Thursday, October 15, 2020

"Dream So Big You Get Uncomfortable"

We all have dreams of something better in life. What holds us back from obtaining those dreams? Many times we believe our current situation is what we deserve. Despite what we think or say we want in life! Many of us are too "comfortable" in our current situation to apply the discipline needed towards our dreams. Let me explain…


You want the big promotion at the job or for your business to clear a million dollars in revenue. Based on your experience, you may feel you deserve the raise or that million dollars in sales.

But unfortunately, your "experience" is not enough in this new global innovative market place! "Experience" for some, creates a comfort zone. You must be willing to get "uncomfortable" to outwit your competitors in sales or to beat other candidates for that promotion.

Understand success takes continuous improvement! You may have to take time from your personal life to take your career or business to the next level.


Do you even dream big now? It's easy to get distracted by life's everyday routines & obstacles. The older we get, it seems, the smaller our dream becomes. We believe the time is running against us instead of for us.

The only thing that disturbs most people at this point is "disruption of comfort." Recently the pandemic created this discomfort for millions of people worldwide. It revealed who was dreaming big and small! It open door for opportunist & close doors for the "comfortable."

Right now is the time to dream big! Right now is the time to be uncomfortable about your current situation! Look right now at your life; it's a reflection of the daily choices you've made since you've been an adult.


In closing, DREAM BIG! Don't get comfortable in any part of your life or work, particularly if you plan to achieve something extraordinary! Life is too short, my friends. Please realize it's a journey filled with life worthy obstacles and challenges you should take to create the life of your dreams! So aim for the discomfort in life...Let me give you some pointers; please listen to my 2-minute lesson:

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Surround Yourself by Shawn Randleman

Every day we're surrounded by both positive and negative people. Every person we come in contact with, even if we don’t realize their effect on us, has an impact. What’s interesting is we don’t truly see an individual’s influence on our lives until they do something to get our attention--good or bad. Think about it - in every relationship we start, both parties believe in something good about the other person. This belief is often at work with our perceptions of our friends and family, but, when it comes to building success, we MUST forge great connections! So, what’s the secret to developing a lifelong relationship that helps you grow? In this month’s installment, I want to reflect on this wisdom: “Surround Yourself with Greatness.”


As a rising leader in your career or organization, it’s essential for you to surround yourself with great people--not just good people! The biggest mistake most professionals and entrepreneurs make is wasting time building relationships with the wrong types of people for their journey. Work is a place you create CONNECTIONS, not relationships! Over the years, I’ve noticed we've blended the lines and this may have a significant cost. Loss of productivity, lower revenue, high turnover, and workplace inequality are all likely consequences of not understanding the key distinction between a connection versus a relationship.

Focusing on developing CONNECTIONS is essential to professional success. Many of the inequalities we face as humans in work or life occur because we don’t first seek connection. Naturally, we want to build relationships in all areas of our lives, including at work. But, relationships are predicated on attraction and emotions. A connection is different; it sees no biases. No matter our race, gender, or other external differences, we all have something to offer the world and each other. We must learn how to CONNECT to each individual's purpose around us! How? Be open to the way the people around you think. Seek common interests in work-oriented goals. Spend time discovering ways to improve your communication skills.


No matter where in the world we’re from, we are all born into a community. Even orphans have a circle of humans who shape their environment and early experiences. The hardest part of discovering our TRUE tribe is seeing how our history (i.e., early childhood and adolescent life) plays out in our present decisions. During our first 18 years of life, we aren’t given free choice regarding who surrounds us. We are forced to develop our circle(s) of influence in the environments given to us. These initial environments shape the way we connect and build relationships.

Fortunately, in most countries, at 18 years old, we have the opportunity to choose the environment in which we WANT to grow. The unfortunate truth, however, is that most people never make a move. They attempt to surround themselves with greatness, but, they choose the wrong types based on who was in their environment during their formidable years. Believe it or not, the advice you get from most people is not bad advice! It’s just the wrong type of guidance for your growth. You MUST find your circle of personal influence and surround yourself with it for life.


Focus at work, and in life, on building connections BEFORE relationships to have a balanced, successful environment. If the people you hang out with now are not elevating you to greatness,  you must let them go to succeed. As my mother would say, "You show me your friend's son, and I will show you your future!” As a child, I stated, "No mom, I make my own choices! They don't make them for me!" I’ve realized the majority of the good or bad decisions I've made throughout the years, influence at some level was based on the environment and my "friends." Even though our choice is our own, the people around us and our environments govern our responses.

