Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs Part 56

Had to share with you my AHAH as my mentor Marshall Thurber like to call them while jogging yesterday.

GOD/Universe/Spirit is PRIMARILY concerned with your PURPOSE and NOT the MONEY! However if you FOCUS on the PURPOSE, MISSION, VISION, GOAL etc. THEN the MONEY will follow!

Let me give you an example from my own life. I decided to tithe my TIME to my Episcopal church by doing the yard work. As I told the rector I expected NO financial remuneration! She was thrilled as our elderly congregation is fast passing away that has financially supported The All Saints Community. You see at 68 I am a YOUNGSTER in this small congregation!

Within several days of making this decision I received an email from a major magazine publisher whom I had queried about doing an article for several months ago. They want me to submit an article on what could become a regular PAYING column!

Was it a coincidence that I received the email? Could have been; however I personally do NOT believe in coincidences but instead in GOD INCIDENCES or A GOD JOB as my business partner Matt calls them!

Sarge Hugh Simpson
RealityDesigner

Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs Part 55

Today I begin to discuss what my friend /mentor Pat Williams, General Manager of the NBA Orlando Magic, says must be done for our nation’s most precious ASSETT – OUR CHILDREN!

Pat knows kids as he has 18 of them – four with his lovely wife, Jill, and 14 adopted just like yours truly!

So here is what Pat says in his book Go for The Magic (see Resources) today about CREATIVITY killers in regards to our kids. One word – TEACHERS!

These MAJOR influencers of our kids can either encourage them to GROW their CREATIVITY or KILL it!

If TEACHERS are PASSIONATE and PROUD of being TEACHERS then it will grow. If they see it as a JOB, then they are there to punch the time clock just like other EMPLOYEES in America.

I think the last figure I read said that over 90% of EMPLOYEES HATE their jobs! Over 90%!

Thank God there are DEDICATED TEACHERS that are NOT CREATIVITY KILLERS!

Sarge Hugh Simpson
RealityDesigner

Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs Part 54

Today we look at the 6th technique my friend/mentor Pat Williams, General Manager of NBA Orlando Magic, says you need for BLUE SKY THINKING in his Go for The Magic (see Resources): TURN IDEAS INTO ACTION!

You can have all the ideas in the world but if do NOT take ACTION to turn them into REAL products/services you are basically wasting your time!

I have a friend who does this ALL the time. He keeps telling me he wants to have this jeep tour business here in western North Carolina but he has taken NO action to make it happen! He is basically ALL TALK NO ACTION!

Don’t be like him because he is over 70 years old and the chances of this becoming a REALITY are slipping away from him!

Sarge Hugh Simpson
RealityDesigner

Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs Part 53

Today we look at the 5th technique my friend/mentor Pat Williams, General Manager of NBA Orlando Magic, says you need for BLUE SKY THINKING in his Go for The Magic (see Resources): BRAINSTORMING!

I have used BRAINSTORMING for years but I found one I like better: HEARTSTORMING!

Are you aware that your HEART has a BRAIN too? This is NO airy fairy New Age psychobabble! This is SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHED FACT! BTW you have a THIRD brain! Know where it is located!

YOUR STOMACH! Another FACT!

So getting back to your HEART BRAIN. We know that it is directly connected to your HEAD BRAIN as is the STOMACH BRAIN. In fact they are ALL connected to each other.

So when you are gathering your CREATIVES together remember you have two ways to work: BRAIN & HEART!

You can learn more about HEARTSTORMING in the next post!

Sarge Hugh Simpson
RealityDesigner

Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs Part 52

The 4th thing mentioned by friend/mentor Pat Williams, General Manager of NBA Orlando Magic, in his best selling Go for The Magic (see Resources) concerning BLUE SKY THINKING: spend QUALITY time with CREATIVE people!

Amen, Pat!

That us one of the reasons I created ConceptsNation, where CREATIVES can meet with other CREATIVES to discuss their passions, visions and projects.

Another GREAT site for this is Behance!

Sarge Hugh Simpson
RealityDesigner

Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs Part 51

Today I share with you #3 of my friend/mentor Pat Williams, General Manager for NBA Orlando Magic and author of Go for The Magic (see Resources), ways to BLUE SKY THINKING: BE OBSERVANT!

That should be be a NO BRAINER; however today most people walk around as ROBOTS! It’s like they are PROGRAMMED to NOT be observant!

As a person who teaches Preparedness & Survival and now SpyCraft this is our FIRST lesson to staying alive: BE OBSERVANT!

