In business and leadership, we all spend a great deal of time living with assumptions that are just no longer relevant. Our outdated beliefs, the way we operate, the books we read and the people we spend time with help contribute to our dedication to those assumptions. If we live with outdated assumptions, we will never get ahead and be as successful as we want to be. We all have to be constantly challenging our assumptions to see if they are serving us or holding us back.
As I am writing about this, I cannot help but think about people who have challenged assumptions only to become some of the world’s greatest business leaders.
In leadership coaching, I am always asking my clients to look at any limiting, outdated beliefs, systems, procedures or processes that may be getting in their way of success. I encourage you to do the same. These four people did not let their old belief systems get in their way. They knew what the public wanted even before they knew they wanted it. As someone who orders about 50% of my household goods, clothing and shoes online and who listens to my iPod everyday, I cannot imagine life today without the above four people challenging their assumptions and bringing new products and services into my life that do make life easier and more fun.
As I close this post, I want to ask you “What assumptions are you holding in your mind that are getting in your way of success?” I encourage you to leave your comments below.