May 15th, 2012
The American breakfast provides a great analogy for commitment. Just like bacon and eggs on your plate, the chicken is involved but the hog is committed!
I’ve met a lot of people involved in their businesses but not committed to them. They put in 70 hours a week but they’ve never really made the commitment to their career.
Now I’m not saying you need to know what you want to do for the next 25 years, but I am saying that you need to be fully present in what you’re doing today. Who knows where life will take you…you may well be doing this for a very long time, perhaps in a different capacity or by working fewer hours, but when you’re not committed to your business as a career, you know it and so do your clients.
So what’s it going to be? Eggs or bacon?
May 7th, 2012
Many times in my career I have faced periods of increased stress and activity. It’s the nature of this business. While demands on my time and energy may have increased, one thing that may not have always been in tandem was an insistence on carving out periods of rest to compensate.
All too often the tyranny of the urgent won over and I kept going past when I should have. We’ve all heard the phrase “Burning the candle at both ends.” It resonates because we’ve all taken on too much and overburdened ourselves at some time or another.
You may have heard me speak about the book, The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz. I have tough, learned, and spoke about Tony and the projects I have been involved in over the years and this book is a great reminder of one of the fundamentals: You cannot maintain a peak state at all times. Work hard, rest and recover, then work hard again. It’s a simple premise yet one we all miss from time to time!
As a businessperson you have the most important asset to care for – yourself! You are the CEO, CFO and COO of your business and, as such, you must protect the primary asset. Your lead-generation is going to feel laborious if you are low on energy. How can you effectively work on Sales & Marketing if you are not feeling at the top of your game?
Like I said, I have let the health focus slip myself many times. But the key is to get back on the horse and start to implement healthy habits. Do one thing today to move toward a healthier you. Set one goal. Go for a short walk. Turn off the TV and work on your goals. There’s always something we can do to further our health goals. Which ultimately furthers our business ones.
May 1st, 2012
I’ve always had fun with technology over the years; I appreciate its possibilities, and am excited to be moving into cyberspace with this new blog. This space will be a great opportunity for me to connect with you on a more frequent basis and to share some of my thoughts on business and the market. It’ll be a new dimension to our relationship.
As some of you may know, I ran a successful real estate business with a small team. My team and I sold over 1,500 homes over the course of 7 years. I will be delivering some great content and strategies on what I did and how I was able to do this with a small team of just 4.
This blog will be somewhat conversational and written in more of a stream of consciousness. If you’re interested in receiving it automatically, click on the RSS Feed button at bottom right and you’ll receive the blog automatically as we update it.
So I’m glad to finally join the blogosphere and keep in touch on a regular basis.