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Change Your Mind Change Your Life

You don’t have to be the best at this particular moment in order to succeed greatly in life and business. At Fire Inc, we believe that the greatest power we all possess is the power of choice. Every day we wake up and make choices that impact our lives. From the small choices to the big ones all of them play a major factor in how we develop in our lives. When you have made the choice to transform yourself into a better person then you are making one of the most impactful choices of your life. Improving the way you function can help you live a more productive and fulfilling life. To change you must first prepare your mind so that your body and actions will follow your desires.

Figure out a way to motivate yourself mentally for a positive change in your life. People trying to lose weight should picture an image of their body a few months from now when they take off a shirt. Anyone that wants to become more cultured and travel should look forward to any upcoming trips they have planned for the future. Whatever you have to do to motivate yourself mentally do it. You cannot hope to change if you do not change the way you think. Get rid of any negative thoughts you have in your head and focus on the positive. Positive reinforcement can go a long way in motivating you to stick to your goals.

What is it that you want to change about yourself? Do you want to make a significant change in your body type or the way you act? Are you interested in making more money? Sit down and actually think about the type of person you want to develop into. Personal development relies heavily on the goals you set forth. Clearly outline your goals to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what type of person you wish to change into.

Devise a strategy towards personal development. A lot of people that want a positive change in their life get a life coach. A life coach is someone that motivates you in every aspect of life. This person acts as your guide and disciplinary measure should you stray from your path towards development. Your life coach does not have to be a professional; a friend or family member can be your life coach. Consider talking to someone you can rely on to keep you motivated through every step you take as you try and develop into a better version of yourself.

Every day write down what you are going to do to change. Put a quick note on your phone so you have access to it at all times. Constantly remind yourself how you are going to change as the day progresses. At the end of the day rate yourself and then reflect on the good things you did and then on some of the things you could have done better. Work towards changing who you are every day and before you know it you will be a much better person. Even if you don’t feel different everyone else around you will notice a difference in you.

Read more about the thoughts and philosophies that make Fire Inc Atlanta the leading sales and marketing company in the Southeast at our website http://fireincatlanta.com.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

3 Ways to Plant Your Roots in a New Job

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Change is uncomfortable, especially in the workplace. Any time you get a new job, transfer to a different location, or find yourself in a new environment that requires you to perform to a certain standard, you will undoubtedly be put under stress. But, stress or not, you are still required to perform at the level of everyone else. Here are three tips to help you transition into a new position and, maybe even more importantly, grow into the next one.

Get Your Voice Heard

There are plenty of times when an individual enters into a group and voices their opinion about how something should operate. While that person may be correct in their thinking, they will lack the credibility within that group to have their opinion heard. A group tends to dismiss new ideas from newly acclimated members.

In order to truly be heard and gain credibility within a group, you should first focus on performance. That is to say that you opinion doesn’t have to do with some ethical or legal wrongdoing of the company or members therein. Once the members of your new peer group see what kind of performance you can bring to the table, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you gain support of your ideas and solutions to problems.

Ask for Advice from People You Respect

In almost every organization, there is a mentor-ship structure. Some companies call them supervisors or team leaders. Some organizations call them mentors, “Big Brothers,” or “Big Sisters.” Whatever they’re called in your new work environment, that’s the first person you should lean on for advice and support. They’ve probably earned that position for a reason and you should get the advice where it is most readily available.

After you’ve gotten as much knowledge as possible from your “supervisor,” it might be time to find a mentor. It’s pretty simple. Just find someone you trust and admire and start building a relationship.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

While it may be important to “find your own groove,” going against your traditional habits and modes of operation is critical in the beginning stages of a new position. Unless you got hired directly into a management position with zero oversight, you’re going to need to do things the way that the company does them. Take this one step further though. Look to see what the top performer is doing and do what they are. Once you start achieving top results, you can then “find your own groove.”

