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One Trap That Kills Teamwork

Do you realize people who are successful did not get there by themselves? You can interpret that lots of different ways, but what I’m saying is, it takes a team […]

Do you realize people who are successful did not get there by themselves? You can interpret that lots of different ways, but what I’m saying is, it takes a team in order to succeed.

I heard this statement years ago: If you don’t care about who gets the credit, you’ll be unusually successful.I have to tell you what I’ve noticed in most people, and even in my life at the time. People care about the credit. But what’s interesting is, the more I cared about getting the credit, the less credit I got.

However, when I stopped caring about that, and I started focusing on giving credit to the ones who really deserved it… When I cared about the team collectively getting credit for a job well done, then suddenly recognition started coming in my direction even when I didn’t want it.

This is a major hindrance for a lot of people. A lot of people want to say they’ve done it all on their own. But they’re not going to get very far on their own. Not only that, but they will isolate themselves from other people who know they have helped contribute to the success of that individual.

When someone cares about hogging all the recognition, they will never become the success they desire to become because they are not building a team. It takes a team to make things happen. And every successful team has a successful lineup.

You would be blown away if you knew the size of our team. To actually produce this Daily Fix you’re reading right now, it takes a team of several people. There are 2 editors who edit this Daily Fix. Then there’s the person who loads the message up to send it out, the people who manage all the email addresses, the individual who posts this on the website for everyone to read, and let’s not forget the one who posts it on Facebook. That is an entire team who does this one task of delivering success tips straight to your inbox.

It’s the same for our events team. They negotiate with the hotel for low pricing for your rooms and for the ballroom, so we can keep the ticket price low. They work for weeks leading up to the event, and they work their tails off during the event weekend to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Unfortunately, people give me way too much credit for all the success stories we have. Take Ephraim for example. When he first came to First Steps to Success, the bank was shutting his business down. After First Steps, he grew his business to a half a million dollars in sales. He went from a failing business to a profitable one, all because of the tools he learned at First Steps to Success. But who gets the credit for that? I hear, "Dani, thank you so much for changing my life." But NO, I was not the one who changed your life. It was an entire team of people!!!

Not to mention, who sent you to First Steps to Success? I think it’s important to thank the people who have made a difference in your life, but let’s not forget all the other people who were involved and all the things which had to happen in order for your life to be changed.

So let’s use Ephraim as an example. Who told him about First Steps to Success to begin with? It was a friend of his. A friend who had been impacted by First Steps, and he went to Ephraim and said, "You have to go to First Steps to Success. Dani is going to help you!" So Ephraim went to the website.

And who made that website? Did Dani Johnson make that site? Nope! Who manages that website? Dani Johnson? Nope! There is an entire team of people who make even work! What about the products on that website? Did I make them? Nope! Sure, I delivered the messages, but who was there to capture that content, to actually create a product, and to make it available to you? A team of people!

But even bigger than all of that, who brought all these people to work here at Who has brought millions of people to that website, and the hundreds of thousands of clients we have here? Who has prospered this company and made us successful? GOD did! Yes, we work with excellence and diligence with everything we touch, but the bottom line is, I cannot take my next breath without Him, and neither can you. Without Him, I am nothing, and I would not have the opportunity to do what I’ve been able to do.

Millions of people have said they’ve prayed and prayed for a solution for getting out of debt and finding a business mentor who had biblical values and solving problems in the home or at work. Like the Schwab family, who had been praying for a solution for years. On the very same day, Steve and Crystal were both led to – Crystal randomly came across the website, and Steve heard me on the radio.

Steve and Crystal did not have the money to get to First Steps to Success, but they knew this was the answer to their prayers. So they sold one of their cars, and drove 17 hours with their children to Dallas, Texas. Using the skills they learned there, within 3 weeks they sold 4 houses their realtors couldn’t sell. Within 90 days, they doubled their monthly income. They have paid off $200K of debt, and they have multiple 6-figure investments. The Schwab family is on track to be completely debt free and to take their 6-figure income to 7 figures this year. How in the world could I EVER take credit for that? I can’t!

Here’s my point: If you care about who gets the credit, you’re not going to be as successful as you could be, and you will not receive all the help you could receive from – not only God, but also from others around you. When people think you want all the credit, they’re going to hold the credit from you and compete with you. But if you don’t care about who gets the credit, you will be unusually successful.

I would encourage you to really evaluate yourself today. Do you try to take credit for things all the time? Do you have people on your team who do that? Do you give credit where credit is due? It’s important for us all, whether we are at the top of the company or the bottom, to make sure our focus is in the right place. And where is that? Focus on the growth of the team, and not on your own personal gain. There is nothing more powerful than a team who has their focus in the right place and is moving together towards a common goal.

When you decide to give credit instead of taking credit, you will become unusually successful in your business, career, relationships, and personal life.

It would be a really good idea to share this message with your friends, family, and co-workers. Have a discussion with your kids around the dinner table tonight, because this concept will set them up for success for the rest of their lives. Don’t forget to share this link on Facebook and Twitter, too! (And then leave your comments below.)


In great faith,


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