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Stop Looking For Luck

June 14, 2013 — 38 Comments

So many leaders are looking for luck these days. They may not say it in those specific words but they are.

Image by Dawn Ellner

Image by Dawn Ellner

There are leaders who are looking for the superstar salesman who will increase sales ten-fold. Then there’s the manager who will increase productivity, if only they could find them. Or you’re looking for the next big thing, wanting to catch it at the very beginning.

All of these actions are a form of looking for luck. They’re relying on an outside factor to increase sales, to increase productivity, or to bring the next big program. And we’re doing it all wrong.

When we’re waiting on luck, we’ll be waiting a long time. I know plenty of “lucky” lotto players who will win the Mega Millions on the next draw.

You know what? The odds of that are not in your favor. So stop looking for luck.

Conferences are a great way to increase your knowledge and leadership potential. They bring together the best of the best to share their knowledge with you.

Bryan Allain did just that with the Killer Tribes conference in Nashville, TN.

Killer Tribes Conference

As I’ve already planned for my one big conference of the year, I had to miss Killer Tribes. Thankfully, Bryan had the foresight to record the conference and offer it to those that missed it.

I couldn’t be more grateful. The lineup Bryan put together was amazing. Men and women like:

  • Jeff Goins
  • Jon Acuff
  • Mark Hughes
  • Tamara Lunardo
  • Sarah Mae

The knowledge they shared was inspiring, motivational, and informative. Once, only available live at the conference, you can own the recordings.

Bryan offered two audio packages. Both are jam packed with goodness.

The standard Killer Tribes conference audio package includes talks from:

We live in such a diverse world. People come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. It’s truly amazing.

Our interests are just as diverse. We’ve got people who are athletic, nerdy, funny, smart, etc… A world full of difference.

Puzzle Connection

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Diversity is great. It opens you up to new experiences and ideas. Some you may never have thought of before.

I encourage you to seek diversity.

But I also encourage you to seek out like minded people.

WHY?

It might seem odd that I’m encouraging you to seek out like minded people. Why would you want to seek out people with similar interests?

It’s quite simple actually. You should seek out like minded people for their encouragement. And the encouragement that they can bring to you.

Finding others who are pursuing their passions and desires can bring a huge boost to your pursuit of the lifestyle you desire.

What Do You Do?

July 2, 2012 — 30 Comments

You’re at a networking event. Mingling and conversing with people you’ve never met. There are tons of questions to ask. But one that gets asked more than anything.

What do you do?

Red and white puzzle pieces

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Without a thought we normally spew out the simple answer. Stating the career we’re in. Or what we do professionally.

And we state it in simplistic terms.

  • I work in IT
  • I’m an accountant
  • I make sales

Is that all that you do? Do you just work in a field?

If you’re anything like me, the answer to the question is a resounding NO.

There’s so much more to you than what you do during your day job.

For example, let’s look at what I do.

My day job is that of an IT professional. Simply put, I make sure the computers at my place of employment are up and running.

Networking. It’s essential if you want to advance.

The bigger your network, the more connections you have. The more connections you have, the better the chance of landing a new job, advancing your career, forming a partnership, maybe even finding your spouse.

You have to do it and you have to do it well.

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You get prepared for the networking event by dressing to the nines. Grabbing your best briefcase. And freshening up.

But do you have the most important tool to effectively network? Jane Friedman gives us two essential tools for effective networking.

She recently published a post telling us what 2 questions you should memorize for networking events. The two questions come from Michael Ellsberg. They were great questions and I thought it would be fun to share my current answers on the blog.

So here we go: