Weedin Unleashed Video – July 28th

July 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Watch the recording from Monday’s broadcast. The topic this week is “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” (15 min)

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What Are You Missing?

July 29, 2014 Leave a comment

14_02_DanCapJackRetouch2_001I LOVE getting feedback on my writing…no matter what kind it is. My goal is to always make you think, regardless of whether you agree with me or not. That being said, a very nice comment on a Monday morning is always good for the spirit! This came in yesterday from one of me readers and she gave me the okay to share with all of you…

Good Morning, Dan —
I want to thank you again for the fabulous ‘Extra Points’ transmittal.  I enjoy it so much!
It always brings good thought provoking insights to the laptop to start the week off right–
Hope you are enjoying your Summer –

Best regards,
Mariel Kagan

What are you missing if you’re not reading my work? A great way to make sure you have it is by subscribing to Extra Points and reading Unleashed. If you don’t have it, fear not. It’s available right here!

P.S. My first ever Unleashed Summit is sneaking up in a couple of months. Don’t miss out…register today!

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Extra Points – Barking Up the Wrong Tree

July 28, 2014 2 comments

14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001This week’s focus point…Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Many of you reading this have heard me speak about how people react differently when a plane is delayed as an example of social styles. Well, I now have a real story to share…

Last week, I was set to fly off to New York City for a business meeting. I was catching an evening flight to arrive in New York early to prepare for a noon meeting the next day. After getting through security, my flight kept getting delayed due to bad weather in New York. Finally, after finishing my glass of wine at the sports bar next door, I was surprised to see a large gathering near the lone Jet Blue gate attendant. Fifteen seconds later, she made the unpopular announcement that the flight had been canceled; that she was the only person at the gate and couldn’t service everyone; and to return to the ticket area outside of security to get re-booked. Instantly, she was besieged by angry and frustrated patrons. Me? I took off lickety split to the ticket area. These people were barking up the wrong tree just like Captain Jack would do after the squirrel he was howling at jumped trees. My decision put me near the front of the line at the ticket counter. Eventually, they couldn’t help me and I postponed my trip. My decision to not “bark” with the others ended up getting me back home sooner.

How many times do we as humans spend an in inordinate amount of time “barking up the wrong tree?” Think about times where you might have complained to a person that couldn’t help you; sought advice from someone not experienced to guide you; or tried to sell your product or services to someone not able to write a check, but able to say “no?”

Time is a limited resource. Don’t waste your time barking at squirrels that have scurried to another tree. Base decisions that impact your time on results and those direct lines to your results. Otherwise, you end up at the end of a long line or standing pathetically under the wrong tree.

 

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This week’s quote - 

 An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.”

~ Victor Hugo

Inaugural Unleashed Summit on September 23rd. Learn more and register now to save your seat to this dynamic event.

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The Question ~ College, Careers, and Contentment – Part 1

July 24, 2014 Leave a comment

What are you going to do after you graduate?College graduation.Kelli

That is the new question. No longer is it, “what are you going to do when you grow up?” That is for 5th graders who still dream of being professional football players and veterinarians (both things I wanted to do until I realized that I had no talent in the former and I had no stomach to put pets down for the latter). This new question causes a lot of anxiety for both high school and college students, but most especially those matriculating with a 4-year degree from a university.

I know first hand.

My daughter Kelli just recently graduated from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh with a degree in sports management and an emphasis on marketing. She was working with the Pittsburgh Marathon in a job she really enjoyed, yet she was ready to head back home after 4 years. As we talked, she was feeling a little depressed. Her comments centered around the pressure of having to answer this question…over and over again. She knew that she would be asked by well-meaning family, friends, and people in the community she knew. At one point she told me, “maybe I will just tell them that I interviewed with Art Vandalay!” (Art Vandalay was the classic  fictitious character that George Costanza made up in Seinfeld)

Here’s the deal…

College kids dread this question because they feel like a failure if they don’t have an answer. There has been so much pressure put on them by parents (yes…that’s right I’m talking to parents and that included me), family, society, and themselves that it actually inhibits their ability to properly strategize. They end up taking jobs they don’t like or offer no career advancement just for the sake of getting a job. Don’t get me wrong, earning some money in a temporary job is fine as long as you have a plan to move forward. No plan usually means no light at the end of the tunnel. All the graduation speeches about having you whole life ahead of you; of being bold and assertive; and of changing the world all vanish when the stress of the implications of this question bubble to the surface.

What are you going to do when you graduate? The right answer for many young adults is, “I don’t know yet, but I’ve got a plan.”

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Want to know how to create your own personal plan to accelerate into the career you will love and takes advantage of all the work you did in college? Then join me on September 30th and October 1st for a dynamic workshop that will help guide you to being “unleashed” on the world! Learn more by clicking here!

 

 

Risky Business ~ Smart or Stupid

July 23, 2014 Leave a comment

umbrella_riskI was recently interviewed by a freelance journalist working for a major online publication. His question was about “smart and stupid” business risks. He wanted to use an angle about how to tell which risks fall into which class – smart or stupid. Here was my written response to him and I thought I would share with you…

There aren’t smart or stupid risks. There are simply just risks.

All football plays are designed to score a touchdown…it’s the execution that determines the success. Similarly, risks that go sideways (or deep dive staring down) happen due to poor planning, lack of guidance, lack of self-confidence, and just bad “execution.”

In fact, the biggest risk might be not taking the risk at all.

How can you take that theory and implement in your business life?

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Weedin Unleashed Replay

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

The video recording from yesterday’s Weedin Unleashed. The topic is on how to tear down the invisible fence that might be keeping you from reaching your potential…

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Extra Points – The Invisible Fence

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Invisible Fence14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

I’ve been told by friends that the invisible fence has worked well for their dogs. They’ve told me that Captain Jack would be easily trained for it and I should consider it. I don’t think so.

Captain Jack understands the adventures and excitement waiting beyond the invisible fence. He also knows that the pain inflicted by the shock of electricity is brief and temporary. I have no doubt that Jack would figure out very quickly that a mad dash to break through would sting for a few seconds and rush of adrenalin soon take over as he sprinted “unleashed” to the world.

We should emulate dogs more…

We humans are really adept at building imaginary fences in our lives that keep us trapped in our yard. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, past experience, anxiety over the future, and a dozen other things make up the links to the chains that frame our invisible fences. We soon become very comfortable and secure never venturing outside our yards. This results in never maximizing our talents and leaving money on the table at the end of our lives. Dogs intend to leave this world penniless.

The invisible fences in our lives can also cause pain, yet like those crafted for dogs, the pain is brief and temporary. Your reward lays waiting out there, Are you ready to be unleashed!

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote -

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
~ Robert Heinlein

Inaugural Unleashed Summit on September 23rd. Learn more and register now to save your seat to this dynamic event.

New Weedin Unleashed today at 12:00 pm PST. Join for free. We will discuss this topic from today. The invisible fence is a segment of a chapter in my new book that I’m currently writing. Join in on the call and you may just end up as part of the book!

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