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Leverage… Who has it? You or your boss.

My father worked as a cab driver in NJ for 40 years and I love him. Most importantly because he stood on his own terms. I work for a large company doing something I hate but it pays the bill and most of all it gives me the financial ability to work my own business and build it into something special. Well if you’re reading this post then you’re trying piece together this post and the title. LEVERAGE! Is the main topic. I feel use by my employer and have in the past and I am unafraid. To say this because when you know Christ like I do then you understand that he is my employer. Today I understand why he hired me for this job. I learned the meaning or 2 things. Leverage and who has it. Most employers have it because most people don’t  know their worth, not only to your employer, the job market but to yourself. We doubt our abilities to do jobs that employers embellished about and the descriptions are not nearly close to the true requirements you need to have. A G.E.D. can not only live by Phd or MBA but do the job as well or better. let me get back to leverage. The person or the authority who has the power to make a change, controls what happens or has the controlling say in all matters has LEVERAGE. Period!

My father had leverage. He had no one to answer to and if he needed a day to relax he made the decision. His income was determined by whether or not he wanted make money or how much. When you control your income potential then you have leverage. When nothing can be done without your say, you have leverage. When someone needs your service you have leverage. Leverage is doing very little for more. Maybe you missed that. The saying work smart and not hard is about leverage, who has it and if you have it are you working it right but your employers work it right everyday. Think about it. Leverage!


What happen to what you know?

I am tired of school… And yes education is so important but I know how to do my job extremely well. I see people who do the same job slack and do minimal work, but kiss #$?@ like nobodies business and get new position or promotion. Does the gift of gab and who you know fair better most of the time now. I not sure where you”re from or work but I see this so often that all of the time spent educating yourself seems worthless. I see people interview people who are more qualified to do there job and because of this intimidating fact they bypass considering them for a position in their company. What happening?

The Next Level!

Every year around this time, aside from Christmas Shopping, many are preparing for a new year with a new resolution… I don’t know about everyone else but I evaluate the previous year (the good, the bad, what’s new and what can be let go!) to help determine where do I go from here. Three things are always on my list for the new year… A better father, a better husband and more then anything a better relationship with God! Once I have evaulate the previous year I can then make a resolution. To make one this year I’ve outlined it in a STATE OF THE FAMILY ADDRESS I will give to my family. I got this idea from my cousin John Marshall. This a written document about where we are as a family. Next is a written plan for us in the next five years. Then, Go over all of the mistakes we made, improvements and accomplishments. After that, how do we get to the next level in 2010? Once the how part has been established then you can make a New Years Resolution! Some of us are lost, can’t decide or just not into resolutions but a resolution is a plan for a better year. everyone should have one and if you do or going to have one then you need to write it down and post it everywhere (work, home, car, etc) so that you can be reminded that you have one and it needs to be worked on so that you can get to the NEXT LEVEL!

Put your lighters up and shine with me!

theunderdog1This a brief post and a thought I had because of a statement I heard in a discussion! I believe this entirely…. We are so driven at times and make this mistake and don’t realize it… Opportunity is out there for any and everyone. Money can be made by anyone. A college degree or Masters does really mean you’re the best person for a job. A person without those things but have the ability to do a job if not as well but better. A GED in this day and age can now live next to a PHD, MBA, BS, BA or the President of these United States of America. (Thanks Paster Mike, I received that!) lol….Did you get that! Here’s what I’m getting at…the reason for this post. We strive to shine on the world, make our mark and be the best but we hate on other who shine more. We are quick to judge, we formulate our theories about a person before we hear the complete story. The people who share their dreams or vision with us deserve their chance to shine too. Understand this if not anything else. “You don’t have to put out or prevent someone else’s light from shining just because yours is not… maybe if you had not done that and given words or encouragement or support yours could be shining also…!” WOW!!!!!! Be careful on critiquing others and pre-judging. Someone listened to you, someone opened a door for you, someone took a chance on you, someone even thought your idea or dreams was nonsense but gave you the support to make it happen… Give 5 minutes of your time everyday to someone with a dream or idea…you will never know unless to try is what my mom always said…

R.I.P. Lucille “Ruth” Williams 01/24/2002 Love ya mom!

Check this out!!!!

Samuel L. Jackson / Pulp FictionThe path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.

Expectation, Truth and Your Word

theunderdog1I expect you to tell me the true or be truthful and true to your word. Doesn’t your word mean everything in business and in life? You’re suppose to do what is expected of you? Shouldn’t you be truthful with the people you service, live with or spend time with, whether they’re clients or friends?


