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Driving Ambition

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What drives our daily actions? I think it has a lot to do with our personal ambition. Ambition is a unique word as it means different things to different people. What are you ambitious about? I believe a person’s ambition has everything to do with what they truly want out of life. Ambition is a catalyst for your actions and effort. So let’s examine the known definition:

“an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment.”

Observation

I’m not certain I agree with the stated definition. I don’t think every person who possesses ambition is seeking power, fame, or wealth. In fact, the most ambitious people I have ever met are driven by a deep desire to leave this world better than they found it. They care deeply about giving of themselves to make a difference to others without any expectation of return.

“I would not sit waiting for some vague tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime, and find nothing at the end of the waiting. I would begin here, I would make something happen. ” –  Louis L’Amour, Sackett’s Land

What Drives You?

What are you most ambitious about on a consistent basis? What intention is the driving force powering that ambition? As you think about what motivates you, here is a list of attributes displayed by highly ambitious individuals to help guide you. Ambitious people are:

  • Energized by their work
  • Self-disciplined in their approach
  • Goal-directed daily
  • Passionate about their life
  • Efficient in their actions
  • Intense about succeeding
  • Hustlers as a way of life
  • People who execute as a minimum standard
  • Positive in their outlook
  • Finishers of what they start

“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” –  Roman Payne

How many attributes are you displaying every day? Every ambitious action you take in life puts a brush stroke on your “ambition” canvas. Are you consistent in driving your personal ambitions relentlessly? Ambition is an engine waiting to be kickstarted by you on a daily basis. The engine will never run if you don’t self-start every day.

“Never give up your ambitions.

It’s like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can’t do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.”  – Richelle E. Goodrich

Make a difference today.

Find out about Paul Cummings University demos here.

Copyright 2016: Paul Cummings Enterprises.

Don’t Hate the Hustle

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At the start of every month, I look back over the last 28-31 days of my life and ask myself, “Did I hustle my tail off? Did I give all my sweat, blood and tears to the goals I was trying to achieve?”

What is your perception of the word “hustle”? Is there a positive or negative thought running through your brain? Many people who have never hustled, view it negatively. Talk to any true entrepreneur who dove headfirst into their dreams, and you’ll find all positive thoughts about the word “hustle” because they live, eat, drink, sleep, and breathe the hustle. I love the hustle. It feeds my soul.

Are you hustling your tail off? What are you doing with your time? How are you responding to the pretenders, haters, and negative people in your life telling you to chill out and slow down? What do you say to, “Maybe you should wait and think about it before you go all in? What if you fail? What if it doesn’t work?”

My answer is always, “Thanks for your thoughts and opinions, but I have a different plan.” Don’t be hesitant or slow to go because there is no perfect moment. Just hustle and execute, and make adjustments along the way. You have the capacity, but you must hustle.

Planning on writing a book? Stop planning, and do it. Have a new product idea? Go door to door, and show it to everyone. Go kick “no” in the face. Everything changes when you sucker punch your own doubt and just hustle. TechTown was launched because of hustle. It was created and exists today because I didn’t listen to comments like, “Slow down. We haven’t decided where innovation is going to go.” Innovation is wherever there is a person with a great idea who is willing to hustle and execute.

When I launched Woople, people said, “The space is too big. The market is saturated. You can’t compete with the big boys.” They were right, but we built it anyway and generated $50 million in revenue in 36 months. Hustle and execute.

Check out garyvaynerchuk.com. This dude is the king of hustle and execution. Watch his videos, and subscribe to his YouTube channel. Drink up his mesmerizing message, and ask yourself, “Am I hustling in this way every day?”

Don’t be afraid to promote what you do, what you sell, and who you are in the world. You must not fear sharing your story out of some misguided notion of being thought self-serving. Go tell the world what you do, and master the art and science of the hustle.

The Turn Downs

I have been turned down more in the last 32 years than all the beds in a Hyatt hotel.

So what? It’s part of the life of an entrepreneur. The word “No” is your friend and should be your friend. Just keep moving forward and cut through the rejection with hustle and intense execution. Put on a brand new coat of thick skin, and go blast your way through until you exceed your goals and dreams. This is what people who love the hustle do, and keep doing, and keep doing, and then they begin again.

Love the hustle, and make a difference today.

Find out about Paul Cummings University demos here.

Copyright 2016: Paul Cummings Enterprises.

Who’s Bringing the Donuts?

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See if this sounds familiar. A team member has an idea and floats it to one other person. Look out! A meeting is about to be called. A team begins to gather in a conference room. The markers are out, the white board is in use somewhere else, and six valuable team members are out of the office. All over the world, this phenomenon takes place without hardly a second thought.

No One Speaks Up

As the meeting drags on and valuable time is wasted, people are shifting in their chairs. No one ever speaks up and asks, “Why are we in here?” No one dares to say, “We need to get back to work.” This is a meeting, and it must continue.

The Scenario Is Far Too Common

This scenario is actually more common than you can imagine and plays itself out thousands of times a day in offices all over the globe. It’s not segregated to any one group or particular size of organization. It is not specific to an industry or sector.

Hidden Activity-Based Cost

It has migrated into business culture and has become deeply rooted in far too many cultures. The financial ramifications of this hidden activity-based cost are astronomical. They drain resources and in many instances, delay people from completing important mission-critical items and actions.

Donuts and More Donuts

Hey, look at the bright side. Someone usually does bring the donuts; and there’s always an interesting story or two and maybe even a joke worth remembering. Does any of this justify the meeting? Does any of this justify the brain drain and time waste that this phenomena creates? The answer is: no, it does not!

Let’s Explore More

You may say, “This idea and subsequent meeting are on the verge of becoming a project!” Yes, a long project-based thinking session and collaborative idea gathering. Think of the infinite possibilities: more time away from the real work, more hours invested in an idea that may not in any way support our true purpose, more hours expended and more intellectual capacity wasted as another brain drain is put on the calendar.

Stop the Madness

Am I saying all meetings are bad and a waste of time? No, but far too many meetings fall into this category. It’s a senseless approach to our goals in a world that only gives each of us so much time and yet demands more and more from us with tighter timelines and heightened expectations attached. We can find a better solution. We can stop driving people crazy and let them accomplish things.

Create a Process by Asking the Hard Questions:

  • How do meetings currently get scheduled?
  • Are there any timelines set on meeting times?
  • Who decides who attends?
  • Is the meeting purpose clarified before the meeting occurs?
  • Are the meetings pre-planned so preparation can take place to improve meeting efficiency and results?
  • Has anyone verified that the idea has potential and will in some way fit into our organization’s mission and vision?
  • Is this a meeting called just for “meeting’s sake”?

Discuss these questions among senior leaders, and examine your current meeting process. Ask the hard questions you haven’t asked. Face the truth those answers provide, and stop this drain of your people’s valuable time.

And for goodness sake, bring the donuts! Make sure they’re fresh because we need something positive to come out of the meeting about the meetings.

Facts to Ponder:

  • An estimated $37 billion is wasted annually on nonproductive meetings.
  • There are 25 million meetings held daily just in the United States.
  • An estimated 18% of an organization’s collective time is spent in meetings.
  • 10% of middle managers’ time is spent preparing for weekly staff meetings.
  • Middle and upper management spends between 33% and 50% of their time in meetings.
  • 67% of all meetings have been deemed as nonproductive.

I hope I have reached inside your brain in some way and shaken you up enough to shift your thinking about meetings within your organization.

Make a difference today.

Find out about Paul Cummings University demos here.

Copyright 2016: Paul Cummings Enterprises.