Inspiration from Andy Rooney the Warrior

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Some of my favorite people just don’t know how to retire. Complete retirement is not in their DNA, not in their vocabulary.  They enjoy the war too much.

Andy Rooney worked up until 3 weeks before he died on Friday at the age of 92. He really loved the war.

Even though I’ve never met Andy Rooney, I admire his work ethic and passion.  Just imagine getting up for work after 92 years!  That’s almost 34,000 days.

He had many great experiences in his life:

  • Lived through the Great Depression
  • Witnessed World War II
  • 62 years of marriage
  • Wrote 15 books
  • Produced over 1000 video essays for TV (most for 60 minutes)
  • Won three Emmy Awards

For the record, I’m not against retiring.  I just hope I love what I’m doing so much that I can’t bear to stop.

Just like Andy Rooney.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Warrior Down: Steve Jobs Has Died

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I’ve been there.

Down in the dumps. Fired by the board. Doubting. Aching. Wondering.

Can I do it? Can I make it…

One of my inspirations was the story of a college dropout who started a company in his garage that grew so big it became the most valuable company on Earth. Along the way, he was fired from his own company, started two more, and eventually was asked to come back to his old company and save the day.

He was a warrior among warriors. He never stopped fighting.

Today he lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer, a disease that claims 95% of its victims within five years. He fought for seven.

Along the way he accomplished amazing things.

When he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2004 he was successfully running both Apple and Pixar. Barron’s declared that Steve Jobs was “without a doubt” the most valuable CEO in the world. Fortune magazine named him the Smartest CEO on Earth.

You know the story…iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It was modern magic.

It was inspiring.

In some of my darkest moments in business, his story has reminded me of what is possible when you don’t give up doing the work you love.  His story reminds us to press on.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Born & Adopted (1955)
  • Drops out of Reed College after one semester (1972)
  • Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne start Apple (1976)
  • Power struggle leads to his forced exit from Apple (1984), so he starts NeXT (competitor)
  • Creates Pixar Animation Studios (1986)
  • Serves as executive producer of the first computer animated movie “Toy Story” (1995)
  • Apple buys NeXT, Steve returns as CEO of Apple after 13 years (1997)
  • Pancreatic Cancer attempts a hostile takeover (2004)
  • Steve remains as CEO of Pixar until merger with the Walt Disney Company (2006)
  • Jobs undergoes a Liver transplant (2009)
  • Apple becomes the world #2 most valuable company and Barron’s declares that Steve Jobs is “without a doubt” the most valuable CEO in the world. (2011)

Thanks for the inspiration Steve. While any human life has it’s faults, few are as inspiring as yours.

The 8pm Warrior sky is a little darker tonight.

Aaron@Biebert

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Problems with 8pmWarrior.com

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It looks like the blog may be facing some problems with CSS programming behind the scenes and the menu keeps disappearing.  The joke is that a 7pm Warrior got jealous and tried to sabotage it.

Luckily, there is an awesome 8pm Warrior named Ryan Maynard who is helping get our blog back in shape as I write this.  That’s great, because I am just about to run out of hair to pull out.

He’s the 8pm Warrior of the week and I highly recommend you check out his stuff. It is no wonder he’s booked through September.

Check him out here:

http://about.me/ryanmaynard and

http://voltechconcepts.com

He’s generous, intelligent, and one of the nicest guys I’ve met through the 8pm Warrior community.  I highly recommend you connect with him.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Warrior of the Week: Your Mother

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I am a man.

So it’s very hard for me to even begin to understand the world of a mother.  It’s simply not something I can understand no matter how hard I try.

My wife and I have two kids.  As the guy, of course I had it easy. I just had to have sex.

She had to carry around a bowling ball, stretch out her beautiful body, and experience hormones, pains, and emotions she’d never felt before.

True bravery.

My mother had eight children.  I don’t even know how that’s possible.

Amazing!

Today on Mother’s Day, I want to salute the mothers out there.  They are 24/7 warriors and people who give life, joy, and support to 8pm Warriors all over the world.

Thank you so much.

Have a great Mother’s Day!

Aaron@Biebert

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Warrior of the Week: Team America

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“We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.”

This was the rally cry of a nation aching after a devastating attack.  Thousands of young men and women rushed to sign up for the military to defend our nation and fight for justice.US Soldiers killed Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden is dead, and whoever finished him off is the 8pm Warrior of the Week.

It’s been almost a full decade and our troops didn’t tire, didn’t falter, and they did not fail.  They are true 8pm Warriors who have left their families behind, given up the comforts of home, and came back victorious.

That’s something to celebrate!

Have a celebratory night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Warrior of the Week: Andrew Syiek

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Meet Andrew Syiek, founder of 0260mkg.com and this week’s 8PM Warrior of the week.

Andrew shares my belief that many 8PM Warriors are motivated by an intense desire to succeed.  It’s what drives us to keep going when others rest.

Deep into the quiet night and early morning, we journey into our dreams and ambitions as the motors of our minds continue to whir.  We use the extra time to read, write, think, communicate, collaborate, strategize, and plan.

An 8PM Warrior aims to acquire more personal strength and knowledge to increase effectiveness, provide positive impact, influence colleagues, win clients, and help achieve higher goals; all the while finding better, faster, and smarter solutions.

