Love of Money is the Root of All Evil

Money This is probably the most misquoted verse in the Bible. When it comes to money, it is a great tool to use define some things in a person. In a week about good leaders, the subjects of money as well as love had to be brought up.

I have many clients who are in multi-level marketing businesses. Many of those who attend my masterminds and summits to learn how to be successful are involved in one company or another. Yet these two words we are going to talk about today can be the words that tell you the truth about what they are after.

When it comes to building success in coaching clients, I work to find people who aren’t only motivated by a love of money. If the only thing they talk about is selling the product, service, multi-level, or anything else they have to you to make your life “better,” I know it’s the money they’re really after. They have no true vision; they usually are not leaders.

Think back to Monday when I mentioned those who are so far ahead they are really just taking a walk. You see leaders are not ones who love money. When it comes to good leaders, they have the word “love” somewhere in their lives and businesses and it’s not just about money. A good leader is someone who has a passion or love for something being corrected in this world. They want to fix or solve a problem. The love they have is to see a solution. Money is usually something they end up having more of than others because of this love.

In my Entrepreneur BootCamp, I teach about finding the true vision in your life, how it is not money, or a car, or a house, or a lifestyle you are seeking. I teach about finding a “root vision,” something that is driven from the heart, from your core being.

I know this week we have taken a few different sidetracks from what you might expect in a week on leadership. I know it’s Valentine’s Day and you are wondering where the love is going to be in this post? I know many other things happened this week that I wanted to use to teach in a week on leadership.

Today is Valentine’s Day, and while I love what I do, tonight I am spending some time away from my work to go out with my wife on a date. To be a good leader, you need a good team behind you. Yes, the subject of Love comes up in leadership; real leaders have a love and that love is the mission, the purpose, and the dream. They love the life they are living even though sometimes that life brings on tough times, tough problems. The good leader seeks to solve those problems, smooth out those tough times.

I recall the teachings of Robert Kiyosaki and his “Rich Dad” books. The one statement that Robert makes that syncs well with this subject is, “Wealthy people do not work for money. They work for a challenge, they work to solve problems, and they find love and joy in their work.” The love of money is just not part of the equation; they see money as the tool it is.

So are you a good leader? Let’s review this week’s good leader points to see where you stack up. Are you a good communicator? Are you really able to lead? Do you love what you do, and want to share the passion? Can you make decisions in the tough times? Come back tomorrow for one more post about good leaders.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Are you willing to do what it takes to make 2013 rock?

Too Much Time on My Hands

116x2Having too much time never seems to be the case. The problem is usually that people cannot find time; they seem to have a lack of it. We cannot seem to find the time to do those things we need to get done, let alone find time to do extra things that will bring us the dream.

In this week focused on barriers that keep us from moving to the entrepreneur dream, time can become a big one. Many people once starting down the road to a dream find that so many things can be put by the wayside due to time.

Time is something that could stop you or it could make you a more efficient person. A few years ago in the famous book, 4-Hour Workweek, removing “time-costly” things is something that Tim Ferris recommended.

But what if you have things you cannot remove? Some have that several-hour commute each day to and from the job they need to make ends meet. Some have to take care of family things, from the cooking to the cleaning to getting the kids ready for school.

Time management is not something that has a cookie-cutter solution for everyone. There are important things we must do that matter to us. We need to find the time to do what matters, and still get things done.

I have heard time and time again that those who wish to reach a dream in life may have to give some stuff up for a while to live a better life later. But where do we draw the line?

I have found that the way I do things in life may take a little longer, but I would rather enjoy the journey than give up all those things that bring me joy now just to reach a goal a little bit quicker. We’ve all heard the adage that you never hear of a person on their deathbed saying they wish they’d spent more time at work instead of with their families and loved ones.

Becoming an entrepreneur is a dream life, but it’s not a life that is made up of all the free time in the world. Entrepreneurs do not all have pockets full of money either. Entrepreneurs are people who get to do what they want and what matters to them is also what they need to do to achieve their goals.

You see it’s the journey that matters, and going through the tough times will happen, whether you live the entrepreneur life or not. You have to find the solutions that bring your life to the kind of life you want.

If it takes a little longer to reach those dreams you want, but you get to enjoy the journey along the way, why not do it?  I’m going to enjoy the moment, spend time doing it my way and work towards that dream at the same time. But the journey is part of that dream.

When you look at the barrier of time that way, you get to live the dream even when time is not on your side. It’s time to enjoy the time you have. If there’s not enough time to enjoy, slow down and take smaller steps.

RockStar I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Are you willing to do what it takes to be the RockStar in your world?

About You, Not About You. Which Is It?

Purpose. We all have one and this week we are talking about it. This week’s theme of purpose began with me looking back at how life changed for me when I read The Purpose Driven Life 10 years ago.

One of the first things you read in the book is the fact that it’s not about you. The message behind that is a good thing that was brought out early. The statement stems from the fact that we are put on this earth to help others, and we are built to serve God.

I believe in the fact that we belong here to serve others; we have purpose that is outside of ourselves. Yet I work and work to help people see they have a dream inside of them. I begin by asking them, “What do you want to do? What would you change about your life if you could?”

I like getting people outside of the troubles they are going through to see a bigger picture of the life they have, to actually see themselves having more. Yes, I used that greedy phrase, “having more.” But why would this be associated with the idea that it’s not about you?

Well, no one will ever get out and change the world if they do not have a reason why and the tools to do it. They need some reason to want to get up and make a change. In many cases that involves chasing something that is a dream to the point that one day they actually see the vision.

