New Blog Post [Video]: Use The Tools At Your Disposal To Make Connections

Almost 10 years ago I made a list of pople that I want to meet and form a connection with.  While I was able to reach some of the folks on that list, it was so hard to get their ear because of all of the gate keepers involved.  It’s a different ballgame now…

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Does Being Yourself Make You Look Like You're At The Bus Stop In Your Underpants?

BuffoonI am excited.  Ideas come to me in furious cascades.  I am quick on the hip to debate and illustrate my point of view.

I do not edit myself very much.

The result?  I fudge it up some times.  I put my foot in my mouth.  I sound like a buffoon.

That’s alright with me though.

I have found that when I do over edit, I leave good stuff on the table.  I over analyze and script and think and rethink and in the time to put something together that would have normally taken me 20 minutes has now taken 2 hours and who knows if it is really any better.  Further, it isn’t authentically me.

I posted a grammatically incorrect title for a post a few weeks ago on purpose, to test how it would do.  The reviews told me that that was stupid to do for the sake of marketing.  Fine.  I will not do that again.

But today I posted an article and via su.pr, a blog distribution channel, and I wrote the title grammatically incorrect by accident.  For this I am not sorry and you can brace yourself to see it again in the future.

I believe in editting and review and consulting, however until my budget will support those facets in greater depth, I am going to be me and give you, my readers, clients and critics, the very best that I have, which will invariably have a few dings and dents from time to time.  That’s all I have…my very best!

Now, I am not telling folks to not point out when I say or write something that makes me look like I’m standing at the bus stop in my underpants.  I want feedback and critique and criticism.  But understand, that it might be met with “Thanks, I appreciate your point of view.  Not much I can do about that, but I do value your thoughts. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a business to run.”

That is me.  I am who I am.  I can not be anyone else, nor do I care to be and my hope is that you’ll appreciate me for it.

That is all.

How Are You Allocating Your Bandwidth?

bandwidthRecently, a couple business partners and I decided not to pursue a project.  It was a bummer, but I understand.

After a time period that I felt was more than enough to make serious headway on the idea, we really were not getting anywhere. The tasks were not getting done and the project remained in pieces.  Sure, the idea had materialized and the business model had been solidified, but my partners had other priorities.  Nothing wrong with that.

I did not get angry or upset, but I was bummed and finally decided that I should just go at it alone.

So why wasn’t it coming together?  Not enough bandwidth.

For those that are not intimately involved in the internet , you may wonder what I’m talking about.

From the Wikipedia:

Bandwidth may refer to bandwidth capacity or available bandwidth in bit/s, which typically means the net bit ratechannel capacity or the maximum throughput of a logical or physical communication path in a digital communication system. For example, bandwidth test implies measuring the maximum throughput of a computer network. The reason for this usage is that according to Hartley’s law, the maximum data rate of a physical communication link is proportional to its bandwidth in hertz, which is sometimes called frequency bandwidthradio bandwidth or analog bandwidth, the last especially in computer networking literature.

For this instance, this meant that they simply did not have the time to devote to our idea.

They appreciated my candor and explained that the demands of their family and current work schedules simply did not allow them the time they needed to bring our concept to fruition.  I get this.  I understand it.  It makes sense.

See, we only have so much time in a day and how we choose to allocate it makes all, and I mean all, the difference in the world.  We can spend our time learning a new skill or creating new business or playing  farmville or spending time with our family.  Not to mention eating, sleeping, exercise, etc.  It still adds up to 24 hours. Everyday, 24 hours.

How we spend our time is a conscious decision that we make every minute…every day.

Are you allocating enough bandwidth to your goals to see them through?

A Call Changes Everything..

phoneI am a fan of technology…email, facebook, twitter, text messaging, blogging, vlogging (i still can’t get over how funny that sounds), linkedin, etc etc etc.  Sometimes though, it just doesn’t get it done.

Voice flexion and tone cannot be conveyed in email.  The dialog that takes place in blogs, twitter, and FB are delayed at best.  Further, everyone knows that tech makes things super easy, even automated sometimes.

That si why the phone is so special.  It might be old school, but it sure does make a difference.

This past weekend I got a simple call.  An old friend rang me and left this message on my voicemail:

Hey Aaron!  I hope everything is going well for you.  You’ve accepted my friendship on facebook and I am able to keep up with you, but I just wanted to hear your voice (chuckle chuckle).  I sure hope everything is going well.  Talk soon. CL”

It took him right around 30 seconds to ring me up.  This meant the world to me!  It meant so much!

Now, my friend isn’t in sales, but perhaps he should be.  That simple gesture is so very important and overlooked by so many sales professionals.

Just a “Hello” or “I was just thinking of you”.

Why not pick up the phone right now and call 3 people to let them know that you are thinking about them.  Right now!

A call changes everything..

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You Must Take A Break!

