The Most Important Person in the Room According to Jeff Bezos

Do you know why most small businesses can’t get off the ground?  Are you one of them?  The challenge is that most businesses don’t know who their customer is!  Even those who have done the standard customer avatar roadmap on a business model canvas, few delve into it as deep as they should given it’s importance to any business.  You don’t know what you don’t know and the customer is who you need to know!

Jeff Bezos at Amazon obsesses over his customers.  He wants to meet their needs and wants and desires.  Even beyond that he anticipates what they will need and want and desire and invents it for them.

Steve Jobs said he invents what his customers want next.

As  Henry Ford said,

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

 

Bezos says it is not the customer’s job to know what they want, it is his job.  He loves it!

 

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Why Sales is Important for Everyone

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to get what they want and others don’t?  The reason why some people seem to always get their way is because they are very good at the skill of influence and persuasion.  The mainstream term people use and most have a bad association with is sales.  We are all in sales whether we like the stigma that comes with it or not.  People just use different labels for it most of the time.  As Peter Thiel, billionaire investor and co founder of Paypal, says in his book “Zero to One”

“….almost everyone whose job involves distribution— whether they’re in sales, marketing, or advertising— has a job title that has nothing to do with those things. People who sell advertising are called “account executives.” People who sell customers work in “business development.” People who sell companies are “investment bankers.” And people who sell themselves are called “politicians.” 

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“Whatever the career, sales ability distinguishes superstars from also-rans. On Wall Street, a new hire starts as an “analyst” wielding technical expertise, but his goal is to become a dealmaker. A lawyer prides himself on professional credentials, but law firms are led by the rainmakers who bring in big clients. Even university professors, who claim authority from scholarly achievement, are envious of the self-promoters who define their fields. Academic ideas about history or English don’t just sell themselves on their intellectual merits. Even the agenda of fundamental physics and the future path of cancer research are results of persuasion. The most fundamental reason that even businesspeople underestimate the importance of sales is the systematic effort to hide it at every level of every field in a world secretly driven by it.”

We are always influencing and persuading.  The trick is to become aware of what we are doing so we can achieve our outcomes and the other people we are communicating with.

So here are two questions to make you more heart centered and caring about not just your own outcomes during the interaction.

Will this person’s life be better off?

Will the world be better off by the person taking action?

The reason you want to be more caring about the other person is because sales is about service and meeting the other person’s needs.  And in turn you won’t be that pushy aggressive sales person. You will be a person who cares deeply for others and as a result your success will also follow.  Life supports more of that which supports life.

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How to Follow Through on Your Vision

A client asked me the other day, “How do I keep my eye on the prize….physically, mentally, emotionally?”  It hit home for me because it was something I had lots of challenges with and I still do once in a while.  As you get higher and higher on your climb of your mountain of success the challenges will get harder and harder.  Just like in a video game the levels get more and more difficult.  The good part is that you also get better and better!

The first step is getting clear on your vision.  What do you really want?  Not what you think you should do to get approval from others like your family, friends or society.  What do you truly want deep down in your heart?  The more you ask yourself this question the clearer your answer will be and it will be a continuously evolving process as you grow and start to achieve your goals.  The deeper anchor behind what you want is….why?  What’s the reason you want it?  You want to make sure it’s an empowering and inspiring purpose that is good for you and others and will fuel you to pull through the hard times because they are inevitable.  Have you ever heard/watched/read a story that shows the hero/ine rise straight to the top without any pain, struggle and hardship.  If you did it was probably really boring.

The reason we have the pain is because that is our workout to get stronger and become a bigger person.  And the reason of becoming a bigger person is so you can give back and contribute more to those following in your footsteps.  What’s your legacy?  Will you be a warning or an example?

What you need to do is set up a life and daily workout program that consists of the specific/consistent actions/rituals you will take every day to create the results you want and more importantly help you become who you need to become.  What do you need to do in each area of your life (physical, emotional, relationships, time, financial, mission/career, contribution, spirituality, celebration) every day to create your version of a successful life?  It’s not set in stone…if something isn’t working you can change it to something that is working better for you.  And it will change inevitably as you grow and become stronger.  The key is to test things out and see what works for you.  Your rituals will evolve and you will refine and innovate them.

That being said, all this talk needs some action behind it.  So….

What are one or two daily rituals in each area of your life you can put in place to get the results you want?  What is your formula for your success?

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Delicious and Nutritious Dinner for Less than $15

I struggled a lot in college and my early working years after I graduated with eating healthy.  There were two main reasons for this.  The first was I didn’t have much money and fast unhealthy food was cheaper and more filling (or so I thought).  The second was that healthy food seemed so difficult to make myself at home.  These reasons affected me a lot physically of course, but also mentally, emotionally and financially over the long term.  It was not a fun cycle and it limited me from taking my life to the next level.  How could I live up to my full potential without my physical body operating at optimum levels?

When I finally did some research and learned from people who were eating healthy consistently on a budget I realized I was telling myself stories that weren’t true.  I too could live a healthy, energetic and vital lifestyle even though I didn’t have much financial resources!

I always loved red meat and was thrilled to find out I could pick some up at the store for less than $10 and it could be a meal for two days.  In the past I would go to a restaurant to treat my cravings and spend $20 or more and it usually wasn’t the healthiest option.  As a side note – today I do limit my animal consumption for health, moral and ethical reasons and allow myself to eat animal products based on certain criteria I defined for myself.

