The Hard Climb Upward

Never Give Up

Six years ago, I was fresh out of college and ask to partner in a company a small distance from my college city. I was excited, inexperienced, scared, nervous, and eager to get going. Had a very cool first client that was in the heart of the city and was pretty dang fun to work with. On the cutting edge at times it seemed and I was doing some amazing work. Quickly and without notice this awesome clients investors, decide to pull the plug and start axing jobs quickly. Our company was the first to go without warning, went home one day and never went back.

After the end of my first client which was about four months in, the company had to start looking for new clients quickly. Now there was a lot of fear at this time and more downs then ups. I learned how to build a company from the ground up with the help of my partners. Slowly we rebuilt and within a year we were doing good, not awesome, but good. Then again the status of cool clients came in and they went pretty quickly, no matter how great of a job we did. We were force to rebuild and we did, but this time it has been two years since the fall of our first major client and we learned from mistakes. We built up a name for ourselves, starting all over for the third time and working on how to build a stronghold, piece by piece, brick by brick.

Here we are six years later and we are stable and building still, but the fear will always be there, but not around every corner like the past. We continue to grow, expand, and learn new ways to build that safety net.  We are no where need the top, but every day brings us closer to where we want to be. I am okay with that, because I learned that nothing comes easy and if it does, how long does it last? The longer and harder we work for it, the longer and more successful it will last.

This story today is not to give a big detail of my company, but more to show you it takes time to get to where you want to be. Overnight success sounds awesome and does happen, just not a lot. Your awesome client or fun amazing that is too good to be true job, could be gone in a blink, because of all these different factors. True you see bands on TV and hear them on the radio and think, man they are lucky, truth be told, they busted their butt to get there. You look at an amazing business like Wal-Mart for example, Sam Walton started with nothing and was a small store before he came big, it took time and years.

Point is you want a successful career or your own business, stick with what works and going down the right paths. Yes there are pitfalls that seem to make you fall back a few steps, when honestly a pitfall is another lesson learned. You know the tools you need to do to become higher in your company or in your business world, which is education, experience, loyalty, hard work, and heart. Even if you think all is lost and you can’t be successful, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, just buckle down and get to work. No one gets anywhere by sitting on their butt watching TV all day.

Last bit of knowledge today and that is networking and being a good person. On your climb to the top, don’t shove people off and don’t ignore people who can be great allies to you. The more you push people away, the more they resent you, the more resent leads to higher damage as you climb. Help others even if they don’t help you for years later. Remember it’s always networking and knowing the world, you never know where a helping hand can come from.

Understanding your hard climb is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

 

It Flows Down Hill and Time to End It

All the way down!

Every knows that poo flows down hill and somehow the person at the bottom gets hit the hardest with it. In life when people at the top get bad news they somehow manage to take it out on the person below them who in turn take it out on the person below them, etc. till basically we have a giant pile of poo on the last person. Something needs to change if we are the ones doing this or the ones receiving this at the bottom.

As some of you may know, I am a very direct person who doesn’t like poo being thrown at me. I fight for the little guy and try to make sure even when bad news is received on my end not to have it affect my company, friends, and family.

The thing I learned in my time when I actually work for someone else, was that when it rains it pours and personally, didn’t like when it happened. Never wanted to be the person who would lash at others for nothing they did wrong. To many time managers/bosses hold this power of their employees, parents over their kids, and siblings over their siblings. Is it fair of them who have the power to lash out at their underlings, because they got yelled for something they did? No, it’s not fair and we need to fix it.

As a person in power people look up to you and respond to what you do. If you are the type of person who lashes out, rips apart the ones under you, and destroy their positive energy, the thing is you are doing it wrong. That’s right just cause you’re in power does not give you the power to treat others who work hard with you poorly.

For example a manager comes into work yesterday, gets yelled at by her boss because she isn’t doing something right, her kids are annoying her, and she may get a divorce. This manager in turns goes after her workers, yelling at them, closed-door meetings telling them how bad they are messing up, and providing zero positive feedback. Now, how does this make a company look? Pretty darn bad if you ask me.

If you are a manager or person like the manager we read about, then you need to stop. The harm you are doing to your life and/or company is huge. Once you start demoralizing your employees, friends, and family, it will take weeks to years to regain everything you lost in a fit of rage. Why do you ask? Well look at it this way, your employees can’t perform well if they are working in fear or being nagged at every day. You want the best results, give them a good balance of trust and positive vibes.

Once you start that rage you start to break down people you do it to. The pile of poo with rise and rise quickly and do you know how hard it is to clean off a pile poo? Pretty hard and it’s pretty nasty. Those employees that work under you are your lifeline in your job, yea you can throw them under the bus, fire them, etc. but if they are honestly doing a great job, working hard, and doing what is need to be done, you better start looking out for them. Once you throw out that rage and flinging the poo, well that once awesome employee will turn scared, bitter, and hateful. You don’t want that, especially with your best employees, cause once they live and go to your rivals what are you going to do then?

My advice is, if you have a bad day or you get poo flung at you. Don’t respond by flinging more poo, find the problem, talk it out and figure out how to fix it in a productive way. Don’t start throwing bodies under the bus or making everyone around you feel the wraith of your pain. End the trail with you and be the bigger person, that’s when you start to become a better person in the end.

