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Awesome Issue of SUCCESS August 28, 2012

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I think my next 4 posts are going to be based off of the September issue of Success Magazine. What a fantastic issue! What I want to share on this post is what John Maxwell shared in this issue.

If you don’t know John Maxwell, then you have never heard of the Guru of Leadership Training. After many successful books, he is by far one of the most noted experts in leadership. Well, I have to say, the brief excerpt and dialogue he gave in this issue is in regards to Accidental growth vs Intentional growth was worth discussing.

Every one of us knows the accidental people. These are the people that will start tomorrow, depend on luck, only learn from mistakes, play it safe and pretty much stop learning after graduation. The intentional ones…a little harder to find. They fight for good habits, work hard, try to learn before mistakes happen and….NEVER STOP GROWING. Big difference between the two.

The Accidental Growth is very disempowering. It leaves everything to chance or to outside forces and ultimately removes you from being responsible for your own success. If you do happen to have some measure of success this way…it is truly luck. Almost all the time, this approach to leading, or growing is not productive nor empowering. If you try to lead your life by just thinking things will happen for or against you, you are not playing an active role in learning from your troubles or how to improve them. Just think about this. We all have dreams. Why have the dream if you will not work towards it? For that matter, why should you have it if you are not willing to grow and make that goal valuable. That which is given for free is not valuable at all.

That brings us to Intentional Growth. If you have goals in life, taking an active approach to achieving them in the long run is what will reap rewards, even if the goal changes or is not what you anticipated. The important difference here vs accidental growth is the difference in mindset and approach. Sure, you want to make money in sales….but you were never trained in sales. You could say well, I’m not trained that way so I wont succeed. Why bother. The other choice: start reading, start learning…hey actually fail forward doing it. During that process your mind is active, its learning its problem solving. Before you know it…you might actually be good at sales.

Many of us know probably way to many people who fit the accidental category. That is unfortunate. Yet most of us admire and even aspire to be like those who grow Intentionally. What makes the successful just that has less to do with talent or circumstance. It has to do with how active they are in growing and learning. By the way, if you think they don’t fail, have doubts, and even have quit at times, they have. But its just like the old saying goes: Its not how many times you get knocked down, its how many times you get up.

It is my hope that each of you grow with Intent. Grow with purpose. Do not approach your dreams or goals like a tree. Trees simply grow vertically. You are more than that. You are the ONLY creature on this planet that can have a thought…a neurochemical reaction….and make it a PHYSICAL reality. That is no accident. So act with the Intent that created YOU!!

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Will you become The Sword? August 15, 2012

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Has anyone ever faced a challenge in their life? Of course. Physical, emotional, financial and personal challenges abound. Adversity is a part of our lives. I to have been dealing with personal problems of my own that are tough to handle in my own mind.

Without challenge, we never improve and we never learn. Without adversity we will not improve upon ourselves or the world we live in. Thats not to say it will really ever be pleasant. The thing I have noticed about adversity is that often how we see it in our minds determines our ability to cope or overcome the problem. It was not until I thought about the analogy of a sword that this unfortunate fact of life looked a little different.

If you have never seen a movie or read about how a sword is made, I will explain in brief. Essentially a blacksmith will take raw metal from the earth, go through a series of steps including heating the steel, hammering it, cooling it, shaping it. This process is exhausting, its uncomfortable, it takes time. But when its done, you have pure shiny steel. Its cut razor sharp. It has durability, it can last through the elements and sometimes becomes a work of art to those who see it.

If we were to look at the steel as us, and life as the blacksmith, some challenges might be handled mentally and physically a little better. With every fault we have life is putting us through fire. We are repeatedly hit. The difference between us and steel…emotion and pain. These are unique to us. That we can never change. But if we can look at our final result as a fine Steel Sword, it could sharpen our resolve to overcome. It can help us to release the strength within us to endure and overcome. Most importantly, the glimmer of coming through those challenges will serve as a light and inspiration to others.

If you are being challenged now…Strengthen yourself. Draw upon the strength of others for help. Commit to your fight. I shall look forward to seeing a true work of art in the end!

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Why are you adding me?? August 5, 2012

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So….Why are you adding me to your network? Good question. I think this issue is more pertinent with LinkedIn than perhaps the other networks. I can see adding or following people simply because they write interesting stuff. But LinkedIn…thats another story.

LinkedIn is not what I would consider social in the way the others are. I dont think it was designed to be. However, it was meant to connect businesses and business owners to possible clients and partners. Great concept!! Here is where I get a little foggy. I have about 402 connections on LinkedIn. I think out of those I have managed to actually speak with 10 of them. The rest, I either get no response by email, by phone, direct message or otherwise.

So lets get the brutal truth answer out the way for those thinking of it…Maybe David they have no interest in what you have to say. Great answer. Entirely possible. Of course, my profile being public and stating exactly what I do might tell someone…before they add me, that perhaps I’m not what they are looking for. Next answer…they never check their profile or messages. Entirely possible.

So here is the point. If you are on the network…To NETWORK, why would you add me to begin with and 2nd, why would you not be at least polite enough to acknowledge a message or request. The answer is quite simple: ITS NOT AS SOCIAL AS WE THINK IT IS. On the networks we can ignore, or trash messages. These are not things people do when face to face. Its considered rude. Not here though. Here its more about adding to get to who you really want to talk to in someone else’s network.

So that leaves the million dollar question on the table: What is the real value of a business social network if you wont even respond to an email (since you dont leave a number of course). Maybe I’m a little flustered by this. I have always heard that social networks have redefined business because of the access it gives you to so many people. So true. But access means squat without connecting. There is where I see the biggest issue. People add and dont try to connect. Hey, yeah you found me on LinkedIn. AWESOME!!! Now what?? You have a great picture amazing references, but you have no contact number. Only an email.

I’m sure there are plenty of you on the NETWORKS out there. What are some of your thoughts on this? I welcome….THE CONNECTION

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