Category Archives for "Productivity"

Jul 10

My grandmother’s secret advice

By ted sikkink | Productivity

While growing up I spent summers with my grandparents out in the country. Both my grandparents were retired, but they stayed busy working in the gardens, raising chickens, and involved in church activities. My grandmother always made time to take me fishing at the family pond or at one of the local fishing holes everyday.

When I was 14 I saved my allowance for a couple of months and bought the most expensive fishing gear I could find at the local hardware store. On the other hand my grandmother had this old Zebco 33 that she got with GreenBack stamps that looked like it was on its last leg.

She stood about 5’ tall and weighed maybe 110 pounds soaking wet, yet she could cast a line a country mile. Needless to say she won more than a few fishing tournaments and was a legend around my hometown. It never failed. Strangers would approach us wanting to know what kind of rod and reel she had.

When she told them they would always scratch their heads and walk away. The problem was they were only thinking about tactics. They thought it was about the equipment she had; they never realized it was about the throw. One summer evening while riding home with the windows down I asked her what her secret was.

She laughed and said it’s not the tools you have; anybody can buy tools.

It was learning how to get the most from everything you have and having a strategy. On that ride home she explained her strategy for catching fish in detail. After that I got rid of all the fancy fishing gear. My goal was to learn how to use a Zebco 33 like my grandmother.

Needless to say I have caught more fish with my Zebco 33 than you could imagine. But here is my question for you.

Are you running around life chasing your dreams while using only tactics with no clear strategy…and wondering why you are not getting results?

If you want to develop a clear strategy and goals for achieving your life’s desires, make sure you attend my special goal setting webcast next Tuesday.

Jul 08

Libraries & bars

By ted sikkink | Productivity

Almost exactly 16 years ago I was standing in a public library in Horry County staring at rows of business books while trying to stay cool and wondering about my life.  Since my childhood libraries have been my safe escape from the real world, someplace nicer. So it would make sense that I would look for a library as my home away from home.

To me libraries and bars are alike; both places have a mix of people who are looking to escape life, either by drinking or reading.  I was trying to escape my dead end job with the sales territory nobody else wanted.

Imagine if you had to drive 3-4 hours to make one sales presentation and being dead broke in spite of closing sales because you didn’t get paid your commission until months later.

I don’t have to imagine because that was me. My hands were always trembling while calling my wife because I was always wondering why she would stick with me.

Between sales calls I would hang out at the library to stay cool because I couldn’t afford to burn gas unless I was going to a sales call. By random chance or fate I reached to the top shelf and pulled down a book and started reading it.

After the first chapter I had tears running down my cheek, because for the first time I felt like I had a chance to turn my life around. I ended up canceling my next sales appointment so I could spend the rest of the day reading and taking notes.

That’s the day everything changed for me. For the first time in a long time I had hope.

Hope can be a powerful thing. It can lift your spirits when everything around you is falling apart. Hope is about defying the odds when everybody else around you has given up.

Hope is about change.

Hope is what turns average people into heroes.

I left that library with something money can’t buy.

For the first time in my life I created a written list of goals that gave me hope that things could be different. I want to give you that same hope that I had this Thursday at 8PM EST on a special webcast.

Click here to signup for the webinar.

P.S. If you want to know what book I was reading, make sure you are on the webcast to find out.


Jul 02

My 3 day Tony Robbins binge that saved my business

By ted sikkink | Entrepreneurship , Productivity

I don’t know about you, but when I got started in business I suffered from the WCS (“Woulda Coulda Shoulda”) syndrome.

No matter what I tried to do, I would second guess myself. Have you ever had that happen to you?

It was insane. I felt like a starving hamster stuck in a ball chasing the last piece of cheese in the world. It didn’t make a difference what I tried, I was stuck.

I think a Magic 8 Ball could have made better decisions than me.

It was so bad I would spend days planning to do something only to stop at the last minute because I was afraid I might fail if I made the wrong choice.

Because of that, I was failing by default.

So how did I get over the “Woulda Coulda Shoulda” syndrome?

It was simple.

I got fired for being the top seller.

I had this dead end sales job that I hated, but I was really good at sales. So by some miracle I was the top sales rep, or the other guys really didn’t care and I was the top by default.

Either way, I got canned.

Things got real very fast for me. So I did what any good entrepreneur would do. I went on a Tony Robbins binge for 3 days straight.

I did every exercise in his workbook, and some of them I did twice.

After 3 solid days of “Personal Power” I was ready to take on the world.

And you know what?
I made a ton of mistakes going full force. But that created the momentum I needed to keep going until I made it work.

Most people are waiting for something to save them…always looking for the next big thing or the next magic bullet.

Because of that, they never get anywhere. They stay in the “woulda coulda shoulda” phase and never reach their potential.

If you are ready to overcome the things holding you back, grab “The Inner Guide To Online Success” and start taking action.

Jul 02

Feeling Overwhelmed?

By ted sikkink | Entrepreneurship , Productivity

It’s natural, and it happens to everybody. But it’s how you handle that feeling that makes all the difference in the world. In the past I would try to cope with stress and overwhelm by consuming Red Bulls and junk food. Needless to say, that didn’t solve anything.

Most people get overwhelmed and instead of looking at the real problem they just try to power through it like I did. You are stressed and overwhelmed because you are thinking about or trying to do too much.
Step back and prioritize everything.

Look at what can only be done by you vs. what you could outsource to free up some time. Next, look at what’s left on your plate and find the things that would make the biggest impact if you did it.

