Six Years Ago Today I Stopped Working

by Kevin on June 5, 2015

elevator last daySix years ago today I stopped working. I should explain how I define “work”. In my world, work is getting up at a time you don’t want to get up, to go someplace you don’t want to go, to see people you don’t want to see, to do something you don’t want to do, for too little money. I was definitely working.

Don’t get me wrong, I did well. I was in corporate sales and I was blessed to have a sales career which included highlights such as being the top salesperson in the world for an international consulting company and the top salesperson in the USA for three other companies. By all outward appearances I was living the dream. But I was working.

Over time I started doing some speaking on the side. And it grew as things do when you nourish them. And eventually I left my job. My last day at my corporate sales job was 6/5/09, six years ago today. And what a fun six years it’s been. I wake up every morning like a kid on Christmas. I still have crap in my life and it’s not always a piece of cake, but I’m definitely not working any more.

I hope you love what you do. I intentionally didn’t say “I hope you love what you do for work.” Because if you love what you do it’s not work. It’s play. And being paid to play is fun. You have gifts, talents, and natural abilities which you were given in order to help and bring value to others. And money is just an echo of value.

You are amazing. You are special. And you have ways of adding value which no one else has. Nurture and deepen your gifts, talents, and natural abilities and you’ll never work again. I wish you all the success you’re willing to work for. And I wish you a life of fun. Because that’s what you were created for. ツ

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Lighten Up, Francis….

by Kevin on January 28, 2015

A long time ago, I was very “professional”, “corporate” and somewhat formal in my emails, proposals, etc like most people are and I had success. And then I eventually brought more of my personality into my biz dealings, and I still delivered valuable info and content in my communications, but I changed my greetings and endings and had even more success.

I noticed that when I start my emails, proposals, etc with things like “Hi Bob, I hope you had a great holiday season and didn’t gain 15 pounds like I did” or “Hi Bob, Did you see that Broncos game? I haven’t seen choking like that since the Heimlich video in high school health class” and ended my emails, proposals, etc with things like “And don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is coming up so get your wife something nice. Think about what you’re planning to spend on her gift and double it. Trust me on this one” or “If you ever get to Colorado let’s get together and make some crank calls or do some cow tipping. Bring bail money” the biz deals just always seem to work out faster and more profitably.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence. But I don’t think so…. ツ

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