In summary, making the most out of your new position comes down to one basic principle. You have to gain credibility and respect through work performance. Don’t just “talk the talk.” Become the top performer as quickly as possible. Once you do this, you’ll be able to sway group decisions, earn promotions, and command the respect of the people you work with.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Growth

 

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3 Reasons to Do Charity Work

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Here at Fire Inc, our staff regularly engages in philanthropic opportunities that help solve local and global problems. While this is a mainstay in our work environment and we have no trouble at all rallying the troops around a cause, other business owners who want to get involved in similar activities find it extremely difficult to motivate their staff to jump in and lend a hand. So, if you are in a company that regularly engages in charity work and you’re wondering why you should get involved, here are some great reasons. Alternatively, if you are in a leadership position in your company and you’re wondering how to get people involved, your next meeting should have the following reasons mentioned (don’t just tell people to ‘do it because it’s part of your job’).

Charity Work Can Bring Perspective and Humility

The first person who turned me on to charity work was Tony Robbins. In one of his many great public speeches, he stated that he regularly gets his family involved in charity work so that they can gain perspective on the world around them. Whether a person is facing tough times or they aren’t humbled, then this is a no-brainer. Helping others with their problems and/or difficulties can snap us out of whatever sad story we are self-narrating in our lives at the moment.

Charity Work Can Provide That One Missing Piece for Someone

There are so many people that say, “Well if that bum really wanted money, McDonald’s is hiring right now.” While that may sound like a logical solution to us, we have to realize that a lot of people who are in need simply lack some of the basic skills required to gain employment. By helping people, not just the homeless, we are able to teach these basic skills that these people may not have learned otherwise. Sometimes, that’s all they need to go on living meaningful lives.

You Can Learn New Skills

There are several charitable organizations and volunteer activities where you won’t just be helping others benefit, but you’ll be learning something new yourself. Want to learn something about building a house? Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Want to learn how to be a leader? All you have to do is volunteer to actually be one.

There are so many opportunities to better ourselves by helping others that we’ll have to make another post about it next week. Just remember this – life isn’t about all of the glitz and glamour that the media shoves down our throat. It’s about the amount and quality of help that you give in the world, both global and domestic.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Philanthropy

 

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You’re No Better Then the Next?

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Getting noticed in the job market is easier said than done. Employers are looking for people with skills specific to the job they need done. You most likely don’t have anything that they haven’t seen before. Since the job market is an essentially even playing field, you’re going to have to have a lot more to offer than just a degree and some volunteering experience.

It’s too bad, especially since we spent so much money on education, that the only thing our degrees get us is these days is an interview with the hiring manager. Forty or fifty years ago, a degree would ensure a high paying job. These days, not so much. There’s a lot of reasons why this is, but here’s just a couple.

If you went to college forty to fifty years ago, you came out of the experience with new skills, both social and specialized, that would actually help you complete tasks specific to a job. Today, there are many more graduates with the same degrees and experiences competing for the same job.

Location also played a big factor back then because the family dynamics of the time tended to lean towards staying closer to home. These days, relocation is easier and more affordable for new graduates. Furthermore, technology has closed the location gap and encouraged outsourcing.

If you want to get a meaningful career, having a degree doesn’t entitle you to anything. It may give you a chance at an interview, but it certainly won’t guarantee securing a position in the workplace.

You’ll have to stick out to the employer when he or she interviews you and demonstrate why you would be the perfect fit for the position that you want. You’ll have to have valuable experience that is related to the job at hand. You’ll have to be able to have better conversations with the interviewer than all of the other job candidates. In other words, you’ll have to make them believe that there isn’t a better option than hiring you.

There are plenty of great positions out there. Just be forewarned that many entry-level positions are neither glamorous nor exciting if you aren’t interested in learning. If you’ve already made your mind up that you’ve “arrived,” then you’re going to have an excruciating career ahead of you. However, if you are willing to learn and are interested in gaining skills in the industry of your choice, then the sky’s the limit.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2016 in Jobs

 

Creating a Life and a Career With No Regrets

So many people are in the job market looking to make as much money for as little effort as possible. That might sound like a great idea, and someone who lands such a job might sound very lucky, indeed. However, many people are forgetting about the one unequivocal law regarding the flow of money in the economy.

