Will you be my mentor?

Dan, have you had mentors along your journey and if so, how did you come across them? Also, can you share a few of them and the impact they have had on your life? Ivan Yes, I certainly have had mentors along the way – people who have impacted my beliefs, my values and my dreams. The dictionary defines “mentor” as a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.  So my mentors have included Earl Nightingale, Merle Wilging, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, John Maxwell, Darren Hardy, Seth Godin, Tony Robbins, Wallace Wattles, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Mark Victor Hansen, James Chapman, John Hixson and many more.  Some of … Read More

Wanna Start Something……?

I just received and read Seth Godin’s newest book – Poke the Box.  In typical Seth fashion of doing things in new ways, the front cover has no words on it – none.  I collect all of Seth’s books – not just for the creative ideas shared in each one, but also because the books themselves are stellar examples of innovation.  I received Purple Cow in a real milk carton. In Poke the Box Seth shares another of his formulas for standing out – start, initiate, begin something. On page 2 he says it’s your turn.  “Imagine that the world had … Read More

Meet me out back Dude

To survive in today’s business economy you’d better be willing to be creative.  Anyone can make a hamburger, sell t-shirts, do graphic design, or provide web and email services.  But Moolala, Threadless and GoDaddy have set themselves apart from the competition by being creative.  Here’s another example.  We all know the airlines are struggling – with many already in bankruptcy.  But Southwest continues on with profitability. Here’s a glimpse into their creative culture.  Back in 1996 Stevens Aviation threatened to sue Southwest for using the motto “Just Plane Smart.”  Although Southwest CEO Herb Kelleher is a lawyer, he challenged the … Read More

Are you a Linchpin?

Okay – I’m going to assume that anyone who clicks through to this is familiar with Seth Godin’s book titled Linchpin.  On June 14th there will be meetups all over the world for those who consider themselves Linchpins. In this new world of building one’s own brand we all understand the power of networking.  The events taking place on June 14th are a great example of connecting with like-minded people whose skills likely compliment your own. There are now 772 Linchpin meetup locations registered.  We’ll be hosting one of those here at The Sanctuary in Franklin, TN.  If you are … Read More

There is no map

There is a chapter in Seth Godin’s new book Linchpin titled There is no map.  The concept is that successful people can’t be told exactly what to do.  They have to release the artist within to find their own unique success. Think about that.  Do you need a map for everything you do?   In discussing this in my Wednesday morning Eagles Group the brilliant guys in there quickly decided we don’t need a map, but we do need a compass.  If you’re in the middle of the woods a map will take you right back to the well-worn path and … Read More

Free Ideas — and Free Money?

Okay – many of you that I talk to say you are still looking for your great idea.  Some of you have your idea but feel you need a chunk of money to get it off the ground.  Well, here’s a solution for both.  Billionaire Mark Cuban is offering to fund any business that can show a break-even cash flow in 60 days and be profitable in 90.  So – no problem getting any amount of money you need (no minimum – no maximum) – if in fact you have a solid business plan.  The Mark Cuban Stimulus Plan.  And … Read More

Seth Godin on why you should be the best

Most of you know my admiration for the business wisdom of Seth Godin.  His latest book, Tribes, talks about the power of small groups who believe in a common cause and have a way to communicate.  Much of what we do at 48Days.net is built around that concept.  We want you to be passionate about your area of interest and then connect with a few other people with that same passion. This week Seth is at the TED conference in California.  TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an invitation-only event where the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration. Here’s … Read More

Maybe You’re Wrong!

Recently I attended an all-day workshop with Seth Godin in New York City.  Seth is the author of several books that include Permission Marketing, Purple Cow, Prize Inside and The Dip.  He is known for his contrarian wisdom – seeing things in new and innovative ways.  Thus the title Purple Cow.  Seth says brown, white or black cows don’t grab our attention – but a purple one would.  His challenge – what are you doing in your work or business that is remarkable – that would get attention? Here are some thoughts shared during his unusual workshop: • People who go to … Read More