Hi, I’m Johanne Dodon welcome to part 1 of “Innovate Your Business Life” series.

I want to begin this series with my interpretation of one of the most critical teachings that my beloved Teacher Guruji Mahendra Trivedi shared during the countless discourses he gave through the years.

We will uncover key success factors and characteristics that one cannot buy, cannot teach and when connected to become as natural as your first cup of coffee in the morning.

“A signer can be connected and achieve great success as long as he or she acts like a signer!.”

This wisdom is so profound and then again so simple. Some would say it’s common sense. Because the source of Mr. Trivedi’s teachings is Truth and follows the laws of nature, the teachings are always simple, clear and unmistakable.

As human beings we like to use our brains to figure out complex concepts, methods, techniques and demanding practices–we are habitual to looking outward in our environment for something to bring forth a shift or a change in our lives and forego our inner guidance and gifts.

Truth-based knowledge always looks inwards and resonates with each individual at the level of consciousness they are at the moment. True innovation, true change can only come from within.

Although I have no desire to become a CEO except for the CEO of my life, reading How to be a CEO, inspired me. The New York Times article Adam Bryant wrote October 27, 2017 was meaningful because of the different approach he took to understand success. With all the information he gathered on the mechanics of success through the years, he expressed the longing to look deeper, to uncover something more meaningful in the success of these amazing people. In doing so, Bryant emphasized the phenomenon behind career and business success.

He said about the 525 CEO’s he interviewed in the last decade “I found myself wanting to ask instead about more expansive themes — not about pivoting, scaling or moving to the cloud, but how they lead their employees, how they hire, and the life advice they give or wish they had received.”

He says about looking for success patterns “The problem is that the world doesn’t really work that way. There are too many variables, many of them beyond your control, including luck, timing and personal chemistry.”

He explains how surprised he was to find that many executives do not fit the stereotype assigned to CEOs and continues to say, “So what explains it? Are there some qualities — beyond the obvious, like hard work and perseverance — that explain why these people ultimately got the top jobs?” Bryant without knowing it was using his own gift as an inquisitive interviewer to uncover what makes these successful people different.

Bryant lists three recurring themes he noticed about the people he interviewed:

They are curious!
“First, they share a habit of mind that is best described as applied curiosity. They tend to question everything. They want to know how things work, and wonder how they can be made to work better. They’re curious about people and their back stories.”

They love a challenge!
“Second, C.E.O.s seem to love a challenge. Discomfort is their comfort zone. Usually, I really like whatever the problem is. I like to get close to the fire. Some people have a desire for that, I’ve noticed, and some people don’t. I just naturally gravitate to the fire. So I think that’s a characteristic that you have, that’s in your DNA.”

They focus on what they do!
“The third theme is how they managed their own careers on their way to the top. They focus on doing their current job well, and that earns them promotions. That may sound obvious. But many people can seem more concerned about the job they want than the job they’re doing.”

Here are my favorite CEO quotes from the article:

‘You shouldn’t be looking just to climb the ladder, but be open to opportunities that let you climb that ladder.’

‘You have to be open and alert at every turn to the possibility that you’re about to learn the most important lesson of your life.’

‘By definition if there’s leadership, it means there are followers, and you’re only as good as the followers. I believe the quality of the followers is in direct correlation to the respect you hold them in. It’s not how much they respect you that is most important. It’s actually how much you respect them. It’s everything.’

“I tell people, just show up, get in the game, go play in traffic. Something good will come of it, but you’ve got to show up.”

It is so interesting to get down to the truth and see the phenomenon that the top leaders in their field live. Mr. Trivedi always taught that successful people understand Life Force Energy and how it works in people’s lives.

Although they may call it many things they understand that deep, driving force that once they connected to brought out the natural leader in them.

It is the connection to something outside the mechanics, a phenomenon that has the power to propel an individual’s inherent talents and gifts to success.

This phenomena does not replicate well from one person to another and to explain it is like trying to explain “gut feeling” or “impulse”.

Mr. Bryant interviewed 525 CEO’s, and they all had their different styles, approaches and stories.

The phenomenon and the power of Life Force Energy in a person’s totality are so aligned with his or her gifts and talents it makes whatever the person is doing seem easy to anyone that observes.

It is also my understanding that being connected to the “Creative Force” and having Life Force Energy will also keep you young and even can reverse aging! Have you noticed that successful people look fantastic! Not because they have the money to take care of themselves, go to the gym and get special treatments. They glow with Life Force Energy.

To find personal success and business success, you must increase your connection to the Life Force Energy and work to bring out your own natural gifts or talents. In my “Do you know the Good and Not so Good about yourself?” I explain how important an honest self-analysis is to help understand who you are, your strengths and weaknesses. Read my “Self-Analysis for Business” to learn more about what to look for in doing the self-analysis for your business.

The same phenomenon can exist in any profession. A great chef, athlete, signer, painter, innovator or scientist; the key is to act in accordance to that greatness.

This also explains why some people that look to others instead of searching within can work very hard to emulate the qualities and characteristics of people they admire. They replicate the mechanics to perfection and still, it does not work for them.

I heard a story about a young musician that wanted to become a great composer. So one day he met his idol Mozart and asked him, “Dear sir, how can I become a great composer?” Mozart replied–“You can start by writing short pieces and melodies and go from there!” The young man did not like the answer and said “But Mr. Mozart, you wrote great symphonies before the age of 10.” Mozart replied, “Yes, but I did not need to ask how!”

Anything you cannot learn or practice is from a Divine source and greatness comes from a very high level of consciousness.

Because businesses are people driven, it is important to recognize the natural strengths and weaknesses of the people contributing. The success of the business depends on it.

Mr. Trivedi gave a perfect anecdote to help us further understand this phenomenon.

If you have software to play music and you want to use it for accounting, it will not work. The software knows nothing about accounting. Mr. Trivedi explained that humans are also like software with in-build programming, and based on this, we all have inherent, natural gifts and talents that allow us to function with no need to learn much.

The discovery of our own inherent gifts is the journey of consciousness. Read my “Life Force Energy” to find out more.

All humans have natural gifts, and it is futile to ask why we get what we get. The important thing to remember is that our lives become much simpler, much easier and happier if we discover, embrace and nurture those gifts!

Till next time!


What are other phenomenal things that successful people do?