Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose https://asmithblog.com - A. Smith Blog - Leadership in Life Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:01:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cropped-favicon2-32x32.png Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose https://asmithblog.com 32 32 - A. Smith Blog - Leadership in Life Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose adam@asmithblog.com adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose) - A. Smith Blog - Leadership in Life Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose http://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/podcast-lg-logo.png https://asmithblog.com THE BRAVEST YOU Is On Sale Now! https://asmithblog.com/the-bravest-you-adam-kirk-smith/ Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:01:36 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23889 https://asmithblog.com/the-bravest-you-adam-kirk-smith/#respond https://asmithblog.com/the-bravest-you-adam-kirk-smith/feed/ 0 <img width="768" height="1160" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/9780143129899_TheBravestYo_JKF-768x1160.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="9780143129899 Adam Kirk Smith The Bravest You Penguin Books Tarcher TarcherPerigee Bravery Courage Fear" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/9780143129899_TheBravestYo_JKF-768x1160.jpg 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/9780143129899_TheBravestYo_JKF-199x300.jpg 199w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/9780143129899_TheBravestYo_JKF-678x1024.jpg 678w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/9780143129899_TheBravestYo_JKF-99x150.jpg 99w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />My new book, The Bravest You, releases on May 30th, 2017! I wrote a book about bravery because fear is the biggest obstacle that people need to face.

 

My new book, The Bravest You, is on sale now! I wrote a book about bravery because fear is the number one obstacle that people need to face in order to accomplish more with their lives, and I have a solution that I’ve repeatedly seen success with. If you are experiencing fear of any kind and need to find success with your ideas, this book is for you.

Here’s what people are saying about The Bravest You:

“Instead of cringing before challenges, those using Smith’s principles should be able to face any situation not only with confidence but with aplomb.”SUCCESS magazine

“In a world of online criticism, trolls and constant invitations to create a fake social media version of yourself, The Bravest You dares you to live differently. You’re the only you we’ve got, learn how to love that truth with this book.”—Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Do Over

“Too many of us live in the shadow of fear, letting it steal our happiness and human potential. Adam Smith’s book is a welcome antidote—a practical guide to living courageously that anyone can follow.”—Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach, business educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“Your greatest fears and challenges will lead to your greatest accomplishments and triumphs if you have the courage to keep moving forward. The Bravest You shows you how! Read it and leap towards your destiny.”—Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The Carpenter 

“Courage is fundamental to human life and accomplishment, yet it is completely learnable. In this book, Smith gives readers specific action steps they can take to fight fear and make bravery a reality in their lives.”—Sydney Finkelstein, professor, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and bestselling author of Superbosses

“If you’ve ever held yourself back or played it safe, you know the toll that fear and conformity takes. You owe it to yourself to live a life of meaning and impact. The Bravest You shows you the path forward.”—Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, and adjunct professor, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

You can order The Bravest You from your favorite retailer below:

U.S.: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’sBooks-A-Million | Hudson | IndieBound | 800-CEO-Read | Target | Walmart | Jet.com

Canada: Amazon

U.K.: Amazon

Australia: MightyApe

Japan: Amazon

Brazil: Amazon

(If your country isn’t listed here, please let me know.)

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And as always, thank you for reading. I appreciate your support more than anything.

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My new book, The Bravest You, releases on May 30th, 2017! I wrote a book about bravery because fear is the biggest obstacle that people need to face.
My new book, The Bravest You, is on sale now! I wrote a book about bravery because fear is the number one obstacle that people need to face in order to accomplish more with their lives, and I have a solution that I’ve repeatedly seen success with. If you are experiencing fear of any kind and need to find success with your ideas, this book is for you.
Here’s what people are saying about The Bravest You:
“Instead of cringing before challenges, those using Smith’s principles should be able to face any situation not only with confidence but with aplomb.”—SUCCESS magazine
“In a world of online criticism, trolls and constant invitations to create a fake social media version of yourself, The Bravest You dares you to live differently. You’re the only you we’ve got, learn how to love that truth with this book.”—Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Do Over
“Too many of us live in the shadow of fear, letting it steal our happiness and human potential. Adam Smith’s book is a welcome antidote—a practical guide to living courageously that anyone can follow.”—Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach, business educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“Your greatest fears and challenges will lead to your greatest accomplishments and triumphs if you have the courage to keep moving forward. The Bravest You shows you how! Read it and leap towards your destiny.”—Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The Carpenter 
“Courage is fundamental to human life and accomplishment, yet it is completely learnable. In this book, Smith gives readers specific action steps they can take to fight fear and make bravery a reality in their lives.”—Sydney Finkelstein, professor, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and bestselling author of Superbosses
“If you’ve ever held yourself back or played it safe, you know the toll that fear and conformity takes. You owe it to yourself to live a life of meaning and impact. The Bravest You shows you the path forward.”—Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, and adjunct professor, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business
You can order The Bravest You from your favorite retailer below:
U.S.: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’sBooks-A-Million | Hudson | IndieBound | 800-CEO-Read | Target | http://asmithblog.com/?p=23761 https://asmithblog.com/resources-work-reward/#comments https://asmithblog.com/resources-work-reward/feed/ 2 <img width="768" height="416" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/resources-work-reward-768x416.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="resources work reward" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/resources-work-reward-768x416.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/resources-work-reward-300x162.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/resources-work-reward-1024x555.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/resources-work-reward-150x81.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />Although you are working throughout the process, once you have the resources you need at your fingertips, you will know where to put most of the work into.

What resources do you need to make your goals happen? What work do you need to put in to make your goals happen? What rewards will you reap from reaching your goals? Knowing the answers to these questions not only lets you know what you already have in your possession, but what is needed in the future to achieve your goals as well. 
The first question that probably comes to mind is a question about your current and future financial resources. I don’t talk about money often, but regarding resources, it’s a very important topic. Your question around this topic may sound something like this: “How am I going to make this happen with the finances I currently have and how can I save more money until the time that I really need it?” The answer could be to keep going to your day job every single day and put some money away in retirement and hopefully have enough to make it in the future, so you can “someday” achieve your goals. But when you settle for that way of life, you put your goals and dreams off for a time later than right now. You need to pursue your heart’s passion sooner rather than later, so it is imperative to find resources before the 10, 20, or 30 years that it could take for you to retire and reap the benefits of your work.


You need to pursue your heart’s passion sooner rather than later.
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When you find more income, you accelerate your power to impact others. This is the only reason that strong financial resources is important. No matter what you do, you need to find ways within your current career or with second and third jobs that build income. Very rarely do people who make a lot of money only work on one thing. Nine times out of ten, it’s those who have two or three sources of income and are juggling them well who will find financial freedom. Now, you don’t need to go and get four new revenue streams right away, but what you do need is help from people who have experience in your area of focus, a plan to make your goals happen, and to be willing to put in the work.

I will say it until I’m blue in the face: work is what makes your resources and knowledge come to life. Work is where the magic happens. There is always a reward that comes from the work that you do. But, it is up to you to decide whether or not your pursuit is worth the risks and effort along the way. 

And since changing things for the better requires taking action, think for a minute about how you can start building extra income. Can you sell something online? Can you have a huge garage sale? Do you have a service or product idea that other people want and need from you? Could you get by on one vehicle instead of two? However you can produce extra income, put in the work, and start setting money aside. There are so many benefits in doing this: lower stress levels, more options, and freedom, just to name a few. But many times, people remain so focused on their monotonous routines that they forget about everything else that they could be doing.

And in addition to increasing your income, there is also the need to save money. So, I will leave you with three of the best financial tips that I’ve ever received:

  1. Invest as much money as you can.
  2. Just because you make money doesn’t mean you have to spend it.
  3. Be a good steward.

Use these ideas to increase your revenue and save more money, so that you can begin funding your dreams, today. 

]]> Although you are working throughout the process, once you have the resources you need at your fingertips, you will know where to put most of the work into.
The first question that probably comes to mind is a question about your current and future financial resources. I don’t talk about money often, but regarding resources, it’s a very important topic. Your question around this topic may sound something like this: “How am I going to make this happen with the finances I currently have and how can I save more money until the time that I really need it?” The answer could be to keep going to your day job every single day and put some money away in retirement and hopefully have enough to make it in the future, so you can “someday” achieve your goals. But when you settle for that way of life, you put your goals and dreams off for a time later than right now. You need to pursue your heart’s passion sooner rather than later, so it is imperative to find resources before the 10, 20, or 30 years that it could take for you to retire and reap the benefits of your work.
When you find more income, you accelerate your power to impact others. This is the only reason that strong financial resources is important. No matter what you do, you need to find ways within your current career or with second and third jobs that build income. Very rarely do people who make a lot of money only work on one thing. Nine times out of ten, it’s those who have two or three sources of income and are juggling them well who will find financial freedom. Now, you don’t need to go and get four new revenue streams right away, but what you do need is help from people who have experience in your area of focus, a plan to make your goals happen, and to be willing to put in the work.
I will say it until I’m blue in the face: work is what makes your resources and knowledge come to life. Work is where the magic happens. There is always a reward that comes from the work that you do. But, it is up to you to decide whether or not your pursuit is worth the risks and effort along the way. 
And since changing things for the better requires taking action, think for a minute about how you can start building extra income. Can you sell something online? Can you have a huge garage sale? Do you have a service or product idea that other people want and need from you? Could you get by on one vehicle instead of two? However you can produce extra income, put in the work, and start setting money aside. There are so many benefits in doing this: lower stress levels, more options, and freedom, just to name a few. But many times, people remain so focused on their monotonous routines that they forget about everything else that they could be doing.
And in addition to increasing your income, there is also the need to save money. So, I will leave you with three of the best financial tips that I’ve ever received:

* Invest as much money as you can.
* Just because you make money doesn’t mean you have to spend it.
* Be a good steward.

Use these ideas to increase your revenue and save more money, so that you can begin funding your dreams, today. 
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#126: Results Are What Matters https://asmithblog.com/results/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:01:22 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23699 https://asmithblog.com/results/#respond https://asmithblog.com/results/feed/ 0 <img width="768" height="376" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/results-excuses-768x376.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="results are what matters excuses" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/results-excuses-768x376.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/results-excuses-300x147.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/results-excuses-1024x501.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/results-excuses-150x73.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam reminds listeners that results are what matters.

The hard truth is that most people don’t care about what you say you want to do in ten years; they just want you to do it. On the same note, the more work I do, the more I find that people don’t care about excuses; they only care about the results you produce. (This, of course, excludes the people who are closest to you.) This means that besides your current circumstances, and past your feelings, my question to you is, what are you doing? Yes, there is a time to grieve over traumatic events in our lives, because we’re human. We all have emotions. But at some point, to make a difference, we must bounce back; we must get up when the world tries to knock us down and out. 


To make a difference, we must bounce back; we must get up when the world tries to knock us down.
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Life is difficult sometimes. People lose jobs, people lose children, people lose spouses, people lose money, and people lose sight of their potential. But as former US president Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” He didn’t exclude anyone, because everyone has something beautiful to offer, no matter what. Even with your fears and imperfections, you can start working towards your goals today. How, you ask?

Learn what you need to learn to get where you want to go.

Make a plan that will help you carry out your ideas.

Fight back when things don’t go your way.

Show up when you say you will show up.

And do what you say you are going to do.

It is never enough to just think about what you want to do, because at some point, you have to put in the work.

Execution is what brings results and results are what matters. Now go and put in the work, today. 

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In this episode, Adam reminds listeners that results are what matters. Life is difficult sometimes. People lose jobs, people lose children, people lose spouses, people lose money, and people lose sight of their potential. But as former US president Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” He didn’t exclude anyone, because everyone has something beautiful to offer, no matter what. Even with your fears and imperfections, you can start working towards your goals today. How, you ask?
Learn what you need to learn to get where you want to go.
Make a plan that will help you carry out your ideas.
Fight back when things don’t go your way.
Show up when you say you will show up.
And do what you say you are going to do.
It is never enough to just think about what you want to do, because at some point, you have to put in the work.
Execution is what brings results and results are what matters. Now go and put in the work, today. 
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#125: Lead and Influence More People https://asmithblog.com/lead/ Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:01:58 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23624 https://asmithblog.com/lead/#respond https://asmithblog.com/lead/feed/ 0 <img width="768" height="657" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/lead-go-first-768x657.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="lead go first" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/lead-go-first-768x657.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/lead-go-first-300x256.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/lead-go-first-1024x875.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/lead-go-first-150x128.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/lead-go-first.png 1282w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam reminds listeners that in order to lead, they must go first.

Want to influence more people through your work? Go first. That is why bravery and creativity are such important subjects of focus. You have to go where no one else will go and create things that others aren’t creating to stand out in the crowd. You cannot lead without first producing innovative products so that people will follow.

Think of the biggest businesses in the world right now in 2017 — Apple, Amazon, Facebook — they all built something first, giving others the option to follow later on. Apple built amazing computers and phones and now the world gets to enjoy them on a daily basis. They even have multiple companies imitating them, but people know who the original is. As long as Apple continues to become better, their results will attract even more people. Same for Amazon and Facebook. They continue to innovate, attracting even more people to use their products.

So how can you begin leading in your area of focus? Here are five steps that anyone can implement in their lives and in their work to lead in work and in life: 

Know who you are.

I recently wrote an article for Success Magazine on this very subject, and it’s an important step to not miss. Many times people don’t stop long enough to pay attention to this before putting in the work, and for an idea to resonate with you (which is what you need for the next step to make sense), it’s a good idea to focus on this first.

Find an idea that intrigues you.

Someone recently asked my advice for creating a new business, and here’s what I told them: Find something you love, something you’re good at, and what the market needs. That’s the idea that should intrigue you to pursue further.

Design a plan for where you want to go.

Although plans won’t end up exactly where you think they will, planning is still an important part of the process. A detailed plan gives you direction and clarity. You need a plan to lead well.

Realize that your work isn’t for everyone. 

Just because you receive criticism along the way doesn’t mean that you’re doing the wrong thing; you just haven’t found your audience yet. How do I know this? Because there’s a market for an incredible amount of bad inventions and ideas. (Not saying yours is bad. Ha!) As you pursue those ideas that you feel impressed to chase, there will be doubt, but that’s natural. Pursue them anyway.

Pick one thing and start working. 

How bad do you want your dreams to happen? If you want things to happen, you’ll put the work in. This is the most important part of the equation because nothing happens without taking action. Remember that the next time you wonder why your ideas aren’t taking flight and commit to putting your time and energy where you need to most.

Do these five things and go lead, today. 

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In this episode, Adam reminds listeners that in order to lead, they must go first. Think of the biggest businesses in the world right now in 2017 — Apple, Amazon, Facebook — they all built something first, giving others the option to follow later on. Apple built amazing computers and phones and now the world gets to enjoy them on a daily basis. They even have multiple companies imitating them, but people know who the original is. As long as Apple continues to become better, their results will attract even more people. Same for Amazon and Facebook. They continue to innovate, attracting even more people to use their products.
So how can you begin leading in your area of focus? Here are five steps that anyone can implement in their lives and in their work to lead in work and in life: 
Know who you are.
I recently wrote an article for Success Magazine on this very subject, and it’s an important step to not miss. Many times people don’t stop long enough to pay attention to this before putting in the work, and for an idea to resonate with you (which is what you need for the next step to make sense), it’s a good idea to focus on this first.
Find an idea that intrigues you.
Someone recently asked my advice for creating a new business, and here’s what I told them: Find something you love, something you’re good at, and what the market needs. That’s the idea that should intrigue you to pursue further.
Design a plan for where you want to go.
Although plans won’t end up exactly where you think they will, planning is still an important part of the process. A detailed plan gives you direction and clarity. You need a plan to lead well.
Realize that your work isn’t for everyone. 
Just because you receive criticism along the way doesn’t mean that you’re doing the wrong thing; you just haven’t found your audience yet. How do I know this? Because there’s a market for an incredible amount of bad inventions and ideas. (Not saying yours is bad. Ha!) As you pursue those ideas that you feel impressed to chase, there will be doubt, but that’s natural. Pursue them anyway.
Pick one thing and start working. 
How bad do you want your dreams to happen? If you want things to happen, you’ll put the work in. This is the most important part of the equation because nothing happens without taking action. Remember that the next time you wonder why your ideas aren’t taking flight and commit to putting your time and energy where you need to most.
Do these five things and go lead, today. 
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#124: Stop Dealing with the Same Problems Every Year https://asmithblog.com/same-problems/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:01:01 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23607 https://asmithblog.com/same-problems/#respond https://asmithblog.com/same-problems/feed/ 0 <img width="768" height="468" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/problems-time-fix-768x468.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="problems time fix" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/problems-time-fix-768x468.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/problems-time-fix-300x183.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/problems-time-fix-1024x624.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/problems-time-fix-150x91.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can stop dealing with the same problems every year.

January 1st was the day that so many people waited for to try something new in hopes to change their lives. Instead of starting what they should have months ago, they put their hopes and dreams off for this week. But, as much as these people want January 1st to be a clean slate — a new chapter in a new book — life doesn’t work this way. The same problems that you encountered on December 31st, 2016, are the same problems that you dealt with on January 1st, 2017. Just because a calendar flips over to a new year doesn’t mean that issues go away. In fact, for the months that people put off the necessary, their problems — and lack of self-discipline — only grew.

Maybe this resonates with you. Maybe every year the calendar changes over to another year and you have every intention to make things better, yet your life remains the same. But there are a few key reasons that this is a common occurrence, and here they are: 

1. You keep holding on to the wrong goals. 

Listen, if you’ve had the same goals for the past two years, and you still haven’t put a dent in them, it’s either time to get serious about these goals or get rid of them to make room for goals that you will actually work towards. There are so many frustrations that lie around having the wrong goals, and the easy fix is to be reminded that you get to choose what you put your time and effort into. Find what you are devoted to, choose your goals accordingly, and stop being disappointed in yourself.

2. Your expectations are too high. 

Having high expectations is great, but having too high of expectations is unhealthy. You need to be realistic with your timeline, because it is only when you do this that you can be happy with your results. This used to be my biggest weakness, but when I truly came to terms that there are only 24 hours in a day and that my goals will still be there when I come back to them, the workload I placed on myself lessened and my approach became much less stressful. You may have the right goals, but it could take you longer than you think. When you learn to not look at a long timeline as a problem, life becomes much more enjoyable.


Having high expectations is great, but having too high of expectations is unhealthy.
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3. You neglect the necessary habits. 

Of course, results don’t just fall in your lap. It requires a commitment to good everyday habits to make them happen. The question is, do your habits match up to achieving your biggest goals? (And if this is where your issue lies, I have an eBook to help you with self-discipline when you sign up to receive emails from me.) My best advice with this step is to take small steps towards your goals. No, you’re not going to win your goals in a day, but your daily habits over time will help you accomplish what you really want to.

4. You don’t have the right people helping you.

None of us are self-made people. We’ve all had people who helped us get us to where we are. And those who we allow closest to us influence us most, and many times, people have the wrong people closest to them. If you need more encouraging friends, find them. And if you need a trainer, coach, or consultant, hire them. You being able to accomplish your biggest dreams is always worth the extra effort in finding them.

Now go and stop dealing with the same problems, today. 

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In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can stop dealing with the same problems every year. Maybe this resonates with you. Maybe every year the calendar changes over to another year and you have every intention to make things better, yet your life remains the same. But there are a few key reasons that this is a common occurrence, and here they are: 
1. You keep holding on to the wrong goals. 
Listen, if you’ve had the same goals for the past two years, and you still haven’t put a dent in them, it’s either time to get serious about these goals or get rid of them to make room for goals that you will actually work towards. There are so many frustrations that lie around having the wrong goals, and the easy fix is to be reminded that you get to choose what you put your time and effort into. Find what you are devoted to, choose your goals accordingly, and stop being disappointed in yourself.
2. Your expectations are too high. 
Having high expectations is great, but having too high of expectations is unhealthy. You need to be realistic with your timeline, because it is only when you do this that you can be happy with your results. This used to be my biggest weakness, but when I truly came to terms that there are only 24 hours in a day and that my goals will still be there when I come back to them, the workload I placed on myself lessened and my approach became much less stressful. You may have the right goals, but it could take you longer than you think. When you learn to not look at a long timeline as a problem, life becomes much more enjoyable.
3. You neglect the necessary habits. 
Of course, results don’t just fall in your lap. It requires a commitment to good everyday habits to make them happen. The question is, do your habits match up to achieving your biggest goals? (And if this is where your issue lies, I have an eBook to help you with self-discipline when you sign up to receive emails from me.) My best advice with this step is to take small steps towards your goals. No, you’re not going to win your goals in a day, but your daily habits over time will help you accomplish what you really want to.
4. You don’t have the right people helping you.
None of us are self-made people. We’ve all had people who helped us get us to where we are. And those who we allow closest to us influence us most, and many times, people have the wrong people closest to them. If you need more encouraging friends, find them. And if you need a trainer, coach, or consultant, hire them. You being able to accomplish your biggest dreams is always worth the extra effort in finding them.
Now go and stop dealing with the same problems, today. 
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#123: Decision Making Made Easier https://asmithblog.com/decision-making/ Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:01:03 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23539 https://asmithblog.com/decision-making/#respond https://asmithblog.com/decision-making/feed/ 0 <img width="768" height="449" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Decision-Making-made-easier-768x449.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Decision Making" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Decision-Making-made-easier-768x449.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Decision-Making-made-easier-300x175.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Decision-Making-made-easier-1024x598.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Decision-Making-made-easier-150x88.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how decision making can be made easier.

The number one reason that people make bad decisions is because of fear. And many times, fear comes from a lack of preparation. So, how can individuals prepare to make better decisions? It begins with three things.

First, look at the data. 

One of the easiest ways to know if you are making a good decision is to look at others who made the same decision in a similar situation, and decide if they experienced an outcome that you want to experience for yourself. The results may not turn out the exact same way, but they will most likely be close. Past decisions are full of data to learn from and shouldn’t be ignored.


Past decisions are full of data to learn from and shouldn’t be ignored.
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This principle applies to individuals and businesses alike. Google is known as one of the most data-driven companies in the world. They collect it, analyze it, and make better decisions due to being aware of user data. Be like Google and use data to your advantage.

Second, think about the future consequences. 

There is no such thing as a future decision. There are only present decisions that affect the future.” – Venita VanCaspel

Can you think of a decision that you made long ago that is still affecting your life? My guess is that you can remember something, good or bad, that helped place you where you are at today. Whether it has something to do with your relationships, your work, your school, or your moving to a different city, there has been a decision along the way that changed everything.

Every decision has a ripple effect on your world, sending future consequences into motion. Every choice has a cost; impacting people, the available time that you have, and your own journey. Every time you choose one thing over another, you are taking time and effort away from something else, or even someone else. This is just another reason that our choices are so important. This means that we must weigh the cost versus the payout; the risk versus the reward; and the effort versus the possible result; and then make decisions accordingly.

Third, when other people are involved, use emotional intelligence. 

“What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your emotional intelligence — not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests.”  — Daniel Goleman

In a speech given at Harvard Business School, James Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase said, “Your IQ’s are all high enough for you to be very successful, but where people often fall short is on the EQ. It’s something you develop over time. A lot of management skills are EQ, because management is all about how people function.”

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is someone else who is known for using his emotional intelligence. When someone wrote about their negative view of the work environment at Amazon in the New York Times, saying that management wasn’t accommodating to its employees, Bezos recanted with an internal memo to all of his employees. In this memo, Jeff made sure to say, “…our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero,” and for good reason. Bezos, the most successful CEO ever in my opinion, understands just how important having emotional intelligence can be.

Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. It is explained as self-awarenessself-regulationmotivationsocial skills and empathy by Daniel Goleman, author of the book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. And these are all important attributes to possess as you make better decisions, because let’s face it, we are all emotional beings.

When you look at the decisions that others made and decide if you want to experience similar consequences, think about the consequences that your decisions will have in the future, and use emotional intelligence as an advantage, you will begin making better decisions. Now go and make better decisions, today. 

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In this episode, Adam tells listeners how decision making can be made easier.
First, look at the data. 
One of the easiest ways to know if you are making a good decision is to look at others who made the same decision in a similar situation, and decide if they experienced an outcome that you want to experience for yourself. The results may not turn out the exact same way, but they will most likely be close. Past decisions are full of data to learn from and shouldn’t be ignored.
This principle applies to individuals and businesses alike. Google is known as one of the most data-driven companies in the world. They collect it, analyze it, and make better decisions due to being aware of user data. Be like Google and use data to your advantage.
Second, think about the future consequences. 
“There is no such thing as a future decision. There are only present decisions that affect the future.” – Venita VanCaspel
Can you think of a decision that you made long ago that is still affecting your life? My guess is that you can remember something, good or bad, that helped place you where you are at today. Whether it has something to do with your relationships, your work, your school, or your moving to a different city, there has been a decision along the way that changed everything.
Every decision has a ripple effect on your world, sending future consequences into motion. Every choice has a cost; impacting people, the available time that you have, and your own journey. Every time you choose one thing over another, you are taking time and effort away from something else, or even someone else. This is just another reason that our choices are so important. This means that we must weigh the cost versus the payout; the risk versus the reward; and the effort versus the possible result; and then make decisions accordingly.
Third, when other people are involved, use emotional intelligence. 
“What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your emotional intelligence — not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests.”  — Daniel Goleman
In a speech given at Harvard Business School, James Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase said, “Your IQ’s are all high enough for you to be very successful, but where people often fall short is on the EQ. It’s something you develop over time. A lot of management skills are EQ, because management is all about how people function.”
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is someone else who is known for using his emotional intelligence. When someone wrote about their negative view of the work environment at Amazon in the New York Times, saying that management wasn’t accommodating to its employees, Bezos recanted with an internal memo to all of his employees. In this memo, Jeff made sure to say, “…our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero,” and for good reason. Bezos, the most successful CEO ever in my opinion, understands just how important having emotional intelligence can be.
Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. It is explained as self-awareness,]]>
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#122: Five Steps to Better Business Ideas https://asmithblog.com/better-business-ideas/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:01:06 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23378 https://asmithblog.com/better-business-ideas/#comments https://asmithblog.com/better-business-ideas/feed/ 1 <img width="768" height="502" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/better-business-ideas-768x502.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="better business ideas" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/better-business-ideas-768x502.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/better-business-ideas-300x196.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/better-business-ideas-1024x669.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/better-business-ideas-150x98.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam gives listeners five steps to having better business ideas.

To grow our businesses we probably don’t need more money, but what we do need are better ideas. Stop worrying about new investors and lengthy business plans, and focus your attention on what really matters. If you want your business to thrive, you not only need better ideas for now, but for the road ahead, as well. This fact shouldn’t strike you with fear, but instead, it should make you realize how important the idea process is, and it should also excite you for what the future holds.

So, here are the five most important steps to create better business ideas:

1. To have better business ideas, you must begin with research.

José Scheuer, a lecturer in business and marketing at the London School of Business and Finance, says that market research is necessary because competition is tougher than ever. In a recent interview, José explained that small businesses compete in a much larger field than ever before, much due to the growth of e-commerce. And with the growth of e-commerce, other small businesses, and large businesses, it is often found that competitors have greater negotiating power to source products and sell them at cheaper prices. This is why you must not miss the competitor advantage that research gives you.

