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!

 

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Making the Sun Come Out on a Rainy Day

Always something magical in the rainy day.

Down here in Lexington, KY it’s a pretty rainy, ugly day for us. Well at least that’s how it looks when you look out the window.  Two things you can do on a rainy day that you need to be productive on; number one, let it get you down and gloomy, or number two look at it as just another sunny day wanting you to do your best so you can go enjoy the rest of the day! Yes, rainy days can bring you down, but don’t let them. Today lets talk about it.

The trick to rainy days is easy, just don’t pay attention to the fact that it is ugly out. You can’t change the weather so don’t let it change your mood. Many times we allow outside sources like the rain overtake our mood. Have a grumpy coworker who likes to bring everyone down? Do you let them? If you do then they are no different then the rain to you. Why let the weather or a coworker bring you down? Or is that just an excuse you like to use?

Thing is, the world is beautiful why let something outside of your own world bring you down so much that you are grumpy to? Makes no sense at all. What you should try to do is ignore the negative feedback, like the rain. Don’t let the Debbie downers destroy your day or life. Yes bad news will happen that you can’t ignore but for the everyday drama, just let it go. There’s no need that the rain can’t look like sunshine all the time.

Rejecting the down side rain is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

 

Just a Little Effort…Goes a Long Way

Just a little more effort!!

Just a little effort in what you do in life can truly go a long way. Think about all the effort you place into something you care about and how you felt when you completed it. It just takes time and effort, every little once of effort you place into something, the better the outcome. For example this past week the lawn mower went down, we looked into replacing it and then noticed we could fix it. Instead of taking it to the shop, we decided we can fix it ourselves. It was just the blade, so it should be to hard right!? Wrong!! That blade was on there so tight, that it took days of getting the tools, WD-40, and the new blade. Once we had all the pieces and figured go the old bent blade off, we had the new on in no time. The end result was a $10 blade on the old mower and now it runs like new. End of the story is, that a little effort each day gave us the end result and saved about $100 on the repair cost.

The point of the story is that, if you work at it and keep finding new ways around things, you will get the task you want down. The more effort the better the outcome, does it come out perfect every time, nope, but what does. As long as you place the hard work and effort into something the more likely it will give you the outcome you want. Yes at times as you work on something it looks like it will never get done and you want to give in. Just don’t give in to early or get mad, that does nothing but waste your time and energy.

Many times we get lost in the whole project and how hard it is. When it gets hard, it means you just need more effort into it.  Nothing is impossible for you to do it and with the tools of the internet you can find out how to do anything now. Yes it will take time to do something hard, but once you do it the amount of the achievement is great! Remember that it may look hard right now, but just that little bit of effort makes it easier and in time it will work out and you will feel great!

Placing in that little effort in life is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

Making it Through

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

In life, we have challenges we always have to face there is just no way around it. If you want to make more money, you work hard with school, then your job, etc. to get where you want to be. It’s the time from where you start and on your travels to get there that is the hard part. You can always look a head and say, when I get this and when I get that. Only to then be stuck in reality at where you are and get down heart about it. There is a trick to get through the growing pains and make it to the other side of your goal.

The goals you have in life, the major ones that is, are hard to grasp sometimes. They seem so far away, like we come so far only to go even further and it always seem just out of reach. Today, you need to stop looking at where the goal is, but where you are and be proud of how far you come. For example, my business, four years ago it was looking on the verge of death and we were pretty scared here. One by one new clients came in and every month we got better, then every year we became more stable, till finally this year we got too much work and needed to grow. We are still not where we want to be, but I will take where we are and proud of what we did to make it.

If I would have given up halfway, I would have failed and most people will give up halfway to the goal, because it is hard. What we need to remember is why and what we are fighting for. Going for your degree seems like a long task, but keep going it will give you the fruits of your labor in time. Yes, people are going to nay say and talk about zero jobs after your degree, but they are wrong. You just got to do the right things and look for the work, it will come.

Nothing in life is easy, but making it through and working through the pain is key in this world.  You can do it, just stay focus and most importantly stay positive. Tune out on the negative noise, because you know it will always be there. People are going to down play what you are doing and say you will never make it. If every band listen to that negative talk, we would have zero music, if every business owner heard that and listen, we wouldn’t have companies or jobs, if every person who went to college heard and listen, well zero graduates would come out. Today and everyday focus on where you are and improving to reach your goal, you can do it!!

