Blast from the Past, Ephren Taylor and GoFerretGo

October 21, 2023

So I was watching The Big Idea on CNBC the other day, and an old boss of mine was on the show. Now, I say old, but he is only 24 now. In 2001, he was 18 years old and he was the Co-Founder of GoFerretGo. I was hired as a national salesmen in August of 2001 until May 2002. An interesting experience working for a startup, especially during post 9-11. But Ephren has always been inspiring with an incredible knack in picking a winner. In fact, I believe that the experience fueled my fire to also become a successful entrepreneur, even though the venture wasn’t as successful as it probably could have been.

Ephren is a one of a kind, classy guy and he is extremely hard working. He makes things happen. In fact, he is the youngest ever CEO of a publicly traded company. And Ephren, well he has 2 publically traded companies. Always the overachiever.

Watch this 4 minute video of Ephren on Big Idea on CNBC, and be inspired by someone Cultivating Greatness!


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When Leading Change, Don’t Manage Time - Invest it in People

October 19, 2023

life hacksDr. Gary Bradt

Time management is a grand idea when dealing with the things in your life. It’s all about organization, efficiency and getting things done. As a tool for leading people through change, however, it misses the mark. In fact, when leading change, the last thing you want to do is manage your time. Instead, invest it in the people with potential to become change leaders themselves, and the returns you get may surprise you. Following is an incredible story that illustrates the point.

A few years ago I became upset when a player on the NFL’s Carolina Panthers beat up a teammate and subsequently was suspended for one measly game by the team. I felt this punishment was too lax (after all, the attacked teammate ended up in the hospital) and wrote an angry letter to the teams’ owner, Jerry Richardson, expressing as much. Mr. Richardson not only acknowledged my letter after I figured it would end up in the trash but he went one giant-step further. He offered to come visit my thirteen-year-old son, who was a big fan of the team’s, and me, along with the star player in question, wide receiver Steve Smith.

They made the two-hour drive each way from team headquarters to my home and stayed with us for three hours. I learned that day that Steve Smith is a good man who made a bad mistake and was willing to learn and take responsibility for his actions. I admire him greatly for that. From Mr. Richardson, I learned the power of a leader being personally invested in future leaders who can make a difference.
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Cultivate Greatness Personal Development & Leadership Blog Carnival #017

October 15, 2023

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Here we are with the 17th edition of the semi-frequent Personal Development Carnival at Cultivate Greatness! A great amount of wisdom to share within this edition of our Blog Carnival… many, many golden nuggets of wisdom to share… [ over 150 submissions! ]
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If this is your first article listed in this personal development blog carnival, please provide a linkback to somewhere on your site, to provide a nice circle of link love! :-)

Here we are near the beginning of October. The year is half over. Make sure to stay on task with your goals and move forward toward your dreams. You deserve them! Thanks for making the October 15th, 2007 edition of the Cultivate Greatness, Success and Personal Growth BlogCarnival a success!

SpiKe presents How To Gain Perspective posted at Organize IT.

Warren Wong presents How To Come Up With Good Business Ideas posted at Personal Development for INTJs, saying, “Are you thinking about starting a business? Here’s 4 steps to come up with great business ideas.”

Roger Haeske presents How A Fool Idea Doubled My Productivity posted at Raw Food Diet, Bodyweight Fitness and Peak Performance Living, saying, “The main focus of this post is on time management, procrastination and the critical importance of the ideas you expose yourself to. Ideas are the building block of all success and failure.

I believe your readers will find themselves much happier and more fulfilled when they use this technique on a daily basis. This has certainly been what I’ve experienced from using it.”

Nancy Hayssen presents 3 Ways to Succeed Making Money Online posted at The Next Internet Millionaire.

Mike Harmon presents Article Syndication- The Sky is The Limit So Explore and Aim for the Sky posted at Basic Accounting, saying, “Article syndication is a very simple process wherein one gets to share their article among various online sites which helps to impart knowledge through the web.”

Charles H. Green presents Lie Detection and a Truthful Society posted at Trust Matters, saying, “What would it mean to live in a world without lies and what does that tell us about how we live our own lives now?”

Hueina Su presents The Little Engine That Should posted at Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul, saying, “Many moms I’ve worked with remind me of the beloved children’s book “The Little Engine That Could”, only they are singing a slightly different tune. It goes like this, “I think I should, I think I should…..” So, what can you do to create a life of your choice without the shoulds and guilt?”

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11 Principles of Entrepreneurial Leadership

October 13, 2023

by Raj Dash

With the number of tools available on the Internet, it’s quite possible that entrepreneurs can build a successful business online - even a media empire. However, if you expect to expand, you will need to delegate tasks at some point. You simply can’t do everything yourself and also expect to grow.

That means you need to hire people and inevitably deal with “normal” work situations. Forget about traditional leadership. I’ve only ever had a very few bosses who were good leaders, but they taught me something because they were forward-thinking. Here’s some of their wisdom, distilled by my perspectives and my experience in the workforce.

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