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Envy thy Enemy…

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Sometimes I envy my competition. I’m human; I can’t help it.

I also want her hat.

I look at my current struggles over money, time, sleep deprivation, family obligations. This is a constant juggling act that I’ve knowingly created and I eagerly jump into every day. Most of my day is consumed with the tasks that I need to perform, but there’s always a moment that comes and goes every week where I can’t help myself.

I need to know what my competition is doing. Better yet, I need to know HOW my competition is doing.

On the surface their website is sleeker and has more fresh content. What’s this? They actually paid cash for a new brick and mortar building? And in the hip, upcoming downtown spot that I’ve had my eye on for the past few years? I just saw the CEO at a business luncheon (that they sponsored). Someone handed me their fancy new business cards and said those dreaded words, “Have you heard? They’ve gone global.” Everyone at that company drives a Mercedes or a BMW. Oh, that’s a good reminder, my Nissan needs an oil change.

On the surface, the competition is kicking my butt.

When I feel myself getting caught up in these moments (and like I said, they come weekly), it helps when I’m reminded that I will never truly see what’s happening behind the scenes. Are layoffs the price of that new office, or that global expansion? Is the boss mortgaging the company’s future for the feel of a Mercedes today? Are their clients as fed up with their work as the rest of are about hearing about it.

Even beyond this is a feeling of guilt: I want my competition to succeed.

These are real people. They have real problems. And rather than walking around hoping that they fail, it would probably do wonders for my karma and energy to wish them nothing but success. Yes, I want success for my endeavors… and I truly want to be the best at whatever I put my mind to… but I know no good will come from my wishing misfortune on others.

After all I wouldn’t want others wishing these things on me.

So this week when I begin to look at what the competition has bought, sold, acquired, stolen, introduced, or how they have seemingly created the “next big thing”, I will strive to change my way of thinking.

Focus on what I’m doing only. Glances to the left and right are normal, but it’s not healthy to stare. Everyone succeeds and fails at their own pace. My moment in the sun is just around the corner.

Pretty soon someone else will be sweating me too.

Time to Learn from Your Mistakes!

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Whether we like it or not, we are all moving forward into the future. Some of us cling to old memories and stories of days long gone. We hold on to pictures of ourselves when we were young and compare them to recent pictures where we are decidedly less than young.

Last night I cleaned out the filing cabinets that hold my entire collective entrepreneur and business history. While I was looking through the invoices, the receipts, and the e-mails, I began to separate the papers into the ventures I considered successful (the ones that made me money) and the ones that I thought were epic bombs (the ones that lost me money).

I wasn’t stunned by what I saw.

The “failure” pile was immensely bigger than the “success” pile. I’ll tell you in all honesty, I was a bit crushed. The first decade of my business existence looked like a history lesson in “What Not To Do: 101.” In all, my failures should serve as a warning to others. Better yet, these failures should serve as a lesson for myself.

Both my success and my failure have brought me to the place I currently reside.

My success provides money and livelihood. It sustains me and allows me to purchase goods and even provides a shot of confidence. But my failures allow me something just as valuable: experience.

I value experience as much as I value education and/or money.

Everyone is different, but I hope that if you are ever at a point where you can stop and examine the last few years of your business or personal life, that you’ll count it all joy. These things are making you the person you are. The trials and tribulations of this (business) life will make you stronger if you allow it to.

If you learn a lesson from each failure, as well as each success, you’ll be that much stronger in the end.

@round the Webz…

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Great articles posted by a few incredible thought leaders… check them out if you have time (and if you’re reading this, you have time):

Ronn Torossian – CEO of 5WPR in NYC

**Check out his archive. Very useful information to be had there.**

Jonathan Fields – Author of ‘Career Renegade’ and ‘Awake @ the Wheel’ blogger.

**Check his archive out also. Also you can find his podcasts on iTunes… I highly recommend them.**

Julio Varela – Founder of v5, LLC.

**Julio (better known as Twitter’s @Julito77) is a major force in the world of PR, etc. in the Latino community. His brother is a pretty incredible singer too!**

check them out! Now!

One Year…

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If you were told an irrefutable truth that 1 year from now you would be dead, what would you do?

I know most would naturally ask, “How do I die?” For this moment look past that.

If you had one year left to live, what would you do? How would you spend your last year?

