Monthly Archives: August 2013

Simple Stuff


(Simple Stuff is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)


Sometimes on a day during which nothing seems to happen everything gets way better. You just need a little more time to see the manifestation. Have a little faith. I go to work,  The Universe ( is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.-Helen Keller 

To be a champ you have to have faith in yourself when no one else will.-Sugar Ray Robinson

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.-Voltaire 

Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.-Mahatma Gandhi

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.-Plato 

You have to believe in yourself.-Sun Tzu 

Can You Follow Your Passion?

Can You Follow Your Passion?

This is one of the great debates in the self-employment world. Can you really make a living following your passion? I’m living proof that you can. But it doesn’t work for everyone, or every passion. Today, Jason Leister shows you how to make it work for you.Craig Ballantyne”Real regrets only come from not doing your best. All else is out of your control. Do more than is expected of you. Life’s easy when you live it the hard way…and hard if you try to live it the easy way.” – Kekich Credo #4

Making a Living Doing What You Love

By Jason Leister

I’m not one of those people who can do things just for the money.

Before you jump to the conclusion that I’m somehow more evolved than the average Joe, let me put your mind at ease. I’ve tried many times to do things just for the money. It’s just never really worked out for me.

I’ve fallen for pursuing quick riches just like most people. And had those pursuits worked out, I imagine I might have continued. But those things never worked out. I never chanced upon a strategy that dropped millions in my lap. And I never discovered a loophole in the system somewhere that I milked until the well ran dry.

Why I’ve never been able to do something like that, I don’t know. And at this point, I’ve given up caring.

Here’s what I do know:

I have this “affliction” where I actually have to enjoy my work or I just won’t last long. It’s always been that way and I don’t think it’s something I’m able to change. It’s just how I’m wired. And over the years, I’ve come to realize that my inability to do things “just for the money” (for any extended period of time) is actually a constraint I should embrace. These days, it’s slowly becoming a non-negotiable part of my life.

My goal is to make a living doing what I love.

Sadly, I can’t tell you that if you do what you love, the money will follow. I wish that were always true. To be frank, doing what you love doesn’t always lead to great riches.

But I don’t think you do what you love because the money will follow, I think you should do what you love because why would you spend your life doing anything else?

What to Do About the “Rational” Reflex

Coming at life from such an “idealistic” point of view immediately triggers the “realistic” reflex. That’s the device we’ve all been trained to use to reinforce our story about what is and what is not possible. It keeps us in line. It keeps us under control.

I can’t just go doing what I love…” we say. “I have a family to support…” “I have obligations…” “I can’t just do that…

These are all valid and quite rational responses to the idea of making a living doing what you love.

And it’s your choice whether or not you want to allow your life to be governed by these creations.

The fact is, in 90 years, no one reading this article will be here. 90 years is a blip. It’s going to be over before you blink. That means that everythingmatters and nothing matters all at the same time.

Sit for a moment and see how your brain comes to terms with an idea like that. It’s not something that’s meant for your brain, it’s an idea that’s directed right at your soul.

People have been making “rational” choices about their livelihood for centuries. But one look at the current state of world affairs and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the choices we’ve been making have led us to a very sad place.

People endure decades of misery in pursuit of making a living in the way they’ve been told to do it.

They have been brainwashed into believing they are “caught” and cannot escape. Little do they know that their walls are of their own making. Little do they know, that in their pocket is the key to unlock the door that blocks them.

Something needs to change. And that something begins with you. It begins with your choices about how you are going to live your life.

It begins with your decision to walk towards the dreams you have for yourself. This isn’t a journey you start in order to reach “success.” It’s a journey you start because pursuing your dreams is something worthy of your life.

Why Millions of People Practice Things They Don’t Want to Be Good At

As evolved as we think we are as humans, history has shown we’re not too many steps removed from the animal kingdom. Once the luxuries of modern life are stripped away, our similarity to animals becomes very clear, very quickly.

But there’s one trait animals don’t display that we “evolved” humans do. I can’t think of any animal that would willingly pursue an activity it didn’t feel was in its own best interest.

It certainly wouldn’t do it 8 hours a day… for years and years.

