Okay, before you roll your eyes one more time about that title, I have two things to say: One, that’s not a come-on…we really do have a strategy for how you can be the world’s best; and two, this week’s conversation is with the awesome Mike Michalowicz, who, even when fighting a cold, managed to offer up some of the best words to live and work by. (Trust me, you’re gonna want to take notes!)
For those of you who don’t know Mike, he’s the author of two great titles, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, a regular on MSNBC’s Your Business on Sunday mornings and CEO of his own business-growth consulting firm. But really, Mike’s like the entrepreneur whisperer. Just a few of the inimitable insights he shares with us:
• Change the name of what your profession is. For example, Mike used to be known as a "computer guy" who worked with hedge funds. He then changed his profession into a “hedge fund technologist”—a title that immediately allowed his customers to see his uniqueness. This elevated Mike from all the other computer guys and even allowed him to charge a premium.
• Just say No to bad clients. Turns out, those difficult clients, the ones you can never please but end up spending so much time on, are costing you money!
• And finally, how to be the best in the world? Identify the one world you are meant to serve. Because there are countless worlds and countless bests (as in, any behavior that’s the “most-est”), which when multiplied, equals infinite possibilities.
And there’s plenty more where that came from!
Enjoy, all you new besties!
If you’re like me (and I have a sneaking suspicion that you are!), you’re always wishing for more and greater creativity. Well, get ready to have your wish granted by this week’s video chat with George Zisiadis.
George, who hails from San Francisco (which just may be the capital of Creativity these days), modestly calls himself an “interactive artist and designer,” but I am here to tell you that he is also one of the most creativepeople on the planet—no exaggeration! Which is why I am so excited to share with you his inimitable advice for “cracking the code” on creativity.
And the best part? All of his suggestions and ideas are totally doable, even for us mere mortals. In a way, that’s George’s whole point: that we are all capable of creative genius, of increasing the number of “Aha!” moments we have. How empowering—and reassuring!—to hear that new ways of looking at the world are always available to us.
George basically breaks it down into reframing how to see and process things (kind of like putting on a different and more innovative pair of glasses) and how to focus on being in the present at all times, instead of so often being preoccupied with “other” stuff.
Okay, I have a feeling some (many?) of you are thinking, “Sounds easier said than done,” and this is why I’m so excited for you to jump on the video. Because George doesn’t discuss creativity in the abstract; he actually spells out what he himself does to “channel” his incredible creativity.
It starts with letting go and clearing the mind every day. Of course, we all know either from personal experience or from friends how beneficial meditation is for achieving this. George practices an unexpected approach, and describes a 10-minute mind-quelling morning ritual not only gets the creative juices flowing but it also eases worries and anxiety!
When he talks about brainstorming, he makes free association sound truly freeing! There’s no censoring of your ideas in the conceptual stage. In fact,research shows that the best ideas come from people with the most ideas.(Bumper sticker, anyone?!)
And saving the best for last, wait till you hear George discuss how he can take an otherwise daunting challenge and reimagine it as something exciting to tackle. (Talk about putting on a different pair of glasses….) I’m telling you, this week’s chat is like a special rush course in transcending the traditional.
After you watch the video, you’re going to want to check out George’s new book,Urban Imagination, which is an imaginative compilation of 50 whimsical ideas and illustrations that explore how to make cities more fun. I promise you, you will never see your city quite in the same way again!
Prepare to be inspired!
With much love,
Question for you: Do you ever feel like you’re pushing a boulder up a hill? That you’re just doing what it takes to make it through the day? If you ever feel like “Wow, this is mission f’in impossible... how am I going to make it long term?” then you are going to love this week’s conversation with Lisa Zigarmi.
As Director of Client Services for The Ken Blanchard Companies and a principle of GrowWise, Lisa develops leadership among the Fortune 500 around the world. Lisa also happens to be one of my best friends - so I’m super excited to share her with you. What she’s found is that conventional ways of thinking, acting, and leading are not solving organizations’ most challenging and important problems.
Lisa shares with us some of the newest research for recognizing and cultivating our own individual wisdom; which is the only way out of us pushing, reacting, and pushing some more. And really, who couldn’t benefit from that?!
Lisa starts off with a fascinating distinction between knowledge and wisdom. Most organizations focus on developing skill sets and competencies (i.e., knowledge); but if as Einstein said,
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it,
then we must develop a new approach to how we operate at work (i.e., wisdom).
One point Lisa discusses that really resonated with me is that we are more than just the sum of our experiences; you are bigger than your successes and much more than your losses. It’s so easy to identify with what we do or with what happens to us; Lisa shows us how to stay above that all.
Finally, you know those gut instincts you have, the ones you sometimes second-guess? Spoiler alert: That’s your inner wisdom speaking! Lisa offers suggestions for how to adjust your subliminal antenna in order to not only hear your instinctive wisdom but actually listen to it.
I know you are going to find this week’s chat as moving and mind-boggling as I have.
And in case you haven’t heard, February is WOOPAAH’s two-year anniversary month! As a special anniversary gift to you, we’re offering our online class, “The Science of Happiness: Hacks & Skills to Flourish,” for a mere $24. That’s more than 75% off its standard price of $97! The special ends with the last day of the month, Friday, the 28th…so what are you waiting for?!
Here’s to inner wisdom!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s wishing you lots of love today and new opportunities for sharing your heart. And so, apropos of Valentine’s Day, we spoke with Vanessa Van Edwards this week on the secrets of body language and the keys to decoding human behavior—including how to tell when someone is lying. (I thought that might get your attention!)
Vanessa is a human behavior investigator and author of Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101: Your Guide to Reading People's Nonverbal Behavior. She's also a fellow udemy.com instructor - and I am LOVING her online courses!
Her research is so interesting, and here she offers insights into not only how to read other people’s “tells” but also how to master your own non-verbal communication skills in order to better connect with others and achieve your goals…in both the romantic and professional realms.
Did you know that over 60% of communication is non verbal!?!
Vanessa reveals some amazingly simple clues for making a person with whom you’re talking feel instantly comfortable by mirroring a facial expression or copying the cadence of his or her speech.
She lets us in on a little no-fail technique for networking with ease (hint: scope out the bar for which side colleagues seem to be frequenting after getting a drink) and she shares the best non-verbal cue for allowing a person to feel that you’re truly listening.
In fact, if you want to be the perfect Valentine for your loved one, definitely watch all the way to the end.
If you want more of Vanessa, I highly recommend her online courses on udmey.com. Use the code "To Success" and you'll get 50% off!
So check it out...we just know you’re going to be riveted. But wait…there’s more!!
Today marks our two-year anniversary! WOOPAAH is absolutely flourishing, thanks to readers like you, our awesome clients, team, advisors, interns, and volunteers....and we want to share the love.
So, during our anniversary month, special readers will receive 75% off on our online class, The Science of Happiness: Hacks & Skills to Flourish. Click on the class link or use the code: ShareTheLove.
Here’s to making your visions into a reality...even the ones you think are crazy.
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