go to college and get a good job” mantra. Why do you disagree
with this? What personal experiences have taught you otherwise?
How did you learn this mantra and why don’t you follow it today.
Today I read,
This is absolutely 100% correct. A great blog post establishing the normal habits of a young entrepreneur these days. Being a Gen Y entrepreneur I couldn’t agree more on these 7 habits. (Listed Below) The blog references Stephen Covey’s book and uses it as a guideline in the creation of the 7 Habit of highly successfuly Gen Y entrepreneurs. I have yet to read Stephen Covey’s book, 7 habits of highly successful people, but it is coming up soon on my “must read list.”
If you are a young entrepreneur or aspiring to become one, I highly recommend living and breathing these 7 habits. You will face a lot of resistance in the beginning adoption stage, but once you got the mindset down you will soon see doors open for you and the life you dreamed about will become a reality.
1) Terribly dislike working hard, they prefer working smart.
2) Love to connect! And they’ll rather do it socially than officially.
3) Won’t do ‘it’ just because ‘it’ is what everyone else is doing.
4) Are strongly motivated toward achievement.
5) Are money savvy.
6) Courage is their middle name.
7) Don’t know when enough is enough.
So keep working smart and stay on the path to success by following these 7 habits.
Marketing Artificial Turf – eBoost Consulting (Jason Kirby)
Just finished up creating this new video to be the introduction to YourTurfSearch.com. The purpose of this video is to encourage artificial turf companies to navigate through the site more effectively. The video tells my visitors exactly what to expect from the website and then I added a call to action at the end to encourage they request a webinar with me.
In the video I used the website’s navigation as my main point of focus. I find this to be a useful and enaging technique that shows the visitors exactly what each link leads to and what they can expect to find on the site. I like using this kind of technique because it guides your visitors to follow a certain path on your site and increases your conversions by adding a call to action at the very end.
Please let me know your thoughts on using this interactive technique in your videos.
Video Production Credits to San Diego Headshots & Event Photography | The Right Light Photography
Today, Brand-Yourself.com wrote an article on my website and my personal efforts at self branding. I want to thank Trace Cohen for taking the time to write the piece and doing a wonderful job on it. I hope it encourages other young professionals and college students to get their name out there and truly work on getting that competitive edge in this current job market.
Students and other young people looking for a job or looking to network really need to understand the importance of having a positive and proactive presence online and what it can do for them. It gives you the power to share much more than your resume with potential employers. Being proactive online shows your employers that you have passion and the drive to be your best, that is going to say a lot more than a cover letter and resume.
If you are interested in starting the process of self branding but do not know where to get started or don’t know how to make a website, shoot me an email at Jason@Jason-Kirby.com and title the subject line: “I want to brand myself” and I will help you get started. Believe it is a lot easier than you would expect, the only hard part is getting started having some kind of strategy and that is what I can help you with.
Please read the article, Manage Online Reputation – Student branding: Jason Kirby by Trace Cohen so you can get another prospective on the important of creating and managing an online presence that goes beyond your Facebook profile.
First Day of Cold Calling
No one enjoys cold calling. It is difficult to call people and have them accept what you are offering when they have absolutely no idea who are. However, it is sometimes the only way to start getting any sales and therefore it needs to be done.
Today was my first day of cold calling for eBoost Consulting. I have been working the last month to prepare for this day. I have spent countless hours creating deliverables, proposals, presentations, and sales scripts. All this work was to set me up and give me the necessary ammo for today’s cold calling.
I was so nervous, it took me much longer than I expected to pick up the phone and actually start calling. But I sucked it up and did it. Out of the 10 calls I made I only got a hold of one decision maker. In that conversation I messed up big time and said something completely wrong and he called me out for it and hung up. Certainly not the best way to start my first conversation with a decision maker.
So I was a little hesitant to pick up the phone after that rejection and I had to take a little snack break to recuperate. Once I was ready to pick up the phone again I decided to call that guy back to apologize and correct what I said. Of course he screened the call this time, but I left a message correcting what I said and encouraged him to sign up for the webinar anyway. It is a longshot, but I had nothing to lose and for some reason I am no longer hesitant to pick up the phone now. I think making such a stupid mistake and later apologizing for my ignorance made me realize it ain’t going to get much worse than that. I can only improve and make my pitch even better from here on out.
I encourage anyone considering a job where you will be cold calling to accept it when you make mistakes and then apologize to the customer for your mistakes and let them know it won’t happen again. Odds are you already lost their attention, but you have nothing to lose by calling them back so you might as well do it and see where it goes.
So today I am 0 for 10, but tomorrow is a new day and here at eBoost we are all about creating your own tomorrow and that is what today was for, working towards creating my own tomorrow.
Please leave a comment about your worst cold calling experience and how you over came it.