But we humans do this all the time. We do it for many reasons. We do it because we’re told to do it. We do it because we’re worried about what others might think of us if we didn’t. We do it because we don’t know any better. We do it because we don’t believe in ourselves. We do it because we’re scared of the alternatives.

And that’s why, on any given morning, millions of people in this world trudge off to spend their days doing things they hate with people they can’t stand. They spend 30% of their life practicing things they have no interest in being good at.

And when they eventually do become good at those things, they have to search for something to fill the void that the “right work” is meant to fill.

“But what else would I do to make a living? What else could I do?”

I used to think that I had to have answers to those questions in order to move forward. I searched long and hard for those answers, but they never came like I wanted. I wanted a bolt of lightening… but all I ever got was a spark. One spark here… another spark there.

These days, I realize that the journey to freedom begins not with my ability to answer questions but my ability to ask questions and then take a step.

The Easy Life or a Life Well Lived?

For me, my answers began to appear only well after I was willing to set sail and DO.

The answers are in the doing. That’s the secret I’ve discovered.

Making a living doing what you love certainly isn’t the easy way through life. I’m not sure easy is the goal. I’m not sure easy is even valuable.

For me, school was easy. It was also empty. Years of coughing up the right answer as ordered, like a trained dog… and for what?

It’s only after I began my journey to make a living doing something I loved that I truly began to live. It’s one of the greatest challenges I’ve faced. It’s also been the richest and most rewarding. And I’m just getting started.

In my opinion, pursuing the challenge of making a living doing what you love is a direct route to a life well lived. And given how brief the time we’re all given is, I don’t think there’s a more worthy destination than that.

Jason Leister is a direct response copywriter, internet entrepreneur and editor of the daily e-letter, The Client Letter, where he empowers independent professionals who work with clients. He has six kids and lives and works in the mountains of Arizona.


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“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”

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When I come across something that’s really helpful to me, I like to share it. So I’d like to introduce you to a new teaching series with Tony Robbins. (this is NOT an affiliate link or anything, I don’t get anything out of this, FYI ONLY)

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I’ve been following the work of Tony Robbins for some time now, and I’m always impressed that he’s not just a speaker who helps people to achieve results, but an extraordinary coach, able to help people to tackle the kinds of practical life challenges we all have to face.

Today I want to share with you a short video and a training of Tony doing his extraordinary work. You’ll see how quickly he can get to the heart of a problem and solve it, right there on the spot. It’s remarkable.

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This video comes from my friends at Robbins-Madanes Training, who train people in advanced strategies for creating positive change in people. It’s a fantastic program, and they’re putting out some extraordinary coaches.


Reinvention: Is It Satisfaction, Or ‘Dissatisfaction,’ That Drives The Most Success?

Reinvention: Is It Satisfaction, Or ‘Dissatisfaction,’ That Drives The Most Success?

Posted: 06/26/2013 10:51 am
I want to welcome you to the last and final competency on our journey: reinvention. Congratulations for making it this far, conquering packaging, positioning, influence and acceleration. You’ve earned what entrepreneurs and socialpreneurs all crave — trust. Welcome to the other side, my friend, and start to imagine what you could do with that… with the freedom to explore something new.

Last week we looked at a way to achieve magnetism through building a platform and leveraging previous reputation to have greater impact moving forward. But what if there was another, just as powerful way to continue to achieve more impact? And what if instead of building off of what you’ve already done, it was more about reconsidering what could be done differently?

In Demand, authors Adrian Slyawotzky and Karl Weber speak to the key behaviors of magnetism, citing the grocer Wegmans as a prime example of a company mastering the concept. While Wegmans has created a cult-like following for itself by investing deeply in employee expertise and customer relations, what I think really sets themselves is core for this competency. I think Wegmans is magnetic because they aren’t afraid of reinvention — in fact they are blessed with dissatisfaction. Or as The Atlantic described it over a year ago, part of Wegmans’ secret sauce is that it is “the anti-Walmart.”


Wegmans was born out of a dissatisfaction with the status quo, and since first being founded in 1916 it has continued to push the boundary and look for more out of what the grocery experience should be.

