When Life Takes You For a Ride, Ride Out.

Life has been strange for me, thus the reason, I have been MIA lately.

If you read my last couple of post, you learned that I quit my job to travel for a month.

When I came back, my hometown was hit by Hurricane Michael and the town was devasted. It put me in a weird rut by not knowing where to prioritize my thoughts and time. It was a strange time for me. I feared for my family and friends. After everything settled, I learned everyone was okay and the town is pushing forward.

Fast forward-

I have recently started a new venture ( you’ll learn about soon) and let’s say the permits and city have not been an easy task. This is something that has been in the works for several months now.

In the meantime, I have put in a ton of sweat equity in my home. I bought a new home a few months ago and we decided to fix it up. We hope to use this fix as an easy flip in the future.

While working in my yard digging holes, running fence, landscaping, etc. it is so quiet it gives me plenty of time to think about humility and gratitude.

I am so thankful to have my family and friends be alive and okay. Watching from across the country, I see my hometown get smashed to pieces. They are living a rough life right now but they are all standing tall.

I am grateful for my life and how my life has played out. I have faced many struggles in life and it always makes you think about the things you are grateful for.

To the residents of Panama City, Florida, Stand Strong.

But… Easy for me to sit here in the comfort of my home while others live in tents in the cold.

Through the hard times, prove the test worthy.

In the difficult times, what are the things you are grateful for?

 

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5 big Reasons Autonomy is Important for Your Team

Autonomy Definition

Autonomy is defined as self-directing freedom and especially moral independence by Merriam Webster. For that, there are 5 big reasons autonomy is important for your team. 

Today, as organizations move closer to leading with leadership like guidance and further away from the dictatorial management ideology; autonomy is an important piece of that movement.

Management is often looked like the boss who is always looking over your shoulder and correcting your actions as you mess up.

On the other hand, leadership is the side of the coin and could be viewed as coaching after the action is done. To let the individual learn and decide their actions on their own and to learn from them.

FIVE BIG REASONS

1. It promotes employee growth, both internal and external.

2. It increases productivity in the workplace.

3. It allows leaders and managers to focus on the important things.

4. As employee confidence grows, employee value will increase.

5. It will increase employee retention.

In conclusion, autonomy is very important for your workers and the growth of your company.

 

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Nailing your Interview! 7 Tips to get you Hired!

Nailing an interview can be scary, but they don’t have to be. Here are 7 tips to help you get hired!

  1. Dress the part

    1. Don’t wear cologne or perfume.
    2. Are you applying for a corporate job? Dress the part. What do you think they would wear. To make it easier, google the workplace and check out pictures of the office or center. The idea behind this is to always dress more appropriately, but not to underdress.
  2. Know your audience

    1. Did you find out the name of the person you are interviewing with? Is it a face to face interview? Phone interview? Skype? or even a group interview?
      1. If so, research who they are. It will help take off the edge if you find out they started at the job you are applying to, or maybe you’ll find out you have something in common with them. It will give you the edge.
  3. Research the company

    1. If you don’t know about the company in which you are applying to, you are wrong. They are fantastic sites that help with learning about a company and what it is like to work for them. One website I recommend is –www.glassdoor.com
    2. Not knowing the company in which you are interviewing with my create a risk. what happens if the company has a strong political stance or endorses a particular candidate? and you don’t agree with them? wouldn’t you want to know that before accepting the position?
  4. Research the job description

    1. Researching the job description will help you better prepare for the interview. You can easily throw in some of the job duties into past work experiences to be more relevant.

  5. Bring your updated resume and references

    1. In my industry, I always see candidates bring a reference page full of friends. This is a big NO. Make your references professional. If you don’t have professional references, go find them. Create a LinkedIn page if you need to.
    2. Another funny thing, I see when interviewing candidates, is old resumes or made on the spot. Make your resume as relevant and new as possible when bringing it to an interview.
    3. They didn’t ask for you to bring a resume? bring it anyway, you will look much more prepared than other candidates.
  6. Bring experiences not experience.

