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How would it feel to knock out your bucket list…..way before you kick the bucket?

When someone thinks of a bucket list it is only natural to think well into the distant future. Treating these dream items as distant wishes. I’d like to prescribe to you that you can begin dipping into that bucket list today!

 

2020 Bucket List



Quite a while back I was fortunate to be invited into an elite study group. The study group consisted of many friends/peers who were leaders from around the country within the financial planning field. Our group, which was called Top Gun School, followed Dan Sullivan’s Strategic Coach Curriculum. If you aren’t familiar with Dan Sullivan or The Strategic Coach; I’d encourage you to make the investment in yourself. The investment is substantial however the return on investment is immeasurably life altering.

There were numerous exercises and growth moments throughout the eighteen month course, however one session in particular has always stood out. The idea that your dreams are actually much closer than you realize.

The exercise is quite simple. As with anything important its the execution that makes all the difference.

We began by taking a couple of hours in solitude to list all that we wanted to accomplish in our lives. Categorically we segmented the list into short term, medium and longer term objectives. A bucket list of sorts.

This is where the excitement grew for each of us. We began to list the necessary steps to make each of these dreams or big ideas become a reality. Next we began placing time frames/deadlines around each of our next steps. For many of us we began to envision completed projects or the coming fulfillment that was once a dream and now was a certainty

There was a realization that many items were well within reach in the near future when we simply prioritized our time and energy towards completion. It wasn’t long before we began sharing stories of monies raised, trips planned or simply the groundwork being laid out on some really big ideas.

I certainly don’t want to oversimplify the process. However, I firmly believe that when action items are applied to ideas; results will surely follow. Michael Hyatt says it this way, “With action comes clarity.”

At Drive Planning we use the phrase (even hashtag) Be Intentional! The exercise that our Top Gun Group went through simply taught us to Live with Intention. Having an instructor, Kevin Murphey, whom we all looked up to and admired to hold us accountable certainly made a huge impact on each outcome. The best in any sport or field have coaches and mentors and I will say that I have been grateful for Kevin and many others throughout the years.

I want to invite you to create that Bucket List and begin reeling it a bit closer each day, week or month. Find a mentor/coach to push you. If our Be Intentional Package will help you, well all the better.

 

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Let’s Talk Baseball

The New York Yankees are the most storied franchise in all of sports. I’ll even go so far as to say, “Rightfully so” seeing as they are currently the highest valued ($4B) in all of baseball and second only to The Dallas Cowboys ($4.2B) in all of sports. As for the Yankees you could argue that much of their success and value stems from playing in a large market city like New York. Possibly so, but the fact is, regardless of their market, they have won more championships (27) than any other sports franchise. These 27 Championships were won by some of the best players in the history of baseball. Names like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Rivera and Jeter. Great talent doesn’t come cheap. The Yankees typically have one of the highest payrolls in baseball.

 

The Yankees Mystique

I will likely catch some flack here but I am a Yankees fan. Before my fanatical Red Sox fans get too anxious….. oddly enough I am also a Sox fan. yes that is possible. However, mostly I am a fan of winners! Whether its teams, people or groups; I like the idea of winning. Someone who wins repeatedly knows what it takes and consistently puts forth the effort to make it happen. Highly admirable! When you do it repeatedly over years or even decades you get a reputation or “mystique’ which proceeds you. The Yankees Mystique” is much talked about from their fans and severely maligned by others.

The Yankee Pinstripes, their iconic home uniforms, even carry that same mystique. Frank Abagnale was quoted as saying, “Why do the Yankees always win?… The other team can’t stop looking at the pinstripes.”

 

Small Ball

Small Ball is a baseball offensive strategy employed in which a high value is placed on individual runs and attempts to score them without requiring extra base hits, or sometimes without base hits at all.

I’d suggest that they Yankees have rarely if ever been accused of playing small ball. They’re noted for having the big sluggers who linger around and then ultimately explode on you. Rarely will they rely on typical small ball tactics which are also noted as safe, conservative or even boring. They go for the Big Kill!

