Archive for February, 2012

Hello my friend,

I wanted to write this post about Dennis Kimbro, the renowned author of Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice and What Makes the Great Great, a university professor and speaker. This will be a very brief post to get you to reflect on your leadership principles. I attended a luncheon a few months ago and got the chance to meet him and listen to him talk about leaders and what makes the great great. Not to give away too much of the details regarding the book, What Makes the Great Great”, I want to share Nine Principles of Extraordinary Achievement that he talked about on stage and also in the book.

Nine Principles in the book What Makes the Great Great(Amazon):

1. Deep – Seated Spiritual Beliefs 2. The “I Can” Credo 3. Vision
4. Passion 5. Courage 6. Character 7. Competence 8. Self- Confidence 9. Discipline

The picture above was something that I was proud to have and also proud to say that I am glad to have his books because I always read them again from time to time and pull out more nuggets than before. When you finish reviewing these principles, ask yourself how you are doing in regards to your leadership in these areas. It’s good to to be self aware of your strengths and challenges, now its time to challenge yourself to get better and encourage someone else to do the same. Once you learn, once you know, now do!
All the Best!

Being an Entrepreneur, might as well Enjoy it!

Hello my friend,

As a kid I remember going to Six Flags and wanting to ride the roller coaster. From a distance, it looked fun and exciting however when my Dad picked up the tickets to ride and we moved closer and closer to it, it didn’t look like too much fun; it became ugly and scary to look at. After we sat down and got rolling, I wondered why did I decide to do this and is it possible for me to get off even though I am buckled in the seat and we are climbing to the top. With nowhere to go but to ride this thing out, my attitude change from feeling sick and worried about the descent that was fast approaching, to let’s make the most of this ride and enjoy this big baby because we are committed now and there is no turning back.

Fast forward a few years and I will ask you, do you think those tall Roller Coasters are scary and exhilirating? Whether you answered yes or no, here is one for you, try being an entrepreneur. Try raising money, creating and selling plans to others that may not have a clue of what your vision or dream is. Constantly being turned down by bank after bank, prospect after prospect and somehow you still muster up the courage to keep fighting. However let me ask you this question; how much are you enjoying the entrepreneurial ride right now? Be truthful with yourself and really think about your journey. Here you are following your dream and doing what you like to do on a daily basis, and then the pressure of maybe some of your strategies not working as well as you would like, the isolation from others, you being possibly the only person that believes in your dream and efforts and of course the constant tug of war that is going on within that 6 inches of space on top of your neck and shoulders. This is some of the challenges you as an entrepreneur goes through but guess what, you signed up for this ride so you might as well enjoy it.

As an entrepreneur (Amazon book), you must admit that our challenges don’t just stop at 5:00pm during the weekday or late Friday evening, we as entrepreneurs have to have our hustle hats on 24/7 because ideas and opportunities are ever present. Actually living and being an entrepreneur is one in the same because what you love to do actually is who you are and become in the process. I think about those days of working in Corporate America and how much work I was putting in, time away from family and even though I had some grand ideas for growth with the company,  I always longed for the day of creating and building something for myself. On the flip side of all that pressure and work that you place on yourself and rightfully so,  I want you to just think about how cool it is to be you. Doing the  things you are doing and becoming the person you were meant to be.

Below, I want to shed some light on four simple, “Aha” Perks, that make it worthwhile to be an entrepreneur and to remember why you should enjoy the ride toward your destiny.

1. “Aha”, You don’t have to get in rush hour traffic on your way to work. For me, I just walk into the home office and turn the computer on to get the workday started and when I need to see another warm body I usually have meetings or coaching sessions scheduled for later to avoid the barrage of cars jumping in and out of the fast lane.

2. “Aha”, You wake up when you want to (even though I choose to wake every morning at 4:30am), because you choose to get up at whatever time that is for you. It’s amazing when you wake up early with discipline and a plan for your day because you want to as oppose to waking up and hitting the rush hour traffic because you have to.

3. “Aha”, You can allow for flexibility in your schedule to do things that you normally couldn’t if you was working on that job. However don’t mistake the time flexibility for not having discipline or structure with your business, it’s just the opposite. Most successful entrepreneurs I know, have a system for different phases of their work and lives and has developed a strong discipline to stick with it. that The all nighters, the conference calls, raising finances, If your focus is on your commitment and plans ahead … how cool is it to be you? how amazing is it that you have made it to this point now? Would you say that it’s pretty amazing that you decided to move toward your life’s mission and put forth the effort to live life on your own terms. Just think there are millions of other people that are fighting to be in your shoes, or do what you do however they have not made up their mind to get on with it and just do it.

4. “Aha”, Playing for Big Stakes! You know that in this entrepreneurial game of business (Amazon book), you only eat what you kill until you have developed systems and resources to feed the machine for an extended period of time. No we don’t have vacation time and pay set aside months ahead nor do we have a pension plan in place in case we decide to leave. However, this is why I mentioned “Big Stakes”, because for us to work in our business, we have determined our own worth based on the skills and savvy we have developed, along with the value of our products and services that we offer to the marketplace. We know that opportunites for life changing contracts and deals come and go everyday, whether we take advantage of them or not, so we have to put ourselves in positioned to capitalize on them. This is how we fund our vacation time, our sick leave time and for retirements sake, our pension plan.

This my friend is the “Big Stakes”, of why we have chosen this route in life. And for this I say, to enjoy the ride, it’s worth every hill, slope, curve and straight you find yourself in. The next time you are feeling the pressure of overwhelmness, isolation, or the case of the “not enoughs”; not enough time, not enough money, not enough people to work with… keep this post in mind and remember the why you are doing what you doing and the 4 “Aha” perks in the above paragraphs that comes along with the ride.

Make it HAPPEN!!!

P. Jackson