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Published:May 19th, 2008 06:44 EST
Walk the Walk

Walk the Walk

By Joel G. Block (Mentor/Columnist)

It's always shocking to me when I run across people who don't "walk the walk" and "talk the talk" that they promote to others. I regularly come across people who say one thing but do another, or even worse, do nothing. I likewise try to apply this rule to myself — sometimes more successfully than others.

Recently, I was driving on the freeway next to a car with a bumper sticker that said, "My daddy fixes car bumpers. Call this number so he can fix yours." The irony is that this car had a bashed in bumper worse than any that you could imagine.

My daughter recently told me that there is a car at her high school that is new, but the car has a bashed in front end. The irony here is that her father and her uncle are both driving instructors at the local driving school.

I regularly talk to professional financial advisors who have accountants who don't bother to implement the tax strategies that they regularly sell to others. I've heard of attorneys who work in the estate area who don't have an adequate plan in place for themselves. I also regularly run into realtors who sell not only homes but investment properties, and the irony is that very frequently these realtors do not own any investment property of their own.

This scenario is frequently referred to as the "shoemaker's kids who run around barefoot." How true this is.

The critical lesson here is that it's imperative that you do for yourself what you tell others to do. Especially if you're a professional person who gets paid for your advice, it's important to walk the walk that you put out there for others to follow. If you give advice, the best way to sell others on the strategies that you put into the marketplace is to implement those strategies for yourself.

So, as you are working hard every day to build your company, or as you're building your career, make sure that every day you "walk the walk" that you promote and that you "talk the talk" that you put into the marketplace.

By the way, if you have any feedback for me about how I "walk the walk" and "talk the talk" that I put into the marketplace, then by all means, send me an email so that I can continue with my own self improvement. Thanks!

About Joel G. Block, President of Growth-Logic, Inc.
Often dubbed a "Growth Architect" by his clients, Joel Block advises companies on explosive growth strategies by driving revenue and sales. Well known in the capital markets, Joel is a successful entrepreneur, speaker and advisor. To bring Joel into your company, please visit www.joelblock.com or www.growth-logic.com.