5 Qualities of a Heroic Leader

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 03:12 AM

Have you noticed people are increasingly uncertain about the future? This visceral doubt sparks fear. Here's the antidote to this pervasive type of fear:

The Heroic Leader

Hero.jpgIf you are in a leadership position, simply stating your vision of the future is not enough. (psst... if your lips are moving, you're in a position of leadership ;-)

There are five, essential character traits that will make your words resonate and generate much-needed optimism.

These same traits are abundant in everyday heroes.

Heroic Leaders are:

  1. Compassionate - They have a level of empathy that supersedes ego. Leaders without ego can see past themselves to the people they serve. Not convinced? Imagine a leader without compassion. Imagine a leader with attributes of hate, meanness, callousness or ruthlessness. Be compassionate!
  2. FearlessIt is impossible for us mere mortals to have zero fear. But, a hero finds a way to fear less. Leaders who understand fear is not a long term motivator can engage sustained loyalty. How? Better than comments that instill fear, point out the dysfunction followed by a loving solution (see compassion). Fear less!
  3. Humble - There is a magnetism to humility. Heroes in our world never self-identify as heroes. They simply acted our of an ego-less, natural instinct. "It was the right thing to do." True, magnetic leaders don't DO humble. They ARE humble. Their innate mantra is, "It's not about me. It's about the people I serve." Be humble!
  4. Selfless - Heroes who fear less, are compassionate and humble are naturally selfless. Leaders who are self indulgent or selfish can find themselves alone on the front line. Think more about others. In turn, they will join you. Be selfless!
  5. Persistent - Heroes never give up. Persistent leaders will gather an army of believers. Persist, persist, persist!

Each of us embody some of these heroic character traits, but we can always improve in all of them. Challenge yourself to be more compassionate, fearless, humble, selfless and persistent.

Do this and fear will dissipate while a clear, bright future will unfold.



About the Author:

Vince Poscente helps audiences overcome obstacles and sustain resiliency.

In 2017 he's among the 10 Highest Rated Inspirational Speakers for Business. 


Tags: Goals, Team Building, Business Leadership, Changing Times

Where is Your Focus

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 09:12 AM

Ask your self, "Where is my focus? (Watch motivational video or keep reading.)

Is your focus on where you are, or where you are at?" Picture learning how to walk a tightrope. You won't master the skill until you take your focus OFF the rope and onto a point on the other end (where you want to go).

Sounds simple, but human instinct is to look down (where you are) before looking up in the direction of your goals. The next step is how to stay focused...

You and I normally don't normally think about where our focus is. The thing that draws our attention, gets the focus. But that might be the human instinct that is getting in the way of your goal achievement. Speed up your goal attainment by superseding human nature and replacing it with exactly where you intend to go.

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In this video you will hear the story about the French National Team ski coach who had his athletes try to walk a tight rope that was a couple of feet off the floor. None of us could get past a couple of steps.

Then he gave us the secret. "Stop looking at your feet. Look at a specific point on the wall and DO NOT take your eyes off that point." The first guy tried to look at a point, then back down, then back on the point on the wall. "STOP" said the coach. "Only look at the point on the wall at the end of the rope."

Within minutes every athlete was able to walk the rope. Did we each have a change in skill or a change in focus? 

This is not about focusing at the expense of being present! In other words, as you walk your own 'tight rope' in life, staying balanced, aware, conscious of your surroundings and, especially, happy in this moment is critical to enjoying the path you take. 

To simplify the sequence:

  1. Target Where You Want to Go - that place that will give you energy, sync up with you know you belong, that location ahead of your that is waiting for you to arrive.
  2. Lift Your Focus from Fear to Fun - Fearing you'll fall off the rope from the fun of going towards your "target" starts when you look ahead.
  3. Stay On Target - In today's world, it's easy to get distracted. Keep your focus on your target while enjoying the journey.


Dear reader, if you were in my audience for keynote speaker ideas like this one, you'd know to raise your gaze. But most times you will need to remind yourself of this simple tool to reach your goals. There will be thoughts that creep in that make you look down and obsess about the minutia. There will be people who draw your attention off your path. Just keep asking yourself, "Where is my focus?" and then respond accordingly. You've got this ... even if life feels like a tight rope!