Stopping the pile with you is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

 

 

The End of the Year

Almost Midnight!!!

Near this time last year, my wife and I were sitting around talking. We decided that 2011 was going to be the start of some amazing things. W planned and spoke about all the good things that can happen. As 2011 started, things started to look up and up. The deeper 2011 went, the more great things happened. All because we said, this going to be a great year. Sure we had some major hiccups this year with health, cars, and the house, but all in all we stayed strong, positive and supportive of each other. Always saying, this is our year to start it all right.

This morning, my business partner and I were doing our weekly meeting for the company. We were looking over this past quarters numbers and next quarter numbers. Then we said it, 2012 will be the start of what this company really needs, sure 2011 was amazing for us, but we just need one more month to kick it into a high gear. 2012, is the year we go from a company starting to make noise, to a company that is the good noise!

Reason for this story today is, you should do the same thought process. Really look at what you can do better next year. What do you want to change to make 2012 an even better year? Maybe you want more money, think about how you can do that and do it. Maybe you want a better love life, well look into how you can make yourself better to what you are looking for. Just always say 2012 will be better and it will be the best until 2013.

Focus on the positive vibes, stay away from the negative vibes. Do something that will make your life worth wild. Sure there will be rough and scary times in 2012, but don’t let that be your main focus. Smile and leave for this coming year, enjoy every moment good and bad. Make the best of everything you have and you will be surprised with the results.

Thinking positive in 2012 is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

Running the Show

Brink by Brink

Becoming a business owner is like taking the reins of your destiny and charging the horses forward into the unknown. It’s not the life for everyone, but it’s very much-needed in this world. There is time of supreme joy and other times of extreme fear. In the end, it’s worth the roller coaster ride of emotions.

The past five years, I have been a business partner in a business development company. There has been many moments of great success and a few moments of failure. The success is great, which we strive for every single day. It’s the failures and harsh times that really define who you are and what your company is made of. Failures are lessons that we need to grow.

It’s easy to cheer on the success and be happy at that time. Though when it gets tough, it shows what you are really made of. No matter what company you are or are in, there are times of great fear. One month you can be at the top of the world, the next a major client drops because of the economy or whatever reason and you are forced to rebuild all of a sudden.

Running a business is hard work and starting one is just as hard. You need to know what you want to sell, how to get the money for it, and how to sell it and run it. There are many different ways to start the business and how to handle all the drama. The best advice is do what you love, start it on the side at first, and then when it becomes more than you can handle, then take it full-time.

Running your own business means you can’t get fired, you write your own checks, and you call all the shots. Remember though a major thing to know about running your business, get to know the community. Know the local business owners, the people in the community, and get out there to be known. This is a twenty-four hour, seven days a week job, you will worry about every little details and forever changing things.

Doing it is an amazing thing, but it’s harder than anything you will ever do. People think of it’s easy and your friends will not understand. They will think you have the easy life and it’s always peaches and cream. Instead it’s hard, tiresome, and you will fight every day even if you are doing amazing!

The perks are great, the job is scary, but it’s worth every moment of it. Just write down the idea on a piece of paper. Build around that idea and finally make that idea a reality in time. You can be the boss of your life if you wanted, just need to take the first step.

Starting your own business is unique in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

Recharging The Battery

Charge it

Some of us are extremely hard workers, we work as long and as much as we can. We can go 7 to 12 days of straight work without sitting down to take a breath. Honestly, this isn’t healthy and today lets take a moment to discuss how to recharge the battery.

Life isn’t about how much work you do, but what you do when you are here. At the end of days, do you want to look back on your life to see it filled with hours and hours of work at a job? Or would you rather see hours of hours of time with people you care for and/or time with just relaxing? Probably the relaxing part. Please note, this is not a suggestion to sit around all day and not work, just more of a chance to refresh yourself.

Yes working more and getting more money is a great thing! What’s not to like about extra money in your account, because you worked longer and harder then the rest? But, what is the cost of this extra money? Friends? Family? Time to recharge? Could be…

The issue is not working, it’s not ever getting the time to relax and recharge yourself. A person who works so much, doesn’t have the time to recharge and get themselves away from their business for more then a few days. This does cause burnout, hatred for the job, annoyances with your friends and family for having time off, etc. Instead it’s best to pull yourself away for the weekend and get some me time, if you don’t you will fall deeper and deeper into negative views.

To be productive as a professional person, you need to recharge. You can’t be the guy on call 24/7, no matter what those books tell you. Those how to be successful books, who say you need to be working 24/7 every day of the year, are lies. To become better, you need time to recharge and reflect. It’s like when you are stuck on the puzzle, leave it alone for a day come back to it and boom there is the piece you were looking for.

Find your puzzle piece by taking a few days off. Don’t work every day, don’t let your job own you, instead own your job. If your boss needs you to work everyday and they aren’t, that’s an issue you that needs to be dealt with. Remember relax a little, don’t neglect other important things in your life, because your boss needs work done and they don’t wanna do it. Remember the important things in your life and esp remember your health and safety.

Recharging your battery is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!