How did you meet Steven Sambliss?
He contacted me on LinkedIn about two years ago. He was researching a virtual training concept and looking for funding. The original concept emerged a year or two before the start of the pandemic. Now he has proven the great potential of the 1Habit concept and is really working with it. It is both an editorial trend and an editorial production system. He’s raising funds and I’m excited about where his ideas are going.
How did Steven approach you in relation to this book, what convinced you to be a part of it?
Steven told me that the mind of many is wiser than the mind of one. He told me that in each book he would place a single focus on the wisdom of multiple authors. Each headline is designed to inspire people to change just one habit. Just changing a habit, Steven explained, can change who they are, change the trajectory of their lives and create value for others along the way.
What convinced me to be a part of this? I liked your logic. Also, I’m a big fan of making advance payments. TO CHECK. And trying new things. Another check. Steven is also a great salesperson. I knew that whatever he found out, he would be able to sell it into existence. In sales, he’s one of the good guys, not the enthusiastic salesperson type. And he doesn’t lack energy.
Can you give us a preview of the chapter you wrote?
It’s coming out on May 28th, so it won’t be a secret for long. My leadership topic is negotiating to learn, not just to win. In the short chapter, I develop one of the Storyminers best practices which is that, every time we have a project, we decide what we’re going to do and how much we’re going to earn. We then talk to our customers about what they want to learn further. There is no charge and learning is generally bidirectional. If you pay attention to what you learn, you can adapt your business trajectory (or personal life), create new opportunities and become a smarter and more capable person. In short, what you learn is what you become.
Have you read the entire book?
No, it hasn’t been published yet. But it will be on May 28th. I can’t wait to see what others have to say. In the United States, we have this collective understanding that there are just a few leaders. Leaders are very rare. I disagree and feel that Steven feels the same way. We all have leadership within us. We just have to let it out, practice it and own it. 1Habit of the world’s greatest leaders will give readers the opportunity to compare their thinking with that of nearly 100 others. My hope is that this book (first printed in English, then in other languages) will make tens of thousands of people take the lead they already have. I hope my chapter helps you learn on purpose to increase your skills and influence.
Can we expect future collaborations?
I would love to. The first collaboration I did with Steven was his first title “100 Habits of the Happiest Entrepreneurs on the Planet”, published in 2019. “1Habit of the Greatest Leaders in the World” will be my second. If there’s a third party, I hope it’s about shaping the future using stories to share.