Posts Tagged ‘jim rohn’

It’s What You do Next that Counts

September 1, 2015

In college I worked for a drilling company to pay for school. We were in the Big Bend country of Texas. Whatever the word is after desolate, that’s the Big Bend. I worked with a driller who had brought his family with him to live in the desert southwest. We became close in a very short time. I had all of my meals with them, played with their 2 year old son, sat on the porch and drank beer with Rocky, my driller.

We worked 3 shifts on this site, Rocky and I had the 8am to 5pm shift. On this day we worked our shift, went back to our quarters (there was no motel, just an abandoned set of rooms we occupied…primitive) had dinner and went to bed. Rocky awakened me at 1 or 2 am. The graveyard shift couldn’t work. One of their crew had been seriously injured in a car wreck. So, off we went.

Working all night was different, but all the same things had to be done. Somewhere around first light we were pulling the drill stem (pipe) out of the hole. About 900+ feet of pipe at this point. We had only pulled a few  lengths of pipe when it happened. There was no warning. Nothing to anticipate. Just react. Something slipped. It did not hold the pipe in place as we disconnected lengths and reconnected the tools to lift the drill stem from the hole. I was in the tower, 20+ feet off the drill floor. Rocky was on the drill floor handling the 2” steel cable spool that lifted the pipe from the hole.

When “it” slipped all hell broke loose for about 20 seconds. The rig was bounced with a terrible jolt as Rocky pulled on the spool brake to stop the cable which was attached to almost 900 feet of pipe. That jolt bent some very strong iron platforms like it was cardboard. The steel cable snapped, flew into the air and grazed my face. Only a grease mark. Another ¼” and my eye was gone.

I looked down and that’s when I saw Rocky. Bent over, holding his right hand, in obvious agony and pain. Not a word, not a whimper. He was a big, tough German. He told me to cut his glove off. I did. What I saw next has never left my memory. Rocky worked with his hands and that was at an end. I got him back to our quarters, his wife packed his hand in ice, they drove 90 miles to the nearest hospital. There is a lot more to tell you about this event. The lessons I’ve taken from it are numerous and significant.

But here’s where THE lesson came from that terrible day. I stayed with the rig and our quarters. It was a very rough country of folks down there. About 2 days later I had everything secured and I went to see Rocky. Somehow I felt I had made a mistake. I knew he couldn’t. Somehow I blamed myself, and not all of that feeling has left me even today. But Rocky assured me it was no one’s fault. “Just one of those things.” Then he told me the greatest lesson I believe I’ve had from such an event. He said, “Ed, what’s happened is done. No one’s to blame. But… it’s what YOU do next that counts.”

So, we unpack the debris, both literal and figuratively. And we do it for all events good or bad. Because what we do next will count for a long, long time. Whether it’s a change in our company, setting goals, changing ourselves, whatever. It’s what you do next that counts.

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Attitude & Networking

February 1, 2015

They sound like odd bed fellows!

I was reminded recently by a client and again by a friend how Attitude effects everything. Everything is kind of a big area! But Attitude reaches all of it. It’s one of the  few things we alone control. No other person or thing has that control. There may be influencers, but no controllers.

I watched as a client’s Attitude started to dip, severely.  No new business coming in. All the Networking wasn’t working. Finances getting tight, and so on. Then! wham! The Networking started paying off in New contacts. Renewed interest in talking to him. New clients. Guess what happened to the Attitude. Guess. Yep, right back up. New level of positive.

We will have those ‘bad’ moments where Attitude comes under attack. As my Ranger buddy says, “Dawg, you gotta go forward, backward or to the sides. Sittin’ there will get you killed.” We have to decide and we have to move, because we are the only ones who completely control our Attitude.

This client got himself moving again by Networking his way back into the new business game. What can you do? What WILL you do? In addition to Networking, what can we do to maintain the positive mental Attitude.

 

January 4, 2015

I came across this quote from Harold Koenig:

“Having purpose and vision during retirement is one of the most important determinants of mental, social, spiritual, and physical well-being in later life.” – Harold G. Koenig, author

Of course the more I looked at the quote the echo became not just for retirement, but for life. If you know me or my content here you see Purpose and Vision in most of what I say and how I coach clients. While I have several clients who are nearing retirement most are not. This kind of direction is applied to both.

Nourish these 4 elements. Have fun, be serious, work hard, relax….whatever you do, make it count. Get the Purpose and Vision “things” going and watch what happens to your future.

De-Coding the Path to Success, Principle #3

October 18, 2014

How the Big Achievers do it

Now we need to discuss one of the traits that I have confirmed as absolutely essential to Success, and that is ATTITUDE.  Attitude is a significant part of life. And it can make/break your success. It may not be the most important thing in life….but it ranks right up there with oxygen. There are 4 questions we need to ask: What does my attitude affect? What does it shape? Whom can it influence? What can it mean in my business? And if there was just one thing we should ask ourselves it would simply be:  “Am I a fountain or a drain?”    Negative is easy. It takes no effort. And here is a KEY…Attitude is NOT just a reflection of our environment. It is a CHOICE we make. That’s IT!  Being positive and up when your teeth are getting kicked in, that takes effort. It is not easy.     But the payoff is huge. What can we do right now to help ourselves, our Team, our clients, our suppliers with Attitude? Here are some thoughts. 1—turn off the TV . I’m not advocating sticking your head in the sand. But there are no solutions here and not much education. Everyone who has followed this suggestion has come to me a month later to tell me how much better they feel. 2—don’t allow negative people to exist in your space “How do we get negative people out of our space?!”  Just  don’t be around them. 3—read and educate yourself. If you can only read 10 pages a day you can read several good books in a year’s time. 4—be crystal clear about where you are going.

