Archives December 2016

2017 and hitting the big fat RESET button!

It's time for a massive year of wins! (Credit iOS)

It’s time for a massive year of wins! (Credit iOS)

It’s 3:08PM as I write this blog and in less than 9 hours it shall be 2017. I am pumped for next year with a sense of well-founded optimism.

My biggest gains came through in late 2016 with great improvements to my marketing kicking in and delivering massive results. I quite like that in the respect that some of my earlier years I would approach the following year with a sense of foreboding.

For you it may be fear, hope or even a sense of neutrality. To be straight up with you all; to a point it doesn’t matter what results you got in 2016 in that 2017 is another year.

You may have brought in a stack of wins and my reaction to that is:

– “You’re awesome, however you must go even harder and bring in more in 2017”

You may have had lots of losses and are bummed out (been there). My reaction to that is:

– “You’re awesome, however it’s time to dig deep and get some wins in next year”

Either way, the New Year gives us all the same opportunity in time. Regardless of our wealth, emotional strength, support, skin colour, religious orientation or even if we are pro awesome Trump; we all have the same amount of time in 2017.

What I have been doing and I strongly advocate is sitting back and really thinking through all of your wins and losses in 2017. “Why did they happen and what can you learn from them?” is the key operative question I keep asking myself.

It’s really important to reflect on that so those answers influence your play for a massive year.

Talking Marketing in more detail too; which strategies brought in the bacon for you? For me it was high value networking events, running events, Facebook, Email Marketing and meeting people one on one. That knowledge is what I am going to double up on and build on near year.

My advice and thinking? Get ready on both tangible and emotional levels to win big in 2017. That is exactly my plan with an expanding family and lots of items on my bucket list that must be resolved ASAP.

Love your work, thanks for the read, stay awesome and god bless you!

P.S. Thank you iOS and Apple for the inspiration on this one!

Learning from Master TROLLS at the Russian Embassy

Don't mess with the Russian's Comrade Obama!

Don’t mess with the Russian’s Comrade Obama! (Credit – Russian Embassy UK Twitter Page)

After cooking breakfast, lots of ironing, cleaning and the like (typical on a day off for me); I sat down and thought ‘Oh Cawd! What am I going to blog about today?’

Facebook was quickly to the rescue on this one with what has been one of the most ironically funniest posts I have seen in a long time. The Russian Embassy is trolling the Obama Administration.

If you haven’t heard the news, basically the Democrats, Obama and the Mass Media are blaming all the ills in the world on the ‘Russians’.

The Russians hacked this, the Russians did this, the Russians hit me, the Russians ate my homework etc. I think what really ticked off the Obama Regime and the Democrats was Putin standing up to him and doing his best to influence the election with anything from supporting Trump right through the stories pumped out by RT (‘Russia Today’).

With forgetting that the Ex-Soviets have some of the best firepower in the world for the moment; it’s hilarious watching Russians do what Russians to well – give it back by trolling and making fun of their foes.

Let that sink in for the moment; you have one of the world’s superpowers (remember they got into space first) taking to Twitter to attack via humiliation the President of the US. It’s pretty funny actually in the respect that everyone is talking about it and what can the Obama Regime do about it?

Just reporting on it makes the US establishment look silly and on a further note it makes Trump even stronger.

My lessons from the awesome Russian Embassy? Sometimes in business and life you can get pitted against an organisation, person or an agenda. I remember in Australia us collectively fighting the oppressive Carbon Tax and later on Julia Gillard herself. Our key weapon wasn’t the facts; it was ridicule.

Facts are important and the basis of anything, however when you are going after the establishment or another faction you need a mixture of moves. Facts, ridicule, jokes – anything that is fun that brings light to your issue and makes the opposition look silly. Remember that no one is immune to trolling, not even the President himself 🙂

Talking you and me in business there are lots of lessons from this. Of course be nice to people and the like, but is there something silly in the world you can pick on with fun to make yourself known and win the game?

Hmm…It’s got me thinking.

Love your work Russia and thank you for the read!

The marketing power of positivity, strength and magnetism

Donald Trump's Positive Campaign - results speak all!

