Lessons from a Billionaire

This is not a financial blog, but it is one that deals with leadership and life lessons.  So, when I received this article in my e-mail I knew I had to share it.

A lot of people may look at those who are rich and think they do not have to work hard anymore and that everything is handed to them.  This article does a great job of pointing out that this is not true and that just because you have money doesn’t mean you will always have it and that just because you do not have money now doesn’t mean you won’t someday.  Take a look by reading the article here.

Working from home webinar

I am excited to announce my first free webinar.  Please see below for more information.  Please also feel free to share with your friends and coworkers.

Topic: Working from home: Getting organized, setting goals and staying organized
Time: May 2, 2016 10:00 AM (GMT-5:00) Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/711707261

Or iPhone one-tap:  16465687788,711707261# or 14157629988,711707261#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll) or +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 711 707 261
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=RS06hxOqO-dKT2qpLgvNSgxXkgtFGkgS

Printer ink

For as long as I can remember, printer ink has been a dreaded purchase for almost anyone I know.  Finding good ink prices, and sometimes even finding the ink has been a chore that is last on the list simply because of how painful it can be.  However, our good friends at HP have made this process easier.  HP instant allows you to have your printer order ink for you.  HP instant ink will sned you ink when you need it and allows you to print based on your subscription plan.  For learn more by clicking here.

5 books everyone in the nonprofit sector should read

I read a lot, not as much as some, but enough that I have seen some great books and some really bad ones.  I love lists of books, lists of ideas taht sort of thing.  So, here is my list.  These books are great and are my go to when I need a reference, a way to give advice or a title to tell a good story.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person Hardcover: by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda made an amazing realization, she realized that she never said yes to anything.  So, so changed it.  This book is excellent and has helped me say yes to more things, and make more meaningful contributions to the things that I say yes to.

Steve Jobs Paperback: by Walter Isaacson

We all know Steve Jobs.  What some may not know is that Steve Jobs did little, if anything, for the third sector.  However, he built one of the most outstanding companies in the technology sector and his way of doing it can teach us all something. 

Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New: by Christopher Reeve

The name Christopher Reeve, depending on your generation and movie preference, will bring about images of Super Man.  After his devastating horse accident, Reeve embarked on a new outlook on life and of changing the lives of others.  As a disabled individual this book made me think differently about my own life and helping others. 

The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success: by Tracy D. Connors (Editor)

I never would ave found this book, no way no how, if I hadn’t been introduced by Tracy over e-mail about two years ago.  This book truly is the handbook for volunteer managers.  IF you are looking for an encyclopedia for volunteerism, this is it!

The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media to Drive Social Change: by Jennifer Aaker

After I finished my BA and American Humanics Certificate, I went right to graduate school for an MS in nonprofit management.  This book came up in my social media class and because of it, I became known as the “go to” guy for social media in my coursework.  Jennifer does a great job of describing the how and why of social media. 

Year end inventory

2016 is just around the corner, and if you are like most people, you are starting to think about resolutions for the new year.  While we all know that resolutions are often broken, one of hte ways t can create a more successful resolution is to inventory the past year.  Use these four guiding questions to take stock of the past year and look forward to a successful 2016!

  • What have you accomplished in the past year, personally and professionally? List both the big and the small stuff – it’s common to get over 20 items. Include things such as taking a trip or making a new friend as well as your business achievements.
  • What do you wish to accomplish personally and professionally in this New Year?  Targets, goals and dreams–think big! A wish list – not a must do.
  • What difficulties did you overcome to realize those accomplishments? List out the blocks, challenges, tough periods, uncomfortable decisions or turning points.
  • What personal qualities within yourself did you evoke to get past those difficulties? Courage, strength, persistence, humility, humour and so forth.