it may not be what you’re willing to pay for.
A client I worked with for approximately 20 years called me a few weeks ago and asked me “What’s going on?” I told him just tidying up my blog for next week’s publication. His response: “Oh, you’re one of those people who want to pontificate profusely on the flavor the week?
After a little more bantering back and forth, telling him I love to share what I learn, (which may have come from one of his projects), we set our next lunch date to continue our very friendly discussion.
In reality he knows how much I love what I’m doing and he misses the business life after the sale of his firm about 10 years ago. No offense, there is only so much bad golf or Chicago baseball to put up with day to day. I need to keep moving so the moss will not grow. Thank you Mick Jagger.
Why I started to blog…
I truly love writing this blog as well as my other three (Constant Contact, Google and LinkedIn) on a periodic basis. I get many ideas from the discussions I interact with in LinkedIn, (I’m in over 30 groups) as well as Twitter, which is my news and sport channel of preference. Plus, I hear what other people in my profession are doing in their professional careers and see how I can apply an idea or two to my company or for my clients.
Returning back to my retired client, he earned his money as an air freight agent and messenger service in northern Illinois. I can’t remember the last time I had a messenger drop off something at our office. It turns out, he got out at the right time.
I’ve got some good reasons…
My client was a man who never had a plan. Unfortunately, it can be a struggle for most to actually build and learn from a plan.
I even met other people whose revenue from a single customer was abnormally high and downright scary (one was about 70% of total company revenue). I’m not sure how anyone can sleep nights without one (a plan) or definitely with the other.
Here are a few recommendations to help you stay in your game without wishing.
1. Plan – Plan- Plan.
2. Learn –Learn – Learn.
3. Evaluate – Evaluate – Evaluate.
4. As soon as you think you have it made, return and start with number 1.
If I inspired your thinking, here’s a link to a recent post on LinkedIn, “Seven sure fire ways to smoke the competition… using the tried and true methods of direct marketing.”
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