Five things you must give to succeed in business and life.

You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you. - Lisa Kleypas

GIVE your word

In life and business we are only as good as the commitments we make. Before you take on any project, be sure you can deliver, in its entirety. If you say you are going to do something, do it. Giving this to others allows them to trust working with you or to be in a relationship with you. Give this to yourself and you will not make promises you break. By always living by your word, you will be very clear about what you are willing to commit to.

GIVE your attention

Be present and on time. When you schedule a meeting, a phone call, or anything…be there on time. Respect that others have their own valuable work and life too. You do not have the right to strip them of their time. They have blocked their time for you, keep to the schedule you set. Once you engage, stay focused on the person across the table, on the phone or online. Show you care, that you are a partner and you will be able to gain insight as to how you can help or support.

GIVE your service

Serve others whenever you can. Once you meet someone, spend the time needed to learn how you might be able to help serve them with their challenges or opportunities. Serving doesn’t place you in a subservient role, but elevates you to a valued and trusted resource. Improving the lives or circumstances of others is a key characteristic of great leaders.

GIVE your energy

Direct your energy to the task at hand or person you are serving, and do not give less than that. If you find you cannot focus your energy on that one thing, or that client or relationship for the time needed, then maybe you aren’t working in the right role, with the right people or in the right relationships. We give energy when we are passionate and motivated. Learn what this is for you and you always have the energy to give.

GIVE your heart

Be honest with others about your intentions and be courageous to be vulnerable in your exchanges. Share WHY things are important to you about your work, about your life. Reflect your passion and emotion in a way you hope to receive. People you want to work with and who you want in your life will respect and appreciate this. Those who don’t won’t be deserving of your gift.

Mike Skrypnek

Mike is an accomplished author and recognized as Canada's leading authority and speaker on guiding business and personal GROWTH, showing people how to GET freedom for their lives and families and helping families GIVE back to their community and causes that matter most to them. He has delivered motivating presentations, and shared his GROW, GET GIVE philosophy with entrepreneurs, advisors, charities and the millionaire businessperson next door.

Speaking to audiences of 20 to 200 people, Mike has entertained and inspired over 2,251 people in just the past three years.

Through his guidance, he has helped families re-direct $8 million to charitable causes since 2012 and plans to grow this to over $100 million in the next decade.

Mike's quick learning style and innovative marketing ideas have helped him GROW a dominant niche financial advisory business focusing on helping others GIVE to the non-profit industry.

Building a successful niche business in a commoditized industry, Mike understands how to differentiate and succeed. He has shared his insights and knowledge of sales and marketing to lead others to gain top of mind positioning with their prospective customers and grow their own unique business. Mike can teach anyone how to manage their time and their talent better to get more freedom to enjoy their lives and their family.

Life without passion and purpose is a life wasted and Mike has been showing others how they can give back for big impact through their business and personally.