What do Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Kobe Bryant, Drew Brees and David Beckham have in common?
They are the world’s highest paid athletes according to Forbes Magazine, with Tiger Woods topping the list at $78.1 Million in winnings and endorsement deals according to calculations made in June 2013.
Tiger is not only the highest paid, but he is the youngest golfer to win 50 tournaments on tour.
Ranked the number one golfer in the world, he has an impressive list of achievements including being awarded the PGA Player of the Year a record ten times. Plus he has more career major wins than any other active golfer. He’s also the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam (winning all the golf’s major championships in the same calendar year.)
Whether it’s in sports, the arts, or business, what leads people to greatness? What makes them the best in the world?
Being a successful volleyball athlete myself and now working closely with top entrepreneurs such as Rich Schefren, Ryan Deiss, and Yanik Silver, I’ve discovered a common ingredient—not only in athletes, but in entrepreneurs.
I’m not talking about drive and ambition, although that is important to succeed and will lead to a certain level of success, it is not what leads to the highest level of achievement.
Writing down your goals and having a plan is another element often referenced for high accomplishment. While I highly recommend having your end-game defined and a plan written down to achieve it, it too is not the missing, secret ingredient that gets you to the top.
Passion for what they do? Again, that will definitely help you out and keep you driving forward during times when you are struggling, but is not the one missing ingredient.
So what is it?
They seek out and work with the best coaches in the world.
Every one of the highest paid athletes on the Forbes list works with the best and (not surprisingly) highest paid coaches.
Rich Schefren, Yanik Silver, Ryan Deiss, Frank Kern…all turned to the best coach they could find.
But you might ask yourself, if you are at the top of your game, why you would need a coach…
I mean Tiger Woods is the number one golfer in the world earning serious money, why on earth would he work with a coach?
Or why would the most successful entrepreneurs already at the top of the ladder need coaching?
Because it accelerates success and keeps them at the top of their game.
A great coach will guide you in what you need to do to win.
A great coach will be knowledgeable of the most effective techniques, methods and strategies required for success.
A great coach will get to know what pushes your buttons so she or he can motivate you and keep you on course when you start to stray in the wrong direction.
A great coach will introduce you to the greatest leaders—whether it’s through mastermind groups or simply telling you what you should read or in the case of an athlete putting you with a team or workout partners. He puts these people in your path so that you can be surrounded by successful people that will help you expand your thinking and knowledge and push you even further.
So if you want to accelerate your success and reach (and stay at) the top of your game, crowd your path with successful people and the best coaching you can find.
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