Extra Points: Check Your Pocket

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Check Your Pocket

I was headed out the door for a client meeting when I realized I didn’t have my car keys. I searched all over my coat and pants pockets, recalling vividly that I’d snatched them from the key holder just minutes before.

The search became frenzied as I went back and forth between 3 different rooms and the garage hunting for those keys. I sent a text to my client saying I would be a bit tardy. Finally after a few harried prayers to St. Anthony (patron saint for lost items), the light bulb came on. I was wearing a zipped sweater under my coat. This sweater has pockets. You know where I’m going with this don’t you? I had taken the keys before putting on my jacket and stuck them in the right sweater pocket. After putting on my heavier rain coat, I didn’t even feel those keys tucked safely in the sweater. My missing keys were with me all along.

You have talent. It’s been with you all along. Stop looking for it so vigorously. The first step is to acknowledge your skill, expertise, and unmitigated ability to be great at what you do. Then make it better. Focus your professional development on building up your strengths. It’s wasteful to search for something you already have. The time you send can never be returned. Use that time to increase that talent so as to maximize its use for you and others.

Today, go check your pocket, find your talent, and then increase it.

Quote of the Week:


“Life is made up of marble and mud.”

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Extra Points: What’s Your Opportunity Today?

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: What’s the Opportunity Today?

Captain Jack wakes up every morning smelling opportunity.

Dogs have a unique approach to life. Unlike humans, they use their olfactory senses to apprise the day in front of them. Many a human (including me at times) has rolled over in bed when the alarm rings and immediately thinks, “I don’t want to get out of bed…” Why? Because we dread the day in front of us. The “same old, same old.” The “grind.” The “I don’t want to do (fill in the blank) again…” Don’t tell me it doesn’t happen because I know it does. Since we use our vision (which is much more limited than a dog’s nose) as a sensory, we see the same routine and simply dread the future day. This can go on for weeks, months, and years if not stopped.

Captain Jack senses opportunity. The same yard he scrutinizes every day isn’t ordinary. It’s remarkable in new smells, new adventures, and new opportunity.

I’ve learned from Jack. My morning alarm is the Monday Night Football theme song. When I roll out of bed, my first thought is now, “What’s the opportunity today?” So should yours. Every day is rife with opportunities if we are aware, positive, and stay in the moment. I encourage you to eschew dread and sniff out good fortune by asking yourself…

What’s my opportunity today?

Quote of the Week:


“Well begun is half done.”

~ Aristotle

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Punching Back…Hard

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey, in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, admitted that she was so distraught after her defeat to Holly Holm in November that she briefly contemplated suicide. The former UFC champion had been undefeated – and literally unmatched – until Holm knocked her out in the 2nd round of their title bout. Rousey’s words in the interview were chilling. She said, “I sat in the corner and thought – What am I if I’m not this anymore?”

What am I if I’m not this anymore?”

“This” for Rousey was undisputed, undefeated, and rock star UFC champion. I don’t doubt her sincerity in her statement or her feelings after the fight. I’m glad she found a way out of that mindset through the help of her friends and family. And, this sentiment doesn’t just hold true for athletes like Ronda Rousey. The world of entertainment is rife with stories of “stars” that have committed or attempted suicide or just threw their life away because they no longer identified as the “rock star” any longer. They defined their life – and their self-worth – as that “rock star.”

Humans are humans. Business people can fall victim to the same mindset. It’s not limited to Fortune 500 CEOs, political figures, and well-known business moguls. It can also happen to a small business owner that is running a 3rd generation family business and is facing a crisis; a sales superstar that has gone from fortune to famine; or a community leader that has fallen on hard times. These are just examples…the truth is that anyone can get caught in the trap of defining themselves by what they do rather than who they are.

When I coached high school basketball a decade ago, I admit I was pretty competitive. In my earlier years of coaching youth basketball, my teams won the vast majority of our games. As a high school coach, the losses outweighed the wins by a much larger margin. There were times that I allowed myself to be defined as a coach – and as a person- based on my winning percentage. The only person thinking that was me. I had defined myself as a “winning coach,” and “what was I if I was no longer that?” This hurt my self-image, my self-talk, and my self-confidence.

Fortunately, that was short-lived. These can often be minor points of time based on perspective and proportion. For business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs, this definition of themselves may be tougher to break free from.

Let’s do a very quick exercise to help you find out where your self-worth is currently:

FirstHow do you define yourself? What makes you who you are? Is it your job, your business, your affiliations?

SecondWhat happens if that’s gone? Are you opportunistic to find something else, or will you be crushed? Is what you do everything, or are you resilient to become anything?

FinallyDo you believe that you’re special, talented, and great even if when you fail? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson confidently proclaimed after he threw a game-ending interception in the Super Bowl that he wouldn’t let that one play define him. He was seeking that next opportunity to be great. The following year, he had his best year ever.

Maybe in the end, since we started with Ronda Rousey, we should look at this from a boxing perspective. It’s not simply about being able to take a punch in life. Almost all of us have been able to do that.

