Simon Sinek Speech: 5 Rules for Success
Watch this famous Simon Sinek Speech. Sinek in this amazing speech shares the 5 rules everyone must follow in life. These rules are very crucial and must be followed whether you are just a student or a 3-star general in marine. Simon Oliver Sinek is a British-American author, motivational speaker, and organizational consultant. He is the author of five books, including Start With Why. Enjoy our Speeches with big English subtitles and keep your English learning journey.
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Simon Sinek Quote:
“Dream big, start small. But most of all, start.”Simon Sinek
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“So I had the chance to meet with some of the kids in the program today. Where are you? Scream out.
There you go. I love those kids. What I thought I would do cause they gave me a little bit of time to say whatever I want… is offer you a little bit of observations for your future. I have five little that you can follow as you find your spark and bring your spark to life.
The first is to go after the things that you want. Let me tell you a story. So a friend of mine and I, we went for a run in central park, the road runners organization on the weekends, they host races and it’s very common at the end of the race they’ll have a sponsor who will give away something; apples or bagels or something, and on this particular day when we got to the end of the run there were some free bagels and they had picnic tables set up and on one side was a group of volunteers; on the table were boxes of bagels and on the other side was a long line of runners waiting to get their free bagel so I said to my friend, “let’s get a bagel”, and he looked at me and said, “that line too long”, and I said free bagel and he said, “I don’t want to wait in line”, and I was like free bagel and he says no, it’s too long and that’s when I realized that there’s two ways to see the world. Some people see the thing that they want and some people see the thing that prevents them from getting the thing that they want. I could only see the bagels. He could only see the line and so I walked up to the line. I leaned in between two people put my hand in the box and pulled out two bagels and no one got mad at me because the rule is “you can go after whatever you want, you just cannot deny anyone else to go after whatever they want”.
Now I had to sacrifice choice, I didn’t get to choose which bagel I got. I got whatever I pulled out but I didn’t have to wait in line. So the point is you don’t have to wait in line; you don’t have to so the way everybody else has done it. You can do it your way. You can break the rules, you just can’t get in the way of somebody else getting what they want. That’s rule number one.
Rule Number Two, I like this one. In the eighteenth century, there was something that spread across Europe and eventually made its way to America called puerperal fever also known as The Black Death of childbed. Basically what was happening is women were giving birth and they would die within 48 hours after giving birth. This black death of childbirth was the ravage of Europe and it got worse and worse and worse over the course of over a century. In some hospitals, it was as high as 70% of women who gave birth who would die as a result of giving birth but this was the Renaissance this was the time of empirical data and science and we had thrown away things like tradition and mysticism. These were men of science. These were doctors and men of science wanted to study and try and find the reason for this black death of childbed and so they got to work studying and they would study the corpses of the of the women who had died and in the morning they would conduct autopsies and then in the afternoon they would go and deliver babies and finish their rounds and it wasn’t until somewhere in the mid-1800s that Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Father of Supreme Court justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes realized that all of these doctors who conducting autopsies in the morning weren’t washing their hands before they delivered babies in the afternoon and he pointed it out and said, “guys, you’re the problem”, and they ignored him and called him crazy for 30 years until finally, somebody realized that if they simply washed their hands it would go away and that’s exactly what happened. When they started sterilizing their instruments and washing their hands the black death of childbed disappeared. My point is, the lesson here is sometimes you’re the problem. We’ve seen this happen all too recently with our new men of science and empirical studiers and these men of finance who are smarter than the rest of us until the thing collapsed and they blamed everything else except themselves and my point is take accountability for your actions. You can take all the credit in the world for the things that you do right as long as you also take responsibility for the things you do wrong. It must be a balanced equation you don’t get it one way and not the other; you get to take credit when you also take accountability that’s lesson two.
Lesson Three, take care of each other. The United States Navy SEALs are perhaps the most elite warriors in the world and one of the seals was asked who makes it through the selection process; who is able to become a seal? And his answer was I can’t tell you the kind of person that becomes a seal; I can’t tell you the kind of person that makes it through buds but I can tell you the kind of people who don’t become seals. He says the guys that show up with huge bulging muscles covered in tattoos who want to prove to the world how tough they are; none of them make it through. He said the preening leaders who like to delegate all their responsibilities and never do anything themselves; none of them make it through. He said the star college athletes who’ve never really been tested to the core of their being none of them make it through. He says some of the guys that make it through worse and scrawny. He said some of the guys that make it through you will see them shivering out of fear. He says however, all the guys that make it through when they find themselves physically spent, emotionally spent, when they have nothing left to give physically or emotionally; somehow, someway they are able to find the energy to dig down deep inside themselves to find the energy to help the guy next to them. They become seals he said you want to be an elite warrior, it’s not about how tough you are, it’s not about how smart you are, it’s not about how fast you are; if you want to be an elite warrior you better get really really good at helping the person to the left of you and helping the person to the right of you because that’s how people advance in the world, the world is too dangerous in the world is too difficult for you to think that you can do these things alone. If you find your spark, I commend you, now who you gonna ask for help and when are you gonna accept help when it’s offered. Learn that skill. Learn by practicing helping each other it’ll be the single most valuable thing you ever learn in your entire life to accept help when it’s offered and to ask for it when you know that you can’t do it. The amazing thing is when you learn to ask for help you’ll discover that there are people all around you who’ve always wanted to help you they just didn’t think you needed it because you kept pretending that you had everything under control and the minute you say, I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m stuck, I’m scared, I don’t think I can do this; you will find that lots of people who love you will rush in and take care of you but that’ll only happen if you learn to take care of them first.
