Archive for November, 2008
Posted in: Blog by admin on November 25, 2008
First, a disclaimer: I’m not real up on my history, so pardon any incorrect information you may sight; however, you can profit from my correlation and the following comments if you so wish…
Now, back to my story about Pilgrims and Indians…
Last Sunday I attended the first of two Thanksgiving dinners with extended family and it got me thinking about this Holiday and what it means, and really, where it came from.
First, I think this – all around us we are drowning in news, thoughts, people, etc. who focus on “the lack” of ‘everything’. I do it too. I think most often about all the things I haven’t accomplished or the goals where I’ve fallen short of and on and on…You do it too. We are all drawn towards this; and it puts the brakes on our progress, out wealth mindset, and our ability to creatively produce and make productive advances on our initiatives.
This Holiday, this season, and this Thursday on Thanksgiving we can all be reminded of the ALL that we do have, all that we can and should be thankful for! We give our loved ones extra solid hugs and words of appreciation and we can even give ourselves a pat on the back.
Certainly the list of things for which we can be thankful is long and something else that is also long is the list of those who have far less…so, while you should continue to fight and aggressively compete to win this game of Business and life of Entrepreneurship…take a few moments out to sit back, take it all in, and give a big sigh of relief for being so well off, and sincere appreciation to those who may often go without being told how very much they mean to you!
Just like we always talk about, people don’t buy from “businesses” they buy from PEOPLE. Success, and LIFE, isn’t made up of ‘things’ or ‘transactions’ or even ‘experiences’ in and of themselves. Success and LIFE is made up of PEOPLE –
Which brings me to lessons we should appreciate and learn from, from–those lessons brought to us on “The First Thanksgiving” by the Pilgrims and Indians!
Resourcefulness and”using all the pieces of the pig”…
I often remember what Dan Kennedy says about using all the pieces of the pig. He talks about taking advantage of all the opportunities your business allows you and exploiting all parts of marketing, sales letters, and products and services. This saying would be taken to a greater degree with the Pilgrims and Indians. Obviously, those people didn’t believe in WASTE because they had limited resources as it was.
So they learned to make their own stuff and use nature – more importantly, they used what they had to get what they wanted.
What in your business is going to waste? What problems and challenges do you encounter and what resourceful ways have you tried to solve them instead of just accepting them?
Leverage and Expertise, relying on others and exploit opportunities…
If you think back to the “pioneer days” everyone didn’t do everything. Each person had a role and focused on that. Sure in business people aren’t always in a position to delegate or outsource everything – but the main point here is the old saying of “not reinventing the wheel.” Go to the people who know what you need to find out. Nothing is really new. Everything has already been done before you and I began to do it.
Ask yourself what opportunities you are not taking advantage of. What are you trying to learn on your own when you could leverage other people?
Cooperation with people, circumstances, and environments…
Lots stood in the way of these people, but they let nothing keep them from moving forward. They learned to adapt and adjust…just like we need to do right now. They realized the circumstances they faced and the environment they were in. Those things weren’t going to change so the people had to adapt to the situation that existed.
Obviously the Pilgrims and Indians didn’t co-exist successfully in the beginning, but it would’ve been better had if cooperation would have existed right from the start.
Who and What are you fighting against when you could be working together to achieve a bigger result?
Lemons into Lemonade and making the best of a bad situation…
Pretty easy to paint the picture on this one. When it rained on the cabins and the roads grew muddy, I assure you they weren’t complaining–they were dealing with it. They went ahead with living life and moving on. Rain meant a shower from nature, time to wash the clothes.
What is it that you find frustrating and should do something about? What is it you find yourself complaining about? What is taking energy from you and your productivity that you need to turn into something positive—or just get over it?
Persistence, because only the strong survive…
The best for last. I remember playing the “Oregon Trail” computer game when I was a kid and being so surprised when someone would just ‘drop dead.’ Most of you probably know of the game, so I won’t tell you about it. None-the-less, you had to persist through it all, through an endless array of misfortune and uncontrollable things that would occur.
