“I almost got the job” – why little things make a difference

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Do small things with love.

“I almost got the job” – why little things make a difference

My son-in-law beat out every other applicant for a desirable position.  When he asked why he was given the opportunity, rather than the many who had better credentials and work history, the hiring manager said he was the only one who stood up when she walked in the job interview room.  How interesting – the little things that make us stand out – good or bad.  Listen to my interview with Andy Andrews on his new book – The Little Things.

  1. Should I care that my son wears his hat backwards?
  2. I have considered writing a book and a blog about our caregiving experiences, but finding work has taken a higher priority.
  3. Isn’t Luck a big part of being successful?
  4. How would you like to be a “People Walker?”

“Not all of us can do great things.  But we can all do small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa – Tweet This

Show Notes:

Episode – 03-10-17

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In this episode, Dan Miller interviews Andy Andrews, one of his friends, and author of the new book, The Little Things: Why You Should Sweat the Small Stuff. Listen as Dan and Andy dive into the importance of giving importance to the little things as they share a number of success stories from avid listeners.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:40 – Preview of Today’s Show on “I almost got the job” – why little things make a difference My son-in-law beat out every other applicant for a desirable position. When he asked why he was given the opportunity, rather than the many who had better credentials and work history, the hiring manager said he was the only one who stood up when she walked in the interview room.  How interesting – the little things that make us stand out – good or bad.  Listen to my interview with Andy Andrews on his new book – The Little Things.
    • Should I care that my son wears his hat backwards?
    • I have considered writing a book and a blog about our caregiving experiences, but finding work has taken a higher priority.
    • Isn’t Luck a big part of being successful?
    • How would you like to be a “People Walker?”
    • “Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
  • 03:01 – Matt says, I’ve been a listener since 2011, but it’s only been last year that I’ve truly found direction—I realized I’m equally obsessed with art and fitness
    • 03:35 – Matt started to do live paintings and sell them on the spot
    • 04:24 – Look at Matt’s works at MatthewMillerArt
    • 05:22 – Dan loves what Matt does
  • 05:37 – Dan plays an audio clip from Ray
    • 05:47 – He attended Coaching with Excellence one year ago
    • 05:58 – A success update
    • 05:59 – Ray took 6 to 8 months to launch a podcast called, Game Changing Dads
    • 06:17 – Ray’s goal was to have 1 paying client
    • 06:27 – That week, he got 3 new coaching clients
    • 06:50 – Congratulations on taking action!
  • 07:29 – Dan got a note from Giovanna Allison, a coach from 48 days
    • 07:32 – She just left the bank and the manager came out to get her business card
    • 07:37 – The manager wanted to hire her as a coach
    • 08:08 – Live a life that other people want to emulate
  • 08:24 – Tim says, I thought I’d go back to the corporate arena after working for myself in various ventures over the past decade
    • 08:36 – He only lasted 3 months in his new position because of corporate minded colleagues
    • 08:50 – Tim emailed his past clients and colleagues informing them that he was going back on his own
    • 08:57 – He did it without a website, but with paying clients
    • 09:15 – Tim hopes to meet Dan live in Tennessee
  • 09:57 – To ask Dan a question for the podcast – AskDan
  • 10:40 – FreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to https://www.freshbooks.com/48days
  • 11:53 – Frank sent a note: There’s a guy in L.A. who will go for a walk with you for $7/mile
  • 12:44 – Income is all around you in today’s environment
  • 12:50 – Chris sent a note, I would value your opinion on my writing if you have time to visit my blog
    • 13:46 – Dan tried to find the blog but couldn’t find it
    • 14:22 – Do something to make your blog stand out
    • 14:31 – Dan suggests building a brand name around the blog
    • 15:25 – What living through writing takes is – 10% writing skills and 90% marketing skills
    • 16:51 – When Dan writes, he draws people to his website
    • 17:08 – Writing itself is just a fancy business card
    • 18:42 – Dan just got a royalty cheque
    • 19:18 – Earnings from royalties are nice, but it’s not enough to afford a house to live in or a car to drive
    • 20:04 – Use your writing to introduce people to channels where you could earn
    • 20:24 – People who make writing a living is very rare
    • 21:10 – Dan’s friend, Ken Abraham is a ghost writer
  • 22:35 – Dan plays his interview with Andy Andrews
    • 23:00 – Andy has a new book, The Little Things: Why You Should Sweat the Small Stuff
    • 23:23 – Noticing little things is something everybody can do – which is important in creating results
    • 23:51 – Andy is just your ordinary guy
    • 24:21 – Andy realized the key to getting results are those tiny little things
    • 24:54 – He started writing it down for his children
    • 25:43 – Learn to compete at a level that competitors can’t even fathom
    • 26:34 – Be good at your industry fundamentals, but learn to compete while everyone else is standing around—this will make all the difference
    • 27:23 – Dan mentions Giovanni’s story with the bank manager
    • 28:44 – “No matter the industry, the product is YOU”
    • 29:18 – Everybody competes the same way
    • 30:23 – Everybody wants to make a difference, but nobody is willing to be different
    • 30:28 – Dan shares the meeting he had with one of Andy’s sons
    • 30:54 – Dan commends Andy for raising sons who are willing to be different
    • 31:38 – People already made the norm of how things are done
    • 32:18 – You have to understand that there are people who do things differently
    • 33:26 – Andy’s son Austin “doesn’t wear his hat backwards” and runs two businesses
    • 33:55 – Being different is not right nor wrong
    • 34:15 – 30% of adults think being different is disrespectful
    • 34:40 – Be aware that being different is already cutting a percentage off your market
    • 36:16 – It’s amazing for Andy to be aware of what the small things can do
    • 36:51 – Any masterpiece created is created with small things
    • 37:48 – “The sunset was there – whether or not you noticed it”
    • 38:26 – Perspective is an odd thing
    • 38:37 – The deeper truth—perspective is not about how you see a thing but how you choose to see a thing
    • 39:46 – Our thinking determines every choice we make
    • 40:08 – There’s no such thing as luck, it’s a myth
    • 40:20 – It’s sad that people tend to talk about luck
    • 41:04 – You don’t need luck
    • 41:23 – Little things promise bigger things to come
    • 41:55 – Andy’s book is The Little Things: Why You Should Sweat the Small Stuff
  • 43:10 – Get the free audio of the 1st three chapters of Andy Andrews The Little Things
  • 43:54 – Innovate – May 11-12, 2017
  • 44:22 – In the next 2 weeks, Dan will talk about the value of investing in yourself
  • 45:06 – What are you doing to invest in yourself?
  • 45:22 – Coaching with Excellence – May 25-26, August 31-Sept 1, 2017
  • 45:59 – Social Media Marketing World – March 22-24th in San Diego
  • 46:13 – Dan closes today’s podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. Learning only becomes effective if you take action and apply it.
  2. It is not right or wrong to be different – embrace it.
  3. Perspective is not about how you see something, but more about how you choose to see something.

