Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Rampey rules for success!

Here's the summary of the Rampey rules for success!

#1 - Show up everyday
#2 - Pay attention
#3 - Remember lots of stuff
#4 - Get stuff done
#5 - Assume command
#6 - Teach people the rules
#7 - Surround yourself with others using the first five rules

I hope you have started using my success rules.  As I've mentioned, they are listed in the order for a reason and each rule builds upon the success of the previous rule.  If you can execute these rules in order, without skipping any, I'm confident you have success in whatever it is you do!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Rule #7 - Surround yourself with people following the first 5 rules.

In an effort to continue writing down my life success rules I've come to the last rule, #7, "Surround yourself with people following the first 5 rules."

This rule is very simple.  Teams are stronger than individuals.  Like minded teams are even stronger.  When you are living the first six rules and having success with them it is time to surround yourself with other like minded individuals.   This will allow you to achieve even greater success.  It might take you some time to find people following the rules but if you've been living rule #6 you already have some people around you.  You should quickly weed out anyone that is not following rule #1, #2, or #3 for obvious reasons.   It is worth noting that sometimes you might have to leave one job for another to find other people following the rules.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my rules for success.  Please let me know if you're trying out the rules and if they have made a difference for you.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Rule #6 - Teach people the rules.

In an effort to continue writing down my life rules for success,  I've come to rule #6, "Teach people the rules."  Remember, the rules are in order and build upon each other for a reason.  Get the first 5 rules working in your own life before you try this rule out.

In my experience, when it comes to success, very few things come naturally.  That is where rule #6 comes into play.   "Teach people the rules."   Teaching people the first three rules will have the largest impact, however, it is the most challenging.  Some people simply don't understand the correlation of these first three rules to success.  My advice is, don't waste time with people who don't already follow the first three rules (knowingly or unknowingly).   You can certainly share those rules in the effort to help them understand why they never seem to have success.  However, trying to teach those rules will likely frustrate you and for some they will never see success because of an unwillingness to change.  The best advice with regards to the first three rules is to "show" not "tell" and wait for them to ask.

If you are ready to teach the rules (because your have success while following rules 1 to 5) then here's some additional advice.   Explain the rules in order.  Emphasize the importance of each rule building on the previous rule.  As I said earlier in the description of those first three rules, people can be successful in just doing those three so don't worry if that's all they intend to ever do.  It doesn't limit your success. Anyone who is already demonstrating the first three rules regularly is a good candidate to invest your time and energy into teaching for your benefit of the next rule #7.   One final bit of advice,  the most difficult rule for many successful people is generally rule #5, "Assume command", because for many people it will be outside their comfort zone.  You should have rule #5 down well yourself, before teaching that rule, because drawing on your own experience of seeing success with that rule will be the best way to teach others.

Now, if you're ready, get out there and tell people about these rules!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Rule #5. Assume command

I have been writing down my rules for success.  You can find the first four here: #1#2#3 and #4.

Today is rule #5, "Assume command".  I learned this rule from my grandfather Timothy R. Rice who was a Lt. Colonel in the US Army.   My grandfather was a big part of my early childhood and I spent many hours of my life doing things with him.  He was the kind of man who lived by a personal code of conduct.  He was compassionate, generous and kind to everyone he met but he was also strong, direct, and intolerant of wrong doing.  Everywhere my grandfather went he assumed he was in charge.  This was probably directly related to his military career but obviously in the military that might not always have been true.  It was this very approach to life that is the essence of rule #5, "Assume command".   When you are living rules #1 to #4 then (and only then) can you exercise rule #5.  In fact, if you are truly doing the first four rules most people you work with, and many you associate with, will actually assume you are in charge.   By contrast, failing at the first four rules and trying to do rule #5 will get you into trouble.  "Assuming command" is NOT about actually being in charge.  It is about understanding that a majority of people have no desire to make decisions and be accountable for their decisions.  "Assume command" is about situational authority. You'll find that if you are showing up everyday (rule #1), paying attention (rule #2),  remembering lots of stuff (rule #3) and getting stuff done (rule #4), that living these rules will put you in the situation that most people will simply assume your in charge.   You can leverage this situational authority to accomplish even more than you otherwise could on your own.

Get busy living the first four rules and then step into the world of rule #5,  assume command!

The Rampey rules for success!

Here's the summary of the Rampey rules for success! #1 - Show up everyday #2 - Pay attention #3 - Remember lots of stuff #4 - Get s...