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To Be Successful, Focus on Helping Others Success is not as hard as you think.

By Lewis Howes Edited by Dan Bova

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Do you care about getting your social media numbers up? Do you want people to love and adore you?

The problem is you're focusing on the wrong things. Don't concentrate on yourself or what you want from other people. Instead, shift your focus towards helping others, and make an impact on those who already appreciate you.

When that happens, more people will appreciate you. You'll make their lives magical, and the success and admiration will come later. For example, when Oprah comes out on stage she doesn't say, "Look at me, I'm great." She puts her focus on her audience; she zooms in on others and does what she can to help everyone around her.

For this episode of 5 Minute Friday, I'm bringing back this segment from Elizabeth Gilbert. She's an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist and memoirist.

She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which, as of December 2010, had spent 199 weeks on The New York Times' best seller list. She gives her insights on what she's learned about the power of looking to serve rather than be served.

Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 645.

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Lewis Howes

New York Times Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur, Coach

Lewis Howes is a New York Times bestselling author of The School of Greatness and The Mask of Masculinity. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur, high performance business coach and keynote speaker. A former professional football player and two-sport All-American, he is a current USA Men’s National Handball Team athlete. He hosts a top 100 iTunes ranked Apple podcast, The School of Greatness. Howes was recognized by the White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. Details magazine called him one of “5 Internet Guru’s that can Make You Rich.”  Howes has been featured on Ellen, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The New York Times, People, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Health and other major media outlets.

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