Nick Vujicic was born with no arms or legs but has emerged as a leader and speaker with 40 million followers , who travels the world impacting millions of lives. The thing I love most about him is his heart and his radical passion to give back. His legacy – is changing lives.
Nick is a reminder to each one of us that it doesn’t matter what your shortcomings are. Whether you were raised rich or poor, with a disability or not, your struggle is the fuel that can help someone through theirs.
Some of the greatest leaders in the world come from impoverished circumstances or backgrounds of abuse and struggle. I’ve found them to be quite diverse and fascinating as leaders who can courageously overcome any obstacle placed in front of them.
What’s your leadership legacy?
Don’t allow the residue or limitations of the past impact your future. It’s all part of the process.
To your legacy,
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One of the things that CEO, strategist and Coach Tony Jeary always inspires me to do is focus on our HLAs.
HLA means High Leverage Activity.
This one tip can literally accelerate and transform your goals this quarter.
Here’s some tips to get clarity:
#1: Identify your HLA.
What is that one activity that if you laser focus on it will leverage everything else you do? What is it that is most important to you in this first quarter of 2017?
#2: Block time on your calendar right now, each and every day, to focus on your HLA.
The distinction is that instead of focusing on your daily activities and meetings you are actually providing energy and fuel into this one priority.
Tony learned a lot of what he teaches from his mentors. I recall meeting Zig Ziglar and a lot of other great minds through Tony. Today he coaches some of the world’s top CEOs including the CEOs of Ford and Walmart. We have worked on several projects with his clients and his concept of gaining clarity helped me compress my time frame on writing a book.
Seeing the images of beaches and smiling faces this week all over Facebook reminds me to look you in the eyes and ask you the important question.
Why not now?
Why can’t every week be just like spring break?
The truth is, it can.
Every day can be just like spring break.
Sure, there’s some people who receive this message who have already cracked the code. They have no limits, no bed time, no setting the alarm for 5 am to make a long commute they hate to work under fluorescent lights.
But for many, the daily grind continues. Stress, overworking, seeing the kids between 6 and 8pm – two hours a day with the ones they love most. Two hours a day with humans who aren’t going to be in the house for very long.
Why do people do this? I’ll never know.
Because there’s a better way.
I don’t know what your exit strategy is.
I left the corporate world 15 years ago and stepped into a whole new world. The world of freedom, of owning my own day, time, and schedule. It’s radically changed the outcome for our family.
Why not invest in yourself and your family today in order to make a significant life change?
Join us for The Conversation and we will talk about how you can ignite change. Let’s create your exit strategy. Click Here, and sign up today, to join us for 1 night in a forest – on Oct 6 in Dallas.
No matter who you are or what industry you’re in, technology can impact it in a positive light.
At The Conversation Event, the only large gathering that resembles a mastermind conference of business leaders that I commit to each year, Virtual Reality will make an appearance for the first time ever.
Why tech, why now, in 2017, at an event designed to ignite divergent ideas?
It’s become popular for parents to diss tech, and the perceived negative impact it has in their pre teens, yet when their children were toddlers, they plopped the iPad on the floor in front and marveled in amazement, telling friends about their child’s amazing tech savvy skills.
Tech has become something to celebrate and hate all at the same time, but I say let’s think differently – and treat tech as we do food or relationships or anything else.
It’s your choice how addictive you’d like to get.
Let’s manage it, and joyfully embrace it.
At The Conversation, a once a year once in a lifetime (if you’re lucky enough to be chosen) gathering of 100 hand picked world changers in a forest, the focus is on a face to face connection – absent of conference speakers, agendas, up sells, and fluorescent lights.
The event is so exclusive that media and pre press promotion is not allowed, celebrities are not announced in advance and autographs are discouraged. The event focuses on bold radical divergent conversations in the 4 quadrants of life and business.
You won’t see any tech there, and the forest backdrop brings everyone to the heart of who they are.
The circle around the campfire creates warmth and familiarity, like an upscale camping dinner with friends. And the conversation topic in each specific circle is like an arrow straight to the heart. The event is decidedly un – technology so why add in an element of Virtual Reality?
The Power of Tech to Connect
One new conversation circle added this year is titled: Virtual Reality
As individuals rotate to this conversation they’ll experience a high level think tank unlike any other utilizing virtual reality. The topic crosses brain mind soul action barrier – in a 4D integration of conversation on your reality, versus reality. What are your blind spots? How does virtual reality open our mind to innovation in specific industries and processes and client management and delivery?
I personally can’t wait until we have virtual reality integrated into many of the things we do. We will be adding the VR component to our client experience in 4Q 2017.
It doesn’t have to be everything, but there are so many ways I can see it adding value to our lives.