You will be paid in direct proportion to the value you create in the marketplace. – T. Harv Eker

The so-called American Dream is often dramatized in movies, books, videos, and other forms of mass communication. We have been brought up from a very young age hoping to someday get a job that will pay us a lot of money and that will still allow for time with the family, vacations, two vehicles, and maybe even a white picket fence thrown in there for good measure. Unfortunately for the average individual, all this has done is turned us into debt-seeking consumers with a need for instant gratification.

Just look at the average American family’s income vs expenses. There are several legitimate sources that you can do a search for online. Look really hard at the numbers and you’ll see something pretty obvious. Among many implications of the statistics, is the notion that almost all of us wants the “good life,” but not all of us are going to get it. That could be for a number of reasons, like lack of education, lack of skills, lack of willpower, whatever.

I’m not arguing the mode of insufficiency, I’m simply pointing out that most people are not truly living “the good life.”

They are renting it.

Not only are they are renting the luxuries of “the good life”, there’s an extremely high cost attached as well. That cost is hating 85% of a person’s life…the part that involves working in someone else’s company.

Now I’m not going to bore you with all of the drudgeries that go with finding a job that you don’t like, but it’s vital to understand that they definitely exist. When a person is looking to get paid a lot for doing very little, they are already doomed in living a fulfilling life that’s remotely close to being worthwhile.

The true path to success in business leading to wealth and prosperity lies in finding a position where you can add value to the marketplace. If you don’t have anything to add yet, that’s okay. Find a place that’s willing to teach you skills, or educate you on how to add something of value. Do it extremely well so that customers/clients are banging down your door for that value, and you’ll be a success.

While others might seem “lucky’ to get posh positions and don’t have to work very hard, be content in knowing that a life worthwhile has no shortcuts. Innovate, work harder than anyone else, test your limits, expand your horizons, and see what happens. You won’t have any regrets, I promise you that.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2016 in Success

 

Get Your Dream Job: 4 Tips to Marketing Yourself

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Once you’ve decided which jobs you want to apply for, and hopefully which career is going to take you where you want to go, it’s time to get your resume together and try to get an interview. During this whole process, potential employers are going to be going over your previous work history, calling your references, and sifting through piles of other candidates’ resumes. You can be one of the people in the “potentials” pool or you can be the hiring decision that’s a “no-brainer”.

To do this, you have to think like a marketer. Here are four tips on how to make yourself the “no-brainer” choice when companies come to making a hiring decision.

1. Highlight your strengths – with a giant highlighter. If you want hiring managers to understand that you’ve got what it takes, you can’t simply be “good” at something. You have to be the best, or at least one of the best. For example, don’t just say that you were great at leading a group in your last position. Give stats and subliminal testimonials in the form of a short story. By mentioning your aptitude for one thing or another in this way, you won’t come off conceded, but you will set the framework for a lasting impression.
2. Downplay your weaknesses. Think about how marketing campaigns work. They never mention what a product or service doesn’t do. They only highlight the benefits and features. So, unless someone asks you directly what your weaknesses are, don’t mention them. After all, most of our weaknesses are a matter of perspective anyway. So, what you consider weaknesses might not be so from another person’s perspective. If a hiring manager does, in fact, ask you directly. State something with confidence, but also say what you’ve done to work on it.
3. Be attentive when interviewing. From a marketing perspective, the ads the do the best are extremely engaging with the target audience. They give a message that hits home and they have you enthralled the entire time. This shouldn’t be any different when marketing one’s self. Make great eye contact. Smile a lot. Be enthusiastic with your answers.
4. Be genuinely interested in the position you are applying for and the company itself. Some of the best sales pitches involve utilizing a “needs assessment.” In other words, you’re going to be finding out where the company is now, and the needs they have. This is just the basic setup to allow you to sell yourself based on those specific needs.
Do these and you can be sure that you’ll be the “no-brainer” choice when it comes to hiring decisions. Learn more at Fire Inc.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Follow Your Passion?? Success Isn’t That Easy.

