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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!

Unleashed Summit

July 9, 2014 1 comment

Captain JackRegistrations continue for the inaugural Unleashed Summit. Are you coming?

Here’s the deal…

If you want to really ramp up momentum to finish the year strong (yes – it’s approaching) and start 2015 with BANG, then you need to make this investment in yourself. This half-day event where we discuss concepts, topics, and best practices around maximizing your talent and becoming truly “unleashed”  will be the best event you attend this year with the highest ROI. It’s almost free and the people you meet and the takeaways you will get will make it all worth your investment. Heck, you will also have a chance to meet Captain Jack!

Don’t miss it. I promise that you will walk away with an incredible amount of value, my new book, and new opportunities for increased success.

Register today

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All rights reserved

Extra Points – GPS

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…GPS14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

Last Thursday, I was driving home with my daughter on the last leg of a week-long, cross-country trip that took us 3,004 miles from doorstep to doorstep. I had the GPS on even though I knew the way. I always like to know about how long it takes to get home.

I was getting frustrated with the GPS as she kept telling me to take an alternate route home. I couldn’t understand it. After all, I knew where I was going. Why would this electronic device try to take me off my own course? In jest, I kept telling her that I was simply going to ignore her and go my own way. She had the last laugh.

Turns out the GPS had a built-in sensor for traffic. She was trying to help me avoid a huge traffic jam being caused by the start of a 3-day weekend on the Interstate. By the time I realized my mistake, it was too late.

How often does that happen to us? We think our way is the right way; we can do it best by ourselves; we don’t need any help…we’re smart. Like I laughed off the good advice from the GPS, we also often disregard opportunities to really rapidly advance our careers and improve our lives when we don’t seek help.

Do yourself a favor. Find some smart GPS to guide you “home.” Business coaches and mentors often sense those “traffic jams” that await ahead of you and can divert you to roads that lead to faster and more effective destinations. You ignore at your own peril. I wish I had been more humble with that GPS…I would have been home faster. Are you humble and smart enough to take the right road for your success?

 

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote - 

We can’t be brilliant by ourselves.”

~ Patricia Fripp

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.

 

Unleashed Summit – September 23rd

June 20, 2014 Leave a comment

14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001Registrations continue for my inaugural Unleashed Summit on September 23rd at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino. This is your best chance to reserve your seat. You’ll gain tremendous value from this event – you don’t want to miss it. We will be discussing key strategies, concepts, and best practices to help you grow your business and enrich your life no matter where you are in your career.  This day guarantees the strongest possible finish way to 2014, and ensure you hit the ground running in 2015.

Every participant will receive an autographed copy of Unleashed from me and I’ve got it on good authority that Captain Jack himself may make an appearance. Most importantly though, this is your opportunity to make a valuable investment in yourself and your career. The registration fee is almost free and I guarantee that you will return your investment 10-fold or greater.

You can register on the link below. I’d encourage you to also share this with your colleagues, employees, and anyone else that you feel will benefit from the morning. I hope you will join me for this important event. You will be glad you did!

Click here to register and reserve your spot!

 

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

7 Myths & Monsters That EVERYONE Should Avoid…

April 24, 2014 Leave a comment

This is an article that appeared recently in an insurance blog website called Insurance Splash. The target audience as you will see is insurance agents. However, if you look more closely (and you should), these concepts are valid for ALL professional services businesses regardless of size.

My new article posted on Insurance Splash blog site. Sharing with you!check mark

Thanks to Insurance Splash for publishing it!

I’ve been working closely with insurance agents as a coach and mentor for the past 8 ½ years and one thing is clear to me.

Agents and brokers are leaving money and clients on the table because they fall victim to 7 insidious myths and monsters that lurk in the bushes.

These monsters have always been hanging around (even when I was selling insurance), yet like zombies, they can change and morph with time and technology (zombies do that, right?).

While there are many snares and traps waiting to upend agents, I’ve got my Top 7 Myths and Monsters that need to be avoided to attain your maximum success. Let’s be candid, however. Really good agents are often tripped up by these monsters. Successful agents with bountiful books of business get blindsided. No one is immune. The problem with veteran agents making a nice living is that they can fall into the “success trap.” That is worse than all these monsters combined. The success trap keeps agents comfortable and thinking they don’t need to grow, learn, or change. When you’re in the success trap, you are more likely to buy in and live in these myths forever, and that’s where you waste talent and lose opportunity.

