Double Down (Work, Work, Work)

Good Thursday Morning!

I work a lot.

A lot of days and a lot of hours.

This was something that I was very proud of for a long time, and then there was a year window there where I had wondered if I worked too much and “missed my 20’s”.

Now I actually wish I would’ve worked more.

Yes. MORE.

I realized that I could’ve gone harder.
Been more focused.
More driven.

How many hours did I spend playing Call of Duty??? (Yikes)
How much time/money did I spend on parties?? (Dumb)
And most importantly, HOW MUCH DO I LOVE THIS??? (A ton)

Rest, play, and recovery and MEGA important, and I acknowledge that.

So, maybe I didn’t need to work more days or more hours…just more meaningful days and hours.

Or the same hours on more meaningful things.

I say all this for 2 reasons.

1. This time of year is about DOUBLING DOWN.
Everyone else is getting distracted, and slowing down. Look around and you’ll see it, and when you do, realize that this is your shot to start lapping people!

It’s time to grind man.

2. This is what success looks like; WORK.
It’s about the LOVE for the process, not the desire to have something. There needs to be a big GOAL to chase, but the love is about enjoying the day to day.

Enjoy the work!! 🙂
-NG

Offense or Defense (The 2 Mindsets)

Good Tuesday Morning!

There are 2 mindsets in life. Just 2…

Offense
or
Defense

Offense is about “scoring points”.

Think about the person being on attack.
It’s acting on an idea, it’s making a move when you see an opportunity, it’s waking up early to grind, it’s staying late to grind, it’s taking action.

There is an ASSERTIVE nature to being on offense. You execute and you ask for apologies when you’re wrong. It’s positivity and action.

Defense is about “blocking points”.

Think about the person being defensive, or having a defense mechanism.
It’s hesitation on an idea. They talk about a move when they see the opportunity. It’s having a reason to sleep in, it’s finding the excuse to leave early, it’s complaining.

There is a PASSIVE nature to being on defense. They tell you why it won’t work or why they can’t do it. It’s negativity and excuses.

Offense is Positive

The people on offense undoubtedly MAKE things happen, and they have a more uplifting attitude about them, a CAN DO attitude, a WILL DO attitude. It sounds like positivity and the conversations enroll others to join them.

My friends, this epiphany of offense and defense is a powerful one, and when playing offense is a core value to you, opportunities really start to open up…over and over and over and over.

If You’re on Defense…

When you find yourself on defense, there are two things that can help immensely;

1. Give thanks – When you think about it, what do we REALLY have to complain about? We work in a great district, in a great region, for a fantastic company, in the country of opportunity, on a fine of a kind planet.

2. Mind sweep – Stress can bring on defense. Get that stuff OFF your mind and on to paper. Let it live in your planner, or your journal, or a note in your phone, and NOT in your brain. Then, look at the list, and get back on offense…ATTACK IT.

Here’s to LESS comfort zone, and MORE offense 🙂

-NG

Crazy Lucky (The Lottery of Life)

It’s mind boggling how lucky we are to be here.
The odds of being born a human are 400,000,000,000 to 1.
That’s so unlikely to happen that it’s practically impossible…yet here we are!
It’s like winning the ultimate lottery!!

 

So then what do we do with it??
Do you have any idea the amount of time I spent my ONE life complaining???
Do you have any idea how much time I spent working on things that add no value to anyone?
Or how much time I spent sitting on a couch doing something unproductive?

 

Someone said to me the other day that I never seem to relax. I’m working on SOMETHING at all times.
Most of that time is business related…why?
Because I love business? Yeah that’s a part of it.
Because I want to do a good job. Of course that’s part of it.

 

The main reason…it’s because being a business man gives me the opportunity to be a positive influence in other peoples lives.
That epiphany that I wrote about yesterday? I want to spread that message.
I am lucky enough to have hit the 400 Billion to one lottery that is LIFE.
And I realized recently how special that is.
And I don’t want to waste a freaking second of it now that I know what I’ve got!

 

Crazy Lucky… So I work hard doing what I love…building! 🙂

 

Thank you, and good morning!

Find What You Value (The Epiphany)

My opinion is…

Values vs Tactics, values will always win!

Quick Reminder:
Tactic = A tip. An action. A life hack.
Values = A religion. A ritual. An overall philosophy on everything
Without a doubt the most powerful lesson in this has been that when I follow my Values (my heart), all the things that I used to add tactics to solve have started to take care of themselves…Examples:

Conversion –

I don’t track it, send it out, worry about it, or even talk about it!
     It’s UP 5% over the last 6 weeks w/ a 13% traffic increase.

