Six Ways To Make People Like You By Ty Bennett

Ty BennettWhen it comes to books about networking, building relationships and working with people, the undisputed classic is “How To Win Friends and Influence People.” Dale Carnegie wrote the book in 1936 and it has been read by millions of people since.

One of the great realizations in the book is that although some people are more extroverted or affable, working with people is a learned skill that anyone can master.

In the second section of the book, Carnegie offers what he calls “Six Ways To Make People Like You.” These are simple suggestions that can make a huge difference in the way you work with people.

Good Enough By Jim Stovall

There are some tasks that require all of our effort and energy. These types of tasks demand our best efforts and constant ongoing improvement. For example, if you are a parent, you should always be performing at your best and constantly seeking to be a better parent.

On the other hand, there are routine, mundane tasks that each of us must perform regularly. These tasks simply require a basic level of performance within a certain window of acceptability.

A doctor does not pour his cup of coffee each morning with the same degree of exacting focus that he employs when he performs surgery. We are all confronted with the ongoing question, “When is good enough, good enough?”

The Desperation Solution by Jim Stovall

You have probably heard it said that necessity is the mother of invention. If necessity is its mother, desperation must certainly have been its father.  Creative people often come up with breakthrough solutions only when they’re forced to.

Professors from the University of Chicago and Harvard determined that there is direct correlation between when unemployment runs out and when people get a job.  While desperation may be a great motivator, it’s not always the most productive way to perform with excellence.  I believe there is a win/win solution here as you and I — as mature, functioning people, can set our own deadlines.

Success Tips: Adversity Gives You Strength By John Boe

John Boe - motivational keynote speakerHow can you stay self-motivated and productive in the midst of turbulent times and a sluggish economy?

How do you persevere as a salesperson when times are tough and customers seem to be holding on to every penny in fear of economic uncertainty?

Every challenge, setback and personal difficulty you encounter in life also brings with it the seed of equivalent or greater benefit!

The key to overcoming adversity is to avoid the temptation of panic and instead, focus on finding the greater benefit. Adversity will never leave you where it found you; it will either strengthen your character or weaken your resolve.

Giants and Seeds By Jim Stovall

In business, everyone wants to “bag the elephant,” “hit a homerun,” or “land a whale.”  While these are lofty goals and pursuits, most big deals started out as small deals that turned into a relationship.

This last week, I was in an elite meeting of investors, and we were hearing a message from one of the world’s top money managers.  Being a former investment broker myself, I couldn’t help but think how much I would have wanted to have had a clientele like the group of people that was gathered in that room. In reality, most of those very large investors and their multimillion dollar accounts didn’t start out that way.  They started out as modest investors that grew over the years.

Fail Your Way To The Top By John Assaraf

Have you had a challenging day or week? Feel a little tired or discouraged with a current situation? Ready to throw in the towel and quit something?

Don’t worry. It’s very normal to go through times of feeling that something in life stinks and all there is to see and feel is the current mess.

Here is something neat to ponder during those times, though. When doing battle with discouraged feelings, take a look at this report and reflect on this man’s record of failure. It is a testament to how humans can learn and grow and win despite the losses and defeats.

Effort vs. Apathy by Jim Stovall

In business and in life, we should celebrate our victories and learn from our mistakes.  Mistakes are never failure unless we quit.

Mistakes can be the fertilizer for future success, and the experience can create building blocks for greatness.  All mistakes are not created equal.  There are mistakes that involve effort and then there are mistakes that involve apathy.

Effort is the one element that has to exist in all success formulas.  Nothing worthwhile ever happens without our own best efforts. Sometimes, these efforts involve us making an error or mistake.

The Unique You By Matthew Horne

“There’s nothing wrong with admiration of others and vicarious living, but your highest level of fulfillment is in being in tune with your unique self. Be you.” – Matthew C. Horne

I recently was approached by a prospective author who wanted me to review some of their self-development book outlines. I promised this person I would take an objective look at their materials and get back to them. From the book titles to the body of each outline, the works were reminiscent of author’s past with no true original touch. When giving feedback to the prospective author I pointed this out and let them know their best bet was to scratch each outline and start over from a place of originality. Also, I let the prospective author know that the world is not looking for another book with recycled information, rather original captivating material to help them delve into realms which were once unreachable.

Can You Handle the Boredom of Success? By Jim Rohrbach

“Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

What’s your idea of making it BIG? Do you hold some picture of how Donald Trump is portrayed in the media: living in a fabulous penthouse, washing down caviar with champagne before surf and turf, golfing/schmoozing/partying with the rich and famous every day, even having your own TV show? That’s what it’s all about … or so you think.

Motivation and Education By Matthew Horne

We’ve all heard that speaker who gets us motivated towards accomplishing those things which have eluded us in life. After hearing empowering messages, we say things like “I’m really going to do it this time.” Or “Nothing will stand in my way!” In our minds we arrive at the track and our shoes are laced up tight as we approach the starting line of our new endeavor, only to find that very few people make it to the starting point because after the excitement fades we forget our reasoning for being on the track.