Switch

Switch

  • May 8, 2018

For the month of May I’m recommending the book Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard written by Chip and Dan Heath. We all know that one constant in our lives is change. Switch asks the following question: Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle, say the Heath brothers, is a conflict that’s built into our brains. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your diet. Summary We all know that change is hard. It's unsettling, it's time-consuming, and all too often we give up at the first sign of a setback. But why do we insist on seeing the obstacles rather than the goal? This is the question that bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath tackle in their compelling and insightful book. They argue that we need only understand how our minds function in order to unlock shortcuts…

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Broadcasting Happiness

Broadcasting Happiness

  • April 4, 2018

This month I’m recommending a book called Broadcasting Happiness by Michelle Gielan. We are all “broadcasters” and are constantly transmitting information to the people around us. The messages we choose to broadcast can either create success or hold us back. By using the principles and strategies highlighted in Broadcasting Happiness, I’m confident that you will not only be happier and more successful, but become a better leader impacting others in a positive way. Summary New research from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience shows that small shifts in the way we communicate can create big ripple effects on business and educational outcomes, including 31 percent higher productivity, 25 percent better performance ratings, 37 percent higher sales, and 23 percent lower levels of stress. Broadcasting Happiness will help you: - Inoculate your brain against stress and negativity - Drive success by leading a conversation or communication with positivity - Rewrite debilitating thought patterns and turn them into fuel for resilience and growth - Deal with negative people in a way that lessens their power - Share bad news more effectively - Create and sustain a positive culture at work and home - Help people move from negative to positive in…

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Capital Gaines

Capital Gaines

  • March 2, 2018

The book that I’m featuring for my book club this month is Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff. I know that this isn’t your typical business book. However, this book is full of Chip Gaines’ enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, his willingness to take risks and his positive outlook on life. Chip and his wife Joanna are the stars of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper and ended their fourth season with 5.21 million viewers.  Within 4 years, the Gaines went from a handful of employees to 600 plus. In 2017, their shopping complex, Magnolia Market drew an average of more than 30,000 visitors a week, and had approximately 1.6 million people pass through, according to the Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau. Chip and Joanna’s influence have brought thousands of tourists specifically to visit Waco to have the “Magnolia experience”. Personally, as an entrepreneur, I’m impressed with these numbers. They have not only created a powerful brand, but have become icons of faith, family and affordable home design to millions of Americans. Summary The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father…

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The Darkest Hours

The Darkest Hours

  • February 5, 2018

I have always been an avid student of history. One of the people that I greatly admire in history is Winston Churchill. Therefore, this month I’m recommending the book Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England back from the Brink. In the beginning of the book it states, “when Winston died, it was said of him that in those dark days in 1940, when Britain stood alone before a monstrous enemy, he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.” I believe that he was not only one of the most brilliant orators the world has ever known, but one of its best leaders. This book covers the twenty-five crucial days in 1940 that made Winston Churchill the icon he became. Summary In May of 1940, Great Britain is at war. The horrors of blitzkrieg have seen one western European democracy after another fall to Hitler’s fascist regime. Invasion of Great Britain may be mere hours away. Just days after becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must not only deal with this horror but a skeptical King, and pacifist politicians and citizens who still remember the devastation of WWI. How can he build trust and lead his nervous nation to rise…

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009 : Ken’s 2017 Zija Summit Speech

009 : Ken’s 2017 Zija Summit Speech

  • January 31, 2018

For those who weren't able to attend the 2017 Zija Summit event, I'm including my comments from the final session as today's podcast episode.  If you've heard me speak at events in the past, you'll notice that my comments were shorter than usual because I was losing my voice. I hope you enjoy this episode and thanks for listening to the show.  

