NET OUT: Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley

“Next Generation Leader- Five Essentials Fro Those Who Shape The Future by Andy Stanley” Notes…

Pg.11- Leadership Principals that are ESSENTIAL for Next Generation Leaders:

Competence

Courage

Clarity

Coaching

Character

Pg.17- The less you do, the more you accomplish. The less you do, the more you enable other to accomplish.

Pg.19- Only do what you can do.

Pg.21-Identify the areas in which you are most likely to add unique value to your organization–something no one else can match- the leverage that to the max.

Pg.22- Don’t strive to be a well- rounded leader. Instead, discover your zone and stay there. Then delegate everything else.

Pg.22- There is no need to become an expert in, or even to understand, every component of your organization.

Pg.23- There are things you are responsible for that you should keep your nose out of.

Pg.27- Great leaders work through other leaders who work through others.

Pg.28- Delegation means growth, both for individuals and for organizations.

Pg.35- 80% of productivity comes from 20% of time spent.

Core Competency Questions:

What do you do that is most effortless from your perspective but may seem like a daunting task to others?

In what arenas do people consider you the “go to” person?

What do you enjoy most about your current job?

What do you wish you could delegate?

What do you do that elicits the most praise and recognition from others?

What environments do you look forward to working in?

What environments do you avoid?

What kind of advice do people seek from you?

If you could focus more of your time  and attention on one or two aspects of your job, what would it be?

Pg.44- Delegating is perhaps the single most powerful high-leveraging activity there is. There are people who love what you hate.

 

4 Amazing Lessons I Learned When I Lost Everything

 

Early on in 2006/2007 I found myself in the middle of the economic boom. Literally in the right place at the right time with the right set of skills. Money came quick and easy and for a 24 year old who grew up in a lower middle class Pastor’s family – I had no clue how to handle it. Everyone was so focused on themselves – buying stuff and having a good time. ( I cringe looking back at what a waste of life that chapter was).

I decided to build my own business in the same niche I was doing well in. So I Invested a ton of money on credit, but I ignored basic business principles and went at it completely over leveraged. As they say, I “bet the farm”. I also had an untouchable ego to boot.

Then the economy tanked and the recession hit.

From there everything just got worse and worse. Business died, payments mounted up, debt collectors started calling, had 2 cars repossessed. On top of that I had no income coming as I wouldn’t even consider getting a job because I couldn’t make what I was making before (stupid). The IRS audited me and I owed a grip of cash with interest that was compounding daily. I was a rock bottom and it felt like when it couldn’t get worse, it did. That year I had married the love of my life and I felt guilty as she was a part of all this struggle even though they were my bad decisions. It was a painful, hopeless and dark season of my life but looking back it was the most valuable thing that has ever happened to me.

Here are the 4 life lessons I learned through all this:

Humility

Going from having everything you want to not having what you need is a very humbling experience. It makes you realize that everyone is an inch away from losing it all. I had gone from what I felt was the top of the mountain to the bottom of the valley- very fast. It completely put my character and ego in check. In fact, my first job after I finally humbled myself to go find any work I could find ( we were so desperate) was making $7 an hour doing construction and I drove 80 miles roundtrip to get to the jobsite each way in a new car with expired registration that was behind on payments.

I love this quote – “From humble beginnings come great things.”

Thankfulness

When you truly have nothing you are thankful for anything. There was a night my wife and I didn’t even have food and no money to buy any. I felt so trapped with no options. As we sat there with no idea what we were going to do, there was a knock on the door. A lady from where my wife was working had just randomly decided to bring us a bag of canned goods and food. This was such a miracle for us. I’ve never been so thankful for a can of salmon in my life! If you are thankful for the little things, your life will be rewarded with constant positive perspective and joy.

It Gave Me A Heart For Those Who Are Struggling

Those who have gone through something identify with those going through that same thing. You can feel the same emotions and understand the same thoughts and struggles. My heart now just breaks for those who are struggling and I’m committed to making a difference. That was not the case before all this happened.

It Taught Me More Than Any Measure Of Success Could

Pain is a great teacher. When we touch a hot stove and get burned, we learn not to not do it again. Successfulness unchecked can falsely prop up our expectations, egos and blind our perspective. The lessons I learned from losing everything has made me a better person, husband, father, businessman, friend and more. Still it took me 8 years to correct all that happened in this season and it was painful for a long time.

