“Success requires no explanations.
Failure permits no alibis.”
– Napoleon Hill
As I’ve always said, this blog is about my life as a father and husband and not only business. So this post is more related to the things I really love, my family and supporting them in what they do.
Our family really enjoys this time of year. The kids are back in full swing of basketball mode and we are doing our best to follow them around to get to all their events. All of my kids are attending American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, Arizona. Daxon’s season has just got underway (8th grade) and they are 1-1. I’ll have some game tape for him that I’ll share soon.
I have the opportunity to help coach Tia’s team. She’s a junior this year and has started out strong. Her stats can be tracked on MaxPreps HERE
This past weekend we played in the Holiday Hoops women’s Basketball Tournament in Phoenix and Tia was named to the All Tournament All-Star Team. Our first game was probably her best where she had 29 points, she was 7 for 9 from behind the three point line, had 16 rebounds and 8 steals.
It’s going to be a fun year watching both Tia and Daxon, we are really looking forward to it!
One of the things that I have prided myself with in my company is our team communication. It would make me proud to hear someone else from our team talking to a new employee or a potential employee and tell them how great our team communication is.
But the other day I received a call from one of our team members that had some concerns. His concerns had caused some problems between him and another team member. The problem is that as we discussed the situation I came to realize that the entire situation was created because of some poor communication from me.
In Dave Ramsey’s book,EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches he says, “One of the hallmarks of winning companies is they are very intentional and effective at communication.”
For the success of a company and a team we must always be reminding ourselves about the importance of intentional and effective communication.
“The easiest way to feed your beast is to spend time learning something new or learning how to be even better at something you’re already doing.”
“You cannot get to the next phase of a project without a grander mind-set, more acceleration, and extra horsepower. Your thoughts and actions are the reasons why you are where you are right now.”
A couple of weeks ago I had a friend suggest that I read the book On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life by John O’Leary. It’s a great book that I didn’t want to put down. I was amazed and inspired by O’Leary’s story which really makes the reader think and reflect on their own lives and what drives them.
When John O’Leary was nine years old he was nearly killed in a devastating house fire that he had caused. With burns on 100% of his body he should not have survived. He tells his unimaginable story and the impact others had on him that gave him the desire to fight for his life.
We all have our challenges in life, some are a lot tougher than others. How we face those challenges and the decisions we make will direct the outcome of your life. Some just want to give up and quit rather than face their problem.
Read On Fire. O’Leary helps us to see that we can choose our path and decide the direction of our life regardless of the challenges we face.
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The header of my blog says, The Life of a Father, Husband and Entrepreneur. I use that because my post may jump around a bit. I enjoy writing about the business side of life but the father and husband part of my life are by far the most important to me. That’s why one of my categories is Heggie Life. This is the category that is more focused on family and events than business.
I enjoy the fact that we do a lot together as a family and when one person in our family has an opportunity to do something we can usually find a way to make it a family event. My kids are active and involved in a lot of things. My oldest two, Tia and Daxon, are the most active and I love following them around.
We recently moved from Alberta, Canada to Queen Creek, Arizona for business reasons. My daughter had a basketball coach a few years ago at the Michael Jordan Flight School basketball camp that heard we had moved and he invited her to come to California to play on his basketball team, the Candace Parker GBL Rebels, for the West Coast Fall Exposure Tournament.
It turned out to be a great weekend for the whole family. We were able to spend a day at Corona del Mar, Newport Beach and then two days in the gym watching Tia play basketball.
School basketball will be starting soon for Tia and Daxon. They attend American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, CAN’T WAIT!
We are all trying to do the same thing. We all need our content to be seen by more eyes. But more importantly, we all need our content to be seen by more of the right eyes. We are all working so hard to get in front of our potential clients, but are we doing it the right way?
For the past number of years I have been working with Eric Chang from Airau Marketing for my online strategies for Kodiak Mountain Stone. Eric is brilliant and is always taking things in exciting, new directions.
Now Eric is giving you the opportunity to learn from his expertise to get your online content in front of the eyes that matter.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is so vital for you to get your information in front of the right people. People are out there looking for your product or service, but without the proper SEO they are not going to find you.
Eric will be launching an SEO Private Mentorship Group! You do not want to miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the best. I think that Eric should be charging thousands of dollars to be sharing his knowledge and expertise with this group, and I know you would feel that it was an excellent investment at such a price.
But as crazy as I think it is, he’s only charging $150.00 for an Exclusive Pass to this SEO Private Mentorship Group. But he is limiting the group to 10 people. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity and book your spot today HERE
As I have been spending some time studying new books and reviewing others that we have previously used in our Kodiak Mountain Stone Education Plan I have enjoyed learning new things and refreshing my mind with things I have been taught in the past. Tonight I was reviewing my notes from a book that I loved and we had used in one of our education meetings in the past, Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money, by Rabbi Daniel Lapin.
