Welcome to Change Your Mindset (formerly known as Improv Is No Joke) where it is all about believing that strong communication skills are the best way in delivering your technical accounting knowledge and growing your business. The way of building stronger communication skills is by embracing the principles of applied improvisation. Your host is Peter Margaritis, CPA a.k.a. The Accidental Accountant, will interview financial professionals and business leaders to find their secret in building stronger relationships with their clients, customers, associates, and peers, all the while, growing their businesses.
Ep. 40 – Phil Kim: Associate Professor of Business at Walsh University and Founder of Ideapath Consulting
Korean Proverb Shijaki banida: “The start is half the task.”
Today’s guest, Phil Kim, is a highschool dropout turned accidental accountant turned tenured educator and professional speaker. He shares the remarkable story about how he fell into a hole and then turned his life around by chasing BIG goals through small actions.
In December 2016, Phil gave a talk at TEDxAlbany called “Chase One Rabbit: The Power of Small Wins” (related to his book of the same name).
Phil based his TED talk on a Confucian saying: “If you chase both rabbits, you catch neither.”
The book and TED Talk both explain how we can use focus, accountability, and small wins to achieve more.
- Reach high. Expand and stretch yourself beyond what you think you can do. Choose a single, big priority.
- Chase the rabbit. Take your singular goal and break it down into smaller, doable chunks or small action steps.
- Intentional Accountability. You have your goal and you have your action steps. Now you need some sort of accountability, either with just one or two people or through a small community (like a mastermind).
There’s a theory called the the paradox of choice. It suggests giving users too many choices causes them to worry about making the wrong decision, so they don’t make any decision at all. Too many choices can effectively lead to no choice.
So don’t try to do everything at once. Finish your top priority and then move onto your second priority.
We’re almost done with the first quarter of 2017 (wow that was fast!). I want you to watch Phil’s TED Talk or read his book and then reflect on your goals for the year. Do you have too many? Are they ambitious enough? Prioritize your goals and get hyper focused on just one rabbit – you might surprise yourself with how much you accomplish.
- Phil’s TedX Talk: “Chase One Rabbit: The Power of Small Wins”
- Read Phil’s books:
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