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Top 10 Podcasts – 2010 Edition

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A little over a year ago I shared a list of my top 10 podcasts.  The list has become one of the most popular posts on this site.  Over that time some of the podcasts have gotten better, some have gotten worse, and a few have basically disappeared.  On top of that, I have discovered a few new podcasts that are excellent. In this article you will find the updated list!

Podcasts are a fantastic way of learning, being inspired, and for personal growth. They are audio presentations that you download and are able to listen to at your convenience, whether on iTunes or on an iPod (or other Mp3 player).  If you don’t currently listen to any podcasts the first step is to download iTunes.  After subscribing to podcasts, such as the ones listed below, iTunes will automatically download any recent episodes every time you open the program.  I listen to some podcasts directly on my computer and download others to my iPod.

Each of these podcasts can be found by searching for the title in the iTunes store, or by subscribing at the webpage linked to in the title of each podcast.

1. The Daily Boost

This is a powerful motivation podcast from motivationtomove.com. The free podcast is generally a once a week motivating message, that comes out of their daily podcast service for “premium” members.

The message is short, about 10 minutes a day, and provides a powerful personal development tip that motivates you to move forward.  You may consider upgrading to the paid premium membership, the podcasts are that good!  At least check out the free version.

http://www.podanza.com/podcast/the-daily-boost/1f69ac3b897e89089c4df741388ef093/

2. Inspiring Words of Encouragement – Zig Ziglar

Motivational expert Zig Ziglar offers this excellent podcast.  The subject list is diverse within the framework of living a positive life.  Past episodes include tips on success, lessons for salespeople, and even parenting advice.

This podcast is updated every two weeks, and I never fail to be encouraged, inspired, and to learn every episode.  The full archives are available for download also, giving you lots of powerful motivational material.

http://www.podanza.com/podcast/inspiring-words-of-encouragement/45e6042b3698d45c9a06ff1686a395ac/

3. Mosaic – A Community of Faith, Love & Hope

One of two churches that make the list.  I hesitate to call it a church.   Partly because it meets in a night club, and partly because it is nothing like most churches you may have experiences with.

Pastor Erwin McManus is an amazing communicator of God’s word.  He does it in a way that communicates the true message of Jesus.  He speaks of important personal development topics such as work, relationships and money.  Be sure to make your way into the archives of past messages.  My favorite messages that I recommend you check out are entitled, “Fear”, “Work”, and “Everyone Gave”.

http://www.mosaic.org/podcast/

4. Duct Tape Marketing Podcast

John Jantsch, author of the book Duct Tape Marketing, hosts this excellent podcast filled with interviews of marketing experts and entrepreneurs.  It is always informative and helps to keep up to date with trends in the world of marketing, particularly social media and new marketing. These podcasts come approximately once a week and there is a fantastic archive of previous episodes.

http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/podcast.php

5. Harvard Business Review Ideacast

This weekly podcast from the editors of Harvard Business Review shares interviews with the author of an article in the current issues of the Harvard Business Review.  Listening to this podcast allows you to hear about import research in the world of business and get application ideas directly from the author.

http://www.hbsp.harvard.edu/b01/en/hbr/hbr_ideacast.jhtml

6. Help My Business Sucks *video podcast*

This is the only video podcast on my list.  I am not usually as much of a fan of video podcasts because I prefer to listen to podcasts while walking to work or driving.  In spite of that this video podcast is worth subscribing to.  I let a few weeks accumulate at a time and then watch through them during a workout.

This podcast is done by Andrew Lock and focuses on marketing for the small business owner and entrepreneur.  It is an excellently produced piece that includes several different segments in each week’s episode.  The idea is that all decisions an organization makes needs to be tied to marketing.  Lock frequently repeats his theme, “Everything is marketing, and marketing is everything.”

http://helpmybusiness.com/

7. Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

This is a monthly leadership training podcast by leadership expert, author and pastor Andy Stanley.  While the podcast is actually designed for church leaders it is a valuable resource for anyone trying to grow an organization, especially entrepreneurs.  The current series has been on the topic of vision, and it has discussed how to come up with your vision, state your vision clearly, and communicate it to your organization.

To subscribe visit this site: (it is the third podcast listed)
http://www.northpoint.org/podcasts

8. CBC Radio Vinyl Café

Stuart McLean is a master storyteller.  This podcast of his weekly radio show is a fantastic break from the ordinary as it allows you to listen to a master story teller at work. This podcast is a wonderful break for relaxation and stress reduction.  If you are looking for a personal development angle beyond the rest it is this: listening to Stuart will help you become a better storyteller for all of your presentations.

http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/index.html?arts#vinylcafe

9. Mars Hill Bible Church

The second church to make my list is Mars Hill Bible Church from Grand Rapids, MI home of pastor and author Rob Bell.  Because of Bell’s travel schedule normally about half of the teachings are from him and half are from other fantastic guest speakers.  Bell teaches the Bible in a way that helps you open your eyes to the uniqueness of who Jesus is and the type of people he calls us to be.  Again, this is not your typical church.

http://marshill.org/teaching/pcast.php

10. Behind the Leader/ Renegade Profile

This podcast is a series of excellent interviews conducted by Jonathan Fields author of Career Renegade.  The podcast consists of interviews with business leaders and entrepreneurs.  The podcast recently switched from “Renegade Profiles” to “Behind the Leader” in order to focus more on established business leaders.  There are plenty of podcasts to listen through in the back catalogue with all sorts of different entrepreneurs.  The interviews Fields conducts are excellent and thorough, many lasting almost an hour. He asks great questions that really help you get an idea of how these leaders and entrepreneurs think.

You’ll need to go to the iTunes store to subscribe, but you can check out a sample episode here:

http://www.jonathanfields.com/blog/behind-the-leader-mullen-cco-edward-boches/

I hope you find a couple of valuable podcasts from this list.  What did I miss?  What is your favorite?  Be sure to share below!

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The Success Professor – Danny Gamache

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Posted on January 19th, 2010 by The Success Professor  |  3 Comments »

Joining the Conspiracy


This year for Christmas and in the lead up to the day my family will be joining in the conspiracy. This conspiracy is not really a secret, but it is not really that well known either.  It is a conspiracy to change Christmas; I think, to make Christmas more SUCCESSFUL.

The video below will invite you to join the conspiracy.

Note: The video is from a particular faith perspective, however the CONSPIRACY is something that can be participated in by people of any spiritual belief and is not tied directly to any particular organization.

Will you join the conspiracy? Share what you will do differently this Christmas below.

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Posted on December 2nd, 2009 by The Success Professor  |  1 Comment »

The Top 12 People to Follow on Twitter that BusienssWeek Missed

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Last week BusinessWeek released its list of the top 20 people for entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter. While the included some great people in their list, I think they missed some.  So here are the top 12 people to follow that Businessweek missed.  Feel free to extend the list by nominating people you think that both BusinessWeek and I missed!


1. Michael Hyatt, CEO Thomas Nelson Publishers  (@michaelhyatt)

Michael shares excellent success tips, important blog posts, and even gives away a free book from time to time.

Sample Tweet:
“I am reading, “15 Unconventional Uses of #WordPress in Action”: http://bit.ly/2YtVXk (via @wpbeginner, one of my favorite sites)”


2. J. Sewell Perkins (@TheSCIcoach)

J.S. Perkins is a life and business development coach. She shares great quotes, encouragement and advice

Sample Tweet:
“ “The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.” – Henry Ward Beecher”


3. Alex Shalman (@alexshalman)

Alex is a personal development blogger and podcaster.  He has recently entered dental school as he works towards his dreams.  He shares personal updates and professional development advice.

Sample Tweet:
“You’re only lonely when you don’t like who you’re alone with…and Im having a ball :)


4. Leo Babauta (@Zen_Habits)

Leo is the author of “The Power of Less”, and the blog Zen Habits.  He is currently one of the leaders in the A List Blogger Bootcamp. He shares links, advice, and blog posts through Twitter.

Sample Tweet:
“’Prevail. Prevail. Prevail.’ ~David Hieatt”


5. Darren Rowse (@ProBlogger)

Darren Rowse is the well known author of the blogs ProBlogger and Twitip.  He will keep you up to date on the latest happening and advice for bloggers and twitter users.

Sample Tweet:
“I would strongly advise holding off on upgrading to Snow Leopard – or at least make sure you’re completely backed up before upgrading”


6. Tom Ziglar (@TomZiglar)

Tom is the son of Zig Ziglar. On Twitter, he shares great quotes from his dad, and other gems from around the internet.

Sample Tweet
“The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work –if you won’t.Zig Ziglar”


7. Rick Cooper (@RickCooper)

Rick Cooper is an attraction marketing specialist who shares business advice and tips.

Sample Tweet:
“Question of the Day: Do you have a backup plan when your technology fails?”


8. Tony Robbins (@tonyrobbins)

The real Tony Robbins, the motivational speaker and expert. He shares tips, quotes and links to help you stay focused and motivated.

Sample Tweet:
“ “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill”


9. Alejandro Reyes (@Successfool)

Reyes is the author and blogger better known as Successfool. He tweets social media tips and is very interactive.

Sample Tweet:
“Would it be negative to Tweet examples of Cheesy Marketing? Example: “Cheesy: Don’t tag people on FB to get them to see your spam””


10. Christine Hill (@Chillami)

Christine is a social media expert and web designer from Utah.  She shares great tips, quotes and links to important articles.

Sample Tweet:
“”Time & money spent in helping men do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.” Henry Ford”


11. John C. Maxwell (@johncmaxwell)

Leadership expert and author of books such as “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” shares leadership lessons and quotes.

Sample Tweet
““What legacy r u building? “I hope people will remember me as one who was kind & considerate of others” -John Wooden””


12. Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong)

As an athlete rather than an entrepreneur or blogger, Armstrong may appear out of place on this list.  However, following Lance through Twitter gives you an inside look into the life of this inspirational man.

Sample Tweet:
“Done riding. Took 2 decently nasty ‘diggers’. If someone finds my technical skills, please return them, reward offered.”


Who did I miss?  Be sure to share your recommendations below!  Until then, happy Tweeting!

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The Success Professor – Danny Gamache

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Posted on September 1st, 2009 by The Success Professor  |  3 Comments »

10 Steps to Improve Your Twitter Experience


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A few months back I posted an article sharing Ten Easy Steps to Get Started With Twitter. Since then Twitter has experienced substantial growth.  On the flip side, it has also experienced a very low retention rate as 60% of Twitter users don’t return the next month. I believe to most newcomers Twitter feels like massive and messy conversation. They don’t know how to make sense of that mess.  Thankfully a few simple steps can significantly improve your Twitter experience.

Knowing who to follow:

1. Follow people you can learn from

One of the great benefits of Twitter as that many authors, bloggers, and experts from various fields are willing to share what they are thinking about, reading, and interested in.  This allows you to add some extra mentors to your life.  Think about your life goals, and follow people who are experts in that area.

2. Follow people just for fun

Who you follow should not be just based on what is productive for you and your goals.  Follow some people just for fun.  For some of you this might mean following Oprah or your favorite American Idol contestant.  I follow some television personality and athletes.  It’s fun to see what @lancearmstrong will say about the race he just finished.

3. Follow people you would like to get to know

Twitter is a social media.  That means you can look to join conversations.  Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) has described twitter as a party where you need to work the room.  Imagine walking around and joining conversations that interest you.  You can use services such as Twitter Search and Twellow to find people to connect with.  Once you follow them be intentional about building relationships.

4. Follow people who follow you

While there certainly are people who don’t do this, it is very common for people to follow everyone who follows them.  Using services such as Tweetlater this process can become automated.  Doing this gives you more potential for building relationships and finding interesting new people to follow.  Chances are that if they are choosing to follow you, they have some area where your interests connect.

5. Set up groups in TweetDeck to follow these easily

Following a lot of people may seem overwhelming.  Thankfully programs like TweetDeck allow you to track the people you are following easily by placing them into groups.  You can set up multiple groups which will allow you to easily see people that you place in different category.  You may want to have a category for “mentors”, one called “just for fun”, and another called “getting to know”.  Place the people you are following into the appropriate group and you will be easily able to filter through many tweets.

Learn about what and when to tweet:

6. Don’t spend all your time promoting yourself or your business

As you gain followers, you want to look for ways to build relationships, build credibility, and make it so that others are looking forward to your tweets.  One of the surest ways to turn people off is if you are constantly promoting yourself or your business.  Look for ways to contribute to others, not pushing them towards your product over and over again.

7. Retweet valuable material

As you come across valuable tweets from others, be sure to pass these on to people that are following you by Retweeting the information.  Not only will this information be valuable for your followers, the more you retweet others, the more likely people will retweet what you write, helping you spread your message. Social Media expert @Chrisbrogan recommends 15 RTs for every attempt of your own.

8. Share valuable websites (use tool)

When you come across valuable websites, be sure to pass them on to your followers. This process is made simple by using a simple tool called Tbuzz, which allows you to share websites through Twitter with one click.

9. Share fun personal details

Make sure that as you share valuable information and websites, that you also include fun things about yourself.  This gives people glimpses into who you are.  These can be simple things about something fun you are doing, to questions looking for advice.  Give people and idea about who you are and it will serve to deepen the relationships you are building.

10. Tweet periodically throughout the day – not all at once

One thing that is sure to cause people to unfollow you is if you send a bunch of tweets right after another.  This is likely to overwhelm some people and offend others. Instead from time to time throughout the day share a tweet.  Even if it’s just a few times a day, well spaced out tweets that share value with your followers will go a long way to building your credibility and eventually increasing the number of followers you have.

BONUS

11. Don’t get lost in Twitter time

You don’t need to spend all day on Twitter.  Remember that twitter is a tool.  It’s a tool for communicating with others, learning from others, and building relationships.  Don’t let it control you.  Three or four minutes a few times a day is all you need to make a contribution and build relationships on Twitter.

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Posted on May 25th, 2009 by The Success Professor  |  1 Comment »

10 Easy Steps to Get Started with Twitter

Twitter is everywhere.  More and more people around the world are joining Twitter and finding it useful for connecting with friends, growing their business network and for learning.  I joined Twitter just over a week ago and I have already found it to be a useful tool.  I have connected with old friends that I hadn’t talked to in a long time, built some great new relationships, expanded my business reach, and discovered great articles and websites that my friends have shared with me.  You too can benefit from Twitter.

What is Twitter?

In its basic form Twitter is a unique social network that allows people to connect with very brief messages called “tweets”.  Each tweet can be no longer than 140 characters.  You can send a tweet to all of your “followers”, who are people who have selected to get your tweets.  Early on you’ll start with just a few followers, but that will grow to hundreds and even thousands of people as you build your network.  You can also send tweets directly to individuals within your network (kind of like a private email), or as replies to other people, both in public and in private.

Setting up with twitter is easy.  In fact you can do it in these 10 easy steps.

1. Register

Obviously the first step is to register with Twitter.  Simply visit http://www.twitter.com and click the “Get Started – Join” button.  Think for a minute before you register about what name you want to go by.  Do you want to use your real name?  Do you have a blog name that you want to go by?  For example, I go by successprof.   I could have gone by my real name, but I chose my blog name because that is the brand I want to build. One of my goals for being on twitter is building relationships around my brand.

2. Create a Bio

Take some time to fill out all the information in your settings area.  This will be your bio info.  As part of this section you will be given the option to protect your updates.  If you are looking to build your network, DO NOT check this box.  Selecting this will limit who will see your updates.

3. Upload a Photo

Make sure you upload your photo right away.  This will make you seem more real and add personality to your tweets.  Most of the time only a small image will be shown so make sure that your photo is primarily a head shot.  Also be sure your photo looks professional so as to attract the type of people you would like to meet.

4. Find an Add-on for Firefox

If you are using Firefox as your web browser (and I recommend you do!) then getting a Firefox add-on for Twitter will be useful.  There are many Twitter add-ons.  Generally they allow you to get Twitter updates to show up directly within your browser and allow you to update your Twitter feed easily and smoothly.  You can browse through the add-ons here.

5. Get Tweet Deck

The best way to use Twitter is to have Tweet Deck.  Tweet Deck is a software program that allows you to follow Twitter updates easily and quickly. It categorizes them in to replies, direct messages, and all tweets.  It notifies you when new tweets come in and makes them all simple to follow.  You will likely want to turn off the notifications so you can focus more on your work, but when you have time to review the twitter updates this program will save you lots of time.

6. Add a personalized background.

While those with programming experience or lots of time can develop very amazing backgrounds for their Twitter profile, it is also very easy to add a simple personalized background in just a few minutes.  Visit http://www.twitbacks.com/ and you can personalize your background in just a couple of minutes.

7. Start meeting people in areas of interest

Now it’s time to start meeting people.  You do this by “following” people of interest.  Initially look for people who have similar interests to you and to your business.  A good place to start is with Twitter’s Search function. There are a number of Twitter directories you can use to help find people of interest.   Another good place to start is by following bloggers whose blogs you read.  You can follow me here: @successprof.  A good place to start is with Twittip’s 10 Must-Follow People. Once your base of followers grows you can a service called Mr. Tweet to recommend other like-minded people for you to follow.

8. Expand your network

Once you are following a number of people of interest you can find more people of interest by going through the followers lists of some of the people you follow.  For example if you are interested in fitness and are following a top fitness blogger, you will find that the other people following her are also interested in fitness. Now you can go through her followers list looking for interesting people to follow.  A further benefit of following a lot of people is that many of them will also follow you, increasing the number of people who will read you tweets.

9. Contribute something of value.

If you want to grow your network and build relationships through twitter you need to know why people would want to follow you.  Ask yourself, what value can I add through my tweets?  This will be different for everyone.  I look to add value by sharing the personal development activities that I do, sharing interesting web sites that I come across, and giving updates about my blog posts.  The more valuable your tweets, the more followers you will have.

10. Reply to interesting tweets of others.

Finally, get involved in the conversation by replying to interesting tweets of others.  Look for ways to ask questions or answer questions that others have.  This will help you get to know other people and build relationships within your network.

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Posted on December 11th, 2008 by The Success Professor  |  10 Comments »

The Success Professor’s Top 10 Podcast Choices

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This article is a follow up on my popular articles Six Ways to Grow Daily and The Success Professor’s Top 10 Book Choices.

Podcasts are a fantastic way of learning, being inspired, and for personal growth.  They are audio presentations that you download and are able to listen to at your convenience, whether on iTunes or on an iPod (or other Mp3 player).  If you don’t currently listen to any podcasts the first step is to download iTunes. After subscribing to podcasts, such as the ones listed below, iTunes will automatically download any recent episodes every time you open the program.  I listen to some podcasts directly on my computer and download others to my iPod.

Each of these podcasts can be found by searching for the title in the iTunes store, or by subscribing at the webpage linked to in the title of each podcast.

1. Inspiring Words of Encouragement – Zig Ziglar

Motivational expert Zig Ziglar offers this excellent podcast.  The subject list is diverse within the framework of living a positive life.  Past episodes include tips on success, lessons for salespeople, and even parenting advice.

This podcast is updated every two weeks, and I never fail to be encouraged, inspired, and to learn from every episode.  The full archives are available for download also, giving you lots of powerful motivational material.

2. Mosaic – A Community of Faith, Love & Hope

One of two churches that make the list.  I hesitate to call it a church.   Partly because it meets in a night club, and partly because it is nothing like most churches you may have experiences with.

Pastor Erwin McManus is an amazing communicator of God’s word.  He does it in a way that communicates the true message of Jesus.  He speaks of important personal development topics such as work, relationships and money.  Be sure to make your way into the archives of past messages.  My favorite messages that I recommend you check out are entitled, “Fear”, “Work”, and “Everyone Gave”.

3. Dave Ramsey Show Podcast

Financial guru Dave Ramsey and author of the Total Money Makeover (one of my top 10 books!) hosts a national daily radio show that talks about your life and your money.  The podcast is a one hour segment (forty minutes because no commercials!) each day from his radio show.

In this segment Ramsey helps people with life and financial issues, guiding listeners to make a change in how they think about money.  His goal is that “you will live like no one else so later you can live like no one else.”

4. The Daily Boost

This is a powerful motivation podcast from motivationtomove.com   The free podcast is generally a once a week motivating message, that comes out of their daily podcast service for “premium” members. Currently they are sharing the top 10 messages of the year with all free subscribers.

The messages are short, about 10 minutes a day, and provide a powerful personal development tip that motivates you to move forward.  I am considering upgrading to the paid premium membership, the podcasts are that good!  At least check out the free version.

5. Duct Tape Marketing Podcast

John Jantsch, author of the book Duct Tape Marketing, hosts this excellent podcast filled with interviews of marketing experts and entrepreneurs.  It is always informative and helps to keep up to date with trends in the world of marketing, particularly social media and new marketing. These podcasts come approximately once a week and there is a fantastic archive of previous episodes.

6. Alex Shalman Podcast

Alex Shalman’s personal development podcast is an outgrowth of his excellent blog.  This podcast is a weekly podcast that interviews people on the topic of personal development.  Alex asks excellent questions that give you an insight into how successful people think about their lives.  This podcast is brand new and that is the only reason it isn’t ranked higher on my list.  If the quality continues as it has in its first few weeks it will quickly move up my ranks.  The podcast is weekly and comes every Monday.

7. Meeting House Podcast

The second church service on our list is led by pastor Bruxy Cavey.  Bruxy is the author of the book “The End of Religion” which might give you a pretty good picture as to why this church is so unique.  They consider The Meeting House as the irreligious church.  Bruxy is an excellent communicator and speaks on many relevant issues of today including topics such male/female differences, the God debate, and even a series called The Secret Revealed.

8. CBC Radio Vinyl Café

Stuart McLean is a master storyteller.  This podcast of his weekly radio show is a fantastic break from the ordinary as it allows you to listen to a master story teller at work. This podcast is a wonderful break for relaxation and stress reduction.  If you are looking for a personal development angle beyond the rest it is this: listening to Stuart will help you become a better storyteller for all of your presentations.

9. Harvard Business Review Ideacast

This weekly podcast from the editors of Harvard Business Review shares interviews with the author of an article in the current issues of the Harvard Business Review.  Listening to this podcast allows you to hear about import research in the world of business and get application ideas directly from the author.

10. Maximum Impact Podcast

This podcast from the leadership experts at Maximum Impact (John Maxwell’s company) provides excellent lessons on leadership.  It is filled with interviews and insights with each episode feeling like a diverse radio show.  Unfortunately they have not released a new issue in several months.  That is the only reason this podcast slipped so low in my rankings.  It is well worth going through the archives and catching up on previous episodes.

I hope you get as much out of these podcasts as I do.  Now it’s your turn.  Did I miss any?  What are your favorite podcasts, and why?  Share in the comments below!

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Posted on December 9th, 2008 by The Success Professor  |  4 Comments »

Do the Extraordinary

As a follow up to my recent post sharing my Favorite TED talks, I wanted to share another great lecture I came across.

Tim Ferriss, author of the Four Hour Work Week, one of my Top 10 Book Choices, spoke at The Do Lectures (a conference designed to inspire people to DO exceptional things).

Here is the video, followed by my 10 observations from the lecture.

1. When perceived difficulty of a task is high; fewer people will try it, thus making it easier -  This is why Tim challenges people to set big goals that everyone else things is impossible.  If everyone thinks things are impossible or unattainable, that very perception will make the task easier.

2. Set big, world changing, goals – Because of point #1, you should set big goals that will allow you in some way to change the world.

3. Design clear actionable steps – Whatever goals you have, you need to create clear actionable steps around that goal.  This fits very closely with the Getting Things Done plan of defining the next action step for each project you are working on.  Break down your world changing goals into clear actionable steps.

4. Don’t believe people who say you can’t do it – If you are doing something that is perceived to be impossible, you will have lots of people who will say it is impossible.  Realize that they are wrong, and don’t listen to them.  Instead, surround your people who have already done it, or who will encourage you.

5. Only listen to people who have done it, who have accomplished the impossible – The people you should listen to are the ones who have already accomplished something impossible.  If someone has done the impossible thing that you want to do, then that person is first.  If no one has done the thing you want to do, look for people who have done similar impossible things.  Tim calls these people the “Dark Horse Role Models”.

6. You need to be able to recruit people to help you – If you set a big enough goal you will need to be able to recruit people to get your message out.  Interestingly, small goals will draw very few supporters, but big world-changing goals will be easier to recruit people to help you.

7. Think exponentially and not linearly – As you work towards achieving your big goals think about exponentially.  Think about big gains, not small gains.  Think about big growth that people can get excited about joining in on.

8. Convert lack of resources into strengths –  Tim suggests “writing down the positives about whatever you view as your negatives.”  Once you start to look at those areas as strengths you can capitalize on those areas.  Whatever your weaknesses are, there are strengths corresponding strengths in the marketplace.

9. Make your message really clear – This is an important principle in any type of communication. Tim says, “people can hate you or dislike you but they shouldn’t be confused by your message.”  The crux of a clear message is giving the audience a clear actionable next step.

10. Create fun competition – One way to encourage activity amongst the people you have recruited is to create fun competitions.  People like competition, and some people – particularly people who already get things done – will do far more simply because of a competition.

Here is Tim’s Post about the lecture.

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Posted on October 24th, 2008 by The Success Professor  |  No Comments »

Drastic Changes in Beijing – Motivation & Results


The Olympic Flame on a Smog-free Day in Beijing

The Olympic Flame on a Smog-free Day in Beijing

One of the most remarkable parts of my Olympic experience was to see the drastic changes that have taken place in Beijing – many even over the past year. When I arrived in Beijing for the Olympics it was only 13 months since my previous visit, and yet in many ways it was a very different city. These changes show the results that can come from having a clear goal, a deadline and strong motivation.  There were many significant changes to be seen.

Changes in Beijing

  • New Airport Terminal – $3.5 billion terminal, bigger than the city currently needs, and complete with a full-time attendant/cleaner in each restroom.

  • Trees, Trees and Trees – planted millions of trees, particularly lining important roads

  • Lots of fresh paint – almost every apartment building was painted

  • Walls around ugly areas – walls were built surrounding construction sights and slum areas

  • Beautiful new venues – the Bird’s Nest Stadium and the Water Cube set the new standard for architecture in sports venues

  • New subways – a number of brand new subways were completed including an airport express subway

  • More public washrooms

  • Better translations – removed much of the “chinglish” and corrected it with proper English translations

  • Line ups – instead of pushing to get on buses, subways etc. people were trained to stand in line

  • Reduced spitting and public urination – two habits common in Beijing just a year ago, were drastically reduced

  • Traffic limitations to reduce smog – cars were only permitted to drive every second day leading up to and during the Olympics. It took some time for the smog to clear but the reduced traffic was a benefit in itself
Olympic Stadium - aka The Bird's Nest

Olympic Stadium - aka The Bird's Nest

Certainly Beijing had some advantages in their preparation for the games. With China being a communist country the government could do things that couldn’t be done (as easily) in a free market economy; they forced people to move, used significant levels of cheap labour, and made laws that would never fly in Western countries. For the purpose of this article I’m not going to debate whether these decisions are right or wrong. Instead, we’ll consider that China was simply using the resources at its disposal to reach its goal. So how did China do it?

How China Did It

  1. Clear goal – China’s goal was to put on the best show and make a grand re-entrance onto the World’s stage. The Olympic was its showcase. The goal was clear and everyone in the country knew this was the goal.
  2. Deadline – The Olympics had a built in deadline for the changes to be completed: 08-08-08, the date of the opening ceremonies. A goal with a deadline is much more powerful than an undated goal. You are more likely to take action and less likely to procrastinate when the deadline is clear.
  3. Motivation – Your motivation is the reason behind your goal. It is the core point that will drive you. In China that motivation was national pride and the desire to impress others. It is hard for an outsider to understand the level of national pride that exists amongst the Chinese people. Westerners might think that a reduced level of individual freedom would potentially lower the levels of national pride, but that is not the case. Almost everyone in China was excited about the games and wanted the country to look its best while the world was watching. They wanted to impress others.
  4. Massive Action – The amount of work put into making these changes in Beijing was massive. Every resource was put into making the games the showcase to the world that China wanted. Massive action is needed to move towards any goal.

In light of the example of Beijing there are several questions you should ask yourself:

  • What is your goal?
  • Is it clear?
  • Do you and your team have a clear understanding about what you want to go and how you are going to get there?
  • What is your deadline?
  • Is it firm and written down?
  • What is the reason behind your goal?
  • Will you allow this to motivate you?
  • Are you willing to take massive action?

The start of the month provides a perfect opportunity to set some goals and begin to move towards those goals. This list of questions can serve as starting point (or reminder) towards achievement of your goals. If you follow these steps by setting clear goals, establishing a deadlines, understanding your motivation and taking massive action, you will achieve your goals!

The Success Professor – Danny Gamache

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