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How Great Managers Succeed – by Brad Rhame

Good mangers manage processes, while Great managers lead people.  I have a saying I like to throw around and that is, “Companies(buildings) don’t run themselves.”  It takes people working together to build a great company.  People can make or break a business…daily.

 

Have you ever arrived at where you were going, when you never had a destination in the first place?  What about getting to that same place, for the first time, without a map?  That is precisely why companies have vision and mission statements.  They also have an assortment of goals that keep them on the road(mission) to success(vision).

 

Those things are definitely needed for a company to become great.  It is also highly recommended that current and potential clients be given first class treatment.  You want them coming back and they are your biggest advertisers.

 

It is great to want to put the customers/clients first, but if your team is not happy, then you are not growing(in a healthy way).  Sure, a company can grow, but the turnover will be higher, if the employees are not put first.  Happy employees make for happier customers.

 

As a manager you need to control the processes, while tactfully leading your employees.  They need to know you have their back, or a time will come when you need them to have yours and they will not be there.  Employees are like plants that need to be nurtured.  They also need breathing room and the ability to grow.  Some need more attention than others.  There needs to be a balance of positive feedback and constructive criticism.

 

There are some employees that are like loyal dogs.  You can beat them daily and they keep coming back.  Sometimes it is because the money is too good and other times it is because they cannot get another job…right now.  The days of “old school” management are over.  People want to be treated better than fair, whether customer or employee.

 

If you want to have a chance at becoming great, then you have to be great to those that work under you.  Remember their birthdays.  Throw them “thank you” lunches or parties.  Have an “employee of the week” award.  Walk by and shake their hand for a job well done.  Thank them for a great idea.  Admit when you are wrong.  Laugh, or at the very least, smile more.  BUT…more than anything, show them you care.  And before you know it, you will have a company on its way to becoming great!

 

Best of luck!!

And like Zig Ziglar used to say, “I’ll see you at the top!”

 

 

Why Falling is Good for You – by Darren Hardy

As your mentor I want you to remember this… You will get knocked down. Know that it’s okay. It’s okay that it hurts a bit, too. Let me share with you my own experience of getting knocked down:

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Baby Steps to Success – by Brad Rhame

Life is about baby steps.  So many of us never do anything, because we are “All or nothing” people.  That is one of the worst kinds of thinking we could nurture.  If you decided to do 365 pushups in one year, then wouldn’t it be easier to do 1 a day instead of 91 over four days?  I know…plus one more, but you get the point.  It is easier to get in shape slowly and over time, than it is quickly.

 

Whenever we go “all or nothing,” it doesn’t take long to go back to doing nothing after doing it all.  It is too much stress on the body and brain.  We get pumped up about achieving something great, but do not take the time to think it through, over the long haul.  We start psychologically breaking down.  We start to realize that it is impossible to keep this kind of energy going.  Then….as soon as we mess up a couple times or slack off…we Quit.  Possibly, never to return or at least not for a long time.

 

If you want to be a great writer, then you have to start with a sentence.  Then a paragraph.  Then a page. A chapter…and finally a book.  Work on writing one great sentence each day you wake up.  After a week or a month, move on to writing a paragraph each day.  Slowly but surely you will have your book.

 

The same philosophy goes for anything you want to do in life.  Baby steps will get you to where you want to be.  If you don’t believe me, then watch the movie What About Bob.  A funny movie, but it changed the way I looked at life and achieving success.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your success.

 

Think small and grow big!

 

Brad Rhame

Conquering Your Dreams: Step 10

Ready to bring this home? We are on the last step to Conquering your Dreams This step is something you are probably familiar with. If you are reading this you are doing this, but I want to help you be even better at it. Action for today: Step X: STUDY “In order to achieve goals you have not achieved before you have to become someone you haven’t been before.” What are three skills you need to improve to accomplish your big dreams? _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ What will you study to improve them? Skills Books/Programs/Seminars _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ Alright, you are now armed and ready to do battle. You now have the 10 Steps to Conquering Your Dreams. Follow those 10 steps and there is no enemy to great to defeat and no dream you cannot conquer. I look forward to witnessing your great conquests this year. Be sure to keep me posted on your epic battle. Now go CONQUER your big goals and great dreams! Your Daily Mentor, -Darren And for the final recap, here are steps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9! … Go to full transcript   Have a question or needing help? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to find your answer.         ————————— © 2014 Darren Hardy CAUTION: If you unsubscribe below you’ll not only miss the the success tips, tools and mentoring shared here but you’ll lose access to all the complimentary audios, videos and gifts I have available as it is all tied to your email address. If you no longer wish to receive our emails, click the link below: Unsubscribe 2033 San Elijo Avenue, #413 Cardiff by-the-Sea, CA 92007

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Conquering Your Dreams: Step 9

WARNING… We have another scary one for you to hit head on if you are going to conquer your dreams. Are you ready to go for it?

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Conquering Your Dreams: Step 8

We are closing in on victory. Only a few steps more to knowing exactly how to Conquer your Dreams. This one is the attribute shared by every great achiever I have ever met and you have ever seen on the cover of SUCCESS. THIS is what you need to ultimately succeed:

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Persistence – by Brad Rhame

How many times can you remember when success came from sticking with something for just a little longer.  Each of us can remember at least one, or at least I hope so.  Persistence is a proven part of the formula for success.  By not giving up on a job, client, sales pitch, friend, or hobby we have seen where loyalty and persistence has paid big dividends.

The one thing to keep in mind is that after persistence has paid off, consistent action must take over.  This failure happens most often in weight loss and sales.  We work so hard to get to a certain goal and then reward ourselves by taking an “extended” break.  This break leads to old habits creeping back into our lives.  These old habits then return us back to where we began…or at least close to it.  This can then lead to a negative outlook on being able to get back to a successful lifestyle again.

