Do you like what you’re doing right now?

potential Jan 04, 2018

Do you like what you’re doing right now? Is this your passion? If not, why are you doing it?

In order to find our purpose and passion in life, we must become aware of who we are. Finding our passion helps us reach our potential.

It starts with knowing yourself. This includes your strengths and blind spots, your interests and opportunities. You must be able to gauge not only where you have been, but where you are going. Otherwise, you are liable to get lost.

John Maxwell tells us, “You have to know who you are to grow to your potential. But you have to grow in order to know who you are.” To grow, he suggests we focus on what is REAL: relationships, equipping, attitude and leadership.

His passion and self-awareness helped John Maxwell become an internationally recognized expert in leadership development. Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders and many other organizations rely on John Maxwell for inspiration and advice.

Living your passion gives you...

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Wishing You Success In 2018!

awareness Dec 30, 2017

 

Happy New Year 2018!

 

With a new beginning and fresh start,
Full of inspiration and positive thoughts,
Let's begin this year with an optimistic thought.

Gone are the days of regret and guilt,
Those rooms full of darkness.
It's time to move with courage,
Full of confidence and hope.
Let's begin this year with an optimistic thought.

 

Published by Somya

  At familyfriendpoems.com

 


All the best in 2018

Your friends,

UpCloseTeam

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

truth Dec 21, 2017

 

Snowball Poem
  by Shel Silverstein
Fun Poem

 

I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as could be,
I thought I’d keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head,
Then last night it ran away,
But first - it wet the bed!

 


All the best in 2018!

Your friends,

UpCloseTeam

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If you don't learn from your mistakes, why make them?

mistakes Dec 14, 2017

No one likes to make a mistake. I know I certainly don’t. But it happens to all of us. Some mistakes are the result of a poor choice.

Other mistakes are just dumb. They happen during a temporary lapse of attention, and afterwards we can see how easily they might have been avoided.

A few years ago in the early weeks of December, I made a dumb mistake. For a moment, I did not pay attention. As a result, a person I value might have felt uncomfortable and just as he was starting a new role.

Lucky for me, the person in question has a great sense of humour.

It was my job to organize a gathering of board members from across Western Canada. We began with a networking dinner, which was to be followed by meetings the next day.

I selected an appropriate restaurant and arranged for the menu in advance.

People arrived in cabs I'd organized. The networking was great, the dinner was delicious, and the atmosphere was fun.

Everyone thanked me as we were heading out the door. I hailed some cabs...

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Everyone Wants to Have a Good Day

awareness Dec 08, 2017

Have you ever wondered if what you do today really affects your success tomorrow?

If you have a good day, does that make it more likely that the next day will also be good? And anyway, what makes one day good while another is not?

Everyone wants to have a good day, but according to John Maxwell, few of us know what a good day looks like. In his book, "Today Matters", he explains that very few people understand how the way they live today will impact what happens to them tomorrow. Why is that?

Well, there are a lot of misconceptions that can lead us astray. Here are few of the common misconceptions that are outlined in John Maxwell's book:

  1. We believe success is impossible, so we criticize it.
  2. We believe successes is mystical, so we search for it.
  3. We believe success comes from luck, so we hope for it.
  4. We believe success is productivity, so we work for it.
  5. We believe success comes from opportunity, so we wait for it.
  6. We believe success comes from leverage, so we power up for it.
  7. We...
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Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

awareness Nov 16, 2017

Why do people say” heads up” when you should duck?

Why are the numbers on a calculator in the opposite order from the numbers on a phone? And why does a round pizza come in a square box? Many of us have wondered about these questions.

So here’s another question: what is it that makes us so inquisitive?

Curiosity is all about keeping an open mind and being able to enjoy new experiences while at the same time always looking for challenges and wanting to learn something new. It’s a thirst for knowledge.

Curiosity can also be contagious – in fact, if you want to make other people pay attention to what you have to say, keeping them curious may be one of the most effective ways to do it.

Just for a moment let’s go back to when you when you were a child, or when you had children. Do you remember watching Curious George on TV? He was always having experiences and getting into trouble because of his curiosity. You followed him on his daily journey and...

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You Only Get Answers to the Questions You Ask

awareness Nov 10, 2017

In our previous blog last week, we reviewed the first four benefits outlined in Maxwell's book, "Good Leaders Ask Great Questions":

1. You only get answers to the questions you ask.

2. Questions unlock and open doors that otherwise remain closed.

3. Questions are the most effective means of connecting with people.

4. Questions cultivate humility.

This blog explores more reasons to embrace questions as part of strong leadership.

5. Questions help you engage others in conversation.

 The best way to get people talking is to ask them great questions. There are so many great, outside-of-the-box questions you could ask.

Here is one example: "If you had 30 minutes to spend with any person alive today, who would that be, and why?"

You could also organize a dinner with a group of like-minded people in your industry and keep the conversation moving by asking great questions. Everyone at the table could learn and grow while also enjoying time together.


 

6. Questions allow us...

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The Power of Questions

awareness Nov 02, 2017

Are you a person who asks a lot of questions? If not, have you ever asked yourself why?

Our ability to ask questions has a huge impact on our lives and our interactions with others. It's the key to understanding. Yet, we may not know which questions to ask.

Thomas J. Watson Sr. said, "The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer." Begin by clarifying what you're trying to find out.

Are you looking for facts? Do you need an expert opinion? Are you asking others to share their experience or skills? Once you begin to explore, dig deeper.

"Why" questions are particularly productive for learning more.

In his book "Good Leaders Ask Great Questions", John Maxwell promotes the value of asking questions as a leadership lifestyle. Here are just a few of the reasons that questions are so powerful:

1. You only get answers to the questions you ask.

At one time or another most of us have said, "I have a question for you and I know it may sound dumb." We...

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What is your underlying desire in life?

potential Oct 26, 2017

What is your underlying desire in life? Do you yearn for self-fulfillment? Or is self-development more important to you?

Are your efforts designed to make you feel good? Or are they designed to help you become the best you can be? Is your goal to be successful? Or is it to achieve significance?

These are great questions to ask yourself.

Before you can help anyone else grow, you must first take care of your own growth. In "The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth", John Maxwell talks about what he calls the Law of Contribution. According to this law, "Growing yourself enables you to grow others."

You may be wondering why you'd want a personal growth plan. What is the purpose of such a plan?

Most of us are already growing at least a little. So why make a plan? The purpose of a plan is that it takes your further. Intense growth does not happen by accident. Without a plan, you might grow a little, but you're unlikely to reach your true potential.

Although making a personal growth plan involves...

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You Are What You Think

potential Oct 19, 2017

Have you ever wondered why some people are successful yet others are not?

We all have theories. We may think successful people are smarter. We may think they were given better opportunities. Some people just have bad luck. We might think that education makes all the difference. Or maybe we believe that people don’t succeed because they are lazy.

In his book, "Thinking for a Change", John Maxwell says that he's been looking for answers to what makes a person successful his whole life. To help us focus on a possible answer, he shares a story about two sisters and how they think differently.

One sister is accepted into pharmacy school and is extremely excited about the opportunity. The other sister is happy for her, but also feels sorry for her because she's going to have to go to school for four more years. The first sister chooses to think positively about the upcoming experience. She looks to the future and sees opportunity. The second sister chooses to think negatively. She...

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