His name is Girard, a man that has taught me more in just a few hours of knowing him than anyone else I have ever met. He came dressed in old raggedy jeans, and what looked like a twenty year old beanie with a matching sweater. His hands were like worn leather that have seen years of hard labor. He had the face of a child with clear complexion and a cheerful smile. You can find him in any library with an old cane and over sized backpack diving into his research. His name is Girard, a great man with a desire to share his wealth of knowledge with others who are willing to listen.
This is a story a selfless man who has found pure internal bliss and wants to take what he knows and give it to the world for no personal gain. He does only for the enjoyment of others benefiting because of him sharing his wisdom. He is a man of simple pleasures. I asked him what does he look forward to everyday and he responds with a chuckle and a smile, “Waking up in the morning, seeing the green and not the roots.” He is just happy to be alive and enjoying what life brings him everyday. “I can’t complain about being alive.” Girard really makes you reconsider all of your meaningless worries and concerns in your life and makes you focus on what really matters; live, laugh, and love.
I met Girard in an unexpected way, and to my surprise I did not go somewhere else when he approached me. It was late one Sunday night and it was time for me to begin on my memoir paper that I have not put any thought into and the rough draft was due in the morning, or so I thought. Before I began to start slaving away on my paper in the library one floor below the Reserve Book Room at 8:00pm, a man to whom I thought was just a homeless man checking his email started to talk to me. At first judgment I said to myself I should probably ignore him and concentrate on my paper and get it done. However, I noticed he had a soft inviting tone from the words he spoke and I decided to answer his question he asked me. I look back now and do not remember what he asked me, all I know is that it grabbed my interest. The next thing I know I have been talking to him for two hours and it is time for him to leave and catch the last bus leaving State. During our conversation he gave me over a half a dozen book recommendations, over a dozen different motivational acronyms, and six pages of scrambled notes. After he left and we exchanged contact information I was completely in a state of shock of what just happened. He had asked me so many philosophical questions that really make you sit and think about what you are doing with your life. Girard asked, “Do you believe in F.E.A.R.?” He told me that F.E.A.R. is what keeps us from success and described F.E.A.R. as “Forever Evading All Responsibility” and this did not make sense to me at first. However, I thought about it later and saw how it applies to me and how each person must interpret their own way and apply it to their own life.
He descibes himself as a researcher, a student, a networker, and a human being, He makes things seems so simple, which from his perspective are true, but from a college student with a full load, two jobs, and other extra curricular activities, life does not seem as simple as one may wish it to be.
A couple of weeks after our first meeting, we met up again and we got to know each others’ background a little more. After giving him a brief interview, I was able to understand why his life is so simple and enjoyable. He wakes up at 5:30 am every morning and begins his physical and deep breathing exercises to get the blood flowing and open up his lungs. He then either goes to class at City College where he is studying Chicano Agriculture and History, or he goes to SDSU or UCSD and spends a majority of his time in the library doing hours of research. “The library is the center of knowledge and should be used for its purpose to expand the mind.” He then goes home. He sold his car long ago and strictly depends on public transportation to get him from place to place. If that is not the definition of a simple life then I do not know what is.
I asked him how he was able to live such a simple lifestyle and a little about his history and how he ended up being who he is today. He told me that he is born San Diegan and a San Diegan at heart. Although he lived in Germany and traveled Europe in his younger years, he came back to what he calls “paradise.” He is currently unemployed and lives off his early retirement pension he received ten years ago when he left AT&T as a linesmen. He has no family, to my knowledge, and lives in his home by himself in Talmadge which is near City Heights. He grows some of his own food, being that he is an agriculturist and by the look of his hands I would not doubt it for a second. He lives by the bear minimum and only gets things he needs and is not tempted by simple greedy or unnecessary pleasures. Rather than asking himself what he wants or desires he asks, “what do I need to do to be of service?” A true noble man at heart that lives only to help others.
Not only does he motivate me to live a more fulfilling life, but he has also excited me with his research. He has been spending a majority of his free time researching further into what I like to call “The Perfect Plant” also known as Amaranth. The research he has shared with me has caused me to want to grow my own Amaranth plants to eat and use for its many benefits. He describes the plant and its uses with so much passion and enthusiasm it is nearly impossible for me not to get excited about it as well. For an older gentlemen, he looks extraordinarily healthy and has lots of energy. He claims a lot if comes from consuming parts of this plant and using it for its myriad of uses. Although the plant is not the sole reason to his healthy skin and his energetic attitude towards life, but it certainly is a factor that he owes a lot of credit to.
I chose to interview and write about Girard because I found the situation in which we met so interesting and unique. It is not everyday you run across someone as wise and passionate like Girard. I wanted to learn more about him and his way of life so I could see what I could learn about my own life. The amount of enthusiasm and energy he has has inspired me to keep a motivated and positive attitude towards life at all times. I look forward to my future encounters with Girard and continuing to learn from him and maybe be able to teach him a thing or two one day.
He taught me what it really means not to judge a book by its cover. If I had judged him, my topic for this paper probably would have not been very interesting.