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September 21, 2020
Good morning. RIP to Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died on Friday from pancreatic cancer. Able to cut across the generational divide, she only needed three letters: RBG. The notorious RBG to some, a champion of justice for all.
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“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”
– Jules Renard
LEADERS & INFLUENCERS: Learn from the best
Part 1: Johanna Beyer
For today’s Leaders and Influencers Editorial, we sat down with Johanna Beyer, founder of On Your Path Consulting. Johanna started her coaching and consulting company back in 2002 and currently works with executives looking to transition into a new career that will provide the type of fulfillment that has been absent.
I immediately wanted to know what the catalyst for these high-level executives is that makes them realize they want to do something different.
“Very early on, these people are told to find a credible career path. They get their first job, do well, and get promoted. They keep moving up the ladder until ten years go by, and they realize they are completely disconnected from their work.”
Some of you can probably relate personally to this. It’s common to hear of people stuck in a career they don’t like because it’s what they are good at and know. When I asked Johanna how long it takes her clients to make this realization, she says that most of them report back that they have been feeling this way for years before they picked up the phone and decided to do something about it.
“The average is 2 to 5 years it takes for someone to act on their discontent and accept the truth inside of them. This is because we resist change at all costs, so the longer we can rationalize the pain away, the more comfortable we feel. The problem is that these people reach a breaking point with their mental and physical health. People will put this type of change off as long as they can until it becomes intolerable.”
Join us tomorrow as Johanna shares her experience coaching her clients after their epiphany on emotional intelligence, mindset, and more!
SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the achiever within
If You Could Only Do One Thing
Often, we get overwhelmed by the number of items we have on our to-do list daily, especially when there are time constraints. It’s possible that one task could take longer than expected, and you won’t get to the rest. This scenario can leave you paralyzed and unable to complete anything at all.
So, when looking at your to-do list, you have to ask yourself: “If you only had time to do one thing, what would it be and why?”. It’s important to ask yourself this because otherwise, you may do the easiest task on your list. It’s tempting to fill your time doing things that don’t matter to feel like you accomplished something.
When determining that “one thing,” think about what your goals are and which item on your list will help you get there. For example, if you are trying to start a side hustle, it’s more important you complete that website page instead of researching social media strategies. Why? Because your social media posts are going to point to your website that you haven’t finished yet.
This type of thinking can apply to your personal life as well. If you are trying to be a better spouse, think about what item on that list would have the most positive impact on your relationship. For example, it might be easy to vacuum the carpets or clean the windows. Yet, if your significant other can never find time to clean the basement, that is something you should tackle because they will find more value in it.
You cannot assume that you will have all the time you need to finish all of your work. You need to get clarity on what you are trying to accomplish with each time on your list. Once you complete that one item, you can repeat the process until you’ve crossed off every item. If there is an item that keeps rolling over day after day, it’s probably because you need not do it right now.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Get Over Your Fear Of Graphic Design
If you’re someone who looks at something that’s blue and thinks it’s green, looks at a kite and thinks it’s a square, or can’t visualize or draw anything for your life, we’ve got you covered. When you’re “over” the design thing, Over has your back.
Over is a graphic design program that allows you to create stunning visuals for your brand in a matter of minutes. It can be accessed on both your mobile phone or desktop and allows you to create the images you need as soon as you need them. When you log into the app, the “hard part” of graphic design is already done for you. Over presents you with a massive library of templates to create images for social media, banners, flyers, website pages, etc.
One of Over’s key features is the ability for collaboration amongst team members. One person can begin a design and then send it over to someone else for review, editing, and even approval. Yes, they’ve even saved you from lengthy email threads. Best of all, these templates provide you with multiple ideas to use and save you precious time by avoiding having to think of something by yourself.
To view their demo video and browse their templates, click here.
THE FIRST STEP: Seize the opportunity
Buzz Buzz: A Business Essential From Bumble
Guy Raz is the host of several NPR podcasts that reach millions of listeners a month. He shares the stories of famous startups and inspiring entrepreneurs in his new book, How I Built This.
Raz is an example of the power of storytelling, a necessary and powerful skill for any entrepreneur. Raz says storytelling is a “growth hack that enables consumers to connect to your brand in a deeper, more personal way.”
According to Raz, the story of your company performs three essential purposes:
- A story connects employees to the mission of the business.
- A story connects you with investors and shareholders who need to believe in your story and embrace it.
- A story connects you to your customers.
Take Whitney Wolfe, the founder of the dating app, Bumble. She was also the co-founder of Tinder and left the company in a tense and public battle.
In 2014, Bumble launched into a very crowded online dating market with competitors like Match.com, eHarmony, and, not to mention, Tinder.
Wolfe tells her story like this: “I always wanted to text the guy first, but I was never allowed to because society and my friends said no. I said to the team, ‘we’re going to reverse engineer this: you’re going to mutually match with each other, but women have to send the first message.”
Her journey connects people to Whitney and Bumble.
Every business (and person) has a story; you only need to learn how to tell it. It’ll answer the question of “why” people should listen to you, buy your product, join your company, and invest in you.
ADVENTURE & LIFESTYLE: Live the life you want
Countries You Can Visit During COVID
Aruba, Jamaica, ooh, I wanna take you
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Let’s just put it out there that you probably aren’t going to go gallivanting and globe-trotting during a pandemic…but if you wanted to, here are some places you can. Courtesy of our friends at TripAdvisor:
- Aruba: You’ll need a COVID-19 test 72 hours before your visit, but this beauty in the Caribbean is a stunning place to get away from it. Nestled in the blue waters of the southern tropical isles, visitors enjoy pristine beaches and lots of opportunities to gamble. Visit aruba.com for more.
- Bermuda: Another semi-Caribbean gem, you’ll also need a COVID test 72 hours beforehand, but it can certainly be worth the wait. The Bermuda Travel Authority is a valuable resource for would-be travelers, and there are plenty of socially-distanced activities to do.
- Dubai: Known for its wealth and desire to attract tourists and display their hospitality, Dubai has an incredible variety of activities to participate in, from horse riding to go-karting to desert trekking with guides.
- America: Surprised? Don’t be; there are hundreds, literally hundreds, of places you likely haven’t thought of visiting. We’ve recommended a few activities before, and the list could be an entire newsletter long. Kayak rentals, picnicking, and hiking are all popular. Now that Autumn is at our doorstep, there are even more Fall activities you can plan.
FUN STUFF – TRIVIA IN HONOR
What did Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s collars mean? Answer below.
NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
- A US judge has blocked the Trump administration’s plans to disable WeChat, the mobile chat/payment service popular with millions of Chinese Americans.
- The resale market for diamond engagement rings is booming, as the pandemic causes divorce rates to spike and has become a ‘make-or-break’ moment for couples.
- FEMA will award almost $13 billion of aid approved in 2018 to help rebuild Puerto Rico, two years after Hurricane Maria, and 43 days before November’s presidential elections.
1% BETTER: Improve each day
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Trivia answer: She had one for every occasion, but her most famous was the Dissent Collar. She wore it when she dissented from a decision being handed down by the Supreme Court. (She also had a collar she wore when she read majority opinions.)