Blocking out the negative vibes to reach your goal is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

Monday, Monday

Ahhh Monday, what a beautiful day of the week. How many post can I make about this wonderful day? Personally, I think millions.  Yup, this is the day most people joke about, hate, and just wish was never around, but again today we need to stress the importance of a Monday.

Why is Monday so important you ask? Why can’t we just roll over in bed and wait for Tuesday? Simple really, Monday is the day of the week that you get to start over fresh. You just had two great days off and now have a chance to kick off another great work or school week for yourself. Yea, it’s nice to sleep in and if Monday never came around, Tuesday would be just as bad.

Think of it this way, you wake up Monday morning dreading your work week and work load. You just want to sleep in a little more like the weekend and relax or do house work.  Instead Monday comes quickly and wakes you up out of your peaceful slumber way to early.  It sounds awful right? Really, it’s not, Mondays should be the day that sets the tone for the week.

For example, you come into work on Monday tired, sleepy, annoyed, and just don’t wanna be bugged. This will lead to your Monday being bad, because you already think it is going to be. Now if you come in happy, ready to get some things going, and start moving earlier, Monday is going to be good, because you already have it planned.

Here’s the real deal, you want to be more productive at your work? Kick start the week of on Monday, once you have a good start to the week it will mostly only get better. Remember to smile, think positive thoughts, remember that it isn’t a bad day. This day is very important and we need to start focusing on how great the day is!

Making Monday amazing is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

The Different Task of the Day

Task Management

Everyday either at work, home, or school, we all have different tasks that need to be done. It’s important to focus on the task you need to get done, but make sure there is something that splits up your day. For example, don’t focus on the same topic for over two hours. This can burn you out pretty quickly.

The thing is when you are stuck on one issues or task all day, it can become boring, hard, annoying, etc.  The over and over again can really hinder your thought process and productiveness. As a manager, boss, or someone who oversees people, you need to focus on not burning out your employee or student.

Why does it matter do you ask if your the person in power? Well if your employee or student gets burned out, they will be less productive, not happy, and looking for something new to do. Sure, they have a job to do and need to focus on that one job, but if that’s all they do within time they may come to hate you, hate the work, and wanting to do something new.

How do we avoid this? Well, always keep it exciting and switching it up. Both as a boss and a worker, you need to be active in finding ways to keep it exciting. If it’s the same task, find ways to make a game out of it or find ways to reward yourself. For example, get this amount done, get to have a fresh cup of coffee.  Something small like that, might sound pointless, but having goals, hitting them, and giving yourself a reward is very helpful.

It’s hard to do the same thing over and over again. The trick is finding ways to make it great and easier to deal with. Learn to reward yourself when goals are hit, no matter how small. Find new outlets to help you be more productive in what you do. Finally by pulling a way from a task for a short time can help when you come back with a better view.

During different task throughout the day is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

 

All Work and No Play

Make you a dull boy

Now-a-days it’s always work, work, work and no play. Remember the movie/book The Shining? The famous quote? “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” Well the saying is true, all work and no play will drive you crazy! Many times we over work ourselves with school, plus work, plus family life, etc. that we forget to take time for ourselves and when we try to get a few hours to ourselves, BOOM we are pulled into another person’s world.

So here’s what we all need to do, slow down and stop for an hour a day. No, there is no excuse why you can’t pull yourself aside to stop working or dealing with people for an hour. This is how you release the stress, find something that can help calm you down and shut off the world. For me, I turn on the game system and just get lost in a fake world. For others it’s jumping into a book or a quick run. (Which I also do at times)

By getting out of your routine and just turning off your world for a little bit, will make your life ten times easier. Understand it’s hard to get away, cause of spouse, friends, family, kids, etc. etc. but still just force yourself away from it for an hour each day. Trust me, you will thank me afterwards.

Giving yourself a break a day is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

Sunny Monday

Look what you done to poor Monday.. 😦

Good morning to all my favorite readers out there in cyberspace. I don’t know what it is like in your place in the world, but today here in my world it is sunny. This is a pretty big week for some people, some would even say it’s a super week. That’s right, the Superbowl is right around the corner and it’s time to kick off the Superbowl week with a bang!

