Why I Love Platform University

The amount of times I reference Michael Hyatt in conversations with friends, family and colleagues is almost embarrassing. His positioning as “Your Virtual Mentor” couldn’t be more on target for me. And if you have a message, solution or offering that you want to get out to the world, you need Michael to be your virtual mentor as well.

Lucky for all of us, he makes this very possible with Platform University

What I’m Reading Now

Somehow I’ve devoured four books in the last three weeks…and there’s a favorite from last month that you need to know about. I’ve already mentioned them on multiple occasions to more than one friend, so I thought you might find them interesting as well. They’re not all business-related, but then, life isn’t! In no particular order: 

Priority. (One, not Many)

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and all through the house, not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse… (at least, there’d better not be any mice, stirring or not!)

And…ok, “not stirring” might be a stretch, since I’m writing beside the crackling gas fire and my delightful daughter is reading (she’s seven now but that she can truly read still amazes me).

Bottom line, it’s quiet. A very relaxed, happy, quiet. And I love it.

…don’t get me wrong…I love fun and noise too, and tomorrow will have plenty of it as we host Thanksgiving dinner for fourteen (including two one-year olds, two three-year olds and the aforementioned seven-year old). That’s going to be awesome, too.

But the lack of “busy” and any sort of pressure is what I’m loving most. Am I the only one who wants more days like this? 

If You Speak, You Should SCORRE

I could talk about it in my sleep. I knew the content inside and out and had discussed it countless times in my day to day job. That night though, I was terribly nervous. With clammy hands, a sick feeling in my stomach and my heart racing, I stepped up to present my five-minute speech to my small group.

It was over three minutes later. I’d survived (the eight people in my small audience did too), but it wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t dynamic. It wasn’t powerful. I’d spoken so fast you’d have thought I was an auctioneer. I wandered randomly as I was speaking and when I did hold still momentarily, I’d cross my legs (while standing!) or wiggle my feet. I have no idea what my hands were doing.

That was the first night of the SCORRE Conference. In the three days to follow, I learned not only an incredible process by which to create high-impact messages, but the means by which to deliver the message with confidence and power.

Whether or not you share my trepidation about speaking in front of people, if you are a leader or have anything to say there are two reasons you simply must learn the SCORRE method. 

The Virtual Assistant Solution

“Come up for Air, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best.”  Tell me, what’s not interesting about that? Keep reading for a quick overview of this great little book.

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Michael Hyatt is a successful, highly respected business man, author and leader. He provides tons of value in every thing that he does, and this book is no different. It’s easy and fun to read with practical takeaways. 

Let Go: From Unemployed to $50K/mo

Feeling a little blah lately? Perhaps a little uninspired, or tired of being stuck in whatever situation may be holding you back? Maybe you can relate to the story of working so very hard and doing everything “right,” just for it to be ripped away from you. Or maybe things are great and you’d enjoy a fun, invigorating read! Either way, I’ve got a short but interesting and inspiring story for you.

Let Go by Pat Flynn

Let Go is the story of an ambitious and successful young man who moved quickly up the corporate ladder. After a significant promotion doubled his salary and made him one of the youngest ever in that role…he was laid off, like so many others when the economy crashed in 2008. He took this opportunity to let go of the path he had thought he was supposed to pursue and ventured into a new, unknown world. Five years later he is one of the most successful and respected entrepreneurs in the world of online business, making well over $50,000 per month.

Pat Flynn shares his journey through words as well as video in this fascinating snippet. (In case you wonder, like I did, what a snippet is…it’s a book, but a really short book. The first time I read Let Go, I finished in under a day. Last night I reread it in less than two hours).

Here’s why I enjoyed this book and I think you will too. Let Go is:

  • A behind-the-scenes peek at the story of a businessman I respect. Pat is authentic, sincere and downright generous.
  • Fun and easy to read, as if Pat was sharing his story with you over coffee. 
  • Inspiring. Pat’s story is a great example of the quote from Epictetus, “It’s not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters.” 
  • Short and a whopping $2.99. When’s the last time you spent such little time and money on a book that inspired and challenged you? 

You can get your copy of Let Go from Amazon here, or learn more about Pat at his website.

I hope you take a few moments to invest in yourself and your future, and check it out!

You might enjoy these books too:

The Go-Giver and the 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success

The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success 

 

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The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success

I just finished a great book and wanted to share it with you. In fact, I’m telling just about everyone I know about it because I do believe its concepts are that life-changing. The book is easy to read with lots of interesting stories. After completing it, you’ll understand why some people are so successful and others aren’t, even when they’ve been presented with a similar opportunity. And, you’ll understand the philosophy you must embrace to see that success yourself.

The Slight Edge

As the back cover describes, “The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success you desire.” After reading the book, I can promise you that it does just that.

The “slight edge” is the philosophy by which you approach the things you do. It applies to just about anything: health and fitness, finances, relationships, parenting and so much more. It’s the concept that it all comes down to the simple decisions you make every day. These are simple things that are “easy to do, and easy not to do” but have invisible results, i.e. you don’t see results right away.

For example, if you walk one mile today – that’s fairly easy to do. It’s also easy not to do, as sitting on the couch would be even easier. If you do it or if you don’t do it, tomorrow won’t be significantly different (hence the “invisible” result). However, if you walk one mile every day, in a year, you’ll be much healthier.

Here are a few other concepts I liked from the book:

  • Blame vs. Responsibility: it’s not what happens to you but how you respond that makes the difference.
  • Look up and ahead: people on the path to success look up (physically even) and forward into the future, rather than down, and into the past.
  • Mastery: “Mastery is not an exalted state that lie at the end of the path; it is a state of mind that lies at the very beginning.” Olson goes into some depth around mastery, using the example of how a baby is a master at walking because he knows from the beginning that he will master walking, and he never gives up.

The philosophies in this book are easy to understand and even better, to put into practice. If you implement the slight edge philosophy you will join thousands of others and see huge results! Check it out, and get yourself going!

If you liked this book review, you might also enjoy my thoughts on The Go-Giver or Let Go.

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The Go-Giver and the 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success

The Go-Giver is one of my all-time favorite books for two reasons. First, it’s not only fun and easy to read, it’s captivating. You won’t be able to put it down. Secondly, it highlights what I believe is the one single attitude that is responsible for incredible success.

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Joe is a salesman who had a terrible quarter. Frustrated, he asks a legendary consultant, Pindar, for advice on how to close a huge sale. Pindar introduces Joe to a series of five “go-givers,” people who have seen unparalleled success. Each teaches Joe one of the five Laws of Stratospheric Success.

  1. The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
  2. The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
  3. The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.
  4. The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
  5. The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.

This book resonate so strongly with me because even without meaning to, I have found that the more I give and the more value I provide, the more successful I become. I love looking for ways to really help others and you will find this reflected throughout my work for the Biz Farmer.

Do you also get excited about really helping people? If so, you’ll love this book. It will inspire you to find ways to give even more, and excite you about the impact you can really make.

If looking at the world with a “how can I give” perspective isn’t second-nature to you, you’ll enjoy the book too. It will challenge you to think in new ways that, when you do, will turn your world upside down (in a good way).

Check it out! You can read it in a day (that’s what it took my hubby, and he’s not a voracious reader like I am).

-Angela

 

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