    1. I typically know when I have nailed an interview. When the interviewer asks questions that are relatable to experiences and not my experience is when I do my best. “Describe a difficult time at your past employment and how you resolved it.” as an example.
    2. Show the interviewer you can deal with the duties of the job. Paint the picture for them so they can understand how you would react in certain environments.
    3. These are always changing and can be hard to think of on the spot. Think about tough times at other positions or how you made your past employer more money, created efficiency, why you were promoted, etc.
  7. Always apply

    1. This may sound strange to people, but I say you should always apply to places. You never know what you’ll be offered. The offers you don’t want, you don’t have to take. Always looking up and making upward transitions is the key here. Like I have mentioned before, I am the typical millennial with no job loyalty. If I see a better opportunity for self-growth and development, I will jump on it and so should you. Upward growth is the key to self-development. Always pushing yourself to learn new things and create challenges to overcome them. Strength through adversity.

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Failing and Winning in an Upward Fashion.

The other day, I had a fantastic chat with one of my employees. It was about failing and winning in an upward fashion.

It was all about failing and taking chances.

Very recently, a management position has opened up in my company. A young girl jokingly told me she should apply for it. I looked at her and told her “absolutely”.

Looking at me crazily, she said: “I was kidding…”

I sat her down and told her a story that started with this.

Michael Jordan is on the record of saying, “you’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

So I asked her what she has to lose from applying for this position that is a little larger than her skill and educational set at the moment?

She was afraid whoever interviewed her would laugh in her face if she even booked a full interview.

So I went back to the original question. What do you have to lose?

She didn’t have a true answer.

So I stopped for a moment and slowly rolled out, you have everything to gain. For a moment she didn’t understand what she would gain from applying for a position way above her head.

I said, ” you may not get this job nor interview, but you will gain valuable skills to teach you to be better in the business world.”

You will learn new and relatable interview questions. I stopped there and asked her one the basics.

“What are your weaknesses?” I was given a cliche answer of not being confident in her decisions.

So I kept going…

“Give me an example of that and how you overcame it.”

She told me these questions were too hard and tried to give up. I kept pushing.

This is the reason you should apply for this position!

Because once you go through these series of questions with someone and you freeze on the spot, you will go home reflect these questions and think of a better way to answer them.

Your next interview will be easier. BOOM!

Strength through adversity.

I had to change her perspective. It wasn’t that she knew she may not get the position. It was the process in the (before and after). It was being scared of failing.

I gave her another reminder.

You will gain so much by taking the chance that no one else would.

AND! You never know what could happen.

Sidenote: She is 19 and wanted to apply for a General Manager position. 

My life as a reference:

I gave her a small story of my life of when I got out of the Navy and was homeless. I applied to over 300 jobs and only booked 3 interviews. 

The job I did get, was something I did not even deserve. I had no experience in that field. I applied for the highest position for that location and the lowest position. 

They didn’t offer me the any of the positions I applied for, but they gave me a step-down from the highest and gave me the assistant manager. 

But… they saw a chance with me. Forever grateful, I worked my butt off to show them I was worth it. I was promoted 5 months later. 

I would have never been there if I didn’t take a chance with myself. I knew my worth and did not want to be defined by past experiences. Put me in this position and I will grow and learn until I am the best.

In a way, I failed that interview. I didn’t get the position I wanted. On the other hand, I was given a chance to better myself.

Take chances, fail at them, learn from them, and come back and crush it.

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The Case for the Technology Age: Part 2

I recently skimmed through a book about how the technological generations are the worst generations to date. to be honest, I was stuck in this mindset too. The more and more I thought about it, the more I noticed technology has helped me excel in business.

An epiphany occurred and I began to realize they are the fastest learning generation out there. We can easily surf the web to learn things that don’t even matter to us.

Spending hours of time doing research or learning ways how to adapt to the new ever-changing technological world should not be view as a bad thing.

It should be viewed as a good thing. Change is good, although a lot of people are nervous of the unknown.

In this world, we have to adapt to the world, especially in business. If you dont, you will be left behind.