- See more at: http://www.insurancesplash.com/blog/insurance-sales-myths-monsters/#sthash.mIzxbcD5.dpuf

I’ve been working closely with insurance agents as a coach and mentor for the past 8 ½ years and one thing is clear to me. Agents and brokers are leaving money and clients on the table because they fall victim to 7 insidious myths and monsters that lurk in the bushes. These monsters have always been hanging around (even when I was selling insurance), yet like zombies, they can change and morph with time and technology (zombies do that, right?).

While there are many snares and traps waiting to upend agents, I’ve got my Top 7 Myths and Monsters that need to be avoided to attain your maximum success. Let’s be candid, however. Really good agents are often tripped up by these monsters. Successful agents with bountiful books of business get blindsided. No one is immune. The problem with veteran agents making a nice living is that they can fall into the “success trap.” That is worse than all these monsters combined. The success trap keeps agents comfortable and thinking they don’t need to grow, learn, or change. When you’re in the success trap, you are more likely to buy in and live in these myths forever, and that’s where you waste talent and lose opportunity. Identifying these myths and monsters will help you stay out of the success trap and on the road to boundless success. Let’s take a closer look at each one:

I’ve been working closely with insurance agents as a coach and mentor for the past 8 ½ years and one thing is clear to me.

Agents and brokers are leaving money and clients on the table because they fall victim to 7 insidious myths and monsters that lurk in the bushes.

These monsters have always been hanging around (even when I was selling insurance), yet like zombies, they can change and morph with time and technology (zombies do that, right?).

While there are many snares and traps waiting to upend agents, I’ve got my Top 7 Myths and Monsters that need to be avoided to attain your maximum success. Let’s be candid, however. Really good agents are often tripped up by these monsters. Successful agents with bountiful books of business get blindsided. No one is immune. The problem with veteran agents making a nice living is that they can fall into the “success trap.” That is worse than all these monsters combined. The success trap keeps agents comfortable and thinking they don’t need to grow, learn, or change. When you’re in the success trap, you are more likely to buy in and live in these myths forever, and that’s where you waste talent and lose opportunity.

- See more at: http://www.insurancesplash.com/blog/insurance-sales-myths-monsters/#sthash.mIzxbcD5.dpuf

I’ve been working closely with insurance agents as a coach and mentor for the past 8 ½ years and one thing is clear to me.

Agents and brokers are leaving money and clients on the table because they fall victim to 7 insidious myths and monsters that lurk in the bushes.

These monsters have always been hanging around (even when I was selling insurance), yet like zombies, they can change and morph with time and technology (zombies do that, right?).

While there are many snares and traps waiting to upend agents, I’ve got my Top 7 Myths and Monsters that need to be avoided to attain your maximum success. Let’s be candid, however. Really good agents are often tripped up by these monsters. Successful agents with bountiful books of business get blindsided. No one is immune. The problem with veteran agents making a nice living is that they can fall into the “success trap.” That is worse than all these monsters combined. The success trap keeps agents comfortable and thinking they don’t need to grow, learn, or change. When you’re in the success trap, you are more likely to buy in and live in these myths forever, and that’s where you waste talent and lose opportunity.

- See more at: http://www.insurancesplash.com/blog/insurance-sales-myths-monsters/#sthash.mIzxbcD5.dpuf

Read entire article on Insurance Splash web site

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Unleashed Is Off and Running

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment

The first two members of my new, exclusive private coaching program are now signed up! Are you ready to join them on a very special course to unleash your Captain Jackpotential and maximize your talent?

Learn more and register

This program is limited to 12 people and the first 2 are out of the gate. Here is a brief synopsis of what you will gain by being a member…

  • Enhanced ability to unleash your potential, maximize your talent, and run boldly through your open gate. The result is you get to live in the lifestyle you desire.
  • Unleashing the fear that holds you back from taking risks and realizing rewards. The result is you enjoy a life free of stress and anxiety while achieving your dreams.
  • Provide you with a broader, more global perspective of your business. The result is you will maximize your ability to earn income and grow because your worldview has become an open gate!
  • Enhanced leadership skills as a business owner, entrepreneur, or executive. The result is by being more skilled in communications and influence, you will unleash your employees to improve themselves and exponentially improve your business.
  • Enhanced thought leadership skills. The result is by being an object of interest; you will generate more opportunities where people seek you out, not the other way around.
  • Guidance in developing a personally tailored intellectual property game plan (includes publishing and speaking). The result is the more people see your work and value, the more people you will help run through their open gate, and the more personal reward you will achieve.

