JT Foxx… the Simon Cowell of the Business World?
Here is the cold, hard truth. If what you are doing now has not gotten you to where you want to be, and you keep doing the same things over and over again expecting different results, that’s just plain insane.
Someone said that they heard from someone’s friend’s sister (see how crazy this is going to be) that I belittle people at events. Well, before I respond, you truly have to understand the three personalities of JT Foxx:
a. Stage JT Foxx
b. Business JT Foxx
c. Personal JT Foxx
Click here to read about all 3 of my personalities. This was one of my most widely read blog posts.
Many of my events are free, and I speak to audiences all over the world. Many people have already attended loads of seminars prior to mine, and they come to my event looking for a miracle. Becoming successful does not take a miracle, but it does take a lot of different parts all working together at the same time. I cannot tell you how many times people approach me with bad business ideas and wild partnership proposals. Before I start speaking at almost every seminar, I ask the audience if I have permission to be as blunt as possible and tell it how it is. Of course, 100% of the hands go up.
One of the things I am most famous for is the ability to put someone on stage, and just by looking at them and asking a few very simple questions, be able to determine whether or not they will be successful. How do I do that? Well, that’s for another blog, or maybe for my new book, but it has a lot to do with body language. I will give them an honest opinion, often very blunt, about what’s wrong and what’s right. Often times people will immediately get defensive and will start giving me 5000 excuses or argue with me about how this is really a great idea. Most people end up seeing the light and thanking me afterwards for the most enlightening 3-5 minutes of their lives. Their whole lives they have been going to seminars and people around them have been telling them how great their ideas are. My job is to tell them the truth and show them a better way. But sometimes there is an adverse reaction in the crowd when I do this. Even though the person I just coached live on stage said it was the greatest business enlightenment of their lives, some of the audience members gather around together and claim that I was attacking the person.
Would you argue with Simon Cowell or Donald Trump?
On American Idol, between Simon, Paula and Randy, who made more money? Why has the Apprentice been on for 11 seasons? It’s because Mr. Trump says it how it is. Chef Gordon Ramsay destroys people on his TV shows, and Pierce Morgan has made a career out of being blunt and saying it how it is. I find it comical when someone on American Idol does a really bad job, then argues with Simon that they will prove them wrong or tells them how good they sound. I strongly believe that I am successful today, and many clients all over the world come see me speak, because they like my no BS, straight to the point, and blunt approach. My job is not to sugarcoat it for them and make them feel good, my job is to get results. My coach George Ross, Trump’s right had man, is as blunt as can be. He has been with Mr. Trump for 40 years, and I am telling you there are times when he was coaching me when I wanted to crawl under a rock because he was so blunt. But it was his tell it how it is approach that allowed me to change who I am so I can become a better person, and a better business person. Trump, Ramsay, Cowell and myself don’t go out of our way to hurt people, but will go out of our way to give our honest opinion so people can have a shot at success.
There isn’t anything I teach or preach that isn’t done to me. Sure, people can go to other seminars and dance around, but that’s just hype. When people don’t succeed and they come to my events, I take it personally. My business is powered by my clients’ success. If people want to attack me for being blunt and telling the truth, so be it, but when I go to bed at night I know I gave that person the right advice so that one day they can look back and thank me for doing something that no other speaker, family member, or friend had the balls to do…tell them the truth, but more importantly, how to change. That’s not belittling, that’s someone who cares…
They say the truth will set you free, but in my case, it bites back 🙂