March 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
I produced a Vlog a few months ago on my YOUtube channel(The Iconic Entrepreneur) title..”Nothing fails like success”. Several people contacted me to ask what was the meaning being that title…I mean, they really thought the title meant something other than what was presented in my video. You see, When an entrepreneur starts out, he/she wants to be different, to stand out from the crowd. Once success(this could be on varying levels, if you will) is attained, some entrepreneurs tend to forget how and why they attained this success, hence..”Nothing Fails like Success”. I meant what I said and I said what I meant.
Today’s society of millennials(Gen X, born early 80’s- mid 90’s) and Centennials(Gen Y, born mid to late 90’s onward) are desperate to be different, maybe even unique, if you will…why?…Most of this generation of young people feel that every thought that bleeds through their tiny brain must be posted online to prove how “Unique” and how wonderful their life is to the World. This is an unnecessary waste of their valuable…Time can only be spent, It cannot be bought…but try sharing that with one of this age group, and you will get an interesting argument. Let’s kick it up a notch, we have a society of people using a plethora of sexual preferences to distinguish different groups, again to display their uniqueness. Another total waste of their valuable time.
All of the aforementioned statements and descriptions regarding groups, sexual preferences, age groups, generations, etc does not matter if you are a true Entrepreneur. Nobody gives a shit about what you know, what you represent(at least not in the beginning), who you are affiliated with nor who you identify with…They want to know ..”How can you serve them?, and serve them greatly, Iconic, if you will.
When you step into the Iconic Entrepreneur arena, You are instantly considered, foolish, stupid, crazy, and “a banana”. Don’t worry, those same people will come to you later in life asking for some of that “Crazy” money you made…and you can laugh all the way to the bank, saying “NO” the entire walk…LOL
Entrepreneurs are born different, it sometimes takes a good portion of their lives to discover their uniqueness. Did you hear what I just wrote?…They discover their uniqueness, and what’s different about them and the way they think and act. These are not the types of individuals, who are putting every detail of their life on social media to prove anything to anybody.
These are not Cows and they do not hang around cows too long, les they began to smell like cow shit.-(In layman’s terms, that’s average Ville).
You see, Rhinos (Entrepreneurs)don’t smell, they raise hell and get it done.
This one character trait of getting things done makes them unique all by themselves…and they are just being their natural born selves.
Entrepreneurs stay HUNGRY , meaning always looking to improve, regardless of success, status, society’s acceptance or denial, financial security or insecurity for that matter.
Entrepreneurs stay FOOLISH, meaning they will attempt the unthinkable, unimaginable, unseen, unheard, unthought of, they do all those “uns” and get it DONE!
You see, being hungry and foolish automatically makes you different, unique, strange, crazy and you probably can toss in a few other words you use for people in and around your life who are also known as ENTREPRENEURS.
Peace, Love and Joy
March 19, 2017 § Leave a comment
Don’t just stand there!…waiting for your life to end.
You must stand tall and be strong, then start your life again.
Don’t just stand there!…and watch things spiral straight down.
You must stand up, be courageous and stand your ground.
Don’t just stand there !… like a regular old stiff.
You must grab life by the horns, and get a good grip.
Don’t just stand there!…Being envious of the JONESES lie!
Build your own airplane and show them how to really fly.
Don’t just stand there!…looking at that same brick wall.
Pick up your hammer, pick up your chisel and make that sucker fall!
Don’t just stand there!…with great ideas in your head.
You must put them to pen and paper, then action as your mind is fed.
Don’t just stand there!…looking at that same locked door.
Dive into your ingenuity, I’m sure there’s one more.
Don’t just stand there!…because your bank account is low.
You must rise and grind, and go get our own flow.
Don’t just stand there!…with your greatness stored inside.
The World needs you, so you must stand with pride!
Peace, Love, and Joy
March 10, 2017 § Leave a comment
Life gives us twist and turns, long and winding roads…and we often wonder why me?
It’s not you…it’s the universe, testing your committment to your goal.
You see, some mountains don’t move, so you will be impared for life if you do not develop your creative intuition.
If a mountain doesn’t move, you must design a way to break it down…stone by stone, until it is disentigrated.
If a mountain don’t move, you must design a new flight plan…flying right over it.
If a mountain don’t move, you must dig a tunnel …then walk right through it.
If a mountain don’t move for you, you must find someone who can move the mountain out of your way for your safe passage through the jungle.
You see, some mountains don’t move, until you do.
Peace, Love and Joy
March 7, 2017 § Leave a comment
Most races are won by a millisecond(s), a few feet, that last college try,
a few hundred votes,
, a few hundred votes, that reluctant perseverance and sometimes just showing up and being THERE! Remember, you won your very first race to fertilize the egg. You swam upstream amongst millions of sperm and WON! You were born a Winner!