Inventory  –

I don’t have extra things that I do this year, I don’t talk about it, and inventory audits are getting better and better.

Staffing –

Same as above, and the quality is better, there are less rehires, and we’re building something special!
       *Of course there is always exceptions, and those are the times where we DID have a 1 on 1 about some of these things.
Think hard and identify. That’s important, because you need to have the “goal” to hit.
From there you can get there with Values or Tactics…I suggest using BOTH…but just know the POWER comes from Values, the tweaks come from Tactics.
What do you value? What is so important that you can’t imagine working without it?
Another way that I’ve been saying it lately…What’s the POWER SOURCE that you plug into? What turns things kinda gray when its missing, and when it’s there, things are electric!
Mine was hard to find because I was looking for obvious things like; winning, or teaching. It wasn’t until this year, through a series of small epiphanies that I finally had MY REAL LEADERSHIP EPIPHANY, and I realized that…
-To focus on “winning” is to win small. To focus on people builds a legacy.
-Positivity has a halo effect. People can FEEL that halo and they want in on it.
-I talk less, and listen more.
-I’m more patient as I listen
-I’m more deliberate with my feedback
-I’m going to stay on the damn phone with you until you get it.
-I don’t say “my phone is always on” b/c you don’t care about phones…I tell you I am always on…and I am!
-Everything I try to do now is for others.
-Ego has evaporated.
-Anxiety for what others think has gone and we can just work on building something amazing 🙂
     I’m still adjusting to this btw!
SO I ask you again….What do you value? What is so important that you can’t imagine living without it? Start there, and GO HARD because no matter how many hours you spend on that thing, the work is never done, and it’s ALWAYS enjoyable!
Thank you!

It’s Values vs Tactics (The Power of Positivity)

It’s Values vs Tactics, and Values Win

“Positivity is a force multiplier”

I’ve embraced a lot of things in my life; Leadership, discipline, simplicity, passion…but they all just felt like tactics that I was attempting apply.

There was a certain “staying power” that was missing.

Tactic = a tip, an action, or a life hack
Values = a “religion”, a ritual, or a philosophy on life

The value that I’m going to talk on today is the power positivity and optimism.

You Can’t Fake It

The thing about positivity is that I couldn’t “fake it until I make it” last year no matter how hard I tried.

The positive mindset is not a tactic that can be applied. It’s a value that you have to FEEL and believe in.

Once I saw the power of it, and found my path to it, I was able to resolve 30+ years of residual negativity. From that, good things have happened over and over.

What is it? And how do you get there?

Call it Karma.
Call it God.
Call it “The Universe”.
Call it the Law of Attraction.
     Whatever…

The thing is, it occurs differently to all of us, and we all take different paths to get there, but the over reaching effect that it will have on a person is incredible!

My path to positivity was trough people and work. I had to put my ego and reputation aside and go help others.

Being selfish by nature, this was not an easy thing to do! But when I said “to hell with what people say and think” I was able to go do what I wanted and created some truly special relationships.

The Crazy Thing About This…

All the tactics that I’d tried to enact just started happening naturally (leadership, discipline, etc).

All the books that I read, and all the things that I’d looked up that never “stuck” started to be automatic. Started to “just happen”.

I lost my value of “getting credit” and through that I found my path to positivity.

In my life I’d made true attempts at complaining less, acting more grateful, listening more, being a better person, etc etc etc.

But it was never a value. It was always a tactic that was being forced on top.

And we all know how well FORCING something generally turns out! 😉

So What’s Your Path?

Of course only you can find the answer to that, but I strongly recommend examining your ego and looking at what it’s doing to corrupt your plans at personal development.

Find your guiding light (karma, god, etc) and put your best efforts into achieving the goals that get you there.

Small hint, it’s going to involve helping people in some way, I promise!

Love you!

-NG

 

Employee Motivation Quotes

31 Killer Employee Motivation Quotes (That are Actually Impactful)

Before you get going on these quotes, read this: Leaders Don’t Motivate. They Inspire.

I’ve got 31 Employee Motivation Quotes for you, but First…

I want to be sure to state my belief that I strongly feel employees need to be SELF motivated. It would be a bit hypocritical for me to post this and not state that.

Now Inspiration, that’s a different story!

The two words, motivation and inspiration, they get swapped in and out a lot, and they are NOT the same thing.

  • Motivation is an internal trait
  • Inspiration is an outward force that can be applied

That said, there is times that you do need to add some employee motivation with some quotes and speeches.

