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How To Survive A Challenging Day

As weeks go, last week was a rather rubbish one.  Which wouldn’t be so bad… except that every single day contained its fair dollop of rubbish.
But don’t think this post is going to be a pity party… because it’s not!
I’ve actually learned a few valuable things, which I want to share with you in this post.
So if you’re having a bad day, hang on in there.
Hopefully, you’re about to feel better!

How To Survive A Challenging Day

1. Learn The Lesson And Apply It

In most things that happen – whether it’s good, bad or ugly – there’s a lesson to be learned.
My business coach Alex always bangs on about this.  And he should know.
He saw his business go from a ridiculously high (I’m talking tens of thousands of dollars) profit to absolute zero in the space of just one week.  Yes, you heard me… one week!
Now, Alex could have started his own pity party.  He could have started thinking he was useless, would never succeed and was doomed to nothingness.
But he didn’t.
He reflected on the differences between the two weeks.  He reached out to his customers to find out what was going on.  He looked at his data.
He sought out the lesson he needed to learn.
He learned it and then applied it.
And what happened?  The business regained momentum, he matched his peak profit levels again… and then crushed them.
I won’t even tell you what Alex’s profit is today, simply because many of you wouldn’t believe me.  But let me put it this way… his company just made it into the Inc. 5000.
And that’s because every time he hits a wall, an obstacle, a barrier, a disappointment (whatever you want to call it), he learns the lesson and applies it.
Last week might have been complete poo for me, but on reflection I’ve learned several very useful lessons which will serve me well from this week onward.
If you’re having a crap day, what lessons are there for you?
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How to Survive a Toxic Boss

I’ve received a few inbox messages over on Facebook that meander into the topic of toxic bosses.  So it’s probably quite a good time to make a post on the subject.  I hope it helps!

So, what do you mean by Toxic Boss?

Obviously, this isn’t a post about asbestos-ridden or uranium-drenched managers.  So, what do we mean by toxic boss?
Toxic Leadership is probably more easily described than defined.  Corporate Management Analyst Gillian Flynn did quite a good job of it in 1994; describing a toxic manager as the: read more

Opportunity: What you can learn from Sam, the Banana Man

Opportunity and Sam, the Banana Man

Banana Man
Source: Daniel Jones

Sam, the Banana Man?

Sam Zemurray was born in the Russian Empire at the latter end of the 19th Century.  Born into a poor Jewish family, they were too poor to support him through school and, as a result, he had no formal education.

In his early teens, Sam emigrated to the United States of America.  At the age of 17 he recognised an opportunity where others spotted crisis.  By the age of 21, he had banked $100,000.  A hundred grand in 1898… that’s a lot of money!  By 1930, Sam was selling his company for $31.5 million in stock shares; retiring at the youthful age of 53. read more