Like a Diamond in the Rough

I came across this article recently that really hit home.

The gist of the article was how people who are driven, passionate and successful are often alone.

There have definitely been times over the last decade that I have been my own boss that I’ve felt alone.

However, most of the time I’m not alone. I have always worked hard to surrounded myself with people who get what it meas to be successful. Ones with a great work ethic, have a vision and possess integrity.

So when I read the article, which the above quote is a paraphrase of, I felt the need to share it and explain what it means to me.

We are “diamonds in the rough”. This really says a lot. We are rare, we are valuable and we often take a while to turn from common to priceless.

I love the keywords, “honest”, “reliable” and “forward thinking”.

It never ceases to amaze me about how many people do business dishonestly. Its a small minority, but some days it seems like I attract more than my fair share who are trying to sell something that is not what they promise. Overtime honesty is the best policy, you can’t sustain success if you are constantly overpromising and under delivering.

Reliability goes hand in hand with honesty, but often being reliable can take a back seat when you are overwhelmed. When you set up an offer and you don’t have the ability to meet that demands of that offer over time you are going to lose credibility with your clients and they are going to go some where else.

To be in business in 2020 and not be forward thinking is an oxymoron. With the constant evolution in technology it has never been easier to grow a business. Social media, artificial intelligence, chatbots, smartphones… you have to wonder what’s coming next. And when you do find what is coming next, you have to jump on it. Small businesses around the world are being killed by the technology gap between them and their big tech titan competitors.

 So this leads me back to the central theme of joining masterminds and surrounding yourself with people who are honest, reliable and forward thinking.

As we are now 20 years into the information age, masterminds are still the best way to meet the challenge of being alone. Digital ones work too.

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Daniel Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics firm with offices in Manila, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ocala, FL. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Asia and offers big data coaching and analytics training seminars on both sides of the Pacific. Dan has also recently joined the Powerteam International family as a small business analytics resource speaker.

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.

As citizens of this great democracy, we need to look at the data (analytics), plan a course of action (strategy) and share our data-driven viewpoints (presentation). This approach to a data savvy work force starts in school. So, we started an internship program to empower our youth to use Analytics, plan Strategy and Present their insights… ASP!

When not training current and future analysts, you can find Dan championing the use of analytics to empower data-driven citizenship by volunteering his expertise with schools and non-profits dedicated to evidence-based social progress like Saint Leo University’s Women in STEAM 2020 Conference.

Keep Yourself Accountable

The best way to ensure you are focusing on results is to have accountability partners. One knowledgeable about your industry and your vision. A mastermind is the best way to surround your self with people who can help you stay on point. They should be like a board of advisors. This concept ad part of a Mastermind group, was formally introduced by Napoleon Hill.

In his book “Think and Grow Rich“, Hill described the Mastermind principle as, “The coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people who work towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony…no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind”, also known as, the Mastermind.

You should be part of a mastermind where you are helping other business minded individuals level up their businesses. You should also be part of a mastermind where you are amongst your peers, other business people at your level facing similar challenges. And finally, you should be part of a virtual mastermind with other leaders in your niche.

If you own or are thinking of owning your own business, you need to learn specifically what it takes to build an even more successful company, connect with other like-minded business owners, and discover new ways to create revenue streams!

We will show you how to use the latest technology to build even more leads, sales & streams of income! If you aren’t already thinking about how to use things like chatbots, auto responders and artificial intelligence to grow a business, you are way behind the curve. We specialize in teaching great concepts on how to become an inspiring leader, utilize great systems and become 100% laser focused!

Check out this upcoming event sponsored by DMAIPH, Sonic Analytics, Mastermind PH in the Philippines:

  • Vision to Wealth – BGC              Jan 15, 2020                 Sign Up Here

1*siq6yJ2ZOJ8XmECjxRtyhwDaniel Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics firm with offices in Manila, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ocala, Florida. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Asia and offers big data coaching and analytics training seminars on both sides of the Pacific. Dan has also recently joined the Powerteam International family as a small business analytics resource speaker. 

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.

Collaboration Is The Key To Massive Success!

This is key for being successful in today’s information age. We have an unprecedented number of collaboration tools like Trello, Monday and Calendy. We have access to a world of talent through UpWork, Fiverr & Sonic VA. We can talk with each other at any time, anywhere for free with iMessage, Skype and Zoom.

