Archive for March, 2013

Five Ways to Tie an Anchor to your Business

March 27, 2013

I borrowed this list (credit given) and it’s a great one!

1. Turn off the TV. Nothing against media. All against the nothin-but-negative.

2. Get away from the negative people, contentious relationships. They are wasting your time, killing your productivity.

3.Evaluate your product line, services. Quit selling some of the JUNK that isn’t earning what it should.

4. Don’t open your own email. Let someone else do it. Then you can come back and review the important stuff.

5. Stop eating alone. Call SOMEONE! Lunch is a great lead development opportunity.

(Sam Stroup is the source for the list. Great list, do it)

March 24, 2013

Top 10 Life Lessons from Michelangelo’s David and they aren’t just about a statue!!

8)     The sheer physical size of “David” is amazing: beyond words, really.  To say “Larger than life” is almost amusing…except there is no other way to express it!  In what ways does your work, life or project have a “larger than life” feeling to it?  How does this inspire you?  If you feel fear in relationship to the largeness of it, how can you step away from that emotion and get grounded in the sheer joy of it rather than the fear of it?

 

9)     It took Michelangelo 3 years to complete “David”.  Are you committed to a big project in your life enough so you can allow three years to pass from start to completion?  Expecting a masterpiece to be crafted with microwave speed is simply not always a possibility. How can you remain open and committed to the time it takes to create a masterpiece?

 

10)     “David” was borne from Michelangelo’s vision and passionate action to transform that vision from his own experience to a tangible experience for all.  His famous words about his work are “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”.  What vision are you seeing that is waiting for your special touch and guidance to set it free?  What passionate action are you willing to take to set it free?

 

A work of art can teach us, reach us, in ways we don’t always notice at first glance.  May “David” inspire you to think differently, live “transformatively,” and create fearlessly.

Find more information about creating your success in Breakthroughs for Success. It’s on Amazon and the  website of the same name.

Life Lessons from the Renaissance

March 23, 2013

Top 10 Life Lessons from Michelangelo’s David and they aren’t just about a statue!!

5)     Your life and work may bring about different meanings for different people.  For some scientists, “David” is an amazing study of human anatomy.  To others, it is a study of the human emotions. Some Art Historians note there is anger in David’s expression.  Others say the work is sculpted in his moment of decision to enter battle, so he looks expectant.    What would a scientist say about your life and work? What about an artist?  How about a child?

 

6)     When your life and work is at appealing to a wide audience and it gains fame and notoriety, other people will capitalize on both you and the project. Reproductions of “David” are available in many forms. Even garden sculptures are available for purchase.  You can perch David right next to your roses or daffodils or cactus if you choose to do so.  What might people choose to capture about your life or work to launch their business?

 

7)     Michelangelo crafted “David” in response to his patriotic love for his home city of Firenze (Florence).  The sculpture whispered “Freedom” into his ears, as his city had recently become free.  What in your life or work is whispering “Freedom” to you?  How can you take that raw, heartfelt emotion and use it as a component of your work, project and/or life?  Do you feel a sense of patriotism for your home? How can people observe your expression of patriotism?

Life Lessons from the Renaissance

March 22, 2013

Top 10 Life Lessons from Michelangelo’s David and they aren’t just about a statue!!

3)     You can adopt a project that originally belonged to someone else and make it 100% your own through both your passion and your unique inventiveness.  Michelangelo’s “David” began its life as the work of Agostino di Duccio. What a loss for the world if Michelangelo had not taken the unfinished work of di Duccio to form the timeless, classic, heart speaking “David”. Are there any intriguing, unfinished projects abandoned by a colleague, friend or family member that you would like to take on as your own?

 

4)     Craft your life and your life work with the people you live with (or in terms of a business or project, the reader, participant, audience, student) at the forefront of your mind.  The eyes of “David” are not formed anatomically correct: they are actually looking in directions that are not possible for human eyes to simultaneously look.  Michelangelo knew that when people looked at his work “from profile” they would see one profile and one eye, and when they looked from the other side, they would see the other side….which would look more impressive with the eye peering slightly differently.  Not a huge tweak, and not noticeable unless you are eye to eye with the sculpture, which is physically impossible unless on scaffolding.  It is almost like the Special Effects in today’s movies.  What tiny tweaks, special effects, would attract and engage people with your life and work?

Life Lessons from the Renaissance

March 21, 2013

Top 10 Life Lessons from Michelangelo’s David and they aren’t just about a statue!!

 

1)     You are able to create beauty even with a weak foundation if you have an attitude of constructive creativity.  The marble Michelangelo was given to create “David” was substandard and he worked with it, anyway.  What in your life has both a weak foundation and seems to be calling you to create something with it?

