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Confidence the Cure

How important is confidence?

Let me share three stories on confidence and why it’s important.

The first story is from my football playing days.  I began my collegiate football career at powerhouse University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Although as a freshman I got to play a small amount, win a conference championship and go to a national championship, I was not happy being there.

A man who I had known since my early years in high school named Stan Zweifel instilled the confidence in me.  While I was at UW-Whitewater, we were getting ready to fly to Virginia for the national championship game.  Two days before we left, I got word that he was named the head coach at the University of Dubuque.  Right then, I knew that’s where I would be the next fall.

The University of Dubuque football team hadn’t won a conference championship in three decades and the team’s performance was brutal the years leading to our arrival there.  But every day Coach Z told us that we would win a conference championship – he guaranteed it.

The first two years were rough, building years.  But my senior year he led us to the conference championship game, where we won.  If not for his confidence which was close to and probably is cockiness we would not have been there.  We would not have survived the tough, long days and seasons of loosing.  Because even as a team who was at five hundred and below, he would tell us how great we are, and how great we were going to become. Not only would he tell us, he would tell everyone! That’s confidence.

My second story is with a current project I am involved in, of which I am a Co-Founder – Vet24Seven.  Our CEO, who has decades of experience in the technology sector has confidence.  He has raised $100+ million dollars for other ventures and knows we are going to reach our goals.  He talks big, and has big ideas to back them up.  His voice is always strong, and he is never hesitant.  He makes the rest of his team, who are also very confident people, believe that this can be a company worth $800 million one day once we branch out into other areas of emphasis.  Confidence!

My third story is about a friend, Saree Zweifel (Coach Z’s daughter), who through Girls on Target (located in San Diego) builds a young girls/woman’s confidence.  She is making a living, doing something she loves, by raising CONFIDENCE levels!

Confidence is obviously a huge deal and many people recognize this.  Confidence makes you feel comfortable with who you are, what you do, and not worry about the haters.  Confidence let’s you live a joyful life and is a stress reducer.  Confidence is something that everyone has, some just initially have trouble letting it shine.  Confidence allows you to carry out your life’s dreams no matter what they be.

Be confident in what you do, who you are, where you are going.  Be confident in yourself and feel the weight come off your shoulders.

More Phone Calls, More Success

A few weeks ago I was bored.  Normally my mind races 1,000x more than the next person, but when I’m bored is when it really takes off.  I like my ADD.

I started wondering what determines success?

Obviously a lot goes into this equation.  But what I find is that days I spend a lot of time on the phone means a great reward over the next few days, weeks, months – more importantly years.

What is a lot of time?

When I say spending a lot of time on the phone I’m not talking about chit-chatting, bull shitting, complaining, or gossiping.  I am talking about getting things accomplished.  So when I was bored I went back through my phones history from a few days earlier.  In one 18 hour span, I was on the phone 89 times.  This was incoming and outgoing.  The number also includes 12 outgoing calls that went unanswered and 6 incoming calls that were unanswered.

Three of those calls were 3 way calls I did with my AdvoCare business builders and their new potential business builders.  Those calls are expected to be longer, and they were in fact the longest of the day – all around 20 minutes. A majority of the other calls ranged from 2 to 3 minutes – some were less & very few were more. Straight and to the point.

So what all did I have going on at that point in time that had that many calls?

AdvoCare.  3 way calls, quick calls to the up line, quick calls to the ever-growing down line, and checking in with current retail customers who just started product.  Also reaching out to those who are interested in product or the business, but have yet to pull the trigger.

Real Estate. This was a few days before we closed on the property. Numerous calls to and from the attorney, real estate agent, title company, the to be mortgage holder, our builder and my dad. Also had to call the electric, sewer & water, and disposal companies.

App 1 – SkeePet.  Our designer, developer, and my dad.

App 2 – Vet24Seven. Our business team of 8, the Co-Founders; including dad, and the CEO of Recom Technologies in Silicon Valley.

Where it stands out most is in my AdvoCare business.  The more I am on the phone with our great team, the more success I see down the road.  It is less visible with the Apps and real estate because those are longer term projects.  I would love to somehow have my stats from my phone automatically saved (they already are) and reported to me in a cool chart.

Cell phones make productivity increase exponentially if you use them correctly.

If You Missed It

If you have missed it, here is our content from the first half of September!

One Day; $28,000

Journey Comes After Start

Eight Months & I

My Memory of September 11

Investment Property: Part 1, Cosmetics

Opportunities Left Unrecognized

Enjoy your Saturday of college football and Sunday of NFL football!!!

Opportunities Left Unrecognized

I write often about opportunities.

Everywhere you go – life is full of opportunities.

It is said, every individual is presented an opportunity of a lifetime once every two weeks.  The problem?  They simply do not recognize it.

The other day while traveling, I was in the airport watching my Packers go 0-1 to the 49ers. While watching I noticed a man, because of his attire, I knew was a University of South Dakota football coach.

As the game was near its end, he got up but before he took off for his gat he started chit-chatting with us, and perhaps, because of my build; he knew I once played football.

He openly offered me a GA (Graduate Assistant) opportunity for next year.  Because of the many projects I am involved in I told him now is not the time (And I believe I would only coach under my former college coach).

He gave me his card and I gave him mine.  He said to stay in touch.

I thought to myself, “Why?  What made him stop by our table, talk to me, and offer me a GA position, on spot, at a decent FCS program; without even knowing me?”

Although I do not see myself becoming a GA anytime soon, I feel there was more to that meeting.  I will be staying in touch with this coach, who knows, it could be one of these unrecognized opportunities.

For the last few years I have learned to keep my antennae up.  Knowing that no matter how hard I focus on it, many opportunities will still go unrecognized, unexplored; but I want to capture as many of them as I can.

Have you ever ran into and started chit-chatting with a stranger?  Probably many times. I am willing to bet, if you asked to stay in touch with half of those people, a great opportunity would have already came out of it.

So I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to stay connected to people who happen to fall into your life at random places, at random times; because that person could be a door opening to your dreams, your purpose for life.

Eight Months & I

My earlier post, “Journey Comes After Start” made me want to share an example.

At the turn of the year, into 2013, I thought it would be a really fun project to create a functional, mobile app.  My problem?  I really had no idea where to start.

I previously had and still do not have any knowledge of computer programming.  I only have a rough understanding of HTML, CSS, PHP, Java, etc, etc.  So, I started where I was at.

I began by sharing my thoughts.  This is key, if you hold an idea to yourself you have no support, no team.  It takes a team of great and talented people to do great things.

I talked to my dad.  He was excited about the thought of creating an app for one of our businesses, but he also has no computer programming background.  So we started reaching out to others, we kept sharing what we wanted to do.

We discussed the project with many people.  A gentlemen from San Diego, and another in southern Wisconsin told us it would be nearly impossible to create what we wanted.

We then mentioned the idea to a current employee.  She said her nephew had a lot of experience in computer programming – he used to do work for the military.  So we set a meeting.

He told us he could do it.  Here is where it got fun.

As development began and we started to make progress we shared the beginnings of our app, SkeePet, with a business partner in Colorado.  He then shared it with a friend in Silicon Valley.  This “friend” ended up being a tech guru and he liked our ambition, and our project – he asked us to join him on one of his projects; Vet24seven.

SkeePet - screenshot

SkeePet Home screen

By starting from where I was, where we were; having nothing, we now are Founders of two different apps – one of which our partner is from the tech center of the world.

As we continue to make process with both apps, October 8th is the date we have picked out to launch a crowd funding campaign for Vet24seven.  This launch will include a 3 city launch party, a celebrity and a campaign on Indiegogo.com.

I only shared the last 8 months of my app development experience, but in that time I have also built a business that brings me $1,200 to $1,500 per month PART TIME (click here, I can help you do it too) and bought a four-unit apartment building.  All because in every area – I started where I was.  What will the next 8 months bring!?

I will continue to share progress with you, and more information on our 3 city launch party on October 8th will be brought to you over the next four weeks.