  • Maybe you just took over some new employees that were de-motivated by a prior manager.
  • Or you realized that you have de-motivated your employees and need to change the momentum.
  • What if you have lost YOUR motivation and need a spark?

Show the team that you care! Your words are powerful when delivered with passion and from the heart. Use these quotes to inspire and, of course, HAVE FUN!

Ok, so here we go…

31 Killer Employee Motivation Quotes (that are actually impactful!)

Change what you do so you can change how you feel.

 

If it feels like it’s you vs the world, chances are it’s really you vs yourself.

 

Gimme a reason to fight for you and I’ll fight to the death for free.

 

The people who are going to be successful are going to find advantages in any situation.

 

Thinking is NOT doing I post this because I struggle with it, not because I’ve mastered it and not because I’m immune to it. . . . Thinkers are brilliant people but we can sometimes get bogged down by over analyzing. Or like in my case, I think that because I asked a great question that it will do something. It won’t. That’s because THINKING IS NOT DOING. . . . The secret to success lies in ACTION. And that sounds obvious, but ponder the amount of great ideas that you’ve had that you didn’t do anything with…Invention, app, website, business, GOING TO THE GYM… . . . Every second matters. So waste none, take action, get started!! Employee Motivation Quotes
Thinking is NOT doing.

 

I don’t need more time. What I need is a deadline.

 

It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box.

 

If knowledge is power, then learning is your superpower.

 

If you argue for your limits, you get to keep them.

 

Find the sense of who you are, then it will translate into an ease and confidence in how you come off to others.

 

Courage is not the absence of fear.
Courage is taking action in the presence of fear.

 

Jocko Willink is a former United States Navy SEAL and author of Extreme Ownership - How US Navy SEALS Lead and Win. He teaches leadership techniques that he used in battle to apply to business teams. Jocko is INTENSE and inspirational. Here are his most memorable quotes...

 

Bold words don’t cover lazy actions, just like good frames won’t save bad paintings.

 

Fear is a fictional story written in our mind. False Evidence Appearing Real.

 

Today’s work turns into tomorrow’s success.

 

Successful people do what others don’t want to do and they in turn get extraordinary results.

 

The essence of competitive advantage is doing different things, and doing things differently. 

 

Employee Motivation Quotes
Losers focus on winners.
Winners focus on winning.

 

You’re not missing your target because it’s harder. You’re missing it because your softer.

 

People tend to become what you encourage them to be not what you nag them to be.

 

Your abilities say WIN. What does your attitude say?

 

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

 

Don’t count hours worked, track impact made.

 

Leaders think and talk solutions.
Followers think and talk problems.

 

If you aren’t in over your head, then how do you know how tall you are?

 

Motivation Quotes for
Don’t water the root, water the apple.

 

If you want to do something you’ll find a way. If you don’t you’ll find and excuse.

 

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing wrong.

 

Tough times don’t last forever. Tough people do.

 

You deserve the life you tolerate.

 

How to never lose…never quit.

 

Notice the difference between asking “can I do this, and how am I going to do this?

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Use these great employee motivation quotes to rally our team, and be sure that you speak it from the heart and be refreshing honest!

Thanks,

-NG

Leaders Change Lives

I’ve worked at Journeys a long time. I’ve got asked why 1000 times. I’ve had a few different answers over the years, but now when someone asks me why I love it at Journeys, the true reason comes out of my mouth naturally, effortlessly, and POWERFULLY.

My answer…

“The leadership. Yeah, I love shoes. Yeah, Journeys is pretty cool store and we play loud music, and I’m embraced for having tattoos and stuff…but it’s because of how much the people above me care about me. I’ve been through two rough patches in my career, and both times it was because I had friction with my leader. The rest of the time, I’m not just expected to do great, I’m TRUSTED to do great.”

You’re quote of the day…STAND AND FEEL YOUR WORTH

As leaders, we change lives. 

Worth saying again because it’s so powerful. WE CHANGE LIVES. 

Now, is the change you create POSITIVE? That’s a question you have to answer 😉 

Thank you!

-NG

Lao Tzu Quotes

27 Mind Expanding Quotes by Lao Tzu

Who was Lao Tzu?
You could also ask “Who was Laozi?”

Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, and has also has been referred to as Lao-Tze, and Laozi.

His given name was actually named Li Er. Laozi is a honorary title, which was romanized in many different ways leading to our name-confusion.

Either way, it’s all the same guy!

