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You’re Not as Fat as You Think You Are

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“I’m trying to get you to a place where when people don’t like you, it doesn’t even bother you anymore. Why? Because you’re not concerned with trying to make them happy, you’re concerned with trying to make yourself happy.” –Eric Thomas

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend. It wasn’t about anything all too deep at all, it was just a chat about work. At one point in the conversation I had mentioned how after 8 years of service in my industry, I had never had a customer complaint. My friend responded with, “you should be less cocky.” I was rather caught off guard for a moment, but then I asked them what was cocky about the statement. My friend went on to say, “it’s not good to always be so confident in yourself, and it offends people who aren’t as confident as you.” This is where the conversation got interesting. The concept that confident individuals can offend others who have lower self-esteem isn’t new.

But why is that?

By simply walking tall, does it hurt others? What is it about confident individuals that offends us? The truth of the matter is that when we see others succeed, while we view ourselves as not, we feel uncomfortable. When someone has something we want such as, money, looks, fame, or whatever it is you desire, we by nature become envious, and so we nitpick. It’s the same concept that tabloids operate under. They highlight, and then scrutinize celebrities for our amusement, all while acting as though they themselves are infallible.

As reported by the Health of Leadership Foundation, by the age of 10, 80% of children have developed a fear of becoming over weight. Often times this is rooted in insecurities and can lead to the scrutiny of others over their weight. The issue here however, is not the obesity or eating disorders that people develop (although yes, that is important as well), but rather, it’s peoples level of self-esteem.

This week’s video by Basquiat Picasso features an excerpt dealing with this exact phenomenon. At the 00:49 mark, the speaker talks about those people that we consider to be successful. He highlights how we tend to tear them down to save our own egos in order to make ourselves feel comfortable.

This week’s takeaway:
You will never be able to please everyone, so be sure to be pleased with yourself.

Ariel Lustre

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Three Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Paying Customers

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As presented by Jobber, in Colony Work Space, Katie Pearse, owner of The Maid Mentor, spoke to an audience about how she was able to convert her social media followers into paying customers.

With a background in marketing, Katie graduated and went on to start her own multi-million dollar cleaning company. After experiencing much success, especially with garnering hype for her company through social media, she switched to consulting to help others do the same.

Jobber, a multifaceted entrepreneur software company, holds many different workshops for their clients and interested people in the community to attend. Key influencers of their respective industries will come out to speak about their experiences.

After listening to Katie, here are the top three takeaways to note:

  1. It doesn’t matter which social media platform you use as long as you target your audience. Know who you are trying to reach and who you’re catering your content towards.
  2. Email lists are everything. According to Katie, email marketing is still 40% more effective than other forms of marketing. So if you’re going to dedicate your time towards one thing, this is it.
  3. Video is an emerging trend. Most social media platforms either started with, or have now made it possible for you to post content through video. Making it easier for customers to view and understand your product, more companies are trying to maximize on this opportunity.

If you’d like to learn more about what Katie shared, you can follow her on Facebook, or reach out to her on her website.

For more opportunities to hear speakers like Katie Pearse talk about their successes and failures, or to take part in workshops to help your business grow, follow Jobber on Instagram, or connect with them through their website.

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The Video That Forever Changed My Life

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“Some of you love sleep, more than you love success.” -Eric Thomas

One night, 5 years ago I was feeling in need of some inspiration. I was stuck in a rut and I didn’t know where I was headed or what I wanted from my life. In the late moments of the night, I took to my Facebook and posted a status, “in need of some motivation and inspiration.” It was more of a statement than a request in my mind, but a casual acquaintance of mine from high school shared a link in the comments section.

The video showcased an unknown athlete working out with what seemed to be a rather rigorous routine. What caught my attention more than the impressive work ethic that was displayed of the athlete, was the voice of the narrator. This was the first time I ever heard Eric Thomas speak, and his words would forever change my life.

In the video, Thomas tells a story of a young man who aspires for great things. In pursuit of his goals, the young man seeks out a guru to teach him how to be successful. In what begins as a rather odd circumstance and continues on to be a confusing lesson, the moral of the story is both profound and impactful:

This week’s takeaway:
Everyone of us has a dream, but not nearly enough of us want it bad enough. Only when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, will you be successful.

Arnold Exconde

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