Ten things anyone can do. Do these things to give yourself control over your day… Being On Time – This one is tough for me too. I am too much of an optimist and believe that I can get a lot done in a little time which causes me to be late. I get wrapped up in…
“The Secret Sauce is being a human in business. With Podcasts – You get a little bit of extra room to move around and be yourself. You can’t make a script for an hour-long show and you -Arne Giske
Hosting a podcast is no vacation job. My guest for this podcast is Arne Giske. A young baller who has created a community of entrepreneurs through his podcast – The Millennial Entrepreneur Podcast and his Facebook Group – Millennial Entrepreneur Community. This is his side hustle while he is not doing Giske Business. He is also probably one of the only millennials, not on Instagram or Snapchat…
On episode #21 of Secret Tech Sauce podcast you will learn that with motivation and discipline you can start a podcast. Arne is full of ideas and executes on those ideas with his business – Giske Business.
Follow Arne on Twitter – @MillennialTrep or find him on Facebook where he has created a community of people curious to figure out their niche in the world.
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No sales pitch here. My podcast, Secret Tech Sauce, is back after a three-month break. My guest is Marie Schneegans, founder of the company – Never Eat Alone. She is incredible and will share how her company creates a community inside of organizations.
Marie will share her story of how she turned a pain that she experienced into a business as many entrepreneurs do. She went from eating alone or eating with the same people to creating an app that allows people inside of companies to interact and do something basic but important – eat together!
In a natural fashion, you will hear me interview Marie who is based in Paris, France. As always – I do this podcast in its raw form as you can hear my struggles in warming up the conversation with Marie, which is not easy people. With a podcast – you put yourself out there to thousands of people and let them listen to your conversation.
Listening to a podcast on Secret Tech Sauce is like ease dropping on two people’s conversation at a coffee shop. Natural and real. Grab your favorite cup of Joe and listen to Episode 20 with Marie Schneegans.
Lastly – you can laugh when she drops me cold on the interview because her Uber shows up to her house. Damn, she must have had good plans that Friday night.
Enough of my rambles…Tune in below and Never Eat Alone again ;)…
Someone’s mind in a meeting does not concentrate on what other people are saying. They develop “meeting mind”. Meeting mind is when people are in a meeting with something else on their mind. They can’t stay off their laptop or iPhone and are out of touch. They are too focused on pushing their agenda or protecting their agenda during the meeting and lose touch of human interaction.
Learn to concentrate on what other people are saying. Listen as closely as possible. This will be the hardest part of any meeting.
Show up to a meeting with an idea, solution or direction.
Be clear with yourself before the meeting on what you want out of the meeting.
Each meeting or interaction is an exchange. Listen to what the other people are saying.
Do you want a decision? A discussion? An update from the other person? An impression? A change? An update?
Warm up the interaction then go for the tough question. Too many people forget to warm up the interaction and close people down before the interaction begins.
Interaction by interaction things will change but the work world around you jumps around based on rare events – economic downturns, verbal attacks, terminations, unicorns and lottery picks. People live based on the rare events.
Many people show up to work thinking everything will change the way they want it on that day and fail to look back on what has changed over the last week, month or this morning. I bet you are walking into work today thinking someone will recognize how great you are and your wildest dreams will come true. Keep dreaming, but show up to work.
The world is constantly changing. We just live in it. In your next interaction see how you have changed and how the other person has changed.
One of the most overlooked actions during a meeting is the ability to listen and be in the moment. Listening should be on the agenda but too many people have “meeting mind”.
Watch and listen the next time a room full of people are talking. You will see who has “meeting mind”. If you watch close enough you will see who gets it and who does not get it…
Working on work that is important to you…
I do not respect this guy or this gal so I do not need to work to impress them. I can do the work I want to work on and what I want to do. If I am NOT doing the work I want to do, then I should be disappointed in myself. I am not disappointed right now because I am writing and that is the work what I want to do.
Even better If I had a guitar in my hands. I would play it and this would be like cream and peaches to my work I am doing – writing + guitar = important work to me.
I am writing on a Friday. So yeah… you could say life is good for me.
I am not comparing my salary to Bob.
I am not comparing my worth to Sally.
I am not comparing my hours of office time to Joseph.
I am not comparing my beliefs to Oswaldo.
I am not putting together a program that is pointless to me but what someone else wants.
I am not working to impress you or someone else.
Work on work that is important to you. Do not work on work that is not important to you. It is that simple. Explain to people why their work is not important to you. Tune them out like you would tune out an ease dropper at a coffee shop. Smile, be nice and go back to your cup of joe because their chatter is not important to you.
Work on the work that is important to you. It is that clear. Not easy but clear in what you have to do to work on work that is important to you.
Too often we get a little information about something and let society or the organization we are part of make decisions for us. Because everyone else is doing marketing on Facebook your business should as well. Because everyone else gets promoted after 1 year on the job you should get promoted or leave to another company. Because…
Building a company, building a team, building a program, building a process, building a product is entirely different from seeing a company, team, program, process, product through to completion. Seeing it through to completion tells you the difference you made in others and ultimately how successful it was.
The home builder rarely knows if they built a house the occupants like or not. The kitchen might be too small, the floors do not last and the basement was poorly designed. The builders move on but the people who live in the house see it through.
