4 Compelling Beliefs of Incredibly Successful People

Successful people are different from average people in that they have a different view of reality.  What is considered an obstacle to most is observed as an opportunity to the highly accomplished.  There is never one road to success, but most Smiling Man - Successful Individualsextraordinarily successful people have the same core beliefs:


1.  Be the best, not the first

Remember AltaVista, MySpace or Books.com?  No, today we search on Google, socialize on Facebook, and shop on Amazon. Being the first to market may have some advantages, but being first is no guarantee of success.  However, being the best is. Being first allows competitors to learn from your mistakes. Creating the market and the demand is one thing; sustaining it and continuously improving is a model for success. Take the time to make it right.


2.  Action eclipses ideas

The time to stop over-thinking your idea is now.  Every successful person reached their destination by taking action.  The longer one plans, the longer the market grows and changes without your product or service.  Ideas are worthless Positive Thinking - Plan for Successwithout execution, but aggressive action can be worth millions.    This is why successful companies invest in bright people, not bright ideas. Only the execution is proprietary, and while inspiration strikes quite often, follow-through is the only way to success.


3.  Choose your people

You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you choose to be around.  The people who you live, work and play with have great affect on your personal success.  Do not spend your days among miserable people.  Choose clients who create a synergy with you and your corporation.  Choose employees who support your mission.  Choose friends who keep you grounded and share your enthusiasm.  Those we spend most of our time with, have the most influence on us.


 4.  Manage failure

 Failure is something one accomplishes; it doesn’t just happen on its own.   If you are capable of failing without losing your initial enthusiasm or dedication to your mission, then you most likely have the outlook of a successful person.  Remember that failing means you took action and risks. Embrace your mistakes and your failures: own them and learn from them.  Take the responsibility of creating a different outcome the next time, and make sure there is a next time.  The only real failure is quitting.  Besides, psychology studies have shown that those who fail publicly, and do so gracefully, are deemed more likable in the end.


The TakeawayMan on Stairs Climbing to Success

Your belief-system is the true key to being successful.  Success is not a set of achievements or accomplishments: it is a mindset. Accomplishing anything worthwhile cannot be done without belief.


Stewart, Cooper & Coon, has helped thousands of decision makers and senior executives move up in their careers and achieve significantly improved financial packages within short time frames. Contact Fred Coon – 866-883-4200, Ext. 200

5 Ways to Ensure Smart Job Hunting Via Social Media

Have you decided to finally set forth and begin your search for a new job?  There is no avoiding the fact that social media networks offer an easy way to learn about employment opportunities and developments in the workforce.  Equivocally,Job Doorway social media also provides you, the job candidate, with an accessible platform to be noticed by potential employers in your field of choice.

However, before you click “submit resume” to any prospective employers, it’s imperative to ensure your social profiles represent you in the most positive light, while maintaining the necessary edge to help you truly stand out within a vast sea of online job candidates.

Here, we will explore five fundamental ways of enhancing, streamlining, and expanding the impact your own social media presence.

1.  Be Unique

Social media for business is like any other tool; if you don’t actually use it, nothing will get done!  The problem is that many people don’t give social media the credit it actually deserves.  They may have created their LinkedIn profile, and even posted their resume, but in many ways, they are just going through the motions.

Your assignment is to try to not to look like all the other profiles out in the wild.  Make it apparent that you have made an effort of some distinction.

The world is changing, whether we like it or not, and depending on what statistics you look at, between 70 and 90 percent of employers are looking at your social media profiles. Also, they are likely not stopping once they have checked out your LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn may be the prima facie social media tool for business, but don’t ignore the rest of them.  Do you think they cannot find your Facebook profile?  Your friends certainly did.  They will look at your Twitter account as well, and your blog, and your YouTube channel, and all of the other impedimenta and paraphernalia that tells the world about you.  If your “followers” can find you, so can your potential employer!

2.  Clean up your act

That is why it is vitally important to “clean up” all your online profiles.  If you are questioning whether a picture could be interpreted as lewd or offensive, eliminate it!  Un-tag yourself from your friends’ pictures depicting you in any type of compromising or “indecent” manner.  If your instinct tells you that it’s inappropriate, chances are, an employer will agree.  Remember, that objectionable photo from ten years ago in college could get you fired, or cause you to miss an opportunity altogether.

If you have friends that like to embarrass you with this sort of nonsense, adjust your privacy settings so that they don’t go on your public feed.  One photo of that sort could cause a horrendous amount of damage to your company’s reputation, and your job prospects.

3.  Make yourself Visible

Once you’ve made all your social media accounts fairly innocuous, get back to LinkedIn and start finding groups related to your industry.  Who are the “Thought Leaders” in your field?  They’re almost certainly on LinkedIn; so join the groups they are in and cultivate a relationship by addressing them with brief questions they can answer easily.  Then respond with, “Thank you for your kind response”.

