PAINFULLY OBVIOUS CONCLUSION

Over the years, I’ve learned a painfully obvious conclusion – and this is after God and the people who love me were speaking to me the whole time. What I’ve learned, and maybe you can relate, is that when I try to make things happen on my own, my accomplishments end up being nothing more than insignificant.

Tip and fact: Self made people don’t make much of an impact.

If you want to be a great leader and make an impact while you’re here – for the short time that we are, be sure to surround yourself with amazing people who lift you up and help you be successful. You could be the most talented person in the world, however without the help of others your success is limited.

Whatever you believe, your influence springs from an awareness of your dependence and a willingness to express thanks to those who help you rise up and do great things.

For me, my visions are much larger than my ability, which leaves me two options: give up or go find help – I choose to go find help and go after my visions. More and more each day, I learn how important and thankful I am to have such amazing people in my life that allow me to do incredible things. And without these people I would be nothing. For this I thank all of these people for helping make my dreams a reality.

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What about you?

Are you trying to be self made?

 

 

18 QUESTIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR START UP

It’s fired up Friday and I’m off to spend a beautiful weekend with my family and friends, but before I do, I wanted to share 18 questions that can help you and your start up get on track to producing loads of fruit!

Have fun and I hope these help! Peace.

  1. Can you summarize the purpose of your business on the back of a business card?
  2. What is the size of your market and is it poised for rapid growth?
  3. What is happening in your target market?
  4. What kind of margins are available in your industry?
  5. Are you targeting a market on the path to $1B potential?
  6. Are you targeting rich customers who will move fast and pay a premium for a unique offering?
  7. What is your customer focus?
  8. Are you providing your customers a simple product with a singular value proposition?
  9. Are you focusing on the one thing that is of burning importance to the customer and delighting them with a solution?
  10. Are you thinking differently and challenging conventional wisdom?
  11. Are you rejecting what is original and creating new novel like solutions?
  12. Are you outwitting your competition?
  13. Are you building a winning team?
  14. Are you attracting an “A” level team?
  15. Are you building an agile plan that allows for flexibility, stealth, and speed? (This is what will help you beat our the big players)
  16. Are you being frugal and only spending on what’s critical?
  17. Are you spending capital on priorities that drive maximum profitability?
  18. Are you seeding your company with little capital so that it forces you to stay discipline and focused?

ATTITUDE, AFTER ALL, IS EVERYTHING

You know those people who are always in a good mood and it never fails that they have something positive to say? What do you think of those people? Are you one of those people?

A couple of days ago my friend Mary sent me a story and I thought that it needed to be shared with others as a way to encourage people to choose their attitude daily. It’s a short read.

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’

He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, ‘I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?’

He replied, ‘Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or .. you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.’

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or… I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

‘Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,’ I protested.

‘Yes, it is,’ he said. ‘Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations.

You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.’

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How about you? 

What’s your attitude?

 

 

HOW ARE YOU STARTING YOUR DAY?

Are you one of those people who jump out of bed at the last-minute, rush to get ready, and then you’re out the door to a busy day of work? What effects does operating this way have on your life (Have you even thought about this)? Do you ever feel like you’re missing something and if you just slowed down a bit you just might find it?

For as long as I can remember, I would sleep till the last-minute, hurry up and get ready, and then run out the door on my way to where I needed to be. I would forget things, spill all over my shirt, run into something, the list goes on – you know what I’m talking about.

I did this for years (you might be living this way) until I realized that there was a better way to start off my day and the results were totally worth it!

Here is how I start off my day:

1. Pray and mediate: I Thank God for my faith, my family, my friends, and all the wonderful things he has blessed me with. I ask him for wisdom, understanding, and a servant heart.

2. Love: I tell my wife how much I love her and how blessed I am to spend the rest of my life with her.

3. Exercise: I take care of my health so that I can live a long life filled with great experiences. Each morning, I will either run, cycle, stretch or lift weights.