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How Not To Die

How Not To Die

  • January 9, 2018

Once in a while you read a book that profoundly influences you and then you want to share it with everyone you know. How To Not Die is one of these books. I was already eating relatively healthy, but since I read it I have been practicing the nutritional principles Dr. Michael Gregor expounds on in this fascinating and life-altering book. Trust me when I say--pick up this book and plan on living a healthier and possibly longer life. Summary The CEO of Whole Foods Market, John Mackey said, "How Not To Die is one of the most important books on health ever written. Dr. Greger shows us how to prevent and sometimes reverse all the major diseases that are killing us. This book is the scientific road map we need to do exactly that." Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America--heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more--and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives. The simple truth…

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Look Back To Look Forward

Look Back to Look Forward

  • January 5, 2018

“In evaluating ourselves, we tend to be long on our weaknesses and short on our strengths.” -Craig D. Lounsbrough It’s a new year and many of you will be working on setting new goals.  In this blog post, I want to recommend that you look back to 2017 and evaluate what happened so that your 2018 goals will be more meaningful and attainable. I’ve talked about the goal setting process in the past, (click here to see previous post) so I won’t cover that here. Start off with listing out everything that you’ve accomplished - big or small, include them all. Don’t stress out about remembering everything. Then prepare to be amazed at everything you accomplished and pat yourself on the back. Find a way to celebrate your personal victories. If you are leading a team, did your team have some victories? Celebrate those too! It’s okay if you didn’t reach all of your goals as very few people achieve ALL of their goals. There’s another list that is equally important. Where did you fall short, were challenged or failed? As you go through this list, what did you learn? Please know that this exercise isn’t to beat yourself up.…

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007 Ryan Palmer Talks Success And The Future Of Network Marketing

007 Ryan Palmer Talks Success And The Future Of Network Marketing

  • December 15, 2017

Today's episode has a twist to it. Ryan Palmer, President and CEO of Zija International steps into the studio and shows his understanding of the complexities of the Network Marketing industry, what the future looks like and what it takes to be successful in this business.  I've known Ryan for a long time and he's grown into a dynamic leader and presence.  I feel confident about the future if Zija with him at the helm.  

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006: Lead, Follow Or Get Out Of The Way

006: Lead, Follow or Get Out Of The Way

  • December 7, 2017

What does it really take to be successful in network marketing?  With over 45 years of experience in network marketing, I've seen what leaders do to become successful and to stay at the top.  I've also seen many people try to take shortcuts to the top and they never work.  In today's episode I discuss the importance of developing your leadership qualities.  The only way you can be successful in this industry is by helping a lot of other people along the way. Some of the topics I tackle in today's episode: Are leaders born or are they made? Team building is critical to success, but teamwork includes being a team member not just trying to be the leader. Why it's important to learn how to mentor others and to choose good mentors for yourself. What are the qualities and characteristics of a good leader. Why you should identify your strengths early and learn to develop them. Listen, listen, listen! Get your ego out of the way.

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7 Reasons To Be Positive About Millennials

7 Reasons To Be Positive About Millennials

  • November 30, 2017

Say the word Millennial and you’re likely to get a wide range of emotional responses. Talking about this generation is about as divisive a subject as politics or religion. Whether you love them, hate them or are indifferent about them, you can’t ignore them. Millennials are the generation born between 1980 and 2000 and like it or not, they are our future leaders.  Much has been said about their weaknesses, so I won’t delve into them here. I’d rather point out some of their strengths and therefore reasons we should be optimistic about our future in their hands. What are their strengths? Collaborative Even though Millennials stress individuality, they know how to work on a team due to their schools assigning them group projects and their involvement in their community. Being part of a think tank or team is expected in many work environments, so Millennials are able to jump right in and be comfortable with the process. Educated Their schooling is more rigorous than what their parents/grandparents experienced due to continual technological advances, the latest information at their fingertips and global competitive expectations. Therefore, they come into the workforce armed with a wealth of knowledge to contribute to their…

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005 : Fail Forward

005 : Fail Forward

  • November 16, 2017

What does it really take to be successful in network marketing?  With over 45 years of experience in network marketing, I've seen what leaders do to become successful and to stay at the top.  I've also seen many people try to take shortcuts to the top and they never work.  In today's episode I discuss how failure is essential to success.  If you haven't failed at anything then you have really never tried to do anything or your lying to yourself. Some of the topics I tackle in today's episode: How to overcome and ultimately learn from failure.   Why challenges and opposition are essential to success. Overcoming objections, rejection and fear. How to be more tenacious in going for your goals. The importance of understanding risks and rewards. What kinds of actions will guarantee failure in network marketing as well as what you can do to have better success. How failure has shaped my life and given me valuable experience to help me succeed more often