Research is what will separate you from everyone else and will only make you better. What are other people in your business space already doing? Steer clear from those ideas, and find your own niche. Research will tell you where you need to be now and in the future, as well.

Who can you reach out to that will make you and your business better? Research those in your field who are doing things right, and learn from them. How do they work, what positives can you take away from their work, and how can you make your business better than theirs?

Whichever area you need help with in your business, researching businesses who do things well and not so well will help you become better. You can always learn from the triumphs and mistakes of other businesses. It amazes me how easy of a concept this is, and yet people miss out on it time and time again. These are the same businesses asking themselves, “Why are we not effective?”, when there are tons of resources available to help them become better. You need research to become better, so you can impact more people.

2. To have better business ideas, you must build on your previous ideas.

Joel Gascoigne, the founder of Buffer, built his company on the ideas of other scheduling Twitter clients and apps that didn’t perform well. He extracted the good ideas from those apps, threw away the bad ones, and then made his own tweet scheduler to fit his own needs and the needs of many others.

If you aren’t familiar with Buffer, the main difference that sets it apart from other tweet schedulers is that it has created a way to queue up tweets based on the time of day where the most people can be reached, instead of scheduling each tweet individually, without knowing if your audience is even online to read your content. Joel’s idea with Buffer shows that rarely is one idea sufficient on its own, because ideas are meant to be built upon. If an idea comes to you, make sure to capture it, but never consider it your final idea. This is where the ideation process is given life.

My own practice is to grab two ideas that have one similarity or more, to see how they relate and to see how they’re different. Once I have an idea of how they fit together, I take two brand new ideas that are completely different from the first batch, and then find something similar between those two ideas. At the end, I take the first result and the second result, which are opposite in some way, and then try to connect the dots between the opposites to create an original idea. It’s time consuming, but it’s worth the extra effort every time.

3. To have better business ideas, you must encourage mistakes along the way.

Did you know that the slinky was the mistake product that came from attempting to build a meter designed to monitor power on naval battleships? The inventor, Richard Jones, was working with tension springs, and accidentally dropped one of them to the ground. When this happened, the spring kept bouncing from place to place after it hit the ground, thus creating the slinky.

Did you also know that, Spencer Silver, a researcher with 3M Laboratories, is the person who developed post-it notes by accident? He was trying to develop a strong adhesive, but instead found an adhesive that was weaker than what he needed. It stuck to objects, but could be pulled off easily without leaving a mark. A great invention, but it wasn’t what he was looking for at the time. However, it was this grand mistake that led to a later business idea: the post-it note.

Freedom in your workplace breeds creativity. This being said, to have better business ideas, you must learn to take risks, let go, and promote creativity. Yes, with trying new things there will always be mistakes that are made, but that’s okay. It’s actually the only way to learn along the way, and who knows, you may find the next slinky or post-it note. Better business ideas are only found when you are willing to combine creativity, risk, and the willingness to make mistakes.

Creativity + Risk + Making Mistakes = Better Ideas

4. To have better business ideas, you must realize that everyone on your team has something to give.

In 2015, when I heard that Alan Lafley would be stepping down as CEO of Procter & Gamble, I knew that it was a loss for P&G. Everyone in the business world knows him as a person who listened to his team, welcomed feedback, and promoted healthy communication throughout his organization. Of course, David Taylor is doing a fine job as the new CEO, and is working to fix the company’s agility with decision making, but Lafley was the one who laid the extremely important groundwork for a company who now thrives off of this idea that everyone has something to give. I can only wonder if Lafley will be able to continue building this environment as an executive chairman, or if Taylor will strive to continue leading his company with this mantra at the forefront of everything they do. But, what I do know is how important this concept is for a team to grab hold of, because this can be the difference between a team who finds success and a team who misses the mark.

Former First Lady, Barbara Bush said, “Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life’s blood. But everyone has something to give.” Yes, everyone has something to give, but individuals must be willing to look for opportunities to do so. It’s those people who you want to be on your team — the ones who want to change the world for the better.


Everyone has something to give.
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You may have your go-to people who you seek out for help with ideas, but to have great ideas, you must see things from every perspective, not just the perspective of those who only agree with you. And the best way to do this is to have conversations with your diverse team. I say ‘diverse’ because if everyone thinks like you do, there will only be good ideas, not great ideas. You need to surround yourself with people who will tell you the truth, not only those who will agree with you. Build a team that works in different strengths than you do, and use those strengths to build better ideas for your business. The more input, the better, as it gives you more feedback and data to go off of. And the more feedback and data you have, the better your ideas will be.

5. To have better business ideas, you must know who your customer is.

The idea of Dollar Shave Club allows members to select blades, pay $3 to $9 per month for the cost of their blades, and DSC then sends those blades directly to their member’s doors every month. This idea sounded very different than anything that had been done previously in the shaving industry, but in 2011, Michael Dubin and Mark Levine knew they were onto something huge. Their idea proved to be successful, and as of right now they own 16% of the U.S. cartridge market by volume. Their rapid growth places DSC just ahead of Schick as the nation’s second-biggest brand. As for online razor sales, Dollar Shave Club commands nearly 50% market share, according to Slice Intelligence. So as you can see, their better business idea sparked interest and the company has been growing ever since.

Dollar Shave Club revolutionized the shaving industry, not only because they made the art of shaving easier for consumers, but because they are a company who understands their customers. They do this so well because they use data analytics to understand its member’s wants and needs. Sure, other companies collect this data, but not all companies dissect it, looking to improve in any area of business operations that they can. This is what sets Dollar Shave Club apart from so many other businesses. Looking at information and using it to their advantage allows them to deliver an outstanding customer experience every time. With over 2.2 million happy subscribers, they have proven that they will be around for a very long time, and their success is due to understanding that business is all about people.

It is only when you know who your ideas are for that you can focus your efforts towards their needs with your products. Too many times people will put limitations on their ideas first, which will never produce the best ideas. Thinking broader at first and then narrowing down ideas is the only way to produce better business ideas.

It is here that you can ask the questions, “Who is our customer?”, “What does my customer want and need?”, and “What can our company do exceptionally well to help our customers?” Great business ideas are found where the answers to all of these questions intersect.

When you conduct research, build on other ideas, encourage mistakes along the way, realize that everyone has something to give, and know who your customer is, you will immediately make a bigger impact with your better business ideas. Now go and have better business ideas, today.

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In this episode, Adam gives listeners five steps to having better business ideas. So, here are the five most important steps to create better business ideas:

1. To have better business ideas, you must begin with research.
José Scheuer, a lecturer in business and marketing at the London School of Business and Finance, says that market research is necessary because competition is tougher than ever. In a recent interview, José explained that small businesses compete in a much larger field than ever before, much due to the growth of e-commerce. And with the growth of e-commerce, other small businesses, and large businesses, it is often found that competitors have greater negotiating power to source products and sell them at cheaper prices. This is why you must not miss the competitor advantage that research gives you.
Research is what will separate you from everyone else and will only make you better. What are other people in your business space already doing? Steer clear from those ideas, and find your own niche. Research will tell you where you need to be now and in the future, as well.
Who can you reach out to that will make you and your business better? Research those in your field who are doing things right, and learn from them. How do they work, what positives can you take away from their work, and how can you make your business better than theirs?
Whichever area you need help with in your business, researching businesses who do things well and not so well will help you become better. You can always learn from the triumphs and mistakes of other businesses. It amazes me how easy of a concept this is, and yet people miss out on it time and time again. These are the same businesses asking themselves, “Why are we not effective?”, when there are tons of resources available to help them become better. You need research to become better, so you can impact more people.
2. To have better business ideas, you must build on your previous ideas.
Joel Gascoigne, the founder of Buffer, built his company on the ideas of other scheduling Twitter clients and apps that didn’t perform well. He extracted the good ideas from those apps, threw away the bad ones, and then made his own tweet scheduler to fit his own needs and the needs of many others.
If you aren’t familiar with Buffer, the main difference that sets it apart from other tweet schedulers is that it has created a way to queue up tweets based on the time of day where the most people can be reached, instead of scheduling each tweet individually, without knowing if your audience is even online to read your content. Joel’s idea with Buffer shows that rarely is one idea sufficient on its own, because ideas are meant to be built upon. If an idea comes to you, make sure to capture it, but never consider it your final idea. This is where the ideation process is given life.
My own practice is to grab two ideas that have one similarity or more, to see how they relate and to see how they’re different. Once I have an idea of how they fit together, I take two brand new ideas that are completely different from the first batch, and then find something similar between those two ideas.]]>
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#121: My Biggest Weakness https://asmithblog.com/biggest-weakness/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:01:28 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23274 https://asmithblog.com/biggest-weakness/#respond https://asmithblog.com/biggest-weakness/feed/ 0 <img width="768" height="450" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/biggest-weakness-768x450.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="biggest weakness" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/biggest-weakness-768x450.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/biggest-weakness-300x176.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/biggest-weakness-1024x600.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/biggest-weakness-150x88.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners about his biggest weakness.

My biggest weakness is stopping long enough to live in the moment. (I’ve previously written a post on the need of being present, which you can find here.) I know it and have always known it. This being said, I must be very intentional with celebrating any wins along the way, I must fight the urge to skip past the present moment, and I must put my phone down and engage with the people around me. I have fought my biggest weakness many times before, and won, but as with many issues we all face in life, it isn’t a one and done circumstance, but rather, a continuous battle that I find myself in.

Since I have always dealt with this, I have learned a few things about how to best deal with bringing myself back to the present, instead of always being in the future, and here they are:

First, realize that you will never get your present moments back. 

I have to say that I didn’t truly realize this point until I had kids. Imagining my kids ten years older than what they are now, and knowing what I want them to say about me, has significantly influenced where I put my time. I have cut out things that aren’t necessary in order to create the moments I want to have with them. I haven’t been perfect in this area, because there have been seasons where business dictated my schedule more than I liked, but I am very aware that a busy schedule is only manageable for a season, not a lifetime. If I have any piece of advice for you in regards to time management it is to find a reason big enough to make you question where you put your time, and then make changes to match what you want from your life. When you create margin in life, you can then put things back into your schedule in order to do what you really want to do. But don’t forget to leave enough time to enjoy the present, to stop and smell the roses, and to live in the moment.


Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. ― Mother Teresa
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Second, see just how short life really is. 

28,000 days is the average person’s life expectancy. That may sound like a long time, but it really isn’t. You get one life, you can’t escape death, and what you do every day matters. Got it? Now go and figure out what matters to you, and cut out the things that don’t matter, because life is short, and you need to do something that matters.

And third, do what only you can do. 

When you take this idea to heart, the fear of missing out is lost in the hard work and dedication that it requires for doing what only you can do. You were put on this earth for a reason, and it is up to you to find that reason. You don’t have anything to prove to anyone else. Nobody else can be you. Own that, take that responsibility, and be the you who you are meant to be to the people around you.

Now, go and live in the moment today. 

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In this episode, Adam tells listeners about his biggest weakness. here.) I know it and have always known it. This being said, I must be very intentional with celebrating any wins along the way, I must fight the urge to skip past the present moment, and I must put my phone down and engage with the people around me. I have fought my biggest weakness many times before, and won, but as with many issues we all face in life, it isn’t a one and done circumstance, but rather, a continuous battle that I find myself in.
Since I have always dealt with this, I have learned a few things about how to best deal with bringing myself back to the present, instead of always being in the future, and here they are:


First, realize that you will never get your present moments back. 
I have to say that I didn’t truly realize this point until I had kids. Imagining my kids ten years older than what they are now, and knowing what I want them to say about me, has significantly influenced where I put my time. I have cut out things that aren’t necessary in order to create the moments I want to have with them. I haven’t been perfect in this area, because there have been seasons where business dictated my schedule more than I liked, but I am very aware that a busy schedule is only manageable for a season, not a lifetime. If I have any piece of advice for you in regards to time management it is to find a reason big enough to make you question where you put your time, and then make changes to match what you want from your life. When you create margin in life, you can then put things back into your schedule in order to do what you really want to do. But don’t forget to leave enough time to enjoy the present, to stop and smell the roses, and to live in the moment.
Second, see just how short life really is. 
28,000 days is the average person’s life expectancy. That may sound like a long time, but it really isn’t. You get one life, you can’t escape death, and what you do every day matters. Got it? Now go and figure out what matters to you, and cut out the things that don’t matter, because life is short, and you need to do something that matters.

And third, do what only you can do. 
When you take this idea to heart, the fear of missing out is lost in the hard work and dedication that it requires for doing what only you can do. You were put on this earth for a reason, and it is up to you to find that reason. You don’t have anything to prove to anyone else. Nobody else can be you. Own that, take that responsibility, and be the you who you are meant to be to the people around you.
Now, go and live in the moment today. 
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#120: At Some Point You Have to Make A Decision https://asmithblog.com/make-decision/ Tue, 06 Sep 2016 06:01:18 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23178 https://asmithblog.com/make-decision/#respond https://asmithblog.com/make-decision/feed/ 0 <img width="768" height="509" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/make-a-decision-768x509.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="make a decision" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/make-a-decision-768x509.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/make-a-decision-300x199.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/make-a-decision-1024x679.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/make-a-decision-150x99.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tell listeners how to make better decisions, because at some point we all have to make a decision.

Making a decision is much more difficult than anything else that comes before the actual decision. We can mentally prepare for what’s ahead, but to actually make a needed decision is much different that the process of preparation. To make a decision you must take all data into careful consideration, and then make the decision that you see fit, no matter how hard that may be. The good news is that very rarely is a ‘final decision’ truly final. There’s always room for improvement and there’s usually a chance to make things right. This being said, people many times become paralyzed, not able to make a decision due to the fear of being wrong. Let me just say that perfection isn’t possible, no matter how much time is put into the process. There will always be something that could be done differently, but the most important part to know is that a decision must be made, right or wrong.

So, here are five steps to making the best possible decision with the information you have in your possession: 

First, become okay with making mistakes.

If you’ve read my work before, then you know that I am all for making mistakes on the way to finding success. You need these mistakes to learn what works and what doesn’t. You can then make changes along the way to better your final outcome. This is called life. If you are just starting out along the decision process, it’s okay to not have it all figured out. Own that. You don’t need to know everything. Life will teach you lessons along the way — learn from them, become smarter from your journey, and keep pressing forward. Don’t let the wrong decisions cause you to give up, but rather, use what you learn from your decisions to become better in the future.

Also on this point, keep your distance from those who force you to be perfect with every decision. Those are the people who will hold you back and keep you from ever making a decision, because it’s ‘not good enough.’ Make the decision that your research and gut tells you to make and make changes if needed.

Second, pay attention to your willingness to fight for your ideas. 

If I’m passionate about an idea and believe that it will work, then I see it as worth fighting for. If I’m not fighting for a certain outcome, then I know that it either doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, or I don’t care about the outcome. Either way, I don’t need to waste my time with it. This principle applies to anyone and everyone. If you don’t believe in something enough to fight for it, then it’s probably the wrong decision, and you need to rethink your position.

Third, look at the decisions that others made and decide if you want to experience similar consequences.  

One of the best ways to know if you are making a good decision or not is to look at others who made the same decision in a past similar situation, and decide if that’s the outcome you want for yourself. The results may not turn out the exact same way, but they will most likely be close.

Fourth, don’t just look at what your decision will do right now, but think about the consequences that your decisions will have in the future. 

Every decision has a ripple effect on your world, sending future consequences into motion. Every choice has a cost; impacting people, the available time that you have, or your own journey. This can be heavy to think about, but consequences are real.

And fifth, use emotional intelligence as an advantage. 

This step is important because emotional intelligence, or EQ, takes emotions into consideration when making decisions, those of your own and the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence is explained as self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social skills and empathy by Daniel Goleman, author of the book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. And these are all important attributes to possess as you make better decisions, because let’s face it, humans are emotional beings.

Now use these five steps and go make your decision, today. 

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In this episode, Adam tell listeners how to make better decisions, because at some point we all have to make a decision. So, here are five steps to making the best possible decision with the information you have in your possession: 
First, become okay with making mistakes.
If you’ve read my work before, then you know that I am all for making mistakes on the way to finding success. You need these mistakes to learn what works and what doesn’t. You can then make changes along the way to better your final outcome. This is called life. If you are just starting out along the decision process, it’s okay to not have it all figured out. Own that. You don’t need to know everything. Life will teach you lessons along the way — learn from them, become smarter from your journey, and keep pressing forward. Don’t let the wrong decisions cause you to give up, but rather, use what you learn from your decisions to become better in the future.
Also on this point, keep your distance from those who force you to be perfect with every decision. Those are the people who will hold you back and keep you from ever making a decision, because it’s ‘not good enough.’ Make the decision that your research and gut tells you to make and make changes if needed.
Second, pay attention to your willingness to fight for your ideas. 
If I’m passionate about an idea and believe that it will work, then I see it as worth fighting for. If I’m not fighting for a certain outcome, then I know that it either doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, or I don’t care about the outcome. Either way, I don’t need to waste my time with it. This principle applies to anyone and everyone. If you don’t believe in something enough to fight for it, then it’s probably the wrong decision, and you need to rethink your position.
Third, look at the decisions that others made and decide if you want to experience similar consequences.  
One of the best ways to know if you are making a good decision or not is to look at others who made the same decision in a past similar situation, and decide if that’s the outcome you want for yourself. The results may not turn out the exact same way, but they will most likely be close.
Fourth, don’t just look at what your decision will do right now, but think about the consequences that your decisions will have in the future. 
Every decision has a ripple effect on your world, sending future consequences into motion. Every choice has a cost; impacting people, the available time that you have, or your own journey. This can be heavy to think about, but consequences are real.
And fifth, use emotional intelligence as an advantage. 
This step is important because emotional intelligence, or EQ, takes emotions into consideration when making decisions, those of your own and the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence is explained as http://asmithblog.com/?p=23172 https://asmithblog.com/save-hours/#respond https://asmithblog.com/save-hours/feed/ 0 <img width="768" height="506" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/save-hours-of-time-768x506.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="save hours of time" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/save-hours-of-time-768x506.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/save-hours-of-time-300x197.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/save-hours-of-time-1024x674.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/save-hours-of-time-150x99.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can save hours of time every single week.

Time is one of the most important possessions we have, so we must learn to use it wisely. This being said, here are three ways to save hours every single week:


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1. Don’t be afraid to ask more questions… or Google it. 

Many times, due to ego and pride, people won’t ask questions. It’s like the old story of men not stopping at the gas station to ask for directions, which kids don’t even understand because of gps and smartphones, but it further proves my point here of questions saving time. Whether you ask a question to someone who already knows the answer or you type it into Google, asking questions and seeking answers saves much more time that just trying to figure it out on your own. There’s a difference between doing new work to go where others haven’t gone before and doing tasks that others already know how to do but you haven’t done before. You don’t know everything — none of us do — and that’s perfectly fine. Keep asking questions and find the answers you need along the way. And then use the knowledge of others to become better at what you do.

2. Batch as many tasks as you can. 

I have been using this process for years, as it doesn’t force me to drag out less than ideal tasks for longer than I need to. And even still, I also use this process for things that I like doing, such as writing. The mind best focuses on one thing at a time, and if you can devote each day of the week to one specific area, it’s better for you and your time. Doing this allows you to focus on the task at hand, allows you to get more done, and helps you build on previous ideas, rather than having to drop everything and come back later.

3. Figure out how much time you actually want to devote to the necessities of life and execute accordingly. 

If you figure up all the time you take to care for children, sleep, eat, drive, shower, and use the restroom, the time adds up. Those are the necessities of life — the things you have to do. I’d say that all of these things add up to 11 hours per day, give or take a few hours. Whatever you need to do every day, tally up the time and hold yourself to it. Be realistic with the amount of time you need, because it’s important. Just like the budget you have for your finances, your budget of time keeps you accountable to what matters most.

So now, if you add in work and working on the relationship you have with your significant other, you don’t really have much time left in your day. Now, the question becomes, where can you save even more time in order to make time for others? The answer is to combine strengthening relationships with the meals you already have to eat. I believe in Coke CEO, Muhtar Kent’s philosophy of always eating with others so you can focus on relationships while taking care of the necessity that eating is. This is a simple way to fit even more in and care for people at the same time. Since caring for other people is the only reason that we do what we do, we must learn to steward our time well.

Doing these three things will save you hours of time every single week. Now go and save more time, today. 

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1. Don’t be afraid to ask more questions… or Google it. 
Many times, due to ego and pride, people won’t ask questions. It’s like the old story of men not stopping at the gas station to ask for directions, which kids don’t even understand because of gps and smartphones, but it further proves my point here of questions saving time. Whether you ask a question to someone who already knows the answer or you type it into Google, asking questions and seeking answers saves much more time that just trying to figure it out on your own. There’s a difference between doing new work to go where others haven’t gone before and doing tasks that others already know how to do but you haven’t done before. You don’t know everything — none of us do — and that’s perfectly fine. Keep asking questions and find the answers you need along the way. And then use the knowledge of others to become better at what you do.
2. Batch as many tasks as you can. 
I have been using this process for years, as it doesn’t force me to drag out less than ideal tasks for longer than I need to. And even still, I also use this process for things that I like doing, such as writing. The mind best focuses on one thing at a time, and if you can devote each day of the week to one specific area, it’s better for you and your time. Doing this allows you to focus on the task at hand, allows you to get more done, and helps you build on previous ideas, rather than having to drop everything and come back later.
3. Figure out how much time you actually want to devote to the necessities of life and execute accordingly. 
If you figure up all the time you take to care for children, sleep, eat, drive, shower, and use the restroom, the time adds up. Those are the necessities of life — the things you have to do. I’d say that all of these things add up to 11 hours per day, give or take a few hours. Whatever you need to do every day, tally up the time and hold yourself to it. Be realistic with the amount of time you need, because it’s important. Just like the budget you have for your finances, your budget of time keeps you accountable to what matters most.
So now, if you add in work and working on the relationship you have with your significant other, you don’t really have much time left in your day. Now, the question becomes, where can you save even more time in order to make time for others? The answer is to combine strengthening relationships with the meals you already have to eat. I believe in Coke CEO, Muhtar Kent’s philosophy of always eating with others so you can focus on relationships while taking care of the necessity that eating is. This is a simple way to fit even more in and care for people at the same time. Since caring for other people is the only reason that we do what we do, we must learn to steward our time well.
Doing these three things will save you hours of time every single week. Now go and save more time, today. 
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#118: Three More Ways to Be Nice https://asmithblog.com/be-nice/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:01:09 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23133 <img width="768" height="445" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/be-nice-768x445.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="be nice" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/be-nice-768x445.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/be-nice-300x174.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/be-nice-1024x593.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/be-nice-150x87.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam gives listeners three more reasons to be nice to others. In this episode, Adam gives listeners three more reasons to be nice to others.
People underestimate the power found in being nice to others, but it need not be forgotten. Being nice to others can open the door to opportunity, but of course, that’s not the reason to be nice. Being nice to others is just the right thing to do, because paying it forward puts more positivity in the world. Yes, focusing on bettering yourself is important, and yes, putting in the work is typically the fastest way to see results, but those things are just the beginning. The only reason to better yourself is to turn around and then impact other people. Now that we have that out of the way, I want to talk about the three ways that people can be nicer on a daily basis:

The first way that people can be nicer is by being nicer in their businesses. 
There are two ways that people can operate their businesses — with a takeaway or giveaway mentality. In my experience, I have found that businesses grow much faster when they are more generous with customers than when they are always stingy. In fact, in an interview I did a few years back, I attributed giving things away for free as a key factor of my success; I believe in it that much.
Business people, it’s okay to give some things away for free every once and awhile. Of course, I’m not saying to give everything away for free, nor am I saying that you shouldn’t make money — that’s not what I’m saying at all, actually. But what I am saying is that being nice in business is the best way to get more attention from a new audience, and it creates better relationships, no matter what business you’re in. When you begin thinking long-term rather than short-term, and you see every action as an investment rather than needing an immediate return on it, then you are well on your way to finding what it means to be generous in business. If you’re wondering if you should be more generous or more stingy with your next business decision, I would choose to error on the side of being generous.


The second way that people can be nicer is by being grateful for opportunity. 


Having a good attitude is another way to be nice, and when gratefulness is present, it definitely shines through one’s attitude. We’ve all been around those who don’t have a good attitude, and what a difference it makes. Every day is an opportunity, and that’s enough to be grateful for. This means that gratefulness, happiness, and niceness can become a way of life when we realize what each minute of every day can bring. Choose to be grateful rather than ungrateful; it makes a world of difference. Being nice not only changes your world, but the world around you.
And the third way that people can be nicer is by choosing better words. 
If you don’t have anything nice to say, find something nice to say and say it. It doesn’t take much looking to find people who are tearing down other people with their words, and what a sad reality that is. Whether we are looking at the blatantly mean bully, the passive-aggressive coworker, or the condescending boss, mean words hurt. When we think about the words we use, and take the response from others into consideration before we speak, we will create better relationships. The excuse of “I just don’t think before I speak” just can’t cut it anymore — we need to commit to use the brains that God gave us. It’s there for a reason. We are all better than cutting other people down. We can give life to others with our words.