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As more and more people are entering the workforce, it becomes increasingly difficult to figure out just where you fit into the mix. I’m sure you’ve heard that you should find whatever it is that makes you ‘tick’ and to just do that one thing as a career. You might have even heard that you should ‘follow your passion.’ While advice like this might sound nice, and it does indeed come from a good place, there are many problems with it and taking it literally will leave you broke. Here’s why…

The Problem with Following Your Passion and Finding a Career

I was asked the other day what I was passionate about. For the life of me, I couldn’t think of anything. I think it’s just that I had never really thought about it that hard. Although, I can remember certain periods of time when I was passionate about something, that is, until I got bored with it and moved on to something else. I’m sure you can relate. So, the first inherent problem with this type of career advice is that you first have to find something you’re really passionate about. That in itself is sort of the meaning of life, isn’t it? Identifying what your unique gifts are and giving them to the world? Yikes. To most people out there, like me, this can take a majority of your adult life to figure out. Besides, what I was passionate about when I was just entering the workforce is no longer a driving force for me. Here’s more on that subject from Tai Lopez, an investor, partner, and advisor to over 20 multi-million dollar businesses.

Now, if you’re one of those people who have already figured out what really drives you and that you know deep down that you will always be passionate about it, then congratulations. Consider yourself quite a few steps ahead of everyone else. The second problem, though, is discovering how to monetize that passion. I’m not saying that you should come up with a million-dollar idea or anything. In fact, it is extremely unlikely that you will. However, you need to find a way to add value to other people with your talents, passion, unique knowledge, etc. in exchange for monetary compensation. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it’s going to pay your bills. Furthermore, the people that can benefit from whatever you’re offering aren’t even going to know you from Adam. I’m sure you can understand the dilemma here. You’re going to need to learn some important business skills along the way so that you can market and sell whatever it is you’re going to offer.

The Solution

There is a five step formula to creating wealth in America right now. Tai Lopez is talking about it quite a bit. Warren Buffet has mentioned it several times. Mark Cuban talks about it on almost every episode of ABC’s ‘Shark Tank.’ Here it is:

Step One: Develop a service or product that adds value to a large group of people/businesses.

Step Two: Study the competition and figure out the viability of your idea. Improve on processes so that you can out-do your competitors.

Step Three: Get out there and promote your brand/product/service.

Step Four: Get a ton of sales and ask your customer base what they would like to see improved upon.

Step Five: Make changes in your systems and scale.

Here’s a little bit more info on how to succeed in building your business around your passion from Evan Carmichael’s video montage: Mark Cuban’s Top 10 Rules for Success.

What Most of Us Have Had to Do

If you’ve found your passion, great. It’s time to get to work on the next step. If you don’t have one, that’s okay. You can find things that you’re passionate about within an existing company. If you never find something that you’re passionate about, then at least you’ll have a fulfilling career by focusing on the things you enjoy about the company you’re working in. Heck, if you’re good at it and make everything in it turn to gold, you could even become the next general manager or CEO.

For those with more of an entrepreneurial spirit, but haven’t found a passion, you’ve got a long road ahead of you. Most of us have to take the long road to success. We have had to immerse ourselves in several different industries. We’ve had to learn how to market products and services by being trained in best practices from companies that are great at it. We have had to discover the in’s and outs of retaining customers and scaling businesses through pre-existing processes in other companies that we have worked in.

Whatever you do, don’t just settle for a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke). Make the goal of your career(s) to learn essential business skills – so that one day, when you do find your passion, you can be more successful than you ever dreamed possible.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2016 in Success

 
 
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