Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dreamers and Achievers

Is there a difference between dreamers and achievers?

Can you be one without the other?

You might want to think of it this way. Nobody ever achieved greatness without dreaming about it first, but just dreaming about it means you will never achieve anything great.

Whatever it is you dream about might be like the horse pulling your cart of achievements. Starting today, thousands of stallion-like dreamers will be gathering at the Moncton Coliseum for the first-ever Atlantic Dream Festival, headlined by that galloping intergalactic dreamer himself, Sir Richard Branson.

Brad LeBlanc and his team at Momentum Group have provided a unique opportunity for anyone who is serious about seeing their most cherished dreams come true. The line-up of speakers and their credentials is most impressive. The price point for attending a conference like this is ridiculously low; especially if you are accustomed to shelling out thousands of dollars and travelling thousands of miles to attend similar events. It's not often you get to go around the corner and learn from some of the the best in the world. For people in the Greater Moncton area this lineup is like having the business version of the Rolling Stones show up in their own backyard.

But one of the ADF events, I am looking forward to most is the Saturday DreamShow featuring the "Potential Awakener", Martin Latulippe. Martin and I both launched our speaking careers at roughly the same time about a decade ago, and his star continues to rise internationally as he wows audiences all over North America and more recently, Europe.

You might have a usual Saturday routine, but prepare to see it shaken up when a real dreamer and achiever hits the stage at 10:30 a.m.






Up until an unforgettable drive into Venice this past summer, I had always believed "Dreams" to be very ambiguous. Never dawned on me - until then - that there might be an actual process that allows a Martin Latulippe or anyone to accomplish their dreams.

And what if this step-by-step process has already been proven to work by ordinary people – just like you – who have already achieved extraordinary dreams? What if seemingly disconnected dreams – that appear to have nothing in common with each other - actually follow a common pattern that makes uncommon sense?

A pattern you could rob and duplicate?

Starting today.


“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements”
NAPOLEON HILL



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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

DreamDay 7

What is it you dream about most?

Running a marathon?

Landing that perfect job?

Having children?

Going back to school?

Writing a best-seller?

Falling blissfully and crazily, head over heels in love?

Being financially free?

Jetting off to Europe and taking in the Parisian lights or roaming the Tuscan olive groves?

Whatever it is that you dream about most, there are no fewer than 7 things that MUST happen for those dreams to materialize. "DreamDay 7" is the title of the keynote I have been invited to deliver on Saturday, October 30th in Moncton, NB at the first-ever Atlantic Dream Festival and I don't know if I have ever looked more forward to a delivering a presentation like this one. Years of careful study, observation and first-hand experience have revealed these 7 fundamentals exist in every dreamer who becomes an achiever and this weekend marks the first time I have been able to share these insights in a public forum.

You may not be aware, but people like Richard Branson and Brad LeBlanc have shared parallel journeys when it comes to achieving their dreams. Believe it or not, the founder of the Virgin Group of more than 360 companies and the 22-year redhead from Riverview who launched the Atlantic Dream Festival by bringing Sir Richard to Moncton, have actually travelled identical dream paths. And so has anyone else who has seen their dreams come to fruition. Beginning on Thursday, the ADF will provide you with rare, first-hand insight from "been there, done that" folks into how you can turn your dreams into reality. "DreamDay 7", scheduled for Saturday at high noon, simply outlines the process; which is actually quite simple once you break it down into manageable pieces.

In fact, Branson himself reveals a few of the "DreamDay 7" fundamentals in this conversation several years back with Harry Smith.



Sir Richard Branson is an extreme example of what happens when "DreamDay 7" fundamentals are applied day in, day out as the British billionaire continues to make a difference on the planet. The first of these 7 fundamentals is "Permission to Hope" because once you make a choice to hope, any dream is possible ... but no dream is possible without hope.

Here is hoping you get to take in all the ADF has to offer.

So that your dreams come true.


