One Plus

One Plus

I could actually write this post in about 30 words but Nick needs 500.

If there is only one plus that does the most good for me it is “Thank You” .  Say it.  Mean it.  Live it.  The courtesy your Mamma taught you will take you a long way.

Plus one is such a great concept, and now that Jon Olson has codified his system in Plus One Success it is a simple practice to grasp and execute.  Simple, but not easy. Just do one thing more every day, and in his system, rinse and repeat after 30 days. Simple.

But I’m busy (or at least like to appear that way) and I don’t always have time to read or act on something new every day.  It’s just too much some days.

So I’m going to share the one Plus that has taken me the farthest in my life, the one that I have a chance of doing every day.  Say thank you.

It’s pretty easy, actually.  I’ve been doing it so long that I don’t have to think about it very much, it just sort of pops out most of the time.  And I just can’t tell you how far that simple phrase has carried me in life.  From service in a restaurant to getting parts after hours to having people notice me in TE land, it’s all come from one source.

Common Courtesy.  A practice that is unfortunately not so common these days.  I’m not so sure it ever was, but particularly in the world we live in today.  And even more particularly in the on line world where “I’ll never see her” or “He doesn’t know who I am” or “I am anonymous”  is the norm, the need for courtesy seems to be dead.  It isn’t.

Most of us in TE land are in the service industry in some way.  We want people to ‘buy our stuff’ which might simply translate as ‘let me serve you’.  We want people to ‘know like and trust us’ might really be ‘I can provide better service than any of these other guys..and will’  We want to be known:  ‘Look at me!  I provide this service which will solve this problem’!

Service in this case is a derivative of “To Serve”  or “To Wait On”.  To provide something like a servant would.  To serve the needs of.

Saying Thank You is a part of that service.  A genuine thank you is the grease that all of commerce slides on.  Common courtesy is the grease that keeps the bearings of business from freezing up and stopping.  Thank you supplies the lubrication that builds and grows friendships.  A simple thank you can take you all the way to the top!

When I started this, I said I could write this post in 30 words.  It actually took 35.  Here is the first paragraph again:

If there is only one plus that does the most good for me it is “Thank You” .  Say it. Mean it.  Live it.  The courtesy your Mamma taught you will take you a long way.

I’m just sayin’

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Ostrich Effect

This is a little different post for me. Not that I have never touched on the subject, but I don’t believe I’ve ever been as direct.

Suck Up

Typically, that is a person that goes out of her way to curry favor with a person that is in a position to improve the suck ups life in some way. People suck up to others all the time. Boss, waiters, clerks, doctors… the list is practically endless.

Suck Up (the noun) is generally given a negative tone, but I’m going to tell you a secret about business. It works. And everybody does it. Call it schmoozing or networking or whatever, it’s pretty well known that businesses and individuals alike give more breaks and more perks to people that they like and who have helped them out in the past. Quid Pro Quo.

So I’m going to give you a chance to suck up to the biggest dog in our industry. To do something that Justin Ledvina is guaranteed to remember.   Right Here.

Justin has written a book and is floating an indegogo campaign to cover the initial publishing costs. He has several perks tied to levels of funding. The key, I think is the $25 contribution. For that, you get an e book to read before the regular release AND a copy of the paper book with a thank you note signed by Justin.

You think he might remember every name that he writes in the front of one of HIS books? Ya THINK?

The surprise to me is not that Justin is offering a signed copy as a perk, but that 100 people in our business haven’t seen the possibilities and jumped on the chance. It’s tailor made.

So far, all I’ve talked about is the pure business sense of spending $25. The other part is the book itself. Justin is a very talented writer with vast experience in business. You can bet the book is going to be worth the $25 itself.

So. Order or don’t. It’s really no skin off my butt either way. But if you don’t take this opportunity don’t ever come to me with the question “How can I get TimTech to back me on this venture?”

Fund the book at Indegogo and you won’t have to ask…

I’m just sayin’

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