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Is Success What You Really Want? 11 Top Reads to Keep You Motivated in 2013

Friday, January 4th, 2013

With the advent of the New Year, I start thinking, how will I continue to motivate myself to take on the tasks ahead. The next statement is always, what are the tasks?

My friend, The Growth Coach, John Stahl, told me not to let work get in the way.

Interesting thought. Work that really doesn’t make a difference?

I find that having a yearly plan helps me stay focused and show results. If you don’t do some soul searching, life will just drag you along, and you’ll become part of someone else’s success plan.

At the start of 2013, “we can all use a little prodding” to get us to success and more out of life. And who doesn’t want more out of life? Here’s my list of what I call “the read and re-read.” I’m also addicted to pod casts, listening to them every night before I go to sleep. Of course, I fall asleep in the middle but maybe my subconscious is getting it.

A. Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, by Lynn Grabhorn. She calls her life journey “the physics of thought.” The book is easy to read and gives us another link on how to get more out of life. Her theory is that we get what we want through feelings, not necessarily because of planning and sweating. The book helps you understand how your feelings can help or hurt you. Personally, I think it’s worth owning, underlining and reading it again.

B.The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Miguel Ruiz This is an old book, but it too is super—easy read and it makes you want to call Miguel up and have a conversation. His best advice, “Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” How many times a day do we take things personally? You can sign up for his Academy of Awareness which is very cool.

C.Are you Ready to Succeed, by Srikumar S. Rao. This is another personal favorite. The book has readings, , exercises and lessons to help you reconstruct and improve your professional world. This has lots of ideas on “getting unstuck.”

D.212, The Extra Degree, by Sam Parker. The premise: at 211 degrees water is just hot. At 212 degrees, it becomes steam and is powerful enough to move a locomotive. Who can argue with this? The tiny book will keep you captivated and wanting to read it over again. Tapes are also available. Read it out loud to anyone who will listen.

E.Outliers,” by Malcolm Gladwell. This has to be one of the best books I’ve read. Based on the premise of when you were born, where you were born and what was going on in society had a huge effect on you. It made me look deeper into my own life and how lucky I was to miss attending the first grade by one year! You’ll love this. If you can’t get enough of Malcolm, I can’t, start listening to Malcolm’s pod casts. Freakonomics.

F.The Myth of the Entrepreneur, by Michael Gerber. This is a quick with great insight. If you haven’t read it and own a business, go get it. This is definitely a reread.

G.The Great Wing, by Dr.Louis Tartaglia. I just ordered 21 of these for a customer service class I’ve been teaching; it’s the kind of book you can’t’ put down. Gomer is a baby goose in the midst of learning how to survive the great yearly migration. Somewhere in our lives, all of us have “bellied up to the bar” and done something we haven’t wanted to do. Fellow trainers Lou, Sam and I created a workshop for the board of directors at the Toledo Opera Company. It was a blast with everyone yelling, “flock yes.” A great parable and you will feel for Gomer’s struggle.

H.Build from Scratch, How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion, by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. A true life story about never giving up and those that believed. Will there ever be another story like this?

I.The Thank You Economy, by Gary Vaynerchuk. Who will win the customers? Not the rich guy but the guy who can show the customer how much he’s loved. A little longer read but really good.

J. What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekends: A Short Guild to Making the Most of Your Days, by Laura Vanderkam. No, they’re probably not watching television but they’re staying away from their inbox and have a plan. Check this out.

K.Abundance, by Peter Diamandis. The world is better than it looks and has plenty of opportunities. Get to this book fast.

What are you reading? Let us know your ‘good reads.’ Happy New Year.

Lisbeth Calandrino
Fabulous Floors
Associate Publisher & Director of Consumer Research
lcalandrino@nycap.rr.com

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It’s a Faith Thing…

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Knee Pads Required for Entry

My profession as a business coach, Rainmakers executive and business consultant has provided me with the honor of meeting many people in Indianapolis and throughout the world. Every day I hear amazing stories about people accomplishing extraordinary things. Whether it’s in sports, business or life in general, there is always one underlining quality – the fire within to never give up.

How does never giving up and being extraordinary go hand in hand? Because no matter how much success someone has at this very moment, there was a time when they were brought to their knees. Even the most successful business owners, richest men and women and entrepreneurs of today had moments when they considered throwing in the towel. Success doesn’t usually come over night, and money doesn’t grow on trees. Ok, clichés, I know, but that doesn’t make them any less true. Many times a profitable business or even a wicked curve ball is only obtained through trial and error. Even the best in business and the top entrepreneurs of 2011 didn’t “make it” the first time they launched their big idea.

