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11 Welcome To Reboot Authentic!

The underlying message of Reboot Authentic begins with one simple belief: YOU are a business.

Whether you work for someone else, run your own business, are a solo entrepreneur, or are a salesperson who earns only when you sell – YOU are a business.

The way customers buy is undergoing a massive shift – as is the way customers want to be treated by those who aspire to call them clients. Small, people-centered companies are thriving because of their high level of engagement and the big boys (at least the smart ones) are trying their best to seem smaller and more personal to accommodate the shift.

Selling the same types of products and services to the same people in the same ways won’t get you to where you want to be. You need to purposefully define your market, choose your company wisely, and sell to people in a way that resonates with them. If you’ve had difficulty gaining traction in whatever field you’re in, Reboot Authentic can help.
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50 A Broken Rose And A Serving Of Crow

eating crow

This post is a departure from my usual. Normally, I try to teach in my posts. Usually, it’s a business lesson. Today, I’d like to share a life lesson I was taught just hours ago.

I sincerely love people – although at times they are a major source of angst in my life.

But at the end of the day, if I’m paying attention, they always provide me with some sort of life lesson.

My career is fast moving, full of long hours, planes, airports, and hotels. My success in this career is absolutely and utterly dependent upon efficiency.
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7 Why You Need To Scrap THEIR Blueprint And Draw Up Your Own

Scrap The Blueprint.

Maybe you haven’t heard it called “the blueprint” – that’s my word for it. But you know very well what I’m referring to. It’s the way they tell you to live your life.

(Whoever “they” are.)

Work should look like this…
Education should look like this…
Here are the things you should be focused on…
Here are the things that you are allowed to enjoy…

We have all been conditioned to march to someone else’s drummer.

We have lived lives according to someone else’s blueprint.

It’s time to stop doing what others tell you is best for you and to start doing what you know is best for you.

“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.”
~ Raymond Hull

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3 Engagement + Empathy + Credibility = Genuine Trust

In my last post, I railed on the Echo Chamber a bit for watering down the meaning of great words.

Truth be told, it’s not so much the overuse of the words that bothers me – it’s the lack of substance. Who am I kidding? Both of those things tick me off.

And then tonight, I met a young guy who proves that originality, intelligence, and even authenticity (yeah, I typed it) still exist. More about him in a bit.

To set the record straight, I love the word authenticity. I love what it is supposed to mean – which is something real, genuine, and not copied. What I hate is when it’s thrown around haphazardly because THAT dilutes the meaning of the word. So there you go.


My Special Skill

From all my years of experience in business – all my successes and failures – one thing I have become very good at is seeing the forest and the trees at the same time. To put it another way, I have a knack for seeing through the fog, the tangles, and all the details to see what is or is not genuine about people, organizations, and situations.
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13 RIP Authenticity, Passion, and Guru. (And Save Epic Sh*t!)

You may or may not already know that I can get pretty tweaky over words.

I’m assuming that if you’re here and you’re reading this, you find some type of value in blogs. It may be for entertainment, personal development, business advice, or any number of other reasons – but we’re all here together, aren’t we? So it’s safe to say we’re all blog fans to one degree or another.

A Sad State Of Affairs

Today I’d like to share with you the sad facts about a brutal injustice that is being perpetrated here on planet earth. Specifically in the realm of the blogosphere. I’m referring to a disgusting act of ignorant aggression directed at the most innocent and well-meaning of victims.

The Victim: Great and Powerful words of the English language.

As writer and wordsmiths, we stew over the right words – thinking, meditating, and researching to find the right word to perfectly and eloquently describe the deepest of emotions and thoughts to our readers in an impactful way.

Occasionally, we find that perfect word – and when we do, it’s a beautiful thing.
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14 2 Ways To Be A Direct Message Dingus On Twitter

Twitter is a Social Medium.

The word social implies that Twitter is used to interact with other people, right? It’s also a great way to introduce those people to your brand, company, or product.

If you want more followers to stick with you and engage, you’re in luck because I’m going to share with you two Twitter direct message moves to avoid at all costs. These two will get you unfollowed (or not followed to begin with) lickety-split.
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6 On Overcoming The Loud

We live in a world where for some reason it seems society has decided that the loudest and most obnoxious should be listened to.

You know what I mean. You see two people disagreeing or arguing about something and they start to try to out-volume each other. They get louder and louder while talking over each other. This is usually accompanied by wagging fingers and for some reason, nose to nose proximity.

A question: If both people in a conversation are talking, who the hell is listening?

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3 Looking To Pass Blame? Check The Mirror.

I had a business encounter recently that made an impression on me. It had to do with one party in a business relationship being upset by something that was said by the other party in the relationship.

When I spoke to the first party to listen to their story, guess who was to blame? I know you see where this is going. Then, when I spoke to the second party to hear them out, guess who was to blame?

Right. Each of them told the story as if they had done absolutely nothing wrong – and each presented themselves as a completely innocent victim of the other person’s behavior. To top it all off,  both seemed very honest and sincere about their version of the events.
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1 Maybe You Just Need A Good Butt-Kicking

At various times throughout a person’s life, an occasion arises in which said person is due a big, ugly butt-kicking. Not a literal physical fustigation, mind you – but a comeuppance…a hard lesson…failure…a loss.

Making a mistake here or there (and being forced to deal with the consequences) is good for you.

Granted, not all mistakes are good things. Certain mistakes are always bad. For instance, say – bomb technicians or surgeons or maybe those guys who juggle chainsaws.

(Quick…name three people who you never want to hear say, “Whoops!”)

But for the rest of us, mistakes and failures are actually good things. They allow us to analyze, learn, and improve. Continue reading