Category: Mindsets (page 1 of 11)

Burning Ships Not Bridges

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” ~Douglas Adams

By: Martin Grunburg

It’s great to be back in the saddle and while this is NOT the official kick-off of Season 4 (Habits 2 Goals Podcast), it is my effort to get you caught up and share at least one of the great lessons I recently experienced.

Admittedly, you’re gonna have to be a little patient (it takes a while to set the table here) but coincidentally patience is a component part of this lessons anyway! ; )

Today, I share a bit about my long-standing partnership (23+ yrs) and it’s official separation… all good, mostly. The fact is we’d been partners (3 of us) longer than most marriages exist and with our company’s recent win of a prime contract award (defense) AND, given that they are in the neighborhood of 70 years old an exist strategy presented itself.

How and why this may relate to you.

Entrepreneurs (people in general) love to cling to motto’s, slogans, trite and not so trite sayings, that guide and drive them and their decision making.

For instance, “Hire slow and fire fast.” Almost every entrepreneur will tell you that is a MUST. Another is “Never settle!” or another, “revenue is vanity and profit is sanity.”

All good stuff right? MOST of the time. Sometimes though, from my experience, I’ve witnessed a lot of challenge created from clinging to hard-set ideas and notions like these as though they are set in stone.

We’ve talked about it here many of times, dichotomous thinking can be very dangerous and ultimately creates a lot of friction, struggle and can even make one feel as though they are running in circles.

Let’s use the above as examples; hard to argue with “profit is sanity and revenue is vanity”. That’s one of my favorites! EXCEPT -take Jeff Bezos and Amazon. I believe (at least for a day anyway, he just became the richest man in the world and for the most part his philosophy for Amazon was contrarian to that focused primary on revenue with little emphasis on profits.

Or, how about, “Never settle!” Sounds pretty amazing right? Imagine a life of never settling. Well, the last time I heard that advice it was from a guy who’s now divorced and you can bet he “settled” in court.

What about “hire slow and fire fast”. Nobody’s ever complained that they fired someone too quickly, right? Again – most of the time this is credible and worthy advice. However, I can tell you I made one of my best hires in about 30 minutes over a beer.

So, what’s the point?

BE OPEN-MINDED and do NOT RUSH if you do not have to. Don’t cling to trite slogans for the sake of trying to simplify things for yourself and make your life easy… question your bias to lean into such decisions!

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision. ~Lord Falkland

In today’s episode, I review my challenge/struggle to follow one great and romantic motto entrepreneurs love! “Burn the ships!
Yet, incredibly, unbeknown to me there was another powerful motto directly competing with that philosophy. You can hear about it on the podcast site or download it in iTunes.

Harvard 80 year Happiness Study! (I reference)

Slight correction I relate a great line from MASTERY a fantastic book by Robert Greene, the actual line is, “the greatest impediment to your creativity is your own impatience.”

Enjoy!

FREE resource to keep that mind tuned!!

As a Man Thinketh

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More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor’s Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor’s Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


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S3-41: FAF – Got Any Advice!?

God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using TIME & PRESSURE. He’s working on you too” ~Rick Warren

[NOTE: Henry and I set out to complete 35 episodes for Season III and this is episode #41. If you’ve enjoyed the season as much as we did putting it together, PLEASE leave a review on iTunes ; ). Also, there are more shows coming! Be sure you are subscribed! Great news is on the way! Thank you!]

**Technical audio note: Apologies, we had tech issues again on Henry’s end and he was forced to use a different device. At times, connection picks up various background noises. Apologies and appreciate your understanding! ; )**

Coming off the heels of the recent metamorphosis episode, MG shares what he considered might be his #1 tip/piece of advice as he responds to an email. The emailer is excited about The Habit Factor and asks MG, “Do you have any advice?”

At first Martin isn’t too happy about the question, given the amount of “tips” and information already published. However, contemplating the question further, he shares what might be his favorite tip.

Henry then shares his two great tips! Spoiler alert, “We all just need to relax more often and enjoy the ride.”

Henry’s other great idea is powerful, “Be sure to surround yourself with goodness.”

Taking control of our immediate environment and getting our daily dosage of great brain food ensure we “tune our minds to the right stations.”

[NOTE: Henry and I set out to complete 35 episodes for Season III and this is episode #41. If you’ve enjoyed the season as much as we did putting it together PLEASE leave a review on iTunes ; ). Also, there are more shows coming! Be sure you are subscribed! Great news is on the way! Thank you!]

Enjoy!

FREE resource to keep that mind tuned!!

As a Man Thinketh

 

Check it out and be sure to subscribe!

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Thank YOU for checking out this episode and we’re always grateful when you SHARE our stuff w/ your friends and help us by writing a review ; )

Resources / Books

BLUEMIND

The Hidden Messages in Water

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More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor’s Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor’s Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


>>>>CONNECT WITH HENRY EVANS<<<<

Get Clear Marketing

The Hour A Day Entrepreneur
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S3-40: Casey Wright:
Opportunity Meets Creativity

“Corey and I have two qualities that I think unite us. One, we are eternal optimists; we always believe our best day is coming.
The other thing is that we have a high risk tolerance. We’ll keep rolling the dice.
We like the idea of saying, ‘We’re going to bet on ourselves a little longer.'”
~Casey Wright

Few entrepreneurs seize an opportunity as quickly and as creatively as Casey Wright. He and his brother Corey, guided by their parents, were encouraged to explore this “internet thing” in the early 2000s, and in particular, how email marketing might help their real estate firm.