Donald Trump’s Positive Campaign – results speak all!

You don’t need me to tell you 2016 was one of the craziest years in living memory. When we thought it was over; Carrier Fisher passed on, the United Nations is in big trouble with Israel and the US with lots of chaos going on.

I can understand how people get caught up into the negativity and it’s critical that we stay out of that web. Once we let the media, the ills of the world and the like latch onto our mind – it can be easy to stay in that mode (talking from personal experience on that one).

Bringing it back to marketing; I rarely see people succeed with ‘negative marketing’. This is when you talk through massive pain, issues or take the ‘if you don’t buy this path, you are in trouble thinking’.

It was quite massive a few years back especially in the Coaching & Mentoring spaces, but understandably it generated a massive push back. Whenever I have been ‘negative’ in my own marketing it has been met with rightful critique, push back and people just never liked it.

One great example was the historic loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. If you look at Hillary’s Twitter or FB (which are still up) and scroll back; it was such a downer. Everything was bad about the world, Trump was the cause of all of societies challenges and you / me / everyone are racists / sexists / misogynistic if we don’t get on the Hillary bandwagon.

Then you scroll to Trump’s pages. Sure, he does chew people out – however most of his posts are gleaming with positivity. He is either talking about ‘Making America Great Again’, how wonderful Law Enforcement are, the honour of meeting with Bill Gates, why his children are fantastic and the job results he wants to bring in when he is in office.

It was very positive and the world ultimately bought it. He’s in and politics and marketing are incredibly similar. After all, he has never been a politician but he is an incredible marketer. Perhaps the world’s best?

The point being is that being positive, magnetic, can do and talking about what you can give / create is everything. Of course it’s good to talk about the problem and be honest about negative things – but don’t build your campaign on it.

Primarily negative campaigns have their place in say Road Safety, Government Messages and the like but rarely work in what we do. It also runs the risk too of getting push back.

For example, I saw this ad on FB telling me how the world’s oceans are filling up with plastic and it’s all my fault. It then had a great message about its recyclable options but by then it had lost me. It would have been better to not actually blame me / the audience for the problem and focus more on the solution.

My advice and thinking? Be the glowing sign of positivity. Talk about how you will solve massive negative problems with your positive glow.

People love it. They follow you. They don’t feel guilty – they in fact love it. Think through your messaging and approach; make it upbeat in your own unique way.

Love your work, thank you for the read and thank you Donald Trump and co. for the inspiration on this one.

Guest blog from Paul Simos: “The Spiritual Game of Business”

Paul Simos in the flesh and totally in the zone.

Paul Simos in the flesh and totally in the zone.

I am very blessed to know the awesome Executive Mentor Paul Simos all the way from Vietnam. He is an Aussie who lives over there that helps ex-pats and high profile locals achieve the ‘big vision’ in their lives. Paul puts amazing posts on Facebook that really get you thinking on a deeper level and I am impressed at his ‘Spiritual’ side of business.

This guest blog is amazing and enjoy:

The Spiritual Game of Business:

Imagine you are working with a full book of lovely delicious clients. They are all so easy going in the fact that they listen to your advice, take action, pay their fees on time and when you are working with them it’s like spending valuable time with your best mate.

Now, is this the type of experience that many business owners are enjoying most days?

Is this following scenario closer to home? You’re struggling to find clients and when you do find them they are usually the ones that no one else wants. They are high maintenance, complain a lot and you feel stressed and guilty about reminding them to pay their long overdue bills. You start to believe that you’re not worth decent clients and when you take a loss from a major customer you start to entertain the idea of shutting the business down.

So what does all of this have to do with the Spiritual Game of Business?

Simply put, our businesses are an extension of who we are. Our Business will reflect back to us what we are doing wonderfully well and not so well. Our business will reflect back to us what thinking and behaviour we must change, what new procedures we need to adopt.

It’s all feedback for us to correct our thinking and behaviour to increase our own awareness and results.

Let’s take the example of using Facebook as a marketing tool for 2 businesses in the same industry. Is FB working well for some businesses? Yes. Alternatively, is not working well for other businesses? Yes. So we have evidence in reality of 2 different results in the same industry.

