My name is Marquis Taylor and I am the Motivational Speaker. I was born in Canton, Ohio but grew up in Columbus,Ohio. Previously, I was studying Mechanical Engineering for four and a half years until I found my passion in speaking. Currently, I am a student pursuing an Art of Sciences associate’s degree at the University of Akron. I earned my HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) certificate in May 2011. I was a Resident Assistant for two years and interned at Moen Incorporated for eight months. I will be building an Earthship this summer as well.
Dear Puzzle Piece,
"Your playing small does not serve the world there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presents automatically liberates others.” - Coach Carter (Movie)
Today I would like to touch on the topic of the “The 10x Rule”. This is an audio book by Grant Cardone that I listened to a few days ago that brought up a number of powerful ideas.
What many people (and companies) do when approaching a problem is set goals to achieve. While pursuing these goals we tend to underestimate the level of tenacity is takes to achieve those goals.
All kinds of things get in our way; the change in economy, a family emergency, procrastination, an illness or injury, not having a strong enough why or even having your team quit on you halfway through.
Regardless of the situation, success is heavily dependent upon mental preparation. The 10x rule focuses on setting goal and then doing 10 ten times the expected effort it takes in order to achieve that goal. If someone is preparing for any challenge, whether it be a speech, a dance recital, a race, or a war, it always takes more than what we can initially fathom at the start.
The 10x Rule encourages one to dream massively and work towards those dreams. For whatever reason, when many of us see a goal start to become too much of a challenge, we lower the expectation for ourselves. Here is a good question to ask yourself next time you are tempted to lower your expectation of yourself: Would not it be wiser to come short on a massive goal than a small goal?
This fundamental question moved me examine my past. There was NOTHING that I succeeded in by thinking small. No football game was won, no test was aced, and even learning to ride a bike was not achievable without going beyond the initial effort expected. This is a simple rule of life and my past endeavors are a testament to that.
I grew up in a single mother household who loved me dearly. I had everything I wanted and then some. Although, I was faced with many challenges that have built the character I have today.
I ran away from home several times out of fear of my step father when I was thirteen. I had my fair share of racism in schools from bullies that viewed my looks and the things I liked as grotesque. I was jumped by a gang when I was sixteen and growing up I was into many fist-fights. I was involved in a vehicular accident and my dog was euthanized in my lap when I was fourteen. I was supposed to be arrested by the age of sixteen for fighting, but the officer gave me a chance and drove me home instead of to the penitentiary. Seven years have passed since then and I have never engaged in a fight since and I do not plan to.
Today, no one can even fathom me being an aggressive person and I am not; although I was. I grew up very angry at the world and I felt as though I was never going to succeed at times. But eventually, I met several mentors and got involved in different youth programs that helped me “get out of my own way” and take control over my life. My mother involved me in Upward Bound, City Year, F.I.R.S.T. Robotics, the Urban League and the Emerging Leaders Program just to name a few. I started to attract different opportunities that I never knew existed and people who were positive influences on me.
I had never expected that my life would have these sort of challenges; this is a testament to the 10x Rule. I noticed that like attracts like. Small dreams will attract smaller dreams and massive dreams will bring about larger ones. You will begin to notice a change in the sort of people and opportunities you come across. The 10x Rule is an approach that allows people to be better prepared for weathering the storms of life.
It is a MAJOR self-esteem booster as well. You may be saying, “But Marquis, a small failure is better than a bigger failure.” I'm here to tell you that just is not true. Dr. Seuss had his book rejected by 27 publishers. Abraham Lincoln was defeated in 8 elections. Eminem even attempted to take his own life at one point. Regardless of how major your “failure” is, failure is quitting not coming short. I heard someone say, “There is no such thing as failure; there is simply learning how not to do something.”
The 10x Rule does not just focus on the magnitude of what you are doing, but also the frequency of doing it. Recording yourself reading a speech out loud one time and then listening to it 50 times in a week will help you remember it. However, rerecording it to perfection several times and then listening to it 500 times will allow you to EMBODY it. Another example is basketball: Just shooting 500 shots a day for a month will make you an excellent shooter. But successfully making 500 shots a day in a month is an astronomical difference in skill level.
Personally, I think it is exciting! I love dreaming big! I am only limited by my ability to expand my horizons. Risks are made every time we drive a car, every time we eat at a restaurant, every exercise done and every place we go. We might as well take the risks that can bring us joy not just the “safe” risks. There is no shortage of success; you and everyone you know can be successful. There is no such thing as outshining someone; we were all meant to shine.
One of the most powerful things I've learned over the years is deciding who I am going to be when it is all said and done. Regardless of any situation and its outcome, I have made up my mind and said that I WILL NOT allow a situation to negatively affect my happiness. Before every test, every day at work, every conversation and every challenge I have accepted the fact that I will still press on uninterrupted. The 10x mentality talks about making “every” outcome useful.
Even though I just recently listened to the 10x Rule audio book, I realize that I have experienced it before. I finally feel as though I have reached the point that I no longer dread my Monday mornings. I am excited to know that my past can be used as wings instead of anchors. Weekly Challenge: I challenge you to write down your massive dreams EVERYDAY! Read them out loud. Tape them to your ceiling. Even just texting it to yourself is better than nothing. I did this for four months and the following happened: My grades were higher than ever, my health increased and my finances were better off as well. You are not alone, find others to mentor you and be willing to have others join you.