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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

8 Lessons in Success and Achievement from Snow White...

....Snow White was an Achiever; and here's why...


One of the greatest books on Achievement and Personal Success was published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm in Germany...


Picture Credit - Walt Disney 

So what can we learn from Snow White, that we can apply to our own life, business and success...?

1. Life's not Fair - being taken to the forest by the huntsman to be put to death on the orders of her wicked step mother was a tricky start. When "$*%£" happens - deal with it and find a way of getting through. The better you become, the more "attractive" you are as a proposition; the more you will make others feel inadequate. 

Lesson #1 - Tall Poppy syndrome is an unfortunate fact of life...

2. Do a Deal - the huntsman was ordered to kill Snow White and bring back her lungs and liver as proof, but she promises to never return to the Castle if he spares her life, which he does. The rule of reciprocation; give something ion order to receive is the key here, she gave a promise in return for her life. 

Lesson #2 - Everything is negotiable - the huntsman took back the live and lungs of a Boar instead...

3. Team Building - Snow White had a Team; the Seven Dwarfs became her guardians and friends, they all had assigned roles and responsibilities and individual job descriptions. Doc, Happy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Bashful & Dopey (Walt Disney 1937) She recognised that Together Everyone Achieves More. 

Lesson #3 - statistically only one in seven dwarfs is Happy...

4. Trust - learning Stranger Danger - Snow White was visited by her Step Mother three times at the cottage.

  • Disguised as a Sales Person - peddling silk clothing, getting Snow White to accept a gift of a Bodice which get tied so tight that she passes out. 
Lesson #4 - beware of the Puppy Dog close from Sales People...
  • Disguised as a Comb Seller - yes they had those in Germany - laced with poison, when she try's the comb she passes out from its effects. 
Lesson #5 - vanity is a motivator that can lead to your downfall...
  • Disguised as a Farmers Wife - offering an Apple which is poisoned, even eating some herself as proof of its safety, Snow White collapses. 
Lesson#6 - social proof is not absolute, what works for others may not work for you...

5. Law of Attraction - the Dwarfs, thinking that Snow white was dead, placed her in a glass coffin and laid her to rest in the forest. A Prince passing by, saw her in her coffin and was so captivated by her that he begged the dwarfs to let him take her with him. As they moved the coffin one of them tripped and the movement dislodged the apple stuck in her throat and Snow White woke up. 

Picture Credit - Walt Disney

Now whilst, we should always be careful about anyone who is attracted to dead bodies and wants to take them away, the lesson here is that constant marketing and positioning is the key to attracting your best opportunities and clients. 

Lesson #7 - Stay visible, and be an attractive proposition and you'll get noticed. Being dead is no excuse...

6. Reciprocation and Payback - the best way to irritate those who don't like you is to have a great life. When Snow White and the Prince got married, her father and step mother were invited to the wedding, even though they didn't know it was her. At the wedding, her step mother is presented with a pair of Iron Shoes that are glowing red hot, and she is made to dance in them until she drops down dead. 

Lesson #8 - don't get mad get even and revenge is a dish best served cold.


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Simple - you will be better off with me as your Coach than you are without me. 

I will expect and encourage you to achieve more than you think possible, you will love me some days and hate me the next. I will take away your excuses and replace them with achievement; and on the way we'll have more fun than should be allowed in Business...

So, if you think you're ready - drop me an Email...

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