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Getting the Winning DNA

WINNING BIG
People often ask me what the key to winning is -- Are we born with that drive to win? Or is it something that you just have to learn along the way? There's no one answer that clearly

defines winning. I've interviewed thousands of people on my show, from the stay at home mom turned entrepreneur to the Bill Gates' of the world, and when I ask each of those folks what their secret to winning is, without exception almost every answer is identical, "Do what you love." There are many different roads to winning, but that's the price of entry.

Now simply following your passion doesn't alone guarantee winning. Winning also requires a lot of hard work and it all begins in your hands. Here are a few steps to follow that will help ensure you win BIG.

SAY "WHY NOT ME?"
I always tell people you have to say "Why Not Me?" But you can't just say it, you have to own it! Every single one of us has a dream but in order to win you have to make a conscious decision to pursue that dream and only then can you win BIG!

DON'T BE AFRAID OF FAILURE!
Don't allow yourself to be crippled by fear of failure, that truly is the definition of not winning. If you do nothing, your failure is guaranteed! Even if you don't win the first time, you're still in the exact same place you would be if you didn't do anything at all. You've lost nothing. DOING is the ultimate win.

NEVER TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER
I've heard dozens of stories from successful entrepreneurs who kept going back time after time after hearing no. You'll never win if you take no for an answer. If you get 100 doors slammed in your face, go to door 101. Keep knocking until you find the person who will say yes to your dream.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE SMARTER THAN YOU
Winning depends on the kind of team you have around you. Surround yourself with people who share your passion, drive and know more than you do!

DO IT DIFFERENTLY
One of the first pitches I worked on was for Tri-State Pontiac. At the time, we had no car experience and no TV experience which is exactly what Tri-State Pontiac was looking for! My colleagues and I were trying to figure out something "out of the box" to get us noticed. And then it came to us - used car parts! Over the course of a twelve-hour day we delivered a different car part to the client every half hour. A headlight with a tag that read "We'll give you bright ideas", a fender that read "We'll protect your rear-end". Our idea could have backfired and upset the client but luckily the client thought it was clever. Winners think outside the box. They do it cheaper, faster, better, smarter and more colorful.

Did you redefine your personal success and win BIG? I want to hear from you. Email me at donny@cnbc.com