Sound good? Then click on the link above to learn even more. This inaugural year is at a special price and next year will increase. Why not take fill advantage of your time and investment right now?

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Unleashed Case Study #2 – Open Gates

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Just barely over 4 years ago, I was at Alan Weiss’s Mentor Summit in San Francisco at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel overlooking one of the most beautiful cities in theSF View from our room world. Barb had come with me and right after the morning session on that Thursday, I shared with her some information Alan had given us. He was starting a “Master Mentor” program where he would personally train qualified individuals in his community to mentor and coach other consultants, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. Along with the training, the program included lifetime mentoring access to him. This by itself was worth it’s weight in gold because Alan is NOT slowing down. The investment was significant (5 figures), yet the return on that investment appeared to be great. It was an open gate for me. As I sat at the edge, I did what all smart husbands should do…I consulted Barb. (Captain Jack stops to consult no one. That’s why he often gets into trouble, which rarely stops him. He is not risk averse.)

Barb asked me one question, “You mean you haven’t given him your credit card yet?” Uh, no. Remember, smart husband. She pushed the gate open and told me to “get out.” She knew that in every interaction I’d ever had with Alan, the ROI was big. The bigger the investment, the exponentially greater the reward. In the 2 years that followed, I quadrupled that investment. I stopped counting since then, but suffice it to say it was a wise choice to bolt through that gate.

Too many business professionals question the perspicacity in truly investing in themselves. They consider the downside (financial investment) without taking into account the upside (growth, development, income, discretionary time, happiness, new horizons). While I agree that decisions like mine need to be thoughtful (and sometimes discussed with others), it doesn’t take smart people long to make decisions. If you truly believe you will be dramatically improved by bolting through the gate, then do it. There is never a perfect time, and waiting may adversely affect your results.

Food For Thought: You probably use a financial adviser to help you with your investments. Perhaps you have a 401K or some other vehicle meant to increase your portfolio. If you’re like most people, you automatically invest what will amount to thousands of dollars annually into a fund that you truly have no idea what’s in it. You might keep track of it when you get your statements, but your trust your adviser to advise you. Why is that many people are less willing to bet on themselves than on the dollars they invest almost blindly in for their future? The reality is, they are the better bet to make.

You get open gates thrown at you all the time. Sometimes you will even take them. I hear people who proclaim they are gun-shy becasue one of those gates didn’t work out as well as planned. That happens. That should never stop them from trying other gates or else they’ve allowed that one poor gate to stifle them forever. If you keep the concepts of betting on yourself with high upsides and low downsides in mind, then you will grow your professional portfolio at a staggering pace.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

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The Time Ruse

February 19, 2014 Leave a comment

“And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death..”

~Pink Floyd – “Time”

Let’s be clear. Time is not a resource issue. It’s a priority issue. We all get 24 hours a day of time. Donald Trump can’t even buy any more of the valuable commodity. We all treat time as something to save; something to manage; something to find; and something to look forward to. The ruse is that if we give in to this thinking, we are just kidding ourselves.

It never ceases to amaze me when someone says, “When I have more time, that’s when I’ll do X!” OR ~ “My time is so busy now because it’s our busiest time of year. When this is over, I will have more time and will do X.” Or ~ When I tell my wife, “I didn’t have time to unload the dishwasher. Oops.”

Memo – X (whatever X is) is simply not that important to you. X might be writing a book, going back to college, investing in yourself through coaching, or dealing with an important yet not urgent item. (X might be that I simply didn’t want to empty the dishwasher and that soon became an urgent item for me!) The bad news is that non-urgent item normally becomes urgent at the worst possible time! I often tell my clients that crisis doesn’t schedule it’s events on a calender. It comes when it wants to and doesn’t send an announcement.

There is never a good time to do anything. Our lives are busy and we do a pretty good job of filling them beyond capacity. We complain when sitting in a doctor’s office when they overbook on purpose expecting cancellations. We complain when an airline books more passengers than the plane can hold. Yet when we can’t control our own time, aren’t we just as much to blame?

Do yourself a favor and be honest with you. When you really don’t want to do something, don’t use time as an excuse. Say it’s not a priority. This works in your personal life as much as your professional life (actually we only have one life, which makes this conversation even more important). The result should be that you take a harder look at your priorities and start considering upsides and downsides to your decisions. It only takes a second…you are all smart. If you refuse to use time as your excuse and candidly admit you’re constantly making priorities, you might just find that the things that need to get done, get done and on time.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

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How’s Your Portfolio Performing?