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Finish : Book Of The Month

Finish : Book of the Month

  • November 3, 2017

I’ve chosen Jon Acuff’s new book Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done for my November Book of the Month. Many people are great at setting goals and starting projects, but have a hard time finishing. According to studies, 92 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail. Jon Acuff observes that one of the obstacles to meeting your goals is not laziness, but perfectionism. We’re our own worst critics, and if it looks like we’re not going to do something right, we prefer not to do it at all. I featured Jon Acuff’s book Start as one of my Book of the Month books earlier this year. I like how this book completes the circle. So pick up this book and finish those goals you started earlier this year. Summary The strategies in this book are counterintuitive and might feel like cheating. But they’re based on studies conducted by a university researcher with hundreds of participants. You might not guess that having more fun, eliminating your secret rules, and choosing something to bomb intentionally works. But the data says otherwise. People who have fun are 43 percent more successful! Imagine if your diet, guitar playing, or small business was 43 percent…

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Is Technology Destroying Your Relationships?

Is Technology Destroying Your Relationships?

  • October 26, 2017

Our world has tremendously benefitted from the development of technology. Medical and scientific advances, business process efficiencies and increased profits, global marketing/communication, more effective education and increased innovation are just a few ways technology has enhanced humanity. On the other hand, technology can negatively influence our life. To just name a few - disconnecting from the physical world can lead to lack of exercise and therefore obesity and poor health, lack of social interaction/human connection, a warped sense of reality, anxiety and poor self-esteem due to comparison, overload of information, shortened attention span, constant distraction, and a sense of isolation potentially causing depression. Instead of spending time in person with family, friends and business associates, we just email, text or instant message them. It may seem more efficient, but we ultimately end up talking with or seeing others face-to-face a lot less. Yes, most of us use technology to get our work done which is necessary. However, how much time do we spend surfing the internet, reading and posting on social media, watching videos and movies for sheer entertainment etc.? Now don’t get me wrong, I love to watch a good movie now and then and I understand the need…

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004 : Go To The Top Through Personal Development

004 : Go To The Top Through Personal Development

  • October 23, 2017

What does it really take to be successful in network marketing?  With over 45 years of experience in network marketing, I've seen what leaders do to become successful and to stay at the top.  I've also seen many people try to take shortcuts to the top and they never work.  In today's episode I talk about the importance of personal development as an ingredient in a successful career in network marketing and in life.  Some of the main points I talk about are: Habits and routines Goal setting Time management Entrepreneurship mindset Character development Creating your own Manifesto

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003 : Ken Encapsulated

003 : Ken Encapsulated

  • October 12, 2017

Today's episode continues with the second interview in my Legacy Series. I cover a lot of ground in this interview, however, my focus is mostly on what makes me who I am at the core.  I'm often asked what makes me different or what someone can do to duplicate the success I've enjoyed throughout my career.  I'm not really different from most people; we all have similar struggles in life - ups and downs. If we learn to trust in God, work hard, be honest and keep moving forward, things seem to work out. Here are some of the things we cover in this episode: My beginnings as an entrepreneur The role that my wife Linda and the rest of my family play in my life How losing my son impacted me Lessons learned from a failed company How I came to know God Habits, hobbies and movies My advice to entrepreneurs on how to succeed And so much more    

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The Power Of Habit

The Power of Habit

  • October 6, 2017

Aristotle said, “we are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action but a habit.” I have always been a staunch believer in the power of good habits to become successful.The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business combines scientific research, personal life-stories and journalistic interviews to demonstrate how habits affect why we do what we do. I believe that anyone seeking self-improvement will find this book helpful to understand more about the way their brain works in setting good habits and changing or eliminating negative ones. Summary In The Power of Habit, investigative reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.  Taking us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses,…

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