Lesson Four. Nelson Mandela is a particularly special case study in the leadership world because he is universally regarded as a great leader. You can take other personalities and depending on the nation you go to we have different opinions about other personalities but Nelson Mandela across the world is universally regarded as a great leader. He was actually the son of a tribal chief and he was asked one day how did you learn to be a great leader? And he responded that he would go with his father to tribal meetings and he remembers two things when his father would meet with other elders; one, they would always sit in a circle and two, his father was always the last to speak. You will be told your whole life that you need to learn to listen, I would say that you need to learn to be the last to speak. I see it in boardrooms every day of the week even people who consider themselves good leaders who may actually be decent leaders will walk into a room and say here’s the problem, here’s what I think, but I’m interested in your opinion let’s go around the room, it’s too late. The skill to hold your opinions to yourself until everyone has spoken does two things one it gives everybody else the feeling that they have been heard. It gives everyone else the ability to feel that they have contributed and two, you get the benefit of hearing what everybody else has to think before you render your opinion. The skill is really to keep your opinions to yourself if you agree with somebody don’t nod ‘yes’; if you disagree with somebody don’t nod ‘no’. Simply sit there take it all in and the only thing you’re allowed to do is ask questions so that you can understand what they mean and why they have the opinion that they have you must understand from where they are speaking, why they have the opinion they have not just what they are saying and at the end you will get your turn. It sounds easy, it’s not. Practice being the last to speak that’s what Nelson Mandela did.
Number three…number five, this Monty Python. One, two, five, three. For all the other nerds in the audience. There’s one.
Number Five, my favorite one of all. True Story. There was a former Undersecretary of Defense who was invited to give a speech at a large conference about a thousand people and he was standing on the stage with his cup of coffee in a Styrofoam cup giving his prepare to march with his PowerPoint behind him and he took a sip of his coffee and he smiled and he looked down at the coffee and then he went off-script and he said you know last year, I spoke at this exact same conference. Last year, I was still the undersecretary and when I spoke here last year they flew me here business class and when I arrived at the airport there was somebody waiting for me to take me to my hotel and they took me to my hotel and they had already checked me in and they just took me up to my room and the next morning, I came downstairs and there was someone waiting in the lobby to greet me and they drove me to this here same venue. They took me through the back entrance and took me into the green room and handed me a coffee cup of coffee in a beautiful ceramic cup. He says I am no longer the undersecretary. I flew here coach. I took a taxi to my hotel and I checked myself in. When I came down the lobby this morning I took another taxi to this venue. I came in the front door and found my way backstage and when I asked someone do you have any coffee he pointed to the coffee machine in the corner and I poured myself a cup of coffee into this here Styrofoam cup. He says the lesson is the ceramic cup was never meant for me, it was meant for the position I held. I deserve a Styrofoam cup. Remember this as you gain fame, as you gain fortune, as you gain position and seniority people will treat you better; they will hold doors open for you. They will get you a cup of tea and coffee without you even asking. They will call you sir and ma’am and they will give you stuff. None of that stuff is meant for you, that stuff is meant for the position you hold. It is meant for the level that you have achieved of leader or success or whatever you want to call it but you will always deserve a Styrofoam cup. Remember that, remember that lesson of humility and gratitude, you can accept all the free stuff. You can accept all the perks, absolutely you can enjoy them, but just be grateful for them and know that they’re not for you. I remember getting off the Acela. I took the Acela from New York to Washington DC and I got off the train like everybody else and I was walking down the platform like everyone else and I walked past General Norty Schwartz who used to be the chief of staff of the United States Air Force. The head of the Air Force and here I did you see a guy in a suit, schlepping his own suitcase down the platform just like me and just a couple months ago he was flying on private jets and an entourage and other people carried his luggage but he no longer held the position and so now he got to drag his own suitcase and never did it sort of remind me more that none of us deserve the perks that we get; we all deserve a Styrofoam cup. It was a pleasure meeting you guys this afternoon, I was blown away by your honesty and your curiosity and your poise and I am confident that the future is bright despite the fact that America looks like an absolute mess right now. I am confident that the future is bright for one reason and one reason only because you will grow up and you will be our future. Thank you very very much guys. You’re wonderful. Thank you.”
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