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Yosemite’s Half Dome: a Metaphor for Your Business?

Half Dome

Dawn and I were in Yosemite Valley two weeks ago. It was our first visit and I can only describe it as stunningly spectacular.

I’d seen many pictures of this magical basin, but pictures don’t do it justice. It’s one of those places you just have to see and experience for yourself. If you’ve been there you know what I mean. If you haven’t, I urge you to add it to your “Bucket List”.

When we first entered the valley we were awestruck. Without realizing it, I found myself speaking in hushed tones. I felt like we’d entered a cathedral. It was that impressive.

We stayed at Yosemite Lodge right at the base of Yosemite Falls. So from our room, we could see and hear the tallest waterfall in the United States.

We hiked up to the upper falls about 1100 feet above the lodge. It was a 3-hour hike with what seemed like 100 steep switch-backs, but the view was certainly worth it.

One of the most photographed peaks in the world is Half Dome—located at the eastern end of valley. At 8,800 feet (some 4,700 feet above the valley floor) it’s the largest hunk of exposed granite on Earth.

So what does this little travelogue of Yosemite have to do with your business?

Well let me describe Half Dome for you. It’s big, it’s distinctive, it’s impressive and it’s solid. It’s lasted a very long time and will last even longer.

That’s a pretty good metaphor for a business, don’t you think?

You may not want to build a huge business. But why not? It takes no more work to build a big business than a small one.

The distinctive shape of Half Dome is noteworthy, too. Your business must have a way to distinguish itself from others. You need to stand out from the crowd. Distinctive and impressive is a nice combination indeed.

Is your business solid? Will it stand the test of time? No business is as old as Half Dome—but having a solid and long-lasting business is a worthy objective.

Rock-solid, with the ability to endure, distinctive and impressive—that’s the kind of business we endeavor to help you build.

See some of the pictures we took at Yosemite here . . .

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Start with Clarity to Gain Even MORE Clarity

One of the key objectives of a mastermind team is to gain greater clarity and focus in order to take consistent and effective action toward our goals.

And if you want to maximize the power of your mastermind team, it’s best to begin with as much clarity as you can muster on your own.

All too often, when we present our case—be it a problem to be solved, an issue to overcome or an idea to brainstorm—we don’t plan ahead enough to articulate it clearly.

It’s always best to invest a few minutes in planning and even practicing what you want to present to your team. In doing so, you will be clearer yourself, you will be better understood and the result will be even greater clarity and feedback from the rest of your team.

Less is More
It’s important to be succinct. You do not have to explain in detail, provide all the history and justify things in order to present your case well. Fewer words have more power than many words. Provide only enough information to illustrate the context and the content needed to be understood.

When you are long-winded, people stop listening. Don’t make them work hard—get to the point.

MY point is to encourage you to plan well, deliver well and receive well.

The same goes for your feedback to your teammates. Share in a bullet-point format in order to leave as much time for additional feedback.

In doing so, you’ll make your mastermind team or your brainstorming meeting ever more powerful.

Quote du jour . . .

A problem clearly stated is a problem half-solved.

—Charles Kettering, American industrialist

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Why Would I Promote a Competitor? And Should YOU?

One of my readers wrote to me yesterday and asked why I would promote one of my competitors.

The “competitor” he was referring to was Bill Bartmann, a man who knows what it takes to build a billion-dollar business, because he’s done it. In fact, at one time, Bill was listed as the 25th richest person in America.

The program we recommended was Bill’s new Billionaire University. Click here to find out more.

In any event, the man who wrote to me said that in promoting Bill’s membership program, I was sending my clients to the opposition–another membership program.

It’s a fair concern, but it’s one that is really part of the old way of doing business.

Yes, we’re in the business of helping people and companies grow. And Bill Bartmann is also in the business of providing expert business guidance with the aim of helping businesses grow.

And yes, we do target similar markets.

But I believe in an abundant marketplace. I know there is plenty of business to go around. I also know that different experts and trainers appeal to different people in different ways.

My primary aim is to help business excel. And if one of my so-called competitors can help my members and subscribers do that, I am more than willing to share the information with my readers.

And in this case, $100 for a full year’s membership with dozens of professional how-to videos was just too good a deal. Of course, I would recommend it to the SuccessNet community.

Yes, Bill is going to pay us a commission—just as I would pay him if the he were recommending us.

But here’s the question I ask myself whenever I am considering recommending a product, service or person: Would I be recommending it if there was nothing in it for us? If I believe in it and if it will help our members, we do it. If not, we don’t. It takes some due diligence, but it pays off.

I’ve only regretted a couple of recommendations in over 12 years. And each case, we went back to our readers and told them we blew it.

So I encourage you to not be afraid of your competition. Look at the market as infinite rather than a finite pie to b carved up. You may even find ways to cooperate and partner with them, as we have done on a number of occasions.

Think win-win-win—a win for you, a win for them and a win for the people you serve.

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