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Good Intentions January 21, 2008

Steven Gonzales 1/21/2008 

There is a saying that I have heard a few times over the last month, and have found it very interesting everytime someone says it: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. The reason I find it so interesting is that sadly enough many people in this world fall victim to not fully reaching their desired goal. You have seen it, everyday people say they are going to ‘loose weight’, ‘find a new job’, ‘fix a broken relationship’, etc, and the list goes on. New Years Resolutions, they are set by millions of people as good intentions, but ironically never materialize. It is very sad, but very true. Ironically people who make these claims rarely act to resolve the issue they are so passionate about. Why is this?

It is said that the first step to solving a problem is admiting one exisits. The transitioning point of defining the problem and taking action to solving it is where the trouble lies for most people. Is it because we lack motivation? Maybe because we see other people not follow through with their promises, so we follow their lead. If we are serious about becoming better people in life, why is it so hard for us to make the neccessary changes to correct ourselves?

What keeps you on focus towards reaching your goals? Keeping life in perspective and creating a solid outline of my objectives are what keeps me focused. I once read that overall brain function and health are increased in individuals who mentor others. Please feel free to share some of your strengths with others. Establish yourself as the ‘go-to’ person and you will see a major positive impact in your personal development. This is also a good skill to keep your goals on track.

Take a moment to share your strengths by adding a comment to this message. What keeps you on track? Do you set New Year’s Resolutions? If you do not carry them out, what causes you to stop? Use this time to reflect regarding the type of person you are and where you want to end up. 2008 is still a brand new year and you have time to prepare yourself for it.

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Networking: Power 2 the People December 31, 2007

Steven Gonzales 12/31/2007 

 

I was driving down my favorite back road (rather fast) this evening when it hit me like a pass in the back of the end zone; “It’s the People STUPID!” All of you Clinton fans out there will recall that Bill utilized a similar mantra during his push for the White House. The current economic condition might play a vital role in your march to ‘the top’, but it is ultimately the people who are going to determine your true success in life. 

Life is all about networking. Everything you want in life revolves around the people you associate yourself with and the opportunity they can provide you. With this fact in mind, you must run your life like a candidate running for office, which in fact is not a far stretch from the truth. Think of all the success you have enjoyed up until this point in your life; who were all the people that helped you reach it? How did you meet these powerful people? What roles did they play? 

Congratulations, you have now realized a very important fact- You are not a one man team. Someone believed in your message enough to cast a “vote” in your favor. These people empowered your goals because they believed in you! With this realization in mind, you can see the power others have in the attainment of your dreams. Take a minute and reflect on this important point.

You must network like a presidential candidate. You are the representative of your very own personal political party. This party is the PR campaign of your personal and/or business goals. Success will be scored by the people’s approval rating of your message, values and ability to lead. This is war, plan accordingly. Develop your marketing plan, practice your message and dress for success. As you continue to schedule networking events make sure they truly represent your campaign stance. Make sure you know the important issues on the table. Know how to address your audience. Remember, don’t forget to take a picture holding a baby and shake as many hands as possible. 

Network to build contacts who support your message and are willing to represent you. Once you make it into office (meeting your objective) you must still rely on your supporters to gauge the effectiveness of your message delivery. Remember, the extremely popular Bill Clinton considered many of this actions while in Presidential office by analyzing public opinion polls. To become successful you must do the same, train yourself to develop your own opinion polls and let them guide your actions. 

No one makes it to the top alone, no one has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro by themselves. It takes a team and a well executed plan to make the top. You are not alone with planning. Young Professionals Connection (YPC) will be holding a powerful opportunity to strengthen your current and future financial strategy on January 17th. I suggest you attend because a successful campaign must know how to manage its finances effectively. 

Develop your 2008 objectives with these ideas in mind, your New Years Resolutions must give the people strong reason to vote for you. Remember: It is the People, and they are not STUPID!

 

May the Best Candidate win!

 

Stay on Track Jack December 6, 2007

Steven Gonzales — 12/06/2007

 

The holiday season is a very tough time to stay in shape. No matter if you are training  to compete in next month’s marathon or are just trying to maintain a healthy life style overall; our ability to stick with our normal eating habits is put to the test. One could argue that they sacrificed all year to enjoy themselves during the holidays, and that is truly fine, but we must realize that our eating habits could help us determine the type of people we truly are inside. It is not so much ‘we are what we eat’, but that ‘our objectives are determined by how we eat’. 