Think 10 years back and imagine about all of the ways you can pay for things. Now think to date and think about the ways you have a hard time paying with.

What comes to mind?

Then: Personal Checks and Cash.– Tangible 

Now: Paypal, Venmo, iPhones, Creditcard, etc. -Virtual

So who has the harder time going to places and paying for services? The old or the young guy?


Well, it is all situational on where you are. In a more progressive place such as California, the young guy wins.

In a place like Idaho, the old guy may win. 

Everything has mostly moved to the digital space. Auto bill paying, email alerts for billing (which sometimes offer a discounted rate for paperless billing).  It is important to adapt to these times, no matter the age. Technology will always advance.

So, if you hear these naysayers bashing the new generations, (which have the bad generational characteristics as well) just think how adaptive young people are to change in information. Instead of paying for my expensive cable bill, I am able to purchase subscriptions to things at a fraction of the cost to the things I want to see without the fluff of the others.

My ramble could go on for days about the Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants.

No matter, what issue we are talking about, it is important to adapt to the new age, because resistance will eventually win. 


 

Why mentorship is this best thing for your business and youre not doing it.

We hear it all of the time. “It is better to give than to receive.” Well, mentorship doesn’t work this way. Mentorship is a transactive motion.

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

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Mentoring benefits go both ways because it benefits the mentee and the mentor. There is a such a humanistic gratification that comes back to those who give. I’ve had an opportunity to be a mentor for someone and years later, I couldn’t be more proud. To know how much you affected their life is so powerful. Not only do I think that mentoring makes you become a better leader, I think it makes you become a better person.

As you get older, and your workers become younger, think to yourself, “how are you shaping the future?” Are you giving your generation a bad name by being the old guy who doesn’t see eye to eye with the younger crowd? Or do you try to give value to the young? Not caring is effortless, but I guarantee you giving back will grow you as a person and help someone along the way.

Learning yourself through others will unload the dividends in your business when it comes to investing in your people. You will become eye to eye with them. You will take a different perspective on your people and that is powerful.

BUT!….

you need this word of advice- It doesn’t matter how successful you are, you will always need your own mentor in life.

That is the transactive motion of mentorship.

mentorship doesn’t just end with you helping someone out. It ends with you becoming more aware of cultures, perspectives, and mindsets of others. In return, this will make you a better leader.

 

A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you. – Bob Proctor

What Does It Mean to Fail for Success? A lesson from Michael Jordan Plus More.

Failure– Such a negative and dark meaning to most. On the other paradoxical hand, Failure is the balance of success. Now think about that for a minute…

Now name 5 people you define as very successful.

Do you know their past? Were they trust-fund kids? or did they come from nothing? Most likely 80% of your choices will have come from nothing. Now, how does that have anything to do with failure? Well, great question. Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Gary Vaynerchuk, and others (some of the most innovative people I can think of) come from nothing.

These are the type of people who aren’t scared to fail and take the risk. Think Wallstreet-Risk equals higher rewards. Out of Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and Dan Bilzerian, who do you look up to most? Depending on your age and ambitions, you may look up to each one of these people at some point in your life but I am sure you boot one of these guys as a role model. Because two of these are innovators while one is not.

Moral of the story, is that successful people fail A LOT. Personally, I keep failing. AND that is OKAY.

This is where I am seeing the most growth. Because I learn so much from it. Think Michael Jordan or even Thomas Edison.

To me, Michael Jordan is one of the biggest celebrity advocates on the Failing for Success mindset. Just read a couple of his quotes.

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  • I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.
  • Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Even Thomas Edison, we can all thank him for the lightbulb.

In regards to Failing for Success, he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

The failing for Success mindset isn’t about intentionally failing at something because you think you will succeed certainly afterward. What it is about, is embracing failure as a catalyst for growth and lessons.
If we don’t teach ourselves that move past failures and flip it on its back to understand the hidden message behind failure then you haven’t learned anything.
LEARN, LEARN, LEARN from your mistakes because you are your biggest coach.