"You never know with these things when you're trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental"
RICHARD BRANSON



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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fire Breather

"The risk of insult is the price of clarity"
ROY H. WILLIAMS


People floating a new business idea will tell you all the time they want to hear the truth.

But, the truth is, few are willing to pay the price for the level of clarity they require to succeed. Which is why most small businesses - more than 80% - crash and burn within the first two years of operation.

People who pitch a new business idea would rather hear inspirational bullshit that sounds like "You can make it as long as you really believe"! When someone actually tells them the unvarnished, uncensored truth they claim they want - instead of "happy talk" - it becomes a much different ball game. And the moment these naive neophytes can't answer tough questions from someone who clearly has zero interest in joining them for motivational summer camp, the truth messenger becomes a prime target.

In Kevin's case, he is a prime time target, as he routinely harpoons the ridiculous business ideas of naive wannabees who appear before he and his fellow panelists on CBC's "Dragon's Den".

Personally, I love the guy and what he stands for. And the fact that he owns
two classic Les Paul guitars and can riff on the Stones "Gimme Shelter", is way cool. Another plus is that some of his detractors have actually created a website in his honor at http://www.ihatekevinoleary.com/

But, even better, is the story of how he actually got to be Kevin O'Leary.



O' Leary claims his act is "not a shtick," when it comes to his public persona; equal parts caustically charismatic, bull doggedly belligerent and forcefully fire-breathing. "There's only one side with me, he explains. "You get the right side. You get the correct version of the facts. What you see is what you get".

Kevin O'Leary is speaking tonight to an entrepreneurial audience in Winnipeg, before heading to Moncton a week from today for the first ever Atlantic Dream Festival.

Some might see Kevin as ruthless, arrogant and opinionated, but I think he is a welcome addition to an ADF speaker roster that includes Frank McKenna, CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon and a Brit by the name of Branson who also knows a thing or two about business.

You can learn more about the festival here: http://www.atlanticdreamfestival.com/about-en.html


"I'm just delivering the truth and only the truth and if you can't deal with it, too bad. Next. You're not an entrepreneur. You're a loser."
KEVIN O'LEARY


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Double Thumbs Up (Or is that Two Likes?)

"I started the site when I was 19. I didn't know much about business back then"
MARK ZUCKERBERG


Caught "The Social Network" the other night and immediately added it the TSB "must-see" list of business movies.

Watching a movie with a snap-crackle-and pop pace, whip-smart dialogue and so many interesting observations about such an increasingly relevant subject made for a refreshing movie experience as the story behind the founding of Facebook unfolded on the big screen. Whether you are a fan or not, there is no denying that Facebook has, in a mere seven years, forever altered the way we interact socially; a fundamental game changer that happens once every couple of decades, if not centuries.

Reviewer James Kendrick captured "The Social Network" this way:

"A virtuoso modern parable about greed, innovation, and betrayal, as well as a compelling portrait of how technology is changing the landscape of both business enterprise and interpersonal relationships".

No matter how much of the story of Mark Zuckerberg as depicted in the film is true, the human drama that accompanies the start-up phase of any company is blisteringly accurate. If nothing else, "The Social Network" vividly demonstrates the fragility of trust in any business relationship and how that level of trust easily erodes once the potential of a few hundred million dollars enters the picture. "The Social Network" also hits the mark by painting a stark contrast between the plodding dinosaurs of the 20th century business world and the full-throttle, warp-speed thinking required for success in the 21st century Digital Economy.



For the record, Zuckerberg has objected about the way he was portrayed in the film. The Facebook co-founder, played by Jesse Eisenberg, claims filmmakers Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher completely misrepresented his reasons for starting up the online networking site. Zuckerberg has stated, "The thing that I think is most thematically interesting that they got wrong is... the whole framing of the movie, I'm with this girl who doesn't exist in real life who dumps me," he said during an appearance at Stanford University.

Zuckerberg continued: "The reality for people that know me is that I've been dating the same girl since before I started Facebook so obviously that's not a part of it."

The entrepreneur also spoke of a "disconnect" between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, saying, "They can’t wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things."

The 26-year old Zuckerberg recently screened "The Social Network" for his employees at Facebook.


"By giving people the power to share, we're making the world more transparent"
MARK ZUCKERBERG


P.S. ... That "must-see" TSB business movie list also includes "Boiler Room", "Wall Street", "Any Given Sunday" and one unforgettable scene from "Glengarry Glen Ross".



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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Gaining Momentum

Brad has been a dreamer for well over a decade.

And one of his biggest dreams is about to come true.

The countdown is well underway for the Atlantic Dream Festival which unfolds the end of this month at the Moncton Coliseum. And if you haven't heard by now how Brad LeBlanc was able to secure Sir Richard Branson as the headliner, this interview with Erik Gingles reveals one of the 7 ingredients required for any successful dream recipe.

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Years of careful study,observation and first-hand experience have shown me there are 7 vital steps that need to be taken for a dream to come true. You might want to run a marathon, write a book, fall head over heels in love, be financially free, get a cushy government job, go to flight school, raise thousands of dollars to fight cancer, jump in a car and roam the back roads of Tuscany or help impoverished children learn how to play classical music. No matter the size and scope of your dream, seven things need to happen; and I look forward to sharing that information with you, Saturday, October 30th during the keynote I have been invited to deliver at the Atlantic Dream Festival.

Brad LeBlanc and his team at Momentum Group are creating an unmistakable buzz with this first-ever Atlantic Dream Festival. Media coverage is intensifying and so is the Facebook and coffee shop chatter. But, this 3-day event will only mean something to you, should you decide to actually take it in.

Can you think of a good reason why you shouldn't?


“Once you make a choice to hope, any dream is possible ... but no dream is possible without hope"
GAIR MAXWELL



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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Surviving the Gift

Stacey knows the true value of a gift.

And how it may not always be recognized as such right away.

Stacey is a Stanford grad and co-founder of Brandplay, a naming and branding consultancy based in Boulder, Colorado. For over 15 years, she has helped create compelling messaging and brand names for clients that include Nike, Levi-Strauss, Nestlé and Coca-Cola, among others.

But, the most compelling message Stacey ever crafted happened when she journeyed within herself to share her story of "The Best Gift I Ever Survived".



How does Stacey's story resonate with you?

Has there been a tragic or unfortunate turn in your life that really comes packaged as a gift in disguise? Perhaps the termination of a relationship, friendship or a career is really a harbinger of better things to come, especially with the wisdom you might gain from a "school of hard knocks' experience.

Do you have the strength to unearth the lessons of treasures buried and embrace those carefully disguised gifts?

If that strength is lacking, will you drop another disguise ...

And ask for help?



“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise”
OSCAR WILDE


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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Words Your Company Keeps

"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after"
ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH


Hello, readers, look at your ads.

Now back to me.

Now back at your ads.

Now back to me.

Do the words your company is using in its ads actually matter?

And can you actually measure the results of your choice of words - spoken or written - as it relates to the impact of your communication?

When in comes to writing an ad, composing a brochure, delivering a speech, making a sales call or building a new website, the answer is a resounding YES! Just for fun, imagine your company needs hired help in the minimum wage category. Scan the following three ads and keep in mind, these are ACTUAL ads posted recently on Kijiji.

Guess which ad triggered the most response?


A)
Company A in YourTown is now hiring experienced server/bartender to start immediately must be honest , reliable, neat in appearance and flexible shifts are Sunday 8-3 monday and most tuesdays off wednesday thursday and friday 430-close saturday 9am -9 pm must be able to work all of these shifts on a regular basis . Position is available immediately Please drop off your resume in person Monday to Friday 11-4 or by email to mailto:CompanyA@yahoo.ca NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE


B)
Small, but busy Vietnamese restaurant requires a full-time, hard working, flexible cook. Will train the right person. Apply in person with resume or application at 123 Main Street @ Young. We guarantee you'll like the food.


