Social Media Celebrities?

It Will Take All You've Got
It Will Take All You've Got

When I asked Tiger Woods those two questions a while back, do you remember the answers?

  1. “Out work ’em!”
  2. “Since day one.”

Social Media Examiner, a new favorite social media “how to” site, posted an article two days ago.

Just had to share it. The 5 pros and the 5 cons are spot on.

Make no small plans…

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World-Class Readers

Business, Pleasure, or Both?
Business, Pleasure, or Both?

Most of you know I love social media and actively (meaning daily) use the big guns – LinkedIn, Twitter, You Tube, Blogs, Facebook, etc.

LinkedIn has many uses besides posting a plain vanilla resume.  It can be used as a micro-blog platform too.

Well, yesterday I received a LinkedIn reply from someone who’s parents instilled in them, as young children, to read a book a week.

Reading a book a month separates casual readers from serious readers.

Reading a book a week separates the serious readers from the world-class readers.

World-class, of course, is in a class by itself.

I know this from personal experience, but not in the category labeled reading.

Four Tips to Be World Class

How does a person or an organization become world class, and stay world class? Here are four tips to do just that.  First, however we need to state the obvious:

It’s a double edge sword isn’t it?  If consistency is the hallmark or quality, and continuous improvement is the key to becoming (and sustaining) world class status, how do you balance risk and reward?

Let’s use this example from yesterday.

As a professional speaker, there are several goals for every presentation:

  • Give a speech to change the world
  • Never give the same speech twice
  • Ask great questions
  • Get the audience to reveal the key points

Let’s review from a different angle, what you just read:

  • Have passion and faith that impossible is possible
  • Be authentic, not going through the motions
  • Know where you want to go and be prepared to get there
  • Lead, don’t manage

The second set of bullet points states the common sense theories that we all nod our heads in agreement when we hear them.

The first set illustrates how I internalized these common sense things to make them work for my particular role in the business world.

Now it’s your turn. Take the four common sense bullet points and make them your own.  Tomorrow, I’ll share how practicing what I preach led to an amazing result.

You don’t have to any of this.  And maybe that’s a leader’s biggest challenge, doing what’s easier rather than what’s harder.  So here’s a fifth tip – being world class means out working your competition.  Most people hate to admit this.  And then they wonder why they aren’t world class.

jungle jeff – The Wellness Fanatic?

Masters World Championships, Finland
Masters World Championships, Finland

jungle jeff is absolutely a wellness fanatic.  Most don’t realize this.  Why would they realize it?  Why should they?

I started with one push-up per day for a week and then each new week, add one more push-up per day.  After six weeks, that’s six push-ups per day.

Also started running one mailbox per day for a week and then each new week added another mailbox.  After six weeks, I was running past six mailboxes.  Then walked back.

Through continuous improvement techniques learned at work (fortune 100 company), managed my boredom, injuries, motivation and goals – and after a decade, guess what happened this past Summer?

From one push-up per day ten years ago, to representing the USA at the WMA Master’s Track & Field World Championships in Lahti, Finland.  Men’s 400 meters, 50 – 54 age group.

So, excellence can be attained in virtually anything, but you have to be willing to set an impossible goal, work incredibly hard and never give up.  Ya with me?