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Don’t Let People Take Advantage of You

For this episode of Audio Tidbits, the title is the message. The point is quick but critical to your success. Listen and learn how.

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Winning Ways

I suppose everyone is open to winning ways, especially if the alternative is losing ways. For good or bad, that’s not how it works. The actual alternative to winning ways is committing to the status quo. For most of us, it takes a serious effort to lose. Just showing up and going along are normally enough to assure that you don’t lose. You won’t win the success game, but the status quo is at least familiar.

If you choose winning ways, the success gurus have a few tips that you will need to take to heart, if success is in the picture for you. I’m tempted to do some name dropping here but will let the gurus speak for themselves. You already know their names. The first step to committing to winning ways is to press play and hop on the path to your success.

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Down the Rabbit Hole

How clever is it to start a story with “Once upon a time?” I doubt if that opening would ever be confused with cleverness. Even so, it may be as good as anything else if I have no interest in being clever. Some people can pull off being clever but I’m not among those (Dare I say?) clever types. I’m more aligned with those who just say what they have to say and let it go at that.

A few years back, I had the notion that I could teach myself to play the organ. I’m not talking about the kind of organ that fills a church or great hall with powerful music. I am just referring to a little organ that is smaller than most pianos. It wasn’t a toy but definitely less than the real deal.

I know. “A few years back” is pretty close to once upon a time but I’ve already admitted that something more clever is not in the cards for me. My only goal is to get you into the picture where I’m trying to play the organ. Are you there with me? I’ll just assume you are so we can move on.

Every day for nearly six months, I spent an hour or so teaching myself to play, and gradually I learned. I could play a few songs, press the right keys, and some days I believed that I was even making music. I admit that even I didn’t think it was great, but it was some better than nothing. Not a lot better, but some better.

I don’t recall the day specifically, but one day somewhere in month six, I realized that, no matter how long I worked at it, I was never going to be more than an organ player, and not a very good organ player at that.

To compound the insight, I realized that I didn’t particularly enjoy organ music all that much. Here is the point. I could play the organ but was never going to be an organist; I liked some types of music but was never going to be a musician. If the truth be known, I didn’t enjoy trying to learn to play the organ all that much either. It was just something I was forcing myself to do.

That insight got me to wondering how often I start down that particular rabbit hole. How often do I get invested in doing something only to discover that I am not very good at it and am unlikely to ever get very good at it? I’ve definitely been there a few times over the years and don’t figure that I am any better off for the time and energy spent going down those rabbit holes. Here’s the problem. I often have no good way of knowing whether something that peaks my interest is a rabbit hole or a real opportunity without investing in it enough to test out its potential.

It might be easy to conclude from all of this that it’s all just one big crap shoot. The best I can do is to just keep trying this and that, hoping that I stumble into more opportunities than rabbit holes. Fortunately, I came up with what is for me, a much better strategy. It starts with knowing what I’m already good at. Note that I didn’t say knowing what I’m already great at. I just inventoried the few things I was good at. For each of those things, I personally know someone who is better at it than I am. This means that I can’t hang my success on being great and certainly not the best at any of the things I am good at. So what’s the better strategy?

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Everything There Is To Know About Success

Do you want to know everything there is to know about success in about five minutes? If so, please press play and learn. If not, well, you’re on your own.

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Too Smart to be That Dumb

There are many reasons why some of us succeed while others of us are only getting by. One of the more hidden reasons is directly related to how successful people – yes, all of them — communicate. They always have smart conversations. While others are having simple conversations, the successful are doing smart, without anyone noticing. Do you communicate for success? I doubt that you ever do otherwise. I am assuming that you are too smart to be that dumb. Listen and hear how it works.

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Thirty Paths to Success

Whether the thirty tips from James are actually paths to success is an open question. Even so, they are thirty tips that help us come closer to that success we want. I think James has actually discovered thirty ways of making the same point, and that point is well worth five minutes to be sure we never forget. Please listen and remind yourself.

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Pull Your Own Wagon

What is the main factor for your success? Luck, timing or perhaps the caprese of other people? I think it is something much more personal.

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Too Late To Succeed?

Do you think it is too late for you to succeed? Perhaps you still have time since – for you – it’s too soon to fail. Well, it may not be quite as simple as you might wish.

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23 Keys To Success

Finding the key to success is a totally terrific goal, but what if you could find 23? Listen carefully. They are here for you – all 23.

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A Quick Tidbit – Low Hanging Fruit

With most any project or task, there are several elements, some of which are easy and go well and others that are difficult and are not going so well. How to approach all of this is sometimes a challenge. This tidbit includes two suggestions you will likely find helpful as you take on projects at home, at work or elsewhere.

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Success is ACTION

In this episode of Audio Tidbits Podcast, my podcasting friends and I share a simple perspective on success. Success is ACTION but not all action is success. I think you will find the perspective of my friends interesting and very much on point.

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Struggling To Succeed

In this episode of Audio Tidbits Podcast, I am struggling to succeed, along with many others who have a goal but who are spending more time thinking about success than time succeeding. Getting down to the business of success is much harder than it seems like it should be. Please join me to see how the struggle is going.

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Respect Isn’t Optional

It’s not altogether true that respect isn’t optional, at least for some people. For you though, respecting some folks and not others, being respectful only now and then are never options. Why? Please listen and see if you agree.

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Hang In With The Folks Who Got You Here

Are you tempted to cut and run? Does the grass look greener over there? It might be time but your best choice is most always to hang in with the folks who got you here. Please listen before you go with the newest example of glitz and glamour that comes along.

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Keys to Better Business

Are you taking care of business? Will it help to know a few of the keys to better business? If so, please press play and listen.