Quick refresher, if you did your homework you understand the First Law of Stratospheric success, “Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.” How did it feel to give more than you expected to receive?
If we were building a mathematical formula (or recipe, you pick what makes sense to you) that helps you reach a state of Significance then we would call the First Law “V”. The Second Law goes like this, ” Your true worth is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.” So let’s call the Second Law “S” with the “S” standing for serve. So our formula so far is “V” x “S”.
This past weekend I was “happy” to be running the Drake Relays 8k. I call it “happy” because running makes me “happy” but I find “joy” in the relationships that running has brought into my life. Anyway, during the race I had the “happiness” of running with a friend, running with some of the Dowling boys, and hearing “Go Loran” or “Go Coach Storts” from the sidelines. Yet as happy as I was, I found joy at about mile 3.5 when I glanced up and saw in the distance the familiar stride of Coach Dennis. Thirty two years ago I met Coach Dennis, he was my freshmen track coach at Clinton High School in Clinton, IA. He changed my life by believing in me, he invested in me, I looked up to him, he taught me running, he taught me life through running, he served me and hundreds of other high school boys. For all the endless hours and investment he made into my life he probably made $500 per track/cross country season. Once I caught Coach Dennis I gave him a quick pat on the back but I knew I would see him again. After all, Coach Dennis is the one who taught me how to race, so when you pass someone you pass them definitively!
Fast forward to the finish, I had to stay near the finisher’s area so I could talk to Coach Dennis. A flood of emotions came over me as I was reminiscing with Coach Dennis, I found myself saying “thank you” to him several times because I wanted him to know how much he impacted my life. His wife Sue joined us and we continued to laugh and share stories about all the stupid stuff we did as dorky high school runners. At that very moment I got it, Coach Dennis was the very first man of Stratospheric Significance in my life. He provided so much value for the little was paid (payment), plus he provided such a level of service that he impacted hundreds of lives. Because of his significance in my life I had the courage at age 45 to leave the corporate world and pursue coaching. Totally different story but inter-related….more on that at a later date.
Who is the Coach Dennis in your life? Have you gone about thanking him or her for that investment? Now on to your second piece of homework, if you are looking for more success (or significance) in your life then find a way to serve more people. It’s that simple! How about not only buying the coffee for the person behind you at Caribou (see First Law blog) but also buy a 10 cup to-go container and serve the people at your work. And serving doesn’t mean leaving the container of coffee in the break room, actually walk around and serve them coffee complete with sugar & cream. Just an idea but try it, you will like the way it feels to SERVE others!
“V” x “S” x “I”… what’s “I”?