Their parents came to them and said they wanted to stop spending $100K on print marketing per year; the brothers thought email marketing might be the answer. To everyone’s surprise, the strategy worked and Casey and his brother were off and running…sort of.

“The first year was exciting, and then you have six years of things not going the way you wanted them to; I’m seeing my friends working half as hard and making twice as much money and wondering if I should just go get in line and find a job.”

Persistence, however, proved to be the path of least resistance. Ultimately, their content-marketing business took off and assumed a new and complementary spin: A Keller Williams office manager wanted to use the brothers’ content-marketing process and apply it toward recruiting new agents! The proposition was, “If you can build this, we will buy it!”

Today, Casey employs the one bit of advice he would give his younger self: “Find a way to put the wind at your back!” Gorilla Goodies is doing just that; Casey’s new venture is responsible for a couple internet smash-sensations, including The Hipster Nativity Scene and the (DT) Donald Trump Bobblehead.

Enjoy the show and take note: He says, “Habit tracking is something I will ALWAYS do!” ; )

Brilliant work, Casey!

CW’s Favorite Books:

The Habit Factor®

Sapiens

Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

other resources:

Audible.com (swears by it! ; )

SHOPIFY

Digital Marketer
Getting smart on marketing and Facebook Ads!
–learn to get better at facebook ads:

Digital Marketer HQ

Casey@ <<either of those domains>>

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Casey’s Company: Wright Brothers

Gorilla Goodies

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Resources mentioned in the show:

BOOKS:

Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

Scaling UP! Verne Harnish

Something For Nothing by Brian Tracy

WEbsites and Tools mentioned:

Asana.com

Small Improvements.com

Sparkhire.com

15Five.com

**Thanks for checking out, sharing and subscribing to this podcast!

More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor’s Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor’s Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


>>>>CONNECT WITH HENRY EVANS<<<<

Get Clear Marketing

The Hour A Day Entrepreneur
Check out this episode of Habits 2 Goals! Be sure to review on iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay! Thank you!

S3-38: FAF – How Can I Control My Temper?

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape one hundred days of sorrow.” ~Chinese Proverb

Not to long ago we had an entire episode about enhancing mindfulness. Today’s topic is very related and it has to do with some ideas, tips and best practices, even mindsets around how to best control one’s temper.

MG and Henry trade some tips and share some stories… Henry talks about his experience recently where he was so upset he had to go hit a punching bag (NOT people) for an extended period of time. “Try that for just one minute and you’ll be winded and you’ll also be addressing your ‘fight or flight’ natural response to anger and stress. It’s a great way to address the pent up energy.”

Martin then reflects on the very powerful and insightful statement: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl 

Then, MG shares this gem from Thomas Jefferson, “When you are angry count to ten, and if very angry count to one hundred.”

Check it out and hear how to keep your cool when frustration and anger set in!

Enjoy!

Resources Mentioned:

HEADSPACE – App

Man’s Search For Meaning – by Viktor E. Frankl

Check it out and be sure to subscribe!

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Thank YOU for checking out this episode and we’re always grateful when you SHARE our stuff w/ your friends and help us by writing a review ; )

Resources / Books

BLUEMIND

The Hidden Messages in Water

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More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor’s Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor’s Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


>>>>CONNECT WITH HENRY EVANS<<<<

Get Clear Marketing

The Hour A Day Entrepreneur
Check out this episode of Habits 2 Goals! Be sure to review on iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay! Thank you!

S3-37: Eric Berman:
Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

“If you’re listening to this… I want you to try this for twenty-four hours. Think about every situation, and say to yourself, ‘I am responsible.’ If you don’t do that you’ll stagnate and never get ahead.” ~Eric Berman

A varied and enviable background, EB has been a bachelor on the hit reality show Millionaire Matchmaker. He’s stood in the winner’s circle multiple times at Del Mar as part of the winning horse’s ownership group. He’s part owner in multiple popular restaurants throughout San Diego, and perhaps best of all (at least according to MG), he is long-term business partners with the personal development legend Brian Tracy.

EB begins the show sharing how some early career success with a Facebook-like company (collegeclub.com) in the ’90s goes terribly sideways as it collides head first into the exploding dot-com disaster of the late ’90s.

As “guy #3” in the fast-growing company, he was close to all the action when his company failed to qualify for a bridge loan amid the market collapse; before long they had to lay off 200+ employees and ultimately file bankruptcy.

EB shares how he adapted, took stock of what he did have, and kept moving. Not too much later a family friend connected him with Brian Tracy, and Eric shares his secret offer and strategy that makes his sales pitch a true no-brainer!

MG asks EB for his very best personal development /success tip after working so closely with BT for fifteen-plus years, and it comes down to just THREE WORDS! (minute 38:00)

Enjoy the show!

