Category Archives: Inspirational

Do you like my work space?

So this is my “work office”.

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Problem: My workspace is awesome, too awesome in fact. I like to think of it as the Bathsheba of work places; if I’m not careful it’ll seduce me away from my responsibility.

Solution: Two principles I live by at BlitzMetrics. Do, Delegate, Delete (DDD) and Learn, Do, Teach (LDT).

The first principle is simple; Do, Delegate, Delete, DDD for short. Natural inclination is to skim over and procrastinate work responsibilities (school included here). By following DDD you can accomplish tasks and efficiently manage your time.

Anytime a task pops up the natural marketer in all of us is inclined to push it off. Don’t do that.

When you get an e-mail, open it and go through it right then. If you can’t do that, delegate it. Then when you’re finished with something delete or categorize it.

By following DDD I keep my unread inbox at zero everyday. Sometimes this takes an hour or two spent only in my inbox. But I’m able to stay on top of my workload.

DDD is effective, but it is only the “How” of productive work. Without a “Why” you’ll never be successful.

Learn, Do, Teach is the “Why”. 

The reason I’m able to maintain my drive to work from home is simple. I believe in LDT. I’m not in marketing for the money. LDT is about having an impact at what you do aside from monetary results.

Call me old fashioned, but I still believe in making a positive difference in the world. LDT is the first ripples of positive change.

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DDD and LDT are two of nine core principles my company (BlitzMetrics) fundamentally teaches. We call them the 9 triangles. Each of the triangles contains principles that transcend past marketing. They hold true to various aspects of life.

If you’d like to know more about the 9 triangles message me on my Facebook page.

Other than that, I’d like to know what 3 items you’d put in your dream office? An icee machine, a putting green, a massage chair, etc, comment below.

Why Risk It?

Every year while I was growing up my family would vacation at Lake Powell.  It was always the week of Summer I looked forward to most.  I loved Lake Powell.  The scenery, the weather, the boating.  Even today one of my favorite smells is the mixture of gasoline emissions over the scent of fresh water.

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I think you all know what I’m talking about.  Some things just go well together.

But my absolute favorite activity at Lake Powell was to go cliff diving.  I loved the adrenaline rush of jumping off a 40 foot cliff into a pool of water.  Not to mention all of my siblings, and cousins my age were girls, so I felt kind of cool always having the most bravado of the group.

Well as the saying goes “nothing good lasts forever”.  Somewhere along the lines my feelings changed.  I lost my passion for cliff diving.  If I were at Lake Powell right now and someone suggested it to me I would be more than sufficed to chill in the boat.  Staying dry, sipping on a Dr. Pepper, enjoying the sun; sounds pretty nice.

It’s not only cliff jumping I’ve lost my pizazz for though, it’s adrenaline seeking in general; taking risks, doing potentially dangerous things.  And perhaps the worst part is, I don’t even feel too sad about all this.

I guess it is just the way of life.  I do have good news though (and no it’s not that I saved a ton of money by switching my car insurance to Geico).   I still pride myself on the fact the I have enough bravado to take risks in life.  The spectrum of my risk taking has simply shifted.

You see I’m a big proponent of risk taking (ps. being a proponent of something doesn’t necessarily mean you live it) but I try and take a healthy amount of risks.  In school, work, dating and socializing, across the board I like to keep it exciting.  Risks make life interesting, they teach you valuable lessons when they don’t turn out, and are some of life’s greatest surprises when they do.

It’s often said in sports there are two ways to play the game.  You can either play not to lose, or you can play to win.  Put it all on the table, aim your shot for the baseline, swing for deep left field, drive it hard to the hoop, go all in.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you which approach is more effective.  (Spoiler Alert) It’s the latter.  And if there is one thing I’m sure of, it’s that sports lessons transcend well into life lessons!  So take more risks, push aside your doubts, unshackle yourself from your fears, and live life the only way it should be lived.  The only way it deserves to be.  Without regrets.

 

Front-runners vs. Underdogs

Last night was the College Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson.  BYU didn’t make the playoffs so as I fan I was sitting on neutral ground.  But between you and me I found myself rooting for Clemson.  If only for the sake of tiring from Alabama.  I mean it feels like they win the dang thing every year!  I’m sure many of you felt the same.

Alabama is undoubtedly well coached and a classy organization from top to bottom.  But they are a program of front runners.  Because of their reputation and recent success they have a strong advantage over most other universities, including Clemson’s, in their recruiting.  Alabama had 43 former High School Under Armour All American’s on its roster last night; Clemson had 8.

Although Clemson was the higher seed, you could very well make the case they had no business winning that game.  And of course, the results are in, they lost 45-40.  But what about all the countless other underdogs of the world?  Do they have a chance at success?

Many of our cultures famous figures have notedly been underdogs.  You’ve heard the stories.  Michael Jordan was cut from his sophomore basketball team.  Albert Einstein dropped out of school at 15, and later flunked his entrance exams for a polytechnic school in Zurich.  Thomas Edison famously highlighted his discouragements by saying “I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.

One of my personal favorite tales is of Reggie Miller.  He was born with hip deformities.  When he was five doctors told his mother he would likely never be able to walk normally.  He overcame those odds and went on to become one of the all time great shooters and competitive players in the NBA.

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So what about the rest of us?  Are these stories of meekness turned to greatness applicable in our lives or only outliers?  Now I’m not going to sit here and feed you some line about “follow your dreams, and anything is possible” etc. etc. lest I lose my credibility.

I will say this; in my own experience I’ve come to emphasize with Mr. Edison’s words.  There is something to be said about having the determination to pursue your ambition even when your first, second, fifth, twelfth, and thirtieth attempts are unsuccessful.

I attend BYU.  They boast having the best advertising program of any undergrad school in the nation.  It is only partial enrollment.  The first time I applied, I was not accepted.  I did get in the second time.  Next I wanted to apply for the creative track to be a copywriter.  I worked hard, prepared well, and knew the professors.  I applied but was not accepted.  I re-committed myself, continued to develop my craft and applied a second time.  Again I was not accepted.  Since that time I have had two paid jobs copywriting for ads that have been published in a number of different mediums.

I believe there is no learning without failure, at least not for me in my life.  I’m not afraid of failing anymore.  I don’t view my defeats as failures, but opportunities.  Not getting accepted has pushed and motivated me to work harder at my craft and inspired me overall to grow as a person.

Failure is part of life, but don’t let it derail you from your journey.  Enjoy the journey, failures, successes, side-excursions and all.  Whether you aim to write a novel, or a blog; paint a portrait or a sketch; or dare I say to make a positive change in the world.  Pursue it, make an effort, always keep trying.

Personally I’ll never consider myself a front runner.  Not in advertising, garage bands, or on the basketball court.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.