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Lessons Learned From A 9.997 Year Old

Thank you so much for stopping by. I just found this post I wrote a couple months ago and never published. After re-reading it, it is too powerful not to post it. So disregard the timeframe, the message holds true.

Today was a profound one for me. I need to get to sleep, but I feel like I have to get these feelings drafted, even if I don’t get to proof/publish this tonight. I apologize in advance for the length, but I am pretty wound up and I’m expecting to get wordy.

Details:
-travel was awesome, despite running late and having to give up a first class upgrade. Awesome persons 1 & 2 were United flight attendants from each flight.
-Colton found souvenir for mom before he picked his first
-no rain in AL!
-rental car had no cars Colt wanted, but awesome persons 3 & 4 were working at National today in Birmingham and they went to find him a Mustang.
-stopped outside airport to find address for Stadium to learn the game was delayed from rain. Colt happily said we should go to that museum place I found and then go to the game later.
Colton with a piece of history-Barber’s Vintage Motorsports Museum was amazing. Awesome person 5 was working today.
-after museum, we discussed baseball. Weather still beautiful BTW. Options for original college game or minor league. He changed his mind to minor league because they were continuing last night’s rain suspended game, and then another one.
-turns out the stadium is less than one month old and beautiful. As we are walking up, another family gives us free tickets to the game. They were great but I’m not counting them as awesome because they didn’t have a dramatic impact on the day, just made it a little nicer.
-standing in line waiting for gates to open, we meet awesome person 6, the last of the day. He runs a small charity called Written Word Donations (go give their Facebook page a Like) that seems to help quite a few causes, but their mission is listed on FB as getting bibles to people seeking the Word of God. He and Colton talked baseball for 30 minutes in line. He goes to events all over to get memorabilia signed, so he can auction it for his charity. He gives Colton a baseball card for the Barons catcher and a top 10 prospect for the White Sox. Once we get inside, he also buys him a program. We go down to the field to look around, and Colt sees Mike Blanke chatting with a friend during warm ups and gets his autograph on the card. Awesome! I missed the picture (not awesome).
Colt ready for the game-we spend a few innings sitting in the front row by 3rd and Colton gets a foul ball.
-I tell Colt as the 1st game is nearing the end, we should go say goodbye and thank you to our new friend Roger again in case he leaves. We go over there and Colt gets to meet the mascot, gets an autographed souvenir from Babe Ruff, and while we are talking, Roger gives him another card he just got signed from a pitcher than has been bouncing back and forth between the Sox and the Barons. Colt is getting cold, so we say goodbye, lots more thanks, swap cards, and head for the car

That is just the setup. Here is where the learning starts! 3 min into our hour drive to our hotel, Colt is asleep and I start thinking about a day I was nearly crying about just 21 hours prior. My son sees the entire world through a positive filter, and as a result, that is exactly what he what he experiences. He could have been upset about the weather forecast, the fact we only got 1 seat upgrade to first class and he wanted to stay with me, the two hour layover en route, or the delayed baseball game, or the fact that i missed the photo opp with his new hero on the Barons. Instead, he raved about everything: the Mustang rental, the awesome cars and motorcycles at the museum, watching Porsches race on the track. This realization reinforced what I’ve been seeing for the past 3-4 years, since I made a conscious effort to be more positive about my life. I believe completely that what you think about, comes about, but when you are surrounded regularly with negative people, who just see your results through their negative filter and resent even more, it is natural to doubt. My son reinforced for me today, that I control my own destiny, and that seeing life through a positive filter is the only way to life it. I hope he realizes the power he has now, before the negatively of the world around him is able to weaken his spirit. And I commit to see that he does!

To Your Success,

Bryan@BryanSalek.com
Skype: Bryan.Salek

 

Success Tip: LOVE Your Work

Short post today, reposted from my social media updates, but a very important message that I’ve lived to experience the difference. Please like and share to ensure everyone you know gets this message and is empowered to take action to improve their work life, and the rest of their lives in the process.

WORK IS REWARD NOT PUNISHMENT

Your success in any occupation depends on your enjoyment. Loving your work makes the difference. If you enjoy what you do, you’ll be successful. If you don’t enjoy, you won’t.

Love It Or Leave ItYour chances for success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you derive from what you do. If you have a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out. I know that is easier said than done because I went through it, but you must figure out how. You’ll never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.

Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind, enjoyment, and happiness which comes only when you find the work that you like best. You don’t pay the price for success. You enjoy the price for success.

Like and share this message with everyone!

To Your Success,

Bryan@BryanSalek.com
Skype: Bryan.Salek
813-382-2526

 

Prove Your Success To Improve Your Success

Thanks for visiting. You’re going to love this post for how powerful it will be if you do this exercise. Please share, then do the exercise this week and come back to let me know the results.

Do you consider yourself a success? Even if you do, I’ll bet you’ve had periods where you felt like you were not winning, even in the area where you consider yourself most successful. This is because we are so focused on success, that immediately after a win, we move on to the next goal/objective without ever stopping to recognize the accomplishment. Ironically, the most successful of us are the worst at this because we feel like those goals must keep getting bigger, or achieved more quickly, so we don’t want to waste time celebrating when there is work to be done.

