January 5th, 2011

When you get out into the business world there is one skill that will stand out above the rest, that skill is networking. If you can 'win' friends, and be able to explain your dreams and goals to others you are going to get far in business. Don't get me wrong, I believe there are a handful of necessities that one needs in order to be successful. However, networking is one of those skill that is worth talking about. When it comes to networking, most people believe it's something that should come 'natural', either your a people's person or your not right?! Not necessarily! Networking can be something that you develop over time, and a role that you grow into. The first rule of networking is...

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Questions are Key

Questions are the Answer

Many people in our culture have a “tough man” mentality, and believe that no one can do the job better than themselves. This egotistical manner will not get them very far in business. The truth of the matter is that in order to advance yourself in business you need to surround yourself with people who push you to reach your full potential. With dealing with relationships and other people (which can be a very tough skill-set to learn) you need to be able to ask empowering questions. In order to fully comprehend someone’s thoughts, feelings and intentions you need to be able to ask the right questions at the right time. This is a very powerful form of leadership and has been used throughout the ages, even dated as far back as biblical times. In Zig Ziglar’s book Selling 101, he points out that in the Bible most of what Jesus preaches is stated in question format. You must be able to guide the conversation with and lead the way with questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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College Debt

College Debt Crisis

Believe it or not folks, the educational system in the US has taken a turn for the worst. Don’t read me wrong right off the bat, I’m all about education. The truth of the matter is that education isn’t broke but our education system is.  Most people would be floored to find out that in National Global Rankings of Educational Score Performance, the US falls 33 in reading, 22 in science, and didn’t even make the chart for mathematics.  Now rankings don’t say everything but it should be a gut check.  Are we really applying our youth and what kind of education are they receiving in our public education system? Read the rest of this entry »

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Decision making, makes the difference.

What you’re looking for isn’t in the outcome, it’s in the decision!

The game is on the line, all tied up at 21 all.  Ball’s on the 45, teadering on the edge of field goal range.  Nine seconds left, just enough time to run one more play.  This is where heroes are made, a test of true character and composure. Kick the field goal or take the shot?  Yes everyone’s thinking about who is going to win, but they are too focused on the outcome…What they really should be concerned about is the decision.

Life hands you these “game-time” decisions all the time, and one’s ability to evaluate the situation and make the ‘best’ decision is powerful enough to  leave their names in the books of history.  The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is…”How do I make the ‘right’ decisions?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Dreams

It all starts with a dream!

Dreams are the fuel for your mind.  They are the road map, navigating you through the streets of life.  They light the way when things around you seem dark, and they keep you on the path you’ve set out for.  They fire up the soul and influence you to take affirmative action when necessary.  Dreams encourage you to keep going and give you the determination it takes to move forward.  A man/woman  without dreams and ambition is like a caged lion, stripped of their freedom.  Dreams are so powerful they can bring you from zero to hero.  Dreams are the foundation of our beliefs, which are the foundations of our convictions, which in turn lead to our actions. They are strong enough to move nations of men and women, without one touch of a hand (such is the case of Mahatma Gandhi).” Read the rest of this entry »

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Momentum can work for you, or work against you!

It can take you to the next level, or it can make you fall right on your face.  In the business world, as in most of life, momentum can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy.  You can learn to harness it when it’s going well, and break dodge it when things just aren’t going your way.  Its the ebbs & flows of life, and depending on how you tame the beast could make a large significance throughout your life.  Here are a few tips to ensure  momentum will be  on your side.

1. Plan ahead, preparation is key

Planning and preparing can prepare you to catch the wave, or dodge the bullet.  Organization and planning  does not come easy these days in our fast-paced society so you’re going to need to be conscious about preparing yourself for success. Read the rest of this entry »

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