Quitter’s Day is the second Friday of January each year. Quitter’s Day is set aside to recognize those who set new year goals and fail to achieve them. The tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions began 4,000 years ago with the ancient Babylonians. The idea for Quitter’s Day is to encourage and support those who have given up on their New Year’s resolution or goal to try again and ultimately succeed. Research has shown that people quit their resolutions for the year, and many good intentions are abandoned in about 2 weeks. Because this is only 3% of the entire year, which seems so tiny, it made me wonder why so many people want to improve their lives, businesses, and communities, yet for all our best efforts; we run out of willpower in only 2 weeks.
“3% Of People Have Measurable Written Goals for their Life, Also 3% of the Population Owns 90% Of the Resources in the World” – Jack Canfield
Keep Score for Success
It is in our nature as humans to reach for something and to go for something better than where we are at now. It is how we became the dominant species on the planet and according to a study by Cameron Anderson of the University of California, Berkeley and John Angus D. Hildreth of Cornell University we actually strive for superiority. This nature makes scorekeeping very important as it gives us the push to grow that extra inch, sell the extra box of girl scout cookies or do that extra lap. The act of keeping score encourages you to eat right, ask one more friend and work harder each run. The scorekeeping is not a way to point out failures and cover your butt. Instead, it is meant to stimulate us to have more wins and get closer to success each time.
“If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it would not seem wonderful at all” – Michelangelo
Be Willing to Pay The Price
We all know an overnight success right? Wrong! Even the successful people or companies that seem to show up out of nowhere, have built what they have and have been exactly where you are at right now. What they did differently is they paid the price, lived through the pain of failures, took big risks and made it. The harder they worked, the more they risked, the faster they got there, but they still had to get there. So, you have to be willing to pay the price. You have to put in the hours when you don’t feel like it. You have to have hard conversations with people holding you back. You have to make that big investment that deep down you know is going to help, but it makes you sick to your stomach to think about. You have to be willing to pay the price and accept possible failures as nothing more than a learning experience.
3 PRINCIPLES FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS #1 – Belive
I was fortunate enough to recently attend a seminar by Jack Canfield (Co-Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul) called One Day to Greatness. We spent the day reviewing some of his 67 success principles. During that seminar, I started thinking about which of the principles were the most aligned with business success and came up with a top-three list. These three can give you a wonderful foundation to work with, a reminder to reinvest in your business and a way to measure what is working. I want to break down my top-three principles for business success based on Mr. Canfield’s list of 67 Success Principles. Here is Part 1…
“If you can dream it, you can do it!” Walt Disney
What makes a good business person can mean different things to people, but I have noticed some similar traits all good business people have in common. A business person to me is someone who is focused on their career, they have goals to grow and achieve more in their chosen profession and they lead people in one way or another. Here are 5 things I have seen be key parts of what it means to be a good business person.
Leadership is a funny thing and honestly, most “leaders” or managers of people get it completely wrong. We have this vision of a leader in our society of these hard-nosed,hard-charging, yelling and screaming “get it done” type people. These are called the Heroic Leaders and these are the leaders we have learned about since school … Read more
If you spend any time on the industry message boards or Facebook groups, the overwhelming theme for most people’s questions about equipment or supplies revolves around “I got the cheapest press I could find”, or “what do you think about this cheap ink?”. Unfortunately engaging in a conversation about the “cheap” item will end up poorly, and there will be someone who has made it “work”. I tend to move along and just worry that we will have another person in our industry who is going to struggle to create a successful business long term.
Recently, I was at an event and had an opportunity to meet all sorts of interesting people, from potential customers to vendor partners, as well as our competitors. I had the realization that ultimately, at the end of the day, to be successful in business, Relationships ARE everything! Not just the relationships you have with your vendors … Read more
Today is all about celebrating! It’s about being excited and looking forward to our successes. Having your own business is fun and rewarding, but will also challenge you in more ways than you could ever know. Which in turn will make you a better person. Those of you that have kids, will understand the similarities … Read more
This is not my original work, but hit home for me. With Elections happening I felt it was good to share. One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ … Read more