If you aren’t using these tools to build a mastermind, you are missing out. The concept of a Mastermind group was formally introduced by Napoleon Hill.

In his book “Think and Grow Rich“, Hill described the Mastermind principle as, “The coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people who work towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony…no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind”, also known as, the Mastermind.

You should be part of a mastermind where you are helping other business minded individuals level up their businesses. You should also be part of a mastermind where you are amongst your peers, other business people at your level facing similar challenges. And finally, you should be part of a virtual mastermind with other leaders in your niche.

If you own or are thinking of owning your own business, you need to learn specifically what it takes to build an even more successful company, connect with other like-minded business owners, and discover new ways to create revenue streams!

We will show you how to use the latest technology to build even more leads, sales & streams of income! If you aren’t already thinking about how to use things like chatbots, auto responders and artificial intelligence to grow a business, you are way behind the curve. We specialize in teaching great concepts on how to become an inspiring leader, utilize great systems and become 100% laser focused!

Check out this upcoming event sponsored by DMAIPH, Sonic Analytics, Mastermind PH in the Philippines:

  • Vision to Wealth – BGC              Jan 15, 2020                 Sign Up Here

1*siq6yJ2ZOJ8XmECjxRtyhwDaniel Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics firm with offices in Manila, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ocala, Florida. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Asia and offers big data coaching and analytics training seminars on both sides of the Pacific. Dan has also recently joined the Powerteam International family as a small business analytics resource speaker. 

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.

You Are the Sum of the 5 People You Spend the Most Time With

This is key for being successful in today’s information age. We live in an increasingly interconnected world where people can share knowledge and experience in real time, from anywhere in the world at any time.

There has never never been a better time to widen your circle using online tools. A mastermind should be no exception.

The concept of a Mastermind group was formally introduced by Napoleon Hill.

In his book “Think and Grow Rich“, Hill described the Mastermind principle as, “The coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people who work towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony…no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind”, also known as, the Mastermind.

You should be part of a mastermind where you are helping other business minded individuals level up their businesses. You should also be part of a mastermind where you are amongst your peers, other business people at your level facing similar challenges. And finally, you should be part of a virtual mastermind with other leaders in your niche.

If you own or are thinking of owning your own business, you need to learn specifically what it takes to build an even more successful company, connect with other like-minded business owners, and discover new ways to create revenue streams!

We will show you how to use the latest technology to build even more leads, sales & streams of income! If you aren’t already thinking about how to use things like chatbots, auto responders and artificial intelligence to grow a business, you are way behind the curve. We specialize in teaching great concepts on how to become an inspiring leader, utilize great systems and become 100% laser focused!

Check out these upcoming events sponsored by DMAIPH, Sonic Analytics, Mastermind PH in the Philippines:

  • Vision to Wealth – Makati         Jan 13, 2020                Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – BGC              Jan 15, 2020                 Sign Up Here

1*siq6yJ2ZOJ8XmECjxRtyhwDaniel Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics firm with offices in Manila, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ocala, Florida. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Asia and offers big data coaching and analytics training seminars on both sides of the Pacific. Dan has also recently joined the Powerteam International family as a small business analytics resource speaker. 

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.

You Should Be In 3 Masterminds

This is key for being successful in today’s information age. You need to part of not just one mastermind, but three.

The concept of a Mastermind group was formally introduced by Napoleon Hill.

In his book “Think and Grow Rich“, Hill described the Mastermind principle as, “The coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people who work towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony…no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind”, also known as, the Mastermind.

You should be part of a mastermind where you are helping other business minded individuals level up their businesses. You should also be part of a mastermind where you are amongst your peers, other business people at your level facing similar challenges. And finally, you should be part of a virtual mastermind with other leaders in your niche.

If you own or are thinking of owning your own business, you need to learn specifically what it takes to build an even more successful company, connect with other like-minded business owners, and discover new ways to create revenue streams!

We will show you how to use the latest technology to build even more leads, sales & streams of income! If you aren’t already thinking about how to use things like chatbots, auto responders and artificial intelligence to grow a business, you are way behind the curve. We specialize in teaching great concepts on how to become an inspiring leader, utilize great systems and become 100% laser focused!

