Posts tagged ‘focus’

September 9, 2013

Four Business Approaches I Learned from Dexter

by Kate W. Hall

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I’m still learning every day, and one of my mentors is an unlikely source: Dexter Morgan*, my favorite Sunday night television companion:

1) Be Focused. As in, don’t let anything detract from your goal.

2) Listen Intently. Every I interaction, very clue, can help you in some way, even if it doesn’t materialize until much later.

3) Have a sense of humor. Whatever your goal, have a little fun doing it.

4) Find your niche. We can’t try to be the jack-of-all-trades, being known for something, if its a positive trait–is a good thing.

*This post in no way encourages murder, even of serial killers. Just having a bit of fun here.

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October 2, 2010

Don’t listen to dream-killers

by Kate W. Hall

When I first set out to launch Richmondmom.com, a very dear friend of mine said something to me that stopped me in my tracks. Surely it was meant in kindness not wanting me to put my heart into this new venture without knowing all the facts. “I think that’s been done before,” she said. “And it’s going to be a LOT of hard work for a long time, with very little pay.”

At first I was hurt. The hurt turned to indignation, which fueled my passion even more.

This thought alone kept me going: No one will do it like I will.

That thought alone has kept me going many days.

9 out of 10 businesses fail, and many of them fail within the first two years. Maybe I’ll be one of them. But this fact alone can’t prevent anyone from setting out to do what they are truly passionate about.

When I set out to publish a children’s book a few months later, I was met with similar doubt. Most folks that I encountered said, “Wow! That’s great. But it’ll surely take you over a year to get it done.”

I didn’t have a year. I had three children to help feed, we were in the process of moving, and all the puzzle pieces had to come together before the holiday season, so I set a goal of having the book in-hand by December 1, 2010. Richmond Rocks arrived in a palette chock full of boxes November 20, 2009. We were on our way.

How do we do it? Simple: set a goal, make a plan, work the plan. Project management taught me that setting specific goals, then creating a plan to achieve them was the best way to ensure success.  A laser-like focus is another ingredient that helps streamline it all.

And one thing’s for sure: no one was going to kill the dream. Nor should anyone do the same to yours.

September 23, 2010

What will we do with our 86,000 seconds today?

by Kate W. Hall

This morning I had the pleasure of hearing Heidi Androl speak at the Greater Richmond Chamber’s Extraordinary Women’s Exchange. I didn’t know much about Heidi but had read her profile, and just the fact that her soon-to-be-released book is called “In the Men’s Room” was cause to raise my eyebrow.

Heidi Androl spoke about being a woman in what is a traditionally a man’s working world–first in aeronautic sales, then to her transition as a sportscaster on Fox. This woman is a sportscaster for the Los Angeles Kings Hockey team, for goodness’ sake! She is no wallflower.

This confident, absolutely gorgeous woman gave us several take-aways that I’ll use, but here are the meatiest that will stick with me:

-Don’t think you can’t do something because you don’t have skills. She had never imagined herself, or been trained in–the fields she’s worked in. She just had desire and willingness to learn.

-Don’t say that you know things when you don’t. It’s ok to ask for help. Trying to act confident all the time will only hurt/embarrass us in the long-run.

-Don’t use the “woman card” and act like you can’t do things, either. You are smart, confident, and you can set your mind to do whatever you want. She admitted that she doesn’t have an MBA and competed on The Apprentice with folks that did and beat them out many times, on pure desire, focus, and determination.

-Don’t give Too Much Information (TMI). I thought this was quirky and fun and TRUE and so few people will tell you this. Say what you need to say, then hush up.

-DO use the assets you’ve got–whether it’s an MBA, a fun personality or quick wit, sports knowledge, you name it–you’ve got what you’ve got, you can acquire more, but use all that you have to maximize your potential.

-DO use your 86,000 seconds today doing exactly what you set out to do. Once the day is gone, those seconds are gone, and you’ll never get them back again.

Heidi encouraged us to use the “72 Hour Challenge”–a time you set to accomplish a BIG goal you’ve been wanting to, and focusing that time on the goal. She has done it several times and says the focus is incredible–remove excuses, dedicate, just do it. I’ll be chewing on what this small-town gal, who was raised by a single mom in a modest household shared with us. She’s quickly crossing off items on her Bucket List big and small and making things happen (one was owning a lemon tree on her balcony, one was taking her mom on a trip out of the country).

I’m going to use my 86,000 seconds wisely, and hope that you will, too.

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