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It’s Friday, Friday! Try getting that song out of your head now. Friday means you can (hopefully) escape from your home office for two days.

INSPIRATION

β€œThe greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”

William James

NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going

MY LIFE IS TOO COMPLICATED!


As a busy and productive person, you likely have a to-do list that you could spend a week straight on and still have things to complete. Reading The Achiever helps you become more efficient at getting things done. Take a look at your to-do list and think about how complex it may be. Something to do there, stuff to do here, calls to make, appointments to keep, dates to track, bills to pay, and responsibilities pile up. We feel like changing our Facebook status to “It’s Complicated” just from writing that.

Life is complicated. As your knowledge, experiences, skills, and wealth grow, so does the complexity you deal with. One of the greatest ways to do this is to break your tasks down into their simplest components (or as simple as you can make them). This makes large tasks less formidable and alleviates the stress of constantly thinking you have monster problems to solve.

For example, you have “clean the house” on your to-do list. That may seem like a huge undertaking because you amalgamate all the actions you have to do and think you have to do. When this happens, mentally break the task down to small, actionable items. Here’s how this would go:

Fold laundry ➑️ Put clean clothes on bed ➑️ Fold one item of clothing ➑️ Put folded item away ➑️ Repeat until complete.

You’ve simplified a daunting task into something that you can easily do without much effort. After a few minutes, your “big job” is done. Become hyper-efficient by completing complementary tasks, like making calls and filing papers, at the same time. Rinse and repeat with the other projects you have and you’ve got a less stressful life.

There’s another part to this: Mindset. Getting into this habit will help you simplify your complicated life.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Make Meetings Not Suck


When someone says the word “meeting,” you may think of a large conference room filled with people. A less used but more important type of meeting is the one that takes place between a manager and their direct report. This is referred to by many as a “one-on-one” or 1:1. Used correctly, these are an excellent tool for increasing team communication, providing people with an opportunity to express ideas or concerns, and clarifying things like vision and strategy.

These 1:1s don’t always go as planned, as anyone who has been in one knows. They can often result in blank stares, awkward pauses, and minimal tangible results. Without structure, these meetings become a wasted opportunity to make your team and company better. Fear not, Uptick has a solution.

The app Uptick was created to give structure and clarity to your one-on-ones. The app supplies you with intentional questions to ask and core topics to cover. The suggestions they provide are based on data and research and are designed to uncover what’s going on with your employees and team.

One of Uptick‘s most valuable functions is the ability to clarify expectations between meetings. As a manager, you can send questions to your employee about what they want to cover in your follow up. Your direct report can outline what they need you to bring or questions you will address. This allows you to prepare ahead of time and make the most of your time together. We bet this could even be used for relationships.

Upgrade your 1:1s with Uptick.

SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the achiever within

3 Movies About Self Discovery


Self-Discovery can be complicated, so we’re giving you a “Self-Discovery Double Header” by featuring it two days in a row. Talk about value. At times, what we discover can motivate us to achieve a goal or change something about our lives for the better. Starting this process can be challenging, so here are three popular movies to watch that share the theme of self-discovery while we’re all riding out the pandemic.

Eat Pray Love

Debuting in 2010 and starring Julia Roberts, the premise of the movie is that Roberts’ character Liz thought she had everything she wanted until she divorced and found herself questioning what she truly wanted. Liz’s character essentially achieves everything in life that society tells us we should strive for only to realize that it’s not what she wants for herself. This sounds familiar to a lot of us as Achievers.

Big Fish

The 2003 film earned high marks on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes with its ensemble cast. In this film, a man visits his father on his deathbed and explores the theme of not being afraid of life but instead living it to the fullest. None of us enjoy thinking about our final days, and Big Fish forces us to confront this eventuality and decide how we want to be remembered for our time on this earth.

Serendipity

Serendipity wasreleased in 2001 and included a robust cast, including John Cusak, Kate Beckinsale, and Jeremy Piven. The story begins when Cusak and Beckinsale’s characters accidentally meet in an NYC department store. The pair spend the evening together and decide that fate will bring them back together if they’re meant to be together. On the surface, it’s a simple rom-com. As the film progresses, however, it dives deeper into the difference between settling for something good or chasing something great.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

3 Signs Of High Emotional Intelligence


The official definition of Emotional Intelligence is “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” In simple English, it’s being able to control your emotions in a way that allows you to build a favorable reputation, healthy relationships, and achieve your goals.

Having emotional intelligence is the mark of a true Achiever and is something we should all continually strive for. Equally important, the people we associate with daily should have these qualities as well. Determine where you and others fall on this spectrum with three signs that someone has high emotional intelligence.

  1. Benefit From Criticism: How you accept and process criticism can be the difference between being wildly successful or incredibly bitter. When someone criticizes you, really digest what they are saying. Is it legitimate? Do they have your best interests in mind? Are they invested in your success? Analyze their comments and find a way to become better as a result.
  2. Pause Before Responding: Too many people don’t think about what they’re about to say. When someone else is speaking, instead of listening, they’re preparing a rebuttal. We’re all like this at times. It may sound trivial, but pausing and thinking when delivering an articulate response shows maturity and respect for the individual you are conversing with.
  3. Apologize: Admitting when we’re wrong about something can be difficult and uncomfortable. We all know people who simply refuse to apologize when they’ve made a mistake. This leads to a reputation of stubbornness and strained relationships. Being able to apologize when you’re wrong (or someone thinks you’re wrong) will gain you the respect and admiration of your network and bolster your standing as an authentic individual.

SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network

How To Ask For Advice From Professionals On LinkedIn


The internet has helped us become more connected than ever before in history. Platforms like LinkedIn allow people to connect with seasoned professionals, colleagues, and peers. Recent college graduates will often find themselves connecting with professionals in their field to land a job or learn something valuable for their future and career.

It’s smart and ambitious to approach someone with experience and ask them for advice. That said, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do this. Be respectful of people’s time and use language appropriate for each individual. Sending a one-size-fits-all email with general questions is the best way to get ignored. To get honest, professional advice from someone on LinkedIn or even to make a new connection, you must be quick and to the point. Some quick examples to help you out:

Okay

  1. How do I get a job at your company?
  2. What advice would you give a college graduate?
  3. Can I send you my resume?
  4. Do you like your job?

Better

  1. What do you look for when bringing on new members to your team?
  2. I’m building a career in *area* and would welcome your advice and expertise.
  3. I applied for *insert position* and would like to learn more about the role’s responsibilities.
  4. What have you found rewarding about your career?

In each example, you change a general inquiry into a question that evokes thought and opens up a potential conversation. Your audience can respond with a simple, straightforward answer and still provide value. This allows the recipient to answer without feeling overwhelmed and sets you apart from your peers.

FUN STUFF – TRIVIA

What treat/snack symbolizes arms folded in prayer and the 3 holes stand for the trinity? Answer below.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • While giving John Lewis’ eulogy, Barack Obama delivered his most forceful address since leaving office and urged the renewal of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Congressional Republicans openly rejected President Donald Trump’s suggestion Thursday that November’s presidential election should be delayed.
  • Google reported a 2% decline in revenue from the prior year, Facebook recorded an 11% increase in revenue from the prior year, Apple’s revenue rose 11%, and Amazon’s profit doubled to $5.2 billion from last year.
  • The most sophisticated Mars rover ever built blasted off for Mars Thursday as part of an ambitious project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Savings goal for the next 7 days: $100 for Bronze, $250 for Silver, and $500 for Gold. Go for the Gold!

Trivia Answer: Pretzel. We love us a good cinnamon sugar pretzel.