Stepping on toes

Many people are afraid to step on someone elses toes. They don’t want to offend anyone or hurt anyones feelings.

Unfortunately, in not stepping on others toes, these people frequently end up getting stepped on themselves.

It’s not that it’s a dog eat dog world but one does need to be willing to step up for themselves or else no one will step up for them.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Communication

Good communication takes effort.

Good communication takes time.

When you see someone it’s easy to ask “how are you doing?”. It’s easy to say “nice weather outside”. It’s easy to talk about the game.

It’s much more difficult to discuss items of importance.

Discussing and figuring out how to correct social injustice is difficult.

Discussing discrimination is difficult.

Communication is easy, good communication can be much more difficult.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Look to do good

People who look to do good have historically been able to do good good (meaning help others) while at the same time do well (meaning benefiting themselves).

People who only look to do well (all about themselves) typically don’t help others or themselves.

Look to do good and see how others, and you, benefit.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Control your costs

Sales…Sales…sales.

Companies seem to always focus on more sales but it’s just as important to focus on your expenses.

One of the businesses I’m involved with has almost identical revenues so far this month as opposed to the same time last year but the difference is the gross profit is far better because the costs are down dramatically.

Now that the margin has increased it’s easier to look and make decisions regarding whether to focus on decreasing costs or increasing revenues.

Without knowing the numbers compared to last year, there wouldn’t be any way to make these types of decisions.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Simpler

I’m working on a project with some partners and when I thought we were almost done with the technical build out one of them said “we need a lot more done”. I was worried he was going to want more features, more uses more something. Instead, he wanted to remove certain things and simplify other things.

This was a great reminder that more isn’t always better. Sometimes really focusing on simple and usability makes a lot more sense than focusing on adding more uses.

Just a simple reminder.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Control your todo’s

How many times throughout the day do you allow others to change your todo list?

This might be a case them asking you to do something, changing something you had planned to do or simply interrupting so you can’t do anything.

It’s vital that you be able to control your todo’s as much as possible. We all have to make exceptions to this rule. An emergency occurs or a great opportunity arises and you have to make changes.

The problem many of us have is we assume something is a true emergency just because someone said so. If you are a doctor and an emergency arises…it’s probably an emergency. If you are a plumber and an emergency arises…it’s probably an emergency. The issue becomes when someone calls the doctor because of an emergency and it’s really just a cold. Or they call a plumber about an emergency and it’s really just a slow draining pipe.

Being able to determine what is and what isn’t an emergency is one of the first steps toward controlling your own todo list. The sooner you master this, the more efficient you can be.

Have a great day!

Lawrence