In the age of ubiquitous social media, I find that so many people lose sight of the fact that developing a personal brand involves real relationships with actual human beings.   Technology has become “comfort food” for far too many of us in developing Me Inc. similar to popcorn at a movie theater.  It is so easy to become enamored with the number of connections and followers we have across social networks.  We feel the need to tell the whole world how many Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections we have as if this is something to brag about, but lack

All of us need to be a part of our local community, weather its donating our time to a church, school, fire dept or whatever. When you get involved in these activities you take ownership and pride in your communities. So next time someone asks you to help an organization or the local school, even if you only have a little time to give its better than not at all. Wanted to add something more on volunteering in the community, being a volunteer firefighter  and a member of our local Search & Rescue Team, we have been able to get

This law states that the complication factor of a strategy or course-of-action is directly proportional to the square of the plan’s complexity. This Law almost guarantees that any plan or strategy (business or personal) that involves numerous players will go wrong. Complications will arise. A good example of this are large government contracts. The cost overruns are usually a multiple of the original cost. If you are implementing a plan or strategy that has many players and is elaborate, have a back-up position or blueprint.

Make one more call each day before you shut it down.  There are approximately 260 working days per year.  Do the math.  Success is an acquired taste but one that you will come to enjoy if you will get in the habit of doing just a bit more each day. It is by no means easy but nothing great ever is.  Stay focused on creating an authentic experience and you too can differentiate yourself amongst all the other poor souls waiting for something to happen. It is about progress not perfection! “Advancement only comes with habitually doing more than you

We all make investment choices available. What yardstick would be the most appropriate for both individuals and business people to gauge each one?  Some people make their investment decisions based primarily on rate-of-return, while others deem safety of paramount importance.  Some others focus on the tax aspects of an investment. While all of these concerns are important, they should not be deciding factor in basing your investment decisions.  The most important investment criterion is the suitability of an investment in relation to your financial psychology.  For the business person it simply means don’t invest in a business you know nothing

Embracing Failure

Posted by Alicia Marie Fruin on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog, Change, Failure

Written by Alicia Marie Fruin I have heard it said that “if you can’t do it right, then don’t do it at all.” I wonder how important it really is to always get it “right”? How many times does this philosophy keep us from just taking the next step? Could this just be a strategy designed to play it safe? Do we really think “if I am careful I won’t fail”? Really? I find that ironic since failure is inevitable.  You will fail…I will fail. We will all hit ceilings of achievement. We will all get stuck. We will all

Paul is an award winning inspirational and motivational speaker, trainer and facilitator… and he loves that he get’s to help people create positive changes in their lives. A 12 year veteran of the King County Sheriff’s Department, Paul spent much of his career working with street gangs. Drawing on his experience he re-channeled his efforts and for the last 13 years has been working to positively impact the lives of people before law enforcement sees them. In his trainings, programs and keynote addresses, Paul provides the tools people and organizations need to

The buzzing was unmistakable. The chirping sounded odd. At first glance, it appeared to be a cicada smashing against the unopened window seven feet above the concrete floor in a desperate attempt to escape from the garage. But cicadas don’t chirp. At closer glance, my husband realized it was not an insect at all but rather a delicate humming bird. “Grab your camera!” he shouted. I quickly retrieved my Canon Sureshot and set the shutter for “speed of light fast”. Try as I could, I was unable to capture this flighty creature on film. Normally, we would simply leave the

The paramount principle of economics is that there is no such thing as a free lunch. In order to have increasing standards of living a nation needs increasing levels of investment.  But, American capital is being driven overseas by a weakening dollar.  Why should any individual or business want to invest in a country whose currency is being debased–falling in value.  This will negatively impact the investment’s rate-of-return.   Capital (money) goes to where it is being treated good.  Unfortunately, this is not happening in the United States. How much have U.S. living standards been impacted over the last few years? 

I had an opportunity to spend a few days at the National Speakers Association meeting just recently and it was quite the event.  From what I heard, there were approximately 1200+ speakers, trainers and coaches in attendance for the four-day event.  I had no idea upon arriving what to expect but it was quite an experience interacting with some of the true legends of the industry.  I saw Brian Tracy, Les Brown, Harvey Mackay and a host of others that I had either heard or read about it. Although I could not help but wonder about the other folks in