Category: podcast

Principles of Success – Make a difference (2)

SUCCESS is about improving the world around you, making a difference. This is the second principle of success which I learned from my guests who I interviewed on Stories of Success, my podcast that examines habits of successful people. We already discussed the first principle which stated that success isn’t all about money, but about creating something. Now leading on from there, we need to look at what we can create. If I can throw in a curveball here, if you have been watching Dragon’s Den in the UK, or similar shows across the globe, then you would have seen lots of entrepreneurs having ideas on how to improve the world and trying to raise money. A few of them are quirky ideas but you soon realise that the idea will never take off. Some entrepreneurs are looking to solve a problem that either doesn’t exist for the majority of people or that isn’t a problem in the first place. However, and my revelation came when speaking to Gareth Davies about his motivation. I remember him saying ‘I wanted to make a difference in my industry and improve things from the way they were done before’. Essentially that meant that

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Principles of Success – Money and Success (1)

Money doesn’t equal SUCCESS; the focus isn’t on earning money but on building something that matters. When I set out with my podcast back at the end of 2017, I compiled a few questions for my guests. One of them, and the question I always ask first, is ‘how do you define success’. To my positive surprise, not one guest so far has mentioned success would mean money. I am going back a few years, mainly when I worked in start ups and full on sales roles, that money was the main motivator for me. It was about ‘retiring at 40’, something I didn’t manage, and which was to a certain extend illusional. How could I imagine making that much money by just working for a start up rather than founding one? Money was all I cared about at some point and it was important to own things. Anyway, that changed for a variety of reasons. With me being past 40, not retired, and I slowly but surely realise that money isn’t everything, I wanted to find out what success is made of. Success for me is about my family, having a secure income and progressing with my career. Personally,

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Principles of Success

Hello followers, Just as I start season 2 of my podcast Stories of Success, I wanted to share the Principles of Success. Those are 12 principles which I will write about over the forthcoming weeks. I’d appreciate any feedback on whether you think they are relevant and whether they are useful. Do you have a similar experience? How do they compare to the old principles from 2013 I published a while back? Feel free to sign up to my newsletter here. Or go an download a free copy of Principles of Success! Thanks for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Volker

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Success Stories – first quarter summary.

Dear listener (and readers of course), You have been likely to listen to my podcast Stories of Success over the last few months. I have been going for 3 months now, and I figured it was time to write up a solo episode which I then decided to put into writing rather than ‘reading it out’ or podcasting it. Again, thank you for staying with me over the first quarter and we have some existing guests coming in Q2 this year. Please rate my podcast if you like it and also, please subscribe on your favourite podcast outlet, as this will help me to increase my fellowship and amount of listeners. I started the podcast in January to explore how some of my friends are successful, some aren’t as much and what it takes for some of my mentors and industry leaders to climb up the career ladder. This was triggered by a) me looking for a job and looking for inspiration but b) also to build more of an expertise of what it takes to coach people to become (more) successful. So a lot of my learning is based on their learning and experience. Naturally, as it is in

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Stories of Success – Solo Episode

Hello my friends. Finally, I published my first podcast! On my blog over at Stories Of Success, you find my first or inaugural episode of my podcast. I am excited! Over time you will find more episodes there that will be interviews with successful people. I shall publish those on Twitter, LinkedIn etc. – so make sure you don’t miss them. Feel free to sign up for the RSS feed. Since I am new to podcasting, I hope there won’t be many hiccups but if there are, I am sorry 🙂 New chapters ahead! Best wishes, and finally a sunny day in London, Volker

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