Are you who you say you are? Would anyone want to be you if they really knew who you where? This doesn’t just apply to people but to businesses all around. Are you really who you say you are and if you are not that then tell those who represent your name, including yourself, to stop perpetrating your image and start living out the true idea of who you should be as a person, as a business, as a friend, as a colleague, as a boss, as a parent….Need I go on? You only lose yourself when you buy into what others want you to be. If change comes your way, it should only be excepted if it makes you a better person, business, friend, husband, wife, colleague, boss, etc.


Freedom comes with truth…Expectation are only met when you honor your word and do what you say your going to do. Your word does mean everything and you reputation is on the line every time you give it!


Remember that!

Okay Then, what’s next?

theunderdog1I liked this article and wanted to share with my connections and all who read my blog. What happens after all of this. In business; and I don’t know too many people that don’t see it this way but here goes! I meet you and add you to my network…For what? Just to say I have you on my network. If we can’t do business, refer business, talk business, etc then what’s next? Would you listen to a struggling new artist who is looking for a record deal if you are the Director of A&R at Sony even if s/he was or was not linkedin with you? You would probably click, “I don’t know them” Great opportunities for business are around the corner for many (CEO’s, sales, mail room personnel, moguls, etc) but when we find success that takes us to a level of business where we don’t even converse with the person who maybe just the receptionist then we lose those opportunities.

Prime example… Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Who is that? Who is that? I know you’re wondering but check this out. In 1961 Martha Reeves joined the fledgling Motown organization in Detroit, where she served as secretary to William Stevenson in the A&R department. From 1963 onwards, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas became one of Motown’s most successful recording outfits, and Reeves’ strident vocals were showcased on classic hits such as “Heat Wave”, “Dancing In The Street” and “Nowhere To Run”.



Every Corner there is opportunity for business and the most important thing about most opportunity is….It’s free to listen to possibilities. Somebody in your company, organization or just that person trying to connect with you may present that opportunity. Whether your in need or not, just listen and maybe you’ll be surprised.

By Susan Ward, at About.com


Business networking is the process of establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with other business people and potential clients and/or customers. Notice that I don’t say anything about meeting people in this definition; the ever-increasing slew of business networking meet-and-greet events have given business networking a bad name. The key to true business networking is the establishment of a mutually beneficial relationship, and that’s an incredibly rare event at the standard shake-hands-and-exchange-your-business-card events that are touted as business networking “opportunities”. The purpose of business networking is to increase business revenue – one way or another. The thickening of the bottom line can be immediately apparent, as in developing a relationship with a new client, or develop over time, as in learning a new business skill. The best business networking groups operate as exchanges of business information, ideas, and support. The most important skill for effective business networking is listening; focusing on how you can help the person you are listening to rather than on how he or she can help you is the first step to establishing a mutally beneficial relationship.

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How to fight so everybody wins

theunderdog1‘…speaking the truth in love, we will…grow up…’ Ephesians 4:15

There are two ways to tell the truth: the ‘give them a piece of your mind’ style, which only drives the wedge deeper, or the Bible way: ‘Speaking the truth in love,’ which resolves conflict and strengthens relationships. Suppose a couple is fighting because he’s habitually late. How can she speak ‘the truth in love’ and get her message heard? Here’s a five-step process that’s effective in marriage, friendship or work. She could say to him: 1) ‘I feel frustrated.’ No blame, no attack; just an honest expression of her own emotion. 2) ‘When you are late.’ No judging, name-calling or labeling; just a concrete description of his action. 3) ‘It seems to say to me that my time is not really important to you.’ No moralizing; just honestly sharing her feelings. 4) ‘Please try to be on time, or call and let me know when you’ll be here.’ Instead of focusing on past actions he can’t change, she’s telling him what she’d like him to do differently next time. 5) ‘Would you be willing to do that for me?’ No demanding or taking for granted; just asking for consideration and cooperation. When he agrees, they have a ‘contract.’ She thanks him sincerely and rewards every effort he makes to keep his word. She has effectively realigned the couple by making him her ally, not her enemy, and redefined the focus as a shared one, not something she ‘does to him!’ The Bible says we can ‘walk together’ when we have ‘agreed’ to do so (Amos 3:3 NIV).

Father God teach us to use wisdom when we speak the truth in love. Let us remember to take a step back before sharing our feelings about a situation and weigh the cost of our actions before we speak. In Jesus Name Amen.
PS: Thanks John