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.”

WORK

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.

LIFE

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.

BALANCE

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"

WORK

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!

LIFE

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!

BALANCE

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?...

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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 you...it’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"

WORK

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!

LIFE

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!

BALANCE

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...

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