You Can Succeed, You Must Succeed.

If you have not read by now, one of the greatest mentors to all those in our industry has passed. It was a shock to wake up on Wednesday morning this week and find out through friends’ Facebook posts that Zig Ziglar had finally made it to the top.

This week in our theme of being a responsible entrepreneur, I could not find a place to just add in about Zig; I had to think about it. I am hosting another live event this week and so much creative work was put into making this event move forward.

But the thoughts of Zig worked on my mind and worked hard. Tonight as I am working on this post from my hotel room, I had to shut off a show that just grabbed my heart, distracting me from getting my work done. I had to shut it out to get these thoughts out.

Now it hits me how being successful is an absolute responsibility of every entrepreneur. Zig Ziglar took that on in his life; his life was a success. He taught one simple principle that he will be most remembered for, something every entrepreneur should remember:


“You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.” 


You see, that was the reason I made this last day devoted to the responsible entrepreneur about this absolute requirement. The entrepreneur must be successful and to get that way he must first help other people. The entrepreneur must have the attitude to make it; he must believe he is successful, long before it ever shows.

As I sit tonight in my hotel room writing this, I was watching the story on TV about how a couple with three children who actually had good jobs lost their house and became homeless with kids; to see the hope they had and the fact that they are not giving up reminded me that is it we need: to never give up; to always believe we can succeed. After all, the world is counting on our success.

So my final call to action of the week is this: what is your plan to make a success of your entrepreneur life? Take time this weekend and write out your plan for making the next year successful. If you need help making your plan, come to one of our live events.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do, and those you share life with. Are you ready to do what it takes to be the RockStar in your world?

Coach or Cheerleader?

Finding real solutions to real problems is a tough job. This week I am sharing ideas that we need to gut check on and make choices that are needed to improve life and business and do it now.

A few months back I had some potential clients come to me who told me they really wanted my help in making changes that would give better profits in business and to help them deal with the lack of attraction to what they offered. They were hitting a wall of rejection everywhere they went and told me they wanted help getting back on track.

I jumped to find solutions to the problems and wanted to help, but forgot to do the “before” coaching test to make sure they were coachable. You see, so many people want to jump to get help from those who are successful, people who, as they term it, build strong walls with the bricks life throws at them. But while they think they want change, they actually just want someone to stand on the sidelines and cheer them on. I am proud of the fact that I get to make huge changes that bring outstanding results in clients’ worlds. But the real changes aren’t easy and they require work.

I have been a coaching professional for almost three years, but before I made this my profession, Zig Ziglar told me almost 10 years ago now that I was already a coach. But I had to learn the difference between being a coach and being cheerleader.

Cheerleader: the person encouraging you, saying “you can do it,” “way to go” and giving you a boost of hope. They shout inspiring words from the sidelines; they move the crowd to encourage you further; they spur the crowd to cheer and keep you in a winning mode.

Coach: the person who makes the hard choices, giving you tough, real-life changes that must be made to win this. They do not always give you the nice speech that you are doing a good job, telling you to “keep up the good work.” No, a coach is the one who sees what you are doing wrong and points it out. Coaches give you exercises; they make you practice to lose the habits that are holding you back from the victory you need. They are not looking at winning one game, but rather are looking at the entire season and then they give you the tough steps to take in each game to make the season successful.

Well, I am the coach, and I found out a few months ago that I need to make sure when people come to me they are coachable. I must make sure potential clients come to me to change habits and work on losing the mindset that is keeping them in failure. This is the reason I am a much sought-after coach (and I’m not telling you this to toot my own horn). People come to me ready for the hard work, ready for the real success. I am going to get them there but it won’t always be an easy road.

If you have been following the cheerleaders telling you that lie – “keep it up; you are doing good; success is coming soon” – then you can definitely do it, but what will you learn that will help you make the changes you need for success? If you are ready for the improvements that work and work now, it’s time for a coach not a cheerleader.

Consider coming to the next live event. Find out the truth to what is holding back your entrepreneur venture without the feel-good, false encouragement you hear sometimes. Come get truth.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Are you ready to do what it takes to become the RockStar in your world?



Inspire the World

It’s time to put a stop to the idea that those who chase and achieve dreams are selfish people. Yes, I’ve known a few people who believe this. We need to turn the tables, show the truth that those of us who chase our own dreams are also working to inspire others. Dreamers may have a reason they want something, but the main thing that needs to be remembered in any dream is you get what you want if you first help enough other people get what they want.

