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Extraordinary Business Lessons In Three Simple Rules

How do you stand firm in a world that seems to be in flux? It’s easier than you might think. In this episode, business coaches Dan Sullivan and Shannon Waller explain the three rules for staying cool and calm so you can achieve business success and business growth no matter what’s happening in the world.

Here's some of what you'll learn in this episode:

  • Why entrepreneurs don’t need to ask permission to create.
  • The importance of company ground rules.
  • Why it’s helpful for entrepreneurs to recognize that life isn’t fair.
  • Why some people need to be controlled by other people’s laws
  • The real definition of creativity.
  • The five “credibility rules.

Show Notes:

If you want somebody to be in charge, you have to be the one in charge.

If we aren’t enforcing the rules, the rules don’t matter.

All the knowledge that we have was made up by someone.

After you make something up, you have to communicate it in such a way that other people will find it useful.

Entrepreneurs are the masters of making up new things.

Political leaders aren’t in charge; they’re fulfilling a role according to a set of rules.

Your new ideas will advantage some people and disadvantage others.

There used to be so much scarcity in the world that you couldn’t think about things like fairness and equality.

Freedom is maximizing being inside of restrictions.

Nothing you come up with has any value until somebody is willing to write you a check for it.

Economic breakdown usually comes from government mismanagement.

Rules allow you to have your attention on the main thing rather than on the small things.


“Geometry” For Staying Cool & Calm by Dan Sullivan

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Episode Transcript:
Shannon Waller: Hi, Shannon Waller here and welcome to Inside Strategic Coach with Dan Sullivan. Dan, I am particularly excited about our latest book, Geometry for Staying Cool and Calm, because such interesting things came out of that conversation. And I really want to get to the second idea in the book, but what came out of it? Because it was a big aha for me and it has to do with rules. But before we get to that, why don't you just say what the three guidelines are in Geometry for Staying Cool and Calm?
Dan Sullivan: So geometry refers back to a particular Greek mathematician by the name of Euclid. And in about the year 300 BC, he was Greek, but he lived in Alexandria, Egypt, which was a real center of learning. They had a huge library there. So it was kind of like a library, I think probably university of its day. I don't think he invented any of this stuff, but I think what he did is he aggregated, he pulled all the documented mathematical knowledge in that part of the world, which was really the center of development in the Western world, not the Asian world, but the Western world.
And he put it into a series of books. But the primary one, which I really fell in love with, was the fundamental rules of geometry. And geometry is how you build things so that they stay up. The first book intoxicated me because there's 47 rules and you can't get to the second rule until you understand the first rule and you can't get to number 47 unless you've gone through the first 46.