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Don’t Let the How Slow You Down

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The creative process has a specific process. The amazing thing is that all the way back to the beginning of time, “it” just happened and existence was created. Whatever you think “it” was is fine but “it” happened. “It” all starts from an idea but during this creative process the one question that never needs to be answered is “How?”  It doesn’t matter during the creative process because before that, “it” never existed so How can the How help you?

There are two stages of a successful idea that need to happen in respective order. The first thing that NEEDS to happen is the thought of the idea. This is based off of pat experience or expected future experiences. This is a process that the $500 Millionaire (5H$M) sees people not give enough time.

The creative process usually gets suffocated by the simple one word question, “How?”  If you knew that answer than you wouldn’t have to create the idea you just created. There are 4 W’s for the creative process and these are the only questions you want to ask yourself.  Who? What? When? Why?  Leave the How for later.

As you can see, “how” is not at all part of the creative process. Instead it is part of the implementation process.  Although the implementation process is important for the idea to come into reality it always comes second and the timing is extremely sensitive. If you jump on the though process of implementation before you fully let the creative process be flushed out, your results will probably be empty.

Don’t suffocate your idea. Understand that humans have an amazing ability to adapt. That is one of the STRONGEST survival abilities  we have on this planet.  When you continue to focus on the idea, the how will come. The 5H$M reminded me this past week that when you focus on the goal (idea) then the path is easier to see.

Pass this on to anyone who is blocked by the how but needs a bit more time to focus on the what, why, where, and when.


STOP WHINING–Responsibility vs Fault

It should be common knowledge that like is going to be full of ups and downs.  Successful people do not have any less shortfalls, they just handle them differently and tend to get much better results than unsuccessful people.  The $500 Millionaire tends to feel that there is a mindset that you NEED to instill in your head before you are able to really turn downfalls into complete success stories. Some people find fault as if there was a reward for it.

STOP WHINING–Responsibility vs Fault.


Who Works For Who?

Who Works For Who?.

The $500 Millionaire has a strong stance on managing people and it is one concept that few people understand and even more simply can not do it.  This is not just for managing employees but managing all relationships in your life. The question the $500 Millionaire would want you to ask yourself is who works for who? As promised, in this blog you will not find anything you would find in a typical book and this post is no different…

 Who Works For Who?.


Who Works For Who?

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The $500 Millionaire has a strong stance on managing people and it is one concept that few people understand and even more simply can not do it.  This is not just for managing employees but managing all relationships in your life. The question the $500 Millionaire would want you to ask yourself is who works for who?  At some point in our lives, fortunately some have less than others, we’ve all had boss’s.  The $500 Million has taught me exactly how to work with a team, with a partner, in a relationship, or managing a group of employees.  As promised, in this blog you will not find anything you would find in a typical book and this post is no different…

There are a few ways to manage people and if you have ever read any self growth or business book, you have heard all of the tips as to how to lead.  Like stated before, the $500 Millionaire will not waste your time on something you can find in a book.  The concept the $500 Millionaire wants you to understand is that it doesn’t matter what your title is, you still need to be able to manage people. if you ever use your title to motivate people, or know someone (past bosses) who has done that, you or they are more likely a bully than a leader.   

The way to lead people is simple…take care of them.  I don’t mean this in a parental or over protecting way.  I mean this as a way of leading.  Not only must you give them every tool they need to succeed but also, you have to work with them to take away any roadblocks or barriers that might be in their way.  So to answer your question, Who works for who?  It seems as if you work for your team, your spouse, or even your employees.  If you do this, they work better for you  Yes thats right, the $500 Millionaire STRONGLY believes that your job, as an owner of a company, manager, partner or as a member of a team, is to work for those on your team.  That means you subordinates and your superiors. 

Now that does not mean doing the work for them.  All this means is that you do whatever you can to allow them to do their job better.  If that’s to run and get them coffee, just do it.  Remember that as a leader…You work for them.  If your not doing your job in supporting them, they can not do thier job.  If they can not do thier job, your business, your team, your relationship goes under.  It is as simple as that.

ImageThere is a very wealthy and successful entrepreneur that you probably know who was criticized when he bought every manager a Camaro as a bonus.  He was also crticized when he gave all of his employees who made under $28K a year a $1000 Christmas Bonus.  (When I say $1000 Bonus, he decided to pay for the taxes too.)  Now when someone is worth a couple Billion dollars $1000 is not much but when you multiply it by the hundreds of employees that falls in this group, its a pretty penny.

Now the reason why I tell you this story is because when he was asked why he did this, his answer was simple.  If I do everything in my power to make sure my employees are happy, that happiness will rub off on their work and in return they will do their job better and make my customers happy.  With customers happy, they spend a LOT more money.  

To the $500 Millionaire, that makes perfect sense.  That goes with ANY relationship.  You need to go into it knowing you will get someone thing out of it if you give first.  What that means, as cliche as it sounds, is to make sure you are willing to help everyone on your team or anyone you are in a relationship as much as you would want them to help you.

The saying, “the more you give, the more you get” couldn’t be more true in this case.  If you can sit an think about what you do for your employees or the team you manage and see that they are doing more to help you, rethink how you are running that team.   If you are being “served” by your employees, teammates, or spouse, the $500 Millionaire challenges you to take the napkin that is on your lap while they are serving you, put it around your arm, and ask them what you can do for them.

Try this out in either your personal life or in your work environment.  Start seeing if you can help others make thier job easier and watch how much easier your job becomes.  Change your focus on how can you help others, and you  will be amazed with the amount of success that comes back to you.

It is the little things that count.