Thou Shall Prosper is a well written book giving a practical approach to making money and creating wealth based on the principles of ancient Jewish wisdom. Lapin outlines his ten commandments of making money that Jews have used for centuries to be successful in business and finance. Whatever your faith or background, you will be able to benefit from the thoughts and ideas outlined in this book. He teaches that a person’s quest for profit and wealth is inherently moral. In our world today there’s often a negative view toward people who are trying to get ahead and make money. Just try telling someone that you’re learning what it takes to be rich, to be a multi-millionaire and watch how they react. Some will be positive and supportive but many, if not most, will look at you as greedy, selfish and maybe crazy. But the fact is that you cannot make money without benefiting other people. He says, “the only real way to achieve wealth is to attend diligently to the needs of others and to conduct oneself in an honourable and trustworthy fashion.”
The Second Commandment
Extend the Network of Your Connectedness to Many People
Today I’m going to focus on The Second Commandment where Lapin teaches the importance of networking and our replationships with people. He teaches that you need to meet a lot of people from all different areas of life. He also explains that cities offer the most opportunity for making wealth. It makes sense that you have a better chance of succeeding in business or with wealth if you go to where people are. You can have the best business in town with 100% of market share, but if there are only 500 people in your town and they are your entire market, well, you see your limitations.
Our company, Kodiak Mountain Stone, is a perfect example of this for me. We started Kodiak Mountain Stone in Cardston, Alberta, Canada and continue to have our head office located there. The support we have had from the community for our business has exceeded my expectations and I’m grateful for such tremendous support. But Cardston is a community with a population under 4,000 people. To grow our company we had to extend our reach far beyond the boundaries of Cardston. When you look at some of the cities we sell in now, if we have a very small market share of that community it could be much larger than 100% market share of Cardston. You have to be where your customers are.
As you look to expand your network you will be successful if you focus more on building genuine relationships rather than looking for people that can do something for you.
“On the face of it, this book’s Second Commandment advises you to build genuine and sincere relationships with as many people as possible with no thought of reward. Beneath the surface, it informs you that, paradoxically, reward will follow in proportion to the lack of self-interest you projected while forming the relationships in the first place.”
At Kodiak Mountain Stone I’ve stressed to my team that people want to do business with other people who they like and trust. In Thou Shall Prosper we are taught that if we succeed in business it will be because people like us. Everyone has a choice who they deal with and it’s through your actions that people will decide if they want to deal with you, and your business, or not.
Thou Shall Prosper shares a great perspective on building wealth and money. Daniel Lapin shares some excellent insight on the topic. This is a great book that I would recommend reading but I would also recommend re-reading it, making notes and reviewing them often. The ideas shared in this book will help you in your business and professional lives.
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What is broke? It’s having an empty wallet, nothing in the bank account. It’s having nothing. Yes, that is right, but broke is a lot more than that because broke is also a mindset. Broke is an attitude. Broke is a spirit.
Daymond John’s book, The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage takes you through a journey where you can see entrepreneurs that have been broke financially, spiritually, mentally and in most cases all of the above. But they have figured out how to take advantage of their situation, put in the work, efforts and smarts to succeed.Daymond John is the perfect person to write this book. He could have just used his owner personal story alone to teach us The Power of Broke. Daymond went from having nothing, to building his company, FUBU, into a six billion dollar brand and then on today to be a best selling author, fashion and business guru, motivational speaker and celebrity. Many will recognize Daymond from the ABC hit show, Shark Tank. But in addition to helping us learn from his story he uses many other stories of entrepreneurs to show us how they’ve done it too.
The Power of Broke shows us how often entrepreneurs become tremendously creative when they are in their deepest state of desperation. When their backs are up against the wall and there are seemingly no options left, they figure things out. Daymond shows that in many of these stories if it were not for the deep state of desperation with no options left, they probably would not have found the creativity to find the solutions they needed. In fact, if they were not in such a broken state, if they had the money to move forward they probably wouldn’t have seen the same success they have. They wouldn’t have made decisions in the same way. They wouldn’t have been forced to be creative.
The Power of Broke is a book that I’ll add to my suggested reading list. I enjoyed learning from the stories he shared and I found it to be a source of motivation and inspiration.
One of the reasons I loved The Power of Broke is that I love to hear the success stories of entrepreneurs. I love to hear the struggles they have overcome to succeed and in this book Daymond shares some great, motivating stories. If you love stories like these too, check out our podcast, Entrepreneur Next Door. At Entrepreneur Next Door we interview the everyday entrepreneurs and share their stories. Our hope is that our podcast will help promote the businesses of our guests but more importantly will also help to inspire and motivate our listeners when they hear these great stories. If you are like me and love to hear how other entrepreneurs have done it, check us out at Entrepreneur Next Door but also make sure to grab a copy of The Power of Broke and learn from the stories Daymond tells us about.
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