351. Born to Be Great, Never Just Average
A high school drop-out in her mid-teens, feeling disengaged from life, Allyson could see herself becoming little more than a statistic, an average. But even in the midst of mediocrity, flipping burgers, somewhere inside her was the audacity to be amazing.
Allyson Byrd is known as the profit accelerator. She has coached her clients to win contracts with Fortune 100 companies including Walmart, Ford, Mercedes, Bank of America, Delta and Best Buy. Her work has supported emerging entrepreneurs to generate more than $16.9 million dollars in the past 18-months. She is a sales and conversion expert who teaches high-performance leaders how to get their message out and enjoy massive results with strategic sales planning and implementation.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“At 15 years old I dropped out of high school and started working at McDonald’s. But I knew I was born to be amazing because immediately they started promoting me. They wanted me to learn how to cook, which was rare because they didn’t often put women in the back to learn to cook. It’s a high-speed, high pressure role. You have to master time management and be ready for the rush. Actually, there’s a lot of business thinking for McDonald’s workers. Soon after they started me as a cook, they began teaching me to be a manager. Here I was, 15 or 16 years old, and they were ready to send me to McDonald’s University, talking to me about owning a store of my own.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
Even though Allyson was moving forward at McDonald’s, her cousin saw greater things for her. At around age 19, her cousin called and said, “Come live with us. Come change your life.” Allyson did. She went back to finish high school and got a scholarship to college. “In the midst of what was mediocrity for me, my greatness was still there. The greatest theme I’ve seen in my life is that regardless of how many times I’ve tried to de-select goodness, greatness, graciousness and extraordinary possibility, and almost surrendered to just being average, everything inside me has caused me to break through my fears, step beyond uncertainty and embrace the next level.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“Sometimes when we’re on our path, and it’s going wayward, it really does take someone to come get us, to hold our hand and lead us out of the underbrush. You get stuck. You want to get out, but you don’t know how. Had my cousin not come to get me—she and her husband made an agreement to come and get me—my life would not be what it is today.”
Steps to Success from Allyson Byrd
1. Aim for greatness and don’t settle for being average.
2. Carefully choose your mentors and the other people you follow.
3. Recognize that choosing greatness will often put you in conflict with blind followers committed to being average.
4. Be careful of the lessons you choose to learn from others–especially if they’re drawing from a purely survivalist approach to life.
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