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Surrounded by Passion and Success

I just had one amazing weekend! Having never been in an environment like this, I was blessed with an amazing opportunity. I traveled with my brother, Rob, to Franklin, TN outside Nashville, to the 48 Days Sanctuary for their 2012 Christmas Open House. At this event I was afforded an opportunity to network with many entrepreneurs who have taken the road to freedom to pursue purposeful lives and work. This whole weekend I was like a sponge. I got to listen to people talk about their many pursuits and how they have journeyed through life to be free. The energy and passion in everyone here was absolutely awe inspiring. I have never been in a setting where people were just all about their own dreams. There was an absolutely genuine sense of happiness among everyone. You do not see that very often.

Throughout this weekend, I grew immensely as a building leader and entrepreneur  It built a stronger feeling that the decision to go down this road was the right decision. It may not always be easy, but I know God is pointing me to work that is my purpose, will be meaningful, and that I will love. God has laid out a path for each one of us and the choices in our lives are built around finding that path and living it out. The people you surround yourself with in life bring further influence into how you move  toward God’s path. This weekend was a breading ground of success and just these few hours helped to build more confidence in myself that I can do this and so can anyone else who feels they may be stuck in that career that is not right for them and that is stifling their lives.

While at the 48 Days Sanctuary  I took times to step away and walk around the property to process and think about the experience and what it means for me. I took in the wonderful scenery and just contemplated it all. What a beautiful place Dan and Joanne Miller have, by the way. After this weekend, I have made a definitive decision in who I will surround myself with into the future to help drive my own aspirations. People like those the 48 Days Family are who I need to be around. When you surround yourself with people that drive your energy, you will be energized yourself. The energy here was amazing.

In your own life, be aware of those you surround yourself with. If you are around people that sulk in their work and our miserable in what they do, chances are that you will fall down that same path. If you have dreams and passions you want to pursue, surround yourself with those that help you bring out those passions, that will drive you to successes in your passions and give you fulfillment in life. It is part of a key that will unleash your full God given potential.

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Building Strategic Partnerships

This weekend, I have been blessed with the opportunity to join my brother Rob, founder of 180 Career Coaching, along with our partner, Randell Mark, founder of Intentional Legacy, as we congregate in Nashville for the 48 Days Christmas Open House.  I am absolutely thrilled about the chance to spend this time with my brother and getting to meet people, such as Dan Miller, founder of 48 Days and co-author of “Wisdom Meets Passion.”  Getting the opportunity to meet and network with people who have found the freedom to do the work they love, gain insight from them, and potentially build future partnerships is going to be absolutely amazing.

This morning, I have been thinking about this and about the idea of strategic partnerships as an entrepreneur and business leader.  There will be much more about this posted in the near future, but Rob, Randell, and I are on the verge launching partnership in 2013 with the goal helping business leaders, employees, and entrepreneurs learn how to navigate through generational changes that are every present in the workforce today.  As a partnership, we will work together bringing our own skills and abilities to the forefront to help drive a successful team.  More to come on that, as we get closer to launch.

Forming strategy partnerships, however, are an instrumental way for businesses work together and bring wins to all involved.  One article I read noted that strategic partnerships are critical for businesses as businesses cannot do everything on their own to be successful.  For us, partnering is instrumental as it helps us use the best of our abilities with each person focused on critical peaces of the business function.  This can be relationship building, identifying customer needs, relationship building, and gaining commitment.  As a partnership, different partner can have a significant focus all working toward the common goal of driving successes.

As I mentioned, strategic partnerships also help to bring out wins for all involved as each partner can do something that helps the other partners.  For example.  I could partner with someone who may have a book their promoting, so when I conduct my seminar and web events, I can promote that book, while the partner can potentially push clients my way.  There are so many ways that this can work.   It is all about win-wins and successful partnering can bring that about.

Looking forward to what 2013 will bring!  It’s going to be exciting when we fully launch and I can announce the full scope to you all!

Talk again soon.  God Bless!

It’s All About People

I was reading a blog today from John C. Maxwell regarding the importance of relationships with people.  He was talking about people who may have a tendency to blame office politics or other problems for not being able to get ahead.  This made me reflect about people in general.  Several years ago, I was at a conference where the key message was that we are just people that are helping people.  A very simple approach. Sometimes, we may tend to disregard the relationships that we build with people and the impact they have in our lives.  I have found that those relationships are very profound.  Getting out and networking with people can help you build relationships that can help you build a stronger career or help your business to grow stronger.  I know this may sound trivial as many of us love meeting people and building those relationships.  At the same time there are many that do not value getting out to meet people and don’t build those relationships.  I know from experience.

While I have worked hard at my career growth and my education growth, I was not always the greatest at building those relationships and networking to help myself grow.  I have grown to understand that this is such an important part of growth for everyone in their work and in life in general.  My experience can be a great example of how people can turn themselves around and learn to take advantage of the relationships that they build to build stronger futures.  Through the relationships I have built, I have been able to find my real path as a leader and entrepreneur.  I was able to use the relationships to my advantage and built the courage to forge ahead with building a new business.

If you find yourself own the shy end in your work or keep yourself more closed off, but at the same time you want to still grow or get that promotion, you still can.  Getting to meet people and know people is important.  You can help yourself to get there but getting out of that comfort zone.  The relationships we build can help to define your future, but it starts with you.