Remarkable people seem to create remarkable businesses. It would be quite easy to create a list of top CEOs who run "normal" businesses, but much more difficult to create a list of remarkable businesses that truly stand out.
In today's tight economy marketplace, standing out, being different, being better -- is what it's all about. If you want to succeed, being remarkable is the only way to go. Today's Inspirational Luminary, Tim Storm, founder and CEO of FatWallet.com is just that and more.
From launching his business with just $100 from a spare bedroom in his home, to creating one of the top Internet businesses, he is considered a pioneer in the industry of online discount publishing.
Even more importantly, this remarkable man is humble, has his priorities straight and is a mentor to many by the example of how he lives his life.
It's rare to meet an incredibly successful entrepreneur who inspires not only by his brilliance, but by the quality of his humility, kindness, generosity and compassion for others. It's no wonder this man is revered by his employees and honored by his peers.
10 Tips for Creating Remarkable Success from Tim Storm:
When we act with more concern for others than for our self, we can't help but succeed.
Core values will keep you on track.
Having core values to use as a touchstone will keep you on track through uncertainty. Tim's core values are integrity, change, commitment, passion, balance, respect and FUN!
Being an entrepreneur is like riding a roller coaster, complete with high highs and low lows. Don't expect it to be easy or predictable and know that change is normal. In between the ups and downs there are stages that one will go through. The key is in knowing what to do when going up the hill and what to do when coming back down. Recognizing where you are on the roller coaster cycle and taking action accordingly will help you succeed through change.
Maintain your balance.
Create opportunities to recharge. Do what you can to take your mind off of business occasionally and set aside what preoccupies you most of the time. Like a unicycle, balance happens in all directions, forward, backwards and from side to side -- but you can't be balanced if you're not moving.
Don't be afraid to try.
You can achieve anything by taking the first step. Baby steps add up to experience and results that one can't fathom at the beginning of the journey. Understand your limitations but don't dwell on them. Remember, it all starts from not being afraid to try.
Adversity happens but take action anyway.
If you maintain the belief in yourself that you're going to find a way, you become unstoppable. Learn to succeed during the tougher times. Remember that races are always won on the uphill, so keep going! Don't allow someone else's restrictions to keep you from following your dream. Go in the direction that you want to go, move and grow. That's all you can really do, for it's the only thing you can touch. You can plan for tomorrow but you can only DO something today.
There's always a silver lining.
Even in the most challenging of times, there is always a silver lining when you learn from your experiences. If you don't understand "why" in the moment, trust that you will be able to see it later. When things happen that you don't understand, learn from them, as they will come in handy later. Adversity is an absolute waste if we don't learn from it.
Pride leads to happiness.
Do something that makes you proud! When you look at your accomplishments and see how many lives you've touched, the journey is worthwhile, regardless of how many mountains you've had to climb.
Charter your own course.
Don't live by someone else's rules. Do what makes you happy and follow your dream, even if that means you don't fit into the normal "box". Risk being called "crazy."
Experience is more valuable than possessions.
In the throws of great success, remember ... toys are fun but the things with the greatest value in life are not the things that one has to dust off each week. Create a life of experiences. No matter what happens, no one can ever take away the memories. When you do fun things in life, you create experiences that will help expand your view on life. If you're doing the same thing all the time, you don't grow!
Thanks for the great words of wisdom Mr. Storm. You continue to inspire me today and every day. ☺