Insider View on Betsy & Dan 1 – The R-O-I of Y-O-U

Here is a 9-minute cut from an hour long event. It’s the first episode of 3 by Betsy Jordyn and me on branding strategy for consultants, business coaches, entrepreneurs, and small business owners.

You can get this entire episode, plus the next 2 for free. All you have to do is log on to the Betsy & Dan page on this blog and register. Easy peazy…

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Who’s the Boss?

This week’s focus point…Who’s the Boss?Dan Weedin Unleashed-40

I recently had a conversation with someone regarding an opportunity to improve their skills and boost their growth and revenue with a very small investment. They work in sales for a company that allots them a budget for professional development. This individual declined to move forward because they didn’t have enough room in the budget and couldn’t be reimbursed by the company.

Here’s your revelation for the week…

You OWN your your personal growth and development both in business and as a human being. You take personal risks with your investments every day with your 401K or other retirement plans. Why not make the same investments with your own time and finances on something even more valuable – you?

This is a consistent theme I see from those that are employed by others. Entrepreneurs are used to paying for themselves because they have no other place to go for funds. Employees often get the misguided notion that somebody else should foot the bill for their improvement. I was guilty as charged when I was an employee, so I feel confident in that statement. In the end, take responsibility for your own personal and professional development. Invest in tools, resources, workshops, programs, and coaches that will rapidly advance your condition and not only return your financial investment quickly, but also return a just as important metric, ROT (Return on Time) as rapidly.

You are the boss. Act like it…

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This week’s quote –

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

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Extra Points – Drum Beats

This week’s focus point…Drum BeatsDan Weedin Unleashed-40

This past Saturday I attended my monthly meeting of the Sons of the American Revolution. The program was fascinating. It was about the fife and drum corp during the Revolutionary War and how their music was part of the strategic plan for the army. I also learned that many colloquialisms emerged from that corp.

For instance, “marching to the beat of your own drum” comes originally from that time. You see, the drums would announce all movements and activities to the soldiers. They were told when to wake up, when to eat, when to march, when to go to bed, and everything in between based on the drum beat. When the drum “called,” they jumped into action! So when one marches to beat of their own drum, it implies someone that doesn’t fall into ranks and goes their own way. Basically, it’s your original outlier.

Many people march to the beat of someone else’s drum whether they recognize it or not – By acquiescing to conformity for fear of failure or rejection; by staying in a dead end job or career because it’s they don’t think they can’t do anything else; by doing the same activities every single day just out of rote repetition – these are all examples of marching to someone else’s drum without questioning why.

No matter what your career – entrepreneur, executive or employee – you get to beat your own drum. Succumbing to conventionality without considering your own talents, skills, and passions will relegate you to being mired in a trap that is difficult to get out of.

Maybe it’s a good thing for all of us to occasionally check and see to whose drum we are listening to, and if it’s time to turn the beat around.

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This week’s quote –

~ Ernest Hemingway

No Weedin Unleashed today. I have business in Seattle and have opted to take my lovely and talented wife out to lunch. We will return to the airwaves next Monday. Thanks for your understanding!

Within Decay…Rebirth

58842030-Dan+Weedin+%22Unleashed%22-30I’m thrilled and honored to be today’s guest columnist on Alan Weiss’s blog, Alan’s Blog. The blog is geared to consultants, speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs. Today’s blog article is about how in your own business and career (just like in nature) that within decay, there is rebirth.

Please read and share your comments here on my blog…or on his!

Read Article on Alan’s Blog

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