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Your Life, Business and The New York Yankees

Why am I discussing the style and attributes of The New York Yankees with you? How does this translate to yours and my life and business?

Simply put, I think many of us are held back by playing “small ball” in life. We think that sticking to the middle of the road mentality is the best strategy. Never putting ourselves into a position to hit that homerun; Never reaching our full potential thus never creating the wins in business and life that we ultimately desire.

A Small Ball or Middle of The Road Mindset will often seem very normal looking; possibly even admirable to some. Same job for years (hoping for a 2% raise each year), two weeks of vacation, decent vehicle, living through credit card debt, school loans, net worth primarily made up of home equity they can’t access and a favorite restaurant….. let’s say Olive Garden. All fine stuff! Please do not hear me wrong! I am not dogging that…… its just not for me! 

 

So, if it isn’t for you either. Let’s keep talking.

If the description which I just shared isn’t for you either it is likely because you want an extraordinary life, the memorable, notable life that carries that “Yankees Mystique.” The Yankees or any other successful person, team or group didn’t achieve success over night or through some happenstance favor or luck. They were committed to building their team, brand and skills consistently for generations, seasons and decades. If you want to achieve the extraordinary I want to suggest that you do the same. Follow the model created by this great franchise and others like them.

 

The Yankee Model

Remember earlier when I mentioned The Yankees Payroll? I also could have included that accompanying their large payroll was also the largest grossing revenue/income for any sports team. Meaning they sell more shirts, hats, tickets, drinks than anyone else and they win. I am suggesting that you will need to spend money to achieve the extraordinary. In life or business spending could mean investing into your own education/skillset, tools or possibly investing into a team around you to help you grow. Whatever that looks like for you it likely means that you will need to adopt new strategies to get new results. The Yankees could have “saved” some money by not hiring or developing these legendary players but at what cost? Would they have won so many championships, sold so many tickets, shirts etc? You will not “Save” your way to “Wealth.”

The Yankees created their iconic look and have stuck to it. They’ve avoided many of the fads or temptations to change. However, do not hear me wrong they’ve changed and adapted when needed hence “The New Stadium.” They won many championships within the famed “House that Ruth Built” but when it was old and no longer exemplified their brand they changed. In business and life there will be times to change but it isn’t necessary to sell out to some other brand look or style. You may just need to update your skills, team or tools. 

 

The Timing

The Yankees and all other teams tend to re-load and shift at the beginning of each year with some minor tweaks mid-year. When they want new results they make new changes. Frankly I hate that I am writing this near the end of a year when New Year/New You articles are everywhere. I beg you… plead with you to not dismiss this message to another new year message. This is a message about the life you want… not about a baseball team. The Yankees routinely achieve extraordinary success….. I want that for you!

 

Your Action

Do something. Let me encourage you to do something BIG. If you’ve always played it “middle of the road” maybe its time for a change if you you want new results. Grant Cardone, Real Estate Investor and Author, says, ” most people radically underestimate the amount of effort it will take to be successful.” He would suggest that whatever you’re thinking it will take; multiply it by 10 times. His words, Take Massive Action! Tony Robbins, Success and Business Coach, suggests that the right mentor or partnerships can shrink decades into days. So, find the right partners and get busy.

If you are reading this and want change but don’t know where to start. I want to help! Me and my team at Drive Planning develop customized programs for each person, business, family or organization that engages with us. Each package, service or process is developed with your success in mind. We are here to serve you.

You follow me on-line through facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, tik-tok or Instagram to learn more about me and our method. For more in depth information reach out directly through e-mail or a call.

todd.burkhalter@driveplanning.com or 404-429-4132

 

Play Ball!

 

There has been a growing trend for sometime now that is pushing business owners out of their own real estate space. The trend of co-working environments is when companies utilize space along side of other companies within relatively the same suite, same address, same common space, office equipment etc. Experts predict this business trend will reach 21,306 facilities worldwide by the end of 2019. This concept may not be foreign to you but many visitors to Drive Planning still view it with a healthy curiosity.

