My NEW BOOK is coming soon!! The website is up NOW!

Anyone that knows me has surely heard me say “I want to write a book someday”.

I’ve been compiling notes, experiences, and events in journals and documents since at least 2002.

I’m happy to announce that I am nearing the end.  The updates to my notes and the compilation of my book chapters is taking place right this moment.  And I plan to move to publishing very soon.

The book is entitled: “The Drive-Thru Is Not Always Faster“.  It will be a leadership/motivational book, and will have experiences from my life, and a collection of chapters that share many insights, acknowledgements, and suggestions for enjoying your life!

I have created a website for the book, which can be found at:  http://www.TheDriveThruBook.com

Please check out my site and stay tuned for more updates!

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12 Rules of Success from Steve Jobs

Anyone that knows me understands that I have quoted Steve Jobs many times in my leadership coaching, mentoring, speaking, and training.  I was fortunate to find an article which listed 12 rules of success that he had claimed years ago.  I wanted to share these 12 rules with my readers and followers….

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Rule #01: Do what you love to do. Find your true passion. Make a difference. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Rule #02: Be different. Think different. Better to be a pirate than to join the navy.

Rule #03: Do your best at every job. Don’t sleep! Success generates more success so be hungry for it. Hire good people with a passion for excellence.

Rule #04: Perform SWOT analysis. As soon as you join/start a company, make a list of strengths and weaknesses of yourself and your company on a piece of paper. Don’t hesitate to throw bad apples out of the company.

Rule #05: Be entrepreneurial. Look for the next big thing. Find a set of ideas that need to be acted upon quickly and decisively and jump through that window. Sometimes the first step is the hardest one. Just take it. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Rule #06: Start small, think big. Don’t worry about too many things at once. Take a handful of simple things to begin with, and then progress to more complex ones. Think about not just tomorrow, but the future. Put a ding in the universe.

Rule #07: Strive to become a market leader. Own and control the primary technology in everything you do. If there’s a better technology available, use it regardless of whether or not anyone else is using it. Be the first, and make it an industry standard.

Rule #08: People judge you by your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. Advertise. If they don’t know about it, they won’t buy your product. Pay attention to design. We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Rule #09: Ask for feedback from people with diverse backgrounds. Each one will tell you one useful thing. If you’re at the top of the chain, sometimes people won’t give you honest feedback because they’re afraid. In this case, disguise yourself, or get feedback from other sources. Focus on those who will use your product – listen to your customers first.

Rule #10: Innovate. Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower. Delegate. Let other top executives do 50% of your routine work to be able to spend 50% your time on the new stuff. Say no to 1,000 things to make sure you don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. Concentrate on really important creations and radical innovation. Hire people who want to make the best things in the world. You need a very product-oriented culture, even in a technology company. Lots of companies have tons of great engineers and smart people. But ultimately, there needs to be some gravitational force that pulls it all together.

Rule #11: Learn from failures. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

Rule #12: Learn continually. There’s always “one more thing” to learn.
Cross-pollinate ideas with others both within and outside your company. Learn from customers, competitors and partners. If you partner with someone whom you don’t like, learn to like them – praise them and benefit from them. Learn to criticize your enemies openly, but honestly.

I hope you enjoy these, and I hope also that you are already following some of these rules in your life.  I wish you all much success and that you reach all of your goals!

Source of information: http://www.businessbrief.com/apple-ceo-steve-jobs-12-rules-of-success/

Who Will Win Superbowl XLVIII?

It’s almost time for kickoff of Superbowl XLVIII (48 for those that are Roman Numeral illiterate).  As the Denver Broncos take the field for the AFC and the Seattle Seahawks take the field for the NFC, many people will be gathering around the stadium in New York, as well as around their televisions to watch the event.  Parties will be taking place, and fans of these teams will be happy or sad by the time the game is over.  Fantasy football will be at it’s peak, with the winners showing their pride in selecting the right team for their season.

But for me, it’s one of the first times that I do not care who wins.  In so many years past, I have either had a team there that I really wanted to see win the game, or, in many cases, there may have been a team I really did NOT want to win the game (that has happened a lot lately).

But as these two teams take the field, I see myself sitting back and just enjoying the game of football.  I get to enjoy just watching two teams go head to head for the Vince Lombardi Superbowl Trophy, and be happy or sad based on who wins it.  I have been known to be superstitious about the fact that I can control the win or loss of a team, simply by ‘willing’ the team to win or ‘wishing against’ the team I hope will lose.  There are now some very funny commercials about football superstitions  (“It’s only weird if it doesn’t work!”).

I thought about this over the weekend, and it struck me as a great metaphor for how we should look at events in our day to day life.  Too many times we position our lives as if it is the Superbowl and we are ‘required’ to pick a team we want to win or a team we hope will lose.  We see events at work or in our personal lives as ones in which we must either win or lose – and there will be no room for a break even, or even a win-win situation.

My challenge to each of you, is to step back and examine how you approach each event in your daily life.  Are you struggling with everything that is going on?  Are you trying to drive things to a win at all costs?  Are you subconsciously wishing for someone to lose?  If so, think about the situation – is it truly important?  Take yourself out 6 months, 1 year, 5 years and ask yourself if this is really important enough to be anxious, losing sleep, or worried about.