4. Eat: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you miss it you will feel it. For me, I try to eat a healthy breakfast that can give me the energy I need to get through my day.

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How are you starting off your day?

 

SHOW UP AND WORK

From the time I was able to work, my Dad taught me a very valuable lesson, he said, “Son, if you ever want to have anything in your life, you have to show up and work for it”. And I remember those days showing up to pour concrete at 7-am in the morning – that sucked, but we did it and got it done.

Would you agree that every successful person knows that, more than a positive mental attitude, you have to show up and work for it? Zig Ziglar teaches this important tip and he says, “SHOW UP AND WORK!”

Showing up is hard, and sometimes it flat-out sucks (well most of the time), that’s the reason you don’t want to do it, but the truth is, that is why most people never succeed – they don’t want to show up and do the work.

You want a simple tip that can help you get over this whole work thing and help you get more done? This is what I’ve tried to do lately. Segment all your action steps and then do the hardest ones first, you know the ones that you usually avoid. If you can do this, I believe that you, at some point in your life will end up with things that most people will never have.

If it were easy everyone would be doing it. Art is hard. Selling is hard. Writing is hard. Making a difference is hard. Show up and do the hard work that others are unwilling to do.

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DISCUSSION QUESTION? 

Are you showing up and doing the work?

 

TODAY IS NOT THE DAY TO GIVE UP

When you believe in something to the point that you are willing to lose everything and keep going, you are a warrior who has made a decision to persevere believing that all things are possible. Have you made this decision that no matter what the odds, no matter what the challenges – even losing everything, that you will persevere chasing after your goals?

I would say that perseverance is perhaps the most important skill that every human needs to develop as it is essential to reaching any sort of destination whether that be: a personal goal of losing weight, starting a company, raising capital for your company, getting a piece of technology off the ground, a long-term friendship, your relationship with God, and last but not least marriage – this takes serious perseverance.

John Maxwell says a quote that I think is perfect for this, “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” Are you willing to hang on after others have let go? When you start to lose your grip, your hands are almost bleeding, and your at the point of packing up your bags and going home, are you going to deny all of these things and stay the course of action knowing that your destination just might be right up ahead?

Today is not the day to give up….on anything, and I mean anything, today is the day that you put your head down, build a plan, and keep charging forward – this just might be the best decision you ever make that will change your life forever. Now GO.

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DISCUSSION QUESTION: 

Perseverance is not easy, but it’s worth it. So, are you going to be someone who hangs on, or are you going to be someone who, like most people, lets go?

 

NEVER STOP THROWING STUFF AGAINST THE WALL

Charlie is a charismatic, young, innovative, go getter, who for some reason just can’t get stuff to stick to the wall. He’s frustrated, confused, and just about ready to give up when…..

John, his old buddy stops by to have a beer and share a little wisdom with him. He says, “Charlie, take a seat here boy and let me tell you something that will change your life. Charlie, back in my day I use to feel the same way, I would constantly throw stuff against the wall and for years and years nothing would stick. And then, finally, after years of throwing stuff against the wall, there it was, plastered on the wall, that one thing that I had been working so hard for.”

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WET DOG SYNDROME

You’re out playing with the dog and you decide to throw a stick out into the water, what happens next? Immediately smiling from ear to ear, your dog leaps into the freezing cold water to dog paddle his way after it. He captures it in his mouth, swims back to shore, springs up, and bolts toward you. And as soon as he reaches you filled with excitement, he starts shaking water all over the place. You get it on your face, your clothes are drenched, and your pretty much over the stick throwing game at that point.

How often does this happen when you send your people out to a conference or a rah, rah event? Probably pretty often. Let me warn you about something very important and please beware. This is called wet dog syndrome. What is wet dog syndrome? It’s when you send your people out to these rah, rah shows, they get all wet and revved up with new found energy and enthusiasm only to come back to your organization and shake it all over everyone.

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