- admitted wounding him with intent
In 2018 Live with a sense of urgency.
In 2018 Live with a sense of urgency.
“Don’t let your imagination be crushed by life as a whole. Don’t try to picture everything bad that could possibly happen. Stick with the situation at hand.”
There is no use in being to nostalgic over the chasm to the new year being crossed this frigid evening.
Time passes, Time waits for no man, Time is the cradle that contains the beauty, pain, passions, thrills and all of what as life winds down matters most, each of our impression, experiences – Our legacy.
For me I embrace the journey I began several years back, a journey seeking tension, a journey seeking creating change, Change that is needed and Change that is wanted.
2017 was a great step
2017 was game changing
I spent last evening writing notes, lists, reflecting and for me here is what I write on paper and toss out the window at the turn of midnight.
I am determined to ,
Become great at Execution
Become a Practitioner in everything I do with a true vision of 1>0
Disconnect Daily with confidence
Give, do more for others – This is the most important part of my 2018 goal list to me
Put myself out there and embrace building my personal brand as a vehicle to help the community that has provided me all of the great relationships and opportunities I have.
be truly self-aware of who I am and make no apologies- I am a bodybuilder, that is in my DNA
Make a point to reflect daily and remember it must always be about Legacy, and impacting others over currency and profits.
I am absolutely grateful for the 2017 that has opened my eyes and mind in so many ways. I am grateful for all of the friends I have and from a inspirational perspective the gentleman who has influenced me most @thisissethsblog Seth Godin.
Anyone who knows me knows I have been a insatiable reader on a quest for knowledge. Words of the stoic Seneca has brought about such serious reflection that I am committing to a short list of authors, books which I shall keep and revisit regularly.
“It is not how many books thou hast, but how good; careful reading profiteth, while that which is full of variety delighteth.”
2018 for me is the year of Executing and becoming a Practitioner through action
I sincerely wish each and everyone Inspiration and the unyielding desire to create something real for someone….because after all isn’t that what its all for- Someone else?
Felice anno nuovo
Taxi drivers hate UBER
but in many ways IF the taxi had concerned itself more with the riders experience and evolving Uber and now Lyft would not be enjoying such success
maybe the Taxi industry should try to be #Antifragile instead of resistant to conditions of change?
Now, even more intriguing is Amazon
Retail Store owner, buyers , representatives and brands hate Amazon
they hated .coms first
they hated Chains too
I have personally been misinterpreted by the angered, suffering and fed up as I seemingly embrace the #AmazonEffect
I do not love Amazon
I DO love Change that is wanted and needed
I DO love the concept of #Antifragility
its worth all of us embracing Change
but maybe this is about more
In the Chaos lies immense opportunity
Yes, in retail space
where it always has been- In delivering a amazing User Experience
In seeking to get really specific about “WHO IT IS FOR” , this thing you do
I believe once the dust settles the cream will rise,
In this those who see everything as a opportunity to be MORE will excel, rise and enjoy truthful, honest connection.
Brands have let down independent retail for decades
Retail have let down consumers by making it come down to price
psst, Its ONLY about price when everything is equal- Don’t be Equal- be more
be more to less
Brands – start being of value
Brands – Start being patient
Brands – it starts with you
The heart is still beating in the key Independent Natural Products retailer
The heart there is still beating but it needs our help
Partnerships over POs
People DO Matter
What does it mean to be a PRO?
the PRO is a Practitioner of his/her craft
the PRO understands that success or failure day to day is not ultimately controlled
the PRO understands that they can only Show Up Everyday and do good work
the PRO doesn’t fall in line with the kool aide drinking crowd
the PRO is not afraid to fail
the PRO starts often
the PRO doesn’t need your praise
the PRO knows their value
the PRO seeks “Hell Yeah” opportunities
oh, and the PRO gets paid
in this modern era the PRO must remind him/her self that they do not need to prove themselves for free
they are a PRO, they show up and #work
Identify the GOAL
no right or wrong answer only our personal answer, so what is yours?
the age of sensory overload makes it easy to be overwhelmed with choices
understand and accept
now, now now
If it is NOT, then this is for YOU
2.Is it a #Bootstrapper situation? With the equity leveraged being #SweatEquity ? Yes? Start Today, anyway possible, just start.
Realize the money is a Excuse and a Story we will begin to realize that being Bootstrapped many times is a distinct advantage especially early on.
So many times highly capitalized start ups have no true communication with the very people that they are attempting to become important to.A sledgehammer approach. Sure it may catch the Tribes glances at first, after all its the loudest in the room and very shiny! Inevitably they lose out because the devil is Always in the details and the little things matter.Sooner or later we will know!
The Bootstrapped on the other hand, they have genuine communication, genuinely care and hold a deep desire to matter to their Tribe. They may not be able to show up as loudly or as shimmeringly adorned but they care. They do great work and the do it everyday. They know the lingo and all the secret handshakes because the are in the club and when we realize that we embrace them and look past their flaws. Because after all, “People like US, we do things like THIS” , what else we do is help our own get to the finish line because they CARE. As a Small, Niche, Bootstrapper brand we can be very nimble and iterate on the fly.
The most difficult aspect is once a Goal is established and a plan has been set it is time to choose the vehicle…and Buckle IN.
In my humble opinion exhausting Choices are what torment a wide eyed Freelancer or Entrepreneur. Don’t be doomed to the fate such as befell Narcissus;
“Nemesis, the goddess of retribution and revenge, learned what had happened and decided to punish Narcissus for his behaviour. She led him to a pool; there, the man saw his reflection in the water and fell in love with it. Although he did not realise in the beginning that it was just a reflection, when he understood it, he fell in despair that his love could not materialise and committed suicide.”
