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Don’t wish it away, embrace it and grow with it…

I have received some feedback in the past couple of weeks from avid followers of our blog saying that I have been blogging about too much technical stuff and not enough of the heart and spirit information they have come accustomed to. So if you......

Got yours split out of whack?

Chaos in a business 99 times out of 100, means stress and loss of opportunity! I mentioned in my last blog the model of splitting your daily, weekly and monthly planning into 3 parts – delivery to clients, team development and on the business work.......

Split your week into 3

Have you ever asked yourself “how do I fit in everything I have to do into a day, a week or a month?“. I do not think you would be running a growing business if you have not … This is something I am constantly......

How do I get more family time?

Client asks: If I am flat out in my business and my time with my family is suffering, what can I do?   I was talking to this client of my cashflow program last week and she asked me “If I am flat out in......

How do I stop hiring the wrong people?

QUESTION: Trent, how do I stop hiring the wrong people? Why is it happening? Before I answer this question with 3 very succinct and crucial points, let’s be very clear it is because of your recruitment process. Recruiting people for a lot of business owners......

How overheads kill tradies!

ATTENTION: Trade based businesses – Beware of overheads in your quoting!!! The 3 step plan to ensure it never happens to you!   I recently had a trade based client (tradie) who had a nasty surprise when they discovered that the overheads they allowed for......

Leaders must be experts at…

There is so much literature and people espousing what the 3 steps or 5 keys or 7 must have’s of leadership are in the world. When you look at all of these and absorb them all it can be very overwhelming. So in the brand......

Are you being an ostrich with your business reality?

Know your numbers OR you will become a number!!! Too many business owners (95%+) DO NOT do cashflows for their business. This is absolutely LUDICROUS considering that cash to a business is like oxygen to a human body. Experts, books and anyone with any economic......

Teach your children this and watch them soar

We often teach our children our habits and values that were engrained in us by our parents with a few variances based on our own real life experience. Yet, how often do you stop and get conscious about what you are “specifically and with focused......

What are your plans for the Xmas break?

How will you “sharpen your saw”? Now that you are in the hoopla of the “Xmas rush”, you are probably only thinking about stopping work, not thinking about it and having a ‘break’! So you should too! You deserve it, after working through what has......

What is your Xmas gift to your clients this year?

What do your clients expect from you at Xmas? Are you one of the business owners who like to express their gratitude in the festive season by investing in a gift for your clients, or at least key clients? People these days are MORE WARY......

Where our best work comes from…

I want to share this video with you as I found it to be intriguing and thought provoking with a touch of inspiration. It is not every day we stop and smell the roses and make the time to read something amazing, listen to something......

What is your “pebble in the shoe”?

We are getting very close to Xmas and for many of us, down time to relax, reflect and contemplate what will be next year. So when you are doing this, I want you to consider what has been the content of that internal nagging voice......

This is what people TRULY admire

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds” Orison Martin PS. This quote starts the MUST READ chapter called “What is the reality in the......

5 things I can do now as an author

Do you have a book within you? I have just finished writing and now publishing my very first book “Have Your Cake AND Eat It Too” which has been a “full on” experience and so worth it – even if I do not even sell......

Is that all you got?

How often do you hear yourself or people talk about hardships they are going through right now and how they wish it were easier? What is the point of this? What is it (discussing how hard things are with others) supposed to achieve? Sympathy, adoration,......

The Happiest Refugee

Terrific story that sheds a new light on a sensitive issue in Australia … How often have you read a book that has you engrossed enough in the book that it actually makes you LAUGH out loud a number of times? Then within a few......

Have you tried this?

It is one of the best ways I have known to be present and give best value … Last week I met a man (Jon) in business who wanted to talk to me about how we could work together in the future with our respective......

Planning is not the sole answer you know!

Too often business owners get caught up in planning as they have been to a conference or a workshop and seen the value in planning. YES, planning is important, but is it the most important thing? I do not think so. What is most important......

Do you know its power?

This is the thing that affects your outcome by 55% minimum? When I became a coach 9 years ago I was taught a practical reality about sales that affected my results in a big way. I was taught that the words we speak have a......

How awesome is it?

Quality time with loved ones cannot be bought… I have been married to my wife Sally for 10 years in April which is when we will be having our honeymoon – yes a bit delayed, but better late than never right!? Ever since having our......

How long can you stay focused?

I love how great people can focus on the simple things and stay focused on them for long periods of time. The question is “How long can you stay focused on the important things?”. People and businesses that have created great things know what to......