See that’s where we’ve come so far–because we in fact can control most of our actual ‘life;’ although, like in the computer game, no one can escape life’s misfortunes; and–still unchanged from the days of the “First Thanksgiving”–if you want to accomplish anything and live very long in the world of business you have to accept the rule…only the strong survive.
Here’s my advice spoken through the daily habits of those who gave us reason to celebrate our thankfulness for all life has to offer…
They “hunted and gathered” every day out of necessity. In many cases that’s what sets us back. We don’t live with the necessity they did. Today, most people are just content with the status quo, living to die, and just getting by. They needed it, you’ve got to want it.
Throughout your next year, “hunt and gather” for your business. Aggressively seek out the ‘big game’ track ‘em until you conquer ‘em, hunt for success and achieve your goals. Relentlessly seek out and gather information, the tools and resources you need, get in and stay in our group because it’s the Oregon Trail to riches!
Embrace these lessons as you venture forward in the game of business and through the life of the Entrepreneur. Your life in business is not much different from the days of old but we have far more to be thankful for. We should take for granted that Success and Riches, just like dinner at the First Thanksgiving, only comes to those who go out and get it, create it, and earn it for themselves.
Posted in: Blog by admin on November 19, 2008
6 weeks to go in 2008 and 6 important activities You can profit from doing right now!
Well, there’s still plenty of time to speed up on our goals for 2008 and still over 1/12 of your year left, you should make the most of it…however, as I’m preparing for our November GKIC Indy Chapter Meeting this Friday, we’re looking at Business Re-Invention and in doing so, we’ll be setting up Profit and Action Plans for 2009.
I thought I’d share with You 6 activities I’m working through within my own life and business as I look toward 2009. Zig Ziglar had a couple sayings that hit home right about now, “You get what you inspect” and “How can You hit a target you do not have”.
So, I’m busy setting up targets for 2009 – now. And, inspecting what’s been going on in 2008 and what’s got to go for 2009. We’ll have more to discuss closer to the New Year and at our very special December Edition of our GKIC Indy Chapter Meeting.
For now here’s how to get ahead, finish 2008 strong, and start fast working on your goals for the New Year. Of course the best thing you can do for yourself and your business is get to our Chapter Meeting, click here www.NoBSIndy.com/ChapterMeeting
Successful Planning for 2009, Six Weeks – Six Profit Activities
1. Assess your performance and results.
Take a hard look at where you are and where you wanted to be, then reflect on your results good, bad, or indifferent. Look at the numbers. Make a list of all the things that went well, accomplishments big and small.
2. Steps to improve and pats on the back.
First pat yourself on the back for surviving another year of being in the trenches as an Entrepreneur / Business Owner and the progress and accomplishments you’ve achieved. Then make a list of specific things you can improve in your business that in hindsight could have made an impact in your results.
3. Analyze what to eliminate and change.
This won’t be the last time you hear this one, it’s important. Write out all the things that stood in your way, obstacles you encountered, and energy/time/money drains. Then strategize actions to eliminate these.
4. Look for opportunities & make a List of what’s next.
Major profit and wealth building is found right here in number four. It’s all about ensuring growth year to year, and the important philosophy and modus operandi of the Ultra Successful Entrepreneurs – Your Business Should Always Be Changing – and you should always be on the look out for opportunities to take advantage of with your business and developing “what’s next”!
5. Re-Invent Your Business & Reverse Engineer Your Goals.
I’ll save this one because it’s one of the significant themes of this months Chapter Meeting…you’ve got to be there, click here at www.NoBSIndy.com/ChapterMeeting there’s still time to save your seat. Business Re-Invention is where the Big Money is! There is Hidden Money around You and I’m going to help you find it. Finally, most all Entrepreneurs try to achieve their goals by chance…gradually…luckily. Sustained Success in all cases, especially financially is strategically planned and this is why it’s important to Plan your New Year, before it happens, reverse engineer your success for 2009.