So as I sit back and relax with no tension for a team to win or lose, I ask you the following… what can you sit back and relax about tomorrow, this week? or this month?  What things can you stop worrying about and let the ‘game of life’ take it’s course.  Focus on the important things.  There are many things in which you MUST worry, and you MUST win at.  But that list of things is probably much shorter than the one you are carrying with you right now.

Work the list.  Everyday is a new kickoff and it starts off with 1st down and 10 yards to do.  It’s your decision how you plan the plays to be successful.

Enjoy your game!

10 Things Your Body Is Telling You

You can run, but you can’t hide. Whether you like it or not, your body is always with you everywhere you go. And now is the time to start listening to what it’s saying. Below are ten things that you should notice:

Arm1. When you wake up remind yourself “ARM going to make a difference today”

Every day is a new day. What you have done in your past has already accomplished what it set out to achieve. The only potential you have is to plan today for what you will do in order to make a difference in your life, your career, and the lives of others. Start each day by telling yourself you are going to do at least one thing to make a difference!

Toe2. Don’t let them say – I TOE’d you so

If we could take a poll across the world on how many people are positive all the time, how many are negative all the time, and how many are influenced by every minute of their lives in deciding which they will be, the numbers would be surprising for sure. If someone is giving you advice, analyze the advice and determine if it is a reasonable suggestion. Too many times our own egos tells us that we know better than everyone else. We live in a world full of people with many ideas. We can’t have all the right ones. Sometimes the best ideas in our lives come from those around us. Some of my best blogs have been suggestions or discussions I’ve had with other people. Never discredit the value of people in your life. And never let yourself fail in front of those who have suggested you the way to succeed.

Ear3. Let the whole world EAR your “Voice”

The world wants to hear what you have to say. Let your voice be heard. You have a very short time in this life to make a difference, and there are so many opportunities for you to change not only your life for better, but the lives of others. While there is a time to be heard, there’s a time to be quiet. Sometimes the best things are said when you say nothing at all. Examine your situations and your life, and determine if this is the time to be heard, or simply a time to listen and be quiet.

Groucho Nose4. No one NOSE your potential better than you

One of my favorite quotes among many I have read in the past has been “You can get by on charm for a season – but eventually you have to know something”. Everyone knows people that have more charm than potential. We also know that “perception is reality”. Sometimes it is not about how good you are, but more about how people perceive you. Your goal should always be to present yourself as confident and sincere in your abilities. No one truly knows what all you can accomplish other than you. And chances are very good that you are not performing at the level you truly CAN. Look for ways to improve every day. Ask yourself “What one thing can I do today to be a little better than yesterday?”

Knee5. Look around you for others who desperately KNEE’d your support

There’s a reason we have so many support groups, online support, customer service organizations, discussion websites, and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. People need each other. The question you have to ask yourself is “who needs my help?”. Because there is always something you can do to support others. One thing to remember is that if a poll was taken, it would surely show that some of the best support anyone has ever given has been just to listen to the other person. Sometimes people need someone to hear what is going on and not to be given advice. Who needs you today?

Leg6. LEG go of the things that are holding you back

It’s much easier to climb a mountain when you don’t have to carry a ton of things. Don’t let your past, your circumstances, and others in your life keep you from climbing to where you want to be. Take a hard look at the things you do every day, and ask yourself if everything you are doing is important and helping you to get where you want to be. If not, then start stripping these things from your life and strengthen your focus on efficiency and doing only those things that are important.

Eye7. Keep telling yourself “EYE can do anything if I only try”

I wrote a blog recently on the 5 reasons you should stop chasing your dreams. It detailed all the many things you or others will tell yourself to keep you from doing something you are passionate about. You truly can do anything if you examine what needs to be done in order to achieve it. Don’t let the negative comments, support, and feelings get you down. Rise above it and chase your dreams!

Neck8. Don’t let failure stop you – NECKS time you will be better

When you look at many great people through time, you will find they didn’t succeed on their first attempt. I read somewhere just recently that the more you fail the more you will succeed. This is because failure should be a stepping stone for you to determine what went wrong and how to correct it. Don’t let your hopes be destroyed by a failed dream. Put it behind you and try again. Falling down is okay. If you don’t stand back up, this becomes an issue.

Back9. You will never reach your dreams if you keep looking BACK.

Zig Ziglar once said “Yesterday ended last night”. Such a powerful statement and it’s so accurate. Regardless of what has happened in your past, you only have the opportunity to change today forward. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Focus on the future.

Heart10. Follow your HEART – it knows where you need to be!

Our minds are working overtime every day. We think about so many options, opportunities, things we could have done better, and we approach so many crossroads where a decision has to be made on which direction to take. When you reach these crossroads, you obviously should think logically about your options, but always follow your heart. Search yourself for the true path that you need to take. Your mind should never overrule the heart. Write down your options, look at them, and ask yourself which one means the most to you, and which one you truly feel, deep down, will be the best one to take.

Listen to your body. The advice is priceless and will make you a better person in the long run!