You think you have a tough fight on your hands?

Sport brings out many lessons in life for all of us and in my time on this planet, I have seen some great things, horrific things, stupid things and now INCREDIBLE things. I thought I had seen everything in sport, but not until now! This......

Sicknote: Dealing with Absent Employees

My attitude with my team members (past and present) is that anyone that comes and works for me must leave the company better skilled, more confident and more qualified than when they entered the business. I believe my role as the owner of the business......

What are you choosing?

We are living in a world right now where just about everyone is tightening their budgets, retracting and living into a world of scarcity. Why? Because for a lot of us now, money is tight. Is that true for you? However, this is also an......

The Breakthrough Experience

There was a book I read about 8 years ago that significantly changed my life when I was a new coach, a new husband and a new father. It was written by an amazing global educator that I greatly admire called Dr John DeMartini. I......

Bad apples KILL cool cultures!

Do you have any bad apples in your business that are affecting your business?   I am constantly blown away how many employers KNOW they have people in their organisation who are detrimental for the business going forward. These people can be described as being......

Attitudes teach, NOT words!

If you have staff or team issues in your business, then all you need to do is look at home for the answers. The experiences you have had in your childhood, with your family, and as a parent to your children ALL COMBINED, happened to......

Who do you want your son to be like?

footballer? A golfer? A doctor? A lawyer? What is it for you … I get asked this question a lot when I am speaking on stages and I have 1 simple answer for them – “I want my 2 sons to be themselves and passionate......

Can you last 1 day without it?

What would you do and how would you function?   I have had an intense period writing my first book, creating an amazing business development product while preparing our home for sale on the weekends. UNFORTUNATELY, the by-product of all this is the time on......

Break the logjam in your life!

The greatest load of rubbish that many managers have said for years is “you must separate your personal life from your working life”! After being a coach (business, life and sporting) for over 20 years, I have never seen anyone be able to achieve this......

Take a look in the mirror…

This is where you will find the challenges and the answers to your business … How often have you read or heard people say in the context of what it takes to have success in business that, “you must have the right team on the......

What are you saying NO to this week?

So often in business we read books, hear in recordings/seminars and have conversations with peers and our coaches about ALL the things we need to do to be successful. I know that I find it to be really over-whelming at times with everything I have......

Which freedom are you chasing?

“Why do people start their own business?” The answers I have heard over the years range through the following; I am sick of working for someone else, especially such idiots This is what my parents did and so I followed suit I invented something that......

Assess Your Actions

Last week I shared with you a quote from one of my legendary mentors, Mr Jim Rohn, and this week I have another quote of his that has made a profound impact on my life. This quote is one that I think of when I......

The 1% rule

What are the 1%’s you can do daily to help you win your game? I am a mad sports lover who will watch any sport that is on, yet particularly fond of golf, cricket and the various football codes. One of the things I most......

Which pain do you choose?

One of my first ever mentors in the personal development field was Mr Jim Rohn. A man born in 1930 and who left us in 2009 with so many books, CD’s and absolute pearls of wisdom that will have his legacy go on for generations......

Are You A Finisher?

Or are many unfinished projects ruining your confidence slowly day by day … How often in a week do you finish the projects or tasks you set for the week? How often do you have a day where you have completed the outcome you wanted......

Could This Be the Next Movement In Business?

How hard could it be to bring in the K-factor to everyday CONSCIOUS life? My wife and I were talking earlier this week about how we as a couple have been so inconsistent showing each other the little acts of love and kindness since we......

A 21 Day Challenge

Is the identity you carry about yourself right now serving you or holding you back? Quick clue, are your results in life right now having you feel like shouting them to the world or having you feel small and insignificant? Whatever words you use after......

Where Do You Keep Your Best Ideas And Thoughts?

How do you record your journey and legacy for future generations? I still remember to this day 2 amazing lessons from the late Jim Rohn, one of, if not the greatest, philosophers of modern times who influenced so many very successful leaders over the past......

Are You Fluent Or Paralysed Right Now?

I am talking about the way you make decisions … If you think about your decision making process, what does it look like and how does it change over the various types of decisions you need to make in your life and business? The main......

What Is The Cost Of TV?

What do you sacrifice by giving your time to TV? As the old adage says “You can get money back, but you cannot get time back!” and if we truly believed this, how much TV would we watch? Why do people watch TV? to get......

Why Do We Think We Can Control This?

It is in our language and our excuses, but it is not real … The issue I am referencing especially in small business is managing time or the old adage of “time management”. I want to let you in on a little secret … There......