Letting some people go does not have to mean disappearing altogether--or “ghosting” as the kids say. Rather, gradually reducing the time you spend with anyone who slows your pace towards greatness is strongly recommended. Spending more time with new people of influence, increasing your circle, and creating an environment of growth, is vital to your success. I explain this further in "Surround Yourself." 

Please take a few moments, listen to my thoughts, and let me know what you think in the comments!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

"At The End Of Your Life" by Shawn Randleman

Life is a journey with many opportunities and failures with one guaranteed conclusion, it will end. None of us know when or how we just know it will happen one day. Are you living every day as if it was your last day here on earth? Think about it life is about experiences! How many experiences have you had so far in life? In this edition, I reflect on the thought... ”At the End of Your Life You Won’t Remember All The Times You Played It Safe"


Do you do what you love right now? Honestly ask yourself that question! Is your reasoning for your current profession choice is to maintain your current lifestyle? As you reflected on these questions think about what you want to do with your time each day. What I’ve learned over the years is purpose-driven work provides the greatest satisfaction and long-term growth. Right now you can start by taking 10% of your time on discovering self-purpose and self-regulation at work.

Small steps every single day toward your big picture always wins, no matter how long it may take you! Too many people in this world look for ways to make money fast, doing less work or no work at all. Successful professionals understand the importance of living purpose-driven lives, advancing their skills and exploring new horizons. If you not working towards your purpose your just wasting time on your life's journey. Time is non-refundable therefore It’s priceless in value!


Working hard towards your purpose can be very time-consuming. The average highly productive professional works approximately 12-16 hours per day during the workweek. It’s important to reward yourself with experiences in life, not just material items. As you create your purpose-driven plan you must create achievable milestones with rewards. The reward should motivate you to the next level, I highly suggest taking trips around the world over anything else.
Traveling opens your mind to new purpose-driven agendas. It allows you to see the world form many different perspectives. Try new exciting once-in-a-lifetime adventures while embracing amazing cultural experiences. Moments like those are never forgotten and can never be taken away. If you have a family I believe these rewards should be centered around your loved ones. Remember you take time away from them doing your purpose-driven mission. So invest the time back in your loved ones!


In closing the average life expectancy is about 80 years old now. How old are you right now? Have you accomplished everything you desired in life? Professionally did you achieve your full purpose? Don’t forget the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated the average professional will have 12 different career changes! So are you stuck in a non-purpose driven career or business? At the end of your life, what will you pass to the next generation? Or will you be a forgotten soul? Are you willing to invest the time and money to create the purpose-driven profession & lifestyle of your dreams?...

Let me explain this further, please listen to my 2-minute lesson:

Sunday, January 12, 2020

A Man Sees In The World from Shawn Ryan Randleman

Today, I realized it doesn’t matter what I've shared with you or my clients professionally. If YOU don't put your heart behind the INFORMATION that I give’s pointless! Why? I can't control how you see or interpret the world. Only you can make that choice, it must come from the heart. In this edition, I reflected on the quote "A Man Sees In The World, What He Carries In His Heart"


Are you unhappy in your current profession? Chances are you're going to stay unhappy no matter what promotion they may give to you. It's important to find a profession or business in which you enjoy all your heart. Careers & businesses both cost time and money to master. Success is the result of “sacrificed” time, money and, more importantly, energy! If your heart's in it, you won't care about the sacrifice. You will enjoy every minute of it!


We all dream of an ideal lifestyle, in which we can help our loved ones. So why is it, a little over 20% of people will come close to achieving their dreams? Why is it you can envision or “See” what you want out of this world, but never obtain it. It's a simple reason, you never put your FULL heart behind what you “see”. So it stays a dream, never to evolve into reality. I believe we all have the capabilities but not “heart” to obtain success!


As you & I see the world, I believe we discover what we want in life and work. Let us follow our hearts more. Let’s put our hearts towards the goals needed to assist us, in achieving the greatest...

Let me explain this further, please listen to my 2-minute lesson:

Thursday, December 12, 2019

"The Decision To Go" by Shawn Ryan Randleman

2020 is upon us and I want to deliver you, my followers, more Success Never Sleeps articles in upcoming months. So starting today every month on the 12th I will be releasing a new article.  Let's kick this off right! 

