It’s all in the details… my first car related post for some time ;)

20 years of Pagani

Morning!

Tell me, what do details mean to you? …

Maybe flick me a reply with your answer or post it on Facebook tagging me in. I’d love to know.

What do details mean to me? Everything.

Details are the little things that while nobody can sometimes see them they complete a whole that is outstanding.

Horacio Pagani believes in the details. His cars are automotive jewellery and the pricing aligns with that. Just recently was 20 years of Pagani and Pagani restored the car they displayed at the Geneva Car Show in 1999. It’s still amazing. It’s still ahead of its time in so many ways because the details, the hidden bolts finished as well as the ones you can see give it a feeling of luxury.

You can’t see those things but you know, you have a gut feeling that they are just as perfect as the ones you can see and it forms a completeness that most manufacturers can’t compete with.

Apple comes close though because Steve jobs believed the back should be as good as the front. And if you’ve ever taken an Apple device apart the preciseness of the component layout exudes quality.

So, details are everything. They matter. They require the extra time because the quality of the outcome will be so much better.

You can apply this idea anywhere and in doing it consistently it will become a habit for you. For example, exercise technique. Getting a movement perfect increases its effect. Sleep. Getting into the details of your sleep habits will help you sleep better.

Quality. That’s what details mean to me. Think about what they mean to you and see where you can add to your details and so up your quality. People won’t be seeing every detail, but they’ll know they’re there and that will make a huge difference to how they see you, your product or your service.

I believe this is the time to get the details right, produce great quality and help make the world, your world, just a tiny bit better.

Have a great week,
Glenn Edley


Quote for the week

“Art and science can walk together, hand in hand.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

It’s the last 5% to 15%

 

Hey 👋

Do you know what the difference between a professional and an amateur is?

It’s the last 5% to 15%. That last 5 to 15% needs a professional. It needs a coach. You need help if you want to be running at 100%.

You need to be on the lookout for people who can help you get that last little bit. And once you have them on your team, you’ll be running at 100% more often than not.

This happens because they care about what you’ve decided to focus on and they’ve spent a lifetime learning about it. Because of that care, they can think about things you haven’t thought of.

They’re looking at it from a different point of view. For example, a great business coach is looking at it from a huge range of experiences with a lot of different businesses.

You might only have one business and therefore one point of view so you can’t see the wood for the trees or in other words If Your Only Tool Is a Hammer Then Every Problem Looks Like a Nail.

I’d love you to gain that last 5 to 15%. Remember the last 5 to 15% is important to you, your friends and family and your business.

It’s the difference between being an amateur and a professional. Mediocrity and success.

Have a successful week. Stay safe and stay connected.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

Quote for the week

“Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.”

– Epictetus

Questions To Ask Myself, Others And Of The Business

I like good questions because I believe that the better the question, the better the answer.

So, here is a list of the good questions I’ve collected from books, videos and conversations. I have some questions under multiple headings if I think they can apply in the different scenarios.

Technique
I find that if I ask myself a question and then let it sit in my mind, reminded by a sticky note, an answer bubbles up in good time. And, it’s usually a very good answer. One your brain has put through the wringer of your subconscious and decided the appropriate answer and action to take.

I will add to this list as I read questions I think are worthwhile thinking about and add headings as I see fit.

Updated: 29 April 2020

Me
Where is the lesson in this for me?
How am I going to help people get results?
How can I have the biggest impact?
What is my purpose in life?
What does the best me look like (act, hold myself etc)?
What do I love about what I do?
What do I want to be really good at?
Who’s holding you accountable?
What is my 20 or 30 year goal?
How do I want to be working in 12 months time?
What do I want?
What gives me the most energy?
What experience do I need to deliver?
What do I need to earn to make it happen?
What will I say “no” to?
What advice am I giving out that I’m not following myself?
What did I learn from a mistake I made today / this week?
What’s the best thing you did for someone this week so far?

Business
What business are we really in?
What business do we need to be in?
Who’s missing?
When someone says, “I believe x,” ask them: What data are you looking at? What reasoning are you using to draw your conclusion?
What should a quality person have known and done in that situation?
What are you optimising for?
What is the best way forward for x?
What numbers matter to you?
What experience do I need to deliver?
Does it make the boat go faster?
How can I ensure a great outcome for my clients with less me?
How can I continue to meet my clients expectations?
What is the biggest challenge right now to your business?

Others
What should a quality person have known and done in that situation?
What did you learn today?
What are you optimising for?
What tabs do you have open at the moment?
Who’s holding you accountable?
What numbers matter to you?
What did you fail at today?
What is the biggest challenge right now to your business?
What did you learn from a mistake you made today / this week?

