Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"How is Life Treating You?"

Ever heard that question? My normal response is "It's not, I have to pay for everything". Isn't that how it goes though? We would love for someone else to pay our way or buy that object for us.
Yet we know, deep down, that we never really appreciate it the same as when we work to pay for it. The same goes for finding those opportunities. When we put forth the effort, work, slave and sweat it seems to have more meaning. At the same time we many times find that we learn something new along the way.

There you go, another way to learn as we follow that path through life. As Napoleon Hill once said: "There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it."

Monday, May 26, 2008

Success !!!

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing." — Abraham Lincoln

This just seemed so appropriate to many aspects of our lives.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The ability to interview

Lately I've either heard about folks interviewing or talked directly to a few young relatives in the throws. Some have education and some don't yet I find most all have the same problem of not being successful in their endeavor to land an opportunity. Upon talking with some I find they just don't understand how important it is to be able to interview well.

What might define "well". Having some of the prerequisites certainly helps. More importantly thought is to sound confident. Make pertinent sentences and smile. Be involved with the conversation, not just answer. One definitely needs to listen well also.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Are you Toasting your Link in your Network?

Are you Toasting your Link in your Network?

So, what am I saying? Are you using your communications skills to assist you in linking up with folks in your network. All three are essential to doing good business and opportunity searching. Your skill to listen (communications) is so paramount in connecting with folks. Once connected you can use your LinkedIn tool to build your network. As you build your network you have more people to draw and share information with.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

At what price?

At what price do you spend time networking ? At what price do you spend time blogging? At what price do you rest on your laurels? ...and on and on.

As Harvey Mackay discusses in his book "Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty " it is best to be prepared as you are living your life. Sort of like driving defensively. One must be on the alert for potential danger then take appropriate action to prevent a crash.

As my friend Sean keeps telling me "you're not blogging enough". My reasoning is I am so busy I just don't have the time. The truth be known none of us ever has the time for anything, we make the time.

The price one pays for inaction may be more expensive that doing nothing at all.

Monday, May 5, 2008


My personal disdain has nothing to do with you having a resume. To me most resumes look like an obituary, here's what I've done. On the other hand they are necessary in many instances when trying to land that next opportunity.

A resume is supposed to work to land you an interview. I still prefer making personal contacts to handle that. So when you do have to have a resume you'll find numerous boos on the subject. All are excellent.

For your starters though I have selected a brief intro to resume writing. From here you can expand any way you like.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Have you smelled the squirrel poop lately?

Yes, it was written to catch your attention. Most of us haven't really smelled squirrel poop but the point is have you gotten away lately? As much as looking for that opportunity is a lot of work and much be approached as such we still need to get away and refresh.

Even with the price of transportation we need to get out. Take a drive or ride to the beach, mountains, an old friends, a relative you haven't seen in a while. Clear your thoughts and you'll find you get new ideas. Don't look for the new ideas, allow your brain to work and it will spot them, trust me.

Solitude can be inspirational.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Have you changed your oil lately?

You've all heard the story from a friend that buys a new car and drives it 50,000 miles and never changes the oil, they just trade it in on the next new car. Then there is the other friend that changes the oil with regularity every 3,000-5,000 miles.

So what's the difference? The obvious is one saves on all the oil change costs and the other doesn't. In today's world though the one that doesn't get the oil changed misses out on the possibility of free updates or recalls by the manufacturer. They also miss out on some safety feature being missed which could lead to a crash or in-opportune malfunction.

So if the non-oil changer never encounters any problems then they have saved money all those years. Yet one crash or malfunction could toss all those saved dollars out the window.

As you go about your search the same theory applies to attending group meetings, networking and meeting new people. You will become refreshed (oil change) and find new ideas or opportunities (updates, recalls or potential failures) to put into place to make this journey easier.