The first of which is to advance intellectual capacity and innovation. Simply put: to make us smarter.
#1: Divergent learning
When you can make learning fun, people will want to learn. If learning is fun in school and 3 and 4 dimensional versus just one human talking to a row of kids in desks, kids will want to learn.
My business is all about learning. I’m in the $11 billion self improvement industry which is centered on learning, growth, and leadership. It’s been as solid an infantry and investment as real estate has been for thousands of years, because there will always be earth, and minds. The human mind has an infinite capacity to grow.
90% of what I do is centered on legacy and leadership. We work to help entrepreneurs build their businesses, using innovation and divergent thinking.
How can VR make businesses better?
It’s all about connection.
In the dental industry for instance, there are two obstacles that practices face. One is the fear and negativity associated with going to the dentist. In a pediatric practice, the dental office that becomes the first to incorporate virtual reality can offer virtual reality headsets in the waiting room to show a procedure to be “live” and interesting, using a well written virtual reality script.
This is a game changer.
Think about it. What does the average waiting room look like today? A waiting room.
When else in your life and day, do you sit in a space that even remotely resembles a waiting room?
I suppose a bigger question is – why would a dental office have a waiting room that looks like an area the average human never ever sits in? Is that a way to create a connection? Or an obstacle?
It’s my job to think differently.
Using Virtual reality we wouldn’t just “offer it” or “have it laying there” in the waiting room like video games. The VR would actually be incorporated into part of the on boarding process.
Words are currency, and at my company we are embarking on a path to create virtual reality partnerships, to write and develop and produce scripts that can literally transform industries, and infuse non tech industries with technology that helps people understand things better.
How could virtual reality enhance the life of an elderly patient whose joy or hobby was as a former casual skier every Christmas with family, yet is now stuck inside a bed at a facility most of the time and hasn’t seen the light of day on a ski slope or mountain views in years?
Imagine being the one assisted living facility organization in an entire industry that embraced innovation to offer millennials, and younger families (who actually have already embraced new technology anyways) a chance to give their aging parents or grandparents the ability to experience the things they can no longer do? Imagine.
If I was the CEO of an elderly care facility reading this, I think the first person I’d call is me. I’m waiting.
Currently businesses find a variety of ways to serve clients.
We send physical gifts to specific prospects and our tipping point people from time to time as a way to show them we care.
Another thing we do is create divergent books. This is a new leadership category and we are always interested in the most innovative offerings. Bringing Virtual Reality into our client book, leadership, and people development process is a new aspect of customer service that we’re about to embark on.
Virtual reality is an industry we are ready to embrace.
Entrepreneurs hold a special place in my heart. When they come to me for a book about life or business, I know I’m going to learn something.
This new book hit #1 on the Amazon bestsellers list.
It required several conversations and fun lunch meetings with the author to create it. Jay is a Texas businessman who included incredible stories about his wins and deals and partnerships in a lively, short read. The one takeaway I’ll always remember is “entrepreneurs ask”.
I’m not good at asking, and I need to be better at it. Jay taught me the importance of asking for what you need and want.
How about you? If you’d like to share your story in 2017, message me!
Do you know anyone who you think should write a book?
Please forward this post to them!
And, if you’d like a free copy of Jay’s book or a surprise copy of one of our other books, email me today.
What are your top three goals and aspirations for 2017?
Now is the time for contemplating such things as we enter the New Year, and it can be difficult to pinpoint what to focus on.
How can we accelerate results in life and business?
Most people have business goals centered around increasing income, achieving greater results, and strengthening relationships with your kids and developing families.
As you prepare to live out your 2017 vision, be inspired to establish goals in all 4 quadrants – Faith, Family, Finances and Fitness.
What’s true success mean to you? In the book Overrated by Eugene Cho, he points out that Jesus didn’t ever say “Well done, my good and successful Servant.” In Matthew 25:21 He said “Well done, my faithful servant.” Something to contemplate as we set our goals for this new year.
To your legacy,
P.S. For the most amazing pattern interrupt ever check out this exclusive event and apply to attend The Conversation Event.
We have all had dreams since childhood, some crazy, and some realistic.
When I was 9, I wanted to be a lion tamer. Looking back, I suspect it
wasn’t about the lions at all, but about courage and validation.
Many dreams are rooted in a desire to be somebody.
Other people have let their dreams die inside them, yet don’t even know it.
They go forth in mundane routine year after year, only really tasting the dream again when the experience of what causes them to feel alive. What was that rush of adrenaline or joy that I felt? Ah, it may have been the resurrection of a lost dream.
I love working with world changers. These humans have done great things with their lives, some often in ministry and business for decades creating companies with impact. Samuel Bistrian, the CEO of Roma boots, gives thousands of boots to orphans. Chi Chi Rodriguez has a center for orphans and underserved youth. Darryl Strawberry has a drug treatment program. And Jennifer McAlister wrote a book so she could give it to the pregnant girls she ministers to.
