Weekly Edge

Roadblock on your road to glory?

Heather Frame - Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Over the years we have had (and continue to have) many people approach us for advice on what to do when they hit roadblocks in their business

 
Our advice always starts with: EVERY endeavour hits roadblocks.
 
Some prime examples:
  

·        the Frisbee took 9 years to “take off” (excuse the pun) – invented in 1948 it wasn’t a hit till 1957
 

·        Velcro inventor and engineer George de Mestral spent a decade perfecting his invention before he made a sale
 

·        Karl Elsener invented something you probably have in your home today – a Swiss army knife – but it took him 13 years to find a market for his product and he was bailed out by friends and family several times over 

It’s not the presence of the road block that’s the issue, it’s what how you choose to address it.  

Bruce Lee speaks about being ‘like water’ if water encounters an obstacle it just flows around it.  

How can you flow?  How can you adapt?  What questions do you need to ask yourself to move around your road block?
 

Your value

Heather Frame - Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Here’s a short story from http://www.indianchild.com/inspiring_stories.htm to remind you of your value.

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” 

Hands started going up. 

He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. 

He then asked, “Who still wants it?” 

Still the hands were up in the air. 

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. 

He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. 

“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.   

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. 

We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever forget it!

What life do you choose?

Heather Frame - Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Happy New Year!

To mark the start of 2020 here’s something to ponder

‘Let others lead small lives, but not you.  Let others argue over small things, but not you.  Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.  Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.’ Jim Rohn

Here’s to a huge 2020 ahead

Short Funny Christmas Story

Heather Frame - Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

We hope you are having a lovely day and in the spirit of Christmas today we share with you a funny and short Christmas story.  Enjoy!

It was only a few days before Christmas and an honest politician, a generous lawyer and Santa Claus all got into a lift at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

As the lift travelled down to the ground level, one by one they noticed a $50 note ly8ing on the lift’s floor.

Which one picked up the $50 note, and handed it in at reception?

Santa of course, the other two don’t actually exist!

Merry Christmas….. And eight gifts that do not cost a cent

Heather Frame - Wednesday, December 18, 2019

With only eight sleeps to go before the big day here’s wishing you a happy and safe Christmas with your loved ones. 

 

Plus, here are 8 gift ideas that do not cost a cent

 

1.     THE GIFT OF LISTENING...
But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

 

2.     THE GIFT OF AFFECTION...
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and holds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

 

3.     THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER...
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

 

4.     THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE...
It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

 

5.     THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT...
A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.

 

6.     THE GIFT OF A FAVOR...
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

 

7.     THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE...
There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

 

8.     THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION...
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it's not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

Are you a leader?

Heather Frame - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

So often we hear business owners doubting their own leadership.  Here’s a quote from John Quincy Adams that we think sums up the qualities of a leader.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  John Quincy Adams

Out of Office or Out of Your Mind?

Heather Frame - Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Each week when we send out our e-newsletter we're inundated with replies detailing that people are "out of office". 

Now don't get us wrong, we love a good out of office reply, but we see some shockers here on a weekly basis.

Here's some of our least favourites.

1. The grammatically incorrect / spelled incorrectly reply.  With spell check there's really no excuse.

2. The too brief reply. We got one simply saying "On leave <> - cheers".  There's no space limit on most out of office systems - give a little more. 

3. The reply that only lists a phone contact.  If someone's chosen to email you, please, give them an alternate email contact (it's clearly their preferred method of contact).

4. The expired date.  This one kills us.  Joe is out of the office until 21 June (only it's 27 June now!).  If you're going to put an out of office on - diarise to take it back off again!

5. The no end date.  "I'm out of the office from 4.30pm Thursday".  Until???


Here are some out of offices we've loved:

Greetings and I hope you are well.
 
Just letting you know that I will be away on leave for the next few weeks and that my dedicated Finance Manager <> will continue to manage all matters during this time.
 
<> is fully across and briefed on all current and potential client needs so please feel free to call him on <> or email him on <> should you require any assistance.
 
My fellow Directors <> and <> will also be supporting <> during this time with any new or additional property investment finance or home loan needs.
 
Thanks for your continued support and I will be in touch on my return.
 
Regards,
John

<> 

Hi there,

I trust that you are well!

I am currently on Annual Leave until the 20th July.

I will be clearing my inbox every 3 days.  However, if there is any urgent issue please call my mobile on (mobile number given here)

Take care and we will chat soon!

Many Thanks
Tina
<>

 Hi,

As a salesperson I'm away from my desk for much of the day showing properties, dealing with clients and signing contracts.

It's my policy to check emails twice a day, but if you need me more urgently, please feel free to call me on my mobile <>.

I look forward to talking with you soon!

best wishes,
<>

 Will your out of office be forgettable or useful? Embarrassing or memorable? Helpful or painful?

Missing Resources

Heather Frame - Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Here’s a great quote form Zig Ziglar to challenge your thinking

‘All resources are not obvious; great managers find and develop available talent.’

DON'T WE ALL

Heather Frame - Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Hmmm… here’s a story to make you think.  It comes from http://www.indianchild.com/inspiring_stories.htm 

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work.

Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum.

From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don't want to be bothered. This was one of those "don't want to be bothered times."

"I hope he doesn't ask me for any money," I thought.

He didn't.

He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn't look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke.  "That's a very pretty car," he said.

He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly blond beard kept more than his face warm.

I said, "thanks," and continued wiping off my car. 

He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came.

As the silence between us widened something inside said, "ask him if he needs any help." I was sure that he would say "yes" but I held true to the inner voice.

"Do you need any help?" I asked.

He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget.

We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. 

I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me.

"Don't we all?" he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve-gauge shotgun.

Don't we all?

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. 

Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help.

Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that.

You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all.  They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe
he was more than that. 

Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise, to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves. 

Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, then said, "go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help."

Don't we all?

Tough times never last but tough people do

Heather Frame - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

There’s no doubt about it life can be a great adventure.  But sometimes, life can throw you some real challenges as well.

So, if you’re facing some challenges now, if things aren’t all rosy like it is on facebook, then this message is for you… 

We hear from a lot of business owners who are doing it tough.  So, we thought we’d share with you some of what we often tell those who are doing it tough around us.

First, we tell them they are not alone.  And despite what you see on facebook, nobody’s life is perfect.  Fact is, we all have our battles.  We also tell these people about a book we’ve read that helped us get through the tough times.

It’s called ‘Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do’.  It’s chock full of old-world, common sense wisdom that really packs a punch.

One line from the book that really resonates with us is 

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You Haven’t!”

So even though things might seem really bad, you are not beaten until you give up.  There is always something you can do.

Fact is, all of us get challenged.  All of us will encounter some kind of tragedy in our lives.  However, it’s our ability to pull ourselves up off the canvas and take another swing that will determine if we get through or not.

So when things are bad, we tell ourselves ‘Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do.’

It’s a great mantra to take to heart.  We wish you well in your business and life.

Just remember, ‘Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do.’

And also, ‘When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You Haven’t!’