How to…

How to buy better: buy only things you need.

How to optimize your phone calls: don’t respond incoming calls outside your “time for calls” unless you know they’re critical.

How to find meaning: having a mission and following this path through.

How to sell better: give your customer the double – at least – of value for what it pays to you.

How to take risks: decide faster than ever. Don’t think too much about what’s going to happen if you fall. Just fall.

How to get it right: getting it wrong first.

How to sell your personal brand: selling results, facts, and proof.

How to collaborate: looking only for the “win-win” equation.

How to communicate more effectively: staying more human.

How to do a greater marketing: creating a greater product or designing a greater service.

How to live the good life: being present, falling in love with the moment.

How to be more aware: getting in the habit of noticing unnoticed things.

How to get the best of and adventure or journey: dancing with the unknown, alone.

How to achieve anything: standing out from your inner self.

The point isn’t in “how to”, but why and when.

Ready?

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Acting vs reacting: three stages

Are you stuck on reacting to life or work? Anything?

Act – First stage

Don’t wait for a new project, go and create it.

Don’t wait for a promotion, go and earn it.

Don’t look at your inbox every 5 minutes waiting for something to arrive. Instead, go and send this emails that will make something happen.

Don’t wait for permission, go and get it, own it.

Don’t wait for asking the question you weren’t allowed. Just stand out and ask perturbing questions.

Don’t wait for anything that really matters to you, go all in.

Act – Second stage

Switch off your WhatsApp.

Mute your phone.

Stop watching Stranger Things or Game of Thrones.

Unsubscribe from Netflix.

Unplug your TV.

Put the noise aside.

Act – Third stage

Act. More. Better. Faster.

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It does not work

  • Sending CVs: not working.
  • Staying until late at work: not working.
  • Billboards: not working.
  • Having a master degree in order to be successful in life: not working.
  • Scoring high in the university tests: not working.
  • Reading every post you can: not working.
  • Watching House of Cards or Narcos: not working.
  • Blaming the system and expecting a different outcome: not working.
  • Reaching everyone on LinkedIn: not working.
  • Tagging friends on Facebook so you can promote your business: not working.
  • Believing that everything it’s going to be like before the crisis, like the good old days: not working.
  • Working on the next APP: not working.
  • Raising your children to become the next in-garage-entrepreneur: not working.
  • Showing smiling faces through Selfies: not working.

It does not work. It’s broken. It’s never going to work again. See what it changes today.

Whatever it was valuable years ago, whatever, it’s not valuable now. Your job is trying to figure out what’s going to be the solution today and then tomorrow. It does not work, sure.

A lifetime opportunity, drawing what’s coming next, and makes it work.

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Leadership supply chain

As it follows…

1. Do exactly what you’ve told to do. Don’t question your supervisor, obey your teacher.

2.  Ask professors edgy questions.

3. Tell your boss or teacher what it’s your best choice among the best available alternatives. Push them, or better, push yourself.

4. Surround yourself with authentic people who is always creating forward motion.

5. Push, encourage and inspire your team to do things differently. Trying different, failing differently, asking differently. Something that it’s not in their plans.

6. Demand encouragement and motivation. Exchange passion.

7. Launch things that can have an impact.

8. Teach others how to create an impact. Increase discernment about opportunities that scare your team and you.

9. Start all over again.

And that, my friends, is what a leadership supply chain looks like.

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Like a heart beat

You work for a decade or two for being tremendously fascinating, you learn, fail, try again, make something happen and ship, change things. And then, you find yourself on the top of your career, ahead of the competition, rockstar, you.

When in the top, the last thing you want to be told it’s that the top it isn’t as high as the first time you thought about it. In fact, at the end, there’s  no such top. That was just an illusion made by the system. Heck. What now?

The world is changing faster than ever, this massive and overwhelming change has been with us from the day we were born, it’s like a heart beat, if it stops, we will die.

And yet, we are still horrified with the fact that change will come. Why don’t we accept change and its journey and see where it can take us?

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What you can do with this opportunity to create change

Communicating, marketing, selling, gaining visibility, sharing content, writing posts, maximising your brand’s reach, starting promotions, working from home, optimising your time, tweeting, uploading photos or building your personal brand. These are only some of the things that you can do with the social web and the Internet of things; but I guess you already knew this!

the opportunity to chenge things

What we don’t see is the other side of the social web; the side that changes it all. How can we dedicate our time to social media yet show no interest or dismiss the importance of people?

That is my favourite part. This is what you can do with this entire new world in front of you:

  • Make an impact on the world.
  • Develop your professional profile and both your professional and personal skills and competences.
  • Create connections and interactive bridges.
  • Start-up your business.
  • Connect with people you don’t know personally.
  • Build a community of people interested in something they have in common.
  • Head a charity cause.
  • Modify the expected result.
  • Study, learn and grow.
  • Find a purpose.
  • Start a movement that inspires others.
  • Start a new business – it’s never been easier or cheaper!
  • Gather ideas together and check out what happens when they hit the market.
  • Decide how you’re going to help those in need.
  • Communicate with and reach anyone you wish.
  • Start a revolution.
  • Educate people through shared knowledge and experience.
  • Share stories that are worth knowing.
  • Add value to your industry.
  • Create your own story.
  • Change people.

How can you do this and more? That’s where you need to step up and work towards this tirelessly.

Reading the above, I think we sometimes don’t realise the times we’re living.

Photo credit: Benoit Tremblay.

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