What’s your dream?
Make a list today of the 5 biggest dreams you’ve had for your life past and present. Include dreams you’d live if money were abundant and fear wasn’t an obstacle.
I’ve seen a 90-year-old who wrote their very first book, and get an MBA. It’s never too late. It doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 80.
It’s never too late to live your radical truth and step out on faith.
To your legacy,
P.S. For the most amazing pattern interrupt ever check out this exclusive event and apply to attend The Conversation Event.
Stephanie Breedlove is the authentic voice for women entrepreneurs. She has been walking the walk of a successful entrepreneur for over twenty years.
In her book All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses, and Change the World, Breedlove fills a gap in the lack of role models as she outlines the hows and whys behind the decisions that led her towards success.
Why I Wrote My Book
By Stephanie Breedlove, Co-Founder Care.com HomePay, Author All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses, and Change the World
When I began my entrepreneurial journey, I did not know what I know now. I did not know that I would not have a female mentor to turn to or emulate. I did not know that I would feel like a trailblazer, or that I’d feel alone in the quest to create growth, scale, and sustainable value. Did I get discouraged? You bet I did. But ultimately, I followed my gut as it beckoned me down a path outside the norm, filled with hard work – a path to where and who I was meant to be.
I believe that my greatest accomplishment is doing what it takes to push through the fear, the guilt, the unknown, and the barriers to find fulfillment beyond my wildest dreams on the other side.
Being an entrepreneur has allowed me to grow my best talents and to give my best in return. It has provided the opportunity to break with cultural norms and build a life of equality at home and at work. It has allowed me to build a business of scale that creates sustained value. My journey is over 20 years in the making, my children are grown, and I’ve recently had a successful exit with the acquisition of my company. I have learned that although my story is not extraordinary, it is not common in today’s evolution of women in entrepreneurship. And this makes me a role model and an agent for change. The entrepreneurial path should be traveled by many more women. I know I’d do it 100 times over!
Research has proven that women and men entrepreneurs share similar motivations, see the reasons for their successes largely the same way, and face many of the same challenges. Studies have even proven that the appetites of men and women for financial risk is largely the same. Yet men are two times more likely to start businesses than women, and their businesses are 3.5 times more likely to cross the $1 million threshold.
Although experts widely agree that women entrepreneurs often face unique challenges, it doesn’t seem they are often held back from success. The main roadblock is simply getting women to start and then to choose to grow a business in the first place. People are 3 times more likely to make the leap into entrepreneurship if they have a mentor or role model. This is where women like me can be of real value.
If I can help you prepare, plan, and take action to start and to grow a business, then I’ve done my part as an entrepreneur who believes in paying it forward. My mission is to encourage women who are called to entrepreneurship to be all in, to go everywhere they are meant to go, and to leave their mark on the community and the economy and perhaps even the world. Words can’t describe its worth. I wish it for every woman called to entrepreneurship.
Is it time for a change? As we enter a new year and exit the old, its time to think about our goals and aspirations.
Centenarians share several traits and one is that they’re social and open minded to new ways of doing things.
Routine and discipline is good. But have you ever met someone who changed your life forever? Looking back, you can’t believe your life before them. Or maybe you encountered a new piece of knowledge, way of learning, or travel destination that has opened your heart and mind and altered your perspective.
Pattern interrupts create a shift.
One day we’re traveling down the same dirt road, and the next we decide to take a random left turn that leads to an incredible oasis. You’ve interrupted your normal pattern, and discovered a whole new world.
Pattern interruption is a term used by psychologists to describe a process of achieving massive change by interrupting what you’re currently doing. Whether it’s an emotional or psychological pattern, eating habits, or a business system, disrupting the habits (pattern) you have developed is key.
Try it today! Here’s 3 ways and reasons why:
1: New experiences can create longevity through new brain stimulation, growth and activity.
Pick ten new experiences you’ll try, and start today.
New food, new music you’d never listen to, new small towns.
The benefit is immediate – because it’s an adventure!
Make 3 massive personal changes.
Always wanted to color your hair, write a book, spend 48 hours without your cellphone, or serve the homeless? Do new things alone, to fully feel it.
Disrupt your fitness routine.
Your friend love canoeing, weight lifting, running or Pilates but you don’t? Try a completely different exercise and go all in.
Change your eating habits completely, to mirror things you’d normally never eat and you may find your metabolism jump starts, and your body feels healthy. Break out! Do something new, even if life works for you now. I guarantee you’ll meet new people who add to your life, and create a kaleidoscope of rich experiences along the way.