Archive for May, 2011

Hello my friends,

At a recent online marketing conference, I had the pleasure to meet and talk with Carbon Copy Pro’s C0-Founder Jay Kubasek. Carbon Copy Pro, which is the largest internet marketing education platform in the world.  He was a keynote speaker and while listening to his presentation on stage, the question I heard from an audience member sitting next to me was; “Is Jay Kubasek Serious?” The question was raised because this audience member was seemingly expecting a magic formula for how to be successful with an online business and when Jay explained the 3 Steps for Success in terms of the  “X, Y, Z Factors”, that person couldn’t believe and understand how simple it was. Now I mean simple in terms of the clarity and not being complicated however this doesn’t mean that these 3 factors are easy!

Here are Jay’s 3 Factors for Success:

 1. X Factor – Why? You need to figure out your Why. Why do you want to be an entrepreneur? Why do you want an online business or whatever type of opportunity you want to pursue? What is the pain or discomfort that is bothering you to the point of why you are in this industry? This X Factor is the foundation of success and is developed through your core values. Right now, Take 2 minutes and think about why you are doing what you are doing. Very few people can communicate why they do something. This why has to be purpose driven and include other people. Jay suggests spending at least a week to discover your Why.

2. Y Factor – Skills? Determine the way you will take action. You need to develop a plan and strategy and work smarter. Jay suggests spending a least a week to learn the basics of marketing and sales skills.

3. Z Factor – Leverage? Learn how to leverage yourself and apply the resources around you to increase your effectiveness in your business. The most powerful form of leadership is the person with the most leverage. Having leverage develops leadership and authority and you can use this skill to build your teams and your business. Jay suggests spending a week to learn how to apply leverage.

Figure out who you are, why you do what you do and what do you want

I have been around many of the leaders long enough to know that the mindset is the most vital element in personal and business development. There are no magic formulas or “blue pills” to take to automatically make you a success. I did encourage the person with that question to reflect on these statements and go home and get to work if they are serious about going to the next level. I do want to leave you with one more nugget from Jay; “Tell your story and Inspire people, there is not much competition out here in the marketplace with your story.” Great comment Jay!

Feel free to comment and/or tell me your “Why,

Make it HAPPEN!!!

Hello my friends, this post is about finding a Role Model to fuel your Dreams! Yes, this picture is of me in my Dallas Cowboys football suit at the age of 10 getting ready to go play the game that I love!

I was at my Parents house the other day and decided to go through some old photos and came across this picture. Going through many pictures with my dad, it brought back some great memories and laughter to see the people, clothes and hairstyles of back in the day. This one particular picture caught my attention because it made me aware of what I did as a kid and that was dream and dream big!

You know here in Texas, Football is King and there was not a team bigger in those (and current) days than the Dallas Cowboys and not a player in my eyes bigger than my favorite player which was Wide Receiver #88 Drew Pearson. Ok you Steeler fans, I know Pittsburgh won the title a few times during those days and you also had a great wide receiver in #88 Lynn Swann (I liked his game also), however here in Texas, being surrounded by football and all things Cowboys day in and day out, Drew was the man!

Every Sunday afternoons after Church, myself like thousands of other kids all over, would come home and watch the Pros play and dream of catching passes, running and scoring touchdowns just like Drew. After the games, the entire neighborhood crew would go out and play a game of football, imagining and doing some of the things just like the guys we just watched on TV a few hours ago. Everyone knew not to lay claim to be Drew Pearson because I had the football suit, the hairstyle (Large Afro) and running and catching skills to match. I dreamed and worked on my game in those early years that I was often picked to play with the older boys teams many times to run certain plays and catch the ball. What all of us had in common was the idea and dream that one day we may be in a place of doing the same thing that our “heroes” were doing and that was performing on the field in a game we all enjoyed watching and playing; boy, those were the days of good times and no worries!

Fast forward 11 years and my dream did come true to play professionall football with the Atlanta Falcons and Ohio Glory. Fast forward another 21 years and I had the chance to meet Drew Pearson at a charity event and we had a great conversation on having and living out your dreams and being a role model for others. 

Our football days are over however the power of dreaming never stops. In my particular business, there are a few individuals out here that I can dream and visualize working with and speaking on stage with and one day it will happen. It doesn’t matter what field you are working in, have a dream, pick out someone that can inspire you to greater heights, study your craft and execute the plan. Many obstacles can and will come your way however the sky is the limit and you can do anything you put your mind to with the right attitude, faith and a strong work ethic. Get a Role Model, take Action and Make it HAPPEN!!!
Any Dreams, ideas or comments you want to share, leave them below.