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Do You Have Spirit?

January 29, 2016 Leave a comment

JackI was at a client meeting and was asked a very good question – “How can you tell if someone has an entrepreneurial spirit?” This inquiry came out of a conversation around perpetuation planning.

The question is really about knowing how someone is wired. Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. While some employees show the “spirit” part, many are averse to the risk side.

Here are the 5 qualities that I described about my take on how it is evident that someone does have a bent towards being an entrepreneur:

  1. They have high self-confidence. This is imperative. Just like major league baseball player, an entrepreneur will often get “up to bat” and either strike out or ground out weakly t second base. In order to be successful, one must have such confidence in their own abilities, perspicacity, and value that they can’t wait foe the next “at bat.”
  2. They are risk takers. This doesn’t mean they are reckless, but rather open to every opportunity and willing to bet on themselves.
  3. They make quick decisions. Just as with the last example, this characteristic does not imply impetuousness. They can do a very rapid “pros/cons” list and make a decision either way and feel good about committing to it.
  4. Fearless. Well, at least they are willing to fail. Perfectionists struggle with this. We all will fail; nothing is perfect. In fact, the faster you fail, the faster you will grow and be better.
  5. Natural Influence. Being influential is a skill, however there are people that through a combination of words, actions, example, and presence manifest a high level of influence. This is a key ingredient in leadership.

If you own your own business or consider yourself an entrepreneur, my guess is you resemble many, if not all of these characteristics. The challenge is being able to embrace all of them – especially self-confidence – so that the results remain high. It can be easy to get down when bad things happen. The BONUS quality for entrepreneurship is resilience.

Bottom line – if you want to be your own boss, decide that you will be the best boss you ever had. Focus on these qualities and you’ll be well on your way to achieving it.

 

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Up PERISCOPE

January 27, 2016 Leave a comment
58842030-Dan+Weedin+%22Unleashed%22-30I’m excited to announce that I’m now officially on Periscope and inviting you to follow me. Here’s what’s in it for you…

Periscope is a virtual broadcasting mobile app that allows people to take part in live broadcasts. It’s free through whatever mobile product you use to acquire apps and easily links with either your Twitter account or email.

Once you’re in, you can start “following” people like, well…. ME. You can find me at danweedin (just like my Twitter handle). I am embarking on broadcasting virtual programming that will be available both LIVE (you get a notice) and for up to 24 hours after for followers. Pretty cool.

My first broadcast will be Groundhogs  Day – February 2nd – at 10 am Pacific and 1 pm Eastern (and all times in between). That’s this coming Tuesday.

Here’s the topic:

How to Step Out of Your Shadow and Be Unleashed: Creating a bolder and more confident you to bolster your career and life. I wax poetic about 15 minutes or so.

This is my first one, so you never know what can happen as I muddle my way through it. Let’s muddle together and I promise you’ll find the experience worth your time. Who knows, you might even see Captain Jack!

Instructions:
1 – Download Periscope to your mobile device
2 – Find me @danweedin and FOLLOW
3 – Get reminders from me about February 2nd at mark it on your calendar
4 – Join me on the 2nd at 10 am PST. The broadcast will be available for 24 hours after.
5 – Have fun.

P.S. Follow me on my Facebook business page. I’ve got a growing number of people in this community. I hope you’ll join us!

 

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A New Rave Review

January 26, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m always grateful to my clients that take the time to write a testimonial on my behalf. Just this week, I received a new one that was especially nice…

My work with Dan Weedin was targeted to help provide guidance and insight, while navigating through issues inherent with managing a small company. Dan became engaged very quickly, he listened, asked questions, analyzed, and then offered possible solutions and suggestions.  

Dan leaves no doubt about his sincerity in helping me resolve issues, and to get me back on the fast track to success. I have to admit, I was somewhat skeptical about how someone I had never met could help me and my team, especially considering he had little or no knowledge regarding the industry I was working in. Well, my only regret now is, I wish I would have started sooner with Dan. I have relied on Dan’s unique insight, experience and wisdom many times, and I am grateful for the guidance he has provided me. With Dan’s tutelage, I have gone from “frustrated” to “triumphal.”

Patrick G. Reed, Sr. Project Manager – CW Solutions (New Jersey)

Any of you feeling “frustrated?” Would you like to moved to “triumphal” in your career? Ready to maximize your talents?

Many thanks to Pat for his kind words. Business and executive coaching can work wonders for your professionally and personally. Just like elite athletes need coaches to help them reach their highest abilities, so do elite business people need coaching to accomplish the same thing.

If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you achieve more, contact me at (360) 271-1592 or dan@danweedin.com.

© 2016 Toro Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

 

Ectra Points: Thriving or Suffering?

January 25, 2016 Leave a comment
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 My professional mentor, Alan Weiss, provided a great quote in a recent newsletter he writes. He said, “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is voluntary.”

Let that sink in for a second.

Struggle and adversity are part of life; part of business. I counsel my clients that risk management is a myth because you can’t “manage” risk, you can only plan to be resilient. Crises will happen, it’s what you do with it that is important.