Continue to seek out opportunities to virtually connect or network with others; participate in forums, consult with people and ask questions, and if you have the ability, provide answers as well.  The objective here is to become known in the community, demonstrate leadership in thought, while building credibility as someone who is worth listening to.

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When you are working on your personal branding, honesty and integrity are the two most important factors.  Do not even entertain the notion that you can lie and get away with it.

If there are words to live by when it comes to preserving your online reputation, they are: “The Internet is Forever!  Whatever you say, or have ever said, still exists out there somewhere.  A website called The Wayback Machine is an internet archive that lets you drift back through online history.  (Interesting fact:  They didn’t even ask you to type your password twice when registering in order to check the spelling.)  Here’s the original FAQ for Facebook.

5.  Setting Yourself Apart

Everybody has a different story, an individual skill, and in our own ways, we are all unique.  You may share several characteristics with people in your industry, but no matter how common your abilities, there is still something uniquely relevant about you.

Is it an exceptional knowledge base?  Is it your persuasive skills?  Perhaps your network of connections is extraordinary, or you have a remarkable insight into the future of your industry.  For every individual you can learn something from, there is likely someone else who can learn something new from you.


The TakeawaySocial Network Button

All of this work will result in opportunities, but the fact is, you must dedicate the time and effort.  These days, fewer and fewer jobs are being advertised.  The majority of senior staff and management positions now come from inside recommendations.  Most of the rest are available through Social Media notices or through the company’s website.

Out of all the new contacts you have collected, one or more might be able to recommend you for a position within their company.  And that carries significantly more weight than simply applying for it on your own.

Make the time to handle these details and get motivated to delve productively into social media, because as we have seen, it is undoubtedly important.  Not looking currently for a job?  Be present on the web anyway because you just never know what lies ahead…

Stewart, Cooper & Coon, has helped thousands of decision makers and senior executives move up in their careers and achieve significantly improved financial packages within short time frames. Contact Fred Coon – 866-883-4200, Ext. 200

10 Common Sense Rules for Successful Emails

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Are you communicating effectively through your e-mails?  Do you find your recipients sometimes misunderstand your ideas or intent?

For example, sending a comment such as “I have met better salesmen in my nightmares”, followed by several “smiley” emoticons, is sure to evoke a perplexed and negative reaction.  Clear communication, and avoiding “passive-aggressive” language and jargon, is one of the many important rules of e-mail etiquette.

In this article, we will discuss 10 rules for composing e-mails that successfully convey what you actually mean without offending, inconveniencing, or confusing your recipients.


Let’s go over THE RULES


Rule one:

Write your e-mail and then put it aside for at least a couple of minutes while you do something else.   Maybe answer another e-mail and put that one aside.  If you’re quick, answer a third e-mail and then put it aside, too.  Now go back to the first—read it again—this time from the point of view of the recipient.  Did you come off as arrogant or passive-aggressive, or both?  Good for you—you recognized it before you hit the SEND button.  Now it’s time to fix it.

Rule two:

Did you just receive an arrogant-sounding email?  HOLD IT—before you fire off a hot-reply—remember “Rule One”?  Maybe they aren’t familiar with it.  Could you possibly be misinterpreting it?  Could the malice you sense be simply attributed to the sender’s lack of e-mail expertise?

Rule three:

When you forward emails, clean them up first.  No one wants to see 200 >>>>>>>>s spread over 15 lines before they can even read the presumably interesting information!  It bugs you, so it will bug the recipient, too.  And preface it with an explanation as to why the recipient is likely to find it interesting or useful.  Forwarded emails without personalized comments deserve to go directly into the trash.

Rule four:

Don’t forward jokes/hoaxes/time-wasters or anything else that even possesses the slightest possibility of irritating you if you hadn’t asked for it.  Why?  Same reasoning as above!  We have enough e-mail to wade through every day without more needless junk, cluttering up the process.

Rule five:

DON’T USE ALL CAPS!!!  Don’t use more than one punctuation character!!!  Even then, use them sparingly.  One question mark; one exclamation mark; and one ellipsis (…), even though it looks like three periods.  If you want to use @#$%, just stop and write the e-mail later, after you have calmed down.  Don’t be that guy/gal from Rule One.

Rule six:

See what you can do to minimize the occurrences of “I” and “me”.  Starting off with “You may be interested to know…”is much better than “I’ve been thinking, and occurs to me that…”  Every time you use the word “you”, your recipient gets to think “I”, and it makes the communication more personal.

Rule seven:

When the subject line comprises the entire message, include EOM at the end so that the recipient knows they don’t even have to open it because the Body is blank.  “Free cookies from Jane in lunchroom.  EOM” or “2:00 PM staff meeting canceled.  EOM”

Rule eight:

Address a single topic or question per e-mail, and add a useful subject line to aid in sorting.  Multi-question emails are hard to file or answer.