The human condition is, when life kicks you a little here and there, we quit, then wonder why I didn’t win the race? the job?the promotion?the game? the contract? bank approval? the new account?the sale? You missed it by “that much” as “Maxwell Smart” would say(If you do not know who maxwell Smart is…Google it..you are one Google away from discovering someone new).
The human mind is actually wired to win as stated earlier in your FIRST race but we are also wired for “free will”. Free will gets a lot of us humans in mounds of trouble and regrets later in life. It is easier to settle for average Ville than to give one more push for greatness…you are just one away. one conversation away. one meeting away. one diversion away.One play away. one acquaintance away. one phone call away. one meditation away. one solitary moment away. one seminar away. one parent-child talk away. one “come to Jesus” talk away…just one AWAY!… from the success you desire.
Most of us are caught up on the why and how…this is a futile waste of energy.
As Tony Robbins once said…”Don’t study the root, Pick the fruit” …you see, you do not need to know about automotive engineering or valves and spark plugs nor combustion to drive a car, you just want to know, when you turn the key, the car starts and you can drive…that’s picking the fruit, not studying the root. The goals you desire are waiting for you to pursue them relentlessly, tenaciously with gut-wrenching vigor…
The universe will take care of the why and how, just do your part…One more push!
Peace, Love and Joy
February 26, 2017 § Leave a comment
Have you ever tried to stop a rock from rolling down a hill?… it’s virtually impossible to stop the rock from rolling downward.
The same thing happens in life with little bad decisions over time, we all make them, but for some reason, we think they happened overnight..but they didn’t.
It’s a collection of bad decisions that will send your life spiraling downward out of control.
It happens to the best of us. That’s why it’s better to prevent the rock from ever coming to the edge of the hill with a great offensive proactive decision. This is true with life, decisions we make today will impact our lives for years to come. It’s better to make an offensive decision through deductive reasoning, process elimination, or critical thinking to prevent your life from spiraling out of control.
I know it’s not easy, we all have challenges of some kind that we are dealing with daily, but Entrepreneurship has never promised to be easy, but to be worth the effort.
Relationships are self-evident of this same metaphor. The more you neglect the relationship, the less appealing it becomes to both parties. It’s like having a balloon filled with air and every time you do or say something negative or do not give enough time to your relationship, it’s like you poked a hole in the balloon, until finally all the air is gone.
Again, The best defense is a great offense.
We must be proactive to the best of our knowledge and the knowledge of our mentors or confidants. Don’t wait til things get terribly bad before you attempt to stop the BLEEDING!
The first sign of blood is the time to jump into action. Do something to prevent or lessen the severity of the hemorrhaging. Again, I remind you that…The best defense is a Great Offense.
Peace, Love and Joy
February 16, 2017 § Leave a comment
Friends are great. Consider yourself lucky if you have one, maybe two loyal, committed friends in your life.
Friends will also lie to you in an attempt to hold you back. They will tell you that you have lost your mind, with your uneducated, unknowledgeable self diving into an area of business or life in which you have no training.
The truth is, they are a little…no, alot jealous and envious of your courage to soar leaving them behind in average Ville. That little voice of that “so called” friend(s) stays in your head and causes you to put the brakes on your dream. You still pursue it, but not full force as you would without that voice in your head from your FRIEND.
Les Brown puts it beautifully…” Most people are not living their dreams, they are living their fears.”
Take the Brakes off, and run like the wind as if there is no tomorrow, because in essence there isn’t any tomorrow…It’s all happening right now. You are either living your dream or someone else’s. Take the brakes off and Live out your dream.
Peace, Love and Joy
February 6, 2017 § Leave a comment
I went to one of my favorite restaurants recently, some things had changed,… for the worse I noticed. A few servers were gossiping in the corner, others on their cell phones. I noticed several patrons talking with waiters with angry looks on their faces, probably concerning their meals. This happens alot in businesses..why?..because, more times than not, they forgot what made that business successful…great service, great people, excellent customer service. Full disclosure here, I borrowed this title from a mentor of mine, Robin sharma(robinsharma.com) from one of his audio clips, concerning success.
I read about 8years ago that Best Buy was the best at customer service and the main reason the business was growing exponentially. Today, Best Buy is at the lower half of the spectrum when it comes to customer service(retaildive.com).
The top of the spectrum, you may wonder?… the best in customer service?…You guessed it…AMAZON…check the internet for proof. Amazon knows that as a consumer, you have many choices, but also realizes to eliminate those choices, they give you uncompromised personal service. I have experienced this first hand. A vendor on Amazon, once called me to make sure I was ordering the right color of a product, because they rarely sold this item in that color…I was amazed and overjoyed with the pleasant voice making sure that they are doing everything to make me happy with my purchase. Amazon is extremely keen on what makes and keeps that company GREAT!
You as the Iconic entrepreneur you are, as Les Brown says..” You got to be HUNGRY!”
Don’t ever become complacement with success, because that will be the beginning to your end.