Did they have doubts? Most likely. This is natural and we all to it. We question ourselves and wonder if we truly have what it takes. So how do you get past the insurmountable odds?

You realize that everyone fails. You accept that perfection is not obtainable. You have faith – faith in your abilities -faith that you can start your small business – faith that you can take your business to the next level – faith that you can run a $20 million company – faith that today is going to be an extraordinary day.

You have faith that the challenge in front of you is the lesson necessary to learn in order to get you where you want to go – where you are meant to be.

To accomplish amazing feats, you must accept and expect to get knocked down. It will happen. (Buy a pair of $10 knee pads and get back out there!) People who are bigger than their challenge have one key similarity – they never give up. They never stop reaching for their goal. This desire to go on, to work harder is powered by faith – faith in their talents, faith in others, ultimately faith in God. Never give up and keep the faith.

What recently happened that made you feel defeated?

Tony Scelzo
Rainmakers Marketing Group
317-216-6345
Tony@gorainmakers.com

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Charlie Sheen and the fine line of Success

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

ScottManning

The other day my brother, only half-jokingly, said when he saw Charlie Sheen doing his little rant on TV, he said he saw some resemblance to me…

Of course he was not referring to the drugs, prostitutes, family neglect, and abusive behavior.

Obviously not.

He was making reference to his statements of absolutes, self-righteous talk, obsessive nature, unwavering self-assurance, and extreme pursuit of ‘Winning’.

And I responded, as I often do when someone points out these things –

That I’m well aware that for most of those issues there is medication available.

That thought has never crossed my mind, because I’m afraid it might work.

Fixing these issues isn’t what is needed, not for the rabid entrepreneur and hungry for success and to help other people type-of-person, such as you and myself –

No – not fixing – harnessing.

Dan Kennedy often talks about his “obsessive” nature and that he is careful what hobbies he takes up because anything he does he would want to master and that requires obsession.

You’ll be as successful as you commit to being. Period, end of story.

And it sure is easy for people to mistake passion with obsession, isn’t it.

Just as it’s easy to mistake confidence for arrogance too.

In most cases, it’s either obvious someone, like Charlie Sheen, is an idiot.

But, others, not so obvious, because people who aren’t pursuing what we’re pursuing simply can’t understand.

I could name the longest list of people who achieve success and significance and if you look closely, they all have Charlie Sheen characteristics, just harnessed differently.

And, to be fair, it’s these same traits that led Charlie to being either one of, or the, highest paid sitcom actor in the present times.

It’s what’s required.

The point today, is simple, success is a fine line, what it takes to achieve it and what it takes to stay there. People will call you crazy and a lot of other things – they can’t understand.

Just know, minus all the negative, illegal, and harmful stuff – inside Charlie was a person who achieved success and couldn’t handle it, not because he changed, because he lost control of the same things that led him to the top, brought him back down.

What will do you in, hold you back, and keep you from achieving all of your dreams and ambitions is not being out there enough, not being crazy enough, not pushing hard enough, not being committed enough.

“Committed” what an interesting word. Don’t you think.

To be successful you’ve got to be.

And often times those around you think so too.

A little play on words – I know I’ve been committed and others have often thought I should be…

But I never subdue the things that make me successful, that make me, me.

You can learn a lot from Charlie, both extremes, exactly what not to do, and exactly what you’ve got to do…I don’t think it takes a genius to figure out the difference.

Whatever you do – don’t take what Charlie’s taking, and don’t take what anyone else suggests either.

It just might fix you.

Hear about more business expanding ideas at Scott’s Insider’s Circle Chapter Meeting and watch (or be a part of) the Marketer of the Month Contest.

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“Overnight Success” is Generally a Bunch of Bull

Friday, October 29th, 2010

SerinaKelly
It’s always amazing to me when I hear about someone being an overnight success because I bet, in most cases, if you ask them, they wouldn’t agree. Now they probably would consider themselves quite lucky, but I am sure they spent many long hours, days, weeks and probably years perfecting whatever craft they have. They probably had quite a few failures and head-aches and depressed moments before they became “an overnight success.”

I just think too many of us getting into business think it’s going to be easy. I’ve seen way too many people get involved with one business and then switch to something else and then switch to something else – and I wonder to myself is it because they thought they were going to get rich quick?

To be successful at anything, it takes time, patience, usually some money, a great support system, the ability to keep going when the going gets tough, the love of what you are doing, maybe some smarts – what else is needed? Interested in hearing from you.

Serina Kelly
Relevate
www.getrelevate.com
serina@getrelevate.com
317-203-7740

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