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An old gentleman lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, NJ. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,

I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.

Love,

Papa

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Papa,

Don’t dig up that garden.
That’s where the bodies are buried.

Love,

Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next day, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Papa,

Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love you,

Vinnie

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I know that most people who read this blog post will think it’s just a joke, but it is and it isn’t. I teach Exponential Mindset Thinking which embraces doing out-of-the-ordinary things to create extra-ordinary results.

Easier said than done.

Today’s joke is just another tool I use to create a pattern interrupt in my clients’ thinking – to get them to put aside limiting beliefs and think outside the square (or box).

Easier said than done.

If it was easy, everyone would be successful and rich…

 

 

Why Success Gets Harder For “Most” Entrepreneurs

Have you ever wondered why success gets harder as you become more successful?

It’s because of your opportunity costs that keep rising as you get more and more successful mixed with a short term focus on “making deals” and taking care of emergencies instead of working “on” the business…

It’s quite a dilemma that paralyses many entrepreneurs. They know they could do better, but remain stuck in the Vortex Of Mediocrity™.

So how do you break out of this stranglehold?

Simple – MAKE time to get away from the business. It can be a long weekend or ideally a whole week. PLAN for it so you’re not stressed and you don’t cheat.

Remove yourself COMPLETELY from the day-to-day pressures and DISCONNECT completely.

Then ask yourself the following questions:

  • If I was to start over again, what would I do differently? What would I change?
  • If I was a competitor, how would I exploit me/us?
  • What are we really good at?
  • What could we be really good at (or better at)?
  • If I knew I could not fail, what would I try?
  • What is the #1 complaint of the industry/marketplace that I can solve?\
  • What am I not doing that I should be doing?

You can’t have the thoughts to start to answer these questions while you’re knee deep in the intellectual quicksand of day-to-day operations.

You need distance.

You need your personal journal (you might even give MindMapping a go!)

You need to do this otherwise you’ll stagnate.

I do this exercise every year at Christmas time which conveniently coincides with my New Year’s Resolutions.

If you have a business trip planned, consider extending it by a day or two and take those unfamiliar surroundings to start the process. Once your business is done – check out of THAT hotel and check into another one t0 completely shift your mindset. I mean it. Pick a hotel near the beach, mountains or go upscale or totally rough and tough.

Make sure there is CONTRAST so that your brain registers the new impulses.

It’s necessary to jolt your system into a new realm, to get a new perspective.

Give it a go and see what happens!

Innovators: How They Think

As a business owner or corporate executive, you’re always looking for ways to be more creative and innovative to find fresh new ideas to make your next sales or marketing campaign a success. In an attempt to determine how great thinkers achieve their great outcomes, British marketing consultant Simon Sinek believes that he has stumbled upon a simple method to codify the way innovators think. He calls it the Golden Circle. In the YouTube video below he shows why it pays to be cynical.

Thank you to Ian Faulkner for providing this link, it’s much appreciated!

AntiMimeticIsoMorphism Example: Think Inside the box!

Ian Faulkner sent me this YouTube link – everyone says to think outside the box, but when you’re antimimeticisomorphic, you want to consider thinking INSIDE the box! This video is self-evident, but the lesson for YOU might not be. What can you do to turn the proverbial box inside-out? What can you do to attract attention to your product/service? What is your ‘box’?!?!

I call this Twisting The Kube™ and it’s one of the Exponential Mindset strategies that I teach my clients.

It’s easier said than done. I get that.

If if was ‘easy’ everyone would do it.

But here’s the thing – it can be learned.

The fastest, easiest way is to get your hands on my Marc-Ka-Ching Kube™. Within the first few days of Twisting The Kube™, you’ll start to recognise that your thinking is shifting – faster and more easily than you thought possible.

But I have to be honest with you… Continue reading ‘AntiMimeticIsoMorphism Example: Think Inside the box!’