Now go and be nice, today. 
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#117: How to Do Something That Matters https://asmithblog.com/do-something/ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:01:52 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23095 <img width="768" height="497" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/do-something-that-matters-768x497.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="do something that matters" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/do-something-that-matters-768x497.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/do-something-that-matters-300x194.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/do-something-that-matters-1024x662.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/do-something-that-matters-150x97.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can do something that matters. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can do something that matters. First, decide once and for all that you’re tired of not making a difference in the world.
SO many people live life in a monotonous routine, not paying attention to the people around them. Listen, if you’re not impacting people in some way, then you’re not making a difference. I’ve been making a difference for the last ten years by consistently producing free content so my readers can benefit and use it in their own lives. Why did I start putting my valuable time into doing that? Because I wanted to make a difference in the world, so I used my expertise and combined it with my interest in social media to find my place in the business and self-help landscape. And it worked. Whatever you do in life, shoot for making a difference in the world. People need you.
Second, find your passion and area of expertise, not someone else’s.
Knowing who YOU are, and how you’re designed, and what sparks passion inside of you, and what you’re good at, is so important. Too often people look at others to know who they should be, but that’s not creative, that’s not innovative, that’s not leaving your imprint on the world, that’s not you; that’s someone else’s job, not yours. Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, and begin concentrating on who you were designed to be. Ask yourself the question, “Who do I want to be and where do I want to be in life?” Answer that question and plan accordingly. Life is too short to spend wishing, or not being who you were intended to be in the first place. You have purpose.
Third, stop looking for permission from other people to do what you know you are meant to do.
What I am about to say I don’t like to admit, but it’s the truth — it’s how the world works. And here it is: If you don’t chase your dreams, someone else will recruit you for theirs. Now, if you believe in someone else’s dreams enough to help them, then I am all for it — helping people is what I do. But at some point you have to wonder if there isn’t something else that you were made for. Maybe it’s time for you to lead the way. My question to you is, “Why not you?”
Fourth, find a problem that most people face and give them a solution that works.
I am constantly asking people the question, “What problem do you need solved?” I ask this question because when enough people give the same answer, it lets me know that people need an answer. And if it lies in my area of expertise, then I will research it, draw a conclusion, and then produce content on the topic. When you do something that matters, you will find a solution that works through trial and error and provide it to those who need an answer. Complaining about the way things are is one thing, but actually taking the time to find a solution is taking it to another level. You were designed to help others.
Fifth, put in the work. 
Putting in the work is the most important part of the equation. When results aren’t realized early on, and people aren’t patient enough, quitting becomes a reasonable option. On the other hand, when people are determined while putting in the work, and they already know who they are and what they were created to do, putting in the work becomes a way of life. When people have this mentality, a lengthy timeline isn’t a distraction, but rather, it becomes something to work towards. Your reward is found in the work.
One of the weirdest questions that I get asked is, “Why do you work so much?” Of course, if you have read any of my work, then you know that I believe in the principle of getting back wha...]]>
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#116: There’s More Time Than You Think https://asmithblog.com/more-time/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 06:01:41 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=23063 <img width="768" height="509" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/more-time-768x509.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="more time" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/more-time-768x509.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/more-time-300x199.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/more-time-1024x678.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/more-time-150x99.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can find more time in their day, whether they currently have 'enough' time or not. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can find more time in their day, whether they currently have 'enough' time or not. After sleeping, working, and taking the time to meet all other basic human needs, it probably seems that there isn’t much time left to do what is needed — I know I have found myself in this place before — but I found that there are some fixes to the shortage of time we all experience. Once I began saying that I didn’t have enough time to exercise, or enough time to spend with friends, or enough time to vacation, or enough time to take a day or two off every week, or enough time to write a book, or enough time to [_fill in the blank_], I would hear of people who were busier than myself who had enough time to do all of the things I wanted to accomplish and even more, all while doing them well. You know who I’m talking about — the CEOs, and the entrepreneurs, and the politicians, and the successful business people who you hear about who have done everything you ever wanted to in life, but you in your busyness can’t seem to find any extra time in your day.
So, what’s the difference between you and those who can find the time? The difference between them and you probably has to do with three things, and here they are:
First, if you can’t seem to find enough time, you may be holding onto things you don’t need to keep.
I can speak from experience here — when you run multiple businesses, you have to learn how to get creative with time, and that means that you learn to let go of things. Yes, you may even need to get rid of some things that you like doing in order to make room for the things that you love doing. Ask yourself, “What am I passionate about?” If you’re passionate enough, you’ll make ample room in your schedule for those things. Even if it means that you have to pay someone to cut the lawn in order to free up an hour, or you have to pick up carry-out for dinner to free up the hour of time spent cooking and cleaning up, or whatever small task you can pay others to do for you, it’s worth it if you can save any time at all. (Some people may think that fifteen minutes is just fifteen minutes, but I see it as fifteen minutes of opportunity.) As valuable as time is, my advice is to always save it when you can. Know what you need to do to accomplish your dreams, take care of the people who need you, and get rid of the excess. This is where you need to start when chasing your wildest dreams.
Second, if you can’t seem to find enough time, it may be time to be more realistic with where you currently are in life. 
If you are a single mom or dad and you have three kids under the age of seven, this may not the best season to build a startup. If you can figure it out and still enjoy your children, then great, but so many people ignore their current situations and will find that they missed out on more important things later down the road. Trust me, when you realize the current season you are in and you dance in those lines, you will save both your relationships and your sanity. And if you are extremely driven to accomplish your dreams, and you want them right now, you need to begin pairing that determination with patience, as it will save you from so many future letdowns. Success is coming; it may just appear a little slower than you think.
And third, if you still can’t seem to find enough time, it’s time to become more efficient. 
You know you can improve on efficiency when projects take much longer than they should. Maybe you allow your mind wander more than you should, or maybe you don’t give yourself enough deadlines, or maybe you are always working in an open space wher...]]>
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#115: Do Anything But Sell Your Product https://asmithblog.com/sell-your-product/ Tue, 05 Jul 2016 06:01:36 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22935 <img width="768" height="412" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/sell-your-product-768x412.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="sell your product" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/sell-your-product-768x412.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/sell-your-product-300x161.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/sell-your-product-1024x549.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/sell-your-product-150x80.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners why they should do anything but sell their product. In this episode, Adam tells listeners why they should do anything but sell their product. My main goal in life is to make the best use of my time and to empower people. By myself, I can only coach twelve people at the most every month, whereas I can write on this blog and reach thousands of people with every article. Looking at these numbers, I can easily see that the best use of my time is to focus on providing content for my online audience. With my full schedule, posting online in any of the formats that I use — writing, video blogging, or podcasting — is the best use of my time.
But, if my goal truly is to impact the most people that I possibly can, then the numbers don’t lie; I need to go where the people are. I charge a premium for coaching because I am short on time, but people are only interested in my program after hearing my unique perspective on my blog. This being said, I very rarely add a client just by telling people that I offer coaching, but instead, people approach me for coaching after reading my work and becoming a part of my online community. This is why my mentality on marketing has changed over the years. I now believe that selling a product has much less to do with the actual product than most think. But it does have more to do with whether the person selling a product is truthful and believable with how a product can be beneficial to one’s life. This is what makes testimonials so powerful.
I’ve been writing for ten years now, not because I want to sell you something, but I began this blog because I enjoy writing, I feel like I can help people, and with these things in mind, people eventually took notice of my work. I gained attention by providing value, not by trying to make a sale, and this is what I am still trying to do. I’m just trying to add value. I see new opportunity as a means to begin new conversations and a way to spread new ideas. That’s the best way to influence, make a difference, and sell products.
Now, go and do anything but sell your product, today. 
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#114: You and Your Work Aren’t for Everyone https://asmithblog.com/you-work-everyone/ Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:01:46 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22889 <img width="768" height="421" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/you-and-your-work-768x421.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="you and your work" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/you-and-your-work-768x421.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/you-and-your-work-300x164.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/you-and-your-work-1024x561.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/you-and-your-work-150x82.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/you-and-your-work.png 1450w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners why their work can't be for everyone. In this episode, Adam tells listeners why their work can't be for everyone. First, realize that anyone who has ever done anything great had many critics along the way. 
I am fascinated by the Wright brothers, because anyone who takes a giant leap with their work has my attention, and to go first is a pretty scary thing. (Some believe that Gustave Whitehead was the first man to take flight, but I still believe it was the Wright brothers.) The two owned a bicycle repair shop and spent any extra time they had working on their idea of creating a flying machine. They executed on their idea, and created modern aviation on December 17, 1903. They helped make the world a smaller place, so that the rest of us could fly and enjoy far away places. Their sense of adventure and innovation showed through their work, but the road to get there was anything but easy. They had their share of critics along the way, but they kept pressing forward, because they knew they were onto something great. Critics in the European aviation community converted much of the press to an anti-Wright brothers stance. The Wright brothers certainly made their share of mistakes, but they kept experimenting and eventually found a way to make their idea work. They had to know who they were and that their work was going to make a difference so that they could defy both the odds and the critics simultaneously. Of course, the Wright brothers aren’t the only ones who had to learn how to tune out critics, but the principle has always been the same: stay true to yourself, take risks, be innovative, do the work, and repeat.
Second, realize that we are all different and not everyone will like you. 
This is just the truth. People’s personalities will clash, and as much as you want to be accepted by everyone, it will never happen. This is why it is so important to be yourself rather than trying to please everyone, because you will never be able to make everyone happy; you just won’t. The people who will love you and/or your work will be there for you no matter what, and the ones who don’t will still have their opinion no matter how hard you try to please them. Find the people who appreciate you and your work and fight to make a positive difference in the world.
Now, please don’t hear me wrong. This isn’t a call to do whatever you want, but more of a call to find who you are and to be yourself, but to also care about other people and to produce great work for them at the same time. Great work always displays some piece of the work’s creator. You are you, but your work is an extension of who you are for this very reason. It is also for this reason that relationship brings an even deeper appreciation for one’s work. When I get to know someone, it helps me understand where the work came from, and that brings a deeper appreciation for their effort, their attempts, and their convictions. Relationships bring importance not only to the person, but to everything they do. If we have relationship, if it matters to you, then it matters to me.
And third, produce results. 
Nothing shuts critics up faster than producing results. If people keep criticizing you and your work, don’t give them your precious time if you know you’re heading in the right direction, define what success is to you, focus on your work, and fight for success. Find the problem you want to fix, and fix it. We all need that from you.
Now, go and produce your very best work, today.  
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#113: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself to Find a Life Full of Passion https://asmithblog.com/life-passion/ Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:01:00 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22758 <img width="768" height="391" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/life-full-of-passion-768x391.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="create a life full of passion" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/life-full-of-passion-768x391.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/life-full-of-passion-300x153.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/life-full-of-passion-1024x521.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/life-full-of-passion-150x76.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners why they need to create a life full of passion. In this episode, Adam tells listeners why they need to create a life full of passion. You need passion because you need to experience every ounce of life that you can. Yes, life is dull without passion. So if the idea of having passion intrigues you, but you don’t know how to obtain it, here are three questions you can ask yourself to get you heading in the right direction: 
1. Do I jump out of bed, excited for the day ahead?
If you hit the snooze button more often than not, then it may be time to look at your level of passion for life. (Or how much sleep you’re getting.) Are you excited about your life? If not, then this is something that you can change. If ‘dull’ describes your life, then your best remedy is finding passion. Each new day includes strengthening relationships, doing great work, dreaming up new ideas, planning the future, and exploring nature. Life offers much to become passionate about.
2. Am I curious about what life has to offer? 
Passion exudes out of people when they grab hold of a life worth being passionate about. And the only way for this to happen is to remain curious about life. When we stop being curious about life and what it holds for us, we lose sight of future opportunity, possibilities, and hope.
What are you curious about? What sparks passion in you? What do you seek to change? Who do you seek to impact with your life? How can you influence others? How are you wired? These are great questions to begin with to raise your level of curiosity. Never stop asking questions and never stop being curious about what is to come.
3. Do I realize that passion has more to do with my life as a whole than just the area of work?
Many people never find a life full of passion because they only concentrate on finding passion in their work. And while being passionate about work is important, I believe that someone can become passionate about any type of work, as long as they find their reason for doing the work. When one finds their ‘why’ there’s not much of anything that can stand in the way of finding purpose and passion. An easy way to do this in any profession is to find the people who you most impact and to do your work for those people, because people always matter. Yes, work is something to be passionate about, but outside of the conversation of work, life as a whole warrants passion. There is so much to do and life is shorter than you think. It’s time to use anything and everything to fuel your drive, and begin finding a passion for all facets of life.
Now, go and find more passion, today. 
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#112: Everything Has a Cost https://asmithblog.com/cost/ Tue, 07 Jun 2016 06:01:30 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22745 <img width="768" height="335" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/everything-has-a-cost-768x335.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Everything Has a Cost" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/everything-has-a-cost-768x335.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/everything-has-a-cost-300x131.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/everything-has-a-cost-1024x447.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/everything-has-a-cost-150x65.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners why everything has a cost. In this episode, Adam tells listeners why everything has a cost. In an effort to help you see all of your options, even if there seems to be no margin left in your life, here are three ways to know if the cost of your choices is adding up to something great:
First, how important are the actions you are taking?
So many times people do things that just aren’t important, but they feel are required of them. The role of the micromanager comes to mind here. One question you can ask yourself along the way to know if you are doing what is necessary is, “Am I helping or hurting the situation?” People can actually hurt the outcome just by doing the right thing at the wrong time, so timing is important as well. Not to mention that when you allow others to make attempts, you allow them to learn valuable lessons in the process. Letting others take action empowers them to do more in the future. Yes, by not doing everything, you are actually helping people, because they need practice, too. In the end, it is imperative that you know you are doing the absolute very best thing you could be doing. If you’re not doing what brings the most value, then it’s probably time to find a way to either eliminate it or delegate it.
Second, are people being positively impacted by most, if not all of your efforts? 
We can’t look at the amount of people who are impacted by our work enough, because the reach of our influence changes things. My goodness, are people important. To change the world, we must examine the way in which we view others. People aren’t here to be used and abused, but to be cared for, and it is when we find how we each are individually wired that we can care for people in remarkable ways. Sure, there are people all around us who need us, but we must be willing. Ideas are never enough; there must be action taken to create a lasting change.
Third, how much do you value your time?
Your decisions show how much you value your time. If you are wasting time, not focusing on your priorities, then you aren’t viewing your time as valuable. When you realize that we all only have one life to live, and there isn’t much guaranteed in this world, but we are all guaranteed to die, this whole valuing your time thing becomes so much more important. When you waste your time, you waste your life — it’s that simple.
Now, go and weigh the cost, today. 
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#111: Stop Seeking Permission and Approval to Work https://asmithblog.com/seeking-permission-approval/ Tue, 31 May 2016 06:01:56 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22701 <img width="768" height="423" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/seeking-permission-approval-768x423.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="seeking permission" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/seeking-permission-approval-768x423.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/seeking-permission-approval-300x165.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/seeking-permission-approval-1024x564.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/seeking-permission-approval-150x83.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners why they need to stop seeking permission and approval. In this episode, Adam tells listeners why they need to stop seeking permission and approval. No, I don’t have to run my work past anyone in editing before I get to click the “publish” button. Nor do I have to hope that the gatekeeper of a publication gives me permission to be printed in their publication. Nor do I have to seek approval from the masses before I get to work. In fact, I just log in to WordPress, write an article, and then publish it. You may not agree with everything that I say, but you’re engaged with this content in this very moment, and that’s worth something. And now, you can apply this concept of seeking permission from others to many areas in your own life. Instead of waiting for permission, many times, you just need to go and do.
Now that we’ve talked about getting permission from other people to do something, now I need to talk about seeking approval from others to go and do something new. When previous generations have thought about work, they have thought about work being the one day job that they will hold for their entire lifetime. And while doing this will help people become really good at their craft, what it doesn’t do is fully take advantage of opportunity. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve only had one job and worked a 9-to-5, but that’s because I started one business while having another. I didn’t seek approval to start a new job; I just did it.
All of this to say, too many people seek approval from others before they will go and do something, but many times, they already have what they need to begin. This is the same idea that those who are all talk have adopted. (You know the people who I am talking about.) So, if you are currently contemplating whether you should start something new or not, here are three reasons that you should stop seeking approval and begin working immediately:


First, seeking the need for others to call your work “perfect” halts progress faster than anything else.
Many people think of perfectionism as striving to be your best, but it is not about self-improvement; it’s about earning approval and acceptance.” – Brené Brown
If you keep waiting for others to tell you that your idea is perfect to begin the work, you’ll be waiting forever. No, perfect doesn’t exist, but working until you find something that is interesting enough to spark the curiosity within you that is needed to keep exploring is possible. And when you do find this, it is then and only then that you will provoke the thoughts of others. Shoot for that kind of influence through your work, because that’s as close to perfect that you’ll ever get.
Second, to be creative and innovative, you have to stop seeking approval. 
If you are going to do something truly innovative, you have to be someone who does not value social approval. You can’t need social approval to go forward. Otherwise, how would you ever do the thing that you are doing?” – Malcolm Gladwell
To seek approval before you begin is to push away any possibility of innovation. Think of anyone who has come before us who had a crazy idea. Do you think that each idea they had or each piece of work was immediately accepted by the masses? It’s usually quite the opposite. Stop talking and start doing meaningful work; it’s the only way to make a difference.
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#110: 3 Ways to Become More Productive https://asmithblog.com/become-more-productive/ Tue, 24 May 2016 06:01:59 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22645 <img width="768" height="449" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/become-more-productive-768x449.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Become More Productive" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/become-more-productive-768x449.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/become-more-productive-300x175.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/become-more-productive-1024x599.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/become-more-productive-150x88.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners 3 ways that they can become more productive. In this episode, Adam tells listeners 3 ways that they can become more productive. 1. Put in the work before you reward yourself. 
The reason that most people don’t accomplish more with their lives is a lack of self-discipline and focus, and this first point addresses that very issue. If you just can’t stop looking at your phone or checking email, you first need to identify what it is that you need to accomplish, and then before you ever allow yourself to do those things that you know are unproductive, make sure to check off all important tasks first. This practical advice allows you to reward yourself for finishing what you set out to do and keeps you productive more often than not.
2. Stop reading about others who are productive, and become productive yourself. 
You need to take action to become more productive. More often than not, you know what you need to be doing, but let this be just the push you need to take productivity seriously. Reading information and listening to what people have to say are so important, but at some point, you need to heed the advice for yourself and begin making decisions. Some decisions will be wrong, but some will be correct, as well. That’s just something you have to live with as someone who is becoming more productive. When you do this, you’ll begin moving in the right direction.
3. Stop saying “yes” to everything. 
You should prioritize the things that matter most and automate as many of those things that you can through creating a routine centered around them, but please stop saying “yes” to every opportunity that comes your way. I hate letting people down, and I know how it feels to have to say “no” to people, but this could be the biggest obstacle to productivity that there is. Author Peter Drucker even said, “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” There are so many times that people are giving their all to something they’re not even made to do, but when we step into what we were made for, natural productivity can take place. Sure, there will be great opportunities that come your way, but that doesn’t mean that they’re a great fit for you. Remember, you’re the only one who can do you.
Now, go and become more productive, today. 
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#109: Why It’s Necessary to Be Proactive https://asmithblog.com/proactive/ Tue, 17 May 2016 06:01:19 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22619 <img width="768" height="397" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/proactive-reactive-768x397.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="proactive reactive" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/proactive-reactive-768x397.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/proactive-reactive-300x155.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/proactive-reactive-1024x530.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/proactive-reactive-150x78.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/proactive-reactive.png 1488w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam talks about why it is necessary to be proactive instead of reactive. In this episode, Adam talks about why it is necessary to be proactive instead of reactive. successful companies and struggling companies. The differences between J.C. Penney and Nordstrom are apparent — one is always reacting to trends whereas one is setting them. And Airbnb and Uber were proactive in a different way, in that they disrupted their entire markets by seeing what others couldn’t see, and then jumped on their open opportunities. But, all three of these companies offer more than services and products; they all offer great experiences.
From these examples alone, we can see just how powerful being proactive can be in the marketplace. But there are lessons found in these business examples that we can use for our own lives, too. Here are three reasons that being proactive is important, not only for companies, but for each and every one of us:
1. Being proactive means that you are planning.
Nordstrom, Airbnb, and Uber all saw their plans come to life, and the same can happen for each and everyone of us, but we must first see the benefit in being proactive. When you’re proactive, it means you are not only dreaming, but you are putting a plan in place to tackle your dreams. Sure, having ideas in your head is one thing, but putting those thoughts out on paper is what begins bringing life to your goals. Recent studies performed by Dr. Gail Matthews, a professor from Dominican University, even show that written down goals result in success much more often than goals that are not written down. This is just one thing that proactive planning can do for you.
Planning also saves you time. When you’re in the moment, and you have to make a split-decision, many times it is much more helpful if you could have planned your response to what played out. Of course, you can’t see the future, but planning can get you pretty close. Planning allows you to sit down and see all of your possibilities. No, not every plan will work out in the way that you want it to, but at the very least it will keep you moving towards your dreams.
2. Being proactive means that you are seeing a need and filling it. 
Nordstrom, Airbnb, and Uber all saw needs and filled those needs to help people find things they didn’t even know they needed. In fact, being proactive is the only way to see what people need, when they need it. However, in business, you can be too early or too late to market, whereas in life, it is never too early or late to begin. There’s only the now, and that’s always the best time to begin preparing. There are so many lost opportunities due to the fact that people just aren’t aware of people’s needs — right now or possible needs in the future — but being proactive changes that. It is proactiveness that leads to creativity and innovation. This reminds me of something that John Wooden said, “When an opportunity presents itself, it’s too late to prepare.”
3. Being proactive means that you aren’t becoming complacent. 
Nordstrom, Airbnb, and Uber all understand the importance of remaining active. They are well-versed on trends, and if they know they aren’t where they should be in an area, they tweak their systems and infrastructure. In other words,]]>
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#108: Do What You Love; Love What You Do https://asmithblog.com/do-what-you-love/ Tue, 10 May 2016 06:01:06 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22498 <img width="768" height="462" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/do-what-you-love-love-what-you-do-768x462.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="do what you love" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/do-what-you-love-love-what-you-do-768x462.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/do-what-you-love-love-what-you-do-300x181.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/do-what-you-love-love-what-you-do-1024x616.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/do-what-you-love-love-what-you-do-150x90.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners to do what they love, because when you do what you love, you love what you do. In this episode, Adam tells listeners to do what they love, because when you do what you love, you love what you do. If this is you, then it’s time to get over what has happened in the past. It’s time to remove yourself from seeing each day as a pity party, and instead, begin seeing it as a daily opportunity to learn something remarkable about yourself and the world around you. Don’t think you can see anything positive in your life? Think again. There’s something in there to be thankful for — I can promise that. Maybe this all sounds harsh, and you may even be angry at what I’m saying here, but it’s the truth.
So, are you going through a rough time, but are ready to make some changes? Great, I’m so excited about that. Even when everything is falling apart and all seems lost, there’s hope. If you’re ready to love what you do, here are three ways to get there:

1. Identify what work you actually love to do.
As the discussions transpire that I told you about earlier, I see that these individuals want to do some other work with their lives, but it’s usually hard for them to put what that work actually is into words. When this happens, their lack of clarity becomes obvious to me. Focusing on the work that we love can only become possible when we identify what that work is. It isn’t enough to only do what we love, but work has to impact people to be fulfilling work.
You only get one shot at life, so you might as well be doing what you love, right? Stop just thinking about it or talking about it, but go after it. Write it out, know what it is that you want to do, and then take action.
2. Make necessary changes to see your dreams become reality.
Stop making excuses and make changes instead. If you’re currently unhappy with your life and the way things are going, then that means you know changes need to be made. But, what changes need to be made and how will you make them? Let’s think about this — what does your ideal life look like? Let’s move on from work, and look at everything else, because maybe it’s not a change of work that you need, but rather a change in your personal life. Once you know what your ideal life looks like, you can then work backwards from there and make each area of life look exactly how you want it to.
Do you need to begin exercising more often? Studies show that happiness and exercise are linked. Do you need stronger relationships? Research also shows that having great close relationships are linked to happiness....]]>
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#107: Your Happiness Is Yours, So Hold Onto It https://asmithblog.com/happiness/ Tue, 03 May 2016 06:01:09 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22415 <img width="768" height="357" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/happy-happiness-768x357.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="happy happiness" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/happy-happiness-768x357.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/happy-happiness-300x139.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/happy-happiness-1024x476.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/happy-happiness-150x70.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam discusses the two areas that people need to focus on to increase happiness. In this episode, Adam discusses the two areas that people need to focus on to increase happiness. So, if happiness seems difficult for you to find right now, here are the two things you need to pay the most attention to:

First, know what is in your control and outside of your control, but realize that there’s more within your control than you probably think.
Far too often, people keep themselves concerned with things that they cannot change. This would be the first area that I would pay attention to when looking at your happiness levels. If you’re in business, then please understand that there isn’t much you can do to change the overall current market or economy. You can do your part and influence what you can, but there’s a natural upswing and downswing to things. Patience is the key in waiting for things to come back around.
Also, if you allow the choices of others to alter your happiness, then again, you are allowing something in which you do not control to sway your happiness levels. Remember your choices are yours and the decisions of others are theirs. You are not responsible for the choices of others, but you are responsible for your actions and reactions to things. You control your perception. This being said, you control more than you probably think.
Second, live with the decisions that you’ve made or make the choice to go a different direction, but stop complaining about the choices you are choosing to live with.
Seriously, complaining is just wasting time. If you aren’t happy with your life, please realize that it is your choice to stay stuck, or to choose a different path for your life. You choose to have the job you are in, you choose to work the amount of hours that you do, you choose to live where you live, and the list goes on. I know this may sound harsh, but it’s the truth.
Now, I do wish I could say that I’ve always practiced these things, but the truth is I have to remind myself of these truths often. That’s me being vulnerable and that’s me showing you what I’ve learned along the way. I do admit that it’s easy to forget that my busyness is a choice, but I’d never choose to do life differently.
When you focus on doing these things, you will live a happier life. Now, go and be happy, today.
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#106: You Have to Learn How to Adjust https://asmithblog.com/adjust/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:01:23 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22347 <img width="768" height="368" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/learn-how-to-adjust-768x368.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="learn how to adjust" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/learn-how-to-adjust-768x368.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/learn-how-to-adjust-300x144.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/learn-how-to-adjust-1024x491.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/learn-how-to-adjust-150x72.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam discusses the need for all of us to learn how to properly adjust to our current and possible future circumstances. In this episode, Adam discusses the need for all of us to learn how to properly adjust to our current and possible future circumstances. Author William Frederick Book said, “Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you.” So, this means that as you are adjusting to your current circumstances, your focus needs to be on two things: your current circumstances and your future success. This means that what you are going through now doesn’t have to be your future, because you have the power to adjust and make changes as you see fit. With enough thought and effort, you can change your course of direction.
Sure, we all go through tough spots — that’s called life. But what’s important is that we are constantly aware and constantly tweaking so that we come out stronger and wiser in the end. If you are in the midst of a trial right now, it is imperative that you also adopt patience. Listen, I know that you want instant results, but that’s not realistic. Everyone likes instant gratification, but that’s not real life. What you need in these times of adjustment is patience, because harnessing patience is the only way to get through trials without sacrificing sanity and clarity along the way.
In fact, I would say that the one thing people don’t discuss enough is patience. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, said that “patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success,” and I absolutely have to agree with him. But to develop patience means that we have to learn how to endure our less than ideal circumstances along the way. Helen Keller said that “we could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world,” and she’s correct in saying that, as well. From these two quotes, we see that we absolutely need patience for success, but it is only the journey of life that can teach us patience. Life is a classroom if we are aware and allow it to teach us lessons along the way.
So, how do we find patience? We all need to fall in love right now with the idea of leaving a positive lasting impression on this world. When we do this, we will realize that there is no way we can do this in a short amount of time. It’s not possible. Leaving a lasting legacy is a culmination of daily actions over a lifetime. You have to be patient if this is your mindset, and forced patience is many times the only way to adopt this mentality. People just aren’t naturally wired to be patient, but when you train yourself to be, it can be the difference between quitting things prematurely because of being fed up with mediocre results and adjusting to the right things so you can improve your results and make a bigger impact on the world over time.
When your reality doesn’t meet your desires, it’s time to adjust. In your work, if things aren’t going well, then it’s time to adjust. And if your health isn’t where you want it to be, then it’s time to adjust. Whatever you are going through, your answer may not be to completely quit what you are doing, but to adjust accordingly.
Now, go and adjust to your circumstances, today. 
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#105: The 3 Types of Questions You Need to Be Asking https://asmithblog.com/need-to-be-asking/ Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:01:47 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22279 <img width="768" height="433" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ask-better-questions-right-answers-768x433.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="asking right questions answers" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ask-better-questions-right-answers-768x433.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ask-better-questions-right-answers-300x169.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ask-better-questions-right-answers-1024x577.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ask-better-questions-right-answers-150x85.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners the three types of questions they need to be asking to find the right answers. In this episode, Adam tells listeners the three types of questions they need to be asking to find the right answers. Great leaders see questions as the best way to open doors of opportunity with their teams, and the best means to start new conversations. And it is only through relatability, conversation, and real-world application that the best answers are revealed. Great leaders understand that using practicality and logic are important, but they also understand that people are more important.
So, if you’re looking to find better answers, here are the three types of questions you should be asking:

