Sunday, August 15, 2010

Robin's 73 Best Business and Success Lessons - Part 5 (Final Part)

1.     The business (and person) who tries to be everything to everyone ends up being nothing to anyone.
2.     One of the primary tactics for enduring winning is daily learning.
3.     To have everything you want, help as many people as you can possibly find get everything they want.
4.     Understand that a problem is only a problem if you choose to view it as a problem (vs. an opportunity).
5.     Clarity precedes mastery. Craft clear and precise plans/goals/deliverables. And then block out all else.
6.     The best in business spend far more time on learning than in leisure.
7.     Lucky is where skill meets persistence.
8.     The best Leaders Without a Title use their heads and listen to their hearts.
9.     The things that are hardest to do are often the things that are the best to do.
10.   Every single person in the world could be a genius at something, if they practiced it daily for at least ten years (as confirmed by the research of Anders Ericsson and others).
11.   Daily exercise is an insurance policy against future illness. The best Leaders Without Titles are the fittest.
12.   Education is the beginning of transformation. Dedicate yourself to daily learning via books/audios/seminars and coaching.
13.   The quickest way to grow the sales of your business is to grow your people.
Robin Sharma is the bestselling author of "The Leader Who Had No Title:  A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and Life." Success lies in a masterful consistency around a few fundamentals. It really is simple. Not easy. But simple. 

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Robin's 73 Best Business and Success Lessons - Part 4

1.     The value of getting to your goals lives not in reaching the goal but what the talents/strengths/capabilities the journey reveals to you.
2.     Stand for something. Or else you'll fall for anything.
3.     Say "thank you" when you're grateful and "sorry" when you're wrong.
4.     Make the work you are doing today better than the work you did yesterday.
5.     Small daily - seemingly insignificant - improvements and innovations lead to staggering achievements over time.
6.     Peak performers replace depletion with inspiration on a daily basis.
7.     Take care of your relationships and the sales/money will take care of itself.
8.     You can't be great if you don't feel great. Make exceptional health your #1 priority.
9.     Doing the difficult things that you've never done awakens the talents you never knew you had.
10.   As we each express our natural genius, we all elevate our world.
11.   Your daily schedule reflects your deepest values.
12.   People do business with people who make them feel special.
13.   All things being equal, the primary competitive advantage of your business will be your ability to grow Leaders Without Titles faster than your industry peers.
14.   Treat people well on your way up and they'll treat you well on your way down.
15.   Success lies in a masterful consistency around a few fundamentals. It really is simple. Not easy. But simple. 

Source: Robin Sharma

Robin's 73 Best Business and Success Lessons - Part 3

1.     Who you are becoming is more important than what you are accumulating.
2.     Accept your teammates for what they are and inspire them to become all they can be.
3.     To triple the growth of your organization, triple the growth of your people.
4.     The best leaders are the most dedicated learners. Read great books daily. Investing in your self-development is the best investment you will ever make.
5.     Other people's opinions of you are none of your business.
6.     Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.
7.     Measure your success by your inner scorecard versus an outer one.
8.     Understand the acute difference between the cost of something and the value of something.
9.     Nothing fails like success. Because when you are at the top, it's so easy to stop doing the very things that brought you to the top.
10.   The best leaders blend courage with compassion.
11.   The less you are like others, the less others will like you.
12.   You'll never go wrong in doing what's right.
13.   Excellence in one area is the beginning of excellence in every area.
14.   The real reward for doing your best work is not the money you make but the leader you become.
15.   Passion + production = performance. 

