June 11, 2010


A friend of mine recently posted his first video on YouTube promoting a program that he offers to the world. I just viewed it and it got me to thinking - go ahead, take your best shot!

He is an entertaining and engaging speaker when in the classroom and has spoken professionally for years but YouTube is a brand new animal for him. It did not surprise me that there was the odd stumble but it did not detract from the experience. Most people viewing a video will connect with a person who shows their human side. On the other hand, the world is also full of people - most of them friends and acquaintances - who will look at our efforts and find the faults, the criticisms, the mistakes and focus on them.

It does not matter whether we are speakers, trainers, writers or artists, the world is full of critics looking for the opportunity to edit and correct - it must make them feel important. I think this has happened to most of us and it keeps many people from taking their creativity into the world - sadly.

So here's my point, when someone points us to their most recent effort, we should applaud and encourage them - there is plenty of time later for editing. Nothing will have been lost by a sincere effort to capture our thoughts and ideas and present them to the world - warts and all. Waiting for perfection holds back more brilliant ideas than were ever created by the correctors.

We all need a coach or mentor who will cheerlead us to greatness and encourage us to step out and just do it. Are you the cheerleader or the critic? Way to go HJ - nice job!

June 2, 2010


The Big Idea — Don’t Complain

“Complaining is the absolute worst possible thing you could do for your health or your wealth. The worst! … For the next seven days, I challenge you not to complain at all.”
~ T. Harv Eker from Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind
This is another great one. Do you complain a lot? You know what you’re doing when you complain? You’re basically telling the Universe that you’re powerless. That you’d prefer to complain about something you don’t like rather than ask yourself the question, “Hmmm… What do I want? And how can I get it?!?!”
Don’t be a victim. (EVER!!)
May I repeat that? Don’t be a victim. (EVER!!)
Remember, “There is no such thing as a really rich victim.” To help you out with this, why not try on a little exercise T. Harv suggests? The next time (and the time after that and…) you complain, take your finger and slide it across your throat – like you’re slitting your throat. Gross? Yah. Exactly the point. Because that’s basically what you’re doing every time you complain!!!
“You can be a victim or you can be rich, but you can’t be both. Listen up! Every time, and I mean every time, you blame, justify, or complain, you are slitting your financial throat.”
~ T. Harv Eker from Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

yes I know I am plagiarizing from Brian Johnson at Philopher's Notes but check his site out - good stuff everyday