Toastmaster Leon Wilczynski was my hero last week! This local based entrepreneur offered us at the education session of the toastmasters a free of charge DISC Assessment by TTI Success Insights. I did this kind of test before on the Tony Robbins website, but this was more focused on “Behaviors and Motivators – Management Staff” to help to improve the internal communication within Toastmasters. I always likes to learn about myself. I was surprised that my former D domination changed to an I domination. More about DISC Assessment you can find here.
My wife Margarete bought two books of “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller as a gift for her two sons when she left for Germany for her most important travel in the last five years…. This book radically changed her approach to how she does her real estate business. In a very short time of weeks she put his ideas into action. Beautiful. Last week I followed a recommendation of Steve Olsher. But the reason I mention him is the ONE thing. Which word would it be if you would like to find ONE word for the three words Life.Love.Matter. branded by Brendon Burchard? Difficult right? How about this one: significant? Significance. (I even had to look up that word because I didn´t know what it meant in English:–)))) That´s the ONE word Steve wants you to think about yourself! Sounds weird? He makes his “why” quite clear and understandable: When you are in a bad stage of your life your self esteem is potentially weak, right? In his video below he puts all the bad words on one side of a board and writes the positive counterpart next to it and asks: So what does it cost to change your mindset to the good? You know already the answer, right? It costs you nothing. And how about sticking with the negativity? Everything! Isn´t that refreshing? It sounds too easy to be true, right? But “It is what it is” – what the Americans say: it´s about a significant decision you make for yourself! You want more? Steve has more to say.–))You can read him!
Today I am the Toastmaster of the evening. I chose the topic “goals 2015”. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said “a goal without a plan is a wish only.” In Kronberg two years ago I met an American business leader who told me the difference between Germans and American is Germans like to plan and American set goals – even they don´t know the way yet. American will try and try to reach the goal and Germans wait and wait until they think there is no wait necessary to execute the best possible way. To combine both parameter make sense but doesn´t necessary help to reach the goal quicker if it´s something completely new. Because a planned way is not necessary the best way. It´s the one way you decided to go. And that is in my opinion Antoine de Saint-Exupéry´s reason why he formed this statement. Especially within a network of people it´s evidently appropriate to have a plan. The most beautiful thing to say about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is that he chose a language which anybody can follow and understand. That´s the key of his success. And that is the essence of public speaking.
I met my “cousin” (more detailed: son of my mother´s cousin Harry) Eric Grotefeld the last time in Conneticut in 1980. Since than life had dramatically changed for both of us. On Christmas eve in Assisi Reverend Michael J. Schneller asked us to switch off the mobile phones. I refused to do it. I was going to take notes. Does this man actually know how few people use the mobile phone to talk to other people? When Michael encouraged the media to write positive “news” I started to clap my hands. People looked at me like I am a fool. Yes I am! Nothing is more important to reach out to people in a positive way. I thought clapping my hands was the best way to get the people´s attention about the importance of the Pastor´message. New Year´s eve on purpose I left my mobile phone home. Why not? I just wanted to have fun with friends. We were invited for a black tie dinner at August.
But this all perhaps has nothing to do with Eric´s message in the video below. “Apps” (=Applications) does not exist since Apple Inc. branded this expression for your smart phone! Actually I grew up within a family of Dinosaurs industries Eric was talking about at the beginning of his video. (below) When the dishwasher was invented in the 60ties my father was only interested in to find another market. He started to produce towels. What are the dramatic changes Eric was talking about? The internet of things. For example: When Warren Buffet lost Geico because my car knows the way home and “personal driving” becomes superfluous this might have a bigger impact than home textiles. Why? Because bigger (in terms of more concentrated) industries are involved. Does it also change the society? I don´t know yet. I think the first step should be to put the “fear industries” in question if you want to change the world to become “a better place”. But I am not sure if there are enough people who really want this change… May I ask you a question without getting upset with me? Does not “bad news”, “weapons” and “unnecessary pills” keep man kind artificially busy instead of focusing on nourishing dialogues?