Last week I had the pleasure of finally meeting Gary Pittard in person. Gary is a sales guru who lives in Australia where he owns and runs a highly successful real estate consultancy that helps realtors excel in Australia, New Zealand and in Southeast Asia. He has had me as a guest on his [...]
I spend a fair amount of time with college football and basketball players and sometimes their coaches. I played football in college and our team won only 2 games in all 3 years that I played. In fact, one year we did not win a game. I learned a lot from that experience and my [...]
I see myself as a pretty positive, future-focused guy. I love to laugh and have fun at what I do. And I have been blessed to be doing something I love for many years with people that I genuinely enjoy working with. So the vast majority of the time I am one happy guy! But [...]
One of the newsletters I receive and love is from Sims-Wyeth. They are a terrific resource for learning about presenting information to others. Last week we discussed the challenges of applying what we have learned. Here is a great excerpt from today's Sims-Wyeth newsletter (http://www.simswyeth.com/20170207-secret-good-corporate-training/) that hits the nail on the head. It is a [...]
They say that an elephant never forgets. Well, if that is indeed the case, it’s Elephants 1 – Humans 0 when it comes to the Memory Game. In the late 1800's Hermann Ebbinghaus discovered a concept he called the "Forgetting Curve". Ebbinghaus was interested in studying how long individuals remembered information and his findings are fascinating. He found that within 20 minutes of being presented with new information, individuals had forgotten over 50% of that information. Within 24 hours, individuals would typically forget 2/3 of the information, and a month later, these same individuals had forgotten 80% of the information presented just 30 days prior.
Last night I was privy to a pre-game speech by a college coach that really made me think about what I call the “Power of One". He spoke of Martin Luther King and the impact his confidence, beliefs, passion, and his resilience had on a nation, and one could argue, the entire world. His focus was that MLK never flinched in the face of adversity and danger. His intimacy with his purpose drove him to change the world. I can’t think of a better definition for the “Power of One”.
It's hard to watch television this days without getting the sense that "true understanding" is in reasonably short supply in many circles in our country; however, several things I have read over the years have led me to the conclusion that one of the most critical traits of really successful people is an open mind. The statement, "The mind doesn't work unless it's open" has been drilled into many of us over our life time yet I would venture to say that many of us have found ourselves in recent months with anything but a truly open mind.
Last week I was having breakfast at the Waffle House in Lexington, VA which is one of my favorite breakfast places and I heard someone say with pride, “I work in retail." It was evident that this person was so proud of her job and her company. There also happens to be a young server at this Waffle House named Hailey who takes great pride in her work and is great at making customers feel welcome. She also is a single mom who goes to college on her off days and beams with pride every day about her adorable baby girl. As I sat there listening to the retail worker speak proudly about her work and watching Hailey bring smiles to her customers, I was thinking how wonderful pride can be and how having pride in what we do and how we approach life is such a powerful mindset.