That great quote by Zig Ziglar has been the inspiration behind so many dreams. Those who are pointing fingers at the dreamers and saying how selfish they are never really look at this one part of a dream. This week, as we hit reason number two in the topic, Never Give Up, I want us to remember his world needs to be inspired by dreamers.

Yes, I want to be successful at what I do. Yes, I want to have the money that goes along with success. But that money does not come along unless you really help people. Yes, I have people tell me I’m selfish in chasing the dream. Yes, people have told me I seem to be building a dream just for myself.

But back to the statement: before you can get what you want, you must first help enough other people get what they want. If you own a store that sells food, you must sell that food to help those who are hungry get fed. You then get profits that you take and buy your own food. In motivation, we inspire others to make the changes in their world. We show them it’s good to dream.

So today’s reason to never give up is that the story of your struggle is what is needed to inspire someone who will come after you. I have not met the real Rudy from the movie but I have heard his story many times. I also heard that when he wanted to make the movie it was not so he could be famous but to inspire other young kids to go after their dream.

You see, if you give up on whatever you are struggling with, if you quit before you reach that success point, how many others will never get to work towards a dream because they did not hear your story? I may not have done great things like some of the great football players; I may not have made it to a great college and played with a great football team like Rudy, but I struggled to reach my dream, and as I reach each mountain top in it, I will use it to inspire others to reach for every dream they have.

A dream may be a small thing to you, but your story of reaching that dream may be the inspiration behind the next great leader. Your story of what you are doing now could be what motivates the world-changer in your industry. If you quit, then you are selfish.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. You never know who you will inspire when you become the RockStar in your world.

Are you Ready to Finish Strong ?


So yesterday I was thinking about how I wanted to finish up this week and one of my mentors, Rhonda Hess, posted this on Facebook:

When you have a successful business you become picky about who you coach, where you speak publicly, where you network, and how you market. You treat every hour of your time as if it were equal to a large sum of money and make sure that for every effort you’re getting a high return on your investment. Why not start those good habits now and see what happens?”

Rhonda Hess is the Prosperous Coach; if you have read some of my past blogs, you know her encouragement to find a web name that describes you is why I’m the Rocker Life Coach. She posted the question above yesterday and it made me think.

To make an investment in anything in life you must put something – money or time – into something you do not have yet. We have to start somewhere; we have to take a risk. We need to do this when we think we don’t have a chance without it, but we need to invest before we start feeling like it.

So many times I talk with people and ask them to make the investment in building their life to a better place. This is why so many clients become so much better after they take action. Coaching and coaching programs are designed to do just that. When you invest your time or money you will work harder because you do not want to lose that investment.

I started Rocker Life Coach in the spring of 2010, but I really started coaching many years ago according to Zig Ziglar. Over the past three years I have offered “Free” Coaching to many people; they always have an excuse to why they can’t get started and I know it’s because they never have anything invested.

This made me think that just everyone is successful; they just have a different description of success than I do. For some, success means they can buy a toy; others call it success when they can have money to buy beer on Friday. I think of success when I take what I have and invest to learn more.

Just last week I ran into someone I worked with many years ago. He was still doing the same job; he still was telling me how he wished he could live the life I do. He then asked if I would share my secrets with him. Of course, that’s the idea of coaching. The same day, Charlotte Ann met with me for three hours, investing in her future and asking me how to improve. She then invested her time into her new programs, time into building a business while she is looking for a new job.

So many people will not jump at the chance to make the investments needed, they will go to everything rather that invest the time to find the places that are right, just like Rhonda mentioned yesterday on facebook, “ why not start that now?”

When you ask me for places you need to go to get your business running, take a serious look at what I recommend. My friend Andrea Adams Miller did that for me last month when she recommended I attend a boot camp by James Malinchak. I want to say it was not easy for us to take money out to get hotel rooms, to get flights and to pay for meals. I made the investment to learn more. I came home from the event and made changes in things I do that already bring more money in.

A few months ago Craig Duswalt told me to invest in his boot camp. I had done things with Craig but had never been to his boot camp live. I made that investment, and then with what I learned I was able to create our RockStar Dream Life Seminars and started with the first one in Dallas. I was able to make that money back from investing in Craig’s boot camp.

