Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Without continual growth and progress, success have no meaning

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. Benjamin Franklin

All we experience a period of  conformity when we achieve new skills or when we just finish improving our ways.

That, is according to many one of the main problems we face everyday.

Growth is not only to be better than what we were yesterday or last year, but also a constant state of the mind.
That can be added to our development of in our lives or in our companies.

Once we believe we are fine and achieved our main goals, we must set another goal and when we achieve it, to set another one again and again. Otherwise our success becomes something of the past.

We need to be in the arena whenever we do business or whenever we are dealing with our societies. That's how we are encouraged to keep going and to develop an ambitious attitude while we are performing in our businesses or while we perform our professions.

Just as public functionaries perform and are in the mind of their communities, so it is true that if we want people to keep us in mind or if we can interact in the society in a very active way we also need to show this growth publicly.

The other important component in this equation is to show the progress of our growth.
Progress is how we can show to others how our effort has paid to advance in every ways of our professional life.

Do not underestimate the power of public opinion when thinking about the way you show your results of growth and progress.
This could be the difference between set yourself as an authority in what your business professes 

Ivan Caballero

Monday, April 15, 2013

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. Winston Churchill

Every single man or woman who has succeeded have a great repertoire of stories where they had face problems or long roads with thorns.

Those problems shaped the winners character again and again.

It's true we must go against envy and hate.

It's true we must keep going on and on no matter what.

In order to grow as a company or a regular person, we are encouraged  to challenge and overcome situations where we face doubt and fear.

Fear seems to be that test for us to choose either to crumble or to use it as a ladder and rise high and higher than our previous place.

No matter how many times we have to try we must and we should stay firm until we overcome those challenges.

One important point is keeping our faith in ourselves.
You can feel that fear but is you choice to allow that fear to affect us.

There would not be success if you didn't have challenges and the more we overcome them, the more we grow and the higher we rise.

If you are facing envy or difficulties trying to make your ideas to prevail and you think your ideas must be tried but still no one seems to care, then this is for you.

Take a moment to catch your breath, think twice just in case you need to make a slight or big change, take the  best decision and go for it.

Remember eagles fly high and to fly higher they must take advantage of the opposing wind to raise where no others or where no conformist can go.

Ivan Caballero 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Is Failure an option?

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. Anthony j. D'Angelo

Failure is the less expected event in our lives and yet we keep failing one time after another to at least plan what to do when it happens.

Are you kidding me? Me? Fail?
That the first idea we face and not happy wit that we keep going and going until all of a sudden we under estimate some facts and our idea or dream starts going down until we fail completely. And as always there is more than one person telling us the famous most annoying phrase we want to hear: "I told you"

Planning should be a standard process and it is not. Soooo, there is no escape huh?
Are we condemned to fail and avoid those facts that will make us fail.

In the beginning of our lives we tend to know everything, let's say when we are teenagers and young adults, we are told by our parents to go to college, and there we learn so much that we ask ourselves when or how are we going to use those concepts and why? why so much to learn?
We remember our uncle, aunt, that has a simpler life and still made big.

No way, we rebel again against us and just by honor we keep our career until we finish.
Right after we finish we realize that we know too little to compete!!!

We start something and when we thought everything was going well.....we fail.

Failure should be considered every time we plan to do something.
Also there must be a plan if we fail.

No reason to fear, just put it as a possibility and not an option.
We must pan to succeed and not to miss our goal.

But still we need to plan what if...?
That what if, can save our whole company when we start seeing the signs of failure.
We could anticipate right after the first alarm or the second.

Honestly that is the main goal to go to College or the University.
To learn not only the good but to be able to anticipate the bad in order to avoid failure as much as possible.

Keep learning my friend, ........
Ivan Caballero     


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Be who you are...

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” Dr. Seuss

While with my friends I noticed different behaviors that confused me.
I was in a public place and all of a sudden there was a local TV person who was in the same place where we were.

Once my friends noticed this famous person, they started to act randomly different.
At some point they wanted to be noticed by this famous local TV person.

To make a story short, my friends engaged in a greeting plus more “comments” until they were all near this TV person.

