Category Archives: Elevate Your Game

The 100M Dash – A Course on Success

In 1936 – at the Berlin Olympics – Jesse Owens set the record for the 100m dash with a time of 10.3 seconds.  Today, that time wouldn’t even make the cut.  Below is a link to the evolution of this record.  Let this serve as yet another reminder that the bar continues to be raised, in business, sports, and life.  The 100m dash is a microcosm of life as we know it. Are you working smarter?  Are you demanding more of yourself?  Or are you part of the 96% that never earn elite status?

Evolution of the 100 Meter Dash

Be Ten Times Better (by David Kidder, the Startup Playbook)

What do you do that is or could be 10 X better than the competition….?

Be Ten Times Better (by David Kidder)

“…..The reality is that you need an atomic-grade weapon in your arsenal that can destroy the military–grade protections the incumbents arsenal have erected to keep you away from their customers.  If you’re wondering why customers are not flocking to your start-up, it is likely because you have not figured out how to beat those defense systems.”

Luckily, there is a simple way to win.  And by simple, I mean it is absolutely the most difficult thing you have to accomplish for your start-up to thrive: be ten times better than your competitors.  You cannot be incrementally better.  Incrementalism kills companies.  Your entire organization must focus on an area of strength where you can compete with your competitors and radically differentiate your company by being ten times better than anyone else in the world.

What Were You Born To Do?

In this excerpt from Fast Company magazine, we are reminded of the importance of being unique. As individuals and companies, we are constantly reminded of the need to differentiate. In this excerpt from the book One Big Thing – Discovering What You Were Born To Do, we are asked to reevaluate, reinvent, and really….live.

Motivational Image – Strength

Motivational Image – Dream Big

Motivational Quote – Full Potential?

“Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake”
– Professor William James, Harvard University

Motivational Video – Power of the Human Being

Nice video about the POWER of the HUMAN BEING. Go do something exceptional!

Fast Tube by Casper

Motivational Image – Change is Necessary.

Motivational Thoughts – The Secret To Overnight Success

Work. Really hard. For years. And when a door opens, run through it. When opportunity presents itself, don’t just grab it — knock it down, toss it on your back, and sprint until you’re ready to throw up. Suck in more air and run even harder. Ignore the pain and head for the light. Run as if darkness itself is chasing you and failed steps will take your soul.

There is no such thing as an overnight success. There is only the dream of the overnight success: the myth, the legend, the want that we all have.

Lasting success is the result of hard work. Period. Dot.

If you want something, go get it. But don’t think it will come overnight. It never does. Be prepared to work hard, for years.

Be prepared to serve. To let others come first. To set yourself on fire. To set your very soul on fire. To offer your heart plain and simple, live and beating, right there on the table, every day.

Expect to be attacked. Expect to be ridiculed. Expect to be ignored.

Breathe. Hurt. Suffer. Smile.

And maybe, one day, you’ll find yourself wondering how you got so lucky — and you’ll realize it wasn’t luck at all.

Now, get back to working on your dream.

Work When You Work – EFFICIENCY (from “Eat That Frog”)

Work When You Work

To keep your life in balance, you should resolve to work all the time you work.  When you go to work, put your head down and work the whole time.  Start a little earlier, stay a little later, and work a little harder (and smarter).  Don’t waste time.  The time that we waste at work often has to be taken away from the members of our families.  We have to either stay late or take work home and work in the evenings.  By not working efficiently and effectively during our workdays, we create unnecessary stress and deprive the members of our family of the very best person we can possibly be.  There is a story of a little girl who goes to her mother and asks, “Mommy, why does Daddy bring a briefcase full of work home each night and never spend time with the family?”  The mother replies sympathetically, “Well, honey, you have to understand – Daddy can’t get his work done at the office so he has to bring it home and get caught up here.”  The little girl then asks, “If that’s the case, why don’t they put him in a slower class?”