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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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How can Social Media Help my Business? April 14, 2012

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By this point if you have not at least heard of one of the top forms of social media, I would say you are living under one giant rock. With the advent of Facebook, Twitter and the many others out there, these platforms have literally redefined business and the ability of those on “Main Street” to influence the world even more.

In an article written in Home Business Magazine, there was a great interview with Anil Sabharwal who is the senior product manager for Google Apps. He discussed how to properly leverage social media to start having some measure of success in your venture.

The biggest point he drove home was to stay involved in your respective communities. That means if you join a forum, get involved. Interact with stories, tell your own stories (no one want to hear from corporate giants anymore, they want to hear from people). The key is is not to just see your presence there as what you can get out of it. The people there can tell and dont gravitate to someone who is…just there. If you can approach the group with the attitude of sharing and reciprocation, then you will get noticed.

If you are going to be writing, as I am now, make sure you are doing it and not outsourcing it. It comes across more genuine and readers want to get a feel for a person. That was Anil’s second point.

One point that I think is very important is developing an identity for yourself online. If you are here to conduct business in a particular area, dont hide it. Tell others the WHY of you being here. For instance. My facebook profile is straight forward…I am here to interact with others and share what I do to help the people of North America find health and financial solutions. So my posts and my discussions are geared to this. But in order for your activity to be meaningful, you must stay consistent.

I think the biggest reason that Social Media is going to help your business is simply because of its potential viewership. You have millions on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. If you can manage to stay involved, be up front about who you are and what you bring to the table, you can have massive exposure to people which even with the best networking skills on the planet, you could never duplicate just on your own through traditional means.

In my attempt to keep things personal and real, I invite you to share your thoughts on my blog and what I post. I consider this a learning experience but more than that, this is a great venue to share ideas. Thanks and I hope the post was helpful.

Dare To Fail March 26, 2012

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” Only those who dare to fail greatly, achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

How do you think and see yourself and your life when you hear these words? Do you ever sit back and say I want this or want to be this or that? There isn’t a soul on earth that hasn’t or doesn’t. But what is that makes certain people succeed so well?

The answer is in the quote. To get the sweetness of personal success in any endeavor lies in your acceptance of failure. The ticket is to expect failures. You MUST fail enough to achieve. Think of baseball. A good batter has a 300 batting or slightly higher. That means 1/3 of the time he is a success. Sounds weird. But think on it…without the failure you can never improve yourself, you cannot learn your limits…or rather the amazing heights of personal success you can achieve…UNLESS YOU DARE YOURSELF.

We will all fail…but HOW many failures you have will determine your success in large part. So think on this. You hate your job. You have always dreamed of running your own business. You have to actually TRY starting one. It will take failures to learn about loans, staff, insurance….BUT YOU CAN. You will need to learn to max your time…but in the end we could have a great company helping others afford a living while providing a service..one you are passionate about.

You love the ocean…You always dreamed of surfing catching killer waves….Will you let those waves stop you? There are a bunch of surfers out there now. CONQUER the failures…fall off the board…GET UP…learn that balance. LOVE the journey…know and have the GOAL in your head. Having the goal AHEAD pulls you forward.

The country is in a state of flux…we need people to DARE themselves. So you fail…SO WHAT!! Wont be the first time or last. Fail enough, we could have new technologies, new ideas, NEW HOPE simply from YOUR dedication and NOT quitting. DARE TO FAIL….and you SHALL ACHIEVE GREATLY!!!

The New Entrepreneur March 21, 2012

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So Norman Brodsky recently wrote an article in Inc Magazine about the new breed of entrepreneurs. Essentially these are people who are starting on line businesses vs traditional business. So what exactly is the difference?

The biggest difference is start up cost. This directly relates to risk. The greater it is the more you lose. Norm points out that more and more people are moving to on-line businesses vs traditional. In my opinion this is to be expected. The presence of social media like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have redefined the markets and essentially allowed individuals to have greater impact and leverage when it comes to business, news, marketing etc. However, Mr Brodsky brings up one fearful point. As people, we act and move differently typically when everything is on the line vs when its not.

In operating an on line business, its possible to still work and have a safety net which conversely makes you less likely to push for business solutions. If finding that solution was life or death…you would push harder. This is true in my on line business. Many who attempt it quit because of early setback and learning curves. Which brings us to Mr Brodsky’s concern. With this outlook from the new entrepreneurs, what could this mean for the economy?

My opinion on the matter is this. It is a concern. However, this down turn in the economy has awakened a spirit in many people who never thought they had it. More people are turning to on line businesses because its all or nothing already. People need opportunity. They want to pursue their passions. The collapse of Wall Street has forced people to look more to their ingenuity to make a living and make a difference. That in an of itself is a good thing. The All or Nothing in terms of financial risk has come but in a backend way. Personally, I have had my fair share of failure in 3 years of doing my business, but I have had successes. Learning is sometimes a long and hard process. If those who at the very least come to the the table with their commitment in hand and this concept firmly entrenched in their mind…will be a successful New Entrepreneur guiding this country to its financial rebirth.

If you have started your own on line business or are looking to go into one I would love to hear your comments and feedback.

Who Am I May 26, 2009

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Hello to all!!  I am happy to be here.  As you can see this is my first post.  Just want to introduce myself.  My name is David Medina.  I am a full time, licensed, Pharmacist here in NY.  I have been practicing for 11 years now.  I have done the whole store thing.  I have done home IV therapy, nursing homes and now specialize in Hospice care.  In my 11 years, I have seen enough to know the medical system is tough here in the United States.  I see many who are ill.  Unfortunately, many stay ill for 1 or both of the following reasons: 1) They don’t have the money or coverage 2) They don’t posses the knowledge.  It is very hard as a person who wants to help others see people remain ill because their medications cost so much.  However, if we here in the United States could start increasing our knowledge of the body, perhaps we can lead happier and fuller lives.  That movement is well on its way already. 

Therein lies my purpose in being here.  I plan to devote this blog to matters of health and wellness, and money/business topics.  This medium is great for this.  As a pharmacist my biggest frustration, felt by many in fact, is that our system wants us to provide a high quality of care through information.  Yet the system has made it so difficult to stay in business, it has become more about volume than quality.  Now there may be exceptions, but this is largely the truth.  Therefore, I will now use the knowledge I have and am obtaining through my own efforts to help others on my own terms.  You will get to know me…if you choose of course.  It is my mission to bring value to the people that read this.  I hope to encourage dialogue and perhaps to start the wheels of change for some.  I am at YOUR servce.