 

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  • Archie

    I’ve always thought the little things are sometimes the things that make us stand out. Or maybe that is the S and C in me wanting to do everything just right. 🙂 Great interview with Andy, he’s another rock star in my book (well, I don’t have a book, yet)!

    • Archie – thanks for your input! Yep, Andy is a rock star for sure. Just such a great guy all the way around.

  • Kim Newman Yarborough

    I absolutely love the discussion with Andy about “little things,” especially where young people are concerned. I’m a certified etiquette trainer and one thing I emphasize anytime I’m talking with students is their need to pay attention to little things. Saying “yes M’am,” “no, Sir,” dressing properly, maintaining eye contact, etc. are all so important and make such a wonderful impression. I applaud anyone who takes the time to teach the little things that can help, not only students, but adults and professionals also, to stand out and be the very best they can be. In reality, we can’t possibly be our absolute best without a high level of respect for others and professionalism in all that we do. Thanks for a great episode!

    • Kim,
      Oh how wonderful – being an etiquette trainer in today’s environment. It seems we’ve discarded so many common sense principles that foster respect and just good living relationships. Joanne and I are pretty “old-fashioned” in how we treat each other – and will celebrate our 49th anniversary on Thursday. Thanks for sharing – and keep training the upcoming generations how to be the best they can be!

      • Kim Newman Yarborough

        Thanks, Dan! Ed and I are also a bit “old school” in our relationship and we will celebrate 35 years in December. There’s a lot to be said for the way we were taught to treat others. Regarding students, I’ve found that when I include etiquette training with guidance on future careers, kids understand and appreciate the value of it much more readily. In addition, parents and teachers are more likely to desire the instruction for their kids.