Now I have new clients who are seeing their investments come back in a matter of weeks. It makes me think back to the second day I was dating Gwynne. I received an email from Brian Tracy that had a quote from Thomas Edison that made the difference to how I do so many things now. Even Gwynne and I pursue so many things farther when we don’t feel like it because we think of this quote:

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas A Edison

So let’s finish this week up with a challenge from me to you: We talked about investments of time and money. Look at where you spend your time; ask yourself this question: where is this investment of time going to pay me back later? Is this a cost or an investment? Let’s say the average person lives to age 87. So take the number 87 and subtract the age you are now, with each investment of time think of that as how much you have left in time and ask yourself the importance of this investment of your time.

Also look at the money you spend each day. I show people in my seminars how to clean out clutter in life. Many of them say they cannot afford things but spend hundreds of dollars on cigarettes and snacks that are no good for their bodies. Even I had to look at how much I spend at Starbucks each week and cut that out to afford the investments I want to make to better my life. And I am cutting back on things I spent money on that are not returning the investment after a certain time. Time and money are important to me. To live a RockStar dream, we have to invest in those areas that help us to do so.

Decide that it’s time to start investing in you. Think in line of return on investment, what it will pay you in the long run. If someone is just wasting your time, stop letting them. If someone is taking your money and the service is not equal to the pay you give stop that service, get out of that contract. Have a great weekend.

I’m Tim Gillette the Rocker Life Coach, Showing you how to live your RockStar dream and enjoy the Ride.

Number One Mentor: Zig Ziglar

Good Friday morning to you. It has been an awesome week featuring true leaders in the coaching and speaking world. I am excited this week to tell about those who helped me to change to a life of self-improvement. Each person I have told about has been such an inspiration that it was a joy to share about them. Today is no different, as every one of my mentors who I talked to was honored to find themselves in a group with this man.

I want to tell you a little about the story of how Zig came into my life. In 2002, I had just left a job of running a truck repair shop in the Dallas area. I was working to help a friend start a home theater installation and design company. Another friend and home builder in the area asked me to go to his church and visit. It was a great Sunday to meet my friend, Bob, and his wife and daughters as we attended Prestonwood Baptist, a mega-church here in the Dallas area. As we were walking out the doors, headed to our cars, I was introduced to this lively older gentleman. Bob said, “Tim, let me introduce you to Zig Ziglar.” The name sounded familiar, but I had never connected the face with the name.

You see, years before I had received a signed copy of See You at the Top, one of Zig’s books. But it was nothing more than a dust collector on my shelf. And while it didn’t mean much to me at the time, I’m sure many of you right now are thinking, “I wish you could have the chance to meet Zig like that.”

At that time in Zig’s life, he was teaching one of the Bible study classes at the church and his fame drew many to the church and to his class to get a product to him or to pass information to him. I have never been that way. If you have read the blogs where I talked about working on the sound system in former Dallas Cowboy Darren Woodson’s home, or the fact that I have been the person making Troy Aikman’s hot chocolate at Starbucks, you know I believe these are real people and when meeting them, I talk to them just like I would talk to you.

I got to know Zig without going over to his office or working an angle to talk to him. I just walked up and said “Hi.” From that time in 2002 to the time I sold my business in 2004 I was able to have one-on-one conversations with him. I never asked for something, but those friendly conversations were where Zig told me how to become a speaker. He also told me he thought I would make a good life coach.

Many years later, I met Zig in the grocery store after not seeing him for some time. He remembered me and the things we had talked about and it was then he told me I should pursue life coaching using this ‘80s Rocker look to my advantage.

So many people get star-struck by people they follow, forgetting the very thing that Zig teaches: if you help enough other people get what they want in life, you will get what you want.

This week I am in Los Angeles with my Number 4 mentor, Craig Duswalt and I am putting the wisdom of Zig’s quote to work. Yes I want to spend personal one-on-one time with Craig, but he has a show to run this week. He is planning a great event, so I’m going to help others while I’m here.

Zig is my biggest mentor; it was not until I met him that I read one of his books. I never attended an event he spoke at until after I shook his hand and was personally introduced to him. I never heard him speak before I was able to see who he was in real life. That is why he is my number one mentor: I watched him live his life, before I became a great follower. This is the reason I am always willing to sit and meet and help others; I want to be known for being real first and a motivator second.

So in this week I hope that you have found great inspiration from the stories of those top people who are my mentors. Thanks for reading. Find mentors in your life and for the right reasons to become the RockStar in your world.

Tim Gillette is the Creator of The Rock’N’Roll Keys to Business Success, using music, motorcycles and mentorship to create Entrepreneurs who lead. To find out more about upcoming webinars sign up here .  Free Online Training that Rocks

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