Happy New Year

Dan_Weedin_022Today is my birthday and I’m often asked, “How close were you to being a New Year’s Day baby?”

There’s a story to that…

The fast answer is, not close. The story is that my mother was all of 4’10” and 90 pounds, which in 1964 made me an automatic C-section candidate. My mother asked the doctor if there was any way she could move the scheduled date from January 3rd to December 31st. The reason? True to her Colombian roots, she didn’t want to miss her glass of champagne when the clock struck midnight on a new year. She had no qualms with drinking her toast from a hospital bed; she had no intentions of missing that ceremonial libation. The doctor, likely knowing what was good for him, agreed. So I was born at 9:30 in the morning, with plenty of time to recover. And I’m certain Dad didn’t object to the new tax deduction!

Here’s the moral to the story…

Take time to enjoy the year that just finished. Regardless of the adversity and challenges, all of us have something to celebrate. Focus on the thrill of victories, the lessons of defeat, relationships grown with with family and friends, and whatever else you value in your life. If you’re receiving this missive, I’m pretty sure you (like me) have been greatly blessed with the opportunities provided for success and happiness.

So take some time to toast and celebrate 2018, and get ready for a fantastic 2019.

On behalf of my wife, Barb and our two canine companions Captain Jack and Bella, here’s hoping you slide in ahead of the tag in 2019.

Quote of the Day:

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

~ Madeleine L’ Engle (20th century American novelist)

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BIG NEWS!

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We are pleased to announce that The Shrimp Tank is going to be joining the iHeart radio network in January.

RSVP for our FREE Launch Party on January 16th at Ocean5 in Gig Harbor! Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

The iHeart radio network is the #1 commercial podcaster in the United States receiving more than 147,000,000 monthly downloads on its network.  Although most famous for its overall radio and music content, the podcasting platform is the fastest growing segment of iHeart’s business.

We will be combining our podcasts into one simple, easy to click format so we can leverage all of the amazing work we have done in our respective cities.  In addition, iHeart will be serving up small banner ads in our cities for those that listen to iHeart that will be directly driving them to your podcast.  This is really exciting news to help increase our presence both in the Greater Puget Sound area but also nationally.

iHeart shared with us that over 2/3rd’s of people who listen to podcasts on their network listen to 3 or more every week, so we will be prominently featured in the business and entrepreneur sections on their podcast format.

Here’s OUR big news to go along with that….

We are holding a Seattle Shrimp Tank Podcast Launch Party on January 16th at Ocean5 in Gig Harbor. The party will run from 4:40 to 7:00 pm. This will be our time to celebrate with you and share exciting ideas.

The party is FREE and open to all our community. Space will be limited, so we ask that you RSVP and reserve your spot. If you have multiple people coming, we ask that each person register individually. Once registered, you will receive more information about the event. Click below to today and share the good news!

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Extra Points: Life Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life

Dan_Weedin_022It’s appropriate that this year Christmas Eve falls on my Extra Points day. My favorite movie of all time is Frank Capra’s classic, It’s a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Because as you know if you’re at all familiar with the movie, today’s is George Bailey’s crucial day…

I won’t bore you with recounting the movie. I will offer five lessons that we can all glom on to as we finish off one year and head into a new one:

1. We all have guardian angels, even if we don’t know always see them. Someone is there to help you, instruct you, give you tough love when you need it and a pat on the back when it’s deserved. These guardian angels can be family, friends, co-workers, or coaches. Use them. We can’t be successful by ourselves.

2. Life is about perseverance. Business and personal challenges are often temporary setbacks and situations. Controlling what you can control and accepting what you can’t is key to staying the course.

3. Never waste a good crisis. George Bailey had a seemingly insurmountable crisis. The opportunity was to see what life would be like without him, and then using that knowledge to change his life.

4. Be a guardian angel for someone else. George Bailey had his, but learned he was one for countless people. So are you; and so will you be. Improve the lives and conditions of others constantly.

5. The final scene of the movie shows the book inscription by guardian angel, Clarence to George Bailey that reads, “No man is a failure that has friends.” Isn’t that the truth? I’,m immeasurably blessed to have faithful and supportive friends. You might feel the same.

To those who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas tomorrow. To everyone, best wishes for celebrating family and friends this week. For no man is a failure that has friends…

Quote of the Day:

“Be faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

~ Mother Teresa

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Extra Points: Welcoming Mindset

Dan_Weedin_022This past Sunday during Mass, our pastor Father Mark stopped the service momentarily before the second reading. He beckoned to the people standing in the back to please come in. He said, “I don’t like people standing in the back. Please come in. Let’s all scoot in to make room and welcome everyone in.”