I recall from my Amway days that part of the presentation was about building the dream. We talked about having a different car; we talked about having a different house. One of the favorite things I heard came from a guy named Frank. When he made his presentation, he would say, “I can prove you can dream!” He would then ask the listener to pick a car, any car, and then told them he was paying for it. Every time they named a much better car than they currently drove; most times it was an exotic car. He always said no one ever asked for a Yugo. Then he told his joke: Why do they call it a Yugo? Because if you get hit in it, you will go. (Sounds funnier when you hear it than when you read it.)

Another man who spoke at one of our conferences once stated he was a Christian man and took on the bible title of being a “fisher of men.” He said that he just had to use very expensive bait. He was referring to the homes he had and the way he used them to inspire his down line to work to get more.

So I hope you get the idea I am placing here. Yes, your purpose is about helping others, but in order to do that, you have to get out from where you are and move forward. That may sound like pursuing a selfish dream first to get you going. So many want to save the world, but they have no money to do that.

People like Bill Gates and other very rich people give large sums of their wealth and start great foundations to help in areas that you and I can’t. To be able to do that you must first get the money. And let’s face it: we have a limited reach to get others to give enough to make that vision possible.

I love the way the Bono is. The man gives in so many ways, but also uses his fame and the name he has built to help others grab onto his vision and give themselves. To be this way you need two things: a large following and a large bank account. Both together can create bigger things.

So with your purpose, have you got a dream that has moved you from the spot you are to heading towards that point where you have the vision of your purpose? If you have no tools to make that vision work, start with a small dream of improving your own life, your own health, your own well-being. In that walk, you will see your eyes open to a much larger picture than you have ever seen, I promise.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Are you ready for the next level to become the RockStar in your world?

Things That Hold Entrepreneurs Back

This week I wanted to share some things that clients were dealing with when they first came to me. I work with all kinds of different entrepreneurs, from the dreamer who wants to move towards a new business or make the existing one successful to the entrepreneur who wants to build a charity that helps feed the homeless of his town once a month.

They are all what I call dreamers and in my seminars I teach how to become a RockStar Dreamer. If you are going to have a dream, make it a big one. What I find that most people who come to me for coaching need to realize is that they have something that is holding them back.

Dreamers want to take the world on and that brings some hang-ups along the way. Today let’s deal with one of those hang-ups: they try to do too much.

Imagine you are sitting with nothing to do. You start looking at every single opportunity that is put in front of you and, as a result, get nothing done. As one of my coaches and mentors tells us, we need to focus and get things done. He uses an acronym for the word focus:

 

F= Follow

O= One

C= Course (of action)

U= Until

S= Successful

 

This is the reason that I start many of my clients off with lessons on cleaning the clutter out of their lives, getting rid of those things that are not working.

We also need to get things lined up to bring the success we want.

A man once said to me that he was told he could be anything he wants to be, but he could not be everything he wants to be. This becomes a problem with the entrepreneur as they are always looking for something that works. In many cases the dreamer must attempt several things until they find a niche that works for them.

So today, if you are a dreamer who feels like something is holding you back; if you feel you just came to get the launch part of your business going; let’s break it down and stop trying to do everything at once.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Are you ready to take it to the next level and become the RockStar in your world?

Entrepreneur Types: Business Creators

In the world of entrepreneurs there are so many ways that people could use or become an entrepreneur. When I was young, I was always thinking of ideas, from ways to make things work better, to building systems to make the world run better.

Over the years I have always struggled with what to say my profession is. It usually revolved around some business I owned, or a job I held. But as I look back at my life back I realize I have always been an entrepreneur.

So let’s take this week and look at the different ways a person can be an entrepreneur because the ideas that are shared can have both positive and negative effects, and range through many spectrums.

I myself am a entrepreneur in the fact that I create my own work, beginning with years of creating different types of business. Many people would categorize those entrepreneurs one of two ways:

1.       They are rich. We all know of great entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, or maybe the creative computer and internet entrepreneurs like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs – men who are millionaires or billionaires.

2.       They are broke. Many of us also have an image of entrepreneurs as the broke guy who is unemployed. I am reminded of the scene in the movie, The Social Network, where Justin Timberlake plays Sean Parker, and tells the college girl he is an entrepreneur. She replies, “So you’re unemployed.”

Many people in the world are the second type of entrepreneur. They create a business, or become self-employed to head towards reaching a goal or a dream. But what is the difference between the two in this type of entrepreneur?

The way I see it, the successful entrepreneurs have three things that make them successful; three things those who are struggling need to add:

1.       A plan. You need a plan that will keep the company or venture on target towards the dream. The plan also has to have some flexibility to it. When you have a plan that can change when needed, that doesn’t mean you give up the actual dream or goal; it just means sometimes you have to have several ways to get there.

2.       A coach. The most successful entrepreneurs have coaches, mentors, advisors. These are the people that will keep them from dropping the important details to keep the plan on target. They hold you accountable, they work to make sure you are always focused on the very thing you want to do.

3.       Resources. Yes this is a very important part. You see so many great ideas never get off the ground because they do not have the resources to make the venture go to the high levels.

So what can you do to make sure you become one of the successful ones?  Hire a coach to help you write a business plan. Start now lining up resources. When it comes to resources, you need to have back-ups for your back-ups.

Join us each day this week to learn about the different types of entrepreneurs, how they help, what they need to do to improve and how they are changing your world.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream by loving what you do and those you share life with. Become a successful entrepreneur and be a RockStar in your world

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