In the end I wouldn’t change anything. I’m better today because of it AND I won’t make those mistakes again:)

 

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The Single Most Powerful Principal For Starting A Business

There have been a lot of smart men in history.  One of them, an economist named Vilfredo Pareto, was smarter than most.  He understood a principle in business that has stuck, and continues getting repeated year, after year.  That rule is, of course, Pareto’s rule, or Pareto’s Principle.

In short, he defines a phenomena that states only 20% of the effort you put into your business is going to produce 80% of the results.  In other words, the 80/20 rule.  The reason this principle has stayed so popular is because it can be applied to just about any area of your life, business, or relationships.

Let’s look at a few specific examples of the 80/20 rule in action.

A company applies the rule to their business’ product sales line.  By doing so, the company knows that 80% of their sales are going to come from 20% of their customers.

The same company also knows that, in terms of human resource problems, 20% of the employees are going to present 80% of the problems.

Another example from our hypothetical company would be customer complaints.  A business manager will know that 80% of the customer complaints are going to only be coming from a small 20% subset of their customer base.  80% of the company’s production comes from 20% of the employees.

The rule has been used in business because it can easily be adapted to just about any situation.  It also gives a fairly clear view of what needs to be focused on, and what requires the most attention inside of a company.

While it is a good way to evaluate yourself, your business, and your life, it’s not always foolproof.  That means you shouldn’t necessarily rely on the Pareto principle for every aspect of your business, rather, you should be using it to determine the small subsets of your business where you’re going to see the biggest returns.

So how can you apply this powerful, time-tested rule in your own business?

Think about it for a second.

While the rule applies to just about every industry, when it comes to building an online business the rules are a little bit different.  Look at different, hypothetical scenarios so you’ll know what to expect, and be aware of the areas you need to focus your efforts.

20% of the marketing and promotion efforts you do for your business are going to bring in 80% of your visitors.

As you build out your blog, or website, you’re going to start gathering natural, organic traffic.  Once you start focusing more on marketing your business, you’ll start to see patterns.  If you create 10 different email proposals to reach out for guest posting, you’ll notice that 2 of them tend to get a better response.  Take those 2 proposals and turn them into templates that you can send out to other blog owners.

20% of your visitors are going to make up 80% of your total sales.

From your marketing efforts and build up your traffic, you’ll begin to notice that 20% of your visitors will make up the sales that you produce.  It may not happen the first time your visitor arrives, but, on average, you’ll be able to convert 200 people out of 1,000 into a sale at some point in your sales funnel, if you’ve planned it out to efficiently produce for you.

20% of the pages on your website are going to be responsible for 80% of your traffic.

Whether you’ve designed the content to funnel traffic into certain parts of your site, or it happens naturally, 20% of the pages you create, or blog posts you write, are going to be responsible for 80% of the traffic you receive.  Sometimes it happens because a post, or page gets shared across social media.  Other times, it happens because you’ve designed the content as a sales funnel.

20% of your customers are going to make up 80% of your customer service issues.

Your customers are the lifeblood of your business.  If you sell 1,000 products, you’re going to end up receiving around 200 customer questions, concerns, or complaints.  Of those 200, 20% of them — or 40 — customers are going to require more of your time than others.

It doesn’t matter how you break it down, either.  Pareto’s Principle is endless, meaning that you can apply it infinitely to any area of your business.  Mastering the principle is going to be crucial to being successful in anything you do.

What I mean by that is this.  If you have 1,000 readers, 200 of them may purchase from you.  Of those 200, applying the 80/20 rule again, 20% of them — or 40 customers — are going to make up the largest portion of sales.

You can go on, and on, with the different scenarios and figure out how to apply Pareto’s rule to each.  The point of this post is to make you aware of the principal, and show you how it relates to building an online business.

It’s not a hard, fast rule, but it applies to brick and mortar businesses, online businesses, and can be applied to any aspect of your life — helping you find a good balance.