Sarge Hugh Simpson
RealityDesigner

Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs Part 50

WOW! We have hit a milestone – 50 posts as Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs! I sure hope you have gotten some value out of these posts! I sure have!

Today we continue with the techniques that my good friend/mentor Pat Williams, General Manager of the NBA Orlando Magic, shares regarding BLUE SKY THINKING.

Remember the first was EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN.

2. READ! Oh how true, Pat! I have been a vociferous READER since I got my first pair of glasses in the third grade!

Also by READING EVERY DAY I hopefully learn something new that allows my brain to have a NEW DENDRITE added to help stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia as we discussed in previous post.

Here is what Pat says about READING in his Go For The Magic (see Resources): “Have you ever stopped to consider what a book truly is? It is a PIECE OF THE HUMAN MIND (my emphasis) sitting on a shelf!

I LOVE that definition! So every time I read be it fiction (like my favorite the late Robert Ludlum) to non-fiction like Pat and The Donald I am privileged to have them sharing a piece of THEIR brilliant MINDS!

So READ, GRUNTS! That’s an order!

Sarge Hugh Simpson
RealityDesigner

Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs Part 49

As promised here are some things that my friend/mentor Pat Williams, General Manager of NBA Orlando Magic, says in his best selling Go for The Magic (see Resources) about the 2nd secret: FREE THE IMAGINATION.

Pat likes to call it BLUE SKY THINKING.

1. EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN! As Pat says so easy to do but so few of us do it! Amen!

I am more scared of Alzheimer’s than the Big C and stroke. Therefore I study everything I can find to help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

I have learned that if you learn ONE NEW thing that you did NOT know BEFORE DAILY you will cut your risk for developing Alzheimer’s and dementia! What happens according to medical research is that when this NEW thing is added to your thought world a new DENDRITE is created in your PHYSICAL brain!

So why is this important? The MORE DENDRITES you can add to the CURRENT supply the MORE you will have TOTALLY when Alzheimer’s or dementia raises its ugly head. So for example right now you have X amount of DENDRITES which could be from 100% down.

Now let’s say that you learn something NEW EVERY day for a year. You have now added 365 NEW DENDRITES! So let’s say you had 90% when you first started the new project. Now a year later you may have 95% or more.

Alzheimer’s and dementia appears to attack these DENDRITE NETWORKS. So let’s say that the attack takes out 20%. Before you started the daily exercise you had 90%. Now you would have 70% if you had not learned something NEW DAILY for a year.

However you decided to learn EVERY DAY something NEW. Because of that SIMPLE exercise you would still 75% plus instead of 70% of the network INTACT!

So start learning something NEW DAILY! Build up your DENDRITE bank!

More from Pat in next post!

Sarge Hugh Simpson
RealityDesigner

Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs Part 48

Today we look at the 2nd secret of Walt Disney from my friend/mentor Pat Williams, General Manager of NBA Orlando Magic, in his Go for The Magic (see Resources).

The 2nd secret that Pat and my hero, Uncle Walt, taught was: FREE THE IMAGINATION!

Here is what Pat has to say about pursuing our IDEAS: “It takes conscious, deliberate, effort to properly plant, nurture, grow, and harvest ideas. Ideas are FRAGILE, DISTURBING, SELF-REPRODUCING, and FREE.”

FRAGILE – “We need to create an atmosphere in which ideas are encouraged – both our own ideas and the ideas of those around us.”

I have done that through my ConceptsNation.

DISTURBING – “New ideas upset our equilibrium and force us to change our thinking.”

SELF-REPRODUCING – “Ideas breed more ideas. Creativity begets more creativity.

FREE – “Ideas cost nothing to produce, and they often produce millions.” Starbucks, McDonalds, Gatorade, Barbie, and Disney World have produced BILLIONS!

So FREE YOUR IMAGINATION!

Next post Pat discusses some things you can do.

Sarge Hugh Simpson
RealityDesigner

Drill Sarge for Entrepreneurs Part 47

If you remember in the last post my friend/mentor Pat Williams, General Manager of NBA Orlando Magic and author of Go for The Magic (see Resources), discussed 4 processes to THINK TOMORROW.

Here is some more advice from Pat on this important aspect:

“Yesterday is a canceled check – don’t stare at it. Today is your special day – live it, feast on it, use every last drop of it in pursuit of your dreams, wringing all you can out of it. Tomorrow is your goal, your target, your bully’s eye – and if you want to reach that goal and hit that bull’s eye, you need to define clearly the ideal shape of your tomorrow and make realistic plans for getting there.”

WISE ADVICE, Pat!

Sarge Hugh Simpson
RealityDesigner