The social media platforms are filled with people that have chosen to “suffer.” They will post ambiguous statements meant to draw some sort of reaction from friends wondering what it means. You’ve undoubtedly worked with people that boorishly share their misfortune (always someone else’s fault). And you may have people in your life that seemingly thrive in self-pity and cynicism.  These are your “volunteer sufferers.”

If you go into life knowing that every day offers an opportunity for both pain and contentment, then you’ve got a chance to enjoy a healthy existence. Bad things happen, yet they are rarely “personal,” many times are random and out of your control, and always offer opportunities for personal and professional growth. Encouraging and “sharing” suffering only makes one (and those around them) miserable. The alternative – acceptance, resilience, and positivity – will lead to many more “open gates” that you can bound unleashed through.

Quote of the Week:
“Without struggle, there can be no progress.”
~ Frederick Douglass

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Follow me on Periscope (free mobile app). My first LIVE and free Periscope event is on Groundhogs Day – February 2nd at 10 am PST / 1 pm EST. The topic is How to Step Out of Your Shadow and Be Unleashed: Creating a bolder and more confident you to bolster your career and life. More to come but start now by following me on Periscope @danweedin

 

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How Will They Know You Were Here?

January 22, 2016 Leave a comment

58842030-Dan+Weedin+%22Unleashed%22-30I was driving in to my Rotary Club meeting this morning and a country song came on the radio that made me pause to think. The song is “Gonna Know We Were Here” by Jason Aldean. The lyrics from the chorus that caught my attention were…

Ain’t scared to ride this train
Make a few marks, leave a few stains
Might slam just a little too hard
Might take it just a little too far
Might burn out like a firework,
Like a shooting star across the sky
And we may not be around in 20 years but they’re sure gonna know we were here
Yeah, they’re sure gonna know we were here

At my club meeting, we had a fascinating speaker. This woman is a nurse that volunteered to go to Africa last year and help with the Ebola outbreak. In fact, this particular woman has been doing volunteer medical work around the globe for 15 years. Going into the most impoverished areas, seeing the most improbable and horrible things, and making a mark on those people and the world.
I’m not suggesting that if all of us aren’t making these heroic efforts that we are failing. As a matter of fact, we all have chances every day to be heroic. We have an opportunity in our business, in our career, and in our personal life to improve the condition of someone else. We’ve got talents and skills to leave a few marks and stains; to be able to say that the world will know you were here.
This is about action; it’s about implementing. Pausing to ponder is fine, but taking action in a bold and confident manner is what moves the needle. The speaker I watched today has been doing that and can say she’s left a mark. We all have opportunities to do the same, maybe not to a global extent, but to very important ones.
How will people know you were here? What are you doing to leave a few marks, leave a few stains…?
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Take It To The Limit…

January 19, 2016 Leave a comment

UnknownI was stunned and deeply saddened by the announcement of Glenn Frey’s passing. The former Eagles founder was (along with his fellow band members) one of the voices of my generation. I was in junior high and high school when The Eagles were arguably the biggest American music group going. I have their “Greatest Hits” in my iTunes and listening to Take It To The Limit as I write this post.

The lyrics, “You know I’ve always been a dreamer…” should be a mantra for all of us. You can spend all your time making money but that’s not what being happy really is all about. It’s not being Unleashed. Money is simply a vehicle for the lifestyle you want to lead.  What are your dreams?

Being unleashed is doing what you love and dream about and improving the condition others. When you’re passionate about the value you can provide, the income end takes care of itself. As I think on the impact that people we’ve recently lost like Glenn Frey, David Bowie, and Alan Rickman had on millions of people through their art, it’s easy to understand that their great value improved the lives of many. It was their passion and dreams for their work and giving it to us that made them who they were.

Look, it’s very easy to muddle through life if you allow it. As we hit the middle of January, the rush of the new year celebrations is over, the weather may be gloomy, the stock market may be down, and your football team may be done for the season. Before you know it, the same old, same old creeps in. Your dreams might get mired in the fog.

If you really want to have a career that’s rewarding and a life that’s meaningful then you need to make the decision daily to “take it to the limit.” There’s no promises about what tomorrow brings and worrying about the past is dysfunctional. Glenn Frey left this world too soon for my liking, however based on comments and anecdotes from those who knew him, he lived a full and influential life. Shouldn’t we all?

So put me on a highway and show me a sign, and take it to the limit….one more time.

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Extra Points: Unleashed Resilience

January 18, 2016 Leave a comment
Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Unleashed Resilience
 

The NFL playoffs are fascinating. The entire weekend was filled with drama, big plays, and stunning comebacks. In 3 of the 4 games, teams made improbable charges to go from sure loss to having a chance at the end. While 2 of those teams didn’t end up prevailing, the “never give up” attitude was certainly on display.

Today, we as a nation honor Martin Luther King Jr. This is a man that also exemplified the “never give up” attitude. For nearly a full decade, he fought for equality in the face of immense turmoil. In the end, it cost him his life. In truth, the “game” didn’t end there. The seeds he planted grew into change for a country that needed it.

The lesson for each of us? Be ever vigilant; be ever confident; and never give up. Be unleashed.

 
Quote of the Week:
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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