This is feedback about our results on FB.

What I have found over the years working with numerous C level business owners and managers is that strategy is important but more so is their MINDSET.

Once you have a powerful strong MINDSET that FB (this example) will work for your business you will find the right strategy to get the results.

Success in Business and life comes down to Psychology – 80% and Mechanics – 20%

I have coached clients who truly believed that FB does not work for them. Once we were able to shift that MINDSET their behaviour and results started to change immediately, that’s how quick it can be.

Change the way you see the world (Paradigm shift) and your behaviour becomes less resistant to achieve your desired results.

The more effort we spend working on ourselves using business and life as a feedback mechanism to correct our thinking and behaviour our desired results will be forth coming.

Action Steps:

Pick one part of your business or life where you would like to increase your results.

–          List 5 major beliefs you have in that area.

–          Choose one of those beliefs you would like to change.

–          Create the new belief that you would like to adopt.

–          Keep that new belief on the top of your mind for the next 7 days.

–          Think, breathe and talk about this new belief.

–          Observe your behaviour and results change as your new belief takes hold.

We all have unlimited power inside of us to Co-create into our lives all that we want.

“Those who go within, never go without”

About Paul:

Paul Simos is an Executive Life Coach / Health Coach / Mentor working with C level business owners and managers in person and via Skype. He works with people’s behaviour using NLP, Hypnosis and many other supportive tools & techniques to overcome limiting beliefs and installing new positive beliefs to create the desired outcomes for his clients.

To learn more about Paul’s work visit www.bigvisionlifecoach.com, Paul Simos FB or email paul@bigvisionlifecoach.com

The impact of Carrie Fisher on my life #RipCarrieFisher

RIP Carrie Fisher. Love your work! (Image Credit - The Force Awakens)

RIP Carrie Fisher. Love your work! (Image Credit – The Force Awakens)

I am very upset as I write this article. I bet you already know, the tragic news of Carrie Fisher has come out.

From being a young boy and telling my mum at the cinemas how ‘pretty’ Carrie Fisher is right through to admiring her brilliance in fighting for equality; she has been one of those amazing people that has made a massive impact on my life.

I am of course a big Star Wars fan and it was an honour to see her in the recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Seeing her make what now was her final come back was not only an honour – like Sir Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars; it brought that serious sense of credibility to the film.

Carrie Fisher has been one of those actresses who was brilliant and obviously had some troubled times. What I found amazing about her was how open, honest and free thinking she was in what she dealt with.

In short, she was an amazing entertainer and human being that brought these three things to my own life.

– Equality: In a time where women still had meek roles in films, she was the beautiful – yet butt kicking Princess. Definitely paved the way for Sigourney Weaver to pick up a Pulse Rifle some time later.

– Transparency: She was one of the earliest actresses to come clean and discuss the problems of addictions and drugs faced in Hollywood and abroad. It takes guts to really come through and talk about your problems.

– Inspiration: I always found that Carrie herself was pretty much who she played as Princess / General Leia. Tough, fighting the system and being out to protect the underdog.

So thank you Carrie Fisher and #RIPCarrieFisher

You rock. Love your work and you shall be eternal!

Having a baby: “5 Stars to Westmead Private Hospital” – Part 1

I had a carpet picnic with my new friend 'Jacqui Lambie' - Westmead Private Hospital rocked!

I had a carpet picnic with my new friend ‘Jacqui Lambie’ – Westmead Private Hospital rocked!

It’s 3:02PM and I am back at home sitting at my PC. About 3 metres to my left is my wife and new daughter both getting some well-deserved rest on the couch.

I think they totally deserve it. I didn’t even give birth and it’s been an arduous experience for me and I am the first to declare that I will never understand what it’s like having a baby.

What I do understand though is how amazing Westmead Private Hospital was. We were there for a good 4 days and although I didn’t sleep over there; from my viewpoint it was like I was living there.

The first day is very ‘where am I’ and by day two or three – you get into the swing of things. You start getting to know people, you build your own routine and people start taking a liking to you as they get to trust you / like you.

