The NFL’s set to kickoff. New season starts soon. The headliners? Tim McGraw and Black Eyed Peas. Oprah also good to go. Season premiere to feature Whitney Houston. Who’s got a comeback album. That’s sure to be a hit. Houston keeps on keeping on. And chasing her dream. What might she say?
Just have to follow the money. Hold up! Thought the love of money’s the root of evil? Yup. But following the money is not. Job seekers have a salary in mind. Businesses see cash flow as lifeblood. Both know money is not the end all. But think and grow rich is a priceless option.
Know when things took a bad swing? Ask Michael Vick. Fans hope to see him play. Others following the rookies. Winners follow the draft. Could be a Quarterback or a runner’s back. A media personality or grassroots project. Like driving behind a Mac truck. Wind resistance is reduced.
What “it” makes you click? Shine? Unstoppable? Movers and shakers follow their “it-factor.” The it-factor of a dog could be its bark. Or bite. More bounce to the ounce for a runway model. Smarts of a whiz kid. Lyrics that rock for a songwriter. It’s all about being in the groove.
Chasing the dream. Young or old. Barbra Streisand shows. Even in her late 60s. “Here’s to life.” The debut single on her new album. The words from a Parade Magazine article. “I still believe in chasing dreams. And taking bets. So give it all you’ve got. Hungry still…to see down another road.”
Hip Tip: Dreams aren’t built in a day. It takes planning your work and working your plan.
Blog Talkback: Chasing skirts or chasing dreams. Does success seem to come easy for some people? But a struggle for others? Who’s more likely to blow it?
Can you name two popular radio jocks? Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Smart start. Then there’s Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden. These guys have a lot to say. Good examples of taking it to the next level. What’s their story? They can tell it best. But here’s a quick scoop.
Joyner became known as the fly jock. By doing a Dallas morning show. Then flying to Chicago same day. To host an afternoon show. Baisden started out on Sunday nights. Before landing afternoon drive in New York. Both went from niche content to national audience. Local market to broadcast networks.
Career or biz to the next level. What to do? Become a sponge. Learn everything you can. Master the fundamentals. Execute your plan. Go upscale. By reinventing yourself. Brand your identity. Or identify with a brand. Widen your influence. Supersize your value. Maxing the fun. Making a difference.
When ‘big G’ pulls the trigger. Get ready to go bigger. There’s no magic bullet. No one formula. For climbing the ladder. Or how long it takes. Sometimes a few semesters. Before the diploma. Three trimesters. Before child birth. A season before blowing up. It’s how hurricanes get named. And careers get famed.
Starts out on a roll. Spins around from sun-up to sundown. Follows a certain track. Then steps up the pace. Makes up ground. After a while has a name. That separates it from one and the same. National attention, it’s in the news. And not before long makes history. For impacting life’s rhythm and blues.
Hip Tip: The road to the top can have steep hills, sharp turns, sudden detours and bad weather along the way.
Blog Talkback. In going to the next level, what do successful people take with them? And what do they leave behind?
Guess who’s going digital? Now that they’ve teamed up with Ebay. An unlikely bond? Maybe GM sees a bigger universe. They’re adding web venues. Putting dealers and customers on notice. Launching a new sales profile. Starting a biz or partnership is like learning a new language.
GM continues to reinvent itself. Broadening its base. Narrowing its brands. Marketing a new game. Why this? Or why now? Changing demographics. The Internet is a growing cash cow. Milk is white but money is green. No matter who’s buying. So GMs following market-wise economics.
Business is bilingual. In customers and sales appeal. People respond differently. Some buy the product. The company. The brand recognition. How to connect? Know what works. Based on the difference between buyers and supporters. All buyers are supporters. But not all supporters are buyers.
Network for sure. Volunteer in another enterprise. As a board member. Or part of a mastermind group. Work with someone new. That could be the next breakthrough. Not every business idea is yours to keep. Sometimes it’s to share. Maybe even give away. It comes back to you with boomerang returns.
Know how to speak profit & loss. Do the job. Understand the business. Fire-proof your career. Step outside your comfort zone. Try new things. Learn from the experts. Get to know the lingo. It’s a great feeling to see things come together. That started out as an infant idea. And flows like a complete sentence.
Hip Tip: Success with a new language, business or assignment is in knowing the lingo.
Blog Talkback: In starting a business which comes first? Chicken or egg? Hobby or hustle?
Plaxico Burress is facing the lock-up. Brett Favre is on the ropes. But Michael Vick is on the mend. What do they have in common? Ok, NFL fans. These guys know about looking for work. They also got the #1 biz advice. For shifting careers and reclaiming the dream. It’s being a free agent.
Chained to the job with golden handcuffs? Become an expert or consultant. Change the script. Start a business. Get your hustle on. By how you sell the sizzle. Not the steak. Turn heartache into an escape. Have a Resume that rocks. Elevator pitch that wows. Shows you’re the best in town.
Good at what you do? Be a master blaster at doing what you do. By how you serve-up purpose and passion on a plate. Success secrets for doing you. Such that others might dig you. How you serve is part skill and part nerve. Wing it or bring it. So that the marketplace can’t get enough of it.
Executives would get golden parachutes. To leave quietly. Companies would give gold watches. For working a lifetime. Them days are over. The workplace is more and more like pro sports. You gotta brand your expertise. Stream your income. Reinvent your game. Stay relevant. Increase scores.
Burress could get jail time for weapons possession. Looks like a setback. Favre not coming out of retirement, again. His career’s entering a new season. Vick getting a second look. He’s poised for a comeback. What didn’t CNN show? These real life examples of another day at the office.
Hip Tip: “A free agent knows when it’s time to move on or up to bigger & better things in the workplace, or new & improved things in the marketplace.”
Blog Talkback: What should Burress, Favre or Vick do to show they’ve got the right stuff?