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SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the Achiever within
5 Signs You Are an Extroverted Introvert
- You need alone time before and after socializing. Your socialness has a time limit. Alone time helps you charge and recharge. Without time to yourself between activities, you feel irritable, exhausted, and sometimes even depressed.
- You make new friendships quickly, but have trouble maintaining them. When you’re in social mode, you find it easy to make new friends. But you find it difficult to disperse your energy between lots of people
- You want authentic connections and dislike small talk. You crave meaningful conversations. Small talk makes you feel empty, but profoundly connecting with others makes you feel rejuvenated.
- You can be charming yet deeply introspective and reflective. You make small talk when it’s expected of you. People feel comfortable around you, and you quickly get other talking and opening up about themselves. When you’re out with friends, you make sure everyone’s having a good time. Most people don’t realize how in your head you are.
- You find people to be both intriguing and exhausting. Observing people? Yes. Meeting new people and hearing their life stories? Fascinating. Spending almost every night hanging out with friends? When pigs fly.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Project Management Help Has Arrived
The bigger the project, the more moving parts you will have to manage. Complex projects include various teams such as marketing, sales, operations, IT, and human resources. Some of these team members work for your company, and others work for an outside agency or vendor. Regardless, most projects include a decent amount of people doing work at the same time. As an owner or manager, it can be a daunting task to manage everything and everyone efficiently. Project Manager is here to join the team.
Project Manager is a software tool that provides a central hub for your entire team to work, plan, and achiever your mutually beneficial goals together. It can improve the way your team works in six crucial ways.
- Plan. The planning function keeps all team members on the same page by displaying project phases and deadlines for everyone to see.
- Manage Tasks. Team members will always know what tasks to complete each day, and managers will be able to check the status at any time.
- Collaborate. The chat function allows the team members to stay in constant communication regardless of where they are. This allows for quick resolutions when problems or issues arise.
- Manage Teams. Gain a bird’s eye view of the workload for each team to ensure no one is overworked.
- Track Time. Track the amount of time spent on each task to ensure you are not falling behind and that you are billing your clients correctly.
- Report. The reporting feature gives real-time status updates on all parts of your project. This function allows you to create reports to share with your team or manager.
MINDSET: Train your brain to win
There’s a joke that says we begin by teaching our children to talk and walk, and after the first year, we then tell them to sit down and shut up. Why is this? Often it’s because it’s easier not to do something than to do something, isn’t it? When you have an opportunity to do something, whether that’s a business deal, trip to get ice cream, or hanging out with friends, how often have you said “no” simply because it was easier to stay at home or not to do it? We fall into this trap day in and day out, and before you know what’s happened, your default mentality is to say no.
I say, shift your thought process to saying “Yes” unless there’s a reason to say “No.” Instead of “No,” unless there’s a reason to say “Yes.” This difference may seem nuanced and trivial, but this mindset opens doors of opportunity like you wouldn’t believe. By saying “yes,” we give ourselves the ability to experience life’s opportunities, pleasures, and experiences.
The next time someone asks you to go out to eat, or there’s a networking event, or a chance to do something that you may be too tired to do, stop for a moment and ask yourself “Is this something that I can say yes to?” A life lived this way is a more abundant life.
MONEY: Become wealthy
Warren Buffett’s Ten Rules
“WAR N BUFF IT” by aisletwentytwo is licensed under CC BY 2.0
- Reinvest Your Profits. When you first make money, you’ll be tempted to spend it. Don’t. Instead, reinvest the profits. Buffett learned this early in high school when he and a friend bought a pinball machine to put in a barbershop. With the money they earned, they bought more machines until they had them in eight different shops. When the two friends sold their venture, Buffett used the proceeds to buy stocks and begin another business.
- Be Willing to be Different. Don’t base your decisions upon what everyone else is saying or doing. When Buffett began managing money in 1956 with $100,000 from a handful of investors, investors deemed him an oddball. He was different: He worked in Omaha, not on Wall Street, and he refused to tell his partners where he was putting their money. People predicted he would fail, but when he ended his partnership 14 years later, it was worth more than $100 million.
- Never Suck Your Thumb. Gather in advance any information you might need to make a decision and ask a friend to make sure you stick to a deadline. Buffett prides himself on swiftly making up his mind and acting on it. He calls any unnecessary sitting and thinking, “thumb-sucking.”
- Spell Out The Deal Before You Start. Your bargaining leverage is always greater before you begin a job, that’s when you have something to offer than the other parties wants and doesn’t have. Buffett learned this the hard way when his grandfather hired him and a friend as children to dig out the family grocery store after a blizzard. After five hours of shoveling, his grandfather gave the boys less than 90 cents to split.
- Watch Small Expenses. Buffett invests in businesses run by managers who obsess over the tiniest costs. He once acquired a company whose owner counted the sheets in rolls of 500-sheet toilet paper to see if he was being cheated. He was.
- Limit What You Borrow. Buffett has never borrowed a significant amount- Not to invest, not for a mortgage. He has gotten many letters from people who thought their borrowing was manageable but later became overwhelmed by debt. His advice: Negotiate with creditors to pay what you can. Then, when you’re debt-free save money to invest.
- Be Persistent. With tenacity and ingenuity, you can win against a more established competitor. Buffett acquired the Nebraska Furniture Mart in 1983 because he liked the way its founder did business. A Russian immigrant, she built the mart from a pawnshop into the largest furniture store in North America. Her strategy was to undersell the big shots, and she was a merciless negotiator.
- Know When To Quit. Once, when Buffett was a teen, he went to the racetrack. He bet on a race and lost. To recoup his loss, he bet on another race. He lost again, leaving him with close to nothing. Buffett never repeated that mistake.
- Assess the Risks. In 1995, the employer of Buffett’s son, Howie, was accused by the FBI of price-fixing. Buffett advised Howie to imagine the worst and best-case scenarios if he stayed with the company. His son quickly realized that the risks of staying far outweighed any potential gains, and he quit the next day.
- Know What Success Really Means. Despite his wealth, Buffett does not measure his success by dollars. In 2006, he pledged to give away almost his entire fortune to charities, primarily the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He’s adamant about not funding monuments to himself. “When you get to my age, you’ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. That’s the ultimate test of how you lived your life.”
SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network
The Value of Networks – Jane Jacobs
Jane Jacobs was an activist who influenced urban studies, especially in New York City. She popularized the term “social capital” to articulate what provides cohesion for communities and other social groups. For example, in mixed-use neighborhoods, there are always people around- off early to work, walking kids to school, going about their day, going out at night, closing the bar, heading home after the late shift.
Jacobs described her neighborhood as the ideal community: “an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole.”
An intricate ballet is precisely what social capital in the professional sense of the word embodies. Your network is a ballet of individual dancers who all have distinctive parts that reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole. Each person included is intentional and purposeful: a friend, a mentor, an educator, a colleague, or simply someone you want to connect to another person in your network. Although each person may differ in things like age, occupation, or sex, they are valuable to you because they each possess a shared understanding, norms, values, trust, cooperation, and reciprocity that aligns with your own.
The investment in your social relationships generates long-lasting returns.
FUN STUFF – RIDDLE ME THIS
A man stands on one side of a river, his dog on the other. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or a boat. How did the dog do it?
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Send a message of support to a small business in your area.
Answer: The river was frozen. (Don’t try this at home)