By the age of 25, Senator Bob Corker managed to start his first company with only $8,000 and a truck. Corker specialized in construction but stood out from the crowd of similar companies. His motives were far from “by accident” and led his construction company to grow into 18 additional states outside of Tennessee. Although he had advanced to become the mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bob Corker has mastered key traits of a true businessman and entrepreneur.
In February, both the students and faculty of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga had the amazing opportunity to have Senator Bob Corker come speak. Corker addressed important ideas and key concepts for UTC’s College of Business to utilize. Although not overly complicated, every aspiring business man and women should take note of his three major points: mastery, vision, and hesitation.
The first concept that Corker stress was the importance of mastery. As mentioned in my previous posts, the value of actually mastering, or becoming an expert, at something is mandatory to building a successful lifestyle in whatever you do. You want to get to the point in life when you can humbly say that you are the best at what you do. Be willing to learn and put forth more effort than the average Joe, and you will begin to recognize the light at the end of the tunnel.
Secondly, goal setting must be mastered as soon as possible. Actually accomplishing your goals comes during later phases. Corker states, ” when setting goals, think big”. As advised by John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur of Fire, in order to accomplish goals, you must first create “smart goals” which are smaller in size but attainable. When combining the ideas of Corker and Dumas, you can see as to why one would not want to start out with a relatively small goal. You would end up breaking it down until your working in increments that truly aren’t bringing you closer to success. Senator Corker calls these goals “Bold”. By setting bold goals, you are opening the doors to make a larger impact in your mental to do list. Completing 80% of your bold goals will leave a bigger impression than simply completing 100% of your much smaller goals.
The last point that Corker makes is taking action. Hesitation is the worst of all of our enemies and should be avoided at all costs. The fact of the matter, despite your fears, is that you will never actually be “ready” to start working on your goals. As the old Chinese saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is right now!”.
Bob Corker is well known for implementing his own advice regularly. His construction company grew successfully because he didn’t waste time. While in college he knew exactly what he wanted to do; that was construction. Upon graduation, he went straight to work on launching his construction company. By leading the life of a go-getter, your goals become much more visible and, more importantly, attainable. If you would like to stay up-to-date with Senator Bob Corker, feel free to follow him on twitter. Also, if you enjoyed this post please let us know with a like or comment!
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