Woman Making Her ListAs I mentioned in my last post about taking control and loving your work, I’ve been reading Brendan Burchard’s The Charge and he introduces this idea in chapter 3 with the story of a very successful woman who was feeling like she had lost her edge and was no longer effective. He had her compose a two-page list of accomplishments for each of the past 10 years. She described this exercise as miserable, but one of the most powerful activities she had ever performed in her life.

Even if you are feeling successful, I encourage you to do this, even if just about your current job or business. Block an hour (you may need more) to go through this exercise. By setting a minimum length for your list, you’ll be forced to include some smaller accomplishments, which are those most often overlooked. I am warning you now this will NOT be easy, but it will be enlightening!a story about an incredibly successful woman who was feeling like she had lost her edge.

Once you have your list, I further recommend you develop a system for tracking your wins, big and small, at least weekly. You can keep a journal for your business and require yourself to write entities at least weekly. Or you can keep a list of your goals and document your accomplishments toward each of them as they happen, and review it at least weekly. There are other methods too, you just have to find something you can stick to.

Success List

So, regardless of where you are in your business, take this exercise and apply it to at least one aspect of your life. If you are just starting out, apply this to your job or a personal goal or anything, just to create the habit of recognizing and celebrating your achievements, large and small. Every win is important because they create a feeling of accomplishment which will help you be more confident and improve your performance.

Please leave me a comment below if you are habitual about celebrating your successes, or how the above exercise was for you.

To Your Success,

Bryan@BryanSalek.com
Skype: Bryan.Salek
813-382-2526

 

4 Steps To Love Your Work

Happy Worker

Do you enjoy your work? Whether you are in business for yourself, or an employee for someone else, you should enjoy what you are doingevery day, for your well being and that of those around you. Yes, this blog is about helping people start a part-time home business to improve the quality of their lives, but even if you’ve determined that isn’t for you, you should strive to ensure you love what you are doing.

I am currently reading Brendan Burchard’s The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive, and I was amazed by a point he made in his discussion of the first drive. He states that less than 20 percent of workers worldwide say they are actively engaged and enjoying The Chargetheir work. This statistic staggered me. I am blessed to have a full time job I love, and a part time home business my wife and I share that I love even more. But I can still remember my previous job, before I learned about the home-based business industry, when I dreaded going to work each day. That was a low point in my career, that had nasty effects on several aspects of my life, but that’s a story for another post on the importance of enjoying what you do.

I don’t want to spoil The Charge for you (and I strongly recommend picking up a copy and reading it ASAP), so I am only going to cover one contributor to this worldwide disgruntlement here, which is email. If you’ve read First Things Firstany time management books, such as First Things First from the late Stephen Covey, or been to any time management classes, you’ve undoubtedly already heard the recommendation to disable email notifications on your mail client and mobile devices and only check your email and pre-scheduled times throughout the day. We’ve gotten a bit ridiculous about email these days, assuming that an email sent equates to an email processed. The corporation I work for sent all of us to a multi-day time management training class (a huge expense) focused specifically on how to use our mail client more efficiently, and we spent an entire day configuring it to prevent interruptions during the productive times during our day. Yet the majority of my co-workers, including management, still work under the expectation that sending an email to me means I have processed it within an hour or so. Shame on us!

I have four recommendations about your handling of email to make you more effective and your work life more enjoyable:

  • Make it clear in the people that you deal with at work, that if they have something that needs to be processed critically, they need to confirm receipt, typically via a phone call during which they speak with me. While that, too, is an interruption, some of us do have to deal with time-sensitive issues to be successful in our work, and I find this causes people to redefine what is really “critical.”
  • I like to make a conscious effort to process email in a FIFO (first in, first out) order, as this avoids setting a precedent of immediate response if I pop into my email during my scheduled time slot and answer emails received within the past few minutes (I receive a LOT of emails!).
  • My final recommendation, as implied already, is to schedule email processing time slots in your day. It goes without saying that you want to have your day’s agenda in order before you open your inbox for the first time each day. I like to work through lunch, so I find this is a good time to hit it again, and then at the end of the day to read/respond to remaining items and identify items that need to be priorities for tomorrow.
  • I like to leave my inbox empty at the end of the day, but even if that isn’t possible for you, just these simple steps will make it much more manageable.

I hope you enjoyed today’s discussion. I am certain that following these recommendations will improve your time management, reduce stress, and increase your enjoyment at work.

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To Your Success,

Bryan@BryanSalek.com
Skype: Bryan.Salek
813-382-2526

 

Scheduling Success Around The Full Time Job

This is a short post I’m jotting down before I forget. I was reading a post over at RayHigdon.com that got me motivated to write tonight, and then I started thinking about the cause for my lack of success this past week which gave me my topic. One of the biggest challenges part time networkers face is the frequency that their full time job trumps the success-building activities on their daily calendar.