February 11, 2014 Leave a comment

I read this on Twitter this morning from Alan Weiss…

“If you hesitate to invest in yourself, you don’t need an investment advisor, you need a shrink.”

Too many business professionals have a poor investment portfolio when it comes to themselves. They either demand that their company pay for it or they don’t think they need it. Way too many entrepreneurs and executives don’t ask for help for fear if looking weak. The reality is that the very best always make investing in themselves a priority.

Apathy, complacency, and arrogance are hard too overcome because these are individual disorders. Hesitancy is a lack of confidence that just needs a push through that open gate to opportunity.

Copyright 2014 Dan Weedin. All rights reserved

Your Personal Invitation to the Most Valuable Program I’ve Ever Created

January 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Last week, I spent a dynamic day with my mentor Alan Weiss and three of my colleagues from around North America in Miami. I’ve been working with Alan now 20140121-162057.jpggoing on six years and after every session I exclaim to my wife that, “this was the best one yet!”  And it was.

What came out of the day for me is a new and exciting opportunity for 12 people.

My new book, Unleashed! discusses many aspects of my 2014 mantra of running through the “open gate.” In fact, there is an image of Captain Jack scampering through an open gate on the cover. The concept of the “open gate” is that unlike dogs, we as humans often tether ourselves inside our own personal gates and due to reasons like fear, choose not to risk going through the open gate in front of us.

I’m launching a new 9-month program on March 15 for people ready to be “unleashed.” Here is just a small portion of what Unleashed! members will gain:

  • Enhanced ability to unleash your potential, maximize your talent, and run boldly through your open gate. The result is you get to live in the lifestyle you desire.
  • Unleashing the fear that holds you back from taking risks and realizing rewards. The result is you enjoy a life free of stress and anxiety while achieving your dreams.
  • Provide you with a broader, more global perspective of your business. The result is you will maximize your ability to earn income and grow because your worldview has become an open gate!
  • Enhanced leadership skills as a business owner, entrepreneur, or executive. The result is by being more skilled in communications and influence, you will unleash your employees to improve themselves and exponentially improve your business.
  • Enhanced thought leadership skills. The result is by being an object of interest; you will generate more opportunities where people seek you out, not the other way around.
  • Guidance in developing a personally tailored intellectual property game plan (includes publishing and speaking). The result is the more people see your work and value, the more people you will help run through their open gate, and the more personal reward you will achieve.

Here’s how we achieve this:

  1. We will uncover your gate(s) to run through. We will determine why you haven’t yet, and what activities and behaviors you need to change to do so. We will set up a game plan with your objectives; determine mileposts to stay on track; and commit to doing what it takes for you to quickly meet them.
  2. You will set objectives and the program will be unique to your specific needs and goals.
  3. Weekly phone calls to discuss issues, homework, strategy, tactics, etc. I will lead the calls to keep momentum, focus, and accountability. I will cajole, inspire, haunt, and dish out heaps of “tough love” to keep you on track.
  4. Unlimited access to me via email, phone, text, Skype in between calls.
  5. Mileposts set quarterly to monitor progress.
  6. Quarterly group meeting to share ideas, concepts, questions, challenges, etc. This will be done via a Google Hangout platform.
  7. Annual live one-day event as a group at a location to be determined. While this won’t be mandatory, I can tell you from my own personal experience it will be an exceptional experience and one not to be missed.
  8. Lifetime access to Alan Weiss’s community as a member of his mentor program. You will gain access to his Forums, mentor summit, etc. This is the most exclusive and incredible collection of world-class entrepreneurs and consultants in the world.  ($3,500 value)
  9. Exclusive newsletter for members only with compelling articles, audios, and videos not made available to the public.

The inaugural fee is $10,000, which will easily be recouped through increased revenue/income, increased discretionary time, and an enriched life. This fee will go up in 2015, but all who join this year will be grandfathered for as long as they participate.

If you prefer installments – you can go with 3 equal quarterly payments of $4,000.

Current coaching clients that are not already in Alan’s community – there is a one-time $2,000 fee. For those coaching clients already in Alan’s community, you will be automatically enrolled in Unleashed! at no cost for the remainder of your term!

This program isn’t for everyone. It requires dedication, commitment, and courage to run through this open gate. If you’re interested in learning more then contact me at dan@danweedin.com or (360) 271-1592 and we will discuss if this program is right for you. It will be exclusive to only 12 people per year.

Do you have what it takes to be that lead dog through the gate?

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© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

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