It's easy to spot the amateur...


"Inspiration Is for Amateurs—The Rest of Us Just Show Up and Get to Work"

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I just finished listening to this book about the Ronald Reagan presidency written by beloved writer Peggy Noonan. 


I am looking for great. 
Great writing. 
Great people. 
Great times and movements. 

Who did right?
What was true leadership?
Extraordinary leadership and, yes, 
Everyday leadership.  

In the book, there was a quick conversation about what the amateur was like, how they were spotted. 

It struck me so...
So much that I looked more up more about today's amateurs and found these 3 interesting pieces! 

  1. “The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.” ― Steven Pressfield
  2. Or as Seth Godin says.  "True professionals don't fear amateurs....  If you're upset that the hoi polloi are busy doing what you used to do, get better instead of getting angry."
  3. Or how Tony Robbins and Farnoosh say that success is for amateurs.  And guess what they are sooo right!  Success is in the journey, finding happiness and peace there and not just when you get the big wins.  

You should know...

--> Bad press can be bad business. 
SeaWorld is losing 6% year after year. 
If you walk the park in the heart of the summer it's dead!
Snapchat lost $1.3 Billion after Kylie Jenner asked if the platform was still relevant!
Or is it bad business is just bad business?
You decide.

--> Apple is heading into the Healthcare business as an “independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population”


How others are managing...

--> 5 Quick Tactics For Finding Hundreds of New Customers (That Your Competitors Aren’t Using)  (Cliff notes version: Parasite SEO, Multi-touch marketing, Redirect exit-intent popups, Paid content marketing campaigns, Facebook Messenger Marketing)

--> In case you missed it... 16 top sales leaders and entrepreneurs share their best sales advice and tips (Cliff notes version: View failures as learning opportunities, Invest in your own education, Hire a sales coach, Have a plan for every sales call, Check your ego at the door and learn, Put in the extra time to be well-prepared for every sales call, Embrace the challenges that come your way, Focus on being consistent, disciplined, and ditch the “hacks")

There's lots of conversation today on Blogging Made Simple.  

How to give...

--> The conversation in our house today is how it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. 
(47 muscles to frown; 17 to smile)
Make it a good life.  
Smile more.


Quick side note from Ashleigh.  Here are my most favorite tools ever.

  • For audio motivation - Relentless by Tim Grover. I listen to him as I was in the mornings.  My walk always becomes a power walk after listening. 
  • To focus during the day I love to focus@will.  They say music helps you focus and for me it surely does.  I blare the classical music.  I am not sure how many people my age choose that over techno but either way I love it.
  • Rosemarie Groner (from the Busy Budgeter) is a friend and I just LOVE how much she gives everything away.  She tells you and anyone she can her detailed way to making money!  Start with her Pinterest Strategy Guide that is worth every penny.  Not. going. to. lie.

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