What it takes to be a remarkable person — Guy Kawasaki | Canva

Guy Kawasaki joins The Small Business Show to share his insights into what it takes to become truly remarkable

We all know amazing people who have contributed to our lives in some way, shape, or form, but what does it take to become truly remarkable? Is such a state even possible to achieve without natural talent or good luck? Or can one reach exceptionalism through determination and perseverance alone?

On this episode of The Small Business Show, host Shyann Malone is joined by Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva, venture capitalist, host of the “Remarkable People” podcast, and author of the new book “Think Remarkable: 9 Paths to Transform Your Life and Make a Difference.” Kawasaki shares his insights, formed through four years of talks with successful individuals from across the globe, into the process of becoming remarkable and the positive impact it makes on society.

Key Takeaway

1. Kawasaki emphasizes the significance of adopting a growth mindset, developing grit, and embodying graciousness throughout one’s career. These attributes are fundamental to personal and professional development, enabling individuals to overcome challenges, persevere through adversity, and ultimately contribute positively to society.

2. Kawasaki defines being remarkable not necessarily in terms of fame or public recognition but as making a difference in any capacity, whether the impact affects one person, a whole community, or society itself.

3. Kawasaki outlines three phases in the trajectory of remarkable individuals: growth, where one learns and develops; grit, where one works hard to overcome challenges; and grace, where the focus shifts towards giving back and making a difference.

4. The book “Think Remarkable” draws from the wisdom gained over the course of 200 interviews with remarkable individuals. Kawasaki aims to provide readers with actionable insights and strategies for personal growth and making a difference, with an emphasis on making positive contributions to society.

5. Kawasaki encourages individuals to take risks and seize opportunities, noting that one of the most common regrets people have is not taking chances. He underscores the importance of pursuing one’s passions and goals, even in the face of uncertainty, as this focus is a key component of a remarkable and fulfilling life.

"It's not simply the footprint that you have, but it's more the fact that, in any small way, you contribute to making the world a better place. And there are many, many, many remarkable people you never heard of because they're not in the limelight." — Guy Kawasaki

Did you know? ASBN America’s Small Business Network is now available to stream in over 70 million broadcasting households for users with Roku, Firestick, AppleTV, and mobile Android [download] and Apple IOS [download] devices.