Family (At the dinner table)
What mistake did you make that taught you something?
What did you try hard at today?
Tell, me three things that happened today and how they made you feel?
Tell me one thing you’re grateful for today?
What did you fail at today?

Racing
Where’s the grip in the rain?

What’s my purpose in life?

Good morning, from the back porch!!

What’s my purpose in life?

This is a question I come back to time and time again because I haven’t had what I feel is the right answer, for the time. And times change so, so should your purpose.

Or, should it?

Could there be an answer that lives within you that you can rely on to get you up in the morning?

Looking in the mirror this morning an answer bubbled up, “To be the best me.”

Hmmm. So, my purpose in life is to be the best me?

Was that selfish I thought?

Was that going to make a dent in the Universe?

The answer ‘felt’ right though. Starting with me is working. I’ve lost weight recently by doing 75 Hard and I think I look and feel way better. Most people wouldn’t notice but it’s important to me because as I head to 50 I want to have more energy than I did at 30.

Flexibility, speed and strength are what I keep front of mind. This relates to Spike as well. At any time in the history of Spike speed, flexibility and strength have allowed the business to either keep going or flourish.

So, yes this is the answer for me. Working on being the best me radiates out to those around me and because I’m putting in the work, people notice.

They notice the work if you’re out on the street at 6am, showing up in your family in a better way or being present when you’re with them.

I’m going to continue working on being the best me and I’m confident that will help me put that dent in the Universe I live in.

If you’re interested in the questions I ponder you can check out my list here. I collect good questions because I believe the better the question the better the answer.

I’d love to hear the question you’re thinking about. Message me and let me know and I’ll add it to my list.

To your success.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at foundationprogram.co.nz.

Quote for the week

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”

– Epictetus

The Elephant and the Stake

Have you ever seen a photo of a huge elephant tied by a rope to a stake in the ground? If you have you might have wondered how that tiny stake and rope could hold such an enormous, powerful creature.

You might have thought it was some high tensile steel rope with the stake buried 10 feet into the ground. But then you look, and no. It’s just a wooden stake and a frayed looking rope.

How can this be?

While young and weak an elephant is tied by a heavy chain to an immovable steel stake. No matter how hard the young elephant tries to pull the stake from the ground or break the chain, it cannot. From then on no matter how big and strong the elephant gets it believes that when it’s tied to a stake it cannot move.

As long as the stake is there it is powerless.

The elephant and the stake story relates to mindset and many people act like that. They see an imaginary stake in the ground and relate it to a heavy chain they couldn’t break as a child.

You may have many stakes for your past, but you’re not a child now. You are a powerful being.

You must question yourself so you know what and where those stakes are. Start pulling them from the ground. Some will be so firmly stuck they need wiggling and widening the hole.

But keep wiggling, keep questioning, and they suddenly pull out! Sometimes as they come out you will fall on to your butt and be sore for a time. But, so it goes. That time will pass.

The key is they’re out of the ground.

You are free to move in the direction you choose.

Any direction.

Choose wisely.

As Albus Dumbledore says, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

To your success.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at foundationprogram.co.nz.

Quote for the week

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

– Albus Dumbledore

We are what we repeatedly do

This is a time we will never have again, I hope, where we can work on ourselves and form habits that will replace the ones that aren't working for us.

Full Transcript

Good morning. So, I can't remember what day this is. Maybe it's day seven. We'd been at home for a while with the kids. So, it feels like a lot longer. But look, this is a great time to be doing work on yourself. This is an amazing time to be doing work on yourself. This is the time I wrote in my Monday motivator. You'll never probably have this abundance of time again.

So look, one of my favourite quotes, it's misattributed to Aristotle, but basically it's Will Durant in his book the Story of Philosophy. He wrote, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit."

And we are the product of our habits. So this is the time to really think about the habits that you want to form. If you go through your day for the next couple of days, so the next couple of days, go through your day and just note down stuff that you do on autopilot. How you get up in the morning, what you do when you first get up, how you brush your teeth, how you get dressed, how you get your mind prepped for the day. What do you read first thing in the morning?

Just start noting those things down. Do you read The Herald the first thing in the morning? Do you read The Guardian? Do you read whatever? That's bad news going into your head. Right from the very beginning of the day. So, if you start looking at these habits and you get to the end of the day and you're tired, you're grumpy, you're not full of energy, you don't have a good night's sleep. Everything you've done during the day is leading you up to that, right?

So, we are what we repeatedly do. So, think about that. Think about what habits are going to get you to feeling energetic all day, to having a good sleep every day. Sleep, my friends and I, we call sleep our superpower because there's a great Ted Talk on that actually. But sleep is your superpower. So, you need really good sleep.