This included a range of adventures from learning about what nurses do on a daily basis, getting lost and wandering into other wards and seeing the going on’s and even watching whole massive families (talking 15+) celebrating Christmas in the atrium (I was even given some amazing Tiramisu, another story for another time).

For what is a challenging experience for everyone, I really got a feel of it and on day 3; at times it felt like home and I even started to forget my old life. I think for me to get that engaged into an environment is testament to how well it’s run.

I am saying that a ‘hospital’ felt like home. Let that sink in for a minute.

Westmead Private Hospital were just amazing and I loved them from multiple viewpoints. Here are the 5 x reasons I why I think they deserve 5 stars:

– Staff: The staff are very good, kind and patient. Even at the end, the ladies on front admin helped us figure out for the first time a crazy baby seat (they are really hard you know!).

– Food: The food quality at Westmead Private is counter stereotype and you can’t fault it. Fresh bread, well cooked food, salads provided and the dessert portions are generous.

– Noise control: Hospitals are noisy places and you can manage the noise really well. If you shut the door on your room, you won’t hear a thing.

– Pleasant atrium: This was actually quite well done in Westmead Private in that the hospital is almost a square / rectangle with cover over the middle. You get lots of natural light, but it’s a good 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (even with it getting up to 38 degrees Celsius outside). For my US friends, it was quite pleasant at a nice 65 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

– Parking: As a dad I was going in and out all the time. Parking was never an issue – even in the peak before Christmas hit. You can also get a parking pass to give you unlimited access in and out.

Overall it was a great experience and Westmead Private is part of the Ramsay Health Group. They own lots of private hospitals across town and that is no accident.

They are really good and with quality like that; you’d expect it to grow into a massive business.

So if you are expecting and in this part of town, I would highly recommend Westmead Private. I would also bet too that any part of the Ramsay Health Group would hold up to similar standards (if you are say in another part of Sydney).

Love your work, thank you Westmead Private. Touch wood we shall be back in 6 to 12 months (lol).

Making the system work for you: “Understanding” – Part 1

Living at the hospital has got me thinking about surviving and fitting in anywhere...

Living at the hospital has got me thinking about surviving and fitting in anywhere…

It’s 2:41PM and I am with my growing family now and it’s a great feeling. We are still at the hospital for a few more days till we get out. The hospital now feels like home as it’s been a while and it has me thinking about how to make places work for you.

I have always been a lone solider / wanderer most of my life. It’s a very strange (yet awesome feeling) being part of an actual family structure and it has me reflecting on my life over the years.

I originally joined the Army as a Combat Engineer when I was 19 and at the age of 24; I left Melbourne to go to Hobart for a great job opportunity.

After being on my own for extended periods of time and going into different environments, occupations and structures I started to really understanding ‘Social Systems’ and how things work. I would have ‘nothing’ to go back too so my own survival would come from understanding how to thrive in new environments I am not from.

Humans are tribal creatures naturally and when we live in structured systems such as university, the workplace and the like. In each of these environments, people get to together and everyone has different roles and responsibilities. People at the top and of course many more at the bottom.

Usually you then get the ‘have’s’ and ‘have nots’ in the structure and when you start off at the bottom in any social system you are most likely the ‘have not’.

This inspired me on many levels in life and got me thinking about how to get the upper hand. When I first started in business, I was at the bottom and clearly a ‘have not’. These days I would consider myself in the middle of the ladder when it comes to Marketing Mentors & Coaches across Sydney and in terms of going up the latter – it starts with understanding the system you are in.

Talking Entrepreneurship and what I do; the power of Sydney really lies in the Business Chambers. You get the people running it, the inner circle, the outer circle and the people who are closer to the centre make more money (pure and simple).

For me and my own lessons is that the first step is understanding how things work and who does what in a given situation. To understand your environment I like to ask key questions such as:

– Who are the movers & shakers?

– Where is the money?

– How can I get to people with the money?

– What must I do to create interest in my services?

– How can I help people to get them on-board?

– How can I get accepted and be part of the fabric?