De-Coding the Path to Success, Principle # 1

October 12, 2014

How Big Achievers Do It!!
Just 7 Principles? That’s what they asked. Some authors like Mr. Jack Canfield have filled truly great books with many more than 7 things you need to do. My excuse is that these are the actions I’ve observed over a 40+ year involvement with people and businesses seeking success. Let me say here that ‘success’ is how you define it. Not the definition put on you by someone else.
So, here’s number 1, and if you know me then you see it coming from across the room….Goals and Plans. Yep, there they are. All successful clients, businesses in general have well defined goals and a written plan to achieve them. Change the Goals and Plan as you need to and as time, economy dictate. But don’t be a drive-by goal setter. “I tried that once and nuthin’ happened in 3 months, so I quit.”
This is the easiest and frankly most fun part of business. You get to dream! Then go out and do it.

De-Coding the Big Achievers

June 18, 2014

While reading an e-book recently I came across these elements of success. They are offered by Mark Magnacca in his book The Product is you.  Has studied what makes people successful for over a decade. You’ve seen it all before. These are themes, in varying forms, in books and articles that are in plentiful supply. So, why don’t we practice them? They are easy to do, and easier to avoid. Don’t let excuses keep you from the success you deserve. Put these simple steps into action, now. Good Luck!

They have specific goals.
• They develop a plan to achieve their goals.
• They stick to their plan and can modify it while remaining
focused on the objective.
• They have an open mind.
• They are adaptable.
• They don’t take rejection personally.
• They push themselves even when they don’t feel like it.
• They understand their strengths and their weaknesses.
• They understand the power of working as a team.
• They are coachable.

New Messenger, Old Theme, True Relevance

May 28, 2014

Strongest Message I’ve Heard in a While

I can’t build on the Admiral’s comments. They are, in my opinion, the best I’ve heard in a long,long time. He’s relevant, basic and sincere. No hype in this. No do-like-I-do preaching. It’s a message that will live a long time.

Copy the text and save it for your children and grand children. It will be relevant then too.

http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2014/05/mcraven-to-grads-to-change-the-world-start-by-making-your-bed/

Always There

April 15, 2014

Several things are ‘always there’ in life. See what you can make of this one.

I am your constant companion; I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.

I am at your command. Half of the tasks that you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done. After a few lessons, I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great people and the regret of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine but I will work with all its precision plus the intelligence of a person.

Now you may run me for profit or you may run me for ruin. It makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will lay the world at your feet.

I am called ‘habit.’

Author Unknown
( I received this in a newsletter today and liked it)

When It Truly Counts

April 2, 2014

What it’s Really About

Serving the customer. It gets tossed around in every sales meeting. We’ve got to improve. It’s the way we will grow. It’s the king. It’s the…you get the idea. This is a true story. It is a story about service of the first order, and how it works.

Bonnie is a mortgage lender. Sixteen years ago she wasn’t the veteran she is now, but she was no rookie either. Yet, her reputation for helping people was spreading. The young, newly-wed couple sat across her desk. The wife was apprehensive. A few years before she had been through a devastating divorce. It  had depleted her financial strength and she feared her credit rating would ruin their chance of buying the house they wanted.   Bonnie was able to help them with the loan. Dream house secured.

Forward 16 years to a chance meeting between Bonnie and the wife. A lady approached Bonnie and asked if she recognized her. Bonnie, ever the diplomat, acknowledged she did but didn’t remember her name. The lady re-introduced herself, then apologized to Bonnie. She admitted that 16 years ago she had feared a loan for their home would not be possible. She had been scared, intimidated, ashamed and truly anxious ridden. She told Bonnie she was delinquent because she had not thanked Bonnie for helping them and was ashamed for her lack of manners. She was indebted to Bonnie for the dignity with which she had been treated. For the way Bonnie had made them feel special and comfortable. For giving them hope when it truly didn’t look like much was available.

Bonnie’s day was made. One of those blue bird events that puts you on top of the world.

Here’s the message: Everyone wants to be financially successful. You want to collect your commission, paycheck, whatever. You go through all the right motions. You take care of a client and expect the reward. Hold it a second. When we realize that our future is built on how we make other people feel not just performing our service, then we have a shot at the financial rewards. They make our future, not the reverse. Customer service? Yeah, it’s important. But it is only effective when put ourselves on the other side of the table and treat the client accordingly.

What a special feeling Bonnie has. She gave a young person dignity, confidence and comfort. Done with grace, humility and professionalism.

The Boy and the Bicycle Ride

March 23, 2014

One hot summer day the boy and his friend took a long bicycle ride, ending up 10 miles from home at the small local airport. The serving counter of the café inside the terminal promised a cold glass of ice water.

The waitress asked the boy what he wanted. Water would be great, he had no money. His friend had a dime and could order a coke. The two sat and talked about their “adventure” ride from home, as 12 year old boys will do. The boy noticed the waitress approaching.

She put a coke in front of the boy. “Ma’am” I don’t have any money”. She told the boy that a customer had overheard him and bought a coke for him. The stranger had already departed the café.

At that moment there was no one to thank. So, for 50+ years he has remembered and built on the stranger’s kindness. How many lessons are in that experience?

Sharing without keeping score. Pay it forward. It was all about a bicycle ride.