He is the author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism….However, in the mid-twentieth century, an argument was made by scholars that the person known as Laozi is doubtful to have actually existed and that that the Tao Te Ching was “a compilation of Taoist sayings by many hands”. 

Of course, many others argue the opposite, and there is actually no way to know for sure!

What we do know is, no matter what name he goes by, and whether or not he actually existed, there are some INCREDIBLE quotes that he’s credited for.

These quotes are all simple and elegant, but at the same time make you think about yourself and your own views in a very deep way.

Expand Your Mind with this Essential Collection of Lao Tzu Quotes 

When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’ -Lao Tzu

 

If you do not change direction, you may end up where your are heading. -Lao Tzu

 

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. -Lao Tzu

 

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. -Lao Tzu

 

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. -Lao Tzu

 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. -Lao Tzu

 

Great acts are made up of small deeds. -Lao Tzu

 

Lao-tzu-quotes

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. -Lao Tzu

 

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself. -Lao Tzu

 

He who talks more is sooner exhausted. -Lao Tzu

 

Act without expectation. -Lao Tzu

 

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. -Lao Tzu

 

Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere. -Lao Tzu

 

More quotes from Jocko Willink, Navy SEAL and all around badass

 

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. -Lao Tzu

 

Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness. -Lao Tzu

 

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. -Lao Tzu

 

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. -Lao Tzu

 

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. -Lao Tzu

 

To lead people, walk behind them. -Lao Tzu

 

Lao Tzu Quotes | New Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings

 

The further one goes, the less one knows. -Lao Tzu

 

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. -Lao Tzu

 

When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you. -Lao Tzu

 

Remind yourself daily, there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. -Lao Tzu

 

He, who tries to shine, dims his own light. -Lao Tzu

 

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. -Lao Tzu

 

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-NG

Get the Results You Want!

Good Tuesday Morning!

“If you’re not getting the results you want, change what you’re doing.” –Adam Robinson

You’d think that would be obvious.
You would think people would pivot, or they would change, but they don’t.
They do more of the same.
They double down on what they’ve already done.
They try harder.

Or…

They look for reasons as to why the results aren’t what they want.
They try to justify so they can keep doing more of the same.
They make excuses 🙁

Either way….

They keep doing the same thing expecting different results.

Ok, so how do you change what you’re doing?
A great starting point is to take a moment to call someone for outside perspective. As they look at the issue, since they are not attached to it, they can help you see the solution easier.
Then you have to listen, and try something different!

Or….

Try doing the opposite of what you have been doing.
Go the other way completely!
If you’ve been interviewing a few people, start interviewing a ton!
If you’ve been working 45 hours a week, start working 60.
If you’ve been working 60 hours a week, try working 45
Of course this new direction might not work either. And In that case change again, and again, AND AGAIN.
Embrace change and learn to love being uncomfortable 🙂

Thanks,
-NG

P.S. I write about things I struggle with, or have struggled through, not things I’ve mastered or things I’m immune to.

 

Leaders Don’t Motivate, They Inspire (and the difference between the 2)

A long time ago I had a conversation with a District Manager about motivating people. They had this big explanation as to why it was SO important.
At the end of the explanation, I aggressively disagreed…
I don’t motivate. I don’t teach others how to motivate. It’s not our job, and it’s not an effective form of leadership.
Let me explain…
I believe it is our job to FIND motivated people. Self-motivated. Driven. Ambitious.
See, motivation, to me, is an internal trait. You gotta bring it to me so I can help you do something with it.
When it’s missing, then we have to motivate people to do their job…in short, we have the wrong people.
I came up with an analogy to explain my argument:
I’d rather inspire my Varsity Team to win championships than motivate my JV Team to try harder.
 
Ahhhhhh, now inspiration…THAT’S the business we’re in!
We inspire Action. Change. Growth.
Our conversations should make people want to go do the things they struggle with.
      Maybe we add clarity…and then they see it.
      Maybe we add urgency…and they go do it.
      Maybe we show them we care, so they know we’re her to catch them if they fall.
      Maybe we teach them an easier way, so they can overcome it.
Let me explain the difference in these 2 real quick:
Motivating = Talking people into trying harder. They don’t WANT IT, and you try convince them they do. You want it for them more than they want it for themselves.
Inspiring = Challenging people to see more. They WANT IT, (bad!) and are on the right track, but on the wrong train. You help them find the right train.
If you want motivated people, you have to find them, not motivate them.
And you should check out my 7 Employee Motivation Quotes to Shake Things Up…they are NOT what you think!
Thanks 🙂
-NG