Cheers,

-Marshall

HOW TO SETUP A WORDPRESS BLOG IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS

How To Setup A WordPress Blog In 10 Minutes or LEss

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Are you passionate ABOUT SOMETHING? DO YOU LIKE TO WRITE? Do you have a story that needs to be told? Do you want to generate passive income for your family?

Starting a blog might be your answer.

Blogs are no longer just for the “professional writer”. They are for the thinker, the designer, the mother, the craftsman, and the teacher.

In 2014, I decided to start blogging and building my personal platform. It’s now become part of my full-time career and it has allowed me to make a living from the things I am most passionate about.

Sadly, I see many people not chase their dream because their either don’t know where to start or the “setup process” is too complex.

But its not. Below I have outlined an easy step-by-step guide to getting a domain, setting up hosting, and installing WordPress in 10 minutes or less.

There are many ways to setup a blog but you will get the most control by using self-hosted WordPress blog. This is what most serious bloggers use. This is what I use here at DalePartridge.com

IMPORTANT: The first step for setting up a blog is buying a domain and setting up hosting. If you are not sure about the difference between hosted and self-hosted WordPress, I found this helpful infographic that explains it well. My verdict… stay away from WordPress.com. It’s limiting and does not allow your blog to scale well.

To Get Started You’ll Need 3 Items:

1. A Credit Card ( Average startup costs can be around $50 – sometimes less and sometimes a little more depending on upgrades)
2. A Domain Name
3. Setup Hosting
4. WordPress
5. A Theme To Install

Step #1: Buying A Domain Name

The domain name of my blog is MovingMountains.co. That’s where people have come to find me on the web. Choosing a good domain can be tough. Your domain can either be your name or a branded domain like MovingMountains.co. Luckily, the hosting company I will recommend in step #2 provides you a free domain when you sign up.

Step #2 Setting Up A Hosting Account.

This is where your blog will “live.” This is a server in the cloud (i.e., a remote computer), where you will rent space to install the WordPress software and manage your blog. It’s far easier than it sounds. Stick with me.

There are a hundreds of hosting services available. However, based on my experience and research, I recommend Bluehost. I believe it is the best option for most people for the following several reasons:

  1. Bluehost is large and well known.
  2. They offer excellent customer service (located in the US).
  3. Their packages are highly affordable and include domain names. Way less work.
  4. Their service provides extremely fast page load times.
  5. Bluehost is very easy to use.

ACTION STEP: Click HERE to buy your domain and signup for hosting with Bluehost. I have provided a visual guide of the steps below. 

BLUEHOST STEP #1

Visit This Link (the same as the one above) and Click “Get Started Now” button.

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BLUEHOST STEP #2

Choose your plan.
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BLUEHOST STEP #3

Choose your free domain name or bring over your current domain. Both are very easy processes.

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BLUEHOST STEP #4

Place your order and pay for your plan.

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BLUEHOST STEP #5

Once you’ve logged in, you will be taken to your Bluehost dashboard where you can install WordPress (the software that runs your blog) in a few simple clicks.

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BLUEHOST STEP #6

Click the the green install button.

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BLUEHOST STEP #7

Choose the domain you just registered or the one you brought over.

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BLUEHOST STEP #8

Check the “Show advanced options” box and fill in the title, username, and password. Your title will be the name of your blog (mine would be Dale Partridge). The username and password will be what you use to login to the backend of your blog (your WordPress dashboard).

IMPORTANT: Save this information somewhere where you won’t lose it. You will need it for step #10

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BLUEHOST STEP #9

Bluehost will install WordPress on your server and let you know when it’s complete.

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Click the “View Credentials” button on the top right.
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BLUEHOST STEP #10

Click on “Admin URL” (located below the green box) and enter your WordPress login credentials from step #8. This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. Your WordPress dashboard is where you will do almost everything on your blog. From writing articles to changing design.

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FINAL STEP

This is your WordPress Dashboard. You can either begin blogging or upload a new theme for your blog. I would recommend purchasing a new WordPress theme at Themeforest.net. At ThemeForest, in the navigation go to “WordPress” in the upper left section of the page. Then choose your theme type and begin exploring thousands of themes. After purchasing your theme from Themeforest, you will return to your WordPress dashboard and click “Appearance” > Themes > Upload a New Theme. Here you will upload the .zip file of the theme your just purchased.

