Scare Yourself to Inspire Yourself

January 31, 2012

It scares me just to watch this video of these teenagers rappelling down the side of this waterfall – and it looks incredibly exciting.

Wow!


Be Clear on Your Purpose

January 25, 2012

Why are you doing this? Ask that question of yourself before you invest your time, money or effort. Clarify the purpose of each meeting, program or decision before you commit.

Why are you making this phone call? Why are you attending this networking event? Why are you investing in this marketing idea? Why are you spending time on this administrivia?

Before every meeting, clarify the purpose and time limit. Your meeting will be more productive and people will be more willing to meet with you. For example, I almost never return a phone call in response to a message that states, “Call me”.  My first thought is, “Why?” What would be the purpose of my return call?

Many rules and policies have lost their purpose.

If you find that people are answering your question about purpose with “We’ve always done it this way”, then you know that they are overdue to seriously address this question.

———————————

This is part of the Top 10 Tips to Make 2012 a More Productive and Profitable Year as originally broadcast on the radio show Business in Motion on 93.3 CFMU by your host, George Torok. To listen to the 30 minute radio show, visit the Business in Motion podcasts.


Fail Fast, Fail Often, Fail Cheap

January 17, 2012

Be willing to make mistakes and learn from them. Look at failures as lessons that help you move forward. No particular mistake or failure should be the end of the process. The only decision that you might make that ends the process is the one to quit. Consider mistakes as a cost of growing. Claim your return on that investment by learning from each stumble.

Unfortunately the schools have taught us to avoid failure. The emphasis is on obtaining high marks instead of the learning process. Instead we need to seek success and be prepared to manage the failures.

We tend to learn more from our failures than our successes so if you want to learn faster – fail more often. If you haven’t failed in recent memory then it might mean that you are playing it too safe. For example, if no one ever complains that your price is too high, then it’s too low.

Fail cheap. Don’t bet the farm, because you could lose. Always consider the downside of every venture. Do what you can to diminish the pain.

Thanks to Jim Estill for this powerful advice. I’ve heard him say it often and every time it resonates with me.

—————————–

This is part of the Top 10 Tips to Make 2012 a More Productive and Profitable Year as originally broadcast on the radio show Business in Motion on 93.3 CFMU by your host, George Torok. To listen to the 30 minute radio show, visit the Business in Motion podcasts.


How to Promote Brand You – video interview by James Rick

January 12, 2012

Enjoy this inspiring and insightful video interview with George Torok on the topic of How to Promote Brand You. George is interviewed by Full Potential host, James Rick.

Watch this 16 minute interview.

FP #174: How to Promote and Make Brand “YOU” Stand Out – George Torok with James Rick from James Rick on Vimeo.


What Inspired You Today?

January 2, 2012

By today I mean this week, this month or this year.

Who or what inspired you?

What was it? How did it affect you? Why did it inspire you?

Most importantly – How will you apply that lesson or energy to inspire others?

George Torok