Check out these upcoming events sponsored by DMAIPH, Sonic Analytics, Mastermind PH in the Philippines:

  • Vision to Wealth – Ortigas         Jan 8, 2020                  Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – Makati         Jan 13, 2020                Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – BGC              Jan 15, 2020                 Sign Up Here

1*siq6yJ2ZOJ8XmECjxRtyhwDaniel Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics firm with offices in Manila, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ocala, Florida. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Asia and offers big data coaching and analytics training seminars on both sides of the Pacific. Dan has also recently joined the Powerteam International family as a small business analytics resource speaker. 

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.

For a Lot of Entrepreneurs, Writing is Key

This is key for being successful in today’s information age. You have to tell you story and you have to build your credibility. Even in 2020, writing a book is still one of the best ways to accomplish both.

The quote speaks to a reality that every successful entrepreneur knows to be true, but every failed or struggling entrepreneur has not figured out.

Writing a book is something that only 2% of the world’s population does. Even with the massive move towards online content, writing a good old fashioned book is huge.

It’s also a huge boost to your credibility as an expert. If you wrote a book, then you must be really knowledgeable about your subject of expertise. At least that is the conventional wisdom.

Writing and publishing has never been easier with all the tools available nowadays. Plus you can get a virtual assistant to handle so much of the work that comes after your write the book and need to promote it.

If you own or are thinking of owning your own business, you need to learn specifically what it takes to build an even more successful company, connect with other like-minded business owners, and discover new ways to create revenue streams!

We will show you how to use the latest technology to build even more leads, sales & streams of income! If you aren’t already thinking about how to use things like chatbots, auto responders and artificial intelligence to grow a business, you are way behind the curve. We specialize in teaching great concepts on how to become an inspiring leader, utilize great systems and become 100% laser focused!

Check out these upcoming events sponsored by DMAIPH, Sonic Analytics, Mastermind PH in the Philippines:

  • Vision to Wealth – Ortigas         Jan 8, 2020                  Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – Makati         Jan 13, 2020                Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – BGC              Jan 15, 2020                 Sign Up Here

1*siq6yJ2ZOJ8XmECjxRtyhwDaniel Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics firm with offices in Manila, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ocala, Florida. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Asia and offers big data coaching and analytics training seminars on both sides of the Pacific. Dan has also recently joined the Powerteam International family as a small business analytics resource speaker. 

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.

Do What You Do Best, And Do It Better Than The Rest!

This is key for being successful in today’s information age just as much as it was 100 years ago. You have to be the absolute best at what you do so you don’t have to worry much about those who are do what you do.

The quote speaks to a reality that every successful entrepreneur knows to be true, but every failed or struggling entrepreneur has not figured out.

Differentiate yourself by simply being the best in your niche. Quality is king. You are not walmart, you can’t compete on the lowest prices so compete on the best quality.

If you own or are thinking of owning your own business, you need to learn specifically what it takes to build an even more successful company, connect with other like-minded business owners, and discover new ways to create revenue streams!

We will show you how to use the latest technology to build even more leads, sales & streams of income! If you aren’t already thinking about how to use things like chatbots, auto responders and artificial intelligence to grow a business, you are way behind the curve. We specialize in teaching great concepts on how to become an inspiring leader, utilize great systems and become 100% laser focused!

Check out these upcoming events sponsored by DMAIPH, Sonic Analytics, Mastermind PH in the Philippines:

  • Vision to Wealth – Ortigas         Jan 8, 2020                  Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – Makati         Jan 13, 2020                Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – BGC              Jan 15, 2020                 Sign Up Here

1*siq6yJ2ZOJ8XmECjxRtyhwDaniel Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics firm with offices in Manila, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ocala, Florida. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Asia and offers big data coaching and analytics training seminars on both sides of the Pacific. Dan has also recently joined the Powerteam International family as a small business analytics resource speaker. 

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.

You Know What They Say…

This is key for being successful in today’s information age just as much as it was 100 years ago. You have to be in the right place at the right time.

The quote speaks to a reality that every successful entrepreneur knows to be true, but every failed or struggling entrepreneur has not figured out.

They say we are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with. They also say you have to be in the right place at the right time. SO doesn’t it make sense to ensure that you are going to strike lightning in a bottle by always putting yourself in the same place successful people are?

If you own or are thinking of owning your own business, you need to learn specifically what it takes to build an even more successful company, connect with other like-minded business owners, and discover new ways to create revenue streams!