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Of course the curiosity ranges in degrees of understanding and interest. Most suggest they’ve heard about this and comment about the energy and cool atmosphere that it exudes. Many business owners or anyone with an entrepreneurial flare starts doing the math; Is this a good deal?…..is it right for them? You can see their wheels begin to turn.

The upside for a growing company is the flexibility to increase your Real Estate only as you increase Human Capital. For those who track with us routinely you recognize these as two of the four key elements to business as noted in The Big Four of Business. The ease and flexibility are undeniable. You’re never purchasing dead space while you are waiting to grow.

At Drive Planning, we certainly enjoy the productivity that comes from allowing our team to work close to home. Eliminating, or at least minimizing, extreme travel time for our team members and those clients visiting our office is certainly a strategic advantage. We are able to market locations in multiple areas thus allowing us to recruit new/local Consultants or new/local clients/Members.

This brings us to a critical piece of any organization, particularly startups! The ethos of an organization is discussed more today than ever, or at least more so than anytime I recall in my twenty four year career. Is it due to the millennials who get blamed for most things:) Could this conversation be the sole result of the Google’s, Facebooks and Apple type corporations famed offices. Likely a mixture of both.

The trends of open space, in office games, drinks and youthful energy are real and I love them! However, if you’re a start up business it would certainly be hard to justify a Ping Pong Table or a bar for your new office. This new style of office affords you that luxury/perk. So, I am fully into developing that edgy ethos and culture, creating that vibe; every company has one whether bad or good.

This is where the dark side of co-working space comes into play. Its when you’re creating that vibe or ethos that you desire but do not have full control. What happens when your company ends up in a location that doesn’t share your same energy.  It isn’t always that you have chosen poorly. Like I stated earlier, there are certainly lots of choices out there, more so than ever before. I have seen environments and cultures radically change due to a change within the hosts or community staff that manages the co-working space.

As a disclaimer we have only ran into this situation a couple of times over the years. Many of the community managers have appeared on our website, participated in our company outings and remain friends today. Some have not.

The staff or leaders of each community have a great impact on the success and feel of each location. The Co-Working Community Team become extensions of your office and company. They often times interact with your guests, answer telephone calls and sometimes have more impact administratively. These individuals aren’t staff that you have carefully chosen or vetted through your on-boarding process. You would have never discussed their level of pay, career goals, family dynamics, timelines or any other personal matters that impact employment, yet you are stuck with them for better or worse.

It can be frustrating to have staff members that you didn’t hire and you can’t fire!

                                                           – Todd Burkhalter

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Whats the answer, unfortunately I do not have a proper end all solution. I merely have a band-aid and some potential preventative solutions.

When choosing a Co-Working Company:

  • Consider one with multiple locations – This will allow you to shift little more easily day to day meetings but even if you were to experience a staff member that wasn’t a good fit.
  • Ask a lot of questions – Determine how frequently they automatically change staff members to different locations. This isn’t fool proof but you can determine if there will automatically be a revolving door as opposed to the individual deciding to change positions.
  • Consider Community Events – How frequently will your location be hosting community events? What type of events will be held? Ask for a list of past events. Make sure that these will not be a constant disruption and fit within themes consistent with your values and corporate dynamics.
  • Consider The Networking – Ask for a list of companies that exist in the space. We have found these people will become friends, resources, potential business or clients.
  • The Dark Side – One last comment regarding that staff member that just ruins your day. Work to minimize your interaction through being able to transition locations but also consider hiring your own staff person that creates a majority of the customer reception or engagement.

Though there may be some downside risk; I believe that the Co-Working or Flexible Space Model has so many positives that it out-weighs the potential Dark Side which can be cast by a Staff person who likely will not be there very long. Let’s face it when someone has a poor attitude they aren’t likely to be around long term anyways.

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