Make time for yourself.
Yesterday I posted an article on surrounding onessefl with people and ideas that support your efforts, whatever they may be.  If you want to design games, perhaps it is good that you play HALO all day.  If you want to be a therapist, maybe its a good idea to make time for every person you know that has a problem.  If not, it may be time to reaccess.
There is a caveat.  You must make time for yourself to decompress, to unwind and allow the brain to think about something other than what must be done.
I have a dear friend, a doctor, that loves to play the Wii games he originally bought for the little kids in his life.  The first time I witnessed this, I thought “What in the world are you doing?”  I mean, these games are Super Mario brothers in high def…simple.  Real simple.  But then I realized, of course he is no dummy and he has built a heck of life for himself, perhaps this is his method to relax.  Maybe he uses a bit of recreational gaming to let his mind wander such that he can be the best that he can be when he’s on the hospital floor.
In sales, it ca be tough.  We are called upon early in the morning to late into the night.  We are expected to be there for our clients, aware and on top of our game.
This will not happen unless we take a break!
I like to get outside and breathe deep.  I like to workout.  I like to spend time with good friends and family. I love to read the wikipedia.  I love to go to a good museum or theatre and become engrossed with the show or exhibit.
I do it, sucht hat when I am required to be on, I can be on.  Fully on!
What do you do to relax or let go?

relaxMake time for yourself.

Yesterday I posted an article on surrounding one’s self with people and ideas that support your efforts, whatever they may be, and not waste your day away reading up on what your facebook friends are up to or whatever it is that sucks your most valuable asset, your time.

There is a caveat.

You must make time for yourself to decompress, to unwind and allow the brain to think about something other than what must be done.

I have a dear friend, a doctor, that loves to play the Wii games he originally bought for the little kids in his life.  The first time I witnessed this, I thought “What in the world are you doing?”  I’m talking about, Super Mario brothers in high def…simple.  Real simple.  But then I realized, of course he is no dummy and he has built a heck of life for himself, perhaps this is his method to relax.  Maybe he uses a bit of recreational gaming to let his mind wander such that he can be the best that he can be when he’s on the hospital floor.

In sales, it can be tough.  We are called upon early in the morning to late into the night.  We are expected to be there for our clients, aware and on top of our game.  In sales, it is our responsibility to remain cal, level headed, and objective.  We legally bound to provide expert advice that is in the very best interest of our clients.

Sometimes it seems like we never are able to make time for ourselves, but we must.

I like to get a good workout, get outside, and breathe deep.  I like to spend time with good friends and family.  I love to go to a good museum or symphony and become engrossed with the show or exhibit.

I do it, such that when I am required to be on, I can be on.  Fully on!

What do you do to relax or let go?  List your ideas in the comments below.

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Book Review Friday [Video] – 4 Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferris

I find and read compelling books aimed at helping one build better businesses.

Then I review it, in video, for you.  I induce a bit of my own humor and present solid information such that you can find really, really good books to better yourself and your efforts to get ahead.

This week is featuring The 4 Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferris.  You can visit his site here and his blog here.

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Maybe you know of a book that you really love and that I should give a gander?  Send me an email or post your ideas in the comments.

Onward and upward!

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Video intro…I couldn't wait…

So, I promised Friday, but I couldn’t wait..

The video is a little rough around the edges, which is a good thing.

You see, running a business is a learning process.  But you have to start somewhere.  Now that I have one video under my belt, the next one will be better…and after that, they’ll get better and better.

I’m excited to do a Friday book review, starting tomorrow and will be vlogging (I just like saying that..haha) quite a bit as time permits.

Thanks for coming on this journey with me.  I sure hope you’re having as much fun as I am.

Onward and upward!

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Does The Company That You Keep Match Your Goals?

Are you supporting your efforts to get ahead?
My mom used to say, “You are the company that you keep.”
It was true then and its true now.  I want to get ahead.  I want to provide a better life for the world, my family and friends, and myself, thus I surround myself with people and ideas that support that.
I read blogs and books that offer advice for marketing my business and myself, managing my finances, being more productive, living a happier life and so on.  I eagerly seek out the company of those that I feel are uplifting and supportive of my effosts.
I shun that which does not.  I do not really have the inkling to play farmville.  As intriguing as it may be, I can’t sit for hours upon hours watching LOST. And I loathe being forced to have lunch with someone that is a downer or a leech.  I just can’t do it.
It’s not fair to my efforts to get ahead.
I’m running a business and working to expand my life.
From the outside looking in, who are you based upon the company that you keep?

groupAre you supporting your efforts to get ahead?

My mom used to say, “You are the company that you keep.”

It was true then and its true now.  I want to get ahead.  I want to provide a better life for the world, my family and friends, and myself, thus I surround myself with people and ideas that support that.

I read blogs and books that offer advice for marketing my business and myself, managing my finances, being more productive, living a happier life and so on.  I eagerly seek out the company of those that I feel are uplifting and supportive of my efforts.

I shun that which does not.  I do not really have the inkling to play farmville.  As intriguing as it may be, I can’t sit for hours upon hours watching LOST. And I loathe being forced to have lunch with someone that is a downer or a leech.  I just can’t do it.

It’s not fair to my efforts to get ahead.

I’m running a business and working to expand my life.  I want to be able to go school and learn, to travel and explore new adventures, to be able to help those in need, to relax when I need/want to, and to provide for my family.

These things will not be possible if I devote myself to that which does not expand me and only constrict me.

From the outside looking in, who are you based upon the company that you keep?

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Video Coming On Friday :)

videoJust a quick note that video is coming to this blog.

Friday will be the kickoff, and while I hope you’ll be able to join me, have no fear, all of the good stuff will archived so that you can come back any time you like.

I plan on reviewing books that I’ve read and get a kick out of, in addition to reviewing courses that we offer, in summary form of course, such that folks will be able to better choose which ones are best for them.

I’ll also be offering some tips and tools that I find helpful as a sales associate and as a business owner.

Expect to laugh a bit and learn a lot.

Keep the dial locked ;)

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