We will show you how to use the latest technology to build even more leads, sales & streams of income! If you aren’t already thinking about how to use things like chatbots, auto responders and artificial intelligence to grow a business, you are way behind the curve. We specialize in teaching great concepts on how to become an inspiring leader, utilize great systems and become 100% laser focused!

Check out these upcoming events sponsored by DMAIPH, Sonic Analytics, Mastermind PH in the Philippines:

  • Vision to Wealth – Ortigas         Jan 8, 2020                  Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – Makati         Jan 13, 2020                Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – BGC              Jan 15, 2020                 Sign Up Here

1*siq6yJ2ZOJ8XmECjxRtyhwDaniel Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics firm with offices in Manila, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ocala, Florida. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Asia and offers big data coaching and analytics training seminars on both sides of the Pacific. Dan has also recently joined the Powerteam International family as a small business analytics resource speaker. 

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.

Even Shorter Than Your Elevator Pitch

This is key for being successful in today’s information age. We used to say that you have to have a 30 second  elevator pitch. Now its a less than half a minute video capture.

Attention spans continue to shrink and the options to fill up your time quicken at an exponential rate.

An elevator pitch is a simple way of explaining what your product or service does. It’s called an elevator pitch because you’re supposed to imagine that you get into an elevator with another person, they ask what your company does, and you only have that brief moment in an elevator to give them a meaningful response.

My mentor Bill Walsh, America’s Small Business Expert, is a man of great wisdom and massive success and he taught me this simple truth.

You have less than half a minute to explain to your customers what you do for them or they will move on to someone else and you have to explain how you do is constantly and consistently. It’s not easy to do.

The quote speaks to a reality that every successful entrepreneur knows to be true, but every failed or struggling entrepreneur has not figured out.

Options are limitless. Everyone promises something. Its only you ability to offer the option with the right promise at the right time that will take you to the next level.

If you own or are thinking of owning your own business, you need to learn specifically what it takes to build an even more successful company, connect with other like-minded business owners, and discover new ways to create revenue streams!

We will show you how to use the latest technology to build even more leads, sales & streams of income! If you aren’t already thinking about how to use things like chatbots, auto responders and artificial intelligence to grow a business, you are way behind the curve. We specialize in teaching great concepts on how to become an inspiring leader, utilize great systems and become 100% laser focused!

Check out these upcoming events sponsored by DMAIPH, Sonic Analytics, Mastermind PH in the Philippines:

  • Vision to Wealth – Ortigas         Jan 8, 2020                  Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – Makati         Jan 13, 2020                Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – BGC              Jan 15, 2020                 Sign Up Here

1*siq6yJ2ZOJ8XmECjxRtyhwDaniel Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics firm with offices in Manila, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ocala, Florida. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Asia and offers big data coaching and analytics training seminars on both sides of the Pacific. Dan has also recently joined the Powerteam International family as a small business analytics resource speaker. 

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.

You Speak for Your Business.

This is key for being successful in today’s information age. With anything you say having the potential to be recorded and shared, you have to always pay attention to your message.

My mentor Bill Walsh, America’s Small Business Expert, is a man of great wisdom and massive success and he taught me this simple truth.

The quote speaks to a reality that every successful entrepreneur knows to be true, but every failed or struggling entrepreneur has not figured out.

English is a tricky language and if its not your strong suit, you would be well served to record and watch yourself when you speak about your business. Polish your words and choose them wisely.

If you own or are thinking of owning your own business, you need to learn specifically what it takes to build an even more successful company, connect with other like-minded business owners, and discover new ways to create revenue streams!

We will show you how to use the latest technology to build even more leads, sales & streams of income! If you aren’t already thinking about how to use things like chatbots, auto responders and artificial intelligence to grow a business, you are way behind the curve. We specialize in teaching great concepts on how to become an inspiring leader, utilize great systems and become 100% laser focused!

Check out these upcoming events sponsored by DMAIPH, Sonic Analytics, Mastermind PH in the Philippines:

  • Vision to Wealth – Ortigas         Jan 8, 2020                  Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – Makati         Jan 13, 2020                Sign Up Here
  • Vision to Wealth – BGC              Jan 15, 2020                 Sign Up Here

1*siq6yJ2ZOJ8XmECjxRtyhwDaniel Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics firm with offices in Manila, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ocala, Florida. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Asia and offers big data coaching and analytics training seminars on both sides of the Pacific. Dan has also recently joined the Powerteam International family as a small business analytics resource speaker. 

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.