Archives for January 2010

Defining Diligence

A fantastic friend bought me a copy of The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon Secrets to Success, Wealth and Happiness by Steven K. Scott. Scott, evidently, had a knack for failure – or, at the very least, set backs. He was advised by a friend to read a chapter of Proverbs every day and when he got to the end, do it again. The idea was learning from Solomon would be a sure fire way to get – and keep – one’s life on track.

The first area covered by Scott is diligence – what it is, why it is important and how to know if you have got it. You know me, I had to look the word up.

diligence – persevering application, assiduity

Assiduity? What an interesting word, I thought. What does that mean?

Assiduity – the quality or state of being assiduous (marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application)

After I read the definition of the words, I felt I had a pretty good jump-start on this diligence thing. Then I got to his checklist at the end of the chapter. Some of the items were

  • Have a clear and precise vision for what you want to achieve
  • Creatively persist through disappointments and failures
  • Work expeditiously (with target dates)
  • Work effectively (achieving effective results)
  • Attain true excellence

Ummm, alrighty, maybe not a bad idea to keep reading and learning. A bit further off than I originally thought. But that’s okay, it’s all a journey of one step at a time.

Bought a Big Bat

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

– Dr. Seuss, Writer, 1904-1991

You just have to love Dr. Seuss!! There is no better way to start off a New Year than with an “ain’t nothing gonna break my stride” attitude.

Welcome back to Turn Around Tuesday. I want to take a quick minute to thank everybody who has been supportive through an interesting 2009. I’ll be taking you to lunch in 2010.

2009 was interesting for a good many people. I myself watched one business die, another one blossom and opportunities unfold. Lighthouse Leasing & Management has grown to over 200 properties in 4 counties. We are busy but we enjoy serving our owners by taking great care of their tenants. I received my long worked for brokers license in October. That allowed me to add a Keller Williams affiliation to my real estate tool bag. Possibility is bubbling like champagne for 2010!

However, some things got off track in an effort to create a laser focus and trim the fat, so to speak. Some things needed to derail and I will leave those in the train graveyard. Others are patiently awaiting my attention. TAT is one of those things. The conversations started over at MLWFY and Beautiful Chaos are others. Connection with people outside of my client/tenant list is a huge priority. I am appreciative for the patience and the boot in the butt I got from the folks who know how.

Today I encourage you to pick up your bat and swing away into 2010. I have a list of things I want to remember because I learned, leave in the past because they are useless or worse, distracting and stars I am shooting for in 2010. Most importantly, I have decided to get out of my head, over myself and on the ball. Granted, this is a work in progress and some days will be better than others. Yours will be too. Know what that makes us? Just like everybody else! Sing it with me – “Ain’t nothin’ gonna to
break my stride. Nobody’s gonna slow me down, oh-no, I got to keep on movin’…”

What’s Going On

Still For You
This section serves the same purpose as the sidebar did previously. Events, activities, promotions – whatever – submit them to me and I will do my best to get them listed here.relevant content, and they get exposure.

Anticipation Celebration & Burning Bowl Ceremony
Vicki Manibusan of Capstone Financial Partners in Savannah will be leading this event at Asbury Memorial United Memorial Church on Saturday, January 2, 2010, 2:00 pm.

Vicki describes the event as “a guided exercise to help you think about what you want to accomplish in the coming year.” Bring pen, paper, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Vicki can be reached at (912) 222-9410 for info and RSVP.

Leadership Bryan County
The next Leadership Bryan County class is slated to begin January 15, 2010. As a graduate, I can tell you this is a great opportunity. Call the Chamber at 912.756.3444 to register.

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