 

EB’s company: Brandetize

Brandetize Power Workshop for Content Creators

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Resources mentioned in the show:

BOOKS:

Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

Scaling UP! Verne Harnish

Something For Nothing by Brian Tracy

WEbsites and Tools mentioned:

Asana.com

Small Improvements.com

Sparkhire.com

15Five.com

**Thanks for checking out, sharing and subscribing to this podcast!

More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor’s Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor’s Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


>>>>CONNECT WITH HENRY EVANS<<<<

Get Clear Marketing

The Hour A Day Entrepreneur
Check out this episode of Habits 2 Goals! Be sure to review on iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay! Thank you!

S3-30: MBM – DEATH.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” ~Steve Jobs

Martin and Henry attempt to tackle this MASSIVE MBM, “Mind Bullet Monday” topic? the unlikely value that is inherent in death.

While death is a tragic? the IDEA of death especially to the living ; ) provides immense value when it is used as a tool to inspire immediacy and action and add more life to the present!

Martin says, “I had no idea we were going to go here but, Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford immediately comes to mind.” “Consider” he says, how Jobs’ acute awareness to his limited amount of time might’ve factored as a catalyst to Apple’s growth in his final years.”

Martin even reads a few sentences from Jobs’ Stanford 2005 commencement speech:

“… It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

Henry praises his wife and her sense for immediacy and action and doing things that are important recognizing there really are no guarantees.

MG insists that just the word and idea of death forces one to think immediately about life and even how they are living and of course, what they want to accomplish BEFORE they die! If you heard the John Lingham episode #S3-025 know this to be true! Then both MG and HE review a few short and powerful exercises that YOU CAN DO around the idea of death to inspire action and more LIFE TO YOUR LIFE!

Check it out and enjoy the show! ; )

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More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor’s Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor’s Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


>>>>CONNECT WITH HENRY EVANS<<<<

Get Clear Marketing

The Hour A Day Entrepreneur

 
Check out this episode of Habits 2 Goals! Be sure to review on iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay! Thank you!

S3-29: FAF -What’s the #1 Trait for Success?

SUCCESS! Seems everyone wants it and today’s question is (if there is one) what is the #1 trait that determines one’s success.

Both MG and Henry recognize this could easily result in multiple-days worth of discussions and certainly there are hundreds if not thousands of books written on the matter. Having said that, they both manage to narrow their answer down to a few, very select traits.

The best part (as you know) is any of these traits is create-able via the magical force of HABIT!

Tune in and then let MG and Henry know what YOU think the #1 trait is!

Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe!

Thank YOU for checking out this episode and we’re always grateful when you SHARE our stuff w/ your friends and help us by writing a review ; )

Mentioned in this episode:

GRIT!

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor’s Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor’s Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


>>>>CONNECT WITH HENRY EVANS<<<<

Get Clear Marketing

The Hour A Day Entrepreneur
Check out this episode of Habits 2 Goals! Be sure to review on iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay! Thank you!

S3-28: Evan Saxon: Still “Right Between The Acts”

“I presented this idea to the executives at Capitol Records and they kinda just laughed me out of the building…” ~Evan Saxon

After a funny and bizarre episode open… where Martin says, “I’m not even going to edit that!” the two settle in and get to the business at hand.

Evan shares his bumpy early academic career bouncing between junior colleges and SDSU / Northridge Universities. Ultimately, Evan drops out, as he puts it, “the pursuit of a career got in the way of my pursuit of a degree.”

Consumed by his passion for music and the music industry, Evan got his lucky break starting out as an intern at IRS Records. Then he moved into the marketing division of Capitol Records where he was offered a paid position. “I loved it! I didn’t care what time I had to get up or how late I had to work. I was having a great time!”

Years later, a bit disillusioned by what he saw in multiple executive meetings ? fighting the status quo “losing control vs. taking control” as Evan puts it, he realized it was time to move on.

One night at a Aerosmith  / Skid Row concert a wild idea occurred to him. A totally innovative concept (at the time) that proved to be ground-breaking. He realized that he could promote new bands and music in between the opening bands and the headliners. Evan then negotiated deals with music retailers for shelf space, “Right Between the Acts” was born.

Continuing to adapt to the ever-changing music and technology environments, Evan’s company today, Evan Saxon Productions (ESP), helps to promote and distribute content via a worldwide network of theaters.

Check out his website and some of his latest promotions.  EvanSaxonProductions.com

***Abramorama.com

Documentaries:

AS I AM: Life And Times of DJ AM

It’s So Easy and Other Lies

Independent Films:

Made in Venice

Hunting Elephants featuring Sir Patrick Stewart

Music

Green Day ? Heart Like A Hand Grenade

The Black Crowes: Freak ‘N’ Roll? Into the Fog

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Thanks for checking out, sharing and subscribing to this podcast!

More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor’s Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor’s Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


>>>>CONNECT WITH HENRY EVANS<<<<

Get Clear Marketing

The Hour A Day Entrepreneur
Check out this episode of Habits 2 Goals! Be sure to review on iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay! Thank you!

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