Archive for August, 2011

31
Aug
11

what planet are you from?

I was at a speaker’s retreat last weekend. There is nothing like getting together with 30 of the most seasoned speakers on the planet to get your mind churning. One of them asked me why bad habits seem to come naturally instead of good ones and why it’s so hard to discipline ourselves to do the right thing. Why is sitting on the couch so easy when going to the gym is not. Why is vegging in front of the TV so comfortable while concentrating on reading and writing sometimes gives me a headache!! Why is the world like this?

Part of this cosmic conundrum is that it is simply a function of the physical order of the universe. Entropy states that everything begins to break down from order to disorder in isolated systems. The other part is the status of human nature. We are fallen according to the accounts of the origin of man in many religions. Why, just look at our cohabitants on this planet. Animals don’t become overweight on their own or lounge about when there’s work to do. Only humans do.  Why isn’t the path of least resistance the one that produces the best results for me physically, mentally and spiritually? Do you know how skinny, rich, and smart I’d be? Why was I born on a planet where discipline is so darn hard? Rats!

The eminent psychologist, Douglas McGregor, outlined this distinction regarding human motivation by describing these two worlds as Theory X and Theory Y. Theory X makes the assumption that all people are inherently lazy, self centered, and will try and avoid work unless persuaded. Theory Y states that work is as natural as play and that man can be creative and self-motivated.

So what planet are you from? Do you want to blast off from Slacktooine to colonize Achieva? Here’s how:

  1. Don’t remain isolated. Interact with great people, read great books, and be a part of great organizations. Once you begin to inject the orderly and positive into your solitary system, you’ll open yourself up to a new world order.
  2. Answer to a higher authority. Whether you’re religious or not, let’s face it, sin comes as naturally to the most pious priest as it does to the most apathetic atheist. We’ve all got to fight the seven deadly sins and all the horrible things that result from them. Find a group, religion, book, or person that helps you follow the rules and moral code of society in order to become a law-abiding citizen embedded with a conscientious character chip.
  3. Find your passion. When you love what you do, a dreary job transforms into a thrilling career where you can profit from your gifts every single day! You get to tune into what feels most natural to you and makes the best use of your talents. It’s much easier to be creative and motivate yourself to do things if you’ve got the inherent skills and temperament for the task. If you’re not in it right now, find it as fast as you can and live the rest of your life having a professional party of interplanetary proportions!
23
Aug
11

is your triple “A” rating at risk?

A dear friend and I were discussing the importance of branding, not just to businesses, but to every individual. Personal branding is, in effect, how your character, reputation and deeds are recorded. It’s what makes you distinctly you, as a person, as a professional, and as a member of our social collective.

Recently, the subject of theUnited States’ credit rating has been the topic of much news. AAA is the highest credit rating given by debt analysis agencies such as Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s. Every individual is their own little economic microcosm. We sell ideas, peddle influence, seek to add value, and contribute our resources. So what kind of a rating would we earn as individuals? Would we earn the coveted triple “A” rating? Here’s how we could:

A is for ASSOCIATIONS: We’ve heard about this since we were school kids. Do we aspire to soar with eagles or scrounge with turkeys? After all, birds of a feather do flock together. Many great personal development writers clearly point out that we are the sum totals of the people we associate with.  Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said, “You’ll be the same person five years from now as you are today except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” And yes, what and who we read about is also an association that factors into our ratings.

A is for ATTITUDES: We’ve heard this one throughout our lives too. An attitude of gratitude should flavor everything we do. A positive attitude can turn hurt into something that makes us better, not bitter. What’s your attitude toward failure, fear, rejection, and betrayal? These are all staples of a well-lived life. It’s so easy to bear fruit in season when the sun is shining and the rain falls regularly. It’s tough when the soil is barren and there’s no rain on the horizon. But that’s the clearest indication of what type of rating we’ll earn on our Attitude. As Cavett Robert so eloquently said, “If you don’t think every day is a good day, try missing one.”

A is for ACTIONS: Another childhood lesson: actions speak louder than words. I’ve found throughout the years that I’m most despondent or anxious when I’m not taking action. As General George S. Patton said, “Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader.” That’s because actions are the living proof of our verbal aspirations and mental attitudes. So when confronted with life’s issues, remember: the best way out of a problem is through it. Action dispels doubt and fear and is the quickest way to boost our rating. Zig Ziglar said, “Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it.”