Tags: Goals

The Meaning of It All - HeroesClimb - Day 11

Posted by Vince Poscente on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

We cannot help but become giddy alongside our two dozen guides and porters. The combination of lower altitudes (more oxygen) and the final day (a shower and a real bed) awaits this final, long, ten-hour day of hiking.

The bond we share makes us brothers and sisters. Erased are the astounding differences in our cultures and the separation of homes 10,000 miles apart. Everything we have known is different, yet we are the same. We are brought together by the Great Himalayan National Park and the Heroes Climb.

Before we say our final goodbyes, we will celebrate with a ceremony befitting of the bond we shared. We struggled past adversity while breathing in pristine air in a poetic setting. By day we gazed across rolling hills sliced open with jagged towers of rock piercing the blue sky. By night, the stars revealed the infinite distance between us and the meaning of it all: profoundly significant and simple at the same time.

The moment is what matters. The climb is what takes us through to the next moment. We are all brothers and sisters defining what it takes to be a hero to those we love.

We ventured into this expedition to learn about ourselves. To test our resolve through climbing past the challenges we face. The journey within becomes the most courageous mission of all. We are not heroes. We simply climb towards awareness.

We climbed for the heroes among us, for those we’ve lost and especially, for the heroes we are honored to grace us in the future.


Tags: Goals, Self Development, Inspirational

Head in the Clouds - HeroesClimb - Day 8

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Our adventure at the top of the world continues. As we attempt climb two unclimbed, unnamed peaks at the top of the world. We will be able to report our exact altitudes after we summit.

The idiom, "His or her head is in the clouds" comes to mind. It means the person is not paying much attention to what is happening around them, and has their head filled with unrealistic ideas.

Although a cloud can come rollling up the valley, envelope our entire team, drastically drop the temperature; our "heads" are most certainly NOT in the clouds. Our attention is acutely tuned to our surroundings and safe passage.

Climbing a virgin peak may be unrealistic to some, but we are here. The heroes we climb for supercede obstacles in their own lives. They too are aware of their surroundings but are not held back by circumstance. Moreover, if a passerby or authority says, "that's unrealistic," this only fuels their desire to keep climbing.

Each of us has a hero within.

Heroes climb, that's what heroes do.



Tags: Goals, Motivational, Inspirational

No WiFi at Advance Base Camp - HeroesClimb - Day 7

Posted by Vince Poscente on Mon, Jul 04, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

As planned, our next phase is to set up advance base camp.

From the picture below, we will be situated between two virgin peaks. 

Our goal is to summit both peaks. You can see peak number one has a gradual ascent compared to peak two. Should we safely be able to summit peak one we will name is after the winner of www.heroesclimb.com; David Maish, from Henderson, KY. He is a hero to many who know him.

Peak two is far more difficult of a climb. Although it is non technical, it is steeper and higher than peak one. (We will let you know the name of peak two at a later date.)

As you can appreciate, there is no WiFi in the middle of nowhere. Add to the Indian Government's restriction of satellite phone usage and we are truly off the communication grid. We will not be able to let you know what our progress is until we get back to the end of the trail. 

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.


Tags: Goals, Inspirational

Base Camp Ahead - HeroesClimb - Day 6

Posted by Vince Poscente on Sun, Jul 03, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Through the valley, we pass peak after peak on either side of us. These Himalayan mountains are like shark's teeth cutting the sky.

After another acclimatization day we look forward to establishing our base camp. The sound of rushing water coming off the countless glaciers bounces off the cliffs on both valley walls of rock. We are well above the tree line and approach the zone where nothing grows.


Tags: Goals, Motivational

Payoff Valley - HeroesClimb - Day 4

Posted by Vince Poscente on Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Yesterday was a taxing climb. The pass reminded us that oxygen is not over rated.

We don't want to leave Dwada Thatch. But climb we must.

As we trek into the heart of Jiwanal, and these beautiful meadows, we are reminded of UNESCO designating the Great Himalayan National Park as a World Heritage Site.