Society tells me what success “looks like”
Society tells me how a successful entrepreneur dresses
Society tells me how a successful entrepreneur lives
what he drives
what occupies his free time and pursuits
The internal narrative that is our true DNA is in a lifelong struggle
the battle between what our self wants and what it believes we need
many many times these do not sync
For me , a wide eyed dreamer this has become very obvious
Obvious in setting goals, in what my laser focus is locked in on
for me it is not about material items, possessions
for me it is about Freedom, Experiences, Passion
the problem is that does not always fit the hole of what is reality
So what to do? Soldier on? Hustle? well to Hustle for something that does not contain the potential to dyanmicaly bring me closer to DREAMS is futile isn’t it?
Wow , this is exploding in my mind! Its NOT about jockeying another owners horse to victory
Thats NOT LIFE CHANGING
How many owners can I watch ruin a tremendous opportunity?
A business is the creators own Oasis, a Utopia, where all the rules are based upon what I Matters most to the creator. Period.
The business can be spectacularly Small yet incredibly large
I am different I guess however I love the nimbleness of the small, being able to make decisions without a week of worthless meetings, calls arguments
I love personal connection, with all partners on the journey, such a deep connection that leaves a virtual “fingerprint” on everything I do
Just because the connectivity of 2017 can allow us to reach the entire world does not mean we need to matter to the entire world.
not only that it is impossible to appeal to everyone and still be absolutely important as air to “someone”
I believe deeply in what artist Kevin Kelly explained in his blog post that started my stepping out of the Matrix
I also cling dearly to Derek Sivers manifesto blog post regarding “Opportunity”
I am proud to be part of a community through Seth Godins #AltMBA that truly empowers leaning forward always or as we term it to #SHIP to push past #lizardbrain #theResistance
so where does that leave me at 45 years young and more motivated than ever?
What is Utopia?
Utopia for me is doing work that matters
All things equal my Goals are to afford the ability for my Wife to be able to not work
for us to be able to complete the dreams we have for our happy home,
for my wife to pursue her passions
to call the shots on my brand that is in everything we do dedicated to someone,
to own a property in the city that houses my personal passion
Cafe Firenze, a place where walking through the threshold transport one to my citta i adore, true #GustoItaliano
my office , a cherry wood booth in the back corner, dimly lit, beautiful yet simplistic.
Utopia is having a business that performs without me.
I am unessential to daily operations
Utopia is traveling with my family back to Italia twice per year
Utopia is clarity to be #selfaware of who exactly I am
not to kid myself
not to be insecure in my shortcomings either
to embrace them,
and to also push all 100% in on my strengths, passionately, tenaciously, lovingly everyday
1>o and to remember the fact that makes the elderly seem wise
that it is always our #Legacy that matters not the currency
“Don’t demand that things happen as you wish, but wish that they happen as they do happen, and you will go on well” Epictetus
This passage from Epictetus; to our inner narrative,
I feel the need to reinforce this in myself and open this thought to each of you as well
favorable or not so favorable…they happen…period
the only constant within my (and everyones) control is TO SHOW UP EVERYDAY AND DO THE WORK
it is a beautiful thing..
So today, look at the thing you do,
So today when you land a big sale..be happy but then reflect, It wasn’t because of me
So today when you don’t land a big sale…be content because its not because of me
So today either way minimize the reactions, because you are a Practitioner and the #work is always consistent…You are consistent…Ice in your veins…CLOSER..
“Fuck you are gonna, GO DO” Gary Vaynerchuk
At some point, Once you see the PRIZE
Put down the books
Stop reading everyones book
Learn though losing
Let them laugh at you
Let them read
If I told you the #9 start you do will be the ONE how fast would you START DOING?
Once you KNOW
WORK and STOP TALKING ABOUT IT and START DOING DOING DOING
THIS IS A NOTE TO SELF
TIME FOR BOOKS TO TAKE A BACKSEAT TO ACTION…
COLD CALL, ITERATE, LAUNCH, NETWORK, DO DO DO DO DOOOOOO
Lets all DO
Thank you @Garyvee Time to stop #Consuming
This SHIT WOKE ME UP
The #Resistance hides in #learning because you will convince yourself you never know enough….need a bit more ….one more #Udemy one more #Kindle one more #seminar
NO- DO, GO DO!
Thats it….Time to FUCK UP….See you at the FINISH LINE…GO GET IT!!
The word definitely has a mystique about it, HUSTLE
but lets be mindful,
mindful that HUSTLE does not become our THING
mindful of where everything layers into reaching GOALS
sometimes our HUSTLE is associated to attaining GOALS, Brilliant, HUSTLE HARD!
in these instances passion aligns with opportunity
but sometimes the HUSTLE is just a HUSTLE
yes short term satisfaction, maybe lots of it,
but when it ends, where/ what will you be?
any closer to the prize?
People who can :
Influence your companies growth
Influence your Sales
Companies that could provide rewarding opportunities for you
All a #DM away
The greatest reward will go to the greatest #Hustle #Grind #Work
but lets NOT FORGET one crucial fact:
Not what YOU perceive as #Value
What “They” see as #Value
Don’t be Arrogant
Don’t be UN Engaged
Offer “Something that they cannot refuse” and
Offer is without a HOOK
Drive #Value and Earn #TRUST
Then , only Then, set the Hook and land the Opprotunity
#Care MORE #peopleMatter
Hope you are seeing this common theme in all I do…Its in my DNA