Following these steps will not stop you from feeling overwhelmed, but they can make a huge impact on how you respond to it.

To get more time saving tips like this check out “The Inner Guide To Online Success.”

Jul 02

Can Goals be Dangerous?

By ted sikkink | Entrepreneurship , Productivity

Few people will ever admit this, but goals are the most dangerous things for you to have.

I’m sure you’re thinking that I’ve lost my marbles.

How can goals be dangerous?

Goals will drive you to accomplish more than you could imagine, but here is the elephant in the room.

The wrong goals will sabotage your success because they don’t push you out of your comfort zone.

People are afraid to fail so they end up making goals they know they could accomplish.

This keeps you from pushing yourself to become more.

It’s kind of like failing the 1st grade on purpose because you’re afraid you will fail the 2nd grade.

You have to create goals that will push you, but you need to keep them from becoming delusional.

This is where things can get really messed up.

People often think they can come up with some random goal like making $1 million in 12 months, but they have never made more than $50,000 per year ever.

That’s a wish at best.

Make goals that will push you and back them up with a plan. Use that plan to build upon each goal with a bigger and bigger one.

That’s how goals will work.

If you want to learn more about creating a successful business online, check out my DVD.

Jun 22

How I get so much done everyday.

By ted sikkink | Productivity

What’s your plan for this week?

I used to just wing it, and I hated the thought of having to plan anything. Planning was crushing my productivity.

It was restrictive. How could anyone create anything great?

Well times have changed. I know better, and I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did. It wasn’t until I became a project manager that I learned the value of planning.

I would plan out every part of a project down to the smallest details. This allowed me to pull off some crazy projects and meet deadlines that most people would call unrealistic.

But I would do it time and time again. It wasn’t until I applied this same method to my online business that things really took off.

I made a short video to show you how I plan everything out.

Click here to watch the video, and give me your feedback. 

Jun 05

Whats Stopping You From Success

By ted sikkink | Entrepreneurship , Productivity

Hey, this is Charles Kirkland. Welcome to episode number nine of Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneur. You’re busy. We don’t have time for an intro. So, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this.

What’s stopping you from success? Now I ask that question to all kinds of entrepreneurs. I get a variety of answers. Truth of the matter is, the thing that’s stopping you is most likely you. We could have a million reasons. We have like, “Well, you know Charles, if I only had this. If I only had that advantage.”

No. It’s not about somebody giving you an advantage. It’s you creating your advantage. But what I want to ask you is most of the time entrepreneurs are stopped by excuses. The excuses are, “I don’t have this resource.” “I don’t have funding.” “I don’t have people that believe in me.” “I don’t have this.”

Guys, the only thing stopping you from success is you. At the end of the day, it’s you. You’re the one steering the ship. You’re the one who makes that decision. You absolutely, positively have to be the one going out there and taking advantage of everything and make it happen.

So, next time you say well I don’t know or I’ve got something else, bull malarkey. It’s you. And when you finally accept that, you will be amazed at the results you can achieve.

Anyway, this is Charles Kirkland. Talk to you later.

May 22

Could Sleep Be Sabotaging Your Success

By ted sikkink | Entrepreneurship , Productivity

Hey, this is Charles Kirkland. Welcome to episode three of Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneur. You’re busy. We don’t have time for an intro, so let’s go ahead and jump into the meat and potatoes of this.

Now, this is a very, very, very controversial thing. Are you getting enough sleep? You say, “No. No, Charles, I’m an entrepreneur. I will sleep when I die.” I said that so many times, you know. I’ll rest when I’m dead. I got stuff to do. There’ve been times when I’ve had so many ideas where I have literally worked 24 hours straight, stopping for food and bathroom breaks, and that’s it.

And while that seems great, and I mean that’s the classic stories you hear entrepreneurs tell. You know, working through the night and everything else. The truth of the matter is, that’s probably counterproductive. First of all, your body’s like a Ferrari. It’s a fine-tuned racing machine. And it needs basically, maintenance. That means getting consistent sleep – going to bed at a certain time; waking up at a certain time. That’s consistency.

And when that happens, your body says okay. I know between ten pm and six am I can rest. I can sleep. I can rebuild. Do whatever. And I can recharge. Now what I would do, I’d have worked 24 hours straight and then I would crash for about 18 hours. Now, while I thought I was getting ahead, I’m going to be honest with you, after about the first 12 hours you’re just dragging.

Even if you’re fueled by adrenaline you’ve got passion, you’ve got drive, you just basically ran out of juice and then you started popping the Red Bulls, and the Mellow Yellow’s, and eating the carbs and pizza. And long story short, if you really look at that, and I know people will say, “No, Charles, I’m productive.”

That’s fine. But you have to understand. That takes a toll on your body. All of a sudden, you’re not thinking as clearly. There’s so many things that basically thrown monkey wrenches at you when you sleep like that, because then you’re so tired, you sleep, you wake up you’re groggy. That’s really not productive.

So, I want to end this segment. Start going to bed at a decent time or a certain time. Wake up at a certain time. The first week or two you do this you’re not going to like it. You’re going to be upset because, “Charles, you’re crazy. It’s not working for me.” Your body will get into a rhythm. And you’ll find you think clearer. You think faster. All of a sudden, you’re just like Johnny on the spot for stuff.

And as entrepreneurs, it’s not about how hard we work. It’s about how much we get done that really counts. So, keep that in mind. Anyway, this is Charles. Hope you enjoyed it. Give me some feedback. Talk to you later.