Source: Robin Sharma

Friday, August 13, 2010

Robin's 73 Best Business and Success Lessons - Part 2

1.     The fears you run from run to you.
2.     The most dangerous place is in your safety zone.
3.     The more you go to your limits, the more your limits will expand.
4.     Every moment in front of a customer is a gorgeous opportunity to live your values.
5.     Be so good at what you do that no one else in the world can do what you do.
6.     You'll never go wrong in doing what is right.
7.     It generally takes about 10 years to become an overnight sensation.
8.     Never leave the site of a strong idea without doing something to execute around it.
9.     A strong foundation at home sets you up for a strong foundation at work.
10.   Never miss a moment to encourage someone you work with.
11.   Saying "I'll try" really means "I'm not really committed."
12.   The secret of passion is purpose.
13.   Do a few things at mastery versus many things at mediocrity.
14.   To have the rewards that very few have, do the things that very few people are willing to do.
15.   Go where no one's gone and leave a trail of excellence behind you. 

Source: Robin Sharma

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Robin's 73 Best Business and Success Lessons - Part 1

1.     You can really Lead Without a Title.
2.     Knowing what to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing what to do.
3.     Give away what you most wish to receive.
4.     The antidote to stagnation is innovation.
5.     The conversations you are most resisting are the conversations you most need to be having.
6.     Leadership is no longer about position - but passion. It's no longer about image but impact. This is Leadership 2.0.
7.     The bigger the dream, the more important to the team.
8.     Visionaries see the "impossible" as the inevitable.
9.     All great thinkers are initially ridiculed - and eventually revered.
10.   The more you worry about being applauded by others and making money, the less you'll focus on doing the great work that will generate applause. And make you money.
11.   To double your net worth, double your self-worth. Because you will never exceed the height of your self-image.
12.   The more messes you allow into your life, the more messes will become a normal (and acceptable) part of your life.
13.   The secret to genius is not genetics but daily practice married with relentless perseverance.
14.   The best leaders lift people up versus tear people down.
15.   The most precious resource for businesspeople is not their time. It's their energy. Manage it well. 

Source: Robin Sharma

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Where did Piss Poor come from?Interesting History

This was an interesting article send by one of my colleagues.. which I found interesting.. !!!

Urine used to be used to tan animal skins, so families would all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor".

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell . ..... . Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would
Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

So . . . get out there and educate someone! ~~~ Share these facts with a friend.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Stress: Get it out... as soon as possible...

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked,"How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied,"The absolute weight does not matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."

"If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

"And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass
of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it."
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Leadership Lessons from Green Day

Last night I watched a documentary about the rise of Green Day. They have morphed into one of the world's most popular as well as influential rock bands, selling over 65 million records, filling stadiums in cities across the world and inspiring a whole new generation of musicians.
Here are the 5 business as well as personal leadership lessons we can gather from Green Day's ascent:

#1: Every dream starts off small.
Green Day started off called Sweet Children. They played to empty halls and few gave them any chance of being successful. However, their vision was larger than their doubts and they stayed the course like the best Leaders Without Titles always do. Amazing things happen when you stay in the game longer than anyone thinks you should.

#2: They out-practiced their competition.
The original members of Green Day came from broken homes. Parents were not around much. So most of their free time they practiced. Often they would write songs all day and play guitar all night. Like all genius-level performers, relentless practice over an extended period of time births extraordinary performance.

#3: They were well grounded.
After Dookie sold over 14 million copies, the members of Green Day reached superstardom. However, rather than succumbing to the seductions of success, they remained grounded. They started their families and they remained true to their roots. This has allowed them a longevity that so many rock bands never achieve.

#4: They understood the power of renewal.
After the success of their breakthrough album Dookie, Green Day toured the world relentlessly. But then after that - at the peak of their success - they took a complete year off. They spent time with their families. They pursued other musical projects. And they refilled their well of inspiration. Rather than burning out, this period of time allowed them to come back stronger and to continue having fun at their craft.

#5: They dared to innovate.  
The albums that followed their breakthrough release actually sold many less records. However, Green Day were willing to relentlessly innovate. The album they were working on before American Idiot came out was actually a mess in the sense that their master tapes were stolen. Many bands would have given up. However Green Day saw it as an opportunity to rewrite the entire album. They came up with an idea of a rock opera and released American Idiot. This became their biggest seller and 15 years after they started, they reached a whole new level of fortune.

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