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Personal Branding Success in Business

Encourage Personal Branding to Build a Strong Company

By on December 14, 2009
I've spent quite a bit of time lately thinking about personal branding and what role it can play in the overall business strategy of a company. Each time I think about it I continue to do so in terms of how it plays a role in sports. I'm sure that just like me, when you played any type of organized sports when you were young, the coach constantly talked with you about the importance of the TEAM. I'm sure you all heard the saying, "There is no I in team" a million times as you came up through the ranks. This type of message is predominant even at the college level. I recently read a transcript of a speech given by the University of Michigan football coach, just before a game versus Ohio State many years ago. In that speech Bo Schembechler stated (I'm paraphrasing), "This is the last time you'll ever truly play for a team. Even if you happen to go on to the NFL you won't be playing for a team ... you'll be playing for a contract, or you'll be playing for the longevity of your career."


Success in Business

Owning a Small Business Can Be Like Living Alone On An Island

By on November 5, 2009
Can you remember when you decided to start your business? I am sure you felt the same nervous excitement I did! I remember when I first told my plans to my Mom. She said, "That sounds exciting Pete, but wouldn't you rather get a job with a big company so you can work hard and have a pension some day?" :) My response was, "No Mom, I don't want to be in a position where I know exactly what my paycheck is going to be each week." I wanted to know I had the ability to build something that would produce a large income, and perhaps one day I would build it to a point where I could sell it for enough money that I could retire to an island somewhere and drink pina coladas in the sun every day. That was it. I made up my mind to hang up my shingle and get started. Wow was I in for a surprise! :)


Personal Growth Success in Business Success in Life

Don’t Forget to Celebrate Your Accomplishments!

By on August 31, 2009
If you are at all like me you spend a significant amount of time beating yourself up for NOT doing what you know you should do. Most of the achievement oriented people I know do this quite a bit. It is as though they are on a quest for perfection and anything less than that is unsatisfying. Don't get me wrong ... I think it's a great thing to be on a quest for perfection, and I believe people who are, will ultimately experience a good deal of success because they'll never feel as though they've arrived. There will always be something else to accomplish.


Personal Growth Success in Business

Mirror the Actions of People Who Have What You Want

By on August 27, 2009
When I was 20 years old I was introduced to a business opportunity which had a very solid process which, if followed, would have produced significant results. At least that's what I was told. I was a tad bit different back in those days. I had a rockin' mullet with my hair below my shoulders, an earring, but it was all business on the top ... just a little poofy business since I hadn't yet been introduced to hair product. :) The guys I met with, explained how this would be my own business and how, although I was in business for myself, I wasn't in business by myself. They committed to teach me the same system that many other people had followed to become extremely successful. I spent some time thinking about it and finally decided if anyone could make it successful, I could. The only thing was I was NOT willing to cut my hair or take out my earring, and I told them as much. I remember them smiling at me and saying, "That's fine." I am sure my chest puffed up and I thought to myself, "I'll show them that I can make it happen my own way and without following their system." After all ... I was 20 years old making $5 per hour and cleaning houses on the side to make ends meet to support my wife and son ... what could they teach me? ;)



Just Because You Are A Negative Whiner Today, Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Change!

By on August 26, 2009
Alright so I just told you yesterday that if you encounter someone who is always complaining or moaning you need to realize they are simply a complainer and moaner so you shouldn't waste your time asking why... And now I am telling you just because you are a negative whiner today, doesn't mean you can't change! What's the deal? Ha ha!