Friday, January 21, 2011

You! Can Make It Happen.

They Did Not Give Up ...

Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was "sub-normal," and one of his teachers described him as "mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams." He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the world reknown Zurich Polytechnic School.
Well...he did eventually learn to speak and read, and oh bye the way, he even learned to do a little math. :-)

A young man went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. On November 6, 1860, this man was elected as the sixteenth president of the United States. This man was Abraham Lincoln.

In the true spirit of American Entrepenurism, Robert F. Kennedy said it best:
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly."

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Jack, The Meat Guy

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Customers loved Jack and trusted him to solve their daily dilemma of “what’s for dinner tonight?”

I remember one day walking up to a customer, after Jack had served her, and I said…
“Thank you for your business ma’am, I see Jack has taken care of you… so what did he suggest?"
“Oh," she said so confidently, “I'm not sure what cut of meat this is, but it sounds delicious and Jack gave me all the cooking instructions, he is such a sweetie pie!"

And to top it off, after further inquiry, I found out she never even asked about the price!
This phenomenon happened repeatedly for months with thousands of customers!
I was amazed!

Customers were actually buying Jack, and not the products. He had branded himself and created a point of difference as “The Meat Guy”....Jack literally had customers buying whatever he wanted them to buy.

A few months later, Jack was transferred to a store about 5 miles down the road... sales in my meat department dropped 18%!
Customers followed Jack to the other store, because he was their ...“Jack, The Meat Guy.”

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Kennywood Practice - by guest blogger Tim Hayes

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Kennywood Practice

At least once each winter, as the cold and the slush and the snow seep into our bones around here, I find myself driving past Kennywood Park – a grand old Pittsburgh amusement park with some of the best roller coasters anywhere.

Of course, in the dead of winter, nobody’s enjoying the rides when they’re covered with white. But there are ways to stay in training for a lightning-fast ride on a great coaster, even when the thermometer dips into the single digits.

On a narrow strip of two-lane blacktop near our house, the road swerves and rolls around a series of hills and curves, but there’s one point where – if you gun the gas just right – as you come over the crest of a little hilltop, the road drops out from under the car suddenly, your stomach does a flip and you feel a quick moment of zero gravity, just like on a roller coaster.

Needless to say, I have perfected this little stunt over the years when I have the kids in the car. We call it “Kennywood Practice.”

We did it again just this morning, New Year’s Day, and it got me thinking about a fresh way of thinking for 2011. Why not make Kennywood Practice a habit all year round? I don’t mean swooshing over roadways to simulate riding a roller coaster, but more of a basic resetting of assumptions and attitudes.
A willingness to try things out of context.
An embracing of difficult behaviors that can lead to real excitement.
An acceptance that there is indeed a higher power, and that welcoming its grace and direction into our lives can indeed be the best strategy of all.
An admission that trying to solve everything yourself can be a fool’s errand.
A positive step into transitory discomfort with the promise of ultimate growth.

The last thing I want to do is characterize all of this as some kind of New Year’s resolution. Those are “pie-crust promises, easily made and easily broken,” to quote Mary Poppins. Instead, I’m thinking of this as a fundamentally new framework in which to think, live, and act.

Last year introduced me to some wonderful new people and some challenging new ideas about growing business relationships. Maybe it all added up to too much information to process all at once, and I felt like I didn’t make the most of these new concepts and strategies. But it’s a new day today. I’m getting back in the game with a renewed vigor and focus.

Why not you, too? The status quo may be working for you, or it may be holding you back. Either way, things can always improve. Step out, step up, step forward. Keep learning, keep trying, keep growing. With just the right touch on the accelerator, you can feel like you’re on a really exciting ride.

Let’s each take that ride in 2011. There’s a more positive vibe in the air, can you feel it? Let’s gun the gas a little. It’s time for some Kennywood Practice.

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