Rule nine:

Don’t include large attachments to e-mails without permission, and when you’re going to include an image or picture, always resize it, unless you’re a photographer who needs 2040 × 1080 pixel resolution (chances are, you’re not).  There is seldom a reason why an e-mail needs to be 1.5 MB.  Many systems will simply bounce something when it’s that large, so the recipient will never even see it anyway.  Use your common sense.

Rule 10:

Protect yourself!  Do not fill in the addressee/recipient field until you finish composing the letter.  If you accidentally hit SEND before your letter is complete, it could be embarrassing.  If the recipient field is already filled in, such as when you’re replying to a previous e-mail, just copy & paste it at the very top of the letter; leave the sender box blank until you’re done, and then move it back.



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If you wouldn’t like to receive it, don’t send it.  Don’t fill your email with mysterious acronyms, poor punctuation, all lower-case letters, or egregious misspellings and pitiful grammar.  You can do better than that!  It can’t be said often enough: Use Your Common Sense!

Stewart, Cooper & Coon, has helped thousands of decision makers and senior executives move up in their careers and achieve significantly improved financial packages within short time frames. Contact Fred Coon – 866-883-4200, Ext. 200

8 Tips for a New Job

SC&C 8 tips for a new jobStarting a new job? Terrific! Let’s get you off on the right foot.

  1. Relax. Every single person in your new office had a first day once. If you’ve been looking for a job for a while, feel free to tell your friends so that they can be happy for you, but don’t let them drag you out for a celebration the night before you start. The last thing you want to do is start out hungover, or even at less than 100% of your best.
  2. Practice. If you have some warning time, try driving to your new office in rush hour traffic to see what sort of problems you’ll face on a daily basis. Ask where you’re expected to park, obtaining any magnetic or chip cards necessary for access.
  3. Prepare. It is a great idea to pre-plan your wardrobe for the week. Nothing eases the pressure like knowing everything you need for Monday is hanging on the first hanger; Tuesday is on the second hanger, and so on. Even if your wardrobe isn’t that extensive, and you’ll be swapping out blouses/shirts and pants, jackets, slacks, or skirts, getting things organized, even a couple of days in advance, can make life less stressful.
  4. Befriend. Be a buddy with the receptionist/secretary. They know everything. There’s practically nobody in the office that can make your life easier (or more difficult). They know who is “in” or “out.” They know where a particular person can be found at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. They know when all the meetings are being held, and who is attending. They know when someone special is in the building, or is expected to arrive. They can even provide tips on how to impress the “cold-hearted Mrs. Dale from head office” that will be sitting in on your meeting.
  5. Observe. Take a look around you and make sure that you’re fitting in. Are you over or under dressing for the office? Are you making a point of arriving 10 minutes early for work every day, but find that you’re still the last person in? Are you making a point of checking the staff Bulletin Board (even in this digital age, they’re surprisingly common) to stay aware of internal office events?
  6. SC&C be likable at new jobBe Likable. Your goal may be to be liked by everyone, but the truth is you don’t necessarily know what has gone on before. The person you’re replacing may have damaged the perception of the position you’re filling. They may have been loved-by-one-and-all, and you’re perceived as an invader. They may have been grossly incompetent and now everyone has very high expectations that you’re going to solve all the problems. Just ease yourself into the position and try to stay aware of the “vibe” around you.
  7. Manage. Personal expectations may be high, but try to keep them in check. You’re not going to hit all your goals on the first day, or even in the first week, so find yourself a mentor. Figure out who among your peers or managers is a person everybody likes and respects; a person who “gets things done.” Ask if they wouldn’t mind being your mentor, allowing you to come to them with questions periodically. If they cannot dedicate the time, ask them for advice about who might make a good mentor for you.
  8. Be thankful. It’s amazing to me how many people have forgotten about basic courtesy. If someone does you a good turn, if someone makes an effort to help you out, say “thank you.” It takes such a tiny effort and yet it makes people feel appreciated, like they’re not being taken for granted. And if someone says thank you to you don’t fall into that horrible trap that seems to be pervading our society of replying with a grunt or an “Uh-huh.” Good grief! How hard is it to say “You’re welcome” or “It was my pleasure,” or even “Well, we’re a team, aren’t we? We’re always stronger together. Let me know if you need anything else”.

Starting a new job isn’t really that scary. It’s possible to build little things up in your mind until you’re crippled with fear. Is everybody in the office going to laugh at you and perceive you as some sort of idiot because you can’t operate the coffee machine? I doubt it, and you should too. You’re much more likely to run into someone who is more than happy to explain the intricacies to you. Split-second decisions can result from familiarity with factors in other problems someone has experienced previously.

Congratulations on your new job. It’ll be a jog in the park. You were hired for a reason, and you can do this. Let’s go!