A major highlight on Day 1 of 10X Growth Con was accomplished author and public speaker, Stedman Graham. During his insightful keynote, he broke down the fundamentals of his concept, “Identity Leadership.”
When the famous educator stepped onto the stage, he emphasized that the most important part of the 10X Growth Conference was the word “growth.”
But how can you flourish if you don’t know who you are?
“IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE, THE WORLD WITH PUT YOU IN A BOX.”– STEDMAN GRAHAM AT 10X GROWTH CON
Graham shared that he struggled with identity growing up. He had two special needs brothers and was African American in an underprivileged area.
Those circumstances caused him to feel anger and rage because society labeled him with their preconceived ideas….
“IF YOU TURN YOUR POWER OVER TO SOMEONE ELSE TO DEFINE YOU, THEY’LL ALWAYS DEFINE YOU AS LESS THAN THEM.”
So, Stedman decided to discover himself, which resulted in finding the way out of his self-imposed boundaries.
Then, the Identity Leadership expert told the rapt audience how he did it.
Stedman Graham’s 10X Growth Con Success Formula
After his compelling preamble, Stedman Graham disclosed a secret about prospering at 10X Growth Con…
“THE PROCESS OF SUCCESS IS THE SAME FOR EVERYBODY.”
And, he outlined all nine steps…
1. Check Your I.D
In this first step, Graham challenged all of us to dig deep into who we are at our core. He also prompted us to answer questions like…
- What are your values?
- Which subjects are we passionate about?
- How do those passions drive you?
Finding clarity on those points is important. Mr. Graham spoke of it as your “foundation.” Nonetheless, Identity Leadership is built on one leading themselves first.
Accordingly, the bestselling author had us turn our sights to a destination next.
2. Create Your Vision
The second step of Stedman’s success formula was to align who you are with where you want your gifts to take you.
His reason is that it creates a strong success-driven mindset.
“POVERTY IS HAVING NO VISION OF WHO YOU CAN BE.”
However, it wouldn’t be the 10X Growth Conference without a call for massive action…
3. Have a Plan
At the 10X Growth Con, Stedman Graham encouraged a large level of activity — but along a planned course.
The prolific educator spoke on how having a plan for your efforts maintains focus and motivation.
“GROWTH IS WHEN YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING. YOU’RE THINKING ALL THE TIME. YOU’RE A LIFELONG LEARNER. AND YOU’RE CONSTANTLY IMPROVING.”
At the same time, Graham also suggests making another set of guidelines as you travel the road to success…
4. Know the Rules of the Road
Stedman Graham wanted to hammer home the point of knowing yourself.
With that in mind, the fourth step of this process is to define what you are willing or not willing to do — based on your core values — to achieve your goals.
Adding your beliefs to an action plan ensures you stay authentic as you progress…
Even when things get uncomfortable.
5. Step into the Outer Limits
Mr. Graham also informed all those at the 10X Growth Conference that being genuine doesn’t mean being complacent.
He explained that there could be no growth if you wake up each day and do the same thing over and over. At some point, you have to do something differently if you want different results.
Therefore, do what makes you nervous, take risks, and try new endeavors.
Otherwise, step five will be incredibly difficult…
6. Pilot Change
It is no surprise to any of you that even the best-laid plans need to adjust and pivot sometimes…
Stedman Graham acknowledges that. Additionally, he says embracing changes — as opposed to resisting them — is how the most powerful people in the world get there.
Being flexible is what creates long-standing legacies like Apple or Coca-Cola, but those powerhouses didn’t get to that level alone…
7. Build Your Dream Team
The first six actions of Graham’s formula were to get you on solid footing. Next, he wanted us to expand our impact by enlisting others to accomplish our mission.
However, those people must be on the same page.
Having more players on the field gets you winning faster — something Stedman learned from his basketball days.
But now you have a team under you, it’s time to step into the leading part of Identity Leadership…
8. Win by Decisions
At this stage, you’ve achieved clarity on who you are and have a team of like-minded individuals.
That is a lot of responsibility!
Stedman Graham acknowledged that and leaned in on making good decisions based on your long-term vision and principles. He asserted each of these choices will accumulate to great things.
“HOW DO YOU GET TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN? IT’S A SMALL STEP EVERY DAY.”
With that, let’s move into the final step…
9. Organize and Use Relevant Information
The last strategy of success that Stedman wanted to share with the 10X Growth Con audience was staying focused as one worked toward their goals.
In the same manner, the public speaker wanted to ensure that we used all of the resources and information available to us as we moved forward.
All of these steps were valuable in and of themselves, but Graham decided to give us his secret ingredient…
Stedman Graham Emphasizes LOVE at 10X Growth Con
Like anything worthwhile, Stedman Graham disclosed that becoming successful at anything requires love.
“LOVE IS THE MOST POWERFUL WORD IN THE WORLD. THE POWER OF ORGANIZING LOVE IN YOUR LIFE WILL TAKE YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.”
In the end, Stedman Graham’s message for those at 10X Growth Con was to be true to ourselves, use our resources, and follow our passions.
That being said, be great — it’s who you are,
10X Growth Con Staff
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