Career Success and the R.I.C.H. Philosophy

James Malinchak is an interesting guy.  He used to be known as “America’s Hottest Young Speaker.”  As the years went by, he dropped the “young” moniker.  Regardless, James is a lot younger than me and is still a great speaker – and speaker coach.  He also has been featured on the ABC primetime TV show, “Secret Millionaire.”

Recently, I saw an acronym he posted on Facebook – he calls it the R.I.C.H. philosophy.  I think this is a philosophy that will lead to your life and career success.  Check it out…

R: Relationships Are Everything

I: Inspire Others With Your Actions

C: Contribute and Serve Others

H: Have a Happy Mindset

The R.I.C.H. philosophy is optimistic – and if you read this career advice blog with any regularity, you know that I am an incurable optimist.  Optimism is the cornerstone of self confidence and self confidence is an important key to the life and career success you want and deserve.  You can’t be self-confident if you’re not optimistic.  And optimism is a choice.  I get up every day choosing to believe that good things will happen – and then I go about making them happen.

When I was a kid, I participated in the local Optimist International chapter’s oratory contest.  I won my section, and finished third in the state.  The topic that year was “Optimism, Youth’s Greatest Asset.”  That’s a hard enough topic for a ninth grader to say (think Joe Pesci in “My Cousin Vinnie”), let alone one on which write and deliver a ten-minute talk.

Optimist International is a great service organization.  They help kids build self-confidence and become more optimistic.  The Optimist Creed is their manifesto.  It’s powerful stuff.  Take a look…

The Optimist Creed

Promise yourself:

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

I love The Optimist Creed.  I have it framed and hanging in my office, just above my desk.  I have made a .pdf of The Optimist Creed that is suitable for framing.  If you want a copy, just go to http://budbilanich.com/optimist.

One thing that you’ll notice about The Optimist Creed is that it is proactive.  It asks you to promise yourself to do ten things that will help you create you life and career success.  It suggests that optimism is related to action – action you can take to become more optimistic, build your career success and become R.I.C.H.  I think it is some of the best career advice I’ve come across.  I do my best to live the 10 points in The Optimist Creed every day.  You should too.

Let’s take a look at how The Optimist Creed and James’ R.I.C.H. philosophy match up…

James says, “Relationships are everything.”  The Optimist Creed says, “Make all your friends feel that there is something in them;” and “Wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.”  Helping people feel good about themselves and simply smiling at others is a great way to build strong relationships.

James says, “Inspire others with your actions.”  The Optimist Creed says, “Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”  If you can do these four things, you will inspire others by your actions.

James says, “Contribute and serve others.”   The Optimist Creed says, “To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best;” and “Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.” If you accept only the best, in yourself and others, you will contributing – in a big way.  If you talk health, happiness and prosperity to others, you will be doing them a great service.

James says, “Have a happy mindset.”  The Optimist Creed says, “Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.”  If you can see the bright spots in your problems, setbacks and failures you’ll be happier – and you’ll be on the way to creating the life and career success you deserve.

The career success coach point here is simple common sense.  As James Malinchak points out, there is more than money to being rich.  You’re R.I.C.H. when you: realize that Relationships are everything; Inspire others with your actions; Contribute and serve others; and Have a happy mindset.  James calls this his R.I.C.H. philosophy.  I like it because it comes from a positive, optimistic mindset.  In this post, I’ve tried to illustrate the parallels between the R.I.C.H. philosophy and one of my favorites – The Optimist Creed.  When you adopt the R.I.C.H. philosophy and/or live your life in accordance with The Optimist Creed you’ll be on your way to creating the life and career success you want and deserve.  This career advice blog is one way I demonstrate my commitment to the R.I.C.H. philosophy and The Optimist Creed.  I hope that commitment– and my common sense — shows through in my posts.

That’s the career advice I gleaned from James Malinchak’s R.I.C.H. philosophy and The Optimist Creed.  What do you think?  Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment.  As always, thanks for reading my daily musings on life and career success.  I value you and I appreciate you.

Bud

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