I’ve had the privilege to meet some very talented people with amazing ideas. Each with the hope that we can make their ideas a success. Not realizing that the only person that can make their ideas a reality is them. Making the right decisions to go forward no matter what! I believe too many times, we slow ourselves down on the journey of life, by not making the right decisions! So today I want to reflect on why “The Decision To Go” makes or breaks entrepreneurs and professionals in all expects…


Would you get up at 5am in the morning Monday thru Friday to give yourself more time to conquer your goals? Many of us will say yes, few of us actually will. Decisions like this define successful professionals from unsuccessful ones. No one can change your life, it starts with you! There's a long journey between your thoughts and the manifestation of your ideas.  Ideas can only be given life only through critical and precise decision-making. The bigger your idea is, the greater the distance you'll have to travel, the more decisions you will have to make and the more goals you will need to accomplish. Remember, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu.


Decisions in day-to-day life,  I believe are more complicated than work. Where we live? What we eat? How we dress? What or if we drive? Who's are friends? What’s our next vacation? What are we doing today? Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! Each with a cause and effect in our development towards the future we desire.

You must realize every day is an amazing day, full of possibilities. You must decide to get out and go meet new extraordinary people! Success breeds Success! You never know, you might meet someone who can change your life and the way you make decisions forever.


In closing, you must understand this golden rule of successful decision making...What you do with your time and money in order to make your ideas a reality makes or breaks the success of your organization or your career......Let me explain this further. Please take a few moments and listen to my thoughts on "The Decision To Go":

Friday, April 12, 2019

A Dream Without A Plan By Shawn Randleman

Good April 12th #Smartpreneurs & thank you for sharing this special day with me! This birthday I'm reflecting on the subject "A Dream Without A Plan" We all aspire to achieve our dreams, but many of us fail to plan. We have this crazy belief that our plans can stay in our heads and still be executed physically. This is so far from the truth! Highly successful people know you must write or type out your dreams, but more importantly, create a process to obtain it. Let's explore the perspective of "A Dream Without A Plan"...


Despite what other professionals may say...If you want someone to believe in your dream you must make it a reality on paper first! How do successful people convert dreams into real businesses? A change of mindset! If you dream it, you can plan it out. In order for your dreams to manifest at work, you must have the passion to seek the proper knowledge & resources at any cost. As you gather your resources around your dream you should document the process, cost and how the resource will be used. This is the beginning of the planning process towards your dreams in your career or business


Too many people walk into our office every day not knowing how to give thanks, for all the achievements they accomplished so far in life. We all dream of a better life, but to achieve it we must appreciate the past and give thanks for the present! The reality of our dreams depends on what we accomplish at work. If your work goals are not supporting the lifestyle you want. You really need to reevaluate your current work positions. In achieving the lifestyle you deserve, work & dreams must align for massive success.


In closing, almost every human on this planet has the capabilities to plan and fulfill their destiny in life. The problem is most people rather "dream & talk" instead of "plan & act"! The dream empowers the vision, but without the passion to plan the process. You will dream of a lifestyle until the end of your time with no real-world results...Let me explain this further, in my 2-minute audio lessons:

Please take a few moments for yourself and listen to my thoughts on "A Dream Without A Plan"

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"Don't Take Life So Seriously" by Shawn Randleman

Good April 12th #Smartpreneurs & thank you for sharing this special day with me! In today's political, economic and global social environment. It's easy to raise anxiety and stress levels to the max. Which can relate to health and fatigue issues you may be having in your life. Despite all the bills and responsibilities we have. We must escape this reality and become more child-like! Let's explore some productivity methods in work & life you can use, so you "Don't Take Life So Seriously"...


As a professional, we've been taught to "Do The Job"! By doing the "job" we get paid. If we don't do the job right, it's a high possibility of getting fired or replaced. If your living like this, chances are you not working in what you love. The first step for a professional to stop taking life so seriously is to "Doing What You Love, every day". I know this is hard for many career professionals, but by taking 90 minutes per day focusing on your purpose. It will change your life completely! These 90 minutes should be spent on developing the skills & resources needed to mastering your purpose. Start today! 12 months from now you would have spent 547 hours on your own purpose. How does life look now?


Our lifestyle is a perspective of our needs and wants from our eyes. It has been proven that man can survive without a home, car and all these fancy things the world tells us we must have. The majority of people's stress in life is because of their wants, not their needs. A homeless man wanting a "cigarette or alcoholic beverage" instead of a "meal or shelter". A middle-class worker wanting a "luxury car & brand name clothes" instead of “Paying off their home or Investing".  Stop trying to keep up with everyone else. Set goals live within your means, save and conquer! In order to make life less "serious", you must get rid of unnecessary stress.


In closing nothing in life is worth your health! More people die from stress than any drug on the planet. If your life is hard because of the choices you've made in the past. Today matters in order to change your life, you must make the decision today to stop taking life so seriously...Let me explain this further. Please take a few moments and listen to my thoughts on “Don’t Take Life So Seriously”: