What a time to be alive.
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Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings depending on how you pronounce them. For example, “August” means the eighth month when the first syllable is stressed, but “majestic” or “distinguished” when the second syllable is stressed (and not capitalized).
Another heteronym is the word “read.” We hope you read this newsletter, and that once you’ve read it, you’ll go and share it.
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”
– Christian D. Larson
SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network
Presenting The Virtual Water-Cooler
Steve Jobs put all the toilets in the middle of his new Apple headquarters, so people had to interact with others from different parts of the company. Interaction is important, and it’s pretty hard right now while working from home. Chance encounters at the proverbial water cooler, passing in the hallway, or waiting online for lunch are few and far between these days.
Relationships and trust are built over time by working together and being in fairly close proximity to each other sometimes. It’s hard to keep relationships strong with greater distance. Think about it; you get to know your coworkers or peers as actual humans during the time before the professor arrives, lingering after a meeting, or in the elevator.
This happens less in conference calls or video calls where people show up close to when the meeting begins and leave immediately after. If you actually reach out to someone outside the confined of a scheduled work call or meeting, you make excuses as to why you’re contacting them. It’s less organic. There’s a need to be deliberate about relationship building.
Here are some “excuses” or ways to catch up with coworkers:
- Virtual hallways. Agree to wander through the same video chat room or Zoom meeting room or the like at the same time.
- After Work Drink. Zoom call where everyone brings their own beverage of choice. You can even play games.
- Birthdays. Call or text on birthdays.
- Interests. Send people news or articles on things of interest to you or them. Leave your point of view or let them know you were thinking of them.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Creating Professional Looking Pitch Decks
For some, starting a small business means selling products directly to consumers via your website or social media channels. For others, their business venture involves presenting ideas, data, processes, and projections to high-level executives or big-time investors.
For these types of entrepreneurs, it’s not about closing hundreds of small deals a day. It is about closing a few dozen significant deals with large companies. In this situation, your pitch and presentation must be as high quality as possible.
Infograpia is the self-proclaimed world’s largest selection of infographic templates and slides. These digital assets allow companies to craft impressive and engaging pitch decks to present business reports, earning projects, project timelines, marketing visuals, and so much more.
The goal is to present your message clearly and professionally. The end result is your audience can digest the information you are offering and take the action you are looking for.
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HEALTH & WELLNESS: Keep healthy in the hustle
8 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself
- Forgive Yourself Often. When you get caught up in self-blame, pause, and think about how you react to the same situation with a friend. Forgive yourself for making that mistake, eating too much cake, or being especially lazy. Get over it and move forward.
- Take Care of Your Physical Health. This looks different to everyone. It could mean taking a walk around the neighborhood, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, lifting weights, or doing yoga. Whatever it is, use your bad energy and get moving. You’ll replenish yourself with good energy.
- Nourish and Treat Yourself. When we’re down or stressed, one of the first things to go out of the window is our nutrition. We either don’t eat enough or we overeat, and it’s usually never with leafy greens. Schedule a time to treat yourself and make it feel special.
- Seek Out a Therapist. Sometimes it’s great to talk to someone that you don’t have a connection with and aren’t afraid of shame or sharing. Often, the act of talking helps you discover what’s up in the first place. Go once or keep going. You’ll decide what feels right for you.
- Buy Yourself Flowers. Cliche or not, seeing flowers on your desk or table will certainly bring a smile to your face. Bonus: because you’re buying them for yourself, you can get what you actually want.
- Give Yourself a Break. Schedule time for you- to get a manicure, play some golf, and have Sunday dinner with your family. The free time recharges you.
- Meditate, Pray, or Practice Mindfulness. There are so many apps for meditation, prayer, mindfulness, etc. Find something that you can stick to doing consistently. To commit yourself to spend ten minutes each day to think about how you truly feel, who you are, and what you’re grateful for will help you get into the right frame of mind for the day.
- Give Yourself Recognition. You’ve probably accomplished a lot in life; you just have to sit down and think about it. A roof over your head? Kids (furry or otherwise) that love you? Being able to cook pasta? A new career opportunity? Little or big, these are all accomplishments. Don’t let them go unnoticed.
MINDSET: Train your brain to win
The No Sleep Myth
As an entrepreneur, I (Kyle) try to follow other successful achievers and pick up their habits and traits. However, the one thing I always found bizarre was the idea that as a small business owner, I am supposed to sacrifice sleep to be successful. I cannot tell you how many social media posts I have seen promoting this train of thought.
Yes, I have had several nights where I have stayed up late to finish a project and then woken up early the next day. Those nights are inevitable. However, most days, I am asleep by 10:30 or 11 pm. This is because I know myself and understand what I need to succeed. If I am going to deliver quality content and coaching to my clients, I need to have the proper amount of energy and rest.
Sleeping is the time your body takes to recharge and repair from the previous day. It is vital to your overall health and well-being. You cannot run your business or produce your services if you are sick. Being an entrepreneur is not like being a college student where you can get 3 hours of sleep and then drag yourself into class. When you wake up, it’s go-time, and you must be ready.
If you are trying to find more hours in your day, examine the time you wake up and see if you can push it back by 30 or 60 minutes. Before sacrificing more sleep, consider how much time you spend on social media or watching Netflix. You might get as many as two or three hours back and still be able to get 7-8 hours of sleep.
Early morning and late nights are unavoidable. However, if you want to achieve long term success, stay healthy, and avoid burnout, then you must prioritize and good’ nights rest right up there with everything else on your to-do list.
MONEY: Become wealthy
How to Pay off Debt with the Debt Snowball Method
- List all your debts from smallest balance to largest.
- Commit to pay the minimum payment on every debt.
- Review your budget to find anything extra you can use to go towards debt.
- Pay the minimum payment plus extra amount towards that smallest debt until you pay it off.
- Once you pay a debt in full, add the old payment from the first debt to the minimum payment on the second smallest debt- that will be your new payment amount for the second smallest debt.
- Repeat the process until you pay all your debts in full.
FUN STUFF – WEDNESDAY WORD
[ rod-uh-mon-teyd] | noun
vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.
NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
- Getting the flu vaccine this year is important, experts at the World Health Organization said during a news briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.
- Tiger Woods’ 11-year-old son Charlie won a US Kids Golf-sanctioned event at Hammock Creek Golf Club in Palm City, Florida.
- Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he would “suspend” several of his initiatives — including the removal of the distinctive blue mailboxes — until after the election.
- A nearly 1,000-page report, from the Republican-led Senate intelligence committee on the Russia investigation, details how associates of Donald Trump had regular contact with Russians and expected to benefit from the Kremlin’s help.
1% BETTER: Improve each day
If you’re looking to make a small behavioral change, set reminders on your phone throughout the day. For example, if you want to start giving more words of affirmation, set a reminder every 3 hours to do so. Silly, but effective.