Hot shot people start at companies with new ideas, new software and new ways of operating. They are building something. Some know what they are building and sadly some lose sight of what they are building. They build and build then leave without seeing what they built to completion. The hot shot artists think their 1 year building project is enough and move onto some other place they can build their “something” and bring their new ideas, software and ways of operating.
What are you building? Have you looked back to see how it played out? Is anyone using your ideas, software or ways of operating? OR was it all smoke, illusions and bags full of worries. What you build should be what you see through. You fail, you learn. You succeed, you learn.
The sales reps who pitches his idea 100 times then finally wins is seeing it through to completion and has developed the trait of grit. The good artists go through an experimental process to continue to get feedback to learn and learn then boom….the musician gets her hit, the artist gets his masterpiece and the writer gets her book sold. Each artist sees their work through to completion. Experimenting + Failing + Winning = Grit.
Many people could be given all the money and resources to build something and still fail to see it through. They get seduced into building their image and fame as the product that is being built instead of something lasting that will add value to all around them.
The ones working on adding value do not care and will never care who gets the credit for what. They care about seeing it through and are never satisfied with the final product.
What are you building? How long will it take? What is your plan to see it through?
One of the most likely ways to fail at doing something is to do something. Doing something or doing nothing. Both choices can lead you to trouble or lead you to joy and both choices are an action.
When you reflect on your day it will be hard to say you did nothing. Many people think they have to go somewhere, join something, change something, hire someone, make something, destroy something or create something. They think about taking action to say they did something. Few people think about doing nothing.
In baseball – You can swing the bat which can lead to a hit or strike out OR do nothing and not swing the bat which can lead to a walk or strike out. Doing nothing can be a good choice. Save your swings for later.
Nothing is a good choice at times and doing something is a good choice at times. Many times we do nothing when we should do something and many times we do something when should do nothing. Look at billboard advertisements and ads. They all want you to do something. Take action – buy this or that or change what you are doing. Do something.
Your work is to think through your decisions and be oblivious to what a billboard advertisement says you should do. Your decisions create your life in front of you each day and each one of these decisions is about doing something or nothing. Never let anyone make you think you have to do something. It is your choice to do nothing or to do something and both choices are normal actions.
Many failures have are because people believe they have to do something. Ponder this…
83% of company acquisitions fail. Why do companies still do them? They could nothing.
90% of start-ups fail. Why do people keep starting companies? They could nothing.
One in five hires are bad hires. Why do people keep hiring? They could nothing.
70% of all change initiatives within companies fail. Why do companies try to change? They could do nothing.
More diets fail than succeed, about half of marriages fail and the numbers are higher for subsequent marriages, and more than 50% of sales reps fail to achieve their quota. The pursuits to get skinny, find love, be happy and make money could be avoided by doing nothing.
Doing nothing is not easy to do because you have to not care that you are not doing something. Your decision to do something has a better chance of failing than succeeding. You have to care more about doing nothing than doing something. What you are doing? Who you are becoming? Who are you doing something with? Basic but important questions you should ask yourself at least once per month but consider doing nothing too.
The decisions you are making behind your laptop, phone and in person is what you are becoming. You are becoming someone by doing nothing or doing something.
I have to leave now because I have something to do which could also mean that I plan to do nothing.
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius We can think what we want but always know it is your thoughts that make your life. Marcus Aurelius was a philosopher and Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. Aurelius lived though many of his own children’s deaths,…
The ability to change without the reason for change takes discipline beyond the average person. Many people change because they have a catastrophe occur in their life (illness, death, major body change, life change etc.). In business, this shows up with some shift in their business that makes them start their own business or new job. The change is like an illusion they perceive as true.
In 2008 – former Paypal exec, David Sacks, founded a company called, Yammer. After about four years, Microsoft bought his company for $1.2b.
What do you think made him think he could start a tech company and sell it for $1.2b? Do you think that was his plan or was it an illusion he thought to be true? What was his reason for changing? From Paypal exec to start-up, Yammer. Hmmmm.
But what about the people who do not experience a major sudden change? The people who experience a gradual change of something over years and later realize that experience gave them the confidence to do something on their own. Some businesses start like a gradual illusion and eventually become real.
Think about the changes you need to make but there has been no compelling event in your life that has made you make a change. Many people come home from work, watch TV, eat food then veg out until bed time. Life is good so why should they change?
Work on your trade, art, game, skill or craft. Watch kids do what they love to do – play. They turn anything into play. Their trade is their play and the unintended consequence is them learning something by using their wildly imaginative minds. They are serious about playing like it is their main trade in life. It actually is.
When people play they become more curious and this creates change because they start thinking about doing something different and eventually do something different. Being curious is being open to the other side of the book shelf. The different authors, the other people’s perspectives and the other side of the table. Play around with different books, authors, and people. See what they do to pass the days and nights.
In our day jobs, many people spend time thinking about what someone else in their office should do instead of being happy playing in their world. They fail to create their own illusion they believe to be true. When your work is over it will be an illusion that you will never get back so you might as well make it a fun illusion with your mind and imagination. You will never get your work back and your job is one of the most temporary things you will ever do.
We have the ability to change. No matter how big or small the reason for change is. What illusion are you working on today? What side jobs are your illusion? How can you change it up for tomorrow?