Would you wake up and go about in the same routine? Would you drag yourself out of bed and make your way to the job that you hate? Would you lock yourself in your house out of fear of the unknown? The questions abound: Do I go to church? Do I go back to church? Do I get angry at the world and plot to take people with me into the unknown?

Believe that for a moment there are no right or wrong answers.

If you could do anything, what would it be?

Where would you go? Who would you talk to? What new experiences would you try for the first… and last… time?

Would the grudges you have been holding for years suddenly seem so inconsequential? Would you lose all hope and end it now with the unknown an bearable given?

Could you find it in the deepest parts of yourself to embrace it and truly live life the way it was meant to be lived? Could you bring yourself to experience the unknown horizons and uncharted waters?

The truth is a truth that no one wants to admit: We do not know which day will be our last.

We make plans and build “toward the future” when in reality, our futures are never guaranteed. We are not promised a tomorrow. We are not promised success. We are promised nothing.

Here’s the damnable misery of it all: If we so choose, “nothing” is exactly what we will get out of life.

This is not an original concept at all. I am no philosopher. I am 26 year-old, small business owner. I don’t have a right or wrong answer for you. Only questions. So all I can speak about are my own experiences and thoughts.

The way I live my life is what most “logical” people call foolhardy. I think of my goals and dreams in terms of months, not years. I am defiant of the social-norm for life, love, and responsibility.

I am a family man through-and-through. They are a huge reason why I live the way I do. Don’t get me wrong, I try not to engage in foolish activities or unsafe practices (drugs, etc.), but I absolutely, without a doubt, live without reservation.

I have lost friends because of this. It’s sad. My heart truly breaks for the friends I’ve lost. Although I’ll offer an apology whenever someone believes that I have wronged them with my “stupid sense of urgency about all matters”, I do not apologize for wanting to embrace the life I have left.

However long that may be.

What about you? What would you do with your year? Where would you go? What do you think you would see? I honestly want to know, because you may give me a clue about where I’ll be headed.

Jonathan Fields, himself a family man and life renegade has a great blog up about making an impact. Do read it if you have a moment.

Neither of us invented these thoughts, but never the less these thoughts remain.

Let’s start sharing some thoughts on the subject…

Action!

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I’m feeling restless today. There’s really no other way to explain it. It’s one of those days where I have a million thoughts running through my brain and I can’t seem to focus on just one.

The biggest collective thought is a general who / what / when / where / why / how for 2010.

In my overall short time as a small business professional I have found that days like today are my weakest moments. I get caught up in the details of the answers for questions I haven’t even thought up yet. Business can be darn confusing, and for a guy who prides himself on knowledge and having a solid answer at all times, it shows how far I have yet to go.

I want a lot of things for 2010. More wisdom, more success, more relationships, and yes, even more money. Coupled with these things, and even apart from these things I want more ACTION.

I want to explore and blaze trails for myself. I want to see new horizons and touch foreign soil. I want to feel the familiar breeze in an unfamiliar land. I want to see a new landscape with new friends. I want new successes for myself and for my co-workers and colleagues. I want to hit a home run and score a touchdown. I want to stand at the top of a mountain. I want to sit down in a home that’s not my own and share the wisdom that has so graciously been shared with me.

I also want to fail. I want to strikeout. I want to stumble and fall. I want to get a black eye. I want to feel the sting of defeat. I want to fall flat on my face.

I then want to pick myself up and do it all over again. Why?

We learn more by our failures and shortcomings than from our successes.

I’m ready to win and to lose in 2010. I’m ready for the ups and downs, for the joy and the heartache. I’m ready for the tears and for the laughter. I’m ready to help more people than ever before through conversation and consulting, and I’m also ready to ask for exponentially more help.

2010 – the year of action.

Mornings…

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I love listening to a good podcast series on my iPod, especially in the morning.

While I’m working out or while I’m driving to the office I can get a “mental stretching” by devouring a quick podcast and get the mental brainstorm churning.

What do I listen to? Jonathan Fields has an incredible series called “Behind the Leader” (formerly ‘Career Renegade’) that I would recommend to anyone. The man speaks honestly from his passion to be a better father and husband and how it translates into business success. On iTunes or on his website (www.jonathanfields.com) you can look him up and he usually has a great interview with some of the best thought leaders of this generation.

What else is on there? A little Jay-Z in the morning never hurt anything.

Keep perfecting your craft.

~j.