The real question is – Can you can take a punch and then jump back up and deliver two punches of your own? People with great self-worth, that define themselves by who they are and not what they do, and that are resilient and opportunistic…these are the people that can.

Russell Wilson has. I have full confidence that Ronda Rousey will. But more importantly for the purpose of this article, can you?

Go define yourself as a puncher and a winner. That’s the surest and straightest past to living an “Unleashed” life.

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Extra Points: Pass the Burger

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Last week I was in Las Vegas for Alan Weiss’s annual Mentor Summit. Among the benefits is getting together with colleagues from around the world to both network and relax. On Thursday, several of us went to Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant in Caesar’s Palace where the Summit was being held. I’m a fan of Ramsey’s television shows and anxious to dine in one of his restaurants.

Anyone that knows me well knows I’m a burger fanatic. I ordered a bacon cheddar burger (sans bun) on a lettuce wrap with fries. My colleague Hugh, sitting next to me, ordered a lamb burger (that I’d also been eyeing but opted for the former). When the plates came out, a mistake had been made. Not only did Hugh get his order of lamb burger, but they thought I also ordered one, too. It came without bun exactly as ordered, except the wrong burger. As they were about to whisk it away, I stopped them. I told them I wasn’t picky, almost had ordered the lamb burger, and was happy to take it. The “mistake” turned out great for me. The burger was simply delicious. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The wrong gift concealed in the correct wrapping turned out to be the best surprise.

Great gifts will come when and how you least expect them. They may look like what you want or expected from the outside, and may be your second, third (or last) choice, but by being amenable to the change and uncertainty may lead to your improved condition. In other words, face value can oftentimes be a mirage; what’s really to your benefit is rolling the dice on the unknown with the certainty that you will have learned, grown, or become happier becasue of it.

I’m glad I didn’t let that burger get sent back to the kitchen because it’s not what I first wanted. Don’t let yours pass you by either.

Quote of the Week:


“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

~ Milton Berle

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What’s the Alternative?

IMG_5108_2I’m headed out today for the annual Mentor Summit hosted by Alan Weiss for all the consultants around the globe in his mentor program. It’s always a fun event…last year in Washington D.C. and this year at Las Vegas.

(I’m traveling to Vegas on the first day of Lent…I guess discipline is the first test for this year!)

I consistently learn a lot from Alan, and one of his most recent newsletters contained a brief article that resonated with me. I’ve printed it out and glance or read it every morning for perspective. I thought on this day that I travel to see him and many of my colleagues, I’d share it with you. I hope it has the same effect.

My friends, I have a question: What’s the alternative?

We are living on a chunk of space rock traveling at 80,000 miles per hour around an exploding star. We influence and control none of that, and scientific and religious argument notwithstanding, we don’t actually understand very much of it.

Hence, it’s rewarding to be optimistic each day, canine-like in our eagerness to exploit the new morning, because it’s the only sane way to live. If you oppose suicide, then why throw your life away piecemeal by worrying about every conceivable issue and assuming and fearing the worst? Every day those of us who drive engage in a huge display of positive faith by driving on roads at 60 miles per hour or more with those around us – distracted, on phones, angry, having consumed alcohol or drugs, daydreaming, depressed, stressed – doing the same within mere feet of our cars.

Ergo, we all exhibit at least a cautious optimism. We believe we can avoid accidents and are willing to take the small risk of someone acting recklessly around us. Our portmanteau is actually filled with reasonable assumptions and safe predictions. One of my favorite apothegms is: “This, too, shall pass.”

I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt until and unless they prove unworthy of it. I’d like the same favor extended to me. I believe in temporary setbacks and not fatal mistakes. I’m an opportunist by nature, and if something unanticipated is in my path, I don’t avoid it, I think about what I can do with it. (A dog will try to eat it and, failing that, play with it and, failing that, urinate on it. My hierarchy is somewhat different.)

Therefore, what choice do you really have? Are you going to face the morning as another long, slow, crawl through enemy territory? Or are you going to sprint into what light we have?

If the latter, that figure out there ahead of you would be me.

~ Alan Weiss (from his newsletter, Balancing Act ®)

 

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BeastMode Branding Brilliance

BeastModeSeattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch “announced” his retirement on Sunday during the second half of the Super Bowl. And he did it in consistent fashion….without words. The entire staging of this whole event just goes to show how smart Lynch is when it comes to business.

It’s all about the brand, boss.