Monday’s who loves em? I DO!!!! You should too! No, stop crying on Facebook about how Monday’s are so bad and how you hate getting up for it. Why do you hate Monday? Because you’re weekend ended and you had to leave the house for work? Okay, that doesn’t sound bad. In fact it sounds good, because you got to get up today, get dress, and out the door to start a new work week. For some that is a major dream and desire right now.

Even if you are looking at rain or snow right now here on Monday, ignore it and find the sun. The trick with Monday’s is as I stated in past blogs, the trick is to embrace it and have this mark how your week will be. If you start it off with a bang each and every week, you know what? The rest of your week should be pretty darn good.

Now, I know this maybe a lot of energy for you early on a Monday, but you may need it. No don’t send over  a message about how much you hate Mondays, because none of them will ever make sense to me. The thing is everyone complains about Monday and really it’s just like a Tuesday or a Thursday. Is it Friday or Saturday, no, but it is a day that helps us start the week off right.

Monday also gives us meaning to get up and do our job. This allows us to be productive citizens in our respected countries. We get up, get ready, go to school or work, and do what we need to do to make the world better. It’s the sunrise of the week and it should be seen as beautiful, because it is your day to shine!

Having a sunny Monday every Monday is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

The Famous To Do List

Do It!

The famous to do list is what everyone makes almost every day. You wake up and make a plan for the day in your head. For example you think about what needs to be done at work and school then start going in that direction. Even the people who say they don’t plan, they too build a to do a list in their head. Today, lets focus on how to make the daily to do list more affective.

First thing you should do when you get to work or about to leave for school is write down the list in your head. This may sound a little silly, but this little checklist will do more for you then having it in your head. The reason being, you’re human; therefore, you will forget things.

Another reason to write down this list is for the meaning of achieving something. Every little detail you do is a chance to cross it off the list. When you reach the end of the day you can see just how much you have done. It’s a pretty amazing feeling when you look at the list near the end of the day and everything is crossed off for the day.

People who want to be organized or aren’t organized, the list is a major tool of success. This cheap little tool will customize what you need to do for the day. Also it will hold yourself accountable for your task. Think of the list as a guide for everyday you are working or have stuff to do at home.  It’s the best way to organize your time to get the best results, because now you can look at the list to understand what truly needs to be done.

If you keep your to do list in your head all day, then you are adding new things and forgetting other tasks (Note it’s okay to add to your hand written list). The issue with it all in your head, you sometimes forget if you did it or not. You need to go back and forth between everything. The best thing to do is just write down all your task to see what you can do.

At the end of the day when you look at your list you will see everything that you did.  For example you had five things you wanted to do today, they weren’t easy task but they really needed to be done. Now here you are at 4:45 PM, fifteen minutes before the end of the day. You look down at your list and everything is crossed off. Now just think how good that will feel with everything is crossed off and your day is over. That’s what I call a successful day. Give it a try today and tell us how it works!

Making a do list is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living, but beginning to own!

 

Holidays and Work

HOLIDAYS!!!!!

Wow the holidays are here and in full effect right now. Can you feel the holiday cheer all around? Everyone is out buying gifts, decorating the houses, putting up trees and getting them ready for the big day. It’s such a pretty time of year for any faith and it’s just going to continue to be that way. The question is how do we stay focused at work with all this going on.

One major trick is to see what you have in front of you at your desk and work on it. Write down a list of what you need to do today for work and to get ready for the holidays. Focus on what you can at work, try not to let the little stuff distract, because the big stuff will. Like holiday parties in the office or people sharing gifts with you.

Don’t feel so pressured this time of the year with your work, trust me most of the world is trying to finish the year also. Everyone knows this is a slow work month a lot of times, esp in business to business sales. If you a teacher, this is a hard time because not only do you have to stay focus, but your students have to also. Trying to do some stuff that will make them focus the energy on you and for yourself to do the same. This way you can make that clock tick faster, by doing something exciting for your job.

Outside your work the holiday is full effect and inside the office it is still the same old stuff. Remember work still needs to be done, but the days are going to be long if you don’t make them exciting. Try to stay busy and don’t ignore coworkers who want to say happy holidays by sharing gifts.

Just relax, you can make it through till the end of the year. Remember this is the best time of year, just enjoy it and focus on the work at hand. The fun stuff will come soon.

Staying focus on times of fun is key in this Savage World, that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!