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INSPIRATION

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.”

– Ancient Indian Proverb

SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network

What’s Your Number? Your Bacon Number, That Is…


“Kevin Bacon” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a parlor game inspired by “six degrees of separation,” the theory that nobody is more than six relationships away from any other person in the world. The game was created in 1994 by Brian Turtle and two classmates at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. They were watching “Footloose” on TV when it was followed by another Kevin Bacon movie, and then another.

The game requires players to link celebrities to Bacon in some way. It’s rare to find a Bacon number of 4 or higher. Bacon has appeared in more than 65 movies, making it a little bit easier for him to be the namesake of this game.

Kevin Bacon has amassed the social capital required to be connected to so many celebrities because of his prolificacy. We can apply the Bacon game in our own lives. Sure, we are probably not actors in the lights-camera-action sense, but we are the actors of our own lives. Engaging with friends and family, networking online and in-person, being an active member of your community, and present on social media are all ways to simulate the prolific nature of Bacon.

In 2007, Bacon Launched SixDegrees.org, a charitable organization that connects celebrities with good causes. Bacon turned a “light hearted game into a game changing movement that will directly benefit grassroots organizations while establishing a global intimacy.”

What started as a cute, fun game enabled Bacon to leverage his social capital to help people around the world.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Get Aligned with Your Community


Small businesses have an uphill battle when it comes to gaining traction and surviving their first few months. They rely heavily on referrals from existing customers and members of their network. For local based businesses, gaining traction in the community is essential for growth and survival. Today, we want to introduce you to an up and coming social referral platform for small businesses called Alignable.

Alignable is an online social network that allows small business owners to drive leads, generate referrals, seek advice, and connect with businesses in their community. It’s a support system and lifeline for new small business owners seeking ways to generate leads and land new business. What makes Alignable so valuable it allows business owners to refer customers to each other.

This platform empowers you to find other local business owners located in the same community. For example, a local plumber and electrician can connect on Alignable and agree to share leads. It works because they have the same customer base but service different needs. The same thing can be said for companies that focus on specific types of clothes, serve certain kinds of foods or any other situation where the customer is the same, but the product is different.

Alignable also serves as a pipeline of knowledge and information for new entrepreneurs. These novice business owners can reach out to those in their network who have already overcome the issues they are currently facing. This can save a new business owner a lot of time and money by avoiding common mistakes and doing something correctly the first time. For local business owners, this is the perfect way to understand how to build your brand awareness with the members of your community.

To learn more about Alignable and how it can help your business, visit: www.alignable.com.

MONEY: Become wealthy

10 M0re Dave Ramsey Tips for Creating Wealth

You asked and we’ve delivered.

Here are 10 more Dave Ramsey Tips:

  1. Stop Using Debt. In order to get out of debt, you have to stop using it!
  2. Do not buy new cars. The average millionaire buys 2-3 year old cars when the depreciation has already happened at the highest rate.
  3. Save 15% for retirement. This will help you not rely on social security or a pension.
  4. Only take out a 15 year mortgage. This will help you pay it off faster and save tons of money on interest payments.
  5. Change. If what you’re doing now isn’t working for you, take control of your life and make what you want happen.
  6. Tell your money where to go. Take control of every dollar where to go or you will wonder every month where it went.
  7. Cut up your credit cards. This will keep you from using them and falling further into debt.
  8. When in debt go to work. When trying to get out of debt, make extra money. Find extra jobs to help bring in more money to throw at the debt snowball.
  9. Sell so much the kids think they’re next. Sell everything you possibly can to speed up the process.
  10. Give generously. Get so financially secure that you can make the world better.

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

What to Tell Yourself when You’re Feeling Discouraged

Here are 5 phrases you can say to yourself when you’re feeling discouraged:

“This is tough. But so am I.”

“I may not be able to control this situation. But I am in charge of how I respond.”

“I haven’t figured this out…yet!”

“This challenge is here to teach me something.”

“All I need to do is take it one step at a time. Breathe and do the next right thing.”

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

9 Winning Strategies to Help You Succeed in Your Next Negotiation

  1. Mirror words selectively. One of the quickest ways to establish rapport and make your counterpart feel safe enough to reveal themselves is with a focus on what the other party has to say. Use tactics like slowing the conversation down, repeating their words back to them, allowing for silence and changing your tone of voice.
  2. Practice Tactical Empathy. Demonstrate to your counterpart that you see the nuances of their emotions. Proactively label their fears. Phrases like, “it sounds like you’re afraid of…” and “it looks like you’re concerned about…” go a long way in disarming them. Also, list the worst things that the other party could say about you and say them before they can.
  3. Get to “NO.” Being pushed for “yes” makes people defensive, but saying “no” makes the speaker feel safe, secure, and in control. Trigger the “no.” Ash no-oriented questions like, “Is now a bad time to talk?” and “Have you given up on this project?”
  4. Trigger “That’s right.” The moment you’ve convinced someone that you understand their dreams and feelings is the moment a negotiation breakthrough can happen. Trigger a “that’s right” response by summarizing and reaffirming how they feel and what they want.
  5. Resist compromise. Frame the conversation in such a way that your counterpart will unconsciously accept the limits you place on the discussion. Navigate deadlines to create a sense of urgency and anchor your counterpart’s emotions so that not accepting your offer feels like a loss.
  6. Create the illusion of control. Don’t try to force your opponent to admit that you are right. Ask questions that begin with “how” or “what” so your opponent uses their mental energy to figure out the answer.
  7. Guarantee execution. Don’t let your work fall apart when you’re close to securing a deal. Identify the motivations of the players behind the table and spot liars by paying attention to body language. Test if your counterpart’s “yes” is real by getting them to reaffirm their agreement at least 3 times. Use your own name and humor to break tension and show your human side.
  8. Bargain hard. Identify your counterpart’s negotiating style, prepare, prepare, prepare, and steel yourself to take a figurative punch. These practices will give you the confidence you need for a tough conversation.
  9. Find Black Swans. Black swans are events that come as a surprise, have a major effect, and are often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. To uncover these “unknown unknowns” work to understand the other side’s position and worldview. Find common ground with them, and get some face time. These tactics will help you dig deeper and uncover the hidden variables of the situation.

FUN STUFF – RIDDLE ME THIS

What gets bigger the more you take away?”

Answer below.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • There might be baseball this year after all.
  • Lyft says all rides will be in electric cars by the end of 2030.
  • Atlanta police officer charged with murder for shooting Rayshard Brooks.
  • On their first day back after a 100-day shutdown, Manchester soccer players kneeled in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of the coronavirus were remembered.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Reach out to a former co-worker via e-mail and set up a call to catch up

Riddle Answer: A hole