The One Currency That All Extraordinary Leaders Have In Common

How much margin time do you have built into your life?

I often write about currency. When I was asked to give a TED talk I delivered it on words as currency.

It was a unique perspective for most and I received hundreds of comments, emails and letters about it. I said that words are just as important as the dollars in your bank account because words build or destroy, words can transform nations, start or stop wars – and save lives.

In business – words are critical. They are the engine that delivers your message and builds your brand.

This is the second article in a series on currency and I have been thinking about it for a long time. For years I’ve worked with world changers such as CEOs, celebrities, speakers and humanitarians. People who change and save lives. Samuel Bistrian, the CEO of Roma boots who has impacted the lives of orphans all over the world by doing boot drops and giving them free rain boots.

Greg Secker, in London, who travels to Africa and beyond fitting children with hearing aids. Harry Singha, the global king of youth leadership, who intentionally builds great leaders.

All of these world changers have one currency in common that allows them to live in excellence.

That currency is Time.

I learned years ago that you have a choice of two paths to follow. I could choose to follow the basic thinkers who say I don’t have enough time and I don’t have enough energy (or money, or fill in the blank) or I could take the other path – and create margin time to live my life’s calling. I could choose to create abundance, and give it too.

Time is currency.
Time runs out.
Time is valuable.
Time is an asset.
Time is more valuable than diamonds, rubies, dollars or gold.

Ask a cancer patient who doesn’t have much time left what they would give to have more.

How are you leveraging your time? Are you treating time like dollars or are you wasting it?

I coach people to use words as dollars. When you see a word as having a monetary value you are more selective about which words you choose.

It’s the same way with time.

When you view time as a currency that just might run out (it will) you will think of every hour in terms of equity.

Make margin time.

What is it you want to do that you haven’t yet done?

Create margin time and do it.

Here is more clarity:

If you want to achieve a major life goal or create a business or a life or a family that leaves a lasting legacy on the world, it’s possible that you will need more time.

You might need to think differently, or pattern interrupt your schedule.

Do you take advantage of the hours in the middle of the night? Two days a week I let my body naturally awake and instead of fighting that 3am alertness I get up and a focus on a project that changes lives. It’s an intentional awareness that I need those hours to accomplish these things.

What time can you carve out of your schedule for those unexpected guests, visits from someone in need, or events that could transform your business?

3 steps to leverage time:

1. Think of every minute as a dollar. This change in thinking will change the way you view time. Don’t waste it.

2. Create more time. Evaluate your schedule and make a list of time wasters. Eliminate those things right away. Even if it’s temporary (a month, a year)

3. Set aside a new hour each day. Find an hour you currently do not utilize and use it to achieve your goal or project.
If you eat lunch out, for instance, and decide to use that hour to focus on a project, that’s 1 hour a day times 5 days a week and adds up to 20 extra hours a month. Imagine what you could do and achieve!

Create margin time.
It’s there.
Dream bigger than big and execute.

Influence: The One Asset You Need More Than Anything Else

What’s your influence IQ?

Influence is the single most important business and life asset.

How much influence you have can be easily assessed by analyzing your connecting points and speed of results.

Can you call people and connect them to others at a moment’s notice? Are you connected with world changers?

World changers are action oriented influencers. They make plans, execute easily, and pull together others who will drive change.

The currency we all work for (money) allows us to buy products and services across the globe. We work for money, save it, spend it, gift it, and work for more.

But there’s no currency more powerful than influence. Influence can be used on every continent.

Make no mistake – an influential woman has power that can change the decisions of world leaders, executives, businesses, and families.

Over the years I began noticing that I had built a level of influence money can’t buy. My mission was to change lives through the written word, and the books I wrote made a lasting impact. At times, I partnered with CEOs, and celebrities and non profits on books. I remained open to new partnerships, and my network exploded.

I became a connector, who invested in others naturally.

And this is the cornerstone of influence.   After years of investing and building trust equity, you find that people respond quickly when you request something. One call, gets results.

I texted an NFL player and told him to be at a meeting. He showed up. No questions asked. I told a popular radio show host to interview a homeless man. The text I got the next day said; “My show schedule is booked the next two months. But I’ll fit him in.”

The interview happened two days later.

People work for money, satisfaction, equity, and power. Rising up through an organization offers the chance to lead individuals and teams.
Leaders have the ability to be influencers – but here’s the distinction – not all leaders are influential.

Some are just positional.

Authentic influence is powerful and productive. Entrepreneurs need influence, for growth, expansion, credit, connections and results!

When you have influence you can pick up the phone – call leaders of companies nations or communities and make things happen. When you have influence people write about you talk about you and include you in their plans for the future. Influence is magnetic and it transforms lives in businesses.

Leverage your influence. Work to build relationships and increase your influence IQ this year.

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Books – Blogs – Branding – Corporate Websites – Socially Responsible Messaging Campaigns …
Whatever the platform, I use words to change lives.
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