Why did I say....

.....Matt Perman's book "What's Best Next" might be the best book on the Theology of Work I've read yet?
Two of many reasons are 

- God wants us to be productive 
- God created us to be creative
And this book helps one think into that agenda.

3 Most Important Things in Networking



In real estate, it is ALL about "location, location, location."

Turning people you meet into profits is ALL about "follow-through, follow-through, follow-through."

Thoughts led to to 'Water From a Deep Well'

I enjoy where my journaling leads me. This morning it was, in part, to a 2008 overview of my read Gerald Sittzers' book Water From A Deep Well.  

These are Sittzers' words....

Introduction 

Page 18: Every generation of believers faces the risk of becoming a prisoner to its own myopic vision of the Christian faith, assuming that how it understands and practices faith is always the best. C.S. Lewis cited this problem as a reason for reading old books. "None of us," he wrote, "can fully escape this blindness, but we shall certainly increase it, and weaken our guard against it, if we read only modern books," for modern books (as well as the ideas and practices they convey) only tell us what we already know and thus reinforce our blind spots and prejudices.

History will show us that there is more to the Christian faith than what we think and have experienced.

Page 20: Augustine once wrote that the only way to understand something is to love it first, that is, to study it with sympathy, patience and appreciation.

Page 23: The purpose of this book, after all, is to explore the diversity of Christian spirituality. Still, however diverse these various traditions are, there is an underlying truth that unites them. From the apostolic age to the present, the vast majority of Christians have believed that God has revealed himself in Jesus Christ, that Jesus Christ is both divine and human, and that God is therefore one in community. My goal is to explore how these various spiritual traditions - ascetic, monastic, sacramental, evangelical and the like - reveal who God is, how we can know him intimately, and what we can become in and through him.

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Back to me, Danny. 

Good stuff!! Reading these 9 year old notes is a great reflection. I can see how it's shaped some of my thoughts today. 

My coach, Dave Moore, assigned this book to me. Listening to Matt Perman talk about roles and routines (in What's Best Next) this morning shaped some thoughts for my journaling which led to looking for another book Moore assigned to me about routines. That search lead to Sittzers. 

It's a journey!

Has God Given You A Vision? by Tim Hetzner

Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. Habakkuk 2:2

When God gives you a vision for your life, write it down, keep it before you at all times and run with it. You say, ‘But I see no way for it to come to pass.’ The Bible says, ‘The vision is yet for an appointed time ... wait for it; because it will surely come’ (v. 3). You may not know how to get from where you are right now to where the vision will ultimately take you - but God does. So ask Him to reveal the next step to you. Whether you’re in prison like Joseph, in a soup kitchen in the inner city, or at home taking care of small children, God will fulfil the vision He placed in your heart. The more you see yourself leading in the boardroom, launching your own business, serving in ministry, writing your first book, or helping others through your gifts, the sooner it’ll become a reality. Before a vision becomes clear, God gives us glimpses of it - like a picture developing from a soft hue into sharp resolution. So take your vision and run with it. Let it motivate you to perform to the best of your ability in your present position, while staying in communication with the One who knows and loves you best. Today pray ...

Prayer

Lord, I know that where I am right now, isn’t where You’re taking me. Give me glimpses of Your vision for my future, so that my understanding may grow in accordance with Your timing. Give me patience along the way and faith to trust that You’re always working for my good. Amen.

The above devotion was written/compiled from multiple sources by Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church


5 Productivity Questions to Ask Yourself Each Morning



I spend a bit of time of time each morning praying, journaling  and thinking into my day; how do I want it to go, what are my intentions and goals for the day, and I ask myself a few questions.

A training call I was on this week gave me a new way to look into my productivity. In the spirit of "What's Best Next" (the book), here are some questions I've started asking myself -

1. Where is my time being best invested?

2. Where is my time being mostly wasted?

3. What do I need to spend more time doing?

4. What do I need to spend less time doing?

5. If I invested my time more wisely, what would it mean to me?

Thanks to Caliber Home Loans for the training and www.DougSmithOnline.com for the information.

Treating everyone fairly and justly...

Traditional marketing focuses on the masses, treating everyone the same. 

Guerrilla marketing treats everyone fairly and justly by treating everyone differently. 

Guerrilla marketers come to understand and practice win/win relationships.  

Guerrilla marketers think about their prospect's behavior and how to best relate with them. If you, the marketer, have a High D temperament, but your  prospect is a High C, your marketing "output" is naturally different that your prospects "input." You tend to be direct, to the point. You want to move through the process and get it finished so you can move on. Your High C prospect wants details, details and more details. The High C wants time to think through the details, ask questions and insure he gets good answers. 

If haven't taken a DISC assessment in the past year and would like to learn more about your temperament, email me at Danny@DannyLSmith.com for a link to a free online DISC.  

Danny L. Smith
512-773-6528

"The top 1% of successful entrepreneurs build themselves ahead of their business."

Who Flourishes the Most?

If you insist on a quid pro quo every time you help others, 
you will have a much narrower network.
- Adam Grant

Motivation and opportunity are two things highly successful people have in common with each other.

But what about what-we-give-to and what-we-take-from others?

In his book "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success," Adam Grant (Wharton School prof) lays out how he's identified and accessed what causes people to be most, and least successful.

According to his years of research, the top 3rd most successful people (across many industries; doctors, engineers, sales, attorneys, teachers...) are GIVERS.

The top 3rd are GIVERS.

So are the bottom 3rd.


In the middle are the Takers and Matchers.

Click here for Podcast: https://youtu.be/Dcfk89LKfjo

The Eight-Word Mission Statement

Venture capitalist Kevin Starr insists that companies he funds can express their mission statement in under eight words. They also must follow this format: "Verb, target, outcome." Some examples: "Save endangered species from extinction" and "Improve African children's health."

The mission statement is a key part of  Star's approach, but it's not the only part. Once the mission statement is establish, Starr insists that companies that get investment "measure the right thing" and "measure it well.

It takes that kind of clarity and brevity to attract investors and to keep your own team's eyes on the prize, he explains. read more at Harvard Business Review online.

Everyone Sells...Unlock the Salesperson In YOU!!!

Everyone sells. EVERYONE.

The dad telling everyone how cute the new baby is...he's selling.

The applicant in an interview....she's selling.

The daughter begging dad to drive his car...selling.

Did you tell someone about a movie and say "you've got to go see..".....selling.

How good of a sales person are you?

The young man walking his date up to her door for a goodbye kiss....selling. The lady shopping and asking for a discount, for whatever reason...she's selling.

How many times did you ask for something today? You were selling everytime. Did you talk about a candidate and why you like one over another? You were selling.

Call it what you want, you were trying to get someone to do what you wanted. I t  i s  c a l l e d  S.E.L.L.I.N.G....period-the-end...selling.

Do you work with others in an office, or talk to customers about ANYTHING? selling.

Stop lying.