Dating back to its earliest days, Wegmans has always embraced new thinking, technology, and what could be better. Going back to the 1930s, Wegmans built a cafeteria with seating for 300 inside of its store. Looking at the Ikeas, Wal-Marts, and Targets today, you won’t find a single one without this service. Furthermore, in 1932 Wegmans became the first grocery store in Rochester to introduce refrigerated display windows and vaporized water sprays to keep produce fresh and eight years later Wegmans first started stocking frozen food items. The store outside of Rochester, New York was one of the first to adopt the new bar code technology Universal Product Code (UPC) in 1974, revolutionizing the way we checkout. Well before customer loyalty and discount programs became the trend for businesses, Wegmans was already testing out their “Shoppers Club” program in their Corning store in 1990. They are the first chain in the country to introduce fresh irradiated ground beef under their own label in 2002, and in 2007 they established their own organic research farm off the shores of Canandaigua Lake, assembling a team of experts to research organic farming and to share their findings with partner growers.

Beyond innovations in their operations and store capabilities, Wegmans also found itself dissatisfied with the role it was playing in the larger community. It didn’t want to just be where people went to grocery shop — it wanted to be where people went to nourish themselves… to live healthier lives. In the 1990s the big marketing push at Wegmans was its “Strive for 5” program, which sought to educate shoppers on the importance of getting your daily allotment of fruits and vegetables. It wasn’t just another flashy campaign to get customers in their stores, though. Wegmans hired a registered dietitian to work with their chefs to design and execute on the program, offering recipes with nutritional analyses to promote better health and wellbeing. Today, go to the Wegmans website and you’ll see an entire portion dedicated to “eat well. live well” with a greater mission to inspire and support each other to enjoy healthier, better lives using four simple principles. When’s the last time you saw your local Safeway, King Soopers, or Piggly Wiggly trying to improve your health? Wegmans has gone as far as banning the sale of all tobacco products within its stores in 2008, out of concern for the role smoking plays in people’s health. A bold move, but also one in complete alignment with their values and one focused on improving the community.

Starting as a grocer, Wegmans has consistently reinvented itself to become a community partner nourishing each and every family walking through its doors. They’ve assumed the responsibility of the entire industry to work with the community to make everyone better. In doing so, they’ve not only created amazing relationships, but they’ve solidified and enabled their customer base to be stronger. A savvy business move considering that your business is only as health as the market supporting it. It is this commitment to reinvention, driven by always asking what could be done better, that has landed Wegmans on Forbes list of the “Largest Private Companies in the US.”

So What Are You Going To Do Now That You’re On The Other Side?

Are you someone blessed with dissatisfaction? Are you ready to make what you’ve already done even bigger…to take on something even greater? Watch the video below as we look more specifically at:

    • The gravity of success
    • The opportunities that open up for you now that you are on the right side of the mental barrier of the buyer
    • The responsibility that comes with that opportunity
  • And the importance for every hero/heroine to “answer the call”

After you watch, ask yourself what have you always wanted to do but feared you never had the reach to accomplish. Is it a bigger business? Is it to influence social policy? Consider now how the success and momentum you’ve generated on this journey will give you a leg up in making this dream a reality, and go pursue it.

Reinvention – Blessed With Dissatisfaction from Peter Sheahan on Vimeo.

This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and Peter Sheahan on the topic of Making It Happen in Small Business, focused on turning those with the ideas into those with the influence. To see all of the posts in the series, click here.

Opportunity, Sexy, Life

As much as I hate to do so, I want to cite a quick speech given by Ashton Kutcher.

I am not a fan of Ashton and I resisted watching this, however, regardless who says something, the Truth is the Truth.
I’m also glad that he tried to share this with many, many teenager and young adults. To be frank, I also know some adults that could use the reminder. 😉

How to Deal with Jealous People‏

This is a good blog post from Craig Ballantyne at

It Will Happen

One day, your ship will come in. Maybe it already has. But you will breakthrough and earn the money – and likely more – than you’ve always wanted. This will bring you many benefits, but a few problems as well, particularly in the form of negative reactions from others. No one will ever know how hard you worked to get where you are. No one will ever understand the sacrifices you made. It’s not worth trying to explain. Instead, take Bob Bly’s advice today on how to deal with people that are envious of your success. It’s the right way to live.Craig Ballantyne

“If over the course of your life you fail to appreciate what you have, you will never be happy. But if you find satisfaction in your situation, whatever it may be, then happiness will be yours.” – Christine Vitrano

Slaying the Green-Eyed Monster: How to Deal with People Who are Jealous of Your Entrepreneurial Success

By Robert W. Bly

I once heard a great piece of advice concerning whether to tell other people how much money you make.