I have found many ways of doing this from inviting people to chambers, buying lots of lunches for people, giving away cool coffee cups and being as generous as possible.

It’s just worked and it’s a great one.

My advice and thinking friends? Before you plot your take over a system really understand it first. Figure out how you can fit into a given situation and where you can place yourself so it’s great for you.

To better you can work in an environment is the more likely you will get what you want. So go hard and understand before you take over.

Love your work, thanks for the read and stay awesome!

Merry Christmas 2016: My wins & losses for the year!

It's been a great year and I have to thank Donald Trump for his inspiration. Loved it (Image Credit to Alabama Today)

It’s been a great year and I have to thank Donald Trump for his inspiration. Loved it (Image Credit to Alabama Today)

Awesome friends; its 3:08PM and I am sitting downstairs in the beautiful atrium at Westmead Private Hospital. My fine wife, new to the world daughter and indefatigable mother in law are resting up and I am blessed.

My year is not only physically but psychologically winding up for me and I am really thinking through and reflecting objectively on my wins and losses.

I did things where I took damage, but did more things where I made massive wins that took things ahead. I actually wanted to share them all with you – straight up and hope it stimulates some profitable reflection in yourself:

3 x Top Wins for 2016:

– Business Networking: Made a lot of money in the Business Chambers and high value networking events. I worked out that I make something like $400 per event that I go to on average.  More of them on the way.

– Facebook Videos, Posts & Ads: Superior technology and it’s made me very powerful beyond belief. I wouldn’t be anywhere without it.

– Workshop Commander: Going hard with events every fortnight has been incredible. New clients, massive exposure and it’s built a real community.

3 x Top Losses for 2016:

– Website: Took too long to get my website fabulous and converting. Got it in the end, but massive wasted opportunity.

– Got complacent with lots of big clients: Got in a stack, thought I was awesome. They finished up all at once, massive hit. Made a come-back, but life sucked for a good month.

– Got used: Fought off the dark troopers towards the end, but still let a few people take me for a ride and waste my time. I got even though, so all good.

My lessons and outlook for 2017?

Business has grown year on year and love it. Very proud of things in the end and for me to win in 2017 I must hit the ground running and go very hard. The more people your brand hits is the better. The more people you meet face to face to better. The more exposure you have the better. All of the little parts just add up and the better we do it the better for everyone.

My advice and thinking? Think through your top Wins & Losses and be really objective about it. Put strategies and ideas in place to give you a massive win.

Love your work, thank you for the read and Merry Christmas.

The joy of becoming more AGILE

Holding 'Maddie' for the first time got me thinking...

Holding ‘Maddie’ for the first time got me thinking…

It’s been a time of great emotions and positivity for us. My awesome wife had our baby yesterday and it’s a baby girl! ‘Maddie’ is her name and it’s an absolute honour.

As a newly found dad, it’s been an experience of a massive emotional depth. From a very stereotyped male reaction of ‘I need to earn more money to pay for this’ right through to a more personal / emotional reaction of bonding with my new daughter; it’s been a great journey.

I have always had more of a business / marketing head about me and I have been thinking about a lot of the business experiences I have learned and applying it to what I going through on a personal level. What keeps coming up for me in that thought process is becoming more ‘agile’ in my thinking and style. Agile is a great word with multiple positive references to anything from project management techniques to being co-ordinated and speedy in what you do.

In terms of my own meaning in what I draw from the term isn’t so much how ‘fast’ I get something done, but how ‘fast I can change’. That is doing the wrong thing say 50% faster isn’t going to make me anymore successful, but doing the right thing (even slower) would make sense.

This experience has got me thinking on a very different level in terms of myself, my maturity and looking at myself with a strong mirror and reflecting on what I am doing well and where I need to lift my game.

It’s actually quite a liberating process in that it’s not a ‘Right / Wrong’ type of battle. I mean who cares if you are wrong right? I’d much rather be winning any day. To be it’s more of a conversation of ‘what do I need to change to make things better?’

The flowing on from that thinking is ‘how do I make the change faster?’