1. Ask questions that encourage people.
Putting other people down is never a good idea, and this includes when you are attempting to have others confidently produce great answers. A great question that always encourages people in the right area is, “Will what you are working on right now bring you benefit tomorrow?” If the answer is “yes,” then that person will be encouraged to keep pressing forward. But if the answer is “no,” then that person will know that they need to change their area of focus until they can answer, “yes.” Encourage people to keep pursuing the right efforts, and find better answers.
2. Ask questions that challenge people to become better. 
Use challenging questions to make people think. Using this as a filter eliminates “yes” or “no” questions and shows the importance of open-ended questions. This also means that questions should cause people to evaluate and research each given scenario.
I absolutely love the two questions, “Are you avoiding anything?” and “Are you missing anything?” Many times people, including myself, will avoid necessary steps to finding the best possible answer. This is because we don’t either want to take the time, or the effort, or the energy, so we choose the first available shortcut instead. The problem with this is that shortcuts always produce the worst answers. Face your fears, and take more time to produce better answers.
3. Ask questions that provide clarity.
When people aren’t clear with what they’re saying, confusion for everyone involved is closeby. One of my favorite questions to provide more clarity with is, “What do you mean by that?” Questions like this one can only help others communicate exactly what they are trying to say. I have rarely found over-communication to be a bad thing. Pushing for clarity helps everyone to get on the same page, and doing so can only make everyone produce better answers.
Yes, asking great questions is a skill that needs to be developed, but as with anything useful, it takes time. This is a practice that is a must to become better, and a great place to start is with asking these three types of questions. Now, go and ask better questions, today. 
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#104: How to Build the Best Life Plan https://asmithblog.com/best-life-plan/ Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:01:22 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22165 <img width="768" height="474" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/life-plan-768x474.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="life plan" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/life-plan-768x474.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/life-plan-300x185.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/life-plan-1024x632.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/life-plan-150x93.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can become super focused and build the best life plan. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can become super focused and build the best life plan. Sure, not everything has gone as planned, but the plan at the very least let me know what I wanted to accomplish in life, and if things didn’t fit into that plan, then I knew that it was okay to pass on those things. But more than not doing something that sounded good or fun, the main reason that I stuck to the plan is because of how valuable time is. As Tony Robbins said, “You’re already a financial trader. You might not think of it in just this way, but if you work for a living, you’re trading your time for money. Frankly, it’s just about the worst trade you can make. Why? You can always get more money, but you can’t get more time.”
The problem is that so many people just don’t get this concept. Wasted time is wasted opportunity. Everything we do costs us precious time. This being said, with every action we must ask ourselves, “Is this worth spending time on?” In other words, will what you are doing right now, later today, next week, next month, later this year, get you to your goals? If so, then great! You’re headed in the right direction. But if not, what can you eliminate or delegate to free up time? That’s where having a detailed life plan comes in handy.
So, if you need more time, enough is enough; it’s time to create a life plan. Here are three action steps to planning out your very best life, starting right now:

First, focus on what you want to accomplish in life, and learn your craft. 
When I look at all of the intricacies of running businesses, there really isn’t much time left for anything else. This being said, I have always known that I wanted to own businesses, so that has always been my focus. Many times I miss out on “fun”, because I gladly choose to work. This is because work is fun. This has allowed me to not only become better at what I do through the practice of work, but it has also allowed me to study other businesses and my own business field. Having fun is great, and I highly recommend it, but more than anything else, work is what brings success. When you know what you want to do in life, you can prepare ahead of time and learn your craft along the way through hard work.
Second, know the relationships you need to build on the way to getting there. 
The relationships that I have built have been most important to my success. When I knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur, I picked the brains of other entrepreneurs who had already been where I wanted to go. I took notes, I learned from them, and used their wisdom to make my journey easier. As you write out your life plan, be very detailed in not only the where, when and how, but the who, as well.
Third, know the other resources that you will need to succeed. 
A building, an infrastructure, funding, employees, an office — what do you need? It’s important to really dial in on the ‘how’ of doing what you do, so you can plan accordingly. You need the dream, but you need the action steps to get there even more. That’s why the ‘how’ is so important. When you have the plan, you can then know where you want to go in life, and the necessary action to get there becomes much easier to navigate.
So, now that you have the core ideas behind constructing your life plan,]]>
Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose 7:48
#103: Quickly Make Better Decisions https://asmithblog.com/better-decisions/ Tue, 05 Apr 2016 06:01:28 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22078 <img width="768" height="410" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/make-better-decisions-768x410.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="make better decisions" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/make-better-decisions-768x410.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/make-better-decisions-300x160.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/make-better-decisions-1024x547.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/make-better-decisions-150x80.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can quickly make better decisions. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can quickly make better decisions. This being said, here are three reasons why you must become better at quickly making better decisions:

The quicker you become at making better decisions, the longer you are able to reap the benefits. 


I’ve always tried to make decisions with this piece of knowledge in mind. Some decisions have been bad and some have been good, but I’ve learned from each decision along the way. I don’t know about you, but for me, life has been one giant classroom, teaching me many things along the way from the decisions I have made.
But, there is one lesson that I’ve learned from my decisions, and it is that we should all look at decision-making in the same way that we look at financial investments. The benefits that we receive in the long-run from making better decisions sooner is tremendous. You can benefit greatly from starting the right business sooner rather than later. You can work in the business longer, you can reap the financial benefits for a longer period of time, you can better your entrepreneurial skills for a longer period of time, and the benefits go on and on. You really can apply this concept to making any better decision in life.
Again, this isn’t to push you to start before you are ready, but it is to get you thinking about the effects that your decisions have. When you look at life in this way, your excuse of being too young or not ready enough to take on more can’t exist, because maximizing your return on investment in life requires that you begin as soon as possible.
The quicker you become at making better decisions, the more you will be able to do.
Dave Girouard, the CEO of personal finance startup Upstart, believes that speed is the ultimate weapon in business, and he definitely has a point. I have noticed that the faster I become at making decisions, the more decisions that I am faced with in my day. Once I make a decision, I can then move on to the next one, opening up endless possibilities. Yes, I’m bad at multitasking, but there’s more to it than that. I have a process for making decisions, and it is only when I make one that I can move onto the next one. It helps me to at least commit to a plan, whether good or bad, and it also helps me move my full attention to the next thing. When I leave things open for too long, I tend to create unnecessary self-doubt, and can put off important decisions because of this.
As General George Patton said, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.” Now, I’m not subscribing to the mentality that we should just do whatever comes to mind first without giving our decisions much thought, because we have brains for a reason. But, I am saying that a plan tends to become better with movement and experimentation. Sometimes, the best decision making happens once we are already in the fight, trying things out along the way; a trial and error if you will.
The quicker you become at making better decisions, the better you will become at acting and reacting.
Whether you realize it or not, decision-making is a muscle that needs to be worked on and strengthened. No, making a bad decision or two along the way probably won’t kill you,]]>
Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose 5:52
#102: Should You Care About What Other People Think? https://asmithblog.com/what-other-people-think/ Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:01:57 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=22022 <img width="768" height="450" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/what-people-think-768x450.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="what other people think" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/what-people-think-768x450.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/what-people-think-300x176.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/what-people-think-1024x600.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/what-people-think-150x88.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam explains why the blanket statement of "you shouldn't care what other people think" isn't always true. In this episode, Adam explains why the blanket statement of "you shouldn't care what other people think" isn't always true. So, here are the three best ways to view what other people think about you, so you can make a bigger impact with your life:

First, know who you are and know why you were put on this earth.
You are unique and have something valuable to offer to the world. When I truly understood this, enough was enough. It was time to care more about my purpose than what people thought of me. I found that it is only when this mental shift happens that true success can happen. Until you find this for yourself, you’re just a puppet being controlled by everyone else but yourself. When you understand that you are living and breathing for a reason, you can then use your fears as fuel to do something great with your life.
So, how do you find what you were created to do?
Know what you are good at, know what you are passionate about, and know what people need from you. If it’s a business you are creating, that last point will sound a bit different. You not only need to know what people need from you, but you also need to be able to charge people for your product or service. We all have to make a living somehow, right? You were created for something amazing, but you must find where all of these points connect. And when you do, you will make a huge difference in this world.
Second, know who you should have speak into your life.
Don’t think for one minute that you should be doing life solo. We were never meant to do life alone. Of course, ultimately the decision as to what to do in the end is up to you, but you should care what the people in your inner circle think. The advice of mentors who you have brought into your life to help you navigate your life’s trajectory matters.
Another way to know if you should listen to someone is to ask the question, “Is this person trying to help me become better or hurt me?” This is the filter I use when I toss a negative email or keep it. This is also the filter I use as I contemplate concerning myself with someone’s opinion or not. And you know what? It gets rid of about 90% of negativity in my life. Beautiful, right? Knowing someone’s true intent will let you know if you should listen to them or not.
I hate to break it to you, but there will be people who don’t like you along the way. There will be people who will tell you everything you’re doing wrong before they point out one thing that you’re doing right. But the people who only focus on what you are doing wrong don’t want you to succeed in the first place. You will know who wants you to succeed by the way they see the good in you before they ever see your flaws.
And third, understand that finding what other people think is an important factor in finding success for your business. 
If you’re trying to grow your business, you better listen to what your customers and potential customers have to say. They are the heartbeat of what you do, and their feedback matters. Their input can actually make you better at what you do. If there is a majority of people who are unhappy with what you’re doing, it’s important to evaluate and reevaluate your work.
Can you become better? How can you become better? Those are two questions you can ask your client base and really liste...]]>
Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose 6:20
#101: Leadership and Grabbing Attention https://asmithblog.com/attention/ Tue, 22 Mar 2016 06:01:05 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21964 <img width="768" height="395" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/leadership-problem-768x395.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="attention leadership problem" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/leadership-problem-768x395.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/leadership-problem-300x154.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/leadership-problem-1024x527.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/leadership-problem-150x77.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/leadership-problem-e1458503374891.png 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam discusses the leadership problem we are currently facing due to people using the attention they've gained for the bad. In this episode, Adam discusses the leadership problem we are currently facing due to people using the attention they've gained for the bad.
I’m now going to jump from talking about Trump and Clinton to the Kardashians, because there are two very important similarities between these individuals: attention and influence. I think it’s safe to say that the Kardashians are the most influential family in the world as of right now, which is sad, but true. And if leadership is controlled by the amount of influence one has and gives, then this further solidifies the fact that we have a leadership problem. If people are allowing the Kardashians to influence their lives more than anyone else, then this shows that they are learning from them, allowing their desires to be influenced by them, and also wanting to emulate them in some way. This is the reason that we have the current selfie generation, amongst other self-perception issues, but there’s a solution to this.
Once people stop paying attention to a particular story that is being shared, media moves on. Of course, this would take people to do this as a collective group, but if it happened, the overwhelming popularity of someone would cease to exist. Although it may now be too late to implement this idea in the presidential election, if it would have happened at the beginning, the popular candidates would be different than they are now, and no amount of money could have stopped it. What this doesn’t mean is to turn a blind eye to someone who is doing wrong, but if no one is paying attention to a presidential candidate or tv personality, a political party moves on, or ratings become so bad that a tv show is canceled. It’s the truth and it’s the way this world works.
Don’t like Trump? You should have stopped talking about him, good or bad, and stopped supporting his businesses long ago. Don’t like Clinton? You should have stopped talking about her, stopped funding the big businesses who fund her, and stopped commenting about her on Facebook long ago, as well. Don’t like the Kardashians? Stop watching their show and stop following their story. Attention of any kind will only continue to fuel the madness.
All of this is to say that we must be very careful as to who we allow to speak into our lives. Influence is a powerful thing, because it requires individuals to open their hearts and minds to receive the message that one is spreading. But the most important question in all of this is, what opens the door to influence? What creates the opportunity to influence people in 2016? The answer is attention. This is the single most important factor in both influence and leadership, and it will only become stronger as social media continues to become more popular. Media sees what is trending and then amplifies what is popular.

By no means am I the best entrepreneur in the world, as I’ve come to find that the best entrepreneurs as far as wealth builders and operators are those who are able to devote their full time and attention to one thing. But, I can say that I’ve successfully garnered attention, which is the gatekeeper to leading in a specific area. This is the one thing that has allowed me to influence millions of people over the last ten years, but this doesn’t mean I know everything; it just means I know how to successfully grab ...]]>
Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose 8:45
#100: What Should You Do When You Don’t Get Easy? https://asmithblog.com/get-easy/ Tue, 15 Mar 2016 06:01:49 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21951 <img width="768" height="365" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/dont-get-what-you-want-768x365.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="don't get easy" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/dont-get-what-you-want-768x365.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/dont-get-what-you-want-300x143.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/dont-get-what-you-want-1024x487.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/dont-get-what-you-want-150x71.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/dont-get-what-you-want-e1457921048396.png 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam discusses what you should do when you don't get things as easy as you think. In this episode, Adam discusses what you should do when you don't get things as easy as you think. I can remember sitting on my roof many humid nights as a teenager in Alabama, looking up at the stars, dreaming of all the possibilities to come. You’re probably wondering how I got on my roof, so I’ll let you in. I did this by climbing a wobbly antenna, then leaping over onto the slanted roof shingles, and finally scrambling my way up to the spot between the chimney and the downward sloping section of the roof. I would use the brick chimney as a backrest, creating the most comfortable position I could find to view the sky above. Now that we have that out of the way, on with the important stuff.

Of course, there were far fewer responsibilities then, so dreaming big wasn’t difficult. I knew I wanted to travel the world a million times over, I knew I wanted to be in a rock band, and I knew I wanted to make tons of money without having to go to work. Sounds like the normal dreams of a thirteen-year-old, right? But, even though these are the dreams I had, none of these things happened. I have never been out of the United States, I quit playing drums in a band years ago, and as soon as I turned sixteen and wanted a car, I found out that work was necessary to make money. All of these things would have required different decisions, more fighting for what I wanted, and more work along the way to make them happen.
This idea of putting in the work also translates to my marriage, which I dreamed would resemble an effortless fairy tale, but again I was wrong. If anyone tells you that having a great marriage doesn’t require work, they are lying. But, know that working on marriage is always worth the extra effort.
The same principle applies to my first four years of college. I dreamed that university would be easy, but these years took more effort than I could have ever imagined. I can remember taking a 5:30 a.m. math class to fit it in before work, only to return to school for two more classes after work. Wow, am I glad I don’t have to take any more 5:30 a.m. classes, but I’m sure you have a similar story of having to put in the work. How do I know that? Because anything worth having doesn’t come easy.
Fast forward to chasing the career that I thought was my dream, only to be told that it wasn’t going to go as planned. After ten years, I left that career, only to encounter more letdowns. I then decided that I didn’t want to work for someone else anymore, but I needed to work on building my own businesses. Is building businesses easy? Again, it’s a “no.” Ninety to one hundred hour work weeks aren’t for the faint of heart, but that’s what it takes to run multiple businesses.
So, why do I share all of these stories with you? Because I dreamed of living an easy life, but all I ended up with was the reminder that work is the only way to make dreams and expectations meet reality.
At some points, we’ve all come short of what we truly wanted from life. But the beauty is found in the things we didn’t see coming, which were lessons in disguise all along. In fact, life is one big classroom, reminding us of the need to be aware of our surroundings. What has my life taught me? The need for a better work ethic, the importance of perseverance, the power to fight for what I believe in, the dissatisfaction of not giving life my all,]]>
Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose 7:17
#099: This Is What Really Matters https://asmithblog.com/really-matters/ Tue, 08 Mar 2016 07:01:49 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21730 <img width="768" height="375" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/people-really-matters-matter-768x375.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="really matters" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/people-really-matters-matter-768x375.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/people-really-matters-matter-300x146.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/people-really-matters-matter-1024x500.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/people-really-matters-matter-150x73.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/people-really-matters-matter-e1457416068133.png 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam discusses the things in life that really matters. In this episode, Adam discusses the things in life that really matters. On the other hand, please never feel bad for building wealth. Building wealth can be fun, and having fun is amazing, but I am more talking about wealth in that it should never be your sole focus. Building a bigger business is only worth it if you are impacting people in better ways.
The mindset that says you must increase your volume and your profits, leaving no efforts good enough, is a relentless cycle of let-downs, anyway. This is what builds a life of never finding what one is looking for. This also builds a life of never being happy and never finding peace. To find happiness you need to be able to see the fruits of your efforts, and the easiest way to do this is to see how you’ve helped other people.
When you flip your focus from money to people, employees and customers are taken care of properly, and more revenue is then a byproduct of the leadership work you’ve put in. When people are first, the rest of life falls into place. We are talking about leadership here, so if leadership is the impact you have on people, then I want to see the number of lives you are impacting, not the dollar amount in your bank account.
There was a time in life where money was my only focus, and I found that the chase of more, more, more was empty. When I achieved what I thought would make me happy, I only wanted more. I recently talked to my wife, Jasmine, about this time in life and she agrees — it was the most miserable we’ve ever been. Our priorities were out of whack, and as a result, we weren’t looking for ways to impact people. (If you haven’t noticed yet, leading in life is intentional.) Instead, we were looking out for what would only benefit ourselves. Again, only focusing on yourself is another wrong principle that many leadership books teach, but I’m here to challenge this idea. I fell for this trap, and I don’t want others to do the same.
When I found that the key to life is being intentional with pouring into the lives of other people, I stopped focusing on only getting to know people who I thought were successful, and instead focused my attention on everyone. You see, there’s tons of leadership books that also say to only focus on those relationships that will help make you more successful, leaving an underlying message that there’s people who shouldn’t matter to you, but that’s nonsense. All lives matter, not just a few.
Now, go and focus on what really matters, today. 
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Adam Smith - Live Life With Purpose 4:05
#098: The Power of Silence https://asmithblog.com/silence/ Tue, 01 Mar 2016 07:01:55 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21704 <img width="768" height="349" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/silence-768x349.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="silence" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/silence-768x349.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/silence-300x136.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/silence-1024x465.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/silence-150x68.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/silence-e1456615410918.png 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners about the power found in silence. In this episode, Adam tells listeners about the power found in silence. sought out often. I see people every day driving down the road talking on their bluetooth earpieces, changing the radio station, while drinking their coffee, and eating their morning bagel. These same people are headed to work to only throw themselves into a ten hour workday of clients who need assistance and endless emails. They will then drive home, again talking on their phone, and will try to spend a few minutes with their family, only to lose them quickly to the need for sleep. They will then decide to fall asleep themselves due to exhaustion, and will wake up the following day for a repeat of the day before. Maybe you can relate to this lifestyle, but the glaring issue in this is the absence of silence.

The power of silence is often overlooked, only so a few minutes of work and imagined productivity can be had. But when there is no room given for silence in one’s day, pressures mount, and the room needed to exhale isn’t given. We must be given the time to breathe, to rest, to reflect, to prepare. And when there is a constant push and pull in every single direction, something must give, and it will be one of the two: your sanity or your schedule.
You see, the problem is that some people have bought into the lie that they can just keep going, without the need of recharging. This mentality is a trap, a myth, and a letdown. It’s all of these things because the tyrant of work is designed to never let us discover ourselves, let alone the world around us. Without silence, no wonder stress is so prevalent. We need silence to live our very best lives.
If we remain busy all of our days, always focused on the next task at hand, we will never gain the opportunity to dabble in the beauty that our lives and the world around us have to offer. If there’s never any time for silence, if there’s never any time for recharging and discovery, then it will be our unfocused busyness that will end up being our very worst enemy in the end. This is what creates the scene of people arriving at the end of their lives, only to regret their vast amounts of wasted time, and their lack of devotion to finding all that life had to offer.
You need silence, because you need direction. If you always take the next step, only because other people tell you to, you will miss out on directing your own life in the way it should go. If you don’t create dreams and aspirations for yourself, and passionately pursue them, other people will recruit you for their dreams instead.
Now that you see just how important silence is, here are three ways that you can find silence in your own life:

* Schedule at least a fifteen minute period of time each day where silence is your only focus.
* Know the exact spot where you want to be silent at. Whether it’s at your spot on your favorite trail, or in your office sipping on coffee in your favorite mug, go to a spot where inspiration flows.
* You can use some of this time to shut everything completely off in your mind, and some of this time to strategically plan your day. Your main goal should be stillness with no exterior influences. In these moments of silence, just be.

Silence is something that everyone can partake in. Maybe you have been afraid to be silent in the past, but please know that there’s nothing to fear. You don’t always need to be doing something to be productive. In fact, I hope you find your moment of silence each day to be something you look forward to and benefit from immensely.
Now, go and find silence, today. 
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#097: Value Is the One Word That Changed My Life https://asmithblog.com/value/ Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:01:32 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21653 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/value-768x512.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="value" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/value-768x512.jpg 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/value-300x200.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/value-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/value-150x100.jpg 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/value-e1455582672245.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners why the word "value" has been so important to his own life. In this episode, Adam tells listeners why the word "value" has been so important to his own life. So, here are three questions to ask yourself when trying to figure out how you can add more value with your life:

How can I bring value to people?
Since people are the most important thing in this world, this question comes first. In most cases, the easiest way to do this is to listen, and then speak when needed. People need help, and you being there for them shows that you care. Creating lasting relationships with people builds valuable connections and allows you to live life together, rather than in isolation. You can bring value when you contribute to relationships more than you take from them.
How can I produce value with my work?
The best work in this world offers solutions for people’s needs. When this happens, people will pay for your answers, whether it’s in the form of spoken word, written word, or in the form of a product. When people have problems and you answer with a solution, that’s providing value. That’s why it is important to give your very best work. There’s not only satisfaction for yourself found in a job well done, but your best work actually helps people. When you understand this, and realize that you can create better outcomes for people, the reason behind your work becomes more apparent. When this happens, the extra effort becomes worth your time.
How can I value my own time and the time of others?
Since time is one of our most valuable resources, we must learn to use it wisely. We steward our own time well by cherishing every minute of it, while allocating time for rest. Keep this in mind as you create your schedule, and see the difference it makes with your willingness to take more vacations, or even just stepping away. You are more effective when you recharge.
We value the time of others through our level of productivity. The way in which we conduct work meetings is a great way that we can show others that their time is important, too. People are more effective when you use meetings for their intended purposes, so it is important to limit small talk and end on time.
Adding value not only changes the way you see the world, but it it impacts people, it offers your very best work, and it ensures that you use your valuable time wisely. When you focus on these three questions, you don’t have to worry about living a great life, because bringing value to the world is what leading in life is all about.
Now, go and bring value, today.
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#096: How to Efficiently and Effectively Help People Find Success https://asmithblog.com/success/ Tue, 16 Feb 2016 07:01:08 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21564 <img width="768" height="514" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/success-busier-768x514.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="success help busy" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/success-busier-768x514.jpg 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/success-busier-300x201.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/success-busier-1024x685.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/success-busier-150x100.jpg 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/success-busier-e1455297515682.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam shares how you can efficiently and effectively help people find success for themselves. In this episode, Adam shares how you can efficiently and effectively help people find success for themselves.
First, start a blog.
Sure, I do paid one-on-one coaching sessions to personally help people with what is going on in their lives and their business, but a much easier way for people to gain access to what I have to say is through my blog and podcast. I offer free posts and podcasts that offer valuable content every single day to help other people grow. Helping others is my mission in life, and I’m always looking for new ways to offer information in more efficient ways. I could sit down with twelve people every month in life coaching sessions, or I could write articles that reach thousands of people every day. The more reach had, with less time being given, opens up new possibilities to influence more people.
Second, write a book.
Other people want to know how to reach success in their own lives, and if you have reached success in your life, then it becomes a responsibility of yours to share knowledge. A person who hoards information only cares about themselves, but a person who shares knowledge to better the lives of others is someone who leads with their life. And a great way to share content is to write a book. This way, when you run into someone who needs help, you can just give them your book. Some would even say this is the best form of communication, as books have been around for ages, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Third, teach a class, webinar, workshop, or conference. 
This type of event seems to be what everyone’s doing right now, so to take advantage of the moment, you may want to think about holding one soon. Although the market is flooded with webinars and alike right now, it’s a great way to spark interest from others. You can offer it as a free event to build your email list, or you can charge a premium to pay for speakers who will bring a bigger audience to your event. Whichever way you decide to go with your event, when it is organized well, you can reach tons of people at one time. Not to mention that these events offer a live interaction aspect to them that can’t be found in blogs or books, giving you a better personal relationship with your audience.
In the end, if there is information inside of you that could help other people, it must come out. That way, it can be passed to others who will benefit from it for years to come. Your success helps others, and the more people you can help efficiently and effectively, the better.
Now, go and help others find success, today. 
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#095: Four Ways to Make Your Best Work Even Better https://asmithblog.com/best-work/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:01:06 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21477 <img width="768" height="403" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/best-work-better-768x403.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="best work" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/best-work-better-768x403.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/best-work-better-300x158.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/best-work-better-150x79.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/best-work-better.png 872w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can make their best work even better. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can make their best work even better. Here are 4 ways to begin producing even better work, right now:

First, prepare to the best of your ability by conducting research.
Many people want to dive straight into their work without putting the time and effort into doing the research, but great work never skips this part. Prior to this podcast, I have established that ideas are meant to be built upon, and research is a part of the process that allows you to do just that. Conducting research allows you to take the findings of other people who have excelled in a specific area of work, and then lets you use what you find as a case study for your own work. How did they work? What did they find? How can you build on their ideas and make their work better? All of these questions matter, as the answers allow you to skip the mistakes that their previous work found for you. Learn from research and use the lessons to make your best work even better.
Second, bring passion into everything you do.
I am not just talking about the need to become passionate for your work, but the need to become passionate for life. This is what drives curiosity, and curiosity is a major factor in making your work the very best it can be. What solutions are you searching for? What can your discoveries do for the world? What is worth being passionate about? How can your passion impact people? These are just some questions that can spark curiosity within you, and let that be the main driving force behind what you do. When you are curious, you will persevere when others quit, and you will uncover solutions that others didn’t even think were possible.
Third, be creative with the entire process. 
It is imperative that you are creative with the entire process, because doing so will challenge your work and test your boundaries. And it is when you change things up and challenge yourself with your work that your best work will become even better. If you are looking for an answer you have never come up with before, you must use a different process to get there, and that’s where the beauty of creativity becomes most useful. Implementing creativity is how you produce different work, and in a world of so many similar options, different work usually equates to better work.
Fourth, allow other people to be a part of your work.
I don’t know about you, but if I am in my work for too long, I can miss out on seeing the important details. I can become so focused on finishing that I rush past the given moments of making my best work even better, and that’s why having other people around us is so important.
We need to bring other people into the work process, so they can look at our work and show us where we missed opportunities. We must have friends, mentors, coaches, an audience, and/or work colleagues, that we can be comfortable enough with to share our work with. When we only look at work from one direction, we can only produce work that appeals to a very select group of people. When we allow other people in, we embrace different perspectives, and take their useful advice to help our work reach endless possibilities.
Now, take these four tips to make your best work even better, today. 
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#094: How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed https://asmithblog.com/overwhelmed/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:01:33 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21471 <img width="768" height="433" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/overwhelmed-768x433.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="overwhelmed" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/overwhelmed-768x433.jpg 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/overwhelmed-300x169.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/overwhelmed-1024x577.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/overwhelmed-150x84.jpg 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/overwhelmed.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can stop feeling overwhelmed immediately. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can stop feeling overwhelmed immediately. At any point in life where you go through a transformation, it becomes a pivotal point in time that one can look back on, gain understanding from, and be grateful for. Here are the four major takeaways I took from this point in life where I changed my entire view on things:

First, start focusing on your fears. 
I thought my issue was my schedule, but that wasn’t the root of the problem. The root of the problem was that I should have been focusing on my fear of letting people down. I was what you would call a “people pleaser.” If someone would ask me to do something, I would more than likely say “yes.” I forgot about the importance of barriers, and I paid dearly.
Second, you need to take a look at your schedule often. 
I was treating my schedule like I had unlimited time, without giving a second thought of all the things I had already committed to. I forgot about the importance of going back through my schedule and eliminating what was unnecessary. I have now made this a monthly practice.
People will pull you in a million different directions if you allow them to, and pruning your schedule is the best way to keep that from happening. When you stop focusing on the gift you are supposed to be to the world, other people will volunteer you for a journey you’re not even supposed to be on.
Third, health is your top priority. 
When your health is deteriorating, you can’t keep up with demands anyway. It doesn’t matter how many appointments you have in your schedule, if you aren’t healthy, showing up doesn’t even matter. Without health, you aren’t helping anyone. You can’t be effective, you can’t give life your all, and you can’t be a gift to those around you. If you feel your health is slipping because of meeting demands, it’s time to step back and reevaluate the importance of the things you do.
Fourth, it’s time to focus. 
Before this awakening, I used to do what I needed to do and then some. Since this time, I’ve learned that ultimate focus means doing what only I can do. Now, if someone else can do what I have in my schedule, I give it to someone else to do. I can only be in one place at a time, and the same goes for you. You are only one person.
This step is extremely important if you get to a point where everything you have committed to is important, and you can’t remove anything from your schedule, but you find that you don’t have the bandwidth to meet obligations. When you’ve reached your limit, it’s time to delegate and expand your reach by creating a team. This allows you to only focus on what you do best.
In the end, not being overwhelmed with the demands of this world requires focus. If you keep committing to more, more, more, you will eventually reach a breaking point. The secret is to do something about your schedule now, before things get out of hand. And you can do just that by applying these four steps to your life, right now.
Now, go and stop feeling overwhelmed, today. 
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#093: How to Build Better Relationships Within the Workplace https://asmithblog.com/relationships-workplace/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:01:02 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21443 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/better-relationships-workplace-768x512.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/better-relationships-workplace-768x512.jpg 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/better-relationships-workplace-300x200.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/better-relationships-workplace-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/better-relationships-workplace-150x100.jpg 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/better-relationships-workplace-e1453759247197.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />So, if your workplace doesn’t have a great company culture due to a lack of relationship on your team, here are five ways to begin fixing problems, right now: So, if your workplace doesn’t have a great company culture due to a lack of relationship on your team, here are five ways to begin fixing problems, right now: When individuals decide that they want to work with the other people on their team, the possible results are endless. But when people decide that they don’t want to become part of a team, but instead want to remain ego-driven individuals, the only possible results are terrible results. I have seen plenty of examples of what does work and what doesn’t work when it comes to building better team relationships within the workplace, and I want to share with you what I’ve found.
So, if your workplace doesn’t have a great company culture due to a lack of relationship on your team, here are five ways to begin fixing problems, right now:

First, you have to build trust.
All solid relationships have trust as the foundation, and it starts with you, the leader. Are you trustworthy? Do you have good character? Are you the same person behind closed doors as you are out in front of people? Knowing the answers to these questions and making changes are extremely important for your business to be successful.
Next, do you have a problem with trusting other people? If you always feel like people are out to get you, then chances are that your team will adopt the same mindset. And if people are truly out to get you, have you thought about genuinely apologizing for the reason they are mad at you? I would say in most cases, when employees hold grudges against other employees, it’s because there was no apology for something that happened months ago. Sure, you may not feel the need to apologize, but be the bigger person by apologizing, and move on. It’s amazing what a little humility will do.
Second, is your team properly trained?
Most employees who feel that the rest of their team is out to get them is because their performance levels aren’t meeting the expectations of their boss, or other employees for that matter. And I would say that in 75% of those cases, the employees weren’t trained properly in the first place. Teaching people how to do their job correctly isn’t just important from a task point of view. Knowing how to do one’s job properly is actually important for business operations as a whole.
Leaders, if your team isn’t functioning properly, it may not be the individuals on your team, but rather the way you are doing things that is causing more harm than good. When workflows, meetings, work environments, and systems aren’t beneficial to your team, they serve as hinderances to building better work relationships. In many cases, employees get fed up with not having what they need to complete their job properly and end up taking it out on other employees they work with.
Third, open communication is key.
Without open communication, progress cannot be made. When people harbor bad feeling towards others on their team, they tend to either harshly verbalize their feeling towards them or they retreat from any contact with them. Either way, these tactics prove to be detrimental to a team’s performance. Individuals who walk around on eggshells all the time are not able to give their full contribution to their team, and as a result, their very best cannot be achieved.
Remember that everyone has something to offer, and if even one person is not offering their insights, then your team isn’t performing at maximum power and efficiency. If open communication is something that you’re struggling with, my suggestion would be to privately communicate all things that are getting in the way of your team performing at their very best with the people who are responsible for the lack of teamwork. The only time that things can’t be taken care of i...]]>
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#092: How to Make Better Decisions https://asmithblog.com/make-better-decisions/ Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:01:06 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21379 <img width="768" height="319" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/make-better-decisions-768x319.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="make better decisions" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/make-better-decisions-768x319.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/make-better-decisions-300x125.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/make-better-decisions-150x62.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/make-better-decisions.png 912w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can make better decisions starting, today. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can make better decisions starting, today. Here are four ways to begin making better decisions, right now:

Believe that you can make a difference. 
At the core of taking action is the belief that one can make a difference. It’s why people start new businesses, it’s why people protest the system based on their beliefs, and it’s the only reason that change in this world takes place. I know that when I haven’t believed that I could make a real difference in this world, I chose the easy way out, instead of the best way. And as you already know, the easy way isn’t always the best way. However, it is when you truly believe that you can make a difference in the world that putting in the necessary effort becomes worth the extra energy.
Leave yourself more time for better decisions to take place.
Taking the best way has usually meant that I needed to put more work in, and it was going to take longer, so there has been many times that I opted for the easiest decision instead. Making better decisions means making the right decision, no matter how much effort is needed.
And sometimes you may feel that you need to make a quick decision, but this may just be a misconception. You may have more time to make a decision than you think. Yes, there are times where we must make quick decisions, but it’s important to differentiate between the times where quickness is beneficial to decision making, and where taking the time to evaluate the situation is more important than a speedy answer.
Surround yourself with people who are already making better decisions. 
Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, said, “You are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with,” and for good reason. Thought processes and decision making techniques are contagious. This being said, if you spend enough time with people who are making better decisions, you will pick up on how they come to such solutions, and will begin to adopt their practices. Of course, the same idea applies to making bad decisions, so this is why Rohn’s advice is so important. When you learn from better decision makers, you will reap the benefits greatly.
Take all possible outcomes into consideration before making your final decision. 
Sometimes the easiest way to know if your time and effort will be worth the struggle is to ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” If making a wrong decision doesn’t bring about much grief or heartache, then why not give it a try? Experimenting with all possible outcomes isn’t a bad thing, but you must evaluate the risk versus the reward to know if your decisions are even worth your time in the first place.
Now, go and make better decisions, today. 
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#091: How to Get Your Work Noticed https://asmithblog.com/get-your-work-noticed/ Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:01:53 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21346 <img width="768" height="493" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/get-your-work-noticed-768x493.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="get your work noticed" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/get-your-work-noticed-768x493.png 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/get-your-work-noticed-300x193.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/get-your-work-noticed-150x96.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/get-your-work-noticed.png 877w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells you how you can get your work noticed. In this episode, Adam tells you how you can get your work noticed. The problem with this mentality is that there is no such thing as overnight success. Anyone who thinks that they can reach their goal instantly is in for a rude awakening. In my own work, I quickly found out that people weren’t just going to start taking notice without first doing something worth taking notice of. I needed to produce more ideas that mattered, so that’s where I began.

So, if you currently want to get your work noticed, my first question to you would be, “Is your idea and/or product worthy of attention?” 
Without a worthy idea or product, you’re just noise in an already noisy world. So, what makes a product worthy? The research of an idea or product, the execution of the product, and the delivery of the product to customers. Without one of these three things, the product will be a flop. The execution of the product is the step where a product’s worthiness is focused on the most.
Too many times products or ideas are released to the general public before they’re executed to the best of a team’s ability, and I will be the first to say when this happens, it is frustrating to say the least. I can remember standing in line for hours to get my hands on the very first iPhone, and the experience with the phone was terrible with reception and functionality. At first I was blinded by the coolness factor of the phone, but the more I used it, the less appealing it was. I thought about trying an Android phone, but the ease of syncing my other Apple products with my iPhone is what kept me buying future iPhones. And people would say to me, “but, it’s Apple,” and my response was, “I need a phone that works.” It wasn’t ready for launch — end of story. Thank goodness the iPhone got better with time, and I now love my iPhone 6+.
The only thing that saved the first iPhone was the marketing around the new gadget, which brings me to my next point.
Second, if you want to get your work noticed, have you considered your packaging? 
There is so much that goes into the marketing of a product, but I really want to focus on the packaging. If you are a writer, then the book cover is a very important focus of yours. If you are an entrepreneur and have a new product, the way your product is packaged tells your customer how detail oriented you are. If you are offering a service, then the time you put into preparation and the expertise you offer is your packaging. You communicate a vast amount of information by the design of your company logo, the building you work in, and even by the way you talk to clients on the phone. All of these attributes are part of the package your business offers. The way that a product or service is packaged tells the customer a story before they even experience what you and your business have to offer.
Third, if you want to get your work noticed, have you taken the time to build relationships?
If you’ve followed my work, then you know that I place a huge importance on people, and for good reason. I love people. I have learned to never take relationships for granted, as people are the reason that I have the opportunity to do what I do in the first place.
If you have a business of any kind, then I would ask you to at least consider the benefits of creating relationships with your clients. The main reason that this is important is that companies can only become real to customers when they speak to them on a personal basis. Until then, a company is just a logo. Putting a face with a voice who cares about an individual builds trust, and shows that a brand cares.
Fourth, if you want to get your work noticed, have you pinpointed your audience?
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#090: 4 Ways to Make This Year Better than Last Year https://asmithblog.com/make-this-year-better/ Tue, 05 Jan 2016 07:01:14 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21152 <img width="600" height="300" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/image-1.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/image-1.jpg 600w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/image-1-300x150.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/image-1-150x75.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" />In this episode, Adam explains how you can make this year better than last year. In this episode, Adam explains how you can make this year better than last year.
Look at the opposite.
In the midst of similarities, the best approach is to look for the opposites. I had a great year, so the question I will be asking myself is, “What didn’t go so well last year?” If your year wasn’t so great, begin by asking yourself, “What went great last year?” It’s okay to have a bad year. I’ve had plenty of them. The priority in times that could have gone much better is to keep moving and use what you’ve learned along the way to accomplish more in life.
Stop letting things get in your way, but be realistic.
Focus is what will get you and me both to our dreams. When your focus isn’t where it should be, then it is much more difficult to accomplish your goals. To do this, categorize tasks for each goal into one of these four categories: urgent, important, less important, and unimportant. In doing this, your goals will be much more manageable, and you’ll make sure to complete everything you need to do. This exercise also helps you connect the dots between your goals. Can you be more efficient and complete a few of the necessary action steps for your goals in the same sitting? If so, you might as well work smarter, not harder.
On another note, I didn’t do as well with my exercise goals as I wanted to in 2015. I had a goal to run a marathon, but the necessary training never happened. The reason that it never happened is that I had other huge goals that I wanted to accomplish in 2015, and I put those first. If I were to do everything that I had planned on doing in 2015, I would have probably slept three hours a night, and I’m a mess with no sleep. The issue wasn’t the amount of work that I was putting in, but the issue was that I wasn’t being realistic with my goals. So instead of beating myself up this year for not completing everything that I plan, I’m going to be more realistic with my goals for 2016.
Be more aware of the needs of others.
Some people are more naturally wired to be aware of needs than others, but the important thing to realize is that we can all be more aware than we currently are. Even though being aware of the needs of others helps better relationships outside of work, this year I will be looking for even more ways to implement this principle in business, as I believe this is the foundation for building a business to become bigger and better. If you’re also looking to better your business this year, you should ask yourself, “How can I be more aware of the needs of others?” You will always need to focus on how you can become better before you will get bigger.
Never lose sight of why you do what you do.
I’ve lost sight of my why before, and the results were awful. The terrible thing is that it happens to so many people. When you don’t know your why, your passion for life is lost, and a life without passion is a life with little hope. Your why wakes you up in the morning, your why increases your determination, and your why helps you find your way. Don’t let this year end without catching your why.
You can use these four keys to make this year better than last year. Now, go and live a better life, today.
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#089: Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work https://asmithblog.com/goals-new-years-resolutions/ Tue, 29 Dec 2015 07:01:44 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21194 <img width="768" height="384" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/new-years-resolutions-768x384.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="new year's resolutions" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/new-years-resolutions-768x384.jpg 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/new-years-resolutions-300x150.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/new-years-resolutions-1024x512.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/new-years-resolutions-150x75.jpg 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/new-years-resolutions-e1451155924174.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners why goals work, but New Year's resolutions don't. In this episode, Adam tells listeners why goals work, but New Year's resolutions don't. 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail, you know that there’s a problem. Yet, 45% of Americans look over this fact and spend time thinking up new ones every year. Well, I’m tired of seeing this happen year after year, so that’s why episode eighty-nine is on New Year’s Resolutions. As a life coach I have found that some things work, and other things don’t, and I want to tell you what I’ve found.
So, here are the six top reasons that New Year’s resolutions don’t work:

Most people aren’t very specific.
The top five New Year’s resolutions are lose weight, get organized, spend less and save more, enjoy life to the fullest, and staying fit and healthy. As you can see, people aren’t very specific with their resolutions. This is where goals differ from resolutions. Use SMART goals to help you stay on track in the future, and see the difference that well-thought-out goals differ from writing the first thoughts that come to your mind.
Most people don’t find their why.
You need a reason to why you are pursuing your goals. What’s the reason behind the reason? Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to get more organized? Why do you need to spend less and save more? Why do you want to enjoy life to the fullest? Why do you want to stay fit and healthy? Yes, all of these things would make life easier, but why is that important to you? Your answers to this question should be tied into your goal to remind you why you are pursuing it in the first place, because if you forget the reason, you’ll likely quit before seeing the finish line.
There aren’t many people who have found passion.
This point ties perfectly into the last point, because once you know your why, you have what you need to begin your pursuit. This is the main reason that only eight percent of people complete their New Year’s resolutions. These people don’t know why they want what they want, and so they don’t have their fuel to push them forward. If your goal is to just go to the gym, you first need to tie it to the facts that it will help you lose weight and keep it off, make you feel better, give you more energy, make your thinking process more effective, relieve stress, better your heart health, extend your day, and will ultimately help you live longer. Now, that’s something we can all get passionate about.
There are many people who aren’t realistic.
If you want to run a marathon, that’s great. I do, too. But it would be unrealistic to think that you can go and run a marathon without first being able to run a mile. This podcast episode is centered around health, as it is the top resolution that people have, but each principle here applies to whatever goal you are chasing. If you take anything away from this point, it should be that you need to put the necessary work in before you can expect to see success.
I wouldn’t focus on your goal of losing 40 pounds, but I would focus on losing ten. I wouldn’t fast meals entirely, but I would cut out the foods that will help you lose weight. Remember, we need to look at what you will realistically do here. Again, this is pertaining to your health, but it also applies to other things. I wouldn’t focus on becoming a millionaire without first paying off all of your debt. I also wouldn’t focus on getting organized until you get rid of everything you don’t want first.
Without preparation you will only come up short on your goals, which leads to bigger amounts of frustration than anyone needs to deal with. When this happens, not finding success seems like failure, but it’s really a lack of preparation.]]>
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#088: How to Stop Complacency and Begin Making a Difference https://asmithblog.com/complacency/ Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:01:20 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=21067 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/complacent-768x512.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="complacent complacency" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/complacent-768x512.jpg 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/complacent-300x200.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/complacent-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/complacent-150x100.jpg 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/complacent-e1450654967157.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how to stop complacency, and begin doing more with their lives. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how to stop complacency, and begin doing more with their lives. So, how can you make sure that you’re not being complacent? I have three tips to help you make sure you’re always moving ahead with the right things in life:

First, be mindful that complacency and rest are not the same things. 
Many times, it is a struggle for people to differentiate between being lazy and getting much needed rest. I wrestle with the popular term “hustle” for this very reason. It sounds like a never-ending struggle to me. What ever happened to the term “hard work”? Is that not good enough anymore? Maybe it’s just me…
Anyway, people who are always going and never stop long enough to plan, or breathe for that matter, will end up tired and confused in the end. Don’t ever beat yourself up for needing rest. It’s essential for brainpower and function.
Second, realize that awareness wins.
One of my favorite quotes on complacency comes from, Andy Grove. He said, “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” And in a way, he has a point. It’s easy to stop looking ahead for far too long when success comes, but we must alter our view on success. We should all look at each success as a stepping stone to another. Remember that life consists of a long list of successes, not just one.
What is it that drives you? Do you need rest? Is this a season that you need to just need to put the work in? Do you need to be planning? Do you need to be dreaming? All of these require tons of work, but when people aren’t physically moving, they can feel complacent. Of course, becoming paranoid about success and complacency like Grove’s quote from before is taking it too far, but we must be aware of the marathon that life is. If you treat it as a sprint, you will eventually become exhausted, and that will most likely lead to complacency. To avoid complacency you need to be self-aware and aware of what is needed around you. 
Third, complacency thrives when there is no plan.
Complacency loves to come right before you take the first step. Imagine you are at a fork in the road and trying to look at your map so that you know which road to travel. This idea shows how complacency abounds when you either don’t have a plan, or don’t know what step to take next within the plan you have already created. Sure, plans will change, but your drive doesn’t have to diminish. Even when things don’t go as plan, it’s imperative that you gather yourself, make a new plan, keep looking ahead, and continue to move forward.
Complacency will ruin your life if you allow it to, but the decision is all yours. Will you give in, or will you make an attempt? If you never try, you’ll never know, so you might as well take a step.
Now, go and make a difference, today. 
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#087: The Best Way for You to Know Which Ideas You Should Pursue https://asmithblog.com/ideas/ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:01:03 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20863 <img width="768" height="418" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/best-ideas-idea-768x418.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="best ideas pursue" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/best-ideas-idea-768x418.jpg 768w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/best-ideas-idea-300x163.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/best-ideas-idea-1024x557.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/best-ideas-idea-150x82.jpg 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/best-ideas-idea.jpg 1276w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how to choose which ideas they should pursue. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how to choose which ideas they should pursue. how to have great ideas, and how to create better products with those ideas here on the podcast. In those episodes I talked about living life, continually building upon ideas, fascination, building a great team, building something that you will use, and taking your time. But, how do we choose which ideas we should pursue in the first place? Well, it comes down to a three question system that I have created, and here it is:

First, what is your experience in?
Not only is this question important so that you know what you’re doing, but it helps you build credibility on a specific topic. The more often you build on a certain idea, or speak about a certain idea, the more knowledge you will gain. And the more research you put in, the more exposure you gain, and the more you learn how to use the idea and how to deal with it, the more you will be known as an expert. I would even suggest that you overshare a topic until people associate you with a product or idea, because it is only at this point that people will know that you have the answers they need in that area. Keep pursuing the same thing over time until you become reputable.
Second, which ideas give the most return?
I often skip over the topic of return on investment, but it is extremely important. We all have resources to grow, not to hold onto and squander. When you are spending time growing healthy relationships, I hope that you are fully giving yourself, and gaining valuable lessons from people in return. When you invest money into something, I hope that your goal isn’t to lose money or break even — it should be to profit. And when you invest time into something, I hope that you find what you are looking for, too.
So, when I am thinking about the return on an idea, I always look at where these 3 things intersect:

* The possible amount of lives changed
* The shortest amount of time input for the most benefits received
* The financial profit gained from amount of work

I know your goal isn’t to use all of your available resources and gain nothing. If this is the case, then you could just go on vacation and not worry about work. Yes, this idea sounds great, but it isn’t realistic, nor is it very rewarding. When we gain resources from our work, we can then reinvest them into the next best ideas that we have. Until then, let’s keep looking for a great ROI.
Third, what idea(s) can you build more than one product off of? 
My problem for years was that I kept a blog that couldn’t be expanded past that. There was no book that I could write to enhance the content, there were no speaking engagements that I could book from it, and there were no online courses that I could possibly create for the content. I built my blog and wasn’t thinking broader. It was a good run, but I eventually grew tired of the same old thing, and needed to find a way to offer people something more.
I learned that I shouldn’t pursue ideas that are so niche that I could only have one idea out of it, and the same idea applies for you. If you want to have a bigger impact, only pursue ideas that are broad enough to write about, speak about, and build a product with. This requires some prior planning on your part, but it will be worth it in the long run. When you think about it now, you won’t get years into the future and wish you would have done it differently.
But, the good news is that if you have already chased an idea that you have found to be lackluster, it’s never too late to start over. Sometimes, it takes more clarity to quit than it does to keep going. Wherever you are in the process, you can use this three question system to pave a better future for you and your ideas.
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#086: The Best Way to Look at Marketing https://asmithblog.com/marketing/ Tue, 08 Dec 2015 07:01:21 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20860 <img width="768" height="303" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/marketing-e1449590954586.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="marketing" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/marketing-e1449590954586.png 1240w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/marketing-e1449590954586-300x118.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/marketing-e1449590954586-1024x404.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/marketing-e1449590954586-150x59.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can become better at marketing, and it's not what you think. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can become better at marketing, and it's not what you think. As far as marketers go, most but not all of them remind me of sleazy car salesmen. Maybe your first thought of marketing goes to the same mental picture, as well. The people that asked me to speak at all of those events expected me to be this same classic marketer, and wanted me to tell people that all they needed to do was x, y, and z, and they would make millions of dollars from it. I knew this is what they wanted, so I graciously declined. But, here’s the truth about marketing:

Everything you do is marketing.
Marketing then isn’t just the sale, as in the case of the sleazy car salesman, but it’s about creating relationship. One can not offer the best product or service until he or she understands their client.
The classic marketing scene isn’t my forte, because of my belief that everything someone does is marketing. The way someone talks to others, the way someone writes ad copy, the way someone’s website appears — it all culminates to the relationships we create with each other in real life, or online.
But, even more than all of these things, the number one way that someone can market themselves well is to produce the best product they possibly can. If you have a terrible product, the rest of these things don’t even matter. Don’t waste your time. When you focus on your product, word of mouth marketing will do the work for you. People can’t resist telling other people about a great product that they need to try for themselves.
If you’re putting more time, or even the same amount of time into your marketing plan as you have into coming up with your idea or creating your product, then you have a huge problem. Make your product the best it can possibly be, and the rest will be much easier. If it’s a service that you offer, then make it the best that you can make it. Whatever it is that you are trying to sell, the more time and work you put into it, the better it will be. I wish I had a sexier answer for marketing, but it’s the only answer that I know will work.
When you have a terrible product, you end up having to convince people to buy it. When you have a great product, you can’t wait to tell others about it, because you know they will love it, and it will improve their lives. I want to help people, and I know you do, too.
Now, go and become better at marketing, today.
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#085: How to Create Better Products https://asmithblog.com/better-products/ Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:01:45 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20782 <img width="768" height="768" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/better-products-e1447807386792.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="better products" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can create better products with their great ideas. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can create better products with their great ideas. Last week, we discussed how we can have better ideas, but today I want to talk about taking those ideas and forming them into a better product. Why do we need to focus on this? Because the most valuable places in this world are graveyards. This is because each gravestone marks a body in the ground, which represents ideas that never went further than just an idea. I am positive that every individual that has left this earth did so with at least one great idea in their head, but the sad truth is that they did nothing with it. They had something more valuable than money in their possession, and they squandered it. So, how do we prevent this from happening?
Here are four ways you can create better products with your ideas right now:

Create a great team.
Build a team with skills you don’t already possess, not only to speed up the process, but to make the product the best it can possibly be. I don’t do web design, not only because I don’t want to do, but because I am not good at it. I have never taken the time to learn coding, and I don’t plan on doing so. I’ve showed my inadequacies in this area many times in the past with my different blogs. I’m just good enough at design to break something, and then I am forced to scramble to make it work again before people get upset. It’s very frustrating and time consuming, so I decided long ago that I am best suited for other things. I tell you all of this to show that I know my strengths, and you should to. Know your strengths, build a better team around your strengths, but not with the same strengths, and create better products as a result.
Build better products that you need yourself. 
The conversation centered around what people want and need is a very valuable conversation. Many surveys every year are conducted for this very reason, and companies pay other online companies big bucks to track how consumers use web pages, so they know how to display messages and ads online. It’s a huge industry, and it’s great to be ahead of the curve, but what if you don’t have the resources as a company to conduct these experiments yet? Your best option is to create something for yourself. Stop wondering what other people want and need, and start building something for yourself. Since you are a consumer of goods already, and you already have a basic understanding of what you want and need, maybe the best question to ask is, “What do I want to use?” If you began with step number one and already have a team, then maybe the best question is, “What would this team use on a daily basis?” As an example, I personally need an app that will tell me exactly where things are located in the grocery store so I can save time, so that’s where I should start.
Take your time. 
I am cautious of the advice of “just do it”, because the more we adopt this slogan for our lives, the more likely we are to take every first product idea that comes our way and run with it. And let me tell you, very rarely is the first idea the best one. When you take your time with building a product, you have a better product in the end. No matter what profession you are in, taking your time can make all the difference in the world.
Revolutionize an industry that already exists.
Maybe the issue you are experiencing is trying to come up with a completely different category of product. While it would be amazing if you could create a new category, it is much more likely that you can make an already existing product or category better. Think about technology for a minute. How many more great ideas have there been in the area of technology over the past ten years?]]>
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#084: How to Have Great Ideas https://asmithblog.com/great-ideas/ Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:01:23 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20779 <img width="768" height="768" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/better_ideas.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="better ideas" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/better_ideas.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/better_ideas-150x150.jpg 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/better_ideas-300x300.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can think clearly, enhance the creative process, and have great ideas. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can think clearly, enhance the creative process, and have great ideas. Here are three ways to begin having more great ideas right now:

Great ideas are produced by living life and then entering the idea phase.
We can look at ideas from the past ten years, and see that they are different in many ways. The things that are available to us now comes from being able to put more time into research, more time to think up new ideas, and more time to test our own limits. Your ideas right now will hopefully be better than they were ten years ago. You have had ten more years of experience influencing your ideas — ten more years of taking action, ten more years of joy, and ten more years of struggle. Living life, and living it to the full, is the best way to have great ideas. If you are having trouble with coming up with new ideas, leave isolation and live more life. It is in every day living that fresh ideas will come, because the best ideas are birthed out of experience.
The experiences that have happened to you help shape the ideas that you have. Who your ideas are for and what problems your ideas help solve are based on how you see the world. Your personal needs and wants will even help form the direction you take with your life to impact the world. The possibilities are endless, but it is your journey that helps you find your place in the world. The reason that there are so many different ideas is that there are so many people in this world. We are all wired so differently, and that’s a beautiful thing. What becomes even more remarkable is when people ask the question, “Who else has the same idea as me?” When people ask this question and will find other people to join them, ideas become bigger and will spread faster. An even better question to ask is, “Who has different ideas than me and will collaborate?” Again, we need to live more life, find more people to join, and produce better ideas to better the world.
Great ideas are meant to be built upon.
The reason that I give you three or more ideas every post, is that maybe all three ideas won’t work for you, but most likely, at least one of them will. The other reason that I do this is because one idea is very rarely sufficient on its own. Ideas are meant to be built upon. If an idea comes to you, write it down to capture it, but don’t consider it your final idea. Your ideas are meant to connect the dots, so others can enjoy your creation. Very rarely are ideas completely original at first, but it is when you piece all of your ideas that fit together into a package where you create an original idea.
My own practice is to grab two ideas that have one similarity or more, to see how they relate and to see how they’re different. Once I have have an idea of how they fit together, I take two brand new ideas that are completely different from the first batch, and then find something similar between those two ideas. And at the end, I take the first result and the second result, which are opposite in some way, and then try to connect the dots between the opposites. This is where original ideas are born. I use this practice in my writing, but I learned the concept from the automotive industry. Car makers produce new types of cars given this formula. This is why we see vehicles by companies that look nothing like other cars they have produced in the past.
Great ideas require fascination. 
Yes, the idea process that I just described is a time-consuming process. But, it produces original ideas, so I find that it’s worth it. At the core of all of this is a fascination for the product you want t...]]>
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#083: It’s Time to Fight for What You Want from Life https://asmithblog.com/fight/ Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:01:52 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20758 <img width="768" height="356" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/fight-boxing-gloves-ring.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="fight boxing gloves ring" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/fight-boxing-gloves-ring.jpg 1080w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/fight-boxing-gloves-ring-300x139.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/fight-boxing-gloves-ring-1024x474.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/fight-boxing-gloves-ring-150x69.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam gives listeners tips on how they can fight for a better life, starting immediately. In this episode, Adam gives listeners tips on how they can fight for a better life, starting immediately. No matter what issues you’re facing, there’s an underlying truth applies to all of us — we have to learn how to fight. Things will not happen on their own. I’m sorry to break it to you, but a wish and a prayer is not enough. We need a plan, we need determination, and we need to be willing to put the work in.
Maybe you are fighting with waking up when you want to, or maybe you are fighting with spending enough time with your family, or maybe you are fighting with what to do with your business or career to make it better, or maybe you are fighting with making time for friends, or maybe you are fighting with what to do with your finances, or maybe you are fighting with the best ways to better your health. Whatever the case may be, there is hope for you. How do I know this? Because, you will never fight for something you don’t truly care about.
The fact that you are fighting with it and wrestling for good change in your life, tells me that at least an ounce of your being wants to become better in your needed area of change. And the best part of this is that striving to become better is the best start to change that you could ever have. Stop beating yourself up for not getting immediate results. It is a process to get to where you want to be, and that’s a beautiful thing. Life is intended to be a journey.
So, here are three ways you can be better prepared to fight for a better life right now:

Surround yourself with people.
If we were all perfect, we wouldn’t need anyone else in our lives. Life is all about relationship, and when we give ourselves to that idea, we are able to not only strengthen ourselves, but those around us. In the midst of pain, in the midst of rejoicing, life is meant to be lived together. Within our relationships with family, friends, and even our business relationships, we can learn from those around us, and we can impart the wisdom we pick up along the way into the lives of others, as well. Nothing is gained when wisdom is kept to one’s self, but you must first believe in the power of relationship.
Here are twelve tips on how you can begin building more relationships right now:

* Become known for having the most open schedule.
* Make it easy for everyone involved.
* Be yourself.
* Find common ground.
* Gather everyone together.
* Give hugs instead of handshakes.
* Listen.
* Keep eye contact.
* Ask better questions.
* Become better at remembering names.
* Be a giver of small gifts.
* Find ways to compliment others.

Know what it is you are up against.  
Do you know what you want from life? If you do, that’s great. But, it’s time to not only know what you want from life — it’s time to take action. Stand tall, fight the good fight, and press forward. Too many times people will just take life as it comes to them, but if you already know what you want from life, there’s no point in standing around. Make a plan for action and go do something amazing. If your biggest fears seem too big to face, it’s time to fight. If it’s a current circumstance you are having to endure, it’s time to fight.
Only go for one thing.
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#082: “Just Do It” Is Terrible Advice Without Preparation https://asmithblog.com/terrible-advice/ Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:01:14 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20497 <img width="768" height="432" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/just-do-it-terrible-advice.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="just do it terrible advice" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/just-do-it-terrible-advice.jpg 1280w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/just-do-it-terrible-advice-300x169.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/just-do-it-terrible-advice-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/just-do-it-terrible-advice-150x84.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners why "just do it" is terrible advice. In this episode, Adam tells listeners why "just do it" is terrible advice. You cannot just go and start a business without any prior training in a specific field and expect to succeed. In fact, you can apply this principle to anything you want to do. To “just do it” and throw tons of money into a business, or a project without knowing what you are doing is both dumb and irresponsible. So, here are four ways you can wisely achieve your end goals, while experiencing less frustration along the way:

Make A Plan
I will always go back to the need for this great advice. It’s never simple to construct a good plan, but it’s always worth the time. Planning allows you to dream, it allows you to form your future, and it helps you see your full potential. It’s fun to imagine what life can be with a little bit of imagination and a lot of work. Following a plan is even more difficult than constructing it, but the only way to reap benefits is to put forth effort. Make a plan, execute it, and enjoy the reward. And if things don’t work out as planned — which sometimes they don’t — there’s always plan b.
Ten years ago, I wrote down my top goal in life, and it just so happens that I’m working on the dream right now. Knowing what I wanted to do ten years ago allowed me to consistently work at becoming better, which brings me to my second tip — take baby steps.
Take Baby Steps
If something isn’t working, then it’s probably because you missed a step along the way, and need to take the time to evaluate the situation at hand, before you continue to move forward. The advice of “just do it” makes you want to have your dreams right away, but life just doesn’t work this way. Honestly, the process is the most enjoyable part. It’s where you make mistakes, it’s where you learn from the mess that life is, it’s where you impact people along the way, and it’s where you realize just how far you’ve come. The journey is necessary to prepare you for your even brighter future. You just have to be willing to find patience, determination, and discipline. The question is, are you willing to put the time in?
Build Security for the Future
What this brings to mind in my own journey is that I’ve built a business while owning another, more secure business to bring in other income. It is what has proven to work in my own life, and I would recommend it to others as well. Sure, it’s a lot of work, but such is life. People need to stop trying to escape work, and instead embrace it, for it is the time and effort we put in our work that can strengthen our desire to see success.
There is no need to put things in jeopardy of collapsing, when it may only take another year or two to see your dreams come true. What you need is more patience, not more achievements. What people have lost sight of is the need to enjoy life along the journey that is life. When people lose sight of this truth, the road to their dreams becomes miserable, not enjoyable. And if you can’t enjoy the pursuit of the things that you want most ou...]]>
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#081: People Don’t Always Need Your Opinion In Conversation https://asmithblog.com/opinion/ Tue, 03 Nov 2015 07:01:21 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20488 <img width="670" height="636" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/opinion.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="opinion" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/opinion.jpg 670w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/opinion-300x285.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/opinion-150x142.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 670px) 100vw, 670px" />In this episode, Adam explains why people don't always need your opinion, but they do need you to listen. In this episode, Adam explains why people don't always need your opinion, but they do need you to listen. ambiverts — people who exhibit qualities of both introversion and extroversion.
Some people will give introverts a hard time, because they don’t say enough. And some will give extroverts a hard time, because they say too much. Yes, depending on which category you fall into has a lot to do with how you handle yourself in conversation, but it has nothing to do with common sense and courtesy. And no matter which category you fall into, when people come to talk to you about something, it doesn’t mean they always want or need your opinion. Too often, people forget the power found in listening.
With becoming better communicators, it is important to not only focus on what we say, and how we say it, but we all need to become better listeners, too. Here are three ways to know if you are better at listening first or giving your opinion too soon:

Is your first response to speak or to listen?
Knowing the answer to this question will tell you whether you lean towards giving your opinion first, or if your first response is to listen to the needs of others. An example of this in my own life was when I had a friend who came to me because he was having trouble in every area of life. He was going through a very rough season, and just needed someone to talk to. I was fortunate enough to see this as an opportunity to just listen, so I sat there on the phone for an hour and fifteen minutes listening to my friend on the other side of the phone spilling his guts out for me to listen to. You know what would have really messed this opportunity up? If I would have interjected at some point along the way. The conversation went where it was supposed to go. If I would have stopped him along the way, I would have been selfish in controlling the conversation and forcing it to go where I wanted it to go. If you don’t listen, what you say won’t make any sense to the other person.
But, you want to know what happened at the end of the conversation? He asked me what he should do. That’s right. I waited my turn. It didn’t take me forcing my opinion on him, but he asked for advice when he was ready to hear what I would have to say. Too often people interject their own needs into a conversation, without ever considering what the other person needs. Advice said at the wrong time falls on deaf ears, which doesn’t help anyone. In most cases, people will ask you for your opinion if they really want it. If they don’t ask for it, they will ask someone else, figure it out for themselves, or read advice in a book or online from a respected source.
I promise that you don’t have to have all the answers, nor should you put that sort of pressure on yourself. People need friends who will just be there for them, and just being this person for others is enough. Sometimes, the need for human interaction just needs another person to listen, and that’s okay.
Do people come to you for advice?
If someone has communicated that they are coming to you for advice, then by all means, give it. But, it is very different if someone is just coming to you to talk. This is where two-way communication and listening to see what other people need from you is important.
If people repeatedly come to you for advice, then it is probably a good sign that you are great at both giving advice and listening. You see, the two go hand in hand.]]>
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#080: Credibility Is Necessary for Leaders https://asmithblog.com/credibility/ Tue, 27 Oct 2015 06:01:31 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20484 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/credibility-leadership-e1445887321311.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="credibility" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" />In this episode, Adam explains why building credibility is so important. In this episode, Adam explains why building credibility is so important. The phone conversation that day got me thinking about the online world as we know it. Everyone is trying to sell something, everyone has something to say, and everyone wants our attention. There is much more junk on the internet than there are diamonds, or even diamonds in the rough for that matter, so we are forced to wade through all the junk to find the gems. Giving people unbridled accessibility to their very own platform has created this madness. This is why it is so important to find our audience, and to build trust with them. And a great way to start building trust is to repeatedly produce great work. Don’t become known for producing junk. When those who have found belief in the message you are sharing, they will share the information you need delivered, both online and by word of mouth in real life. Yes, producing credibility with your team, or audience, extends your reach even further.

Just about the worst thing we could do then is to squander opportunities to impact people with actual important things to say, and product that can seriously help people live better lives. The more unimportant information that you share, the more noise that is contributed to the already noisy world, and the less long-term attention that is earned. So, how can we effectively communicate as leaders online? How can we be more confident in telling others about ourselves and our brand?
If you do all of these things, then I can guarantee you that you will build your audience. As someone who runs an online business, communicating with you — my audience — is extremely important. It’s what creates more opportunities and supplies more resources for me to reach more people. And I’m guessing that if you are listening to this or reading this, then you are at least remotely interested in what I have to say.
We can all start with viewing people who share information with us online as individuals who are trying to build credibility, not as people who are trying to show off. Many times, I can base my assumptions off of previous encounters with people who have ruined my perspective of even new individuals I come in contact with, which isn’t fair to anyone.
I remember reading a leadership book one time that said credibility is the foundation of leadership, and it makes a lot of sense. If people don’t believe in you, then they will never be able to believe in your message. For people to follow, they must know that they can trust you, and to do so, they need to know who you truly are. Both the good and the bad — people need all aspects to be able to build real relationship.
So, here are six specific areas to focus on to produce more credibility in your own life:

* It begins with your character.
* Realize that you don’t know everything. In doing this, you will find what you do know and focus on those things. Doing this will increase your expertise in your specific field of study and work.
* Practice, practice, practice.
* Go the extra mile and over-deliver.
* Be who you are,]]>
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#079: You Should Be Measuring Your Amount of Focus, Not Your Amount of Time https://asmithblog.com/focus-time/ Tue, 20 Oct 2015 06:01:10 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20394 <img width="768" height="543" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/focus.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="amount of focus" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/focus.jpg 1000w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/focus-300x212.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/focus-150x106.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam discusses why you should begin measuring your amount of focus, not the amount of time you have. In this episode, Adam discusses why you should begin measuring your amount of focus, not the amount of time you have.
Too many times, people focus on the fact that they have so little time left in the day to accomplish what they want to after meeting all of their necessities. This amount of time may be thirty minutes, one hour, four hours, or anything in-between, but the most important thing to remember is that it isn’t about how much time you have in your day, but it’s what you do with it that counts. This means that whatever amount of time you have in your day to work on the most important things in life, it is more about the amount of focus you put into it, rather than the amount of time you have. When we are able to find our best focus we can do more with one hour than most can do with four. We all know people who seem to be able to accomplish more with their time than anyone else. Focus, not time, is the one thing that those same people understand more than anyone else. Focus increases productivity, which leads to better time management. When I began to see how managing focus rather than time worked in my own life, I began accomplishing more than ever before, and it can do the same for you.
Very rarely are any of us able to increase the amount of time we have in a day, but we have all tried to find more of it. Instead of heightening our focus, we try to add time so we can take longer to do tasks that should take days, not weeks. This, of course, is procrastination. Putting things off until the last second then is not a time issue, but an issue with focus. And the first place to look at when needing to increase focus is the amount of things we have going on in our lives.
Is your plate too full?
As our lives continue, we tend to add more things. It’s only natural. But, the one thing we tend to forget is the need to quit things. For many of us, the easy thing to do is to add, but the much more difficult task is to quit. Never forget the need for both as you strive to live a balanced life.
So, now that you understand the need for adding more to you life, while quitting things along the way, you are now ready to understand how you can apply a larger amount of focus to your own life. I have already done podcasts about the importance of getting the correct amounts of sleep for your individual needs, exercising, eating the right foods, and quitting the right things, but maybe you have tried all of these things and need something more to work with. If things just aren’t working the way you want them to in the area of time management, the issue may be that you aren’t asking the right questions yet.
Here are the four questions you need to ask yourself to see if you can increase the amount of focus in your life:

Who is influencing me? 
Notice that I did not ask you who the people are that are around you, because some people don’t have control over who they are around, especially at work. (No, my advice to you will never be to run away from every job where you don’t like someone. If that was my advice, then it would be very difficult for you to ever find a job. I can guarantee you that at one job or another in your lifetime, you will work with someone who you don’t perfectly see eye-to-eye with in some way. People are different, and that’s a beautiful thing.) However, it is important to take notice of the people you allow to influence you and speak into your life.
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#078: How the Fear of Looking at Reality Is Hurting Everyone https://asmithblog.com/fear-reality/ Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:01:29 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20353 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/fear-reality.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/fear-reality.jpg 1280w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/fear-reality-300x200.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/fear-reality-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/fear-reality-150x100.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam discusses how the fear of looking at reality is hurting everyone. In this episode, Adam discusses how the fear of looking at reality is hurting everyone. Please know that it is only when you accept that fear will come and that you will need to learn to move through it that you will begin moving forward. It is here where we truly see the importance of looking at our fears.
Plain and simple, for things to become better, we must face the facts. Is doing this easy? Absolutely not, but it is essential for any sort of growth to take place. If looking at your current reality has proven difficult for you, I have three ways for you to begin dealing with your fears in more effective ways, starting right now.

1. Surround yourself with people who will be honest with you.
There are too many people who surround themselves with people who only agree with them. This is a huge mistake no matter which way you look at it. When people don’t agree with you it forces you to look at things from every perspective, not just your own. Doing this relinquishes your right to not analyze reality. Even if you don’t want to, others will help you see the full picture. When people only tell you what you want to hear, the facts are clouded and the opportunity of making things right isn’t given.
If you are a CEO, an entrepreneur, in human resources, or are in management, I would recommend you look at your staff and pinpoint the ones who will be honest with you about everything; the good, the bad, and the ugly. You should actually make this a requirement of the ones you want in your inner circle. These are the people who you want to ask for feedback from when you need to make a critical decision. These are the people you want on your team.
2. Answer the question, “Why do I do what I do?”
This question requires you to become super focused with what you do in life, because if the why doesn’t matter, then the decision has to be made if you should be doing it at all. Life is too short to spend time doing stuff that doesn’t line up with where you want to go. When the why is answered and it lines up with your goals, then all the work that will help you get to where you want to be will be worth it.
In reality, a lot of work along the way isn’t necessarily fun, even when you are working towards your goals, but the fact that it is necessary to move you forward makes it all worth it. I love being an entrepreneur, but even with having employees, I still have to do paperwork and gather tax information, which isn’t fun for me. There are also meetings that I attend which aren’t the most fun, but they inform me of what I need to know for the future. Honestly, I’ve found that there are necessary parts of owning businesses that aren’t always fun. The old saying of “you don’t work a day in your life when you enjoy what you do” sounds good, but it just isn’t true. Even though I want to tell you that life is only full of rainbows and cotton candy, there will be some days that there will be work you don’t necessarily want to do, but it is part of a much bigger plan of falling in love with the why. I am sure you can relate to what I am saying here in some way. Knowing the why behind doing the work you love and the work that you wish you didn’t have to do will be what motivates you through all of the days you are doing the not so fun stuff along the way.
When you answer the why, it will be the heart that prompts you to look at what is really happening, rather than the false reality you have created in your mind. Every action needs a purpose, so when you decide to look at the reason you do what you do, looking at ways to improve will be seen in a different perspective.]]>
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#077: The 6 Words You Need to Stop Using Right Now https://asmithblog.com/words-stop-using/ Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:01:18 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20196 <img width="768" height="336" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/words-matter.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="words" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/words-matter.png 881w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/words-matter-300x131.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/words-matter-150x66.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners the six words he no longer uses, and why they should stop using them, as well. In this episode, Adam tells listeners the six words he no longer uses, and why they should stop using them, as well. So, here are the six words that I no longer use in my vocabulary, and the reasons why I have stopped using them:

Aspiring
This is my least favorite word in the English language. Stop trying to do what you have always wanted to do, and just be what you want to be. I have previously used the word “aspiring” when I wanted to become a writer, but now I am a writer. I used to be an aspiring entrepreneur, but now I am an entrepreneur. What’s the difference?  I stopped using the word “aspiring” and decided to take action. Individuals and businesses, stop saying you want to do something, and instead begin working towards your goals of being what you want to be. Stop aspiring, and start doing.
Failure
I talked about this word last week, but I still don’t like it. “I’m a failure.” “We are doomed for failure.” “You are a failure.” Pick any sentence that you want to — it doesn’t sound good in any context. “I made some mistakes.” “We made some mistakes.” “You made some mistakes.” Mistakes can be fixed and learned from, and failure…well, failure is doomed for failure. Do us all a favor and please find another word to use instead of this dreadful one. You are never a failure and your business is never a failure either, so stop speaking and acting like one.
Hate
I’m referring to using this word in the context of hating things that don’t deserve one of the harshest words in the English language.When using this word for no good reason, it sounds like nails on a chalkboard. I know I can’t be the only person that feels this way. If you or your company uses this word for marketing materials, or even just lingo around the office, please find another word. Fill in the blank: “I hate _____.” However you finished that sentence to describe something that doesn’t deserve the word, it sounds bad. I had to stop using it when I heard other people use it, and would play the sentence on repeat inside my head for days on end. Maybe it’s something I heard from another kid when I was growing up and it has stuck with me for this many years, but whatever it is, the word doesn’t sit well with me. “I despise”, “I don’t like”, “I really don’t like”, “I loathe”, “I detest” — take your pick. Just about any word is better than hate.
Impossible
I used to use this word a lot, but I found that it defeats any attempt that I am getting ready to make, before I even begin. Remember, words are powerful. “You know, people have told me that it’s impossible, but I am maybe going to give it a try.” sounds a lot worse than, “I know that I can do this, because I have been preparing for this moment for years. It’s definitely possible.” If you are working within your strength set, and have been working towards your goals like we talk about repeatedly, then nothing you do is impossible. In fact, it’s most likely probable.
Fearless
Lately,]]>
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#076: The 4 Biggest Differences Between Leaders and Bosses https://asmithblog.com/leaders-bosses/ Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:01:24 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20163 <img width="346" height="346" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/boss-leader.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="bosses leaders" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/boss-leader.jpg 346w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/boss-leader-150x150.jpg 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/boss-leader-300x300.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 346px) 100vw, 346px" />In this episode, Adam explains the four biggest differences between leaders and bosses. In this episode, Adam explains the four biggest differences between leaders and bosses. Here are the four main differences between the two, and they are anything but subtle:


Leaders inspire others to act by being out front, and bosses expect everyone else to do all the work.
As the picture shows above, leaders aren’t afraid to go first. They realize that it is difficult to go first sometimes, so they will lead in order to release the tension for others. Going first allows others to go next with less hesitation and more boldness. You can lead by testing the waters and telling others if it is okay for them to dive in.
Leaders also don’t expect others to do all the work. In fact, I would say that one of the most important attributes for a leader to possess is the willingness to work hard. Things will never just happen on their own, but with hard work over time, positive results can take place. But before the work takes place, leaders realize the importance of giving motivation to the entire team. Employees need to know the why behind the necessity of moving ahead. Giving employees the reason behind doing things is important, so a better work environment can be created. Employees must believe that their work makes a meaningful contribution in order to make the biggest possible impact through their work. When leaders paint this picture well, their company will thrive. When bosses don’t do this, all motivation will be lost.
Leaders have vision for the future and are proactive, but bosses only maintain what they already have and are reactive to situations.
When you or who you work for can see out ahead before problems happen, the entire team gets to enjoy the benefits. This is leading at its finest. Taking care of issues so others don’t have to deal with them shows employees that those around them care about their well-being.
This concept not only applies to dealing with problems, but having this visionary mentality will create tremendous growth. If systems can be set in place now that can make the future better, then by all means please begin this necessary conversation now within your company, whether you have a leadership title or not. (You don’t need a title to lead; you just need a voice.) Having visionaries in leadership is a necessity for your company to be relevant twenty years from now, and being proactive ensures that your entire team will head in the right direction over time.
Leaders are creative with the plan when they need to be, and bosses only know one plan. When a plan doesn’t work out, is your company paralyzed, or is a new plan quickly formed and executed? Leaders are great at this, but bosses are not.
Leaders care about relationships, whereas bosses care about their title.
Of course, businesses won’t be around for long without making money, but that is a byproduct of creating an environment where people want to be, employees and customers alike. A team whose leadership cares about them as individuals will produce more benefits than teams who don’t have a leadership team who builds relationships with them.
Bosses who solely focus on the bottom line, pushing all focus on relationships aside to command orders from their team just because they have a management title, will cause burnout in employees. In doing this, they won’t be left with anyone who wants to work for them. What these bosses don’t realize is that added revenue is always a byproduct of happy employees interacting with customers on a daily basis. People want to buy from companies who offer great service and a remarkable guest experience, and building relationships with your team is a great place to start leading right...]]>
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#075: 14 Steps to a More Confident You https://asmithblog.com/confident/ Tue, 22 Sep 2015 06:01:49 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=20048 <img width="704" height="457" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/confident-confidence.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="confident confidence" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/confident-confidence.jpg 704w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/confident-confidence-300x195.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/confident-confidence-150x97.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 704px) 100vw, 704px" />In this episode, Adam gives listeners fourteen ways they can be more confident, today. In this episode, Adam gives listeners fourteen ways they can be more confident, today. I wrote down 14 points that day, along with my own commentary, and each discipline can make you more confident right now. Here they are:

Accept yourself for who you are.
Who are you? You need to know this by heart and own it. There is only one you, and you have so much to offer to the rest of the world.
Find what you believe in and fight for it.
The older I get, the more fed up I become with staying quiet. Life has definitely changed me, and maybe it has done the same for you. There’s too much to do, and not enough people doing the right things. You will know that you are fighting for what you believe in when you begin to set trends, rather than following them.
Study.
Typically, the reason that people feel insecure is because they don’t know enough about the subject they have a lack of confidence in. Studying a subject is one of the best ways you can build confidence in a specific area immediately.
Surround yourself with confidence boosters.
The people you surround yourself with and the messages you listen to affect the way you see yourself. Having encouragers around you can only help with boosting your confidence.
Don’t stand for humiliation.
When there has been a culture of humiliation that is created, growth is suppressed. If you are being humiliated or you see others that are being humiliated, don’t allow it. You have the right and responsibility to speak up.
This is the only time I will say this, but you have to focus on both your strengths and weaknesses.
Confidence is more situational for most people. I am guessing that the things you are feeling less confident in are the same things that you consider your weaknesses to be. Being a jack of all trades has many advantages, and this way, you can take advantage of them as well.
When you find success, celebrate it.
Too many people skip over their successes, and only focus on their failures. This is nonsense. When you put time and work into anything that is a success, it calls for celebration. I don’t care what it is – when you are successful, you need to recognize it.
Be positive.
When you are positive about the future, you remain hopeful for a better outcome. When you are pessimistic, it is much easier to lose hope in finding confidence. Positivity begins with self-talk. Don’t wait for others to lift your spirits, but instead speak words of life to yourself.
Cheer others on, but don’t compare yourself to others in an unhealthy way.
Be there for others to encourage them along the way, but never let comparison be your measurement of accomplishment. This is why knowing who you are and pursuing the things you want out of life is so important. When you understand this, you understand what makes you different from everyone else and will pursue those things confidently in your own strength. In doing this, you are becoming the best you. Until then, you are looking to others for your definition of success.]]>
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#074: How to Identify the Right Priorities in Your Life https://asmithblog.com/right-priorities/ Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:01:18 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=19953 <img width="768" height="768" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/priorities.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="priorities" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/priorities.png 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/priorities-150x150.png 150w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/priorities-300x300.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can begin setting the right priorities in their lives. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can begin setting the right priorities in their lives. coaching people, one of the questions I receive the most is, “How do I set the right priorities and actually stick to them?” This question tells me that people know that there is a difference between the things that they say are their priorities, and what their priorities actually are. It also tells me that people want to change, but don’t know how. It also tells me that people aren’t able to put the time they want to into their priorities. As you can see, this question tells me a lot.
Since so many people struggle with this issue, I decided to come up with a priority exercise. I have done this exercise myself, I walk other people through it on a regular basis, and it will work for you as well. All you need is a quiet space to think, and a way to capture some notes.
Are you ready to learn more about yourself?
Here is the ten-step exercise you need in order to give your true priorities more attention, right now:


Write down your top four priorities as they are right now.
Priorities are identified by where you spend most of your time. Even if your priorities aren’t currently where they need to be, the most important part of this step is to be completely honest with yourself.
Write down 1 – 2 sentences, identifying who you really are in this moment.
If you don’t know who you are now, then it will be very difficult to move towards who you want to become. Every map has a beginning point and a destination, and your life is no different. Progress can only be measured when we can pinpoint where we have come from.
Identify who it is you want to become.
Now, is the point where you get to dream. What do you want your priorities to be? Who do you want to be? Who do you want to impact? What change do you want to make on this world? These are all questions that you need to answer and capture into words.
When we can eloquently speak and write down who it is we want to become, we can become more comfortable with the journey that will get us there. When we keep our dreams inside and never put words to them, it makes us feel uncomfortable with the necessary action to get us to our goals. It’s time to be comfortable with becoming a better you.
Write down every single thing that is consistent in your weekly schedule as it is right now, and identify how much time you spend on these things.
Now that you have your weekly activities in front of you, add up the time that you spend doing each of your priorities on a weekly basis, and write that amount of time by each priority.
Identify what the people around you need the most right now, and what they will need from you in the future.
We need to go deeper than just knowing who are your priorities, we need to detail out what you need to do to support your priorities in the best possible ways. This will enable you to develop a priority plan. An example of how this works is within the category of family. If you have small children, the things that they need now and what they will need eighteen years from now look entirely different. How you will love them and care for them will change based on their needs. The more you can identify these needs and prepare for them well, the better. This exercise helps you to see the needs of others before they happen, before they are asked for, and before anyone else sees them. With these points in mind, know that you can begin working in small steps preparing for the future. To do this, begin putting weekly action steps in your schedule now that will help get you to where you need to be in the future.
Identify the things that bring the most value, and give these items more of your time.