By the way... Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian friends.


Tags: Goals, Self Development

3 Motivational Steps on Making More Money

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 04:41 PM

Want more money? Fear of something is holding you back.

Less fear = More money

Less fear equals More money photo and quote by Vince Poscente

What fears do you associate with money and what can you do to change your mind regarding money?

Step 1. CHANGE YOUR BELIEFS. If you believe: money is the root of all evil or wealthy people are greedy or you're always broke or you don't have enough money or you can never get ahead OR 1000's of other negative beliefs YOUR BELIEFS will be the number one reason you don't have enough money.

  • Sit down and list off the dozens (if not hundreds) of moments in your life where you took a negative financial turn in your life. For example, you didn't join a group for a fun activity because you lacked finances. 
  • For each "negative money moment" identify the decision(s) you made at that time. For example, you decided you didn't deserve to join the fun activity. 
  • Now identify the belief(s) you associate with each decision. For example, by thinking you didn't deserve to enjoy that experience with friends your belief is a general lack of deservability around happiness. 
  • Now picture in your mind's-eye that decision is a poisonous cocktail of fears, negativity, poor decisions and caustic beliefs. Be specific with what you see.  
  • Close your eyes. Picture that poisonous cocktail. In your fertile imagination, pour that crap into a chemical septic toilet. Flush it away.
  • Next, visualize spraying your empty glass with clean, refreshing, loving water.  
  • Finally, fill the glass with a positive mixture of empowering and loving money beliefs.
  • Rinse and Repeat! 

Step 2. CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE. If you say things like "filthy rich, an ungodly amount of money, unbelievable wealth, stinking rich," etc., you are programming a negative association with money. At a profound level you block money from coming to you by attaching negative association with money. Rejuvinate your money language with "amazingly rich, a Godly amount of money, wonderful wealth, deliciously rich."  

Step 3. CHANGE YOUR REALITY. Here are some tips and tricks.

  • Keep a $100 bill in your pocket at all times.
  • Feel good about doing something creative towards making or saving money. 
  • Exchange your expertise for money.
  • Surround yourself with people who have a winning mindset.
  • Wake up and go to bed with "grateful thoughts."   

Think back to high school. Remember that teacher who said, "no two things can occupy the same space at the same time." Replace the mental space your fears occupy with the above steps.

You will have more money when you have less fear.

What are ways you have CHANGED your beliefs, language and/or reality around money?

Tags: Goals, Self Development, Motivational, Money

Find Your Buzz Today

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 03:00 AM

You would think at least one of us had life figured out with some form of stability, predictability or certainty. Look to your left. Max wants to make it big in the unstable music business. On your right, Alex has set her sights on the unpredictable entertainment industry. Isabella is determined to dance her way into the uncertain ballet world. Meanwhile, you launch into an unwavering dedication to a rebranding initiative which is a minefield of best-guesswork. All have the same intent. Reach that place where you experience your emotional buzz. Will you find YOUR buzz and enjoy the rewards?


From Unstable to Stable - Max is on the road with his band's seven city tour. His talented band mates are all dedicated to following their working musician's dream. But working ideally correlates to just compensation. In a market driven to streaming royalty payments the finances are a joke. One million plays on Pandora pays about $60 in publishing royalties. Case in point: In the first quarter of 2014, Pharell's song Happy streamed 43 million times on Pandora, which paid out $2,700 songwriter royalties. Is stability even possible in the music business? Would you like more stability in your life? Then take Max's lead guitar example. He is completely dialed in on the emotional buzz he gets from creating music. He will find his buzz by living his buzz.

From Unpredictable to Predictable - Alex just returned from a summer acting camp called Stage Door Manor. You have to book 10 months in advance to get into an alumni roster boasting Natalie Portman, Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Braff. Alex was selected for a coveted roll in Columbinus and earned a prestigious award for most improved. Still, the odds of someone becoming a famous or even, well paid actor is small. Yet, how many people dream of being an actor compared to those who make deliberate, purposeful steps in that direction. Is predictability even possible in the entertainment industry? Would you like more predictability in your life? Then follow Alex's standard. Find your buzz by ignoring probaility and take the next obvious step to getting there.