Lastly, you will then follow your theme’s setup features provided by the person who developed your theme. This is where you will upload your logo, change colors, add pages, and more.

Congratulations! You have officially setup your blog. This is only the beginning of an exciting journey for you. BIG THINGS!

 

 

 

5 Signs You Are Absolutely Taking On More Than You Should

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Being seen as successful is something that drives nearly all human beings.  From birth, we’re taught to take on more, and more responsibility because it’s a way to show the world we have our stuff together.  However, what happens when you’ve found yourself taking on too much?  Are you even aware that you could possibly be taking on too much responsibility, already?

We find ourselves in this position because it’s simply so hard to say “no” to people.  It’s much easier to say “yes” when someone asks us to do something for them, because we don’t want people to think about us as being unreliable, or unable to help them with their problems.  There are a few warning signs you can use, if you’re aware of them, that will help you identify when you’re taking on too much responsibility.

1. Your Little Voice Is Warning You Of Impending Doom

That little voice in your head?  You should probably listen to it.  It’s the voice of reason, and it knows you better than you know yourself.  If you hear the voices in your head telling you that you’re taking on too much, it’s probably time to stop and listen.

Since you know yourself better than anyone else, you need to pay attention to what’s going on around you if you’re feeling overwhelmed.  It may be time to take a step back and analyze your life, to figure out what’s holding you back, what’s actually necessary for you to move forward, and what you’re currently doing that can be dropped without noticing any differences.

2. Short Breaks Just Make You Even More Anxious

One easy way to tell that you’re overwhelmed is when taking short breaks just won’t work to help you relax anymore.  If you’re finding yourself looking for longer, and longer breaks, or wanting to take naps throughout the day, you’re probably overworked — and overwhelmed.  If taking a short, 15 minute break doesn’t help remove your anxiety, you’re taking on too much.

The best way to get around this issue is to make sure that you’re sleeping well at night.  Often, when short breaks throughout the day won’t work to help re-energize you, your sleep schedule is to blame.  It’s easy to give up sleep, though, when you’ve got so much going on.  If this sounds like you, look into how well you’re sleeping at night — as well as your mattress, pillows, and even the blankets you use to sleep with.

3. You’re Starting To Make Mistakes, And Forget Things

After your sleep patterns start to become out of whack, you’re going to notice other physical changes that manifest themselves throughout the day.  When was the last time you found yourself doing something, only to stop halfway through and wonder exactly what it is you started out doing, in the first place?  If you’re overwhelmed, it probably happens more often than you’re realizing.

Making small mistakes in your day to day routines means that you are spending time focusing on too many things, and not enough time on the task at hand.  This can be a dangerous situation, especially when you’re involved in activities such as heavy lifting, driving, or caring for small children.  If you’ve found yourself constantly forgetting, and making mistakes, it’s probably time to take a step back and maybe even consider a vacation.

4. Exercise, Eating Habits, and Hobbies Have Become Forbidden Words

If you look at the life you once lead, do you see things like eating healthy, exercising on a regular basis, and actually enjoying a few hobbies every now, and then?  If you used to do those things but have found yourself not being able to find the motivation to enjoy your hobbies, or that your appetite has begun to suffer and you’ve adopted unhealthy eating habits, you’re probably overloaded with too much, right now.

Regular exercise is one of the first things to go when you start finding yourself getting bogged down.  It’s only natural that it happens.  When it comes to your to do list, exercising starts to feel like you’re taking valuable time away from something else that should really be getting done today.  And then it happens.  You tell yourself that you’ll exercise tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes.

5. Your Family Said So.

The people around you know you and your routines, and will be able to let you know when you’re looking a bit worn down and possibly needing a break.  If your family and friends have begun asking certain questions, digging into what’s going on in your daily life, they are probably starting to become concerned about you.  This is especially true if they’re consistently bringing up your health.

It’s easy to get addicted to making money online, and the thought of finally being able to make all of your dreams come true.  This addiction is something that you have to become aware of, because it works just like any other addiction — robbing you of your health, motivation, and the ability to actually move forward — instead of continuing to dream about what you could achieve.