This principle works the same for money as it does time. When we treat time as currency, we will begin to see how important value is.
Most people want the best value out of their dollar.]]>
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#073: 8 Signs It May Be Time to Quit https://asmithblog.com/quit/ Tue, 08 Sep 2015 06:01:55 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=19790 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/when-is-it-time-to-quit.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="when is it time to quit" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/when-is-it-time-to-quit.jpg 3773w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/when-is-it-time-to-quit-300x200.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/when-is-it-time-to-quit-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/when-is-it-time-to-quit-150x100.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam reveals 8 ways to know that it is time to quit. In this episode, Adam reveals 8 ways to know that it is time to quit. So, in this necessary discovery of knowing what you need to quit, I want to help you in whatever stage of life you are in. Here are 8 signs it may be time to quit something, in order to make room for something better: 

It may be time to quit if your mental and physical health is deteriorating. 
As many times as I have started something new, I have also had to know when to quit. Anyone can start something, but quitting gracefully is a true art. If you quit too early, you will miss out on the full benefits of starting in the first place and embarking on the journey. But, if you quit too late, stress levels will soar, your mental and physical health will diminish, and burnout will ensue. I can promise that, because I have experienced this firsthand.
If you don’t have any balance in your life, the health and relationship results will be the same. Some people would say that there is no such thing as work-life balance, but I’m calling bluff. You have to figure out what works for you, but I would challenge you to get to the spot in life where you are fitting your work around the most important people in your life, rather than the other way around. Society has tried to trick us for far too long that work is more important than relationships, but I’m not stupid. No work is worth making family, friends, or other relationships suffer.
Nothing in this world is worth long-term diminishing health, because if you are unhealthy, you will have nothing to offer to others. It may be time to quit, so that you can bring balance back to your life. Take care of your health, and take care of others as well.
It may be time to quit if you are experiencing constant frustration.
Frustration isn’t a reason to quit, but if it’s daily, or even weekly frustration that you are experiencing, that’s usually a good sign that you may need to use your time for something that empowers you, rather than for something that discourages.
It may be time to quit if dead ends keep showing up.
When there’s no possible way that you can become better at something, it may be time to move on. Maybe you’ve tried studying more to become better, and the people around you aren’t making you better, and you honestly can’t remember the last thing you have learned, then it may be time to quit in order to become better.
A clue that will tell you if you are currently in a dead end, is that the time you’ve been doing something is the only reason you keep doing it. When tenure is the sole reason keeping you dedicated, then it may be time to quit. When I have been working on something for months, it is difficult to quit. But, when something isn’t working, it is best to just move on. You will know if you’ve had ample time to find your definition of success. If you have given yourself enough time and you still can’t seem to find breakthrough, it may be time to move on.
It may be time to quit if your plan isn’t working.
If you have been following a plan, and it isn’t working, then make a different plan. Maybe the plan looks good on paper, and everyone in your inner circle agrees that it’s a gre...]]>
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#072: The Power of Positivity https://asmithblog.com/positivity/ Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:01:08 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=19556 <img width="640" height="633" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/positivity.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="positivity" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/positivity.jpg 640w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/positivity-300x297.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/positivity-150x148.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" />In this episode, Adam explains why positivity and thankfulness are so powerful. In this episode, Adam explains why positivity and thankfulness are so powerful.
Stop Waiting For Positivity to Find You
The biggest lie you will be faced with when dealing with pursuing a positive outlook on life is that you can’t have it now. This lie will tell you that you have to go find your positivity in some big success, and on the other side of that you will find happiness, but this is so far from the truth that it hurts. Happiness can be found now, not on the other side of success. It has to do with the way you see things in life right now and it is up to you to change how you view where you are currently at in life.
Being Happy
Part of true success is being happy while doing what you do. If you have to show up on a daily basis, you might as well be happy while doing it. If you can practice happiness now in the present, you will perform better and be more determined to find success. Happiness isn’t something that comes from success, because once you find what your preconceived idea of what success is, you will just think something else in the future will make you happier. With this type of mentality, there will never be anything good enough to satisfy your happiness craving. You can be happy now by living in a constant state of positivity.
Happiness doesn’t come from outside circumstances, but instead it is comes from inside of you. Be positive about life now, because life is all around you. There are life moments happening that involve real people who need you right now. When you realize this, it will be easier to see the positivity that comes from making a difference in the lives of others.
Seeing life for the positivity that is in it isn’t refusing to see the negative things happening around you, but a positive worldview can actually change your perception, and even your outcomes. With positivity, you can predetermine that when turbulence comes, you will see these life moments as lessons, rather than dead ends. It is your choice and outlook on life that determines what you do when life doesn’t go exactly as planned.
If you want something to change, it has to begin with you. Take the permission to apply positivity to every area of your life and watch what this alone does in your life. A happy individual, family, and team at work is always more productive when positivity influences each area of life.
Think about this – In relationships, does the negative trait of fear or the positive trait of love drive a better relationship? It is always the positive trait of love. Fear strikes down all communication, but love allows for more expressive communication to take place. You will always want to do more for the people who you love rather than the people you fear, and you will want to be with these same people as well. You can have that same effect on others when you possess positivity in your own life.
Negativity
Once you experience what positivity feels like, you will want to stay there. The issue is that people have become far too comfortable in living with negativity consuming them, but in all actuality, we should run away from it as fast as we can. So, how can we get past negativity? I believe the biggest proponent of negativity is not fully understanding the amount of power that it can and will have on our lives if we allow it to. The best way to know if you have been putting positivity or negativity into your life, is to look at your thoughts, emotions, and reactions. Doing this will help you move past negativity and will help you find more positivity in your life.
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#071: Be a Good Steward with What You Already Have https://asmithblog.com/good-steward/ Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:01:20 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=19524 <img width="768" height="511" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/good-steward-stewardship.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="good steward stewardship" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/good-steward-stewardship.jpg 3008w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/good-steward-stewardship-300x199.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/good-steward-stewardship-1024x681.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/good-steward-stewardship-150x100.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells you how to be a good steward with what you already have in your possession. In this episode, Adam tells you how to be a good steward with what you already have in your possession.
The Story of Brandon
One of the best examples I have ever seen of someone who knew how to be a good steward with their lives was my boss at my first job, Brandon. He is still to this day the best manager I have ever known. Brandon knew how to coach others to become better, how to get great results, and he was also very personable with everyone. Because of this, Brandon was able to build trust and relationships with both the team and with customers.
Looking from the outside, it didn’t seem like he should be this far along in life. He was young, he really hadn’t been in management for a long time, and he was attending grad school full-time while working full-time to pay for all of his schooling. But, even with being stretched in every direction, he understood the importance of doing well with what he already had. He didn’t let busyness deter him from pouring into the lives of others.
I knew he had something that I wasn’t able to grasp yet, but now I understand. He was being a good steward. He knew that he didn’t have to go out and gather a bunch of different attributes first, but he was already enough. He didn’t wait to hopefully become a better leader someday, but he saw life as an opportunity and took advantage of it. Even though Brandon was in a waiting season himself, he knew what it meant to be a good steward with what he already had.
Being A Good Steward With the Present Moment
Brandon displayed what it meant to do well with what someone already has, but what about the trend of obtaining more, more, more? The want of something more isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when it becomes your sole purpose, it becomes your wrong motive. When having more is always your focus, you miss out on each daily opportunity to use the talents and passions you already have in your possession to lead in the lives of others right now. When your focus is on the present moment, you will be able to give more to those around you. In doing this, you will have more influence. If I am using John Maxwell’s definition of leadership, being influence, nothing more nothing less, then this is where we need to focus.
When you understand the need that people have for you and you know what needs to be done, it then becomes your responsibility to be a good steward and give life all that you already have. When you learn to be a good steward, you learn the importance of treasuring what you already have in your possession. When you learn how to be a good steward, growth always comes.
The Waiting Season
When things are going great, you probably don’t feel a huge need to focus on being a good steward, because things couldn’t be better. But, let me challenge you to not lose focus on what is at hand, so you can continue to grow. Being a good steward not only maintains greatness in life, but stewarding well is what grows people into becoming something better. Maybe you currently find yourself in the midst of waiting and are wondering if the next door will ever open again. Maybe you are making plans and are getting ready to put the work in. Or, maybe you are submerged in the trenches of your work right now, wondering when this pace will ever let up. Or, maybe you are in the season of reaping the benefits of the work you have put in for so many years and are wondering what to do with all of it now. Plain and simple, being a good steward in every life season is what will keep you growing.
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#070: Create A Better Company Culture https://asmithblog.com/company-culture/ Tue, 11 Aug 2015 06:01:51 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=19395 <img width="768" height="432" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/company-culture.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="better company culture" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/company-culture.jpg 822w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/company-culture-300x169.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/company-culture-150x84.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam explains to listeners how they can help create a better company culture. In this episode, Adam explains to listeners how they can help create a better company culture. 13% of workers are actively engaged in their work. Here’s an article stating that people don’t quit jobs, they quit managers. I also found an article on the 9 things that make good employees quit. I share these articles with you as proof that the topic of company culture is important, and for good reason.
Businesses tend to focus the majority of their energy on attracting the right employees, but place much less focus on how they can keep the right people. Employee retention is a focus that’s worth the time and effort, because cultivating a great company culture is a necessity for your business to thrive. So, how can you help ensure a better company culture at your place of work?

1. Listen and be heard.
Listening shows that you are engaged with what is going on within your company. When you really listen to what individuals on your team have to say, it shows you care about others.
Listening isn’t the only way to show you care about others. Voicing your opinion shows that you care about the outcome as well. You will fight for what you believe to be right. Remember this truth the next time you have the urge to say something and feel like shying away from the opportunity. Voicing how you feel on a certain topic only shows that you care about creating a better outcome.
If you are in a leadership role at your company, then it is your responsibility to listen to your team’s input. Of course a decision needs to be made once all input is received, but listening to your team shows that you genuinely care about the perspective of others.
At some point a real disconnect happened between employers and employees. This happened when a few company executives decided to call all the shots and expected everyone else to fit in the terrible culture they created. The only problem with this is that a better company culture isn’t dictated – it’s acted out by people who care. A better company culture can begin to form when teams work together and healthy dialogue is exchanged between everyone involved.
2. Make creativity a top priority.
Company cultures suffer when creativity is lost in the shuffle. Once things stop moving forward, employees disengage. Everyone suffers when things remain stagnant. Businesses need to keep creativity in the forefront of all that they do.
Some questions you can ask yourself to create a better company culture are: 
How can we continually innovate?

How can we continually stay ahead of other companies in our field?

How can we make our daily activities the best they can possibly be?

How can we become more productive with our time?

How can we reach more people?
Answer these questions often to see your company culture soar. The possibilities for your company are endless when creativity is considered to be a necessity.
3. Engrain the Why into everything.
If company culture is built by everything we do, then the mission of your company needs to be present in the actions of every employee. If management is doing their job well, then they are the ones who give the necessary tools to create a better environment for their employees. But, when employees see how they fit into the equation, they can help propel an engaging company culture to take it to the next level. A better company culture is the responsibility of everyone involved, not just a select few. Grab hold of the Why behind what your company does and see the difference it can make.
Now, go and create a better company culture, today.
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#069: Why Looking at Your Past Is so Important https://asmithblog.com/your-past/ Tue, 04 Aug 2015 06:01:22 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=19274 <img width="768" height="432" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/look-at-your-past.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="look at your past" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/look-at-your-past.jpg 1920w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/look-at-your-past-300x169.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/look-at-your-past-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/look-at-your-past-150x84.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners why looking at your past is so important. In this episode, Adam tells listeners why looking at your past is so important. When I took the StrengthsFinder test, I found that my number one strength is “futuristic”. It’s truly my blessing and my curse. I always want to live in the future, curious as to what’ s next, but I have forced myself to analyze my past. Why? Because it’s necessary. Of course we don’t want to dwell on the negativity from our past because we can’t change what has already been done, but we can continually learn from it and change our lives from this one simple practice.
Here are the three main reasons I believe looking at your past is one of the most important things you can do:

1. Looking at your past helps ensure that bad history doesn’t repeat itself.
We all have times in life that didn’t turn out so well. The way we can all turn these negative experiences into positive ones is by not being afraid to look at the past. Although it may not be comfortable, we can work to not only look at the past, but to learn from it. James Burke said, “Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is nowhere else to look.” We should look at both mistakes in the past and victories and take advantage of them, because we can.
But, the only way to know that bad history won’t repeat itself is by making changes now so the future won’t turn out the same way. Want to change your future? Begin making better choices right now.
2. Looking at your past gives you incredible stories to share with others.
Looking at your past not only improves your memory, but making this a regular practice helps you to never forget where you came from. I will again recommend journaling to be able to remember moments, but some of the best stories that I share now are from the far past. This is fun for me, because I can see what obstacles I have overcome to get where I am today. You have had to do the same thing in your own life, and it’s in these experiences that make you who you are.
Every time you don’t allow your past to be used in some way, you rob others from experiences you have already encountered. You already have valuable insight on situations that others may encounter along their journey, so you might as well begin using it for good. Share your past to help someone else’s future.
3. Looking at your past lets you know what you can improve.
Looking at your past tells you how well you have been working in your strengths and weaknesses. You’ve probably heard the definition of insanity before — it’s doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. Some people do this without even realizing it, and when they do this they get stuck in a monotonous cycle that leads to a rut.
Looking at the past in this way will tell you if you have been working towards your goals or not. Based on this analyzation you will have a good idea of what kind of improvements need to be made. If you have been working towards your goals, then that’s amazing. Keep it up! But if you’ve been heading the opposite direction, then by all means make the needed improvements now instead of “someday”. (That may be my least favorite word ever.)
Make looking at your past a habitual practice. It will not only help you now, but it will assist you in planning for the future. Take these three steps and begin looking at your past, today.
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#068: Four Ways To Be Happier Than You Are Right Now https://asmithblog.com/happier-podcast/ Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:01:56 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=19048 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/be-happier-e1437844885400.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="be happier" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" />In this episode, Adam shows listeners four ways that they can be happier. In this episode, Adam shows listeners four ways that they can be happier. After reading Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I became more interested with what makes people happier. Everyone wants to be happier, but not many people know where to look, and that’s okay. What I have found in my research is that the road to happiness is not a one-size-fits-all approach. The beautiful creativity, the endless possibilities, and being able to analyze what works and what doesn’t are just a few of the things that makes life amazing.
This being said, let’s look at what habits most happier people possess that anyone can use in their own lives:

1. Most happier people challenge themselves in a fun way. 
If you find yourself incurious about life, it is time to reevaluate. When you challenge yourself and become curious once again, it will immediately spark interest in your life’s passions, and in return will make you happier. When you begin doing this, no it may not always be easy, but easy usually doesn’t equate to doing what’s important. In fact, very few times will it be easy to do what’s important.
Ask any leader if their journey was easy, and I can almost guarantee that there were bumps along the way. But when you find these leaders, also ask them about the mistakes they made along the way. Actually, ask anyone who has been successful about the mistakes they’ve made along the way. I’m sure they will have many stories to share with you.
Most happy and successful people allow themselves to make mistakes, instead of being hard on themselves. Learn to make attempts and have fun along the way. When you challenge yourself while allowing yourself to try and try again, you will find yourself a much happier person.
2. Most happier people exercise and get outside. 
Exercise is scientifically proven to increase happiness due to releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Because of this, people who are more physically active report greater levels of excitement and enthusiasm than people who are less physically active. Exercise can make you less stressed out, energize you, and boost confidence. Exercise also helps me when I am feeling anxious.
Some studies even show that 20 minutes of exercise is all you need. David Conroy, professor of kinesiology said, “You don’t have to be the fittest person who is exercising every day to receive the feel-good benefits of exercise. It’s a matter of taking it one day at a time, of trying to get your activity in, and then there’s this feel-good reward afterwards.”
3. Most happier people spend time focusing on other people.
When we do things for others, we feel better about our own lives and are able to see the difference we are making in the lives of others. I think a huge reason in this is that we are able to take the focus off of our own problems, and help others through our lives instead. Conversation and companionship in relationships contribute to more happiness. When we know that people truly care about us, we become happier. Research has found that the characteristics of people who are happy and show the fewest signs of depression are those who have “strong ties to friends and family and commitment to spending time with them.”
We can also spend more time with people in a more organized way that is found in volunteering our time and service. In a recent review of 40 studies done over the last 20 years, researchers found that one activity was far more importan...]]>
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#067: Quit Being Too Busy https://asmithblog.com/quit-busy/ Tue, 21 Jul 2015 06:01:37 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=19046 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/quit.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="quit" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/quit.jpg 1280w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/quit-300x200.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/quit-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/quit-150x100.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam reminds listeners that they may need to quit. In this episode, Adam reminds listeners that they may need to quit. We can all become overoptimistic of our capabilities at some point in our lifetimes and then find ourselves overwhelmed with all that we have going on if not careful. Past the need to focus on our priorities and knowing who we are, there will be times in our lives that we find that we have too many things going on. Being busy and overwhelmed never helps anyone. I believe that all of us can and should continuously tweak our schedules, so that we can find more bandwidth on a daily basis. Now, by no means do I have a perfect schedule. I am currently in the process of discovering how I can make my own schedule better and hiring more people to make it all work. But, I have discovered life-giving keys during this process of keeping a better schedule. The closer you get to finding what works for you, the more often you will be able to work in your passions and purpose.
So, here are four tips that have proven useful to bringing balance back to my own schedule, and I know they will help you as well:

1. Know what you want from your schedule before committing.
This is an easy step to overlook, but it is necessary to bring a balance to your life. What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? Who do you want to spend time with? You need to realize the answers to these questions now, so you can commit to the right things later.
2. Learn to say “no”.
Sure, saying “yes” to more opportunities is what helps you to begin doing new things, but you need to know when enough is enough. Sometimes the best thing to say is “no”, even to those things you may enjoy doing. This is important in order to allow more room for the things that you were made to do.
3. Quit double the amount of activities you begin.
In order to get my schedule back in order, I have quit more activities in the past week than I ever have before. I have found that a good rule of thumb is to quit doing two things for every one thing you start doing. I have adopted this practice and it is absolutely liberating. It will also constantly remind you what your priorities are.
4. Realize that life changes and stay engaged with where your heart remains.
Know that the commitments you make today may not be your heart a year from now. That’s why it is important to hear what your heart is saying, and to also be engaged with the life you are living. When you are self-aware, you can better anticipate issues that may arise in the future. This should be a routine practice you commit to at least every month to keep the activities you are committed to in line with your pursuits.
Now go and use these four tips to find more balance, today. Please leave a review on iTunes if you enjoyed this episode.
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#066: 5 Tips to Simplify Your Life https://asmithblog.com/simplify-save-time/ Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:01:41 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=18658 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/simplify-e1436679112660.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="simplify time" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners what they can simplify in their own life so they can think about more important things. In this episode, Adam tells listeners what they can simplify in their own life so they can think about more important things. We all get the same twenty-four hours per day that everyone else does. So how is it that some people seem to get more done than everyone else? It has to do with the mental space that individuals take up with the unnecessary. If you are constantly thinking about everything else besides what you need to get done, well then you won’t do what is important. For those who have figured this out, they have more brain power to think about what needs to be done and more energy to take care of the tasks at hand.
If this sounds like the person you want to become, I have five tips for you to simplify your life in order to get more done:

1. Save 45 minutes per day. Simplify by creating a daily uniform.
It’s no coincidence that Steve Jobs wore the same black turtleneck and jeans everyday and that Mark Zuckerberg does the same with his hoodie, grey t-shirt, and jeans, and that Albert Einstein always wore the same grey suit and that President Obama only wears grey or blue suits. Sure it’s part of their branding, but they figured out that if they could have one outfit they would simplify the shopping, the trying on of clothes, the finding of the favorite shirt and pants, the daily choice of picking out what to wear, the finding of what matches, waiting on the washing of laundry in order to have clothes that do match, the time it takes to iron, and the choosing of what goes in the suitcase when traveling, they would save tons of time and would instead save brainpower for things that matter much more than clothes. Whether they were the ones to actually do these things themselves or if someone else was doing it all for them, it still takes up precious time. When you already know what you are going to wear, you save time and are able to do more in your day. This being said, when you find your favorite shirts, pants or shoes, buy more than one of them. This keeps you from having to find new favorites in the future when the best product you have found is discontinued and you have to start the process all over again.
2. Save 30 minutes per day. Simplify by eating the same meals everyday. 
I learned this tip from Nathan Wiebe, and have already applied it to breakfast and lunch. I have kept dinner as a different meal every night, because I love trying different foods and use it as a reward system. And no, I could never go to the one meal per day system that General Stan McChrystal recently talked about with Tim Ferriss. By simplifying two meals out of the day, I don’t have to research new foods. It’s just easier to simplify as many meals as you can, but it also increases discipline and willpower when you’re able to stick with a meal plan.
3. Save 20 minutes per day. Stop procrastinating. 
I learned this tip from time architect, Jana Kemp. She says to take care of all outstanding calls, paperwork, and emails the same day, so that they don’t get put on a to-do list somewhere to be forgotten about. This is just one other thing that takes up mental space, but it doesn’t have to. When you learn to simplify by prioritizing, you will see how much damage that procrastinating can make.
4. Save 30 minutes per day. Create templates for everything you do online. 
The average person sends 40 emails per day. That’s not only a lot of emails being sent every day, but that is a lot of time that goes into thinking up the topic, the body, and actually constructing the email. How many similar emails do you send on a daily basis? No matter how many emails you send, the answer you have been looking for to take back control of your emai...]]>
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#065: How and Why to Get More Sleep https://asmithblog.com/more-sleep/ Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:01:43 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=18749 <img width="768" height="499" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/more-sleep.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="more sleep" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/more-sleep.png 848w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/more-sleep-300x195.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/more-sleep-150x97.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can get more sleep and why they need more sleep in their lives. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can get more sleep and why they need more sleep in their lives. As you know, I tend to talk a lot about action because it is how I am geared and it’s what actually gets things done. But what I haven’t given enough attention to is downtime through sleep. I haven’t always been the best at getting more sleep, but this is a serious change I am beginning to make in my life. After adopting a nonsensical mentality of “I’ll work now and sleep when I die” for many years to keep up with everything, this change comes from many people close to me calling it out in my own life. I just can’t keep the pace up. This kind of lifestyle has become a real epidemic in 2015 for all of us.