 

You will be enticed with a large selection of great food this season; you can give in to the temptation of over indulgence or you can resist the urge. I believe that when we are put to the test our true strengths and weaknesses emerge; if we really are focused at achieving a goal we will stay committed to it even in testing times. Our eating is only a metaphor for the determination we have toward reaching our goals in life. We could have a solid track record of doing what it takes to reach our dreams, but all it takes is being side tracked for an instant to be tossed off course. Sometimes we give into an overindulgence and we deal with the consequences of our actions later, but think about what that does to our progress towards the goal. If your goal is to be physically fit, would you exercise until you are almost in the shape you want to be in, then stop working out for a while and start eating junk food? Only to start working out again ‘next month’ to get back in shape? If you are truly committed, you would give it 100% no matter what obstacles are put in the way. Being focused is the key, use temptation to strengthen your desire for wanting your intended outcome. You must apply this thinking in your everyday life, your success will be determined by your commitment towards your goals. 

 

With out a question, being tested is a good way of measuring progress. Many young professionals are faced with obstacles and temptations in the quest of reaching our aspirations. Our handling of these challenges determines the achievement of those objectives. When you are thinking about that second serving of cheese cake this holiday, ask yourself the following question ‘if my goal was to stay in shape, would I eat another serving of cheese cake’? Then think about your personal goals in life and ask yourself something like “’If my goal was to get an MBA degree, would I stay out and party every night?’ This is how we must manage our goal achievement; by keeping ourselves on the right path at every challenge we will stay focused on reaching our long term objectives. Its just some food for thought to enjoy during your holiday activities.

 

Purchasing a Car on Your Terms October 25, 2007

Filed under: asba,entrepreneurs,Networking Nights,phoenix entrepreneurs,PR — genwhynot @ 4:49 pm

Everyone knows the process of buying a car can be troublesome, especially if the amount you can spend or want to spend is much lower than the dealer would like to offer it to you for.

Step in middleman. Myprice.com  (www.myprice.com)  I was privileged enough to be introduced by ASBA CEO, Joan Koerber-Walker to John  Skabelund quite an interesting guy.  Anyways I think he’s really on to something here. Creating a site that allows you to put in prices you are willing to pay and the website handles the negotiating on your behalf.

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Unfortunately I just bought a car, and paid ticket price, oh well. But, I will tell you that next time car buying  comes around for me, you can bet I’ll be right on that website.

We were lucky enough to also have John be a part of our Networking With Business Owners for our September event, he along with Jared Smith of bluemedia, Annie Lloyd of One Planet Magazine, Kathy Sacks of Sacks Public Relations and John Adam Kowalski of the John Adams Show , spoke to the Young Pros about their entrepreneurial endeavors.

-Celeste Johnson

 

See you NEXT Tuesday! October 22, 2007

Filed under: Networking Nights,sports,Young Business Owners,Young Pros — genwhynot @ 10:53 am

Free  Mixer! Tuesday October 30th
$4 Level Vodka drinks

How’d you get that job? In Sports

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Ever wondered what it would be like to work for a sports team? Maybe your dream of being a professional athlete is for next lifetime–but you can still be part of a sports corporate team. From the President of a team or perhaps the Director of Partnerships or Communications, these are all intricate positions that keep a sports team running. Stay tuned for more event details.
 

Event Info:
Date
Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Time
6:00 pm PT – 8:00 pm PT

Place
SIX Lounge,
7316 E Stetson Dr
Scottsdale, AZ85251

Cost
Free

Interested in Coming?
http://howdidyougetthatjob.eventbrite.com


 
 
Young Pros Connection (YPC), a networking group geared towards young professionals in the Valley. YPC was created to bring together bright young professionals, looking to grow their contacts and increase their knowledge base.

In every career, more often than not, it’s who you know that makes the deal, offers you a job, and helps set the way to a bright future. Why not expand your horizons?

 

Ever wondered what it would be like to work for a sports team? Free Young Pros Mixer Tues. Oct. 30 October 8, 2007

“How’d you get that Job?”

Ever wondered what it would be like to work for a sports team? Maybe your dream of being a professional athlete is for next lifetime–but maybe you can still be part of a sports corporate team. From the President of a team or perhaps the Director of Partnerships or Communications, these are all intricate positions that keep a sports team running.

If that doesn’t interest you stay for the connections. It’s always a good time.

For more info you can email info@youngprosconnection.org

Join the Young Pros and Phoenix-area sports business execs in learning about their positions in sports in the Valley.

For more event details check out: http://howdidyougetthatjob.eventbrite.com

Date: Tuesday, October 30

Time: 6:00pm

Cost: FREE

Place: TBA

Sign up today!


 

Cancelled–Announcement forthcoming—July Networking Night: Network with Young Business Owners July 31 June 29, 2007

Filed under: Networking Nights,Young Business Owners — genwhynot @ 5:13 am

Ever wonder what it would be like to someday own your own business?

Youth, we’ve been told so many times, is wasted on the young. Not this group. A generation ago, when many of our entrepreneurial whiz kids were still in diapers, starting your own business was considered akin to career loafing, occupational flailing. The kind of thing your parents would frown upon, and encourage you to find work in, say, plastics.

Come and find out how these young entreprenuers in the Valley got their wings to start their own businesses!

Sign up online at: http://www.youngprosconnectionbusiness.eventbrite.com/