What can Steve Harvey teach you about business?
Steve Harvey made $44 Million last year, here’s what we can learn from him.
Steve Harvey has remained an icon of comedy for decades now, but it was only in 2018 did he make the most money he’d ever make topping Forbes list for one of the highest paid talk show host in the world. Here are a few things you can learn about business from the business mogul himself.
Steve Harvey’s career in comedy started when he went to an improv club, and did a standup comedy bit. This particular segment was for a competition and Steve won that competition and won the prize of $50. At the time he was working a regular job, and the next day he decided to quit his job and pursue comedy full time (although he had a wife and two kids to provide for). He told this story on his Talk Show and said, “Some times you have to jump.”
Read More about Steve’s Philosophy on taking the leap of faith in his book “Jump”
2. Reinvent yourself
Steve Harvey’s career started as a comedian doing road shows while he was living out of his car. Before his start he never thought he was an actual comedian but did so because other people found him funny. So he branded himself as the comedian, writing new jokes and hanging out at comedy clubs to understand the market more. Once he had gained traction as a touring comedian, he ventured into becoming an actor in his own TV show. He went on to produce over 10 seasons and then had his eyes set on radio. He ventured into being a successful radio host with his most popular segment, “Ask Steve”. After success in radio, he went on to hosting TV Shows, where he found success on Family Feud, Little Big Shots, The Steve Harvey Show, Celebrity Family Feud and Showtime at the Apollo.
When asked how can he accomplish so many things he said the answer is simple, focus on every single minute of the day. And once you do that, you will be stunned at what you can accomplish. I know exactly where I’m supposed to be during the course of a day. I map out the spaces where I can shut it down, relax, meditate, take a moment to myself, lay on my back on a mat in my dressing room and breathe. Once I’m done with that designated period I’m back to the grind because what people do too much of… People do too much chilling. See the harder I work, the harder I can play. It affords me the ability to give my family a lifestyle beyond my dreams, their dreams and that’s the key to it.“
4. Never Stop Dreaming
Steve says if he never had a dream of doing something big he would have never done anything big. He quotes scripture saying “that a man without a dream will perish”, not a man without an education, without skill or without knowledge. He says if the dream is big enough you will get the education, skills and everything you need to fulfill that dream.
5. Learn From Your Mistakes
Mistakes are only mistakes if you don’t learn from them. He said he needed to make the mistakes he’s made in his life to get to where he is today, from mistakes in business ventures to mistakes in marriage, they all made him a better person.
6. Keep Going
Steve says the road to success is always under construction. There will always be ups and downs and bad breaks along your journey, but you have to understand this is a road towards success. There is a season for everything.
7. Commit to Your Gift
Steve says people wander without understanding their purpose in business, or in life because they have never committed to their gift. He recommends you think about what it is you can do the best with the least amount of effort, and identify that as your gift. Then commit to it. Build a business around it, build a lifestyle around it.