It’s appropriate that during this festive time of the year, the concept of being welcoming comes into play. That being said, welcoming is a concept that should not be relegated to the season or to faith community. It should be part of your business mindset, too.

As we end one year and begin a new one, perhaps this is a good time to do a pressure check on how welcoming we are in our business. Try these basic questions on for size to get started:

How do we welcome new employees into our company? Are they set up to meet everyone and start building important relationships?

How do we welcome new clients? Are we warm and inviting when we onboard them into our organizational family?

How do we welcome new vendors and partners? Do we make them feel like part of the team?

Now let’s take this concept a step further and enter into our mind and mentality:

How do we welcome new ideas and concepts? Are we eager to try new things or stuck in the muck of complacency and sameness?

How do we welcome adversity? Do we consider the opportunities from those challenges and setbacks or do we allow ourselves to go down without a fight?

How do we welcome change? Do we find enjoyment in trying new things or do we cling to the sacred cows of our lives (both business and personal) and waste energy, time, and opportunity?

Welcoming is a mindset. If open to it, you will build better relationships with the people around you while opening up a world of growth opportunities for yourself.

Quote of the Day:

“I want to live my life, not record ir.”

~ Jackie Kennedy Onassis

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Extra Points: Of Bush & Marley

Dan_Weedin_022I admit it.

Until recently, I took for granted the legacy of George H.W. Bush. In the 1980s, I voted for him as part of the Reagan ticket. I also voted for him for President. I knew him as a long-time politician and patrician. I knew he was a contemporary of my parents and like my dad, served in World War II.

It was when I read Flags of Our Fathers a decade ago that a new view of George Bush emerged. The book detailed his war record, his rescue in the Pacific, and his deep sense of grief for the loss of his fellow pilots 50 years previous. The author also wrote about Bush’s deep-rooted loyalty and love for his family, and the reciprocity by them.

This was never more evident that at his funeral last week. While there was much adulation for his public service, the memories and stories of him as a family man and human were ubiquitous. His care and concern for people crossed party lines and was seen clearly in the faces of his family and friends.

Then my mind did a crazy thing as it often does; I thought about another funeral that gets recreated this time each year. One of my all-time favorite movies is Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol. In my mind, I pictured the Patrick Stewart-played Scrooge attending the funeral of his business partner Jacob Marley. Outside of the Reverend and one other, Scrooge was the only attendee. We know the rest of the story.

Here’s my point: we all traverse life with the constant opportunity to touch people and change lives. Marley and Scrooge (until his reclamation) chose to be selfish; to be uncivil; and to bring sadness and despair in their “touch.” Bush was clearly a husband, father, and grandfather first. In spite of what must have been an incredibly busy life, he found the ability to touch his family, his colleagues from both parties, and his friends in incredible ways.

Whether one cared for George H.W. Bush as President, there seems to be nary a person that didn’t respect and like him as a human. Bottom line: this season of the year is always a good time for reflection. Watching the Bush funeral reminds me to continue to set high standards not only on myself professionally, but even more so as a human. I hope this brief memo might cause you to do the same.

After all, as Jacob Marley reminds us, “mankind is our business.”

Quote of the Day:

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you don’t know.”

~ Harry S. Truman

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The key to personal and professional improvement is accountability. My mentoring and coaching program has availability. Contact me at dan@danweedin.com or (360) 271-1592 to apply.

Extra Points: Muscle Memory

Dan_Weedin_022When I coached high school basketball, one of the concepts I taught was muscle memory. In changing fundamental mechanics – like shooting a basketball – it takes 21 consecutive days to create “muscle memory.” If you stop the consecutive and consistent training when trying to change mechanics, you will lose all you gained and will have to re-start the process. Muscle memory is a crucial concept in changing mechanics in sports.

The concept is the same in your business and in your personal life.

What changes do you want to make in your business? Ask for more referrals? Improve communication skills for leaders? Grow your skills or “smarts” in your industry? Regardless of whether you want personal improvement or that of your employees, implementing long-term improvement while optimizing your investment of time and money requires daily discipline. Just like muscle memory of 21 days is necessary to change basketball shooting skills, daily discipline around change is also a requirement for changed business practices.

While we are talking about change implementation, the concept applies to our personal lives. Eating healthier, increasing hours of sleep, exercising more, and advancing skills (e.g. learning a new language) might be on your list. No matter what you want to do better, if you want to create a better life it takes more than simply identification. It requires muscle memory.

Time to flex those muscles…

Quote of the Day:

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

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The key to personal and professional improvement is accountability. My mentoring and coaching program has availability. Contact me at dan@danweedin.com or (360) 271-1592 to apply.