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A Motto To Live By – Here’s to the Crazy Ones…

Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.

The rebels.

The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.

And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,

disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They invent. They imagine. They heal.

They explore. They create. They inspire.

They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

This is for all of us out there who think differently, act differently and do things differently. We are the reason for Change. Think about all the people who have influenced history throughout the years. Are they considered normal for their time? Probably not.

Are they remembered? Yes.

Do they influence people? Yes.

Are they the individuals who make the world a better place? Yes

This is for all of you out there who are like me and feel that it’s better to be extra-ordinary than be ordinary. Those of us who are out to change the world, one person at a time. No matter what we strive for in life, we know that we are going to get it because we are determined.

When we get into the zone, no one can stop us.

Keep up the great work everyone. Be different, be anything but ordinary.

Attitude Makes All The Difference in Life and Business

Zig Ziglar tells a story of a woman with a negative attitude who hated her job, shifted her attitude and changed her life.

Unless you take step #1, you’ll NEVER get anything better in life.

This is great, shows how to be grateful for what you currently have and aren’t appreciative of.

You aren’t going to change anyone else, You can only change YOU. It’s all internal.

Change your Self-Talk, make it as much POSITIVE as you can. You might feel weird at first, I know I do sometimes. I’m kind of lucky now though, I have a mirror in my dorm room, and a private little suite bathroom for me and my 5 other suitemates that I can use. This way I’m not standing in the public bathroom in front of 100 or 200 kids on the hall, but only 5 :-p

I know if someone walks in, they might laugh at me, but guess what? I’ll feel a hell of a lot better afterward and the people who laugh at you are the ones who are trying to either: bring you down, don’t understand what you’re doing or want what you have! And just think, you can teach them what to do afterwards!

So, just do one thing to start, take out a piece of paper and a pen. Start out small, write 10 things that you are grateful for.

Write it like this:

“I like ______”
or
“I’m so happy and grateful that ____________”

Whichever is most comfortable for you. Then do what Zig Ziglar says, read it in the mirror, and for a week straight, write down 10 more things that you can be grateful for over the next week. Read these each day, notice how much your life changes!

July 2, 2009

How To Write an Effective Thank-You

I believe that a good Thank-You note can be a real difference maker in your life. For one, you are showing appreciation to a person for providing a service to you, or giving you a gift, such as Christmas, birthdays,etc.

Other times you show appreciation are AFTER a deal is made and someone has bought something from you.

A major thing is: DO NOT SELL!!! You already made a sale in this case, you should have made the upsell option as a OTO(One-Time-Offer) during the buying process if you didn’t, fix this in your marketing plan!

If you try to sell on a Thank-You to someone, the reader will decide that you aren’t actually thanking them for the purchases, your simply using this as another pitch.

I for one don’t like this…do you?

So what can you do as a Thank-You?

To start off with, just let the person know “Thank you!” for making the purchase, then next thing you can write is “if there is anything else you need, feel free to contact me or my support team at ___________(fill in number)”

No need for anything else, no need to get into the nitty-gritty details about anything, inside of the product you should have the details.

Be genuine, be sincere and be GRATEFUL. Your customers will learn to appreciate this about you and will be happy to have done business with you.

So, whether its an e-mail or a physical message sent to their house, which I recommend doing in some cases if you can. Add a personal hand written note and your customers will appreciate what you have given them even more!

What type of image are you portraying?

I’m going to give you a little story about something that I personally struggled with.

I was guilty of the “I don’t care what people think of me” syndrome. I didn’t care what I looked like when I’d get on camera or when I’d go do something business related.

Well….I found something out about this being a MAJOR problem with my business. I wasn’t succeeding! Why the hell wasn’t I succeeding? I seemed to know what I was talking about, so why weren’t people listening to me?

If you’ve ever heard of John Molloy you are familiar with the book, Dress for Success

Tons of people rebelled at the concept, I personally was one of them. It sure sounds manipulative, doesn’t it? I mean, some executives would make sure that their office chairs stood taller than others so that they would appear superior to the others in the office.

But the thing is, when we get to the core of it, Molloy wasn’t telling us to be manipulative. He was merely pointing out to us that success in life, like simple manners, beings with a mindfulness of others and a sensitivity to our impact on them.

Some STILL want to rebel, “I do as I please”, “I want to be me”, or “I don’t want to deal with people who are influenced by things like dress and appearance.”

Now, take a minute. Review those words, what do they imply? YOU COME FIRST.
Do you want to work with that person? Do you want that person to be your employee, a service provider to you, or even your friend?

To me, this made me ask myself….”What is my impact on others?”….”Am I sabotaging myself without even realizing it?”…”Am I losing it before the battle even starts?”

Now I’m not telling you that I don’t dress in sweatpants, shorts, or cut off t-shirts because… I DO THAT! I’m not telling you NOT to wear flip-flops instead of dress shoes, because well…. I DO THAT TOO!

What I am trying to get at here is to just be mindful of your external appearance to others. One of the biggest things now is online video and if you just dress in a nicer polo shirt or dress shirt, you’ll be surprised at how much people will start to respect your information more, even if its the same information!!!

So… the next time you get ready to make a little video to post to your YouTube channel or your blog, ask yourself “What am I putting off to my audience and what would I think if I was in their shoes?”

People Buy You With Their Eyes…

I’ve got a little thing that struck me by surprise…

PEOPLE BUY YOU WITH THEIR EYES! A little example here that I got from the book “You,Inc” by Harry Beckwith, and Christine Clifford Beckwith:
a presentation of a commercial to a group of small business owners. The commercial stressed three times the bank’s point of difference: the bank had the information people needed to make better financial decisions. To illustrate how people use information to make good decisions, the commercial showed an Everest climber preparing – studying maps and weather charts – before making his ascent. But the viewers of the commercial didn’t hear the “information” words at all, despite the fact that the copy repeated those words three times in thirty seconds.

When asked what the commercial was saying, the viewers responded, “it was about strength. The bank is communicating that it is strong.”

The commercial’s creators were stunned. Not only did they not intend to communicate “strong.”

They were not aware that they could have.

Where did the viewers get that idea? From one image that flashed on-screen for less than four seconds: a shot of the man rock-climbing.

One picture, three seconds: the visual overwhelmed the verbal….

We as people think with our eyes, so…

Watch your visuals carefully.