Here’s the deal – Lynch knows that today’s athlete is more than just someone who competes in a team or individual sport. Each athlete – especially the high visibility ones – are a brand. Brands have longer life spans than athletes; they can be forever. Brands are critical to obtaining endorsements, creating intellectual property, manufacturing and selling proprietary products, writing books, giving speeches, and a multitude of other things. The real “action” here is about advancing the brand. Here’s why BeastMode is so brilliant:

  1. He stayed consistent with his persona. Instead of holding a press conference with throngs of reporters, he tweeted out his signature green cleats hanging up – i.e. “I’m hanging ’em up.”
  2. He used only visuals. Heck, even is “peace out” was an emoticon.
  3. He “announced” during the biggest sporting event in the world – and it happened to be his world. Right in the midst of the Super Bowl, where everyone in the sports world in on Twitter, he subtly announces his intentions and it catches fire.
  4. Just days earlier, he had the grand opening of his new BeastMode brand store in the Bay Area (the same location as the Super Bowl).
  5. In the following days, both the team and his agent confirmed his intentions. No words from him…just the people in the know, assuming that the speculation was completely valid.
  6. Suddenly, there is a just a ton of buzz – gratitude overflowing on social media, highlight videos being created and promoted by the team to honor his accomplishments, and national stories circulating about his greatness.

Finally – and maybe most importantly – the timing is perfect. Let’s face it, Lynch will be 30 next year (ancient for running backs that have endured the pounding he has over the past 9 years). He just had his first major surgery and all signs indicate the team was moving on with a younger running back. Based on his personality, it’s unlikely he would find a good fit with any other team that has any Super Bowl aspirations. He’s saved his money brilliantly – reports are he hasn’t spent any of his nearly $50M earned from salary, living off his endorsement money.

Waiting one more year would not have advanced his brand; in fact the opposite was more likely. If he had an injury-riddled year, played poorly, was viewed as a malcontent, or even was just mediocre, his BeastMode brand suffers. If he walks away now, he’s still BeastMode. he’s a legend in Seattle and his hometown of Oakland and a sports figure that’s last memories are basically from the 2 Super Bowl runs where he played a dominant part.

Here’s your BeastMode lesson for the day – Build your brand. Be consistent. Make waves. Have others talk about you and your products or services. Create a buzz. Be visual. Be innovative. Be bold. Have good timing. Be BeastMode in your world. Be Unleashed.

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Extra Points: WIIFM

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Dogs are often very focused on their own self-interests. That’s especially true of Captain Jack. A few years ago, he managed to escape and ran into the greenbelt behind the house. Knowing that I am ill-equipped to chase him through blackberry bushes, trees, and stumps, he figured this was the perfect location to be “unleashed.”

I walked across the street and asked our neighbor Karen if we could borrow her dog Charlie to help us retrieve our AWOL pooch. She was happy to help, but I could see from her look she was unsure how Charlie would be of assistance. My wife Barb escorted Karen and Charlie to the back yard along with a couple of dog biscuits (Jack knows that Barb is the nice one in the family). Barb then asked in a loud voice, “Hi Charlie, would you like a cookie?” Suddenly, just like a whack-a-mole, Captain Jack’s head popped out of the bushes. Barb asked, “Jack would you like one, too?” He bounded out of the bushes straight to the waiting arms of Barb.

You see, Captain Jack is all about the “what’s in it for me” concept. Had I chased him or barked at him in anger, he would have run. But the minute he thought Charlie was getting something he wasn’t, his emotion got the best of him. We “influenced” him home.

If you’re in a position where you must influence – CEO, sales professional, executive leader, parent of teenagers – then you need to keep the WIIFM concept in mind. It’s not about manipulation; rather it’s influencing for the betterment of someone else. What is the outcome you want? How will they be better off? What will motivate them to take action?

Bottom line – Logic makes people think and emotion makes them act. Uncover what motivates, why it’s in their best interest, and how they will be happier. In our case, it was simple (food and jealousy). The more biscuits you uncover, the more dogs you’ll be able to beat out of the bushes.

Quote of the Week:


“You can never plan the future by the past.”

~ Edmund Burke

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Projects vs. To Dos

One of the biggest takeaways from my workshop on Thursday with executives and entrepreneurs was this…

There is a big difference between projects and “to dos.” Many people lump them all into one category, become overwhelmed with the work, and get frustrated when “to dos” don’t get done.

Calling your insurance agent to add a new company vehicle is a to do. Creating copy for a website revision is a project. The latter demands allocating time, putting it on your calendar as a client meeting (with yourself), and perhaps leaving your office so you won’t be distracted.

Don’t confuse the two. They have very different priorities and implementations. In fact, many of the former can be delegated. The later require rime and intentional action.

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How’s Your Team Doing?

20140508-111455.jpgThe National Football League is a results driven business. Teams are judged weekly on wins and losses. How much a team wins or loses by really doesn’t matter. Did you win or lose? The tally sheet is your win-loss total at the end of the season; the end game is were you good enough to at least make the playoffs. Players, coaches, and General Managers are critiqued on how this plays out over years.  Results then determine people’s bank accounts and future employment.

Are you a results driven business?

Are you a results driven individual?

How would one be able to tell?

Your wins and losses are tallied in a box score somewhere and in a form based in your business. Individually, someone is keeping tabs on your record, whether you’re an employee, a “hired gun,” or even the big boss.

How can you or anyone tell if you’re winning?

Bottom line is you must determine if you’re winning, how you can tell, and how to be even better over a long period of time.

If you’re good at constantly being committed to a results-driven mindset, your results will be remarkable.

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