For me and my friends especially it has come from recognising several key concepts; 1) You must change for things to improve, 2) People naturally don’t like change and 3) You must consciously drive it. In fact, the more we drive it the sooner we get what we want.

My advice and thinking? Be more agile and change FASTER. Don’t be like my old self some years back cruising waiting for stuff to happen. It never does unless you MAKE IT.

Change faster, shed bad behaviours and up pick up new behaviours. For me; it’s being more productive, getting less ‘worked up’ and just doing what matters with smile and style.

So thank you Maddie! You already have made an impact on my own thinking.

Now is the time for change. So be ‘wrong’, but win!

Love your work, thanks for the read and stay awesome!

Doing your own thing and WINNING

I met a most likely new coming client yesterday for a great coffee / late light breakfast. I quite liked their energy and as I got to know them, their business and what is going through their mind right now; I was giving them advice and recommendations to kick off their marketing for a new enterprise. Interestingly as we spoke, they brought up key strategies that they have seen with some being done by the 'big shots' of the industry. I was asked and challenged a bit for the way I do certain things in my own business with lots of reasoned questions being asked. What was interesting about this and what I have found is that I have changed many things in my business away from what everyone else is doing. When I started out, I really did follow what the 'big shots' were doing and strangely I found lots of it to actually not work at all. I mean really not work and even lose me money. As I spent time reflecting on this I then did my own thing and then started to get massive results. It happens to many people I know too. They go to a seminar, ‘hear something’ out there and try it and don’t get the results. Equally speaking, we can hear something and dismiss what would have been a strong idea. The salient point being is that just because someone else markets or run their business in a certain way, does not guarantee it will work for us. Some of it may, however it may not work for some very valid reasons.  What is critical in this content is that we use our intelligence and look at what we learn in context. If say someone like a ‘big shot’ (and I mean that term loosely in context) did X marketing activity to get successful; it may not work based on timing. This is especially the case in the online world. Some years ago, you could have just done blogging and conquered SEO / Google by itself. Now, you must be on social media to get the cut through, repetition, traction and also the SEO. My advice and thinking? Please try things. Listen to what you hear out there. Be open minded. Be willing to be ‘wrong’ and try new things. However, don’t just do it without thinking. Really consider what you are doing, how it worked for the person in context and how of course you can adapt it to your own circumstances.  The better you do that, the more likely you shall get wins and reduce your losses. I love small losses (well I don’t like losses at all) and massive wins!  Go hard, win and get ready to kick butt in 2017. Love your work, thanks for the read and stay awesome friends!

Faith and doing it your own way is everything (thank you Eric Cartman and South Park)

I met a new coming client yesterday for a great coffee / late light breakfast. I quite liked their energy and as I got to know them, their business and what is going through their mind right now; I was giving them advice and recommendations to kick off their marketing for a new enterprise.

Interestingly as we spoke, they brought up key strategies that they have seen with some being done by the ‘big shots’ of the industry. I was asked and challenged a bit for the way I do certain things in my own business with lots of reasoned questions being asked.

What was interesting about this and what I have found is that I have changed many things in my business away from what everyone else is doing.

When I started out, I really did follow what the ‘big shots’ were doing and strangely I found lots of it to actually not work at all. I mean really not work and even lose me money. As I spent time reflecting on this I then did my own thing and then started to get massive results.

It happens to many people I know too. They go to a seminar, ‘hear something’ out there and try it and don’t get the results. Equally speaking, we can hear something and dismiss what would have been a strong idea.

The salient point being is that just because someone else markets or run their business in a certain way, does not guarantee it will work for us. Some of it may, however it may not work for some very valid reasons.

What is critical in this content is that we use our intelligence and look at what we learn in context. If say someone like a ‘big shot’ (and I mean that term loosely in context) did X marketing activity to get successful; it may not work based on timing. This is especially the case in the online world. Some years ago, you could have just done blogging and conquered SEO / Google by itself. Now, you must be on social media to get the cut through, repetition, traction and also the SEO.