So think about, over the next few days, write down what you're doing or just make a note of habits that you have in place now and note the ones that are working for you, note the ones that aren't, and start replacing the ones that aren't working with you, with ones that will. You might need to do some reading. You might need to do some real soul searching and some thinking about what you want. But remember, as Will Durant said, "We are what we repeatedly do. And therefore, excellence then is not an act but a habit."

This is a great time to get some really good habits. Have a good day, eh? It's 20 to 10:00. I'm acting as if I'm starting work every day. I'm not sure what you're doing. Let me know. Have a great day though.

Now is the time to be the best you

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Monday Motivator

Good morning!

What happens when you don’t want to do ‘the work’?

There are times when you just don’t want to do ‘the work’. The work that will get you what you want and where you want to be.

Oh, yeah. That ‘work’.

It’s hard.

It’s challenging.

It’s easy to put off.

And, you know what? It just has to be done.

Because you know what happens when you don’t do it, nothing. A BIG FAT zero.

If you want to get the things you want and move towards the things you aspire, you just have to do ‘the work’.

Get going now.

Go on!

GO

Stay safe, stay put and move when you can.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at foundationprogram.co.nz.

Quote for the week

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

Samuel Goldwyn

 

How is your sense of humour right now?

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Monday Motivator

Good morning!

How is your sense of humour right now?

It would be understandable if you said it was somewhat lacking at the moment with the unstable state of the world.

However, I read somewhere that children laugh around 40 times a day and adults about four. Four times a day?!

Developing a sense of humour about life’s challenges is a great place to start. A sense of humour will help you to build resilience to stress as well as improve your overall physical and emotional health.

A sense of humour helps to smooth the path on the way to your success.

A sense of humour makes you likeable and more attractive.

A sense of humour can help you to overcome challenges by rising above them and seeking the course of action that will put you back on the path to success.

A great way to keep you in good humour is to count your blessings. The fact is, you are blessed every day with little things you take for granted. Like the fact you are breathing right now as you read this. The fact that you CAN read. That you get up this morning and have a job to go to, and the list goes on.

There is always someone worse off than you and counting your blessings won’t fail to put a smile on your face.

Remember we’re all in this together and there’s lots of helpful advice out there. So please ask for help when you need it and maintain your sense of humour.

Have a terrific week, tell someone a joke and laugh!

Kind regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at foundationprogram.co.nz.

Quote for the week

“Laughter rises out of adversity and rewards you for your courage.”

Erma Bombeck

 

Whatever you are doing don’t stop now

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Monday Motivator

Hello!

Whatever you are doing don’t stop now. Don’t give up!

Your next break-through, solution or success could be just around the corner. I was reading Idealog some time ago and I remember there was an article about James Dyson.

5,127 prototypes later the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner was a reality.

That’s right – five thousand, one hundred and twenty six prototypes.

Where would you have stopped? 1, 20, 2,000?

Because he kept going until he found the solution Dyson has achieved sales of over NZD $7 Billion worldwide.

From personal experience, I have realised that perseverance does work. It took me five years to develop an email marketing system for the Real Estate industry that offered personalisation, consistency for the companies and affordability for the agents. Yup, 5 years.

So, don’t give up today. Keep going. Keep testing and you will always find your solution eventually.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at foundationprogram.co.nz.

Quote for the week

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

Newt Gingrich

 

What does the news give you?

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Monday Motivator

Hello!

I’m always behind in the news. Mostly because I very rarely watch it or read it. My reason: Watching the news every day has been proven to give you a skewed view on life. A University of Florida professor, C. John Sommerville, wrote a book about it, stating, ‘it can make you dumb!’

Here are a few disadvantages of watching the daily news taken from Sommerville’s book. Some of these are obvious but worth repeating here:

  1. You shouldn’t watch the news first thing in the morning or just before bed because it encourages feelings of sadness, grumpiness, and anger. Watching the news colors how you see the world with its broad strokes of death, destruction, betrayal, and hopelessness.
  2. You shouldn’t watch the news because judging, making wrong conclusions, assuming, and extrapolating incorrectly are all automatic. When you watch the news, you’re rarely given the full story. You don’t know what’s really going on, why things happened, or who was involved.
  3. You shouldn’t watch the news because when you’re talking to people and you focus solely on the news, you lose the opportunity to really connect with others. When you watch the news, you’re less likely to share information about your life, hobbies, activities, and struggles.
  4. You shouldn’t watch the news because it steals time from family, hobbies, pets, goals, relationships, and other interesting and fun stuff in life! When you watch the news, you’re not pursuing your goals or hanging out with your friends.

Don’t watch the news this week, read a book or spend the time with your family. The doom and gloom will melt away and you will have a new, positive perspective on life.

This applies to social media too. But that’s another MondayMotivator 🙂

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at foundationprogram.co.nz.

Quote for the week

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”

Kobe Bryant