The advice was: don’t.

Reason: If you make less than they do, they will look down on you.

If you make more than they do, they will resent you.

Most people would never think of asking a friend or acquaintance who has a conventional 9 to 5 job what their salary is.

But those same people have no hesitation asking an entrepreneur or self-employed professional “Do you make good money doing that?”

Many secretly hope you do not … and here’s why:

They already imagine that being your own boss gives you an enviable life style and work environment – which in most cases is usually true – so they’re already jealous.

If on top of all the freedom you enjoy, you also make a lot more money than them, they turn green with envy and silently wish for your failure.

When asked questions that probe my income, I don’t give the figure. I reply: “Well, I’m not Bill Gates, but I do OK” – and leave it at that.

Another manifestation of jealousy is for people to make snide comments that denigrate your success as an entrepreneur.

KK, a friend, recently commented, “You must really have to scramble to find clients.”

I think he wanted to assure himself that I could not possibly be matching the low six-figure salary he earns as an IT manager.

If I were to reply with the truth – that I have more opportunity for assignments than I can handle – it would be rubbing my success in his face, which is unseemly.

So I gave a noncommittal answer that it’s true you have to market your services to get clients but I was not hurting for business.

Ironically, KK’s wife TK knows what I make and that it is several multiples of her husband’s salary – because she correctly guessed, and when she did, my wife Amy confirmed that her guess was on target.

I was displeased that Amy revealed this information, because it is none of TK’s or KK’s business.

In my experience, people who are employed in a traditional job are envious of these aspects of you being an entrepreneur:

1–They worry you make more money than they do, which they view as unfair because you avoid so many of the drawbacks of conventional jobs, such as office politics and horrible bosses.

2–They envy your ability to work at home unless they are telecommuters.

3–They wish they had the guts to start their own business and feel inferior to you because you do.

4–They are told what to do, when, and where, and covet your ability to do what you want, when you want to do it, and where you want to do it.

5–They feel like “wage slaves” and resent your potential to earn an income that is many multiples of what they make.

How can people reduce their envy of those more wealthy and successful than themselves?

I wish more people would heed the wisdom of writer Max Ehrmann, who in his 1927 poem “Desiderata” wrote, “There will always be those greater and less than you.”

Remember, there are millionaires envious of multi-millionaires, multi-millionaires envious of billionaires, and billionaires envious of multi-billionaires … even though they may not say so.

One question I get from time to time is, “Can you really make a living doing that?” In this case, I think the motivation for asking is genuine curiosity, not the desire to put you in your place.

How can you deal with the jealousy of others towards you?

To begin with, you have to be selective about whom you associate with.

There are always people who are filled with negative thoughts — not only about others whom they envy (you) but also about themselves and their perceived failure to having achieved their goals (which are often to own their own business or be richer than they are).

My advice, which is hardly original, is to gently separate yourself from those jealous, negative people and have as little to do with them as possible.

The fact is they will drag you down into the muck and mire of their negative attitude, and as an entrepreneur, you just don’t need that.

I also avoid doing things that will trigger jealousy in others, such as making ostentatious purchases.

In a conversation I had with successful entrepreneur Sy Sperling, founder of the Hair Club for Men, he told me, “I could easily afford a Rolls Royce but I drive a Lexus.”

Gaudy displays of wealth, or dropping hints in conversation that let the listener know how well-heeled you are, do nothing to endear you to other people and instead make then burn with envy.

If you are modest and humble, others won’t envy you or try to tear you down.

Of course, you may want to treat yourself to the trappings of the wealthy entrepreneur, but you don’t have to push it in other people’s faces. For instance, most people won’t ever see your million-dollar home, and you can drive the Toyota instead of the BMW to business meetings.

In particular, you want to avoid demonstrating your success and wealth to your customers, lest they feel that you achieved it by gouging them.

And everyone would be well advised to obey the 10th commandment:

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

[Ed. Note. Bob Bly is a freelance copywriter and the author of 80 books including Start Your Own Home Business After 50 (Linden).]
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