My friends joked about things they see when this person speak in front of the camera and I couldn't help to see my friends trying to look more cool than what they were and also looking more eloquent.

How many times do we try others to see us more cool or portraying different actions so others believe we are better or nicer persons than what we are.

Sometimes we look more shy and afraid to say things that are not right or in the other case, to say things that can make a positive difference in people around us; but we simply don't show what we really are.

I also found that the more we care about certain people around us the less they care about us.
We despise those ones that really matter about us.

Life is like that.

There is still time to get noticed or compliment those who really matter or those who mind about us.
We can let other know how we care about them. How? With a phone call, or a letter, or an email or last but not least, with a text message.

It's important to notice those good examples we had in our life, those examples that came from people that maybe didn't give us possessions or money, but they gave us good examples.

And who knows, if because of them we are people productive to our society or good examples in our community.

Ivan Caballero

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Are you Competitive enough?

“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” Jack Welch

Some people miss understand the practical application of being competitive.
In order for you to be a competitive person you must have a motivation in life or a motivation at work. 

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

When resisting is not worth it

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu

Human nature is in every human being the main cause of their actions whether they are good or bad
You find yourself arguing for everything, complaining also for minimum details in your life.

Are you ready for more changes?
Changes are spontaneous some times and others are a succession of events that will make you change completely from one year to the other.

Changes are hard to face some times like the absence of a family member due to divorce, death or simple physical absence because of work.
People have been facing the same problems since the creation of the world.

It seems that the more you resist a sudden change in your life makes you feel worse and the more you try, the more it hurts.

Let's face it. You can not change human nature as if you had a magical wand and make life easier.
You have to accept people as they are and deal with their positive side.

Imagine you are in a small boat stranded in the middle of the sea. You have no veils, no anchor, and no way to source it towards any place.
You need to allow the flow takes you somewhere.

Now let's imagine you have veils and a way to source your small boat in a direction and the same flow comes under you, that flow is very strong. If you resist to it, your boat might be destroyed all of a sudden.
The smartest advice would be: allow the flow to take you and when possible orient your veils in a a way that takes you out of that flow.

There are things that will never change even though you want it so.
Just let go.

It will be healthier for you. There is no need to fight back, nor resist if it has no case to do that.

Things will get better eventually.
Sooner or later everything will come to the place it has to be. Maybe you'll see it, maybe not.
Give the benefits of the hope in those events and keep going.

Move on.
Do not that event stop you and delay you.

No case to resist and change what's wrong?
Move on,
Live, because no one else will live for you. Only you.
Keep moving forward.

Ivan Caballero

Monday, April 08, 2013

Are you diligent enough?

Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Benjamin Disraeli

Ever wonder why there are people who succeed and other aren't?

You think I'm going to start telling about things you should do, but you are wrong.

Is there any good luck in life? We see people who get everything just almost whenever they want it.
You might say they are lucky.

Along the years I have seen a perfect formula that was also published for may people, some authors mention this formula between the lines but there is no such a thing in the end.
They mention opportunity plus preparation can lead us to good fortune or good luck.

Truth is, that, what it might be good fortune for some also can be bad fortune for others.

When you have defined your goal in life, there is a lot of care for getting there in the less time possible to achieve it.

Many fail on the road, and it is not because they aren't prepared for success, they are ready, they have studies, skills, connections in every level of society.

Some others have the opportunity almost anchored to their lives and still are not successful persons. Or not in the level they would like to be.

The reason could be in their level of diligence to face challenges in life.
They take it too easy or they think those opportunities will be there forever or that they will live enough to take advantage of them.

The more diligence you express when starting your day the more results you can get at the end of the day.
To have diligence you need also discipline and being constant.

I'll give you an exercise to practice:

Every morning when you wake up, set a time for the regular tasks you perform before going to work.
Let's say you need x amount of minutes to get from A to B, then reduce that time and start speeding up your actions.

While at work set a countdown for the things you need to work with and and set a few minutes of reward right after finishing every accomplished task.

This method is called the Pomodoro Method. You can modify it or use it as prescribed normally.

I know you have to fight against yourself but it is well worth it.

Increase your level of diligence to perform your everyday tasks and others will thank you for it.

Ivan Caballero