6. Planning for your first 90 days – Outline Your Marketing Calendar.
I guess this ones fairly self explanatory. So get to it J
Here’s the point…
I’m sure you’ll agree, that from time to time it’s hard to stay upbeat and yes, it’s certainly hard to stay focused on the Productively Profitable Activities that you should be doing in your business everyday, which is why it’s so important to be connected to our secret society of like-minded Entrepreneurs and the Success Environment we bring to you each and every month with our GKIC Indy Chapter Meetings.
Just last week I was reminded of the endless opportunity and success that is still all around us – without a doubt, times are tough, economic woes still to come, but the sky isn’t falling (yet) and Entrepreneurs aren’t dying off from some Recessionary Illness or Epidemic…Quite The Contrary!!!
Case in point; At our All Day Special Mastermind Session last week with most of all 3 of our Mastermind/Study Group Members were in attendance, I couldn’t help but notice the level of insight, the advance thinking, the larger numbers, more complicated marketing, and all around Success that many of the Members are having.
Coming back from the Info-Summit where literally the best of the best, the most successful Entrepreneurs in the world gather, it’s easy to ‘feel’ the success possibilities around you – but I couldn’t have been more proud to be standing in a room with our very own GKIC Indy Mastermind Groups feeling the same way, just last Friday.
Publically I’d like to say “Great Job – Congratulations – and Keep Up The Good Work…onward and upward in 2009” to all our Mastermind Members.
Of course you can meet many of them, talk, network, share ideas, etc at the November Chapter Meeting this Friday and again in December for a very special Christmas Edition.
Dan Kennedy says, Success Leaves Clues…they’re all around You. I’ve given you 6 steps to more success in 2009 right here in this Ezine…more clues to come this Friday.
See You There!
Posted in: Blog by admin on November 11, 2008
St. Louis, themed, the “gateway to the west” was transformed into an “Information-Super Highway” this past weekend at the Glazer-Kennedy Insider’s Circle Annual Information Marketing Summit.
And it was – c r a z y ! Non-stop great ideas and ‘exactly how-to do it’ strategies and new technologies and the most evolved business models leading to the big bucks, fast, they had it all, and as always, Dan and Bill put on a first class, fun, show for the Entrepreneur.
We has over a dozen of our Indiana Members on board, and some of our top Mastermind Members and Private Clients all in attendance…you’ll hear first hand some of their big breakthroughs and about their experience at the “Place for Prosperity” at this months Chapter Meeting.
When you click this link below, you’ll see a couple pictures from the Info-Summit, including one with the Man himself, Dan Kennedy. Plus, if you missed it last weekend, you’ll want to check out my exclusive video with Bill Glazer and hear the message he’s got for You.
Well, that’s about all for this week. I know I don’t have to tell you the importance of continuing education, investing in yourself and that lifting yourself up to higher levels in life, business, and financially, can only be achieved by surrounding yourself with others going the same direction you are.
A little advance notification, mark you’re calendars for April 30 through May 3, when the GKIC Marketing and Money Making Super Conference will be held in Chicago! You can’t beat that – this is a don’t miss event of a lifetime, where business are transformed and lives are changed. You’ll be hearing about it soon, for now, just mark your calendar and reserve the dates.
Okay, I’m busy preparing for a full day Mastermind Event this Friday, so instead of more from me, I thought I’d share with you another one of Dan’s articles, “Why People Fail” You’ll see it below.
But first, click this link below and check our Team Indy, representing at the Info-Summit in St. Louis. And be sure you’ve registered for next weeks Chapter Meeting, seats going fast…plus, we’ll be sharing with you the biggest ideas from the Info-Summit and what they could mean to your business.
In fact, in just the first hour of the first morning, Dan and Bill talked specifically about how to prosper in this new economy, and specifically how to resonate with your customers, continue to grow, build relationship, and why now is the ideal time to be an entrepreneur…
You’ll hear it all, next Friday, and our main topic of “Business Re-invention” where your eyes will be wide open to bigger opportunities and you’ll be excited about the “found” money in your business.
See you in 10 days, click here for pictures from the Info-Summit and to see me and Bill Glazer live!
Scott J Manning, MBA