Weedin Unleashed Broadcast Recording – Serendipity

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

20 min. 49 seconds

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Extra Points – Serendipity

April 20, 2015 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…SerendipityDan Weedin Unleashed-40
I was in Washington D.C. last week for a conference of consulting colleagues. As a history geek, I spent one morning prior to the conference taking a walk on a beautiful morning to see the White House and other sites. In addition, the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and there only for a short time, so I wanted to make sure I saw them. My colleague Noah joined me and as we were at the White House, I noticed the flags were at half staff. Upon asking why, I was reminded that this particular day, April 15th, was the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. We decided to go to the Lincoln Memorial on this special day.

It’s a bit of a hike past the cherry blossoms, the Washington Monument, and the reflection pool to get up the steps of this national treasure. It was worth it. There was a gorgeous sunrise peeking up over the Washington Monument and I snapped it a picture and text it to my wife and daughters. Noah and I felt honored to have been here on this unique day. But there was more. At the airport later in the week, I read one of the articles written 150 years ago about the assassination and Lincoln’s death. At the conclusion of the article, the writer noted the time of death at 7:22 am (he was shot the evening of April 14th, and succumbed the next morning). I quickly checked the time of my text to and realized we had been there EXACTLY at the Lincoln Memorial on the time he passed 150 years prior! Serendipity.

While this seems like a small bit of luck that has nothing to do with anything but irony and fortune, I tend to view it differently. That bit of serendipity required many decisions that made it possible – from the decision to go sight seeing, to altering the plans to walk farther than planned, to turning around to take in a sunrise and send it on to my family. Like that old saying goes, you make your own luck.

The decisions you make today will create opportunities for similar serendipity in your life. Don’t just chalk it up to being in the right place in the right time. Your mindset must be that you control your own fate and making bold decisions will ultimately lead you to rewards that others will surmise as lucky. However, you will know better, won’t you?

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This week’s quote –

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of malcontents.”

~ Salvador Dali

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Extra Points – April Showers

April 13, 2015 Leave a comment
Capt Jack and DanYou’re familiar with that old axiom of April showers bringing may flowers. I can say that at least here in my area, we’ve not yet seen too many showers yet, but I know they are coming!

Rain brings life. I often have to catch myself mid-grumble about the rain and try to remember that it’s essential for new growth. All the beautiful flowers and vegetation that I enjoy in the summer is because of that necessary precipitation earlier.

If you want to be enjoying your own summer cornucopia, then I suggest you start making it “rain” now. For most business, the fruits of your labor often will take time to develop and sprout. What you’re earning today was planted weeks or months ago. So if you’re not satisfied with your current state of affairs, then you need to see how to become a “rainmaker.”

Of note, I’m not just referring to revenue. I am more focusing on your activities and behaviors to improve yourself personally and professionally. This means your health, your fitness, your discretionary time, and your volunteer activities, to name a few. If you’ve lagged on asking for referrals, creating new products and services, or taking time to strategize and implement initiatives and projects, then this will be the time to begin raining so you can bloom by summer.

Bottom line – nothing grows without “rain.” That includes you. If you don’t want to be in the same position in 3 months as you are today, then do something about it starting now. Those that don’t do anything become stagnant just complain about it and decline. Those that do commit to active rainmaking get to enjoy their just rewards and bask in their gardens.

Which one will you be?

© 2015 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

“It’s better to be a lion for a day, than a sheep all your life.” 

~ Elizabeth Kenny

NO Weedin Unleashed  this week due to my business travel. We will return with another live episode next week!

Unleashed Review

April 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Here is the latest review of Unleashed on Amazon. Do you have your copy yet? This isn’t an insurance book like Insuring Success. It’s a compilation of my “greatest hits” from my weekly Extra Points and blogs. Released in early 2014. It’s an easy read with anecdotal stories. See what Matt said about it…

“This is a book that disguises powerful life lessons in the guise of entertaining stories. Be careful or you may learn something about yourself while reading them. Unleashed is not the “typical” business or self improvement book, but is instead a very entertaining read that for me at least, tends to drive home its message much more effectively than many of the other business texts I have read. It truly is one of those books in which you read a short chapter in the morning, and then spend the rest of the day thinking about it.”

You can read more reviews here.

If you’d like a signed copy, purchase it from me here and in the comments ask me to send you a signed copy!

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Weedin Unleashed Recording – Who’s the Boss?

April 7, 2015 2 comments

From April 6, 2015

16 min. 30 seconds

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Extra Points – Who’s the Boss

April 6, 2015 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Who’s the Boss?

Capt Jack and DanI recently had a conversation with someone regarding an opportunity to improve their skills and boost their growth and revenue with a very small investment. They work in sales for a company that allots them a budget for professional development. This individual declined to move forward because they didn’t have enough room in the budget and couldn’t be reimbursed by the company.

Here’s your revelation for the week…

You OWN your your personal growth and development both in business and as a human being. You take personal risks with your investments every day with your 401K or other retirement plans. Why not make the same investments with your own time and finances on something even more valuable – you?

This is a consistent theme I see from those that are employed by others. Entrepreneurs are used to paying for themselves because they have no other place to go for funds. Employees often get the misguided notion that somebody else should foot the bill for their improvement. I was guilty as charged when I was an employee, so I feel confident in that statement. In the end, take responsibility for your own personal and professional development. Invest in tools, resources, workshops, programs, and coaches that will rapidly advance your condition and not only return your financial investment quickly, but also return a just as important metric, ROT (Return on Time) as rapidly.

You are the boss. Act like it…

© 2015 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

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Gator in the Grass

April 2, 2015 Leave a comment

This video was sent to me by my colleague and friend Noah Fleming. Noah was vacationing on beautiful Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina a few weeks ago. He knows I’m an avid golfer and sent me this video via text. Take a look, it’s only one minute long…

I viewed it for the first time on my mobile phone. What do you think my focus was on? You would be correct if you said the tee shot. I was looking at the lush green fairway, the clear blue sky, and the danger on either side of the fairway. As a golfer that hits the ball right to left, I was wondering, “How the heck would I play this hole?”

My myopic view completely missed the alligator strolling right in front of me. It wasn’t until later that I watched it on a larger screen that my focus changed to the reason Noah sent it me to begin with.

Do you have a myopic view of your insurance agency or your personal career? Are you not seeing the gator in the grass?

In my coaching and mentoring practice, I talk to agency owners, producers, and other professionals about increasing their peripheral vision. Many become so laser focused on their methodology and what they do, rather than how they are actually improving the condition of their client. The peril in this is that you miss the mark on engaging new prospects so they never engage with you! As an agent, stop focusing in on the insurance gibberish that bores your clients to tears and tell them how you will assure their lifestyle, reduce their risk, protect their hard earned money and sweat equity, and guarantee peace of mind.

Here’s the deal…

It’s easy for all of us to miss the gator in the grass. It’s human nature to become so overly focused on what we like to do and what we are good at doing, that we forget the perils lurking waiting for the unsuspecting. You have exposures to all sorts of crises just becasue you are in business – economic, physical, and reputation – and that’s part of the risk and reward of your craft. However, you can avoid a lot of gators if you slow down enough to identify your perils, assess how you can best prevent and mitigate them, and then go out and do what you do best.

For me, if I could only hit a nice easy fade like Jack Nicklaus…

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