When it comes to entrepreneurs, the typical saying is that we get to choose which 80 hours a week we want to work. That’s a lot of hours, and a lot of effort. But with that can come stress. Or maybe not.
Studies have shown that our bodies and their cells have two extremes that affect them negatively: too much effort or stress put on a cell and no effort or stress put on a cell, i.e. if one becomes overwhelmed with things to do versus having nothing to do.
All of us would love to have nothing to do, but that defeats the purpose of one’s life, but do we look for having too much stress? Well, there’s a TED talk about it.
Danny Dietz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I went to a private showing of the Lone Survivor Friday afternoon with Dietz family and their friends.
My movie recommendation: SEE IT!
It is at the level of quality of Saving Private Ryan in terms of telling the story of the brotherhood. But don’t forget, that while the Navy SEALs are the tip of the spear, there are a lot more veterans that are the back story to the SEALs actions and are not so glamorous or action oriented: cooks, base security, truck drivers, administrative personnel, janitors, doctors, nurses, equipment maintainers, not only for the guns they use, but also the transportation vehicles for the troops, and a host of others that are just as important to keep the tip of the spear ready to deploy. And telling the complete story is all that most veterans ask for, it is the telling of the story so that others might learn of their deeds and actions, not the accolades of hero worship, and that it is a team effort to accomplish the mission. Now on to the review.
You know, we’ve been brainwashed at school, at our jobs, at companies we’ve worked for. Now it’s time to man up/woman up and become something bigger and better for 2014. Listen to Seth Godin as he tells what we are up against in this new century, that there is more opportunity than ever to do what you love to do. But, you have to open your eyes, your minds, and look for the opportunities to be, do, and accomplish more.
Now is the time, now is the chance to make your own history. Watch and learn.
I know that talent and skills help someone, including entrepreneurs, to make in life. But it is more than these, it’s more about motivation.
Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth said that while intelligence matters, a high IQ is not the greatest predictors of success. Success comes in more forms than we see.
Watch and learn.
Got another testimonial from a long time business owner, Rex Wisehart of YellowSchmello.com. Here’s Rex’s comments:
I gotta tell you… this book is GOLD.
I’ve been running companies for decades. For the past decade, I’ve done it on a Mac. I thought I knew a lot.
Kevin Cullis’ book blew me away. I thought I’d pick it up and maybe get a few ideas from it. I was NOT expecting a few dozen!
If you run a business on a Mac… BUY THIS BOOK! You will learn more than you thought possible. And, oh yeah, do your job better if you follow what Kevin is telling you.
What a find!
Thanks Rex, that’s high praise from someone with years of business experience. Here’s to solving people’s problems!
I attended an event yesterday, Revive 1787, and met a fellow veteran, Navy SEAL Jimmy Graham of Duty To Act, who gave me a challenge coin. A challenge coin is used by service members and dates back to WWI and other wars going forward and has recently been more prolific.
It is tradition that service members carry their medallion or coin at all times and when a “challenge” is issued, like USAF veteran Flem did to Navy SEAL Chris Kyle on the TV show Sons of Gun, the challenger must respond: the challenger would either ask to see the medallion or “slam down” the coin on the bar to make a loud sound. If the challenged could not produce a medallion, they were required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged them. If the challenged member produced a medallion, then the challenging member pays for the drink. (Read about how watching Chris Kyle on the Sons of Guns show affected my life and my new mission helping veterans.)
But in my case, this coin has much more meaning.
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I just got back from a charter school presentation in my local Public School system. It seems like that were a few “plants” in the crowd, and I don’t use the political term here, although it could apply because I was not able to find out where some of them worked and why they asked such poor questions of the potential school board. But the “plants” I’m referring to are those individuals who are mentally “planted” in one place and do NOT want to move. They refused to change, to improve, to do better than what is currently happening.
Why do I consider the parents questions poor and while the “plants” need to drop a few new seeds on the ground and let these new seeds sprout? Well, let’s allow Steve Jobs give an answer to what I saw.