Generate Success in Your Life: You are a Leader of Your Own Corporation

success in your life-become what you think-make things possible-you are a leaderThere is perhaps no other quality that can accelerate your career or create success in your life as quickly as accepting that you are a leader in everything you do. You become a leader by demonstrating the qualities of leadership whenever those qualities are required by the situation.

Become What You Think: You are a Leader

You already know that you become what you think about most of the time. And what you think determines what you do. If you think the way leaders think, you will say and do the things that leaders say and do and make things possible.


It is also true that you become what you do. In fact, you are what you do. Your actions are the only true measure of your character and your personality. When you act like a leader, when you take a leadership role, you begin to think and feel like a leader as well.

This is why leaders are made, not born. Everyone has within them the qualities of leadership. As you practice these qualities regularly and systematically, you realize that you are a leader in everything you do.

You are the Leader of Your Own Corporation

The basic rule for success in your life, your work and your career is for you to see yourself as the president of your own personal services corporation, know that you are a leader. See yourself as an independent contractor selling your services back into your company on an hourly rate. See your current employer as your best client, at the moment. See yourself on the same level as any other person who owns his or her company. You are the boss. You are in charge of the success in your life. You make the decisions and determine the direction of your own personal services firm.

You are a leader of your own private corporation, you must continually think in terms of leadership to make things possible. What do the top people do in each organization? What are the key responsibilities of managers and senior executives? Of all the things that you could do each day, what are the things that you do that are the most important?

Leaders, managers and executives have been studied for many years. We now know exactly the qualities that most differentiate a leader from a non-leader. We also know those activities that leaders in business are responsible for. You must become what you think and know that you are a leader of your own life. When you begin practicing these qualities and behaviors, you step on the accelerator of your own career and move quickly to the front in whatever you are doing.

Be Innovative

The first job of the executive is to innovate and market. It is to continually seek out newer, better, faster, easier and cheaper ways to get the job done and then to market the new, improved products and services to ever more customers.

When you practice the processes of restructuring, reengineering, reinventing and reorganizing on a regular basis, you continually improve your ability to innovate and create new and better products and services and market ever more of them against your competition.

Achieve Results

Your second major function as the senior executive of your own life is to perform and get results. In the final analysis, this is all that really matters. This is all that people care about. Did you get the job done? Yes or no?

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Strategic Planning Process: How To Set Long-Term Goals

how to set goals-long-term goals-strategic planning process-thinking about the futureYour ability to set long-term goals and constantly be thinking about the future of your business has an inordinate impact on the success and profitability of your enterprise.  All top executives are long-term thinkers.  They project forward five years and they think about where they want to be and what they will have to be doing at that time in order to achieve their long-term goals. They are constantly asking themselves how to set goals and better their strategic planning process to further their business success.

How To Set Goals That Will Launch Your Business Into Success

The key to a successful long-term strategic planning process is for you to identify the core competencies you will require, and then begin immediately to develop or to acquire those core competencies so that you will be strongly positioned for the markets and competition in the future.


Your job is to constantly be thinking about the future. Through your strategic planning process you must take the necessary steps in the short-term to guarantee that you will achieve the profitability that you desire in the long-term.  This ability to think long-term has never been more important or more valuable than it is today.  It is a real key to profitability.

Develop a Clear Sense of Direction Through The Strategic Planning Process

You’ve heard it said that when you are up to your you know what in alligators, it’s hard to remember that you came here to drain the swamp.  Because of the turbulence of today’s marketplace, most executives and managers have been reduced to operating, almost like firefighters on a daily basis.  They are totally preoccupied with short-term problems and the need to get short-term operating results.  They intend to spend more time thinking about the future and planning but they don’t ever seem to get around to it.  They never have time and they are too busy to make time.

Set Long-Term Goals and Constantly Be Thinking About The Future

But this is not for you.  You need to set clear targets for yourself and for every part of your business.  In fact, perhaps your most important responsibility to your people is to give them a clear sense of direction in their work.  They need this to perform at their best, and they can’t do their best without it.  In fact, according to psychologists, the greatest de-motivator in the world of work is not knowing what’s expected, or not being clear about your long-term goals.

There’s a simple five part formula for developing a sense of direction that you can use for the rest of your career.  It’s called the GOSPA Formula.  The letters in the word GOSPA stand for Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Priorities, and Activities.

Let’s start with how to set goals.  A goal is a specific place where you want to end up, at the end of a specific period of time.  For example, your goal could be a certain volume of sales, or a certain level of profitability at the end of a quarter or the end of a year.

The letter O stands for objectives.  These are the sub-goals that you will have to accomplish in order to achieve your long-term goal.  If your one year goal is a certain dollar level of profitability, your objectives could be in the areas of sales, marketing, distribution, manufacturing, cost control, staff development, technology and so on.  Achieving these objectives, the goals are achieved as well.

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28 Festivals and 8 Reasons They Can Change Your Life (Plus: Free Burning Man Tickets!)

Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels.

Chip Conley is the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he began at age 26 and built to more than 30 properties in California alone. In 2010, Joie de Vivre was awarded the #1 customer service award in the U.S. by Market Metrix (Upper Upscale hotel category).

Conley has also been named the “Most Innovative CEO” in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times, and I’m proud to call him a friend.

Last year, he decided that he wanted to become the world’s leading expert on festivals.

Why? Because he’d seen his personal and professional lives transformed by places like Bali and Burning Man. Since that decision, he’s traveled to more than two-dozen countries to experience more than three-dozen festivals and launched Fest300.

Why are festivals — one of the mankind’s oldest traditions — most important than ever in a digital world? What are Chip’s favorite festivals and how can they tranform your life?

This post — full of inspirational photographs — answers all of these questions.

Chip is also giving away two free tickets to this month’s sold-out Burning Man, which include drinks with Chip and quite possibly Larry Harvey, the founder of Burning Man. Deadline for submissions is this Friday! Details at the end of this post.


Enter Chip


1) The more virtual we get, the more ritual we need.

As we become more reliant on our iPhones, and more “connected” through Facebook, we can actually become more disconnected from each other. Real connection is what we crave. Festivals are as old as humanity, but in the digital era there’s a new peak in the magnetic attraction to extraordinary human gatherings. Whole festival genres such as transformational (Jeet Kei Leung TEDx Vancouver) and EDM (Chicago EDM Tribute) have doubled in size over the past decade. There’s an immediacy available when we put down our smart phones and dive into the present moment at a festival. Because what we need are IRL (In Real Life) experiences, while we drown in a sea of URLs.

Digital overload may be a first world problem, and not an immediate matter of life and death. But, on parts of Bali and at Burning Man, cell and wireless connections are rare or nonexistent. Life and death are immediate as they are ritualized in community and in fire – far from anything virtual. My festival transformation was forged in the fires of both.

Bali rekindled my childhood love of festivals, which is why I’ve returned over a dozen times. From birth to death, the Balinese culture is grounded in festivals. The Balinese honor the passing of life during the light of day with public cremations that celebrate the dearly departed while they often lie in full view…


then send them to the heavens in grand funeral pyres…



The community must be present to complete the journey, yet you need not live there to feel right at home. There’s a freedom in facing the inevitability of death together, which provides a sense of meaningful connectedness in this shared theater of life.

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