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Relentless and Obsessed

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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Someone once told me I was relentless and obsessed. I took it as a negative personality flaw. It made me feel like I needed balance. Over the years I learned to like my obsessive characteristics. If I focused on the right things this could be a positive thing. About a week ago I started reading a book called Relentless, “From Good to Great to Unstoppable” by Tim S. Grover.

Grover trains the best athletes in the world on recovery, getting stronger and mental toughness. You may have heard of Michael Jordan, one of the best athletes he trained..

The characteristics he finds in his best athletes is their sellout commitment to outwork their opponents. These athletes own their space on their field or court and in their sport.

Think about the toughest competitor you have competed with in business, life, health or even spirituality.

Were you willingly committed and relentless to win at all expenses of time, energy, and money?

Just think about how scary it is to face someone who is willing to die to get better.

Jordan was the most relentless, obsessed, and focused individual in the game. There were many that matched and exceeded his physical stature, but it was his steely eyed determination, and relentless obsession to be better than the rest of the league that separated him from the good. It didn’t stop there, it made him the best.

It is unreasonable to be relentless and obsessed. Jordan, Jobs, Gates, Picasso, and Hemingway were so unreasonable in their pursuits they became the best.

Tony Scelzo
Gear Marketing
tony@gearbfd.com

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Tony Scelzo’s Thought Crucible I

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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FOCUS ON THE OPPORTUNITIES

Every day—every moment—we get to make a choice about what we’re going to focus on. Are we going to focus on the “bad” things that have happened to us, the people who have hurt us, the wrongs that we think make us victims? Or are we going to stand up and get to work on the unlimited and wonderful possibilities that await us?

Let me answer that question for you. You are a victor. You are meant for greatness. Seize the opportunity provided to you on this day. Go get it.

FANNING THE FLAME OF TEAM EXCELLENCE?

As managers and leaders we are always focusing on, agonizing over, and addressing problems. Because we do this so often it tends to be all we see. We become blind to the fire that keeps us warm: the people who drive our business, keep it going, and create results and activities that we DON’T have to deal with as a manager.

As leaders, we must “Fan the Flame” with positive affirmations of what is going right and what our team is doing well.

CLEAR EYES, FULL HEART, CAN’T LOSE

“Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose”—the television show Friday Night Lights has made this quote very powerful, and I’ve been talking to my daughters about what it means. In my house, it means we are not allowed to say “I can’t.”

Think about the power of those six words and how many live they have changed. To me, this phrase is one I use to teach my girls the difference between winning and losing, between being perfect for yourself and true to yourself. Be careful of the words you choose to put into your head. They have power over your actions.

Tony Scelzo, President
Stringcan
http://stringcan.com
(317) 662-2126
Indianapolis Office (Main)
7208 North Dobson Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268

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Do You Have Trust and Lust in your Marketing?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Sally Hogsheads book FASCINATE is a must read for VP of Sales and CMO’s. It will challenge you to discover how you can get your customers, prospects and suspects to “LOVE” you.

Personally, one of the most important concepts to get out of the book is in trying to “create the experience” for your customers of “trust and lust.”

Now, what do I mean by lust?

Can you get people to “lust” in anticipation of what you are going to do next, to teach next, to release next, to innovate next or to breakthrough next? Simultaneously, can you also get them to trust you? Can you establish yourself as their rock, their go-to resource providing peace of mind? Ultimately, giving them the feeling as if you are their partner.

Trust and lust are not usually two words you put in the same sentence, let alone the same brand.

However, if you are trying to carve out attention from your target market, to then carve out a business case to lead to a contract, which ultimately results in a sales. Then trying to incorporate “trust and lust” into your messaging is a must yet it may seem impossible.

It isn’t impossible but it is hard. Which is why most people opt out.

There are other triggers of fascination. By learning how to navigate between ‘trust and lust’ or tie them together is the most common argument found in the C-suite between the CMO, CIO, CFO. COO and VP of Sales.

So how do you build strategy to drive “lust” and build “trust”?

The answer is simple. People trust in you when you know more about their business than they do.

Take Sally’s book. Her website, for the book, howtofascinate.com is great example. I was so intrigued by the idea of understanding more about what makes me a “leader” by the report. This report gave me great insight into how to build our brand. Even though I have spent my whole professional life studying this, this site knew more than I did. Therefore, allowing me to trust it. In addition, I was so intrigued I lusted in anticipation of my results thus driving me to action. I then bought the book and recommended it to three other people. Trust and lust really can work together.

I was fascinated with howtofascinate.com. Check it out if you get a chance and let me know what you learned!
Tony Scelzo
Rainmakers Marketing Group
317-216-6345
Tony@gorainmakers.com

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The difference between Aggitation & Irritation

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

If you are in sales & marketing, Dan Pinks book “To Sell is Human,” is a must read. It will help you get along better with others and make you feel more apart of the human race.

Yes it is really that good. I couldn’t tell you how many genius insights I have taken away from this book. I can tell you it is more than I can count. So this either speaks for my to ability to count or my ability to find genius, I am not quite sure.

The first one is the difference between agitation and irritation. In our office we say, “You always have permission to pursue with value”. Meaning if you are serving your prospects best interest from their perception, then you will always get permission to take the next step.

It they need help with recruiting, bring the candidates. If they need help with new clients, bring them referrals. If they need new product offerings, bring them new technologies or innovations. You always have permission to serve or as Dan Pink puts it, to be a “servant seller.”

Irritation comes from someone repeating his or her agenda. Agitation comes from understanding what people’s goals and agendas are so you can help them move closer to them. In doing so they move closer to you.

Agitation acts as the coach, who motivates them to run one more lap, or a teacher who inspires a student to read a new book or even a preacher who challenges you to grow in your relationship with God. Agitation is the push that drives you to make a move. It pushes you progress towards something greater. On the flip side is irritation which pushes you in a negative way. It pushes you to become something about someone else. Take the focus off others and focus on taking responsibility for yourself. Agitate don’t’ irritate.

Tony Scelzo
Stringcan
317.788.5844

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

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