 

2)     You can make the “same thing” as other people AND do it from a different perspective to produce a completely different texture and experience.  Michelangelo created David BEFORE his big battle, while traditionally he had been sculpted as the Victor, post battle. What have you been thinking about taking action upon that “Everyone else has already done before”?  How can you look at your idea differently?

This is a series of 10 ideas. I wish I could give credit to whomever created the list, but I don’t have that information. Check out my book: Breakthroughs for Success on Amazon and the website in the name of the book.

Changing Habits

March 14, 2013

Too much effort can actually work against you

New Year’s resolutions, personal and business goals, starting over…whatever the motivation just don’t go after more than you can actually manage. It is the most common mistake. Brought on by enthusiasm, hope. That’s good, but we should remember that change is achieved when efforts are channelled.

For new habits to be successfully adopted we have to make them established and stable. It requires work. Enthusiasm will keep you going for a week or two. Then life happens. Or there is too much inner and outer resistance because we try to do it all at once. And you give up. Consistently applied work on the change will make it become a successful habit.

 

Making a Difference

March 7, 2013

Look at our video and look at who has joined our ranks!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZaP_XlozIg&feature=em-share_video_user

 

These companies are making a difference. They are truly supporting our Heroes. They are the sponsors of OPERATION SUCCESS IN ACTION.

And we are pleased to announce that another one has joined our ranks! Methodist University, The Center for Entrepreneurship!

They are Patriots as demonstrated by their actions. More than just when the stars are out, they are saying “Thanks for a job well done” to our Heroes. Fayetteville, home-grown Patriots! Take a look at our video link above.

Here are the sponsors to-date. When you see them say “thanks for your commitment!” Join their ranks, sponsor the workshop.

Tom J. Keith & Associates, Inc.—Tom Keith

Pro Sport Graphics—Mark and Gail Wilson

Christi Lowe Productions—Christi Lowe

Veterans United Home Loans—Cris Nunez

Family Foods, Inc. –Ron & Sharon Matthews

Healy Wholesale Co.—Mac  Healy

Benjamin Goetz Coaching—Ben Goetz

Methodist University, The Center for Entrepreneurship—Marty Cayton

Texas Independence Day

March 2, 2013

My great friend John H. Tull, Jr., wrote this. Please allow me to share it with you:

Today is  March 2nd, Texas Independence Day. On this date, Texas declared her independence from Mexico and formed the Republic of Texas, which existed as an independent sovereign nation in North America from March 2, 1836, to February 19, 1846.

 

The Battle of the Alamo lasted from February 23 to March 6, 1836. All of the Texian defenders were killed. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution.

 

On February 24th, William Barrett Travis, the Commandant leader of the defense of the Alamo, wrote a letter to the world. It is, in my opinion, the finest single letter ever written in the history of the world. Each year on March 2nd, I send my friends a copy of the letter.

“Commandancy of the Alamo
Bejar, Feby. 24, 1836
 

To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World 

Fellow citizens and compatriots

 

I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken.

I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. 

I shall never surrender or retreat. 

Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism, and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. 

If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country. 

VICTORY OR DEATH.

 

William Barret Travis,
Lt. Col. comdt.

 

P.S. The Lord is on our side. When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn. We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves. Travis.”

 

(I have taken the liberty of adding punctuation and paragraphs to make it more easily readable, without changing a single word of the letter.)

 

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21 Rules from Breakthroughs for Success

March 1, 2013

Getting from Good to Better to Great

  1. Be on time. It shows respect for yourself as well.
  2. You are always having a great day. Remember where you live.
  3. Say something positive to everyone you meet, every day.
  4. Be known and respected as an advisor.
  5. ‘How are you’ is a greeting, not a question.
  6. Educate yourself. Learn from successful people. Read their books.
  7. Dress up. Look like you are in business, not on break.
  8. Groom yourself. Linger in the mirror.
  9. Eating less is a virtue, pay attention to your health.
  10. Shine your shoes. Don’t use a chocolate bar.
  11. Shake hands like you are awake. It is your bond, your word.
  12. In a conversation look the other person in the eye.
  13. Carry/use breath mints. Please.
  14. Stop an injustice.
  15. Be courteous. When driving, dining, speaking, always.
  16. Speak half your mind, and only after the other person has departed.
  17. Don’t miss a chance to make someone feel special, needed or loved.
  18. Finish it today, tomorrow’s calendar is already full.
  19. Two ears, one mouth. Keep the proportion.
  20. Work hard, be honest and have success as a goal. Dreams matter.
  21. Live like you will live forever, knowing you may die tomorrow.

Ed Gideon     910-215-5784/336-255-0740