Famous Failures – Failure and Feedback


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I just read an interesting article on “famous failures” which further solidifies the fact that there is no failure only feedback as Michael mentioned in the M5. I want to add that there can be failure if you refuse to perceive your experience as anything other than a failure. It takes a conscious effort to see the value from the failure, the feedback, and move forward with that knowledge to make our next experiences better.

In the success.com article, Famous Failures, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Harland Sanders, and Norman Vincent Peale are mentioned with the highlights of the “failures” they faced. They pushed through these failures even when some of them were about to give up. Can you imagine if Oprah, Michael, Harland, and Norman would have given up? [Read more…]

M5 – You can’t fail at marketing

Hi It’s Michael.

On this weeks M5, I want to talk to you about failure in marketing.

There is none.

When you are marketing, you have to keep your mind in check.

In order to do that, you have to understand that there is no such thing as marketing failure, only marketing feedback. [Read more…]

Ted Sarandos of Netflix Gave Sage Advice for Business Owners

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I just watched Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, of Netflix on Bloomberg’s show Bloomberg West.

Ted spoke about the movie industry and how he sees things changing. He said that we all have to agree that consumers want more now. In the movie industry, the theaters are the distribution channel. That puts the DVD sales, and enjoyment of the movie on a mass scale off until after the DVD comes out.

He outlined two models for businesses in the future, which is exactly what Peter Drucker preached 20 years ago: 1) Force consumers to go through hoops to purchase and enjoy the products or services, or 2) Make the business about bringing the products and services to consumers when and where they want it most.
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Building Your Online Presence – It Takes Time and Patience

Patience takes a long time

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting a bookstore and saw this message stone on the ground, “Patience takes a long time”. ¬†Great saying for the crappy week I was having – it was crappy because I was totally out of patience and annoyed with everything I was doing.

What was I doing? Setting up accounts for social media, web servers, domains, WordPress, email, etc. and ALL of it was taking A LOT ¬†longer than I expected – which pissed me off to no end. [Read more…]

The Art of Sales – How Kenny at CPK Lenox Boosts the Bottom Line

Kenny - California Pizza Kitchen's Desert Sales Guru

Kenny of California Pizza Kitchen @ Lenox Mall – The Dessert Sales Guru

I am always on the lookout for exceptional employees. The ones who make your experience exceptional in one way or another. I’d like to point out Kenny at California Pizza Kitchen in Lenox Mall.

Kenny is a Guru of selling desserts. He is able to increase the average sales on his tables by employing only two tactics, but doing it masterfully. [Read more…]