Hopefully, if you’ve gotten this far (this far being that you are actually reading personal development content because you realize it is critical to your success), then you also know that you absolutely must have a detailed calendar that includes all of the actions you want to make to grow your business. You realize your success depends on both income-producing and non-income-producing activities (like reading this blog), and you must schedule them both if you expect them to get done. I’ll discuss these two types of activities in a future post because it is important you separate them and prioritize them appropriately.

But back to the calendar, my best tip for developing your business calendar to protect it from the spontaneity of life or fluidity of your full time job is to group activities that must occur within certain times and those that do not. For example, I am able to read personal development content and write blog posts at any time of the day or night, and I just have to trade a bit of sleep for that time. On the other hand, making prospecting calls, needs to occur at a reasonable time for a phone to be ringing, at least if I don’t want to get yelled at and waste a lead. By creating blocks of time on my calendar with similar category activities, when my life takes an unexpected turn that prevents me from completing some of my scheduled activity, I am able to quickly move those blocks to the correct areas on that calendar to allow to be completed during reasonable timeframes. Before I started doing this, I used to schedule one block of time to work my business. When an unexpected meeting, or a spontaneous date night with my daughter arose, I would move the block, but then when I sat down to complete the activities during the new window, many of the tasks weren’t possible, at least if I wanted to avoid the browbeating for calling a friend at midnight to talk to them about my business.

I hope that little tip makes sense so you can put it to good use immediately. In fact, pull up tomorrow’s calendar right now and separate your business activity in tasks that are and are not time sensitive. I like to use parenthesis after the task name to indicate the potential window for completing the actions included.

If this tip was helpful, please use the buttons below to share it with your network and team members. Also, I’d love to hear your comments on this topics, and any tips you use for managing conflicts between your multiple calendars.

To Your Success,
Bryan

 

Get Out There!

As I wait for Day 2 of my company’s annual convention to start, I thought I’d take a few minutes to discuss an oft-blogged topic of company events. There are tons of reasons you should attend company events, but I’ve also heard leaders warn against them as a possible distraction from money-making activity. To address the distraction aspect, I think the old adage “anything in moderation” applies here too. As a part-timer, if you are attending event local and online event your company holds, you are probably spending all of the time you’ve allotted to your business on events that aren’t making you money. So look back at your calendar and your goals, and ensure you are that at least 50% of your business time is spent on recruiting or retailing…the things that make you money. 20110806-081425.jpg

Enough of the negative, why should you go at all. First and foremost, this business is about networking. That means you have to get out and speak to people! This is uncomfortable for some, for you, these company events, where you are talking to peers and not prospects, is a safe place to practice. For the rest of you, the value is in learning from your peers and sharing your knowledge and experience with them. Regardless of who you are, I guarantee there are others that know more about some topics than you, and you know more than some others, and the sharing is what makes this industry awesome!

Secondly, if there is an event, there is probably a speaker planned to train on a specific subject, and personal development is the most important non-money-making activity you can partake in. So use that free training to your advantage, and remember to put the new knowledge into action as soon as possible after the event.

I’ve seen laundry lists of reasons for attending events in other posts, but I lump most of them into the above two categories. The last main reason I have to go to your events is just because good things happen when you do. This one is kind of nebulous but let me give you an example. Last night, one of our leaders approached me and asked me to be on his team for a contest that starts this week. The contest has all of the leaders above a certain grade choosing teams to execute a new method for building their businesses and the leaders are competing with one another to see who can achieve the most success. I am currently at a middle rank in my company, along with a significant percentage of my peers, but my persistence, and my presence, allowed me this opportunity to accelerate my success during this contest. That is a long way of saying, if your schedule allows you to attend events without negatively impacting your ability to do the money-making work, you should definitely be there!

Best of luck to you. I’ll see you at the next event!

To Your Success,
Bryan

 

Welcome to BryanSalek.com

Hello, and thank you for visiting! Welcome to my new site! I would like to introduce myself and my blog in hopes of getting your active participation on http://BryanSalek.com to ensure the content remains valuable in the weeks, months and years ahead.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me to offer feedback or to just ask for help.  You’ll see that I live to help others to be successful.

My name is, obviously, Bryan Salek.  I am an IT professional at an incredible software company and a leader/mentor in a super network marketing company where I run a home business with my wonderful wife, Julie.  I also have two amazing children, Cassidy and Colton.  I think that adds up to 5 of the best jobs anyone could ever want.

That leads me to the theme of my new blog: Simple, repeatable steps anyone can follow to achieve mind-blowing success in your spare time.  By spare time, I mean in the time you spend outside of your full-time career.  For you full-time networks marketers, please don’t click away just yet.  I know many of you started full-time because you had to, and many more of you have forgotten how to work your home business while holding a JOB, but you all have reps on your team that are in this very situation, and they are frustrated when you give them your “3 easy steps to success” which makes them think they need to take vacation time to build a team.  For you, this site will be a constant reminder of the plight of the part-time network marketers, and serve as a reference tool for them to be successful in your downline.

Again, thanks for visiting. I look forward to getting to know you.

To Your Success,

Bryan