Archive | July, 2010

In Trouble? Where do I turn? Who do I call?

29 Jul

You know, Charlie, life’s like a deck chair. Some people place their deck chair so they can see where they’re going. Some turn it around to see where they’ve been. Others, Charlie, place their deck chair right in the middle of the action to see what’s going on all around them.” Charlie sighs and says, “I’m just trying to get mine unfolded!” —Charles M. Schulz

Some of us are a lot like Charlie…We’re so busy just dealing with job and life issues that we can forget some of the important things so essential to who we truly are.  Perhaps it’s a distant dream, a sensation that keeps popping up, but it’s been so long since you’ve consciously thought about it that you no longer connect the sensation to the dream. Too many have gotten sidetracked and forgotten their original dream, and are now spending their lives doing derivative work. This memory lapse has become epidemic. Where do I turn? Who do I call?

Power of WHO Tips

Stop immediately and call a ‘WHO’ friend.”  

What’s a “WHO” friend?

  • A “WHO” friend will call a halt to fearful thinking by insisting you stop listening to your own negative self-talk. In the face of those lies they will start speaking truth, the truth about your value and uniqueness, the truth about your accomplishments, and the truth about the value of your dreams and goals.
  • A “Who” friend will intercept you on the dark path you’ve taken and redirect your steps back on to the path of light. They know you, care for you, and will remind you that you have a future and a hope.
  • A “Who” friend knows your true identity and won’t let you forget it. When the “Power of Forgetfulness” tries to roll in—you need your “Who.”
  • It’s interesting to look back and see how the patterns woven into the fabric of our circumstances have led us to where we are now. But if you’re going to fulfill your destiny in life you’re going to need some wise friends and advisers to help you see a vision of your future that, perhaps, you can’t see yourself or you just plain forgot…

Big interview ahead? Pick your references carefully. Here’s 5 tips!

13 Jul


One of the biggest names in college basketball coaching called me on behalf of a candidate. The only problem was that the big-time coach mispronounced the guy’s name that he supposedly knew so well. Ouch! I wasn’t impressed. As a matter of fact, it had the opposite effect. Pick your references carefully.

Power of WHO Tips

  1. Having people who barely know you make calls on your behalf is risky. It’s a potential minefield simply because you don’t know how the people you’re using as references are being perceived on the other end.  So, tread lightly and choose wisely.
  2. If you happen to know the hiring person’s best friend or boss/mentor—now that’s gold! Doing the research to find out if you know any friends or associates of the hiring executive is time well spent.
  3. There’s another unseen danger with references. Having worked with thousands of candidates during the last thirty years, I can confidently predict that if you give me six or seven references, one of them will trash you. It really hurts to know that the person who trashed you is a name you gave as a reference. That one bad reference could cost you your Dream Job.
  4. Make sure that all the names you provide as personal references come only from your “Who” friends.
  5. Having great references, endorsements, and testimonials are your most powerful allies. When someone else says you’re great, you are! So choose your references carefully and you won’t have to toot your own horn.

Get Yourself a Library Card!

8 Jul

I Made A Huge Mistake earlier in my life by not reading more.

Whatever Your Age, I want to encourage you to read, read, and read as much as you can! I once heard Jim Rohn (one of the top motivational speakers in the country) say: everything you need for your better future and success has already been written. And guess what? It’s all available. All you have to do is go to the library.

But Would You Believe that only three percent of the people in America have a library card? Wow, they must be expensive!  No, they’re free.  And there’s probably a library in every neighborhood.”

I’m Now the Proud Owner of a Library Card. Do yourself an enormous favor. Join the ranks of the three percent today! It’s probably not a coincidence that three percent of the country possesses 97 percent of the wealth.  All the success books I’ve read agree with Jim–“There is no difference between someone who can’t read and one who chooses not to read. They both end up the same—ignorant.”

 5 Power of WHO Tips on Why You Should Read?

  1. Your Brain is a muscle. Giving it a daily reading workout –makes it sharper & you smarter! We all want to be smarter don’t we?
  2. Read me a story Dad! Yes, by all means-Do it! Reading out loud to your kids builds an emotional bond that will last a lifetime! Don’t miss this opportunity! It’s your time-just the two of you!
  3. Study after study show- The most well read of course are– the most successful!
  4. What’s crazy good about reading is that the books you will come to love to read will actually become your friends, counselors, mentors and advisors! We all need them!
  5. Finally, reading helps you learn how to “Connect”. You see, knowing interesting stories about; history, politics, sports, arts, animals, cars,  etc… will make you more interesting! People gravitate to those who are thought provoking, stimulating, creative and inspiring! So! Looking for a Job/Big Sale/Need a Date/A Richer Life? My Tip–Start Reading/Get a Library Card!