What I Have Learnt About ME…

This is a personal situation email, so stop reading now if you want something technical. 5 years ago I left Perth. I was a business owner of a $3M+ company with 17 team members which we grew from scratch in 4 short years.  I moved......

The No. 1 skillset to study and master in business

The common denominator between sales or marketing or delivery or leadership is; PEOPLE Hence the No 1 skill set to study and master in business is PEOPLE skills! Consultants, coaches, speakers, online guru’s all teach it underneath their “product or service spiels” – it just......

Reach Out

Is this a natural action or something you avoid like the plague? I avoid it like the plague as I am a proud man who prides (there it is again) himself on independence. Not a very good ‘being’ for building relationships! BUT, today I had......

The Taboo Word in Business Is…..

No, not money, the other one! Yes the word is … Sales I still think after all these years in business (on and off for 18 years) that it is ridiculous that sales is a taboo word for many – whether they want to admit......

When Is The Right Time?

Should you wait until you feel great to do something or do it anyway? I wrote a blog the other week about stopping procrastination and that the hardest thing to do is just start something. It has lead to many discussions with clients, friends and......

Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!

Only if you want more time and money in your life right NOW … One of the key traits that wealthy people and happy people have across all walks of life is a true worth on what their time is worth. They are of the......

Does This Scare You?

What do your clients think about you and what do they REALLY want from you? So often we want to grow our business and look outwards for new strategies, new approaches and new paradigms. YET, the answer is right in front of us! When was......

The Hardest Thing To Do …

If you can master this half of your battles will go away … Start things!!! Procrastination is such a DISEASE in society. It seems people are driven more by fear, than they are by getting what they want. The fear of the unknown – how......

The Excitement Of Life Is There For You To Grab …

Do you want it? Exploration for human beings creates excitement, adventure, learning, new possibilities, new perspectives, new beliefs and new ideas. All greatness in this world comes from a human being that is WILLING to explore. Think of young children who ask so many questions,......

What OUR Businesses And Society Needs The Most

What is the No 1 thing lacking today that if generated, will generate more inspiration, happiness and fulfilment? LEADERSHIP! So often we read about and are inspired by great leaders in the world, whether it is in sport, business, politics or the humanitarian sector. But......

Who gets the gold medals and million dollar pays?

Have you ever thought why certain people get these and others don’t? We live in a world that admires achievement, whatever domain that exists. We are a race that gives admiration and respect for people who overcome odds and win. It leads me to really......

The ONLY thing you can control is …

We live in a society that wants to choose what they want and get it now (or in fact yesterday) and one of the most powerful things I have learnt is that there is really only 1 thing you can choose, truly!! When you reflect......

Rollercoasters or Change

Do you love rollercoasters or do you hate rollercoasters? The parallels between rollercoasters and change to me are quite funny and so close. People either love or hate rollercoasters. Why? Because; They scare the hell out of you OR give you an immense rush of......

Do You Remember The Movie Annie?

She taught us business owners something, are you aware of what that is???? I was just watching the movie “Annie” with my children, which was beautiful and a real blast from the past. One thing really struck me about Annie and why everyone on the......

Which 4 Year Old Can Be Your Teacher?

What is it about a 4 year old that they do so simply, that if you did it as a business owner, your business would flourish? Society today is so busy and having the ability to be present in the moment is one that takes......

What Business Are You In? (NO, Not What You Do!)

Here is the #1 tip that will make them so powerful, that your prospects and clients will want more!! It is amazing how often I see people conduct a presentation for 1 person or a group and they get so caught up with “what they......

Do you make presentations for your business?

Here is the #1 tip that will make them so powerful, that your prospects and clients will want more!! It is amazing how often I see people conduct a presentation for 1 person or a group and they get so caught up with “what they......

Do you inspire thought and creation?

What controversy or new thought do you generate in your client base or prospects? Most business owners try to fit in and match themselves to their competition or their industry. When you ask them why they do certain things, the common response is “that is......

Are you attached or detached?

How often do you see business owners so attached to their business, that they almost seem paralysed to change? But what other options do they have in this day and age! To me, “a business is just a vehicle for us to create a lifestyle......

What your Accountant should do for you as a business owner!

I don’t know how many times I have helped business owners construct questions to ask their accountant in my coaching history, but it’s heaps! It seems owners are scared to ask or don’t know what to ask their accountants in order to get the best......

End Conflict Now In Your Business

So what causes 99% of confrontation then? The need to be right! You see when you or I are dealing with something in our life, we seem to want to be right – overtly or subtly. When you have two people wanting or needing this......

