Category Archives: Playing on our Strengths

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.

Don’t Waste Talent…

The greatest tragedy in life is wasted talent” –Sunny, A Bronx Tale

Momentum Motivation – Maximize Momentum…Play on Strengths

“Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort.” -Charles J. Givens

The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum… –Frances Willard

Momentum can be a very difficult thing to establish, and incredibly easy to lose if you aren’t careful. Momentum can be a major force in sales and marketing if you’re able to get it going, until you might find yourself taking complete control over a market before any of your competition is able to do anything about it.

You need to be able to do the same thing once your momentum begins, because a problem I’ve noticed for many companies is that they aren’t prepared to handle the momentum once it starts, and so they fail to really use it.



Brian Tracy Motivation – Eat That Frog – FOCUS

Mark Twain once said that “if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that it is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.”

This is a wonderful time to be alive. There have never been more possibilities and opportunities for you to achieve more of your goals than exist today, but as Thomas Friedman says “We live in a world where more things than ever are possible, but less things than ever are guaranteed”. As perhaps never before in human history, you are actually drowning in options. In fact, there are so many things that you can do, and need to do, that your ability to decide among them may be the critical determinant of what you accomplish in life. If you are like most people today (right everyone?), you are overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time. As you struggle to get caught up, new tasks and responsibilities keep rolling in, like the waves of the ocean.

For this reason, and perhaps more than ever before, your ability to select your most important task (hence # 1 Goal of the Day) at each moment, and get it done quickly and well, will probably have more impact on your success than any other skill or quality you develop.

“An average person who develops the habit of setting CLEAR priorities and getting important tasks completed quickly will run circles around a genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans but gets very little done”

W.H. Auden Motivation – Mastery and Playing on our Strengths

A few weeks back I posted a couple videos of Marcus Buckingham, a well-known speaker whose main mantra is for all individuals to “play on their strengths” and therefore live a much more fulfilling life.  I couldnt agree more with this notion.  As Hiring Manager for our sales organization, I can’t help but notice the countless job applicants who are trying to pursue a career they have no business pursuing!  We use various personality assessment tests in our hiring process, and without fail we consistently see the wrong people going after the wrong jobs.  How does this happen?  If someone could solve this age-old issue, they would be a billionaire.  If everyone was working in a career they loved and excelled in, the world would be firing on all cylinders.  But let’s save this philosophical debate for another day, and let’s focus on identifying with and being passionate about what WE ARE DOING TODAY.  And if we are doing something we hate, let’s make a change?  Why not?  Below is an excerpt from a book I am reading by Daniel Pink, entitled “Drive”The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us“.  It’s a poem by W.H. Auden, and focuses on that “it” factor you see when someone is obviously living the life they were called to live.  How many lawyers have you seen that wish they were mechanics?  How many salespeople who wish they were in an entirely different career?  With passion comes money…do something you love and the money will follow.  Be the best in your niche.  Master your craft.  Just dont be miserable.  The choice is yours.

“You need not know what someone is doing
to know if it is his vocation,

you have only to watch his eyes:
a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon

making a primary incision,
a clerk completing a bill of lading

wear the same rapt expression, forgetting
themselves in a function

How beautiful it is,
that eye-on-the-object look.”
-W.H. Auden

Motivational Quote & Videos – Marcus Buckingham on “Playing on our Strengths”

Great words and videos below from Marcus Buckingham, trailblazer in the space of playing on our strengths…it’s true, only 20% of people are doing what they’re best at right now….make a CHANGE, be YOU, do YOU.

“The difference between a pebble and a mountain lies in whom you ask to move it” – Marcus Buckingham

Fast Tube by Casper

Fast Tube by Casper