From Uncertainty to Certainty - When Isabella returns from the Pacific Northwest Ballet's summer intensive for pre-professionals she will will turn 15. She auditioned against thousands of girls across the country for this top-ten US ballet company. In her age group there will only be a couple of dozen girls but the competition is significant. How can Isabella be certain of her aspiration to make London's Royal Ballet? She can't. But she can live in the mindset of certainty. The doorway for certainty in her life and yours is by sustaining that emotional buzz. 

Your buzz is a vibration in every cell of your body. Your buzz is that place in your future that locks arms with your present moment. You reach your buzz by living your buzz. You find your buzz by stepping squarely in the direction of your buzz. By sustaining your emotional buzz you find your buzz in the years to come.

To that end, you may wonder where we have been all spring and summer? We have been rebranding.

Amigo - rebranding is an easy word to say but one heck of a leap. In this business of writing, speaking and consulting, having a uniquely valuable brand is critical. But the fact is ... there are no facts... until the market votes with its dollars. Is there a market for Max's music, Alex's talent and Isabella's expression? They won't know until they walk out the door to find their buzz.

That is why we, at ELEPHantPOWER Systems, are here. To help you find your buzz.

Tags: Goals

Fast No Better than Slow Yes

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 03:00 AM

When this quintessential entrepreneur spoke at an event in Savannah, something profound landed on the audience, "I'd rather have a fast no than a slow yes." In the age of speed, that sounds like advice to heed when considering time and opportunity.

Mike_BennettMichael R. Bennett is the founder and owner of Bennett Hospitality. He started in the hospitality business in 1977 with an entrepreneurial venture he called "Free Wheelin.” His shoestring operation rented bicycles and mopeds when he was a junior in college. Not one to sit idle, he bought one property with a self described, "passion for creative financing." He then bought a second property the next year. He grew until he lost it all and then built a present day empire. He developed a hospitality company of 16 hotels and 8 restaurants in four states; South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Montana. Mike has an additional 8 hotels in development and over 6 restaurants in the pipeline.

According to his website, "With vision, passion and energy Bennett Hospitality is attacking when others are sitting idle. During the recession years of 2006-2011 Bennett Hospitality grew at a tremendous pace. Buying existing partners, hotels and future development opportunities is what sets Bennett Hospitality apart from its competitors. When others are selling, BH is buying, and when others are buying BH is sitting tight."

Mike's saying, "I'd rather have a fast no than a slow yes," can teach each of us about our own treatment of time and opportunity.  

There is a disturbing divide in how people are respecting their own time/opportunity relationship. On one side are the "Now Responders." On the other are the "Later Responders." The single most impressive Now Responder I've come across is Mark Cuban. Word on the street? If you emailed Mark with an idea he would respond. He has no clue who most of his inquisitors are. Last year, I emailed mark@axs.tv about televising high school arts magnet performances as part of reality programming. Zap! The response came back with a well thought out "No" explaining he would pass, due to the production costs and lack of demand for such a program."

The "Later Responders" are seemingly growing further apart from the Now group. Time/opportunity trends we are witnessing include:

  • Invitations for a group meeting have to be repeatedly sent causing us the dreaded 'follow-through-time-suck.'
  • The receivers of the email cause a cascade effect of confusion with others involved.
  • The receivers cause themselves clutter in their own email responsibilities.
  • We pick up the not-too-subtle insult, "My time is more important than yours."
  • Those with multiple responsibilities are stacking tasks with the assumption everything will go as planned. Hence, we're seeing an increase in last minute cancelations and then the cluster of the 'follow-through-time-suck' starts all over again. 

Yes, it is anecdotal that Mike Bennett and Mark Cuban are both wealthy Now Responder advocates. But why don't we each take a look at our own life and be honest with how we treat time and opportunity. Take a hard look at the potential damage we may be causing as we choose to respond at a later time.

With a Now Responder approach you may find yourself having the luxury of spending more time on quality opportunities. Your empire awaits.

Tags: Goals