new self and taking the steps to manifest it.
o Design your new illusion: Click here & scroll down for the New Illusion form
o ACT it until you ARE it—believe it!
o Set SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, results-oriented, time-bound)
Rule 2: An MBA is Optional, A GSD is Essential
A GSD (Gets Stuff Done) is THE most important credential you’ll ever need. Your personal brand must be synonymous with RESULTS. Advanced degrees are great, but not necessary. Nothing will build your credibility better than being the person that others rely on to deliver the goods.
• Practice the Fab Four (“Please”, “Thank you”, “I’m sorry”, “I don’t know”)
• Continuously course-correct—always be optimizing
• Make your brand = RESULTS
Rule 3: Problems + Pain = Profit
Often entrepreneurs try to solve the wrong problems—problems that aren’t painful. Only painful problems get people to open up their wallets. When someone is in business pain they are far more likely to take a risk on a small business, an unknown commodity, a person who is unlike their usual sales rep.
• Pay attention: seek out painful problems and solve them
• Pain = increased risk tolerance…
• Make your pitch follow the THREE C’s: concise, compelling, complete
Rule 4: Build Power Instead of Borrowing It
Many of us misunderstand power. We don’t know how to get it, we don’t know how to use it. Maybe we’re fearful of it, or in awe of it. Getting power from association is common, but too transitory. The association withers, the power is gone. Why get power from a job title, a company, a neighborhood? Get your own power that no one can ever take away.
• Adopt supreme self-confidence: Yes! It is a choice!
• Use the Power Boosters (scroll down)
• Inventory your internal assets: you have more than you think!
Rule 5: Rock Rejection and Finesse Failure
We all mess up now and then. We need to know how to fail forward, how to rock rejection and not let it trip us up. We need whole new view of rejection and failure so we no longer fear it, we simply use it to our advantage.
• Host a Rejection Party: getting rejected a lot in quick succession will desensitize you
• Fail forward—and faster!
• Take 100% responsibility for your life and work
Rule 6: Learn to Love Networking
Most people don’t know how to network. They go about it the wrong way and it’s not useful or fun. I LOVE people—but I didn’t always. I had to learn to love networking, which helped me see how great people are, which helped me to fall in love with them. The first way is to hear their stories, then to help them get what they want. The best part? The deep connections you develop.
• Join a networking group
• Practice “Palm Up” networking: give before you take
• Do the “Drive By Schmooze”: spend a specific amount of time to build a short list of connections
Rule 7: Only You Can Lead Your Life
There are new laws to leadership that most people don’t know, such as true leaders are always elevating others. You can be a kind, compassionate, and super effective leader. Put energy into people. You’ll get emotional equity as a result, which is far more valuable than financial equity.
• Energy = Equity
• Elevate others, collaborate, say it and do it
• Practice the New Laws of Leadership: see www.RulesForRenegades.com
Rule 8: Work Your Money Mojo
Money helps you navigate business, society and the world at large. When you know how to work your money mojo you know how to get money from the right sources on the right terms, at the right time. If you want people to lend you money, give your non-profit cause money, fund our business dream, you need to know how to work your money mojo!
• Have a capital acquisition strategy: how much you need, from whom, with what trade-offs
• Use the 3 C’s of Internal Funding: consulting, customers, cost control
• Always be selling
Rule 9: Resign as General Manager of the Universe
Many of us struggle with not knowing when to tighten or loosen the reins, whether at work or at home. We’re acting like the General Manager of the Universe and then wondering why we’re so exhausted, over-committed, and miserable. Learn how and when to lighten up on the micro-managing.
• Do a semi-annual assessment
• Remember the Fish Rots at the Head: if something is messed up, look up!
• Have connections, not contacts: with connections you have trust, and thus can delegate, and thus don’t have to do everything!
Rule 10: Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There
We all seek meaning in our lives, and sometimes we forget where to find it. Life is a cycle of remembering and forgetting, and we sometimes need help to remember what really matters in life.
• Resolve to make a difference
• Commit to “one a week” (giving one hour of your time per week)
• Remember Giving = Receiving
What do you think? Do these make sense? Here’s what people have told me they’ve gained from following the Rules for Renegades:
1) increased optimism, motivation, and accountability at work, resulting in more ideas, more innovation, increased sales
2) reduced fear of failure—they are now “failing forward” as I teach in my book, and they’re taking smarter risks
3) reduced stress—they’re seeing their own tendency towards control-freakism and don’t want to make all the mistakes I did, so they’re learning to delegate and manage others more effectively
4) increased meaning—as a result of reading my book they’ve upped the amount of service in their lives, even involving co-workers or family members in volunteer work. The result has been closer and more fulfilling relationships.
So my take is, YES, renegades need rules. We need them to help rock our lives, our careers, find more meaning in both, and of course—to make more money!
Rock on, renegades! [Here! Here!]
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