That is why persistence is so important.  Even after reaching our goals, we must keep a persistent mindset everyday.  Success will come, when day after day we take continual disciplined action…also known as Persistence

Brad Rhame

What Is Your Life Motto? – by Brad Rhame

What is your life motto?

Why is it important to have a life motto?  Well, let’s first think about companies.  Do they have vision statements? Yes.  Do they have mission statements?  Yes.  Do they have strategic plans, operational plans, tactical plans?  Yes.  And why is this?  Because they need a plan of attack and a way to keep themselves on track.  Every time they think about a new product, service, or advertisement they have to ask if it lines up with who they are and where they are going.

The same holds true for your personal life.  Who do you want to be?  Where do you want to go?  How do you want to get there?  This can all be answered in a personal life motto that you live out every day.  It keeps you on track and thinking along the right lines.

My life motto is “Love to Live and Learn to Laugh”

That statement has 7 different meanings to me.  Can you find them?  Well, if not let me briefly point them out.

1. Love – The New Oxford American Dictionary defines it, “an intense feeling of deep affection”

2. Live – Do the vital requirements to stay alive

3. Learn – That same dictionary defines it, “gain or acquire knowledge of a skill in (something) by study, experience, or being taught; commit to memory.”

4. Laugh – Let life be enjoyable and laugh about it

5. Love to Live – Which means to really be excited about your life and what you get to do with it.  You never know when the ride stops

6. Learn to Laugh – Life can be embarrassing sometimes and you have to laugh it off or laugh at yourself.  Others will appreciate you for it

7. Live and Learn – Realize that your failure is a chance to do better the next time

Those are extremely short definitions of each one of those words and phrases.  Each one of those has so much meaning behind them, that I could go on all day about each.  That is what you have to do with a life motto.  It needs to be simple, memorable, and point you to what you want in life.

By coming up with a life motto (and it may change) you are taking the first step in creating the life you always wanted.  Wake up every day and recite it.  Put yourself in the right frame of mind, at the beginning of the day, and you will be amazed at your success.  So, let me ask you again…What is your life motto?

Brad Rhame

Success through Persistence – by Brad Rhame

Success through Persistence is the key to any endeavor.  Many people will tell you to have passion, desire, knowledge, charisma, and many more in order to be successful.  I cannot disagree with any of those attributes, but none of those matter if you are not persistent.  Success requires persistence.

There is no doubt in my mind that being passionate plays a role in staying persistent.  The same goes for desire, knowledge, charisma and all the others.  They all play a part in driving you to be more persistent.  Sure, they will get you started and give you some lift throughout your journey…BUT they do not keep you going.

I love martial arts.  I am extremely passionate about martial arts, but I have days that I wake up and don’t want to workout or practice my techniques.  That is where passion, desire, knowledge, charisma and all the others fall short.  You have to persist even when you don’t feel like it.  Ask any author, athlete or some other professional how they have achieved success and they will tell you persistence.  Some call it self-discipline and that works too.

 

The only problem is that you may wake up one day and say, “I don’t feel disciplined.”  Here is the thing though…each day you choose not to do something, you are actually being persistent about not doing it.  You can be persistent about doing something or not doing it.  So, now that you know that you are a persistent person, choose to focus your energy where you want it.

 

That is why I call it persistence and not self-discipline.  Take yourself or feelings out of the equation.  Realize that being persistent is a philosophy and that you have to do it to be successful.  That is why best selling authors keep writing books with millions of copies.  That is why great baseball players have a .300+ batting average.  That is why successful real estate agents make awesome livings for themselves.

If you haven’t noticed by now, that is why I have been so persistent about using the word persistent.  Everyday we have to wake up and do what needs to be done in order to achieve our goals and dreams.  Persistence brings us that much closer.  Success is achievable through Persistence.  Now go out and  just do it.  You know you can!

Brad Rhame

Failing to Succeed – by Brad Rhame

Where did we get the idea that failing is bad?  Organized education…that’s where.  Every time you chose the wrong answer it was marked wrong.  If you misspelled a word or wrote a sentence wrong it was marked off.  With every try there is a chance that you will get the wrong answer.  That doesn’t mean you are stupid.  It means you now know what doesn’t work.

I am not against education by any means.  The problem with our education system is that it trains you for twelve years to not mess up…or else.  We leave high school feeling like that is what the world expects too, but it doesn’t.  The people I follow, listen to and take advice from are successful because they failed.  They tried and tried and tried until…until they got it right.

So many are not willing to fail, because of an old mindset that has been pounded into them from childhood.  You are now free to release that mentality.  I know it’s hard, but go ahead and let it go.  The world needs people like you who are willing to fail in order to find the answer.  If an enemy is standing outside your door, but you do nothing to stop them from breaking in, then your hope may be your demise.  BUT if you stand up and try different ways to stop them and finally succeed…then you have Failed in order to Succeed.  It may take different paths and multiple tries, but in the end you will succeed.  It is the man or woman who never gives up that I will follow, respect and honor.

If you are looking into the mirror everyday and wondering when your time will come, then begin today to change.  Do something, anything to change where you are into where you want to be.  Maybe it is doing five minutes of exercise to get the body you want next year.  Maybe it is writing a sentence today in order to publish a book next year.  Maybe it is making that one extra phone call each day to make more money in a year.  It can also be as simple as reading one motivational quote each day to change your perspective a week, month or year from now.

If you have already made these changes in your life, then please inspire someone else with that same motivation.  Success is what you make it.  So, go and Fail…to Succeed!

Brad Rhame

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