Great Minds Think Alike By Jim Stovall

As a very young man, still in college, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to pursue a career as an entrepreneur. I have done this for several decades and have never regretted it. While there have been the inevitable challenges and setbacks, I prefer to be the captain of my own ship.

Being an entrepreneur is certainly not for everyone. If it’s the right choice for you, nothing else will make you happy; but if you’re not suited for it, it can be a recipe for misery.

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.

Pure Positivity by Jim Stovall

All of us worry about having positive outcomes in our personal and professional lives. This worry stems from many sources, chief among them being the doubt surrounding our best efforts being good enough. All of us suffer from daydreams or nightmares of striving mightily and falling just short of the prize.

My late, great friend and mentor, John Wooden, was fond of saying, “Assume that your best is good enough.” Coach Wooden was far from an overoptimistic Pollyanna-filled dreamer. He was a realistic, down-to-earth man who achieved the highest goals imaginable by putting the right people in the right places and expecting them to perform at their best.

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.

Self Belief is the First Step to Greatness By Kieran Revell

“Success is not governed by colour, creed, age or orientation:  Success does not discriminate nor does it know boundaries.  It does however depend upon dreams, persistence and self-belief. The moment you lose confidence in yourself, failure will follow”

Each of us, irrespective of means or circumstance, strives for some aspect of greatness in our lives.  Each of us is a genius in some aspect of our existence.  There are things I can do brilliantly, which others cannot.  Similarly, there are things which others can do that I can’t.  These are the things which drive us to greatness and empower all aspects of our world.

Making Room For Success! By Lisa Jimenez

Lisa Jimenez - motivation and success expertSuccess is more about letting go, releasing and creating space than it is about adding to,learning more and gaining.

So, what do you choose to let go of today?

The more I work with my coaching clients the more I realize the power in this simple truth…

Success Needs Space…

Too often we fill our life with “too much” stuff and there’s no room for success to come in;

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