Have you done this powerful exercise before?

What are you willing to do and what are you not willing to do for your aspirations of 2012? See in order to live into self discipline as per last weeks blog – you first must be AWARE of what you are willing to do......

Are you an INNY or an OUTY?

What CORE strategy do you use to grow your business? Think about how most people plan to grow their business, I mean at a fundamental level. Do you think most people come from a paradigm of “quantity” or “quality” when it comes to growing their......

You Can Be An IT Expert Too!

Are you upskilled in the IT area? Have you built your business’ website? Do you rely on an external IT contractor? Since joining Teach it Forward back in March 2010 I joined forces with an IT contractor and he has trained me and taught me......

Want an extra $100k in the next 213 days?

Well how are you going against your budget this year then? No, I am not going to ask if you have one (a budget) as if you read my blogs, I am assuming you are savvy enough to have one. How much are you behind......

Want an extra $100k in the next 213 days?

Well how are you going against your budget this year then? No, I am not going to ask if you have one (a budget) as if you read my blogs, I am assuming you are savvy enough to have one. How much are you behind......

Which stage of life are you in right now?

Actually, more importantly, what stage of life should you be in? I was listening to one of my mentors/teachers the other day in my car and he mentioned that Carl Jung created different archetypes of our lives as a way of understanding behaviours and value......

Would you like a K.I.S.S?

If you are sick and tired of being stressed or feel like you are working your butt off and not getting anywhere, then READ ON … What is the No 1 thing you need to do in your business right now to succeed? No not......

Do You Have WFD’s?

They are one of the best things you can do for you, your business, your clients and your family! My son was sick recently and needed some TLC, and my wife had immovable commitments with the other 2 children.. Hence that left me to live......

Fear rules our lives!!

We do not even realise it, but it does! Think about what comes up for you when: You realise you have to confront a member of staff (or team) about something they are not doing well which is damaging your business, reputation or team spirit......

“YOU can’t steer a parked car?”

Procrastinate or Create? You are choosing many times daily you know! If you are anything like me, you will have 5-10 projects unfinished and at all different stages. What seemed like a great idea at the time has now become too hard, not right timing,......

Clarity brings SELF power, how much do you have?

Where do you keep your goals so they are specific, measurable and easy to reference? How often have you been asked “what is your vision?” or “where do you want to take your business” or something like this? I know I have asked it a......

I Have My Dream Job, Do You?? Trent’s PA Speaks Out!

Trent asked me to do a blog for our business so you could see things from another angle, which I am terrified about and do not feel you would be interested, but here goes anyway! When I decided to leave the big bad corporate world......

What Does Your Business Give You?

What is it supposed to give you – ever asked that question? Most business owners feel hard done by in many subtle ways, which is debilitating over time and this is a major contributing factor to what kills their spirit. Who is the person often......

Trends and habits are KILLING you softly!

Human beings are not aware of why the results in their life are happening, how sad is that? Ever wonder why you go through periods of a day or week or month, where you really feel worn out, pessimistic, defenceless or a victim of life?......

Are you in FORCE or FLOW??

So what is force or flow you might ask? This is more than just a business question, it is also a LIFE question!! The best metaphor for you to understand this is that of an athlete that you have seen, heard or admired over time.......

Are you burnt out or burning out as a business owner?

What does that actually mean to you? What are the symptoms you would need to have if you were burnt out or going that way? You could be: seemingly always tired you get tired much quicker than you used to you have noticed you have......

How Long Does It Take To Build A Business?

Do you know where you are at in the stage of building a TRUE business? I am always amazed at how so many people chase the quick win or the silver bullet in business, as they think this will have them be successful. What is......

Where Do You Spend Your Marketing Dollar First

Ever felt like the options in your head are like chicken or egg? What you need to do is let facts tell you where you need to invest, not your opinion! So often business owners are guessing where they should spend their hard earned dollar......

Change Perspective

Why do you do what you do? Do you question this on a regular basis, especially when you get blocked or annoyed with what is going on in your company? So often I talk to business owners and I feel the same way at times,......

How do YOU define a business?

Do you have a business or do you manage an entity that enables you to be a technician? What is a business? Think about that for a minute … Here are 7 definitions from a Google search; A person’s regular occupation, profession, or trade An......

Are you truly ‘equipped’ to be a business owner?

Think about that for a minute … Where do people who run a business learn how to run a business? If you are a lawyer now, from finishing university with a law degree, to doing your articles, to being a ‘recognised and practicing’ lawyer internally,......