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Leadership grit grinds & grows.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 12, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

John Wayne is one of my heroes. Every time I hear the word 'grit' I think of Rooster Cogburn, the character John Wayne played when he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in 'True Grit'. More specifically, I think of the scene where he took on all the bad guys and won. The above picture shows Rooster charging at the bad guys...guns a blazin'...the perfect hero.

Grit - firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger

Not just in the movies but also in real life, John Wayne had true grit.

We need more leaders with true grit.

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Hero Worship | Leaders' Thoughts | Thought Tweets

Sales people should select heroes, learn from them, and emulate their talents & strengths.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 8, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

I see better ways of approaching Sales.

For example...

Sales people can and should learn from ‘heroes’...as many as possible. First, ask the question – Is this person a hero worth studying? Consider - WHY is this person a hero? Because of vision?, goals? resilience? quick wit? personal magnetism? Then learn the details about those person's most-admirable qualities/strengths, select specific stories that capture the admirable qualities, carry those stories in mind, and draw upon them when the going gets tough. 

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Hero Worship | Sales | STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

Don’t blame ‘lack of time’ when the real culprit is personal disorganization and self-imposed mayhem.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 31, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If you free up a few moments, step back, ask yourself "How much time do it have?", spend some quality time thinking before answering you just might find:

  1. You have only the present time, just like everyone else on the planet.
  2. Just like every other person on the planet, you really have no clue about how much time you have beyond the present moment.
If you think you don't have time you are right....at least from 2 perspectives:
  1. Like Henry Ford, paraphrased, "If you think you do or don't have time you're right."
  2. As any good philosopher or physicist will tell you - Time is an abstract concept...offering nothing tangible for you to possess

Never Give Up..You owe it to yourself...You owe it to your family...You owe it to Life.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 28, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Of course, Sir Winston Churchill comes to mind, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” 

Churchill, singularly, inspired a nation.

But, there's more to it...

Churchill inspired himself. 

[...in support of inspiration and daily affirmations]


Dreams of a better future help generate a better future.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 6, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Past and future are dreams; now is a reality. All things are now; all power, all possibility, all action, is now."

British author/philosopher James Allen said that in 1903. It seems to me Allen's advice is a key to what most people refer to as 'time management'. I mean, if people pay more attention to the present and less attention to agonizing over the past and worrying about the future then they will feel less stressed...and they will feel like they have more time.

On the other hand, we should not be too harsh on dreams - only dreams of a better future generate that future. As 2 examples, Marconi proved this...so did Martin Luther King Jr.

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Abundance | Hero Worship | Thought Tweets | Vision: The Leader's Vivid Vision

2 types of people succeed in business: (1) those who naturally 'get it' and (2) those who observe well & learn.

by Rick Baker
On Oct 23, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There are only 2 types of people who experience meaningful success in business:

  1. Those few, the intuitive, who somehow naturally 'get it' and 'seek & solve' their way for as long as it takes to obtain success. 
  2. Those few who observe and attend to mentors [who are willing to help them], emulate heroes' best qualities and sooner or later, after much work, 'get it'. 

In business, no other types of people achieve meaningful success.

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