The higher your rating the more value you add, not only to your own life, but to the lives of others by being a better friend, mentor, spouse, partner, contractor, consultant, employer, preacher, teacher…. you name it! Want a Triple “A” rating in life? It’s not up to the economists; it’s up to you!

15
Aug
11

working class dog

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi

In Life Is Tremendous, my father and best-selling author, the late Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, recounts a time early in his insurance career when he purchased a boat. He was told this would be a great hobby to help him “get away from it all.” The problem was he was so passionate about trying to get into it all that the boat brought him stress, not relief. The reason was simple. He didn’t need to escape his job because what he did, thought, and said were all in harmony. He was that passionate about what insurance could do for people.

During the summers while my brothers and sisters and I were still living at home, summers were spent in an RV packed to the hilt with books, luggage and kids. We’d park at KOAs all across the country as my father drove us from meeting to meeting. This gypsy lifestyle was cool to me growing up. I saw the country, met lots of kids at the campgrounds, and honed my back-of-room sales skills. I learned how the marriage of work and fun worked at a very early age. Even today, to do one without the other seems very, very wrong to me.

Fast-forward to today. I, too, have a large family; however, my “kids” are felines and canines. I also get the opportunity to speak and travel across the country.  I don’t stay longer than the planned meetings to sightsee and relax because I miss my kids and doing my thing at Tremendous Life Books. I now have a better understanding why my father took advantage of the summer school breaks with these working vacations.

So when my number one canine son published his first book, True Blue Leadership: Top 10 Tricks from the Chief Motivational Hound, I figured why not repeat the same pattern? The basic premise was exactly the same: quality family time whilst spreading the word about how a book can change a life.

So we’re embarking on a six-city pawtograph tour. We’ve selected cities we’ve lived in together over the past ten years to pay tribute to all the amazing humans, hounds, and organizations that have been a part of our life. Talk about combining work and play, but then again it is the dog’s idea so it shouldn’t come as a surprise. His grandpaw would be so proud!

For details on Mr. Blue’s upcoming Stop Playing Dead book tour click here!

04
Aug
11

Are we living in a material world, or should I be a virtual girl?

I was on a conference call today with several tremendous individuals and the name Reid Hoffman came up. Reid is the founder of LinkedIn, which is the social-networking site for business connections. While researching Mr. Hoffman I came across an interesting quote. He recently said, “Social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins. Facebook is ego. Zynga is sloth. LinkedIn is greed.”

As a social-networking genius, Mr. Hoffman’s honesty is refreshing. We get hammered by affiliate marketers and search-engine experts telling us these very sites are a necessity for survival in today’s marketplace. Without them, we’ll sink to the bottom of the rankings in a sea of virtuality, never to be seen again. But as a small business owner, is this all there is?

Are we simply the sum of our collective tweets, LinkedIn groups, and Facebook posts? If this is true, can businesses exist, let alone thrive, on virtual value alone? Are Facebook hugs as potent as physical hugs? Are my thousands of Twitter followers really listening to me? What’s organic and what’s synthetic in the world of all things social media?

A young boy climbed downstairs to tell his mother he was too scared to fall asleep alone in his dark room. His mother told him he had nothing to fear because God was with him. She told the little one to go upstairs and get to sleep. Thirty minutes later the little boy returned. His mother asked, “Didn’t I tell you God was with you?” He said, “Yes, but I’d prefer something with skin on.”

My father, the late Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, amassed a library of thousands of books throughout his lifetime, many of them priceless first editions and historical biographies. When he passed, those treasures made their way into countless hands to change their lives as they had his. What if he had accumulated all of these on Kindle? Could he have bequeathed his lifetime journey to others? Not until every book ever written is published in an electronic format and everyone on the planet has the same technological platforms readily available. Then, all we’ll have to worry about is sunspots, natural disasters, and world wars knocking everything off the grid.

Most people believe that the meaning of life is to leave the world a better place than they found it. Pass It On and Servant Leadership have become our mantras as we evaluate everything we do in both our professional and personal lives. Now I love social media, but I also love interacting one-on-one. I like to think I’m bilingual. I can communicate in both languages. They key, as with all things in life, is balance. As long as you walk among the material and virtual with balance, you’ll be able to get the best out of both worlds and speak to everyone in their native tongues.




Tremendous Tracey


CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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