C)
Are you one of those oddballs that love to get up early in the morning? Do you think the best time of the day is wasted when most people sleep in until 10am? Do your feet hit the ground running when you get up in the morning? Do you have "Greatness" in you? Do you work in the restaurant business but never have time to spend with your friends and family at nights? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we should talk. Company C is looking a full time server and a full time cook. We want to see your "Greatness".


Within a 72-hour period, Company A had received 104 hits.

Company B put up their ad the same day as Company A, and received 63 hits within the same 72-hour time period.

Company C received 188 hits in the first 24 hours and after 72 hours were up to 328 hits. The telephone rang off the hook with inquiries and a parade of applicants walked in to drop off their resumes. Soon, the owner of Company C felt like he had hit the Old Spice Commercial jackpot, with more applications rolling in than he could keep up with.

Look down.

Now back up.

Look down again.

Where is your company heading with its words?

You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but each day customers and potential employees judge companies by their words. Words help them decide where to shop, what to buy and who they would like to work for. Select the right words and you can influence Texans to reduce their littering. Do you think there is something the owner of Company C knows about the explosive power of words?

Are you employing words in much the same manner as "Company C"?

Would you like to?

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."
RUDYARD KIPLING


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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

An Open Mike

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"
MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr.


This post has been on my mind for some time now.

I am treading on what some might consider thin ice, but if you absorbed last Thursday's post about "Gospel or Guts", this is one of those time when you gotta walk your own talk.

Typically, I avoid the potentially touchy subject of politics in this corner, but not today. The recent New Brunswick provincial election concerns me greatly for the utter lack of imagination, substance or soul that both parties and their spin-hungry leaders displayed. But, rather than beat that nag to death, there is some good news ahead for, provided New Brunswickers can weather the storm of another, fundamentally inept, one-term government.

The ignimonious defeat of the Shawn Graham government and his impending departure as Liberal leader, paves the way for Mike's return to political life. As someone who has known him for 20 years or more, I am hoping for the sake of an entire province, this is the road he chooses. Just for the record, I am not a card-carrying Liberal (or Tory), and nor do I own a marketing firm that stands to make millions from potential government contracts. But, I do think New Brunswick needs the right guy in charge and not since Frank McKenna, has there been one, standing on the political horizon.

The Mike I know is an open book, an ideal leadership candidate for the brave new world of the 21st century Digital Economy. Mike is one of the few who actually "gets it" in terms of where social media is headed and how government institutions need to change dramatically in order to keep up with the rest of the world. He also happens to be kind of guy who can envision what New Brunswick can be, like he did while in Opposition, promoting Moncton as a potential CFL city. (I was there at lunch that day when he thought of the idea.)

Forget, for a moment, about his stellar track record in the private sector and as a cabinet minister. The Mike I know is also one of the few men who is truly best friends with his wife. Mike is not one of those guys who will display one face when Moira is in the room and another one altogether when she is not present. They run marathons together, have raised five kids together and through the ups and downs of political life; have always kept it real.

Like him or not, the Mike I know is never afraid to take sides on an issue, and do the right thing even if it means pissing off those who crave the cocoon of the status quo. And whether it's spending time at the barn with his horses on a Saturday morning or enjoying the odd rum and coke on a Friday night, the Mike I know has never lost touch with how real people think and what they want for their friends and families.

If Frank McKenna is considered to be the best Prime Minister Canada never had, then you will understand why this post can be considered as an open letter to Mike Murphy and his supporters. A way to send a message that this is the guy New Brunswick will need as Premier four years from now.

Because I have absolute faith that the Mike Murphy I know, is someone you would feel comfortable knowing as well.


"Real power doesn't come from elected office, but from inside yourself"
FRANK McKENNA



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