Thinking out load, The Origin story

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I sometimes encounter people that are not open to learning new things. For them, learning stops when they leave college. As a result, they feel embarrassed to ask questions or attend learning sessions even if they are free. 

I feel bad for them because they are missing a lot. They can avoid mistakes others made and take the proper steps to help more successful people. 

Of course, there is the other type of people. Some have the humility to learn. They intend to put their new knowledge into practice. This podcast is dedicated to us lifelong learners. It’s for us that know and appreciate that we don’t know everything. 

Life is fascinating and offers something new to learn every day. 

I am amazed by his insight when listening to Gary Vee’s podcast. 

Interestingly, he is an avid observer of life.

He pays close attention to the people around him. Gary actively looks for lessons to be learned. I find his approach fascinating. His unapologetic honesty is refreshing. Of course, his messages would be more welcome without the F-bombs. Haha 

One of the things I love doing is designing and facilitating workshops, both free and paid. I enjoy sharing knowledge with others. Of course, if I were super-rich, all my workshops and consulting would be free.

My life purpose is: 

“transforming lives through continuous learning.” 

Tell you what? Let’s learn together. This way, we don’t make the same mistakes. It also helps us plan and improves every aspect of our life. 

Please feel free to leave me a question or a message. 

I invite you to take the time every day and see what you learned from the day. 

Have a great day. Peace.

It takes a community to grow a business

I started the first weekly workshop for Biz Sprout Community last night. Mostly BNI friends attended it. There were a dozen attendees in all.

I started the weekly workshop as a venue for sharing what I learned through the years of working with startups. The goal was for new startup owners to learn from common pitfalls and avoid them. The other intention is also for them to understand the better practices in starting, operating, marketing, and leading a business.

I plan to run this workshop weekly and see the benefits. I should, however, remind myself that it’s not a numbers game. I should not let myself get caught up with the number of attendees. Helping transform the point of view and practice of one entrep is a reward in itself.

Like a former manager used to say, ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot force it to drink.’

It’s also interesting to observe that not all Entreps are interested in learning better ways of starting a business. For most, it’s just a question of seeking referrals. It’s so unfortunate to see Entreps like that.

If they understood the better practices of starting a business and the importance of proper marketing, then their business would be in a much better shape months and years from now.

It’s better to learn to fish than ask for ‘referral’ fish every day.

A few interesting things I observed about the mini-workshop: although the event was boosted, only two non-BNI or friends attended. There were 45 interested, and seven will attend. Only two attended from the boost.

I read an article before that Facebook is becoming so saturated with ads that it’s difficult to cut through the noise.

Second, even if you cut through the noise, an excellent copy is still necessary. My ad resulted in 45 interested registrars. The copy did not compel them to swing to ‘attending.’

Three, I should not take it personally that the turnout of the ad-paid event was low. A marketing professional needs to try to figure out the algorithm. We also have to keep in mind that algorithms change. The patience to figure out what works separates the good marketing professional from those who pretend to be one.

It’s always good practice to stand back and assess something that happened. I need to remember to extract the lessons learned.

Learning is a lifelong journey.

Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t have a bigger paper

Daniel Humm

When asked at a young age to draw a house on a piece of paper, Daniel Humm asked for a more extensive paper. His teacher told him to draw on the paper he had, just like everyone else in the classroom. He was not getting a bigger paper. He draw a house four times the size of the paper. He drew off the table and everything.

His teacher asked him to leave the classroom. Daniel was then asked to go to therapy. He met an amazing woman in therapy. She got upset with the teacher. They ran to an art store to buy the biggest paper and writing instruments. They drew a huge house. She told Daniel “do not let anyone tell you that there isn’t a big enough paper.”

Daniel dropped out from school at 14, ran away from home at 15, became a dad at 18. He was working in kitchens at 20.

He quotes, “Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller

His original passion was cycling. Unfortunately, an accident forced Daniel to reassess his career path. Daniel never gave up, got a job at a restaurant. He worked hard learning to be a chef with no formal education.

Today, Daniel owns the famous Eleven Madison Park restaurant (Three Michelin stars). He also owns The NoMad and Daniel Davies and Brook. Recently he opened a Vegan restaurant that earned a three Michelin star.

Feel free to listen to his podcast interview. He is living an amazing journey.