I’m not narcissistic enough to assume I have readers. If I had readers, then I’d have subscribers. As of the writing of this post, on the day of my sons’ 6th birthdays (they are twins), I have no subscribers.
Therefore, I only have readers who might have found this blog because I linked to another blog or willy-nilly sent a tweet out when I wrote a new post.
I started the Dan Miller Challenge (his impromptu, unofficial challenge) on 9/1/14, and didn’t know what i was getting into.
My commitment was to listen to or read 30 minutes of helpful, life-changing, mindset-shifting content everyday. I would also select one action, implement it, and write about it.
Today, the buzz-saw of a crazy workday and an ill-planned-for birthday for 6 year old twin boys hampered part 3 of my plan – implementing an action item.
And yesterday, I committed to finishing up my commitments from earlier this week around finding speaking opportunities, finding interviewing opportunities, and finding bloggers and journalists to network with.
I didn’t fail today. Failure would mean that I wasn’t effective or productive. I was both, but I was effective and productive in areas that had nothing to do with content I’ve read or listened to this week.
While I believe in being disciplined and having some boundaries, I also believe that we need to be malleable.
Today, my priority was my clients – both internal (my colleagues for whom I do work) and external. My boys’ birthday was also a priority (there was a honey-do list).
The only thing I think I might need to work on is being much more efficient. If that happens, then I shouldn’t run into having to choose between a small action related to this challenge and the other priorities vying for my time.
Today’s Reading and Listening
I searched for and found more sales-oriented podcasts (vs. marketing and social media podcasts).
I loved the new podcasts. My experience is that sales-focused podcasts force direct relationship action items. I think I need that.
What do you need?
What content, input, learning, or mentoring do you need right now? Would it be hard to find?
The Beauty of Multiplication – The Village Church with Beau Hughes: A great sermon laying out an approach for multi-site churches that encourages satellite campuses to, over time, become autonomous. A refreshing perspective in an age of megachurch complexes (although I’m fine with megachurches).
Are You Worth It? – Advanced Selling Podcast: Learning to identify the value of the salesperson in a transaction. Often, a customer or client only sees the goods or services, but not the consultative value of the sales professional.
The Headline Formula – The Sales Copy Samurai: A simple headline formuala. Not easy, just simple. I love the suggestion to write at least 20 headlines before deciding on the final one.