Howdy everyone! Today I drove from Houston to Austin, about 3 hours of countryside highways and rolling hills. I arrived just before sunset and met my friend Paul at Dong Nai, my favorite Vietnamese Restaurant. I have developed a passion for traveling and the road-trip was very productive as I learned several new things. Paul also gave me some valuable feedback over dinner so without further delay, I want to share 5 ideas that you can use TODAY to propel yourself forward this week beginning with:
Idea #1 – Kindle Your Passion
Find something you truly love. Something you can wake up and be thrilled about. Something that doesn’t feel like work.
Those who are wealthy still work very hard, sometimes more than 8 hours a day, but they are doing something they truly love therefore the tasks don’t feel like work. I want to encourage you to find something you really enjoy about your job or your hobby and maginify that activity so that you can experience more pleasure and a revitalization of your passion. Of course you will need time to harness the skills necessary to excel at what you do, so I ask you to consider the following idea:
Idea #2 – Two-For-One Special
Take advantage of two-fers. I learned this idea from Zig Ziglar and through experiences in my life I have reinforced this lesson knowing that our time here is finite. I strongly believe we mustn’t waste any of our precious minutes.
The wise man or woman consciously determines what they want to do and values time as their most precious asset. If you must wait in a line, read a book while you wait. When you drive or workout, listen to an audio-book. If you are watching TV, read during the commercials. The concept behind the two-fer (two-for-one) is to transform downtime into up-time.
While you’re saving your time and also the time of your customer, consider how you can also save them money by providing extremely valuable content for FREE. Yes, consider this idea:
Idea #3 – Let Thy Value Runneth Over
“Our free stuff is better than anyone’s paid material.”
I heard this quote on a podcast by John Lee Dumas today on my commute to Austin. A serial entrepreneur was being interviewed when he revealed this concept of creating content to the best of our ability. Not only is the content developed to the best of our ability but we should also strive to add the most value to our products/services. (Value can be determined by understanding the desired end result of our customers)
Idea #4 – Get To The Point
Summarize, summarize, summarize! We live in an age where attention spans are miserably low and there are an infinte amount of things competing for our attention. It is very important that you reduce your lectures/products or whatever you have to the 2-5 essential or critical points.
This will shorten your message, make it more easy to digest, it can be shared more easily, and you can provide a massive amount of value in a neat bundle which saves time for your customer.
The last idea is perhaps one of the biggest nuggets I have retrieved after my weekend trip and that is:
Idea #5 – Results. Results. Results.
People are significantly more interested in results rather than credentials. If you can document and display how you helped 20 people to achieve a desired end result then you won’t have a problem selling your process or service regardless of your credentials.
These are just some of the power points I gained while in Austin, I ask that you take 1 idea and act upon it.
Thank you for reading, I’d love to here about the action you have taken to advance yourself. Every moment alive we have a liminal opportunity to move forward from our present into the creation of our compelling future! I hope you decide to experience life to the fullest today. Peace!