I’m not a fan of the rom-com’s he’s starred in, I haven’t seen Dallas Buyer’s Club and, frankly, I haven’t paid much attention to him since A Time to Kill.
But throughout the Oscars ceremony last night, I found myself enchanted with him and noticing from him lesson after lesson about how to really build a solid business that’s around for the long haul. (I can’t help it – it’s how I process just about everything around me. )
So, in case you missed them, here are three things you can learn – and practice! – in building your dynamic business from Matthew McConaughey:
Patience. Wow! Did you see how patient Matthew was with the slightly confused Kim Novak as they co-presented an award? He was respectful, gentlemanly and extremely patient. (In case you missed it, here’s a clip. I thought that he showed her a lot of kindness and empathy.)
Like it or not, it takes patience to build the business you love. There will be mis-steps, there will be disappointments and there will be times you feel like giving up. Don’t. Your patience and perseverance to hang in there even when it’s get tough will be rewarded.
Preparedness. The odds were on him to win Best Actor, but even if he had not, Matthew was prepared with an acceptance speech that rocked.the.house.
My friend Carrie Wilkerson had this to say:
“As a speaker I loved that Matthew’s speech had an open, key points and closed with a challenge/encouragement to others. Well prepared. Well received. And I bet he will be well-quoted.”
Odds are that while you won’t be giving an Oscar speech anytime soon, be prepared in your business. Prepare for taxes. Prepare for your webinars. Prepare for your networking meetings. Just be prepared. Make it look easy.
Gratefulness. Again, I’m looking to his Oscar speech in which Matthew gave thanks and openly expressed his gratitude to everyone from God to his family.
And while you might be thinking, “Well, of course, Betsy! It’s easy for him to be grateful. I would be too with what he has!” we have to remember his struggle to get where he is today. (See patience above.) According to a quick search, he has been acting since 1991.
Take joy in the little strides you make every day as they add up without you even realizing it.
Be grateful that your computer is working and you can send out that email you’ve been working on.
Be grateful for the one person who believed in you enough to sign up for your program.
Be grateful for your client that just referred someone else to work with you because she got so much out of her own experience.
And be grateful that even if this is a rough patch that there are brighter days ahead. Because the one thing we can always look forward to is change.
Did you catch the Oscars last night? Quick! Share one person or moment that was your favorite or that you found meaningful: