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My Son Thinks I’m a Geek and I’m Proud

Another milestone in life is reached as my 15 year old secured a job working for someone else. He’s made money in the past with odd jobs like shoveling and snowblowing for the neighbors but is ready to venture out into the world of becoming an employee.

As he left for work this morning we discussed the “Golden Rules” of how to be a good employee. The manager that interviewed him said “just show up on time and work hard” and Steven knows that’s not good enough. So we reviewed the following together:

Firm Handshake – It shows confidence and control.

Smile – It can make someones day and really shows you care about the customer. Sometimes a smile can calm the angry customer.

Uniform neat – Wearing a clean uniform shows pride and respect.

Do a little more than what is expected – never sit and look bored or they might send you home. If you ask for more and do more without being told your chances of gaining additional responsibility are greater.

Always show honor and respect to others and HAVE FUN! People like to work with people who have fun.

Of course these are just a few of the things that I encourage my kids to use and they don’t always make those choices. However, today I am proud to say “he’s my kid”. So as we walk out the door while reminding him of the above he turns and says “Mom, you are such a Geek, but I love you for it”.

Power Through the People

You are in a room full of people and across the way you see someone who is naturally friendly and has the gift to gab or even better, the gift of making friends. We call them a people-person, someone unbelievably nice and charismatic that they can charm anyone into doing anything.

A socially-empowered person achieves greatness because of the people he surrounds himself with. He earns the trust and all-out support of the people whom he helped before. He can do anything with the plethora of people behind him. All because he knows how to maximize his social potential with self-empowerment!
Self-empowerment is making a general overhaul in your life and turning yourself into a happier and more successful person. Here are a few tips on how to make it happen:

1. Be genuine.
Hypocrisy will just bring you all the way down. Be genuinely nice and interested to people. Once they perceive that you are Mr. Hypocrite with selfish intentions, you might as well say goodbye to self-empowerment.

2. Be the greatest listener that you can be.
To earn the love and trust of the people, listen to their problems and sympathize with them. Do not just hear them out, listen to them with your heart. Make eye contact when the person talks to you. Listen as if every word matters and it does. Brownie points when they find out that there is a confidante in you.

3. Laugh out loud.
I do not mean that you force yourself to laugh for every joke cracked by someone, albeit you do not find it funny at all. This means finding humor in things and not being too darn serious. A person oozing with an awesome sense of humor attracts crowds and eventually, attracts success.

4. Don’t forget yourself.
In the process of fluttering around like a social butterfly, you might forget yourself, allowing everyone to push you over. Remember, love and value yourself before anyone else. If you deem yourself respectable and worthy of affection, people will flock to you and not trample on you.

5. Do random acts of kindness.
You don’t have to do a John Rockefeller and blow your savings to charity. Little acts of kindness matters the most and this can be as simple as giving someone a surprise you-take-care card or helping an elderly cross the street. When we were kindergarten students, kindness was taught to us and greatly practiced. Now is the time to revive the good deeds and this time, let them stay for good.

6. Contact your old friends.
Sad how some friendships are destined to goodbye, but thanks to technology, you can do something about it. Relive the good old days by flipping your yearbook and look for the great people whom you want to communicate with again. Adding these old friends to your roster of support peers will surely make you feel good all over.

7. Develop your personality.
Are you grouchy, grumpy and generally morose? Whoa, you can’t go through life with those. Get rid of the bad traits and habits that perpetually hamper your growth. And really, who wants a grouchy friend anyway?

8. Be confident.
Be able to stride to the other corner of the room and introduce yourself to people with that winning smile of yours. Just remember: be confident, not arrogant.

9. Practice control.
When angry, don’t snap at anyone. Never throw a tantrum. Stay calm and collected. Be adult enough to take control of situation and transform your anger into something more productive and passive. As soon as people think your anger goes to volcanic proportions easily, they will find it hard to come to you.

10. Keep nurturing your relationships.
Your relationship with your family, friends and significant others is too precious that you must not neglect it whatever happens. Go out and have fun with them. Do things together. Happiness will never fly from your side as long as the people who matter the most are close to you.

In the end, using people for self-empowerment means becoming a better and more lovable person. It’s a win-win situation: the people know they can turn to you anytime and vice versa.

The only sure way for your people to lose is if they give up.

Following leadership article is from
“The only sure way for your people to lose is if they give up. Your lack of encouragement should never be the reason a person quits. A leader must always keep believing in people, no matter what.”

No. 1 – Have confidence in your people.

  • See each person as a winner.
  • Expect success from everyone.
  • Let people know you think they can win.

No. 2 – Recognize each accomplishment, no matter how small.

  • Show people that you know what they do.
  • Make each small accomplishment seem major – it really is.
  • Make your praise public – people love to be recognized among their peers.

No. 3 – Sell the dream, again.

  • Never think you can stop “selling the dream.”
  • People need to be constantly reminded of the rewards of their hard work.
  • Encourage people to talk about their personal goals and dreams. (You could have a “dream” session and ask each person to tell his personal “success dream.”)

No. 4 – Don’t give up on people when they make mistakes.

  • Live with them through the tough times, as well as the easy times.
  • Care about each person as an individual.
  • Allow people to learn from their mistakes. Never criticize.

AND…Never be guilty of giving up AS A LEADER.

I just HAD to share this with you …

I just watched a breathtaking movie called Finding Joy that I wanted to share with you. Please take a moment to watch!

In an instant, you’ll be uplifted and re-energized – with an absolutely renewed outlook on your day!

You can watch it here:

Have a great day!

Lisa Saline

Are you a high achiever? Would you like to be?

Here are three strategies used by high achievers that you can implement immediately.

High achievers plan long using;

1) methods
2) resources
3) focus

In order to plan you must have a method. Once you know what your goal is you can accomplish it by planning long. High achievers find a method to accomplish the task. You can find your method by doing your research. In my case in order to develop my home business I found someone who has already done what I want to do. Then I adopted his methods to accomplish my dream. I looked at many different methods prior to making the commitment. You too can do this by checking out others who have done what you want to do via books, CD’s, DVD’s or perhaps even in person.

Next finding the resources can be a very simple process, if like me you have a coach they will be able to direct you for the resources you need in order to accomplish your dream. You can search the internet, go to libraries, ask your successful friends and family. Read those books, listen to the CD’s and watch the DVD’s and then take action.

Think of using a magnifying glass on a hot day to start a fire. That is FOCUS, that is what is required to be a high achiever in your business There are so many things that take us off focus today, we are a microwave society, everything in small chunks! Start by focusing on a single task for 15 minutes per day. I personally changed my schedule so that I could write for 15 minutes first thing every morning. I know that is when I am at my writing best, therefore when I add the focus I can get one article written.

“Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself. You may be surprised at how easily this happens. Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so.” Marcia Wieder

Once you become clear with the goals you dream of accomplishing; you will recognize where you are wasting time. We are all wasting time somewhere! This is what takes us off focus, all those time wasting activities

In the beginning borrow the beliefs of other until yours are where you want them to be, strong!
As yourself what if “it” (the negative belief) wasn’t true – what would I do?

It’s not how many doors are opened to you that counts, it’s how many you’re brave enough to walk through.

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Brought to you by Carla McNeil – International Champion Recruiter – Business Builder