My advice and thinking? Please try things. Listen to what you hear out there. Be open minded. Be willing to be ‘wrong’ and try new things. However, don’t just do it without thinking. Really consider what you are doing, how it worked for the person in context and how of course you can adapt it to your own circumstances.

The better you do that, the more likely you shall get wins and reduce your losses. I love small losses (well I don’t like losses at all) and massive wins!

Go hard, win and get ready to kick butt in 2017.

Love your work, thanks for the read and stay awesome friends!

P.S. Thank you to Eric Cartman and South Park for your inspiration. You just have to do your own thing!

Cometh now the time for rest

These holidays are a great chance to rest up. Big things ahead and my cat gets it!

These holidays are a great chance to rest up. Big things ahead and my cat gets it!

It’s 3:08PM as I write this fine blog on a Thursday afternoon and I am very excited with a productive & successful year and the fact my awesome wife is most likely going to have our baby tomorrow.

If you know my history and seen the journey of life I have traversed over the past few years, like many it can be a rocky ride at times. Interestingly for my 2016 it has ‘yes’ been rocky; but it has also been my most successful yet!

The first half of the year was extremely challenging business wise in that I made massive changes to the business. It includes a huge upgrade to the website, launching my Awesome Marketing Vault (Online Mentoring) and I really pushed myself to get across the whole of Sydney big time.

The results really have come pilling in at the end of this year with a lot of my previous work kicking in!

I am pumped and many of my great clients and friends have had similar experiences. That is we are winning and it’s been an arduous trek in achieving that. In other words if you ask me the question “Are you winning Ed?” – I would proudly answer “Yes I am and it’s hard!”

Like anything worth achieving it has a level of difficulty, otherwise everyone else would be doing it. Hence that is why you and I are entrepreneurs and we are high achievers. We work hard, we win and we love it!

As now its holiday’s time this is the perfect opportunity to rest up, smile and really think through our plans for 2017. I have been doing exactly that and I am totally pumped with the big opportunities available to all of us next year.

My advice and thinking? Rest up now friend!

2017 is going to rock and you want to be in the zone and setup for massive success. Does this mean get really fat and write yourself off over the holidays? No way J Get fit, get slim do what you need to do.

Thank you again for your support, big things ahead and stay awesome!

Smiling in the steel and concrete jungle

I love Sydney and sometimes you gotta protect your turf!

I love Sydney and sometimes you gotta protect your turf!

This is more or less my last day of meeting clients for the week before Christmas. I am very excited about everything and I actually met a great client and friend for a fantastic lunch just then.

He is an amazing man and after we worked on heavy Sales & Marketing we started sharing ideas and thinking about our lives and what we have been through.

One thing we spoke about was of course being awesome and the tragic (and totally stupid) people that engage in ‘skulduggery’. It’s quite a cool word that I am planning to add to my vocabulary which according to Google means:

skulduggery

underhand, unscrupulous, or dishonest behaviour or activities.

“a firm that investigates commercial skulduggery”

We spoke at length about people that have been shonks and if I think of any of my clients and friends in business; they share many stories like this.

It’s not a positive thing to talk about, but it happens too many of us. Most people are awesome out there; however at times it can equally ‘be a jungle’. It is beautiful, it’s awesome & however there are some critters that will eat you if you let them.

What I have learned over the years is that you must be careful and take action very quickly if something bad is done against you. It can happen in many common ways including:

–          Someone not paying you after taking quality services (they probably had that setup from day one).

–          High school politics which sometimes can play out in networking groups (tragically).

–          Giving someone a referral, that person stuffs it up and then doesn’t take responsibility for the rightfully unhappy client.

–          Someone unethically and wrongly attacks one of your friends / clients / business partners.

–          And so on!

There can be many untoward behaviours and my advice and lessons over the years is to take immediate action. Ignoring it rarely (if never) makes it go away and it’s critical to be proactive.

Also too, it makes people really respect you more and not try anything funny.

My advice and thinking? Your rock! Defend yourself. Speak up and be heard.

Sure there may be fireworks at times but stand your ground and I as long as you have justice and facts on your side I pledge that you will get the upper hand and come out on top.

Love your work, thanks for the read and stay awesome!