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Enroll together

en·roll·ment inˈrōlmənt,enˈrōlmənt/

noun the action of enrolling or being enrolled.”

What is it that you really wish to stand for? To be defined by? What drives you?

Now within those answers WHO? ( time to get really specific , really granular)

When you get this far it should Inspire you- does it?

There isn’t a wrong answer except the answers you’ve been giving

Possibly to fit in?

Possibly to shift focus from our self?

Possibly because we’ve been brought to believe fitting in is Safe?

It isn’t

Honestly never was

Average PRODUCTS

For

Average PEOPLE

i.e. MASS isn’t so warm and fuzzy anymore

So let’s all circle back together and complete this in the comments

I will join you

Lets percolate on it

And always remember that it’s about the SMALLEST AUDIENCE – START THERE

if it’s media

Then you maybe do not have a sound and video studio

Hmmm

So FaceTime someone on your topic

Or

Zoom room 2 people

Or Skype

See where I’m going,?

Let’s start daily ACTION

Let’s jump in!

Boom let’s go go go

I cannot wait to reply to the awesomeness I’m certain I will be in awe of.

Certain Ramblings

Some statements are certain
Certain statements or Facts

-Your brand isn't a list of features and benefits
-Your brand isn't guaranteed placement
-Your brand isn't guaranteed our trust or loyalty
-You are not welcomed to spam me
-If I do not trust you I don't care what you cost monetarily because the true cost is what will I tell my friends ( Tribe) and what will I tell my boss
-Marketing is about taking frequent calculated shots
-Marketing is ideally a one on one , eye to eye relationship- scaled
-Only scale to where you are still in the conversation actively
-Show empathy because it matters to you Not because it's the word of the hour.
-Generosity matters most when it's done in privacy
-Caring always matters
-If you don't take time to daydream you are limiting yourself considerably
-Always ask What if? Why not? How can we?
-Habit destroys many , be the car that swings a UTurn, turns off that side road, after all it's the journey isn't it?

Ok good luck everyone

Just some ramblings I thought I'd share

SHIP Ugly but SHIP

Starting anything is ultimately where the resistance makes it stand and backs us off:

self doubt

Fear of looking less

Fear of criticism

Today, Everyday – its not about the stacks of notes, thoughts, post-its

Its all about what is SHIPPED, Started, Created

None of us have all the answers and there is not secret process only the most gifted have access to

I do believe it is a responsibility of high order to start as much generous work as possible

FEAR is real

I won’t lie, I internalize much too much

I over analyze way too much

but a perfect analysis may never be complete, that means no starting , that means no generosity and  that means I would have failed

So I will SHIP

The promising thing in the modern era is that we have all the intelligence we ever desire a swipe away at all times.

Go make a Ruckus TODAY

 

Is Tech the ultimate force multiplier?

“Don’t become a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific.”

Zig Ziglar


Being in the age of connection creates limitless opportunity that is certain. But as Stan Lee famously stated “With great power comes great responsibility” ,

So Mr. (or Mrs.) sales professional,  what does that mean to as it relates to each of us?

I have been seeking this answer and now I believe I am onto a real breakthrough ,

what is it? what is this revolutionary concept I am proposing? what is so game changer ?

ok, you ready?

#Care MORE ,#Matter MORE, #DO MORE,

Yes the platforms and vehicles open the world …But why think we could or should try to be everything to them all- ( Wandering generality)

Instead try being a #Practitioner of the craft of Sales

Drive value through honest integrity and value through comprehension of your services

Go the extra mile for your customers fulling understanding that YOU are the value proposition that cannot be replaced IF you challenge yourself everyday and …..this is the hardest part…WORK

Embrace the Tension, understand that growth and monumental success comes in the cauldron  through growing to relish and press forward in the uncertain and turbulent environments

because IF it were easy it would not be special.

Have a great Friday and remember Success takes no days off when you love the journey!

 

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revisiting the Craft

“Every sale has five basic obstacles, no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust” 

Zig Ziglar


As “practitioners” these obstacles should always be pillars we remind ourself of daily.

The problem with sales professionals is that the majority are Not sales and Not professionals

Order takers when the brand does its work to drive demand thats all.

but isn’t the real “Practitioner” component about much more?

I am not referring to product knowledge- although understanding your value proposition is very important

I want to extend that the real value proposition is not the tangible product but rather the “Sales Practitioner”

why? How?

more to come but again I will say

1>0

Question to ask yourself today- Am I visiting my accounts with a plan of Action? Am I delivering something of potential value? Am I leaving my home with the greatest preparation to bring value to my stores and my brand?

If you cannot say yes- keep the car parked

you are wasting your gas

you are wasting the stores time

you are wasting the brands resources

now- lets start Delivering!

the PRO

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

365 days +Care =Community

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“Listening to your user base is attainable by the mass,

Actually giving a shit about them makes your one of them”


For all the shit you will be led to believe by watching the news and reading news online,

Its a pretty great time in humanity to be doing what you love,

and being  #Self-aware makes me Fucking #Linchpin #Lethal

If you are lucky enough to know what it is that makes your heart race , then you have a chance to chase your dreams.

Where the rubber hits the road,

and where many turn into air chair Quarterbacks is ,

Once you identify the target you must still be prepared to #Outwork EVERYONE, EVERYDAY, GO DEEP, and GO GO GO.

It also means saying NO to distractions, noise, time leeches

It means saying NO to piloting others dreams

It means thinking #Legacy always always always OVER currency

Its a hard one to type when I still need that $$$ , that Bling Bling

Its a hard one considering I ultimately want nothing but the best for my family

but thanks to inspirational entrepreneurs I really am getting better at looking at the long game and the vision and how it aligns or does not align with my personal brand.

remember no matter how much you #Hustle you eventually need to sleep

remember that making yourself sick isn’t creating a real Legacy either

the trick is

to pick a lane, a vehicle, a PASSION and GO DO THAT,

Make a #Legacy doing that

be #Vital to the #Tribe and #Care

#give to your community #Everyday

#Give way more than you take

I really believe its in showing up 365 days a year

but its NOT 24 hours a day

when you are in the #Tribe your efforts have more impact

when you are in the #Tribe Less is MORE

we know you because you know the side entrance, the secret handshake, you have the member card ….

So you do not have to over #Dazzle us

we just want you to bring value and #Care

If you do

IF you engage us, you not a bot,

we will embrace you

always always always remember 1>0

so whats your passion?

 

avoid the reflections…

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

  1. your Goal
  2. your Strengths
  3. your Shortcomings

now, now now

#START

  1. Is your Goal to be linked to a highly capitalized business plan? Thats fine , start the work, start the dialogue , educate yourself and #GO

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.”


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When their is no wrong answer

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

1,000 True fans

I also cling dearly to Derek Sivers manifesto blog post regarding “Opportunity”

Hell Yeah or NO

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

Nothing Wrong with having standards

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

for me?

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

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