A friend of mine, Darren LaCroix won the 2002 Toastmaster International Speech Competition in the first 30 seconds. It had to do with fear of failure and here is how he did it: Continue reading…
Brainstorming is like a hammer everyone has seen one but few actually use it to it’s fullest potential. It is usually done on the fly and the results are interesting but nothing seems to change after a session. Why? Because one or more of the 7 deadly sins of brainstorming have been committed. Continue reading…
Many times I see someone using a composition book or journal and I can’t resist asking them if they have written on the first six pages. It took me years to invent how to use a simple bound black composition book most effectively. (This system also works for pocket notebooks. When completed I write the year on top so I can see it when stored in an old 3 1/2″ floppy storage drawer.)
1. Activate the book by Continue reading…
Living dream 1 had several revelations the most important was the stress circle that I invented one afternoon while in my food product development lab.
I sat at my desk and suddenly it seemed that I was having trouble breathing Continue reading…
When I identified my passion in my early work years (after college), it allowed me to create a dream and begin living it three years later. I created a plan to achieve the dream, and then worked the plan until I knew I was living my dream. I was 27 Continue reading…
It was identifying my passion that gave me a clue Continue reading…
Not sure what to do with your life? or what you were meant to do with your life? That certainly was a question that I pondered heavily while working at my first job Continue reading…
I have attended about four of these SUCCESS events over the past years. Like the others there were good to great speakers and many motivational nuggets. Some speakers delivered good content but had something more to sell (continuing education). Thankfully, the promoters kept these ‘next step offers’ at a low price. But usually the follow up events will lead to higher ticket items that sound irresistible. This is where they make their money. TIP: IF you are in the perfect position to take advantage of their next step offer it may work for you; PROVIDED you follow through by committing the time to take action. The truth is most people don’t take all the action necessary to make it work. As a rule of thumb I go for the experience and not to buy more stuff. Like wine tasting used to be, you go for the free samples, to learn, and to enjoy the experience.
There also were headliners (the celebrity people) that offered motivational information without trying to sell you a next step. These were the people that drew the crowd and filled the room. Bill Cosby was one of those that delighted the audience by serving the wisdom of his experience.
Bill Cosby started by saying they asked me to motivate you. It’s difficult because you got to do it yourself and most people know what to do but they can’t decide when to do it? They’re always wishing but not doing. Their common response to the actions they got to take is “I know. I know”
-You got to stop smoking, ‘I know:. You got to stop over-eating. ‘I know…
-He asked ‘How many people were managers and brought their employees here to get them motivated?’ SOLN: Show them a video of people out of work and they will get very motivated.
-Believe in yourself; Don’t talk yourself into failure (by doing nothing); Don’t make yourself scared (by fearing failure).
-Start to act and You’ll get divine intervention.
-The Bible old and new tells you what to do. You got to activate it.
-An old saying: ‘Trust in ALA but tie up your camel (so it doesn’t run away). You can’t keep wishing.’
-’Stop complaining it’s in you to do it.
-All the speakers that came earlier were just about begging you ‘to do’. Do something. Even James Brown has a song that says DO IT. eb
People that know me and those that have attended my workshops know that I use my life stories as examples on how I found happiness in work. From the stories I point out how the lessons learned can apply to them. Usually we brainstorm a related question as applied to their own life as a way of assessing who they are and identify experiences that can help them discover their passions leading to a unique vision, goal, or purpose for their life.
There is nothing new under the sun. So I find it hard to get into books of other motivators. Many have arrived at the same conclusions through their own life experiences. In a way that’s good because it adds validity to the principles. In another way it gets to be same-o same-o.
As I look for confirmation that the happiness I experienced in pursuing my dreams can work for others, I will present them here as in this case. After three sets of ten year work experiences, my current dream or mission is:”to help people see a vision their next level of success”. I do that through dialog and formal or informal brainstorming.
However, while looking for more information to support this mission, I stumbled upon these ‘six areas for a worker’s happiness’* and they reflect what I have found to be true. Please use them as a guide or target for finding your own happiness at your work, career, or avocation:
1. a manageable workload: When you’re super creative or have a micromanaging boss it is hard to stay focused on one thing. However my best work gets accomplished when I focus on one thing. Best example was my work at Cookery at the Cove, the featured cooking school in Bon Appetit April 1979. The vision was to provide the best weekend cooking school experience in the world and the sub mission “They come as strangers and leave as friends.” The work was manageable and save for an hour and sleep we worked until the quests left on Sunday afternoon.
2. a sense of control: Because Jack at the cooking school let me rent his ocean view house and to do a cooking weekend on my own, I knew, that when we worked together a month later, exactly what had to be done during the weekend to accomplish the goal. Control was just doing what had to be done to accomplish the same result.
3.the opportunity for rewards: Pay at the Cove was based on the attendees. In the early days it was a small amount and later it was more. The satisfaction of quests happy and hugging after the Sunday Brunch provided more happiness than any money could ever provide.
4. a feeling of community: At the cove the potential staff found us and even worked for free the first time and then proposed how their contribution could contribute to the goal (the best cooking school in the world).
5. faith in the fairness of the workplace: our pay varied depending on the number of attendees. In the early days with only a few attendees, I know that Jack the founder took no pay for himself. He was definitely fair.
6. shared values: People joined the Cove team to be part of the vision and because of that every other month a cove weekend would be locked into our schedules.
*These came from a book highlighted in my Public Library: What to do with the rest of your life by Robin Ryan. She cited these six areas from the work of Christina Maslasch a pioneer researcher and author of The Truth about Burnout.
Please comment on this post; what do you think about these six areas?
Just attended Tom Antion’s Internet Marketing seminar in Los Angeles this past weekend September 15-16, 2012. The main reasons I went was to be with like minded people, get inspired, get new ideas, and to move my efforts to the next level.
1. Yes, we were all like minded and wanted to learn more about how we take our next step to do some ‘actual doing’ in internet marketing. Tom showed how a person with many ideas can develop them. The trick is to do them one at a time and keep them separate.
2. I got inspired because all my previous training has said to stick to one thing, your niche. Find you niche and get rich so some say. Tom’s first niche started with public speaking (http://www.antion.com/) then he created a Wedding toast product, a eulogy product etc. With those products he developed his internet marketing expertise thereby creating a bigger niche umbrella. So I wasn’t surprised to find http://www.FatsoTennis.com.
3. My ‘take away’ idea was actually confirming that could start about three new blogs and then when people start commenting on one of them that will inspire me to write more on the ones people were interested in. Otherwise, I would only continue to get ready and nothing would get done.
I heard about Tom Antion many years ago (circa 2003) during my Area Governorship with Toastmasters and my advanced training with Dale Carnegie in San Francisco. He was the first person that I was pointed to as specializing in Speaking and Internet Marketing; this event was truly Success Revisited for me.
I asked about eight people whom I met to comment on this post. If you are one of them this is perfect place to add a comment or share what you learned at the Butt Camp. And yes your can end with your website or blog’s address. Just click on the comment link and post your thoughts or questions