The video shows a simple meal I chef up regularly.  It costs less than $15 and serves up four meals.  It is grass fed meat which is usually the only way I go when I eat meat.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Grass fed bison
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Scallions
  • Roasted pepper sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato sauce
  • Salad
  • Parmesan cheese

My suggestion to you would be to choose a few go to meals you can master that are staples in your diet and you can rotate through for variety.

Bon appetit!

How To Snowball Your Motivation

Do you ever have trouble getting started on something?  Or perhaps you get stuck in the process of a project and don’t know what to do next.  I have had plenty of those moments and they still pop up for me.  A client of mine mentioned this happens for her as well and she went on to ask, “how do you snowball your motivation once you do get going?”  It can be tough to keep the momentum going when you run into a road block which is inevitable.  One way is to reframe the idea of problems as challenges that are part of the process you are going through.  They are the workout you need to become the bigger stronger person you need to be so you can have a greater impact in this world.  Also I love the quote that says, “every problem is an opportunity in disguise.”  If you choose to look at your problems this way, which is what successful people do the entire paradigm shifts.  It’s not always easy as life can have it’s ups and downs, it is worth it though.

When it comes to business successful entrepreneurs take on an experimental mindset and test their ideas.  They do not see things as right/wrong, they test the market/their customers to get feedback and then refine their ideas.  Most people get tripped up in business because they are doing it to meet their needs vs. their clients’ needs.  It’s true many businesses start with the founder scratching their own itch and the ones that go on to become profitable also make sure to come up with solutions for their customers.  They find out the answers by reframing the problems they are up against as experiments and they test them to get real life feedback and information.  In the video I talk about three simple questions my friend, a successful entrepreneur who sold his business, asks himself when getting started each day and when he gets stuck.

What’s the simplest thing you can do now?

What’s the easiest thing you can do now?

What’s the thing that will give you the biggest return on your time?

Those are the questions above!  What do you think.  Are you willing to try it out when you get stuck?  If you find it useful or not send me some feedback so I know 🙂

Live Life to the Fullest Everyday

Do you ever feel like you are missing out on things in life?  Do you ever feel like there isn’t enough time to do and experience all the things you want?  I used to feel that way a lot and I still do at times.  It helped me a lot when I realized that the opposite of these thoughts can also be true if we choose them to be.  You can experience more than you want and have more than enough time.  For those of you who don’t think this is true guess what….you already do!  You have been blessed with this gift called life and you have lived today if you are reading this and that is more than many people on this planet have ever had.

And the fear of missing out is exactly why you should go the extra mile to take care of yourself and be the best you can be because when you operate at your highest level you get to experience more of the juice in life!  Take care of your body so you do live a longer, more vital life.  And because ‘you do only live once’ seize every moment you have and make the most of it because they are gifts that aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.  So to get over this fear of missing out and that life isn’t long enough maximize who you are so you can fully experience all the gifts life has to offer.

How To Develop Healthy Routines

Do you ever wonder why some people effortlessly have great looking bodies, are strong, have tons of energy and why others bounce from thetrendiest diet/workout programto the next and still cannot get the body they desire?  I used to be caught in that trap and it’s no fun.  I hated feeling sluggish, overweight and insecure about how my body looked.  After reading tons of books on fitness and nutrition and learning from some of the best people in the world I realized it came down to a few simple things.  Fit people have certain routines they follow day in and day out to get the body they want.  It is a lifestyle, not a once in a while workout or diet program.  The video explains more.  Enjoy!

Night Time BioHacking Glasses

At the end of the day my eyes are worn out after looking at screens.  And I still am looking at screens in the evening!  These glasses do the trick for me.  They block out the blue light, ease my eyes from screens and they add a cool night vision tint to everything!

I wear them 2-4 hours before bed so my eyes and body know it is time to start winding down.  They are awesome.  If you want to check them out you can find them here .

If you get them I would love to know how your experience is with them.  Feel free to email me or connect with me on twitter or facebook.  Also if you know anyone who would like to learn about how to enhance their sleep share this with them!

 

BioHacking Glasses For Better Sleep and Optimal Energy

Do you have trouble sleeping at night?  Is your sleep quality not as good as it used to be?  I recently saw Dave Asprey speak at Tony Robbins’ Unleash The Power Within event on the bonus health day and he talked about his biohacks to live a more optimized life physically and mentally.  This was one of them that I decided to experiment with.

If you want to check out the glasses you can find them here .  Don’t worry they won’t make you tired once you get used to them and then your sleep will be much better which will give you more energy during the day to get more done and have more fun!

If you get them I would love to know how your experience is with them.  Feel free to email me or connect with me on twitter or facebook.  Also if you know anyone who would like to learn about how to enhance their sleep share this with them!

Create and Produce More than you Consume

Be a producer.  Create amazing things for other people that makes their lives better.  I used to constantly want to consume everything.  Consume food, consume, television, radio, clothes.  It was a nonstop endless addiction that grows more and more hungry and never can be satisfied.  If you want to live an epic life that has an impact focus on creating.  Create amazing art.  Create amazing products.  Create an amazing conversation with someone.  Create a great workout for yourself.  This makes life better.  This is where the juice of life is.  It is the high road and the more challenging one.  It is also worth it.  The hard work you put it pays off ten fold.  At the end of each day ask yourself, “Did I create and produce more than I consumed?”