The thing is that I could tell you how busy I am, but my guess is that you are just as busy or may even be busier. There seems to be higher expectations, more work being given to individuals, much shorter deadlines, more people to please, and less time being given to families at home in order to finish this work. Let’s face it – most of our lack of sleep is due to stress or staying up to finish work. While more and more people push society with higher expectations, I want to challenge you to not fall for this trap. The more we give into these false standards, the more stress that we voluntarily bring upon ourselves.
I saw signs pointing to this struggle in a documentary I recently watched entitled Happy. This documentary is about what makes people happy, but in an effort to see the flip-side of happiness, the documentary also talked about Japan’s workforce literally working themselves to death. Karoshi as it has been named, is such a problem with employees due to Japan not having regulated overtime laws that people have given it a name. Yes, it looks like there is an effort to make this issue better, but I think it points to a much larger mindset we have all created – one that rewards more work and punishes the rejuvenation we need that is found in sleep.
Health not only includes eating healthy and the workouts that most people think of when they hear the word, but also sleep. Maybe when you were younger you thought you could take on the world and keep going no matter what detriment you brought to your body, but have realized that this isn’t a manageable reality. At least it’s not a reality for people who want to get more done. Action is just part of the equation of accomplishing more. You need the fuel found in sleep to finish what you started, because without it a struggle with lack of energy and burnout are both close by.
If you think that more sleep each night sounds great, but you are having trouble finding the good night’s sleep you are looking for, here are 25 tips to help you:

* Start the day out with exercise.
* Have a regular meditation time.
* Write down a to-do list for the next day to get everything out of your mind for the evening. Get ahead and stay ahead by doing this.
* Eliminate caffeine or only consume it in the early afternoon or before.
* Be smart with napping.
* Stay away from large meals at night.
* Stop drinking after 8pm.
* Implement deep breathing exercises.
* Know what is mentally relaxing and go there to unwind from stress.
* Power down an hour before bedtime.
* Set a regular bedtime.
* Wake up at the same time every day.
* Increase light exposure during the day.
* Avoid brighter lights before bedtime.
* Take a hot bath.
* Try aromatherapy.
* Dont stress about sleep.
* Paint your bedroom a softer color.
* Keep “white noise” in the background.
* Make sure bedroom is a cooler temperature.
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#064: Make Life Easier With These 7 Steps https://asmithblog.com/make-life-easier/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:01:03 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=18646 <img width="768" height="371" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/make-life-easier.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="make life easier" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/make-life-easier.png 853w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/make-life-easier-300x145.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/make-life-easier-150x72.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can make life easier instantly. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can make life easier instantly. We have all made things more difficult than they need to be, and most of these times are due to not putting enough thought into our actions. Sure, it is important to begin moving ahead, but what about knowing where we are going? I would say that anticipation is a much needed quality for all of us to possess. The key to foresight is knowing that it is much less about luck than what most would make it out to be. When we put thought into our lives each calculated response can make life easier. When we take correct action now, the future can become much more predictable.
Do you want to lead a remarkable life? Put thought into it. On the other hand, if you want to lead an unremarkable life, don’t think about what effects your actions will make. Most people think that life lived according to the latter principle is much easier, when it’s actually much more difficult to make wise decisions on the fly when we don’t have grounded beliefs. When we know beyond a shadow of a doubt what we were made to be and do, clarity comes. Sure surprises come, but many less of them are present when we choose to look ahead. The secret is to not only think about today, but to look at tomorrow, next week, next year, the next ten years, the next twenty-five, and so on. It requires a mental shift to see the importance in this, but your future deserves it.
Here are the seven ways I have found to make life easier in my own life each and every time before taking anything new on:

1. Ask yourself, “What do I stand for?”
I intentionally ask myself this question repeatedly, because if I don’t know this I waver. The same goes for you. Who are you and what do you believe? You should know this inside and out, because it changes how you view yourself and the world around you. What you believe will help you to know right decisions from wrong decisions. You make life easier when you honestly answer this question, because it keeps you on track and gives you answers to issues before you even have to address them. Clarity here is a necessary foundation for accomplishing more with your life and helps you make life easier because it helps you prioritize what is truly important and move forward.
2. Ask yourself, “What do I want to accomplish?”
In other words, what do you want the outcome to be from what you are doing with your life? When you get to the end of your lifetime, what will you want to be able to look back on and be grateful for? This question helps make life easier because it keeps you focused on the right things you have set out to do. Answering this question keeps you saying “yes” to the right opportunities and helps you say “no” to the things that aren’t the right fit for you. We have all said “yes” to things that keep us too busy to be able to focus on our full potential. When we are able to separate our strengths from our weaknesses and our essentials from our nonessentials, we can become much more focused on our life’s priorities and accomplish more.
3. What plan do you have in place to ensure that you get the results that you desire?
The previous two steps will help you before you get to this step of creating a detailed plan and putting it in place. If you don’t first know who you are and what you want to do, it will be impossible to put a plan into action. To accomplish more in your lifetime you need to make a perfect plan to pursue. I can help you form a specific individual life plan through my one-on-one life coaching program, or you can take the seven steps in this episode to help you craft your own. However you decide to go about it, a plan is necessary for you to reach your biggest dream. You don’t have to keep taking guesses at what you should do next with your life. The time is now to make a plan tailored for you...]]>
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#063: Your Story Matters If You Want to Build Community https://asmithblog.com/story-matters/ Tue, 23 Jun 2015 06:01:48 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=18182 <img width="768" height="503" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/story-matters.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="story matters" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/story-matters.png 821w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/story-matters-300x197.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/story-matters-150x98.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam shares why your story matters. In this episode, Adam shares why your story matters. McCann WorldGroup surveyed 7,000 Millennials in 2011, it found more than 90% of those surveyed rated “connection and community” as their greatest need. Community is that important! As the researchers put it, “to truly grasp the power of connection for this generation, we can look at how they wish to be remembered. It is not for their beauty, their power, or their influence, but simply for the quality of their human relationships and their ability to look after those around them.”
We can see from this research that what the world needs more of is us. People don’t need a new break room, or more money, or more perks to make them happier – people need you and your relationship. They need your story, because your story matters. Telling it allows you to reach out and begin new relationships. Your story matters, because that’s what gets you in the door.
In order to help you build better relationships, I have compiled a list of five thoughts to help you share your story in better ways than you ever have before:

1. Realize that everyone has a story.
When you fully see this, you can get over the low points that you have experienced along the way. Pull from the best and the worst moments of your life and let people in. Sharing pulls people in and allows for them to share with you. Many times we will only focus on the negative areas of our story, but what about the amazing parts? What good and bad life-altering events have taken place in your past? Every great story has conflict, but it also includes a climax and resolution. Every part of your story matters. How have you healed along the way and how are you better now than you were before? These are all elements of your great story that you desperately need to share.
2. Realize that your story is far from over.
Your past is to learn from. Don’t let it hold you up. Every time someone allows their past to dictate their future, they hold back their story from impacting the world. Maybe you have a dark past, but your future is so much more important. The pages that have been written about your life are done, but you have the opportunity to write a more powerful story in the future. Everyone has something amazing to offer to those around them. You can begin writing your new chapter right now.
3. Your story matters because it helps you relate.
Last year I wrote an article for ChurchLeaders.com to help pastors and others learn how to tell their story in better ways. It doesn’t matter who or where we are talking about – all people crave community whether they realize it or not. And the easiest way to begin new relationships and grow a community is learning how to tell your story. Your story matters because it helps you to relate with all sorts of people. A lot of times people believe that what has happened in their own lives hasn’t taken place in any one else’s life, so they choose not to share. I really start to doubt that there aren’t similarities in all of us, and those similarities begin with the need for community. Learn how to tell your story and pull people closer to you.
4. You need to be honest and let others know what makes you who you are.
Every part of your story matters. Fear will tell you to hold back. Don’t do it. Honesty and vulnerability are keys to building trust in any relationship. The more you build relationships this way from the beginning, the more true community you will build over time.]]>
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#062: Take Action https://asmithblog.com/take-action/ Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:01:22 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=17952 <img width="653" height="328" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/take-action-do-more.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/take-action-do-more.png 653w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/take-action-do-more-300x151.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/take-action-do-more-150x75.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 653px) 100vw, 653px" />In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can move past talking and finally take action. In this episode, Adam tells listeners how they can move past talking and finally take action.  

Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso
 
One of the biggest problems in this world is the fact that most people don’t follow through. Good intentions are great and all, but it takes more than good intentions to make things happen. Results require action. Without action, lives don’t change.
For years I talked about how I would accomplish things, but never took it further than that. I didn’t put action to the plan I had created and my results weren’t good because of it. I was a good dreamer, but not so good at implementation. I knew deep down that something had to change, but how? I found some keys to moving through the dreaming stage, and I want to share them with you in this episode.
Here are three ways for you to move past talking about doing something and actually take action:

1. Action comes with an internal change.

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. – Peter Drucker

It takes more than a plan to get things done. It takes heart, and heart fades away if there isn’t an internal drive to do more. If you want to accomplish anything, it is important to first search yourself and see your true potential. You are capable of more than you probably think.
2. Your focus needs to be clear.

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. – Jack Canfield

Do you know what you want to accomplish with your life? It isn’t about what sounds good to do. You need to do what you feel compelled to do and make those things important. How do you make those things important? Spend your time doing what you have made important. Focus on prioritizing your life and the rest will fall into place.
3. See that what you do will help others.

Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change. – Max Carver

If you want to have a lasting impact, people need to be on the receiving end of your actions. You have heard me talk about the importance of helping others and even refer to this as the main theme of living a life of purpose, and it’s still true. People matter more than anything else. When people become the reason behind the reason that you do things, you will be compelled to take action.
Implement these three points in your life and take action, today. 
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#061: Fear Can Be A Good Thing https://asmithblog.com/fear-good-thing/ Tue, 02 Jun 2015 06:01:55 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=17409 <img width="768" height="412" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/fear-good.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/fear-good.png 894w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/fear-good-300x161.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/fear-good-150x81.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam shows listeners how fear can be a good thing. In this episode, Adam shows listeners how fear can be a good thing. Most people look at fear as something to always avoid, but fear doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I’m not talking about fear as in the fear of heights, but more as in the fear of not making a difference with your life. Seeing some fears as good can be what helps us accomplish more.
Here are three ways that you can deal with your fears differently than you are right now and look at them in a better light:

1. Fear is learned.
Your fears only have the power that you hand over to them, and in most cases, fears aren’t as big as you have made them out to be. Somewhere along the way you picked up the fears that you have, whether people told you up front that you should be scared of these fears or they were put into your subconscious somehow. Whatever the case may be, someone told you that doing what you are doing will hurt you, and you bought in. If you want to do something that you are currently afraid of, then it will take a rewiring of the way you see things before it will get better. But, there is hope. Even though it is more difficult to do, if a fear was learned, then it is most definitely possible to unlearn that same fear. Are you willing to put in the work?
2. Fear does not make you weaker.
Everyone fears so that’s not what makes you weak. Believing the lies that fear tells you is what will make you weak. On the other hand, people who are strong have learned to deal with fear in better ways and tell themselves why they are bigger and better than their fears. It may be time to tell yourself all the reasons that you can, instead of telling yourself all the reasons you can’t. Are you listening to the right voices?
3. Fear lets you know you are onto something good. 
Fear is a part of life that reminds you that you’re alive. Anytime that fear comes in like a tidal wave, it’s a good indication that whatever you are fearing is something you care about. Sometimes, the things we are most called to are the things we fear the most. We all fear something. Learn from these moments and keep pursuing your convictions. You are specifically wired for doing great things in your own way, and it is up to you to go after life with everything you have to make your dreams a reality.
Fear is a deterrent if you allow it to be, but it can also be the force that pushes you to do more in life. Do you fear the fears you are currently facing more than living a mediocre life? That’s a question that only you can decide.
Now go and be brave, today. 
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#060: Here Are Three Reasons You Should Start A Blog https://asmithblog.com/060-why-you-should-start-blog/ Tue, 26 May 2015 06:15:35 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=17358 <img width="768" height="508" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/start-a-blog.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="start a blog" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/start-a-blog.png 856w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/start-a-blog-300x198.png 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/start-a-blog-150x99.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />In this episode, Adam explains why you should start a blog. When you start a blog it allows you to have complete control over online customization. In this episode, Adam explains why you should start a blog. When you start a blog it allows you to have complete control over online customization.  
I don’t have the typical writing story of beginning to write in elementary school and being engulfed in reading from childhood.  I don’t know if that’s the typical story actually, but I didn’t enjoy reading until high school and I began writing shortly after that, because it was my introverted way of getting things out of my head. After I had been writing for a few years, I had a college professor tell me that I should focus more on my writing because he saw potential in me. So, I did what anyone should do when they want to focus more on their writing. I sought out the necessary tools to do so in the digital age.
Here are the three things that you should start a blog:




 
1. When you start a blog it allows you to unleash your voice.
Blogs allow for writers to put their content in digital format for readers to see forever. We are all creating our stories online, whether we realize it or not, and have the opportunity to portray our uniqueness to the world. You have a unique life experience and a story that you have been developing for years, and when you setup your blog, it will be time to let the words begin to spill out.
2. When you start a blog you will build your audience.
More than two billion people use the internet right now and your potential audience will only continue to grow. So now that you have a blog, define who it is that you specifically want to target, what they need, and what you can offer them. People want well-written content on a weekly or daily basis, and a blog gives you a chance to speak directly to your audience as often as you see fit.
3. When you start a blog it allows you to have complete control over online customization.
I started writing with a xanga account, then posterous, then tumblr, then wordpress.com, and then ended up with a self-hosted wordpress blog, and I am so glad I eventually found the best platform to be on. When you register your domain and set it up through wordpress.org, you can have complete control over what your webspace looks like. WordPress allows you to leave your own personal mark where everyone gathers – online. Different themes and plugins are what gives you this control, and there are so many to choose from, so you can bring your personality not only to your content, but to your design as well.
If you don’t feel the need to start a blog, I hope this podcast has inspired you to look into setting one up. When you do this, you will gain more influence and reach more people, today.
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#059: What I Look For In A Mentor https://asmithblog.com/059-mentor-mentors-mentoring/ Tue, 12 May 2015 06:01:31 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=17354 <img width="509" height="236" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/mentor.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/mentor.jpg 509w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/mentor-300x139.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/mentor-150x70.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 509px) 100vw, 509px" />The reason for being mentored is to have people speak into your life who have been through what you are currently going through or what you will go through in the future. The reason for being mentored is to have people speak into your life who have been through what you are currently going through or what you will go through in the future.  
I believe that some people are confused on what the word mentor means. They think it needs to be some elaborate meeting and that it will equal someone else dictating what they will do with their life. If that’s the meaning of mentor, then I don’t want any part of it. Here is the definition of mentor – “An experienced and trusted adviser. To advise or train.” Take it or leave it, that’s what it means. To seek out a mentor means that you want to be advised as what to do with your life.
If you are mentoring or being mentored, then you know how important it is. The reason for being mentored is to have people speak into your life who have been through what you are currently going through or what you will go through in the future. They can help you make less mistakes, because the truth of the matter is that you can either learn from mistakes or from mentors. It’s your choice.


 
The 2 topics that my mentors help direct me in is my relationships and my businesses. 
These two topics are my biggest concerns. At first, my main issues with being mentored were that I didn’t have enough time to meet with them and that I wanted to just keep some things personal. When I realized that mentoring can sometimes be done by just a phone call  or by checking in weekly or monthly and that life is best lived with others in community, stepping out and seeking advice from people I respect and who I want to speak into my life became much easier.
Relationships
My biggest prioritized relationship is the one with my wife, Jasmine. My second highest priority in relationships is with my kids. When these are in sync, life is great. When they aren’t, chaos abounds. Since these relationships are so important to me, we have finally set up ways to ensure that they don’t lower from our single top focus. How did we do this? We now enforce the top three rules of marriage – constant communication, honesty, and show each other our individual love languages. [Book] (Jasmine’s love language is quality time and mine is words of affirmation.)
Mentors of mine who direct me in the relationships department with my family need to have been married for at least fifteen years and have grown children. There are just so many issues that are dealt with inside of marriage that people who are single don’t deal with. Of course there are plenty of things that I take away from people who aren’t married, but what I cannot take for myself from them is time management. The main difference between people who are married and those who aren’t is the way that time is scheduled, and for me that is a huge deal.
For those who are married, there should be time set aside every day for family time. For people who don’t have a family, then this time can be used for other things. So, to say that I should be able to keep up with people who are not married in my work would be a ridiculous goal if life’s priorities are correct. Yes, everyone has the same amount of hours in a day, but the way we use it is completely different depending on where we are at in life. My best advice is to research the background of people who you are reading about or letting speak into your life, because they might not have the same responsibilities as you and that drastically changes things.
This is the best criteria I can give you for selecting a mentor.  If there are people who are married who have a great relationship with their spouse and children and accomplish a lot in their day, then I am all ears to hear their secrets as to what they do to get it all done. These are the people that I want to learn from.
Business
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#058: How To Grow An Audience https://asmithblog.com/058-how-grow-audience/ Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:01:20 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=17332 <img width="768" height="435" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/grow-an-audience-e1430194410105.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" />In this episode, Adam shows you how to grow an audience. In this episode, Adam shows you how to grow an audience. What matters most?
Say it with me.
This is something I had to define for myself three years ago when I rebranded my online presence. I answered this question with “caring about people” and built my entire brand on that. This is why I begin each week’s blog topics with relationships, and then fill the rest of the week with other topics to equip people with the tools they need to lead in life. Relationship with people is the foundation for what each and every one of us contribute to this world. I don’t care what job you have, the Why? behind what you do should always be that it will impact people. It is when we lose sight of the Why? that we begin losing focus of our own importance in carrying out the mission.
Right before I did this online rebranding, I read Patrick Lencioni’s The Three Signs of A Miserable Job and remembered that one of the three points he made was that jobs are miserable if you don’t know why they matter. We can apply this concept not only to our jobs, but anything we do. When you put people on the receiving end of what you do, you then know why you and your company exists. Introverted or extroverted, at the very core of us all is the desire to impact people, whether we realize it or not.
If you have lost sight of the Why? for your role in your business, here are 3 ways to get back to doing what matters most and get back to growing your audience:

1. Listen to your audience. 
It doesn’t matter what business you own, listening to what your customers, clients, and audience wants and needs is huge when it comes to growing your business. I can’t tell you how many entrepreneurs I have met who stick their head in the sand and either just don’t care and want to do their own thing or they are too afraid to listen to constructive feedback from customers. Whether it’s forming a survey or creating some sort of public forum, having a way to hear from the public is essential to see where you may be lacking, or so you can see what you are excelling in, so you can focus more of your attention there.
2. Pinpoint your differences.
To stand out in a world where there are enough products and services to confuse consumers, you need to pinpoint your differences. Why do these things set you apart? What products and services do you offer that your competitors don’t? Why should people care about your offerings? No matter how small it is, you need to make sure that people clearly know what it is that makes you different. Even if you think you have already done this, maybe you haven’t clearly communicated this to your audience and displayed it prominently for people to see.
3. Bring your business back to what it is about – people.
As a business, you are there to offer products and services to an audience, so that they can profit from it. That’s why people will come back time and time again. Maybe you have lost sight of that and have been focused so much on what you are profiting from it that you forgot the reason you began doing what you do. Issues in our own lives are amplified when we are focused on ourselves. When we focus on the lives of others, our own issues become minuscule and we are reminded of the reason we are here on this earth – to touch the lives of others.
Use these three points and return to why you do what you do to grow your audience, today. 
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#057: Do What Is Necessary to Create https://asmithblog.com/057-what-necessary-create/ Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:01:02 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=17208 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/create-e1429477168727.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" />In this episode, Adam helps you discover what is necessary for you to create. In this episode, Adam helps you discover what is necessary for you to create.  
If you are a creative, then you know there are some things you have to do to carry out creativity. You have a responsibility to look at the world in a different way. Of course, doing the same things that everyone else is doing will get you the same results that everyone else is achieving. You can and will accomplish more with your life when you adopt creativity for yourself.
The excuse for most people that don’t create outside of their minimum basic contributions to this world is a lack of time. I mean, I get it. But, to do what you truly want to with your life, your view on how you are creative will have to change. When you change your view, you will realize that the creativity you are pursuing won’t complete itself. If you are to become more creative, then you will need to give it some effort, but I can help get you there.
I want to help you get your best jump start on living a more creative life, so here are five tips that you need to live out more creativity with your life:

1. You need to schedule creative time.
This point hits you one of three ways – you either don’t have any more extra time, you feel that creativity should just flow whenever you have a free moment, or structure of any type feels like a constraint on your creativity. The truth is that scheduled time for creativity is what keeps you accountable to the process. It is what keeps you showing up time and time again to get the work done and if there’s anything that you need, it is more commitment to the craft you are pursuing. That’s exactly what this scheduled creative time gives.
2. You need to get alone.
This is the worst part of the process for me. With a wife and two children, the last thing that I want to do is isolate myself. But, being alone is one of the most necessary parts of the creative process. Being alone gives necessary clarity in the midst of a noisy world and when done correctly you are more efficient in the other areas of your life.
Being alone is most effective when you know where you need to be to create. If you work best in a quiet environment, find a library or other quiet environment to create. If you work better in a noisy environment, find a busy coffee shop to be creative in. If you find that you can’t create in your office environment, then it’s time to get out. The right environment can help you be more creative, and the great thing is that you can probably choose where you do your work at some point in your day.
3. You need to take care of things as they happen.
Something has to give when you pick up new things to do, but beginning anew doesn’t always have to mean that other areas of life need to suffer. When we know what our top priorities are, we don’t have to wonder what it is that needs less attention, because we have already streamlined our life in the way it should be. When we take on anything and everything, life quickly becomes chaotic. I’m sorry to break it to you, but you can’t possibly do everything in this world and still do it well. But, when you decide what you need to pour your heart into, you allow yourself to be more creative in these areas and can make a bigger impact as well.
Room to breathe and margin is what helps you get the work done. Now, some people like pressure in the creative process, but I have found that space allows for more time, which allows more tinkering with ideas. Great things happen when there is time to mold ideas into better ones, and that only happens when we give the process of finding solutions more of our time. Rushing creativity gives basic thoughts, but when we have time to ponder these ideas, it is here that we get to push through to find our best possible answers.
4. You need to create more often.
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#056: Your Plans Will Change https://asmithblog.com/056-your-plans-will-change/ Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:01:14 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=17093 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/your-plans-will-change-e1428953182624.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" />In this episode, Adam explains the need for a plan, but also informs listeners that plan will change, too. In this episode, Adam explains the need for a plan, but also informs listeners that plan will change, too.  
If you would have asked me five or even ten years ago if I had a plan for my future and if I believed it would unfold perfectly, without hesitation I would have said “yes”. I had no idea how far off base I was on planning, either. While I will tell you how important it is to have a plan, because it will send you in the right direction, what it won’t do is end up perfectly. Sorry if you are a perfectionist. I know this is the last thing that you want to hear right now.
Even though I will make a plan for the next five years this October, what I will not do is solely rely on this plan? Why? Because while you used to be able to make five or ten year plans and things would stick closer to the plan, the truth is that everything is changing at a much more rapid pace, especially with anything related to business goals.
So, here are three things that recovering perfectionists, like myself, can learn about developing plans in 2015:

1. Plans will change, maybe even drastically.
If you are like me, you don’t like this answer. But, plans will always change. Your one-year plans, five-year plans, and ten-year plans will all be different. If you were to ask me ten years ago what I would be doing today, I would have told you that I wanted to be a business owner, but I had no idea what type of business it would be or how it would happen.
If you told me I was going to be a writer twenty or twenty-five years ago, I would have laughed. I don’t have that typical, ” I knew that I wanted to write since I was ten years old” story. I didn’t realize I loved to write until my freshman year of college. At ten years old, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. I landed a long way from that dream, but I now realize that ideas, this world, and our perspective change, and that’s a good thing. In high school, I knew I wanted to own a business, but writing wasn’t even on the radar yet. I am very thankful that my perception changed.
2. Even though we don’t land exactly where we plan, it sure does help us move forward. 
I have lived life both without planning and with planning, and I have to say that that living with a plan of some sorts motivates. No matter who you listen to on how to develop your plan and what you think it should like, a plan is always better than no plan. Why is it important to plan even though it probably won’t turn out exactly how you think it will, then? Because, not only will a plan get you moving in the right direction, it will also get you thinking in the right way.
3. Future plans not only let you dream, but they encourage it.
When people tell me they don’t have a life plan, my next question is always, “When is the last time you dreamed?” This usually takes place in the second or third life coaching session without fail. Planning requires dreaming. I would dare you to dream a five year plan out and pick yourself to be in a completely different spot than you are today. If your plan doesn’t have you growing in any way in the next five years, you need to come up with a different plan. But, if you are willing to dream and take risks, you are well on your way to creating a worthy plan for your life. All you need is a little imagination.
When you dare to dream, even though plans rarely come to pass with perfection and you don’t know where you will end up, doors will open long the way. That’s what the journey gives you. Go and make a huge plan for your future, today.
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#055: Be Thankful For The Journey https://asmithblog.com/055-thankful-for-the-journey/ Tue, 07 Apr 2015 06:01:49 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=17096 <img width="768" height="512" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/thankful-journey-e1428201938971.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" />In this episode, Adam reminds listeners that when times are rough, remembering to be thankful for what you do have is what will help you along your journey. In this episode, Adam reminds listeners that when times are rough, remembering to be thankful for what you do have is what will help you along your journey.  
We have all found ourselves at times in life where things could be better. Life looks bleak when we feel we have done everything in our power, and still the results that we see don’t seem to match our efforts. But, we can still press forward and see things differently in these times by developing one thing in our lives – the habit of thankfulness.
Thankfulness is such a huge part of your journey to living out a life of purpose. Most people only look for this thankfulness in the huge events that happen in life, but your perspective changes for the better when you decide to be grateful for everything that happens in life, including the small things. Thankfulness can even be found when life isn’t going well, but this requires you to change your outlook on life.
When you decide to be optimistic and thankful, even when times are rough, it is thankfulness that will get you through these valleys. This outlook causes you to view the world differently and helps you choose to see the good in life once again. You already know that life is better when you let thankfulness have a bigger hold in your life, but what about those times where you just can’t seem to find it? What can you do when the world is crumbling around you and you can’t seem to find a way out? Well, thankfulness is still your best answer.
You may not be able to control your current situation, but you can control your current perception.
Try this –
In this moment, how many things can you count that you are thankful for with just one minute of your time?
Hopefully, you had so many things to count that you couldn’t stop coming up with things to be thankful for.  But if not, I have three ways to pull more thankfulness out of your life so you can begin using it for positive fuel in your journey:

1. Take the time to pause and reflect on a daily basis.
Busyness will attempt to rob you from thankfulness every chance that it gets. It is the number one thing you need to fight in life, because it is your absolute biggest enemy that will detain you from thankfulness and a life filled with joy.
2. Listen to your language.
Do you want to know the quickest way to see if you are living out thankfulness in your life or not? Listen to the words you are speaking. Are they thankful and positive or unthankful and negative? Listening to your words will let you know your heart’s perspective, because people who are thankful speak thankfulness into their lives and into the lives of others.
3. Fight for unity in your relationships.
It may sound odd to fight for unity, but your relationships will either cause you to want to be thankful or to be ungrateful for where you currently find yourself along your life’s journey. When there isn’t unity in your relationships, it is almost impossible to be thankful for the positivity that is filling other areas of your life, even if everything else is approaching perfection. Once you fix your relationships, you will be able to fix your outlook on life and find more thankfulness on a daily basis.
Take the time to pause and reflect on a daily basis, listen to your language, and fight for unity in your relationships. Try implementing these three thankfulness principles in your life and see the immediate difference, today. 
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#054: How Are You Doing On Those 2015 Goals? https://asmithblog.com/2015-goals/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:01:55 +0000 http://asmithblog.com/?p=17088 <img width="610" height="324" src="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-goals.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-goals.jpg 610w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-goals-300x159.jpg 300w, https://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-goals-150x80.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" />In this episode, Adam reminds you of the importance of going after your 2015 goals, and achieving them. In this episode, Adam reminds you of the importance of going after your 2015 goals, and achieving them.  
I didn’t start off the year with a podcast on goals, but I should have. I believe in the power of goals, and hopefully you do, too. Goals are what gets you looking ahead, making a better impact, and assists you in implementing your best plan. Yes, I am a huge believer in goals, but of course, we need more than a plan to see real success. Without action in your plan, you are all talk.
You can have the best plan in the world, but it takes action and proper execution to obtain the results that you desire. 
This being said, it is the last day in March 2015, and maybe you haven’t began moving on your dreams for this year, yet. That means that one-fourth of this year is already over and you haven’t created the good momentum you need to see results. Your year so far might be the busiest time you have ever experienced in life and you are wondering where the last three months went. Or maybe you are on the other side of this, are already checking your goals off, and you are well on your way to making 2015 your best year ever. If that’s you, I absolutely love that you are seeing your desired results in your life right now!
But, if you are one of the people out there wondering where the last three months have gone and still don’t know quite where to begin to make this year great, I have three awesome tips for you. If you will let me, I want to help you take your foot off the brakes and show you how to begin accelerating immediately.
Here we go…

1. Realize just how much you want to accomplish your goals.
It doesn’t matter if your goals have to do with health in all areas, personal/fun, relationships, finances, or your career, you have to be “bought in” to take the first step. Without buy in, you will never be committed, and without commitment, your goals won’t accomplish themselves. But, when you decide you are in it to win it, your goals will begin to be fun, rather than some duty you sort of want to see happen.
2. Be aware of the magnitude of your goals.
Your goals are big. They are huge. They will impact you. They will impact a magnitude of other people. But, they will only have impact if you see them through.
3. See 2014 for what you gained from it, see 2015 for the opportunity it is, and see 2016 for where you will be.
Maybe 2014 was great for you. That’s awesome. You can continue that momentum into this year and keep building on your success. Or, maybe it wasn’t so great, and you need some big changes in 2015 to get things going in the right direction. Want to know the great news in this situation? You can begin right now!
The great decisions you make right now will change your life forever for the better. 
That’s your answer to see even better results in 2016. When you start making great decisions now, you will reap the benefits immediately, but also in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.
No, the journey to accomplishing your biggest goals is hardly ever easy, but adopting these three tips in your own life will make the journey much easier.
Now, take these tips and apply them to accomplishing your goals, today. Please leave a review on iTunes if you enjoyed this episode.
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