Andrew is a true 8pm Warrior and someone you will find right there with you along the journey, giving generously and being gracious with his time.

His Background

Time spent and lessons learned in various industries throughout his 25 year career have taught him many valuable lessons.  I asked him to share his thoughts with the group today.

Andrew credits his early career experience at Eastern Airlines as providing a firm foundation in the fundamentals of customer appreciation.

“An important component of my creed is that first and foremost, one must be responsive to the customer’s need, pure and simple.  The minute you delude yourself into thinking it’s about you, failure lurks right around the corner.”

A stint as an international speaker with Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD) helped Syiek develop team building skills and an intense appreciation for both corporate social responsibility and the non-profit sector.  He believes in synergy and that together “We” equal more than the sum of our parts.

In later roles as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Syiek set vision and strategy while developing corporate sponsorships, building corporate partnerships, managing financial metrics, reducing costs and increasing revenues.

His Thoughts

“Every day we open our eyes is cause for celebration and optimism. When you enjoy excellent health, intense energy, full faculties or if you love and are loved by others; the first thing to feel is gratitude.”

Andrew believes that life is best when considered an adventure from which every day provides a springboard for self-improvement as well as an opportunity to improve the lives of others.  Although goals are necessary and important; climbing the steps and scoping views along the way is equally as beneficial as savoring the scene from the top of the tower.

Syiek is also is of the mindset that problems are best viewed as challenges, because problems oftentimes are associated with passive apathy, but challenges are considered surmountable.

A life well lived is a life complete with diversity of perspective and experience. Each new experience provides a valuable new ability that will help you be stronger, smarter and quicker and each new aptitude provides greater available capacity for the next phase of one’s career.

His Latest Project

Today, Syiek is principal of 0260mkg.com. The primary mission of 0260mkg is to provide individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations with a full spectrum of a-la-carte marketing communications services.

0260mkg.com offers comprehensive marketing programs, promotion coordination, photography and digital media connectivity to insure growth, increase visibility and promote brand awareness for start-up, small and medium sized businesses.

You can connect with Andrew on Twitter @0260mkg or visit 0260mkg.com for more details and to get to know how this 8PM Warrior can help you.

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Steve Jobs: A Profile in Failure and Courage

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It is my pleasure to introduce you to this week’s 8pm Warrior of the Week.  He is a college dropout.  He was fired from a company he started in his garage and now he’s fighting the worst kind of cancer.

We’ve all heard of Steve Jobs.  Like him or not, there’s very few people who would disagree that he’s inspiring, creative, and brilliant.

He is also a true 8pm Warrior.

In 2004 he was successfully running both Apple and Pixar (now he sits on Disney’s board) while fighting for his life against Pancreatic Cancer, a disease that claims 95% of victims within 5 years.

That was 7 years ago.

Now Apple is the #2 most valuable company in the world and Barron’s recently declared that Steve Jobs was “without a doubt” the most valuable CEO in the world.  Fortune magazine named him the Smartest CEO in the world.

Success!

However, I think many people (primarily young Warriors) forget about what always preceded his success:  failure.

1) He couldn’t find success in college, so he started a company.

2) He was fired from that company, so he started two more.

3) Some of his products were disasters, so developed new ones such as Macs, Computer Animation, iPods, iPhones, and iPads.

4) Now, his ventures and products are wildly successful, but he has one battle he may not win, Pancreatic Cancer.

Yet, he will no doubt fight on.

Before one of the brightest business stars in history passes from this earth, I wanted to personally recognize him, his struggles, and the 8pm Warrior story we can all learn from.  In some of my darkest moments in business, his story has reminded me of what is possible when you don’t give up doing the work you love.  His story reminds us to press on.

Here’s a timeline:

  • Born & Adopted (1955)
  • Drops out of Reed College after one semester (1972)
  • Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne start Apple (1976)
  • Power struggle leads to his forced exit from Apple (1984), so he starts NeXT (competitor)
  • Creates Pixar Animation Studios (1986)
  • Serves as executive producer of the first computer animated movie “Toy Story” (1995)
  • Apple buys NeXT, Steve returns as CEO of Apple after 13 years (1997)
  • Pancreatic Cancer attempts a hostile takeover (2004)
  • Steve remains as CEO of Pixar until merger with the Walt Disney Company (2006)
  • Jobs undergoes a Liver transplant (2009)
  • Apple becomes the world #2 most valuable company and Barron’s declares that Steve Jobs is “without a doubt” the most valuable CEO in the world. (2011)

Thanks for the inspiration Steve.

Aaron@Biebert

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Warrior of the Week: Governor Scott Walker

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“Elections have consequences” – Barrack Obama

I agree with President Obama’s statement, but rarely do elections mean different results.  Even though parties may change, the business of government rarely does.

One 8pm Warrior aims to change that.

Meet Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin and this week’s 8pm Warrior of the Week.

Like his policies or not (I wasn’t a big fan of killing high speed rail), you have to give him credit for doing what he promised and working towards the financial reform he was elected for.

  • He makes difficult decisions.
  • He does his job, even when it makes enemies with powerful people.
  • He walks his talk.

He’s barely been in Madison for a month, and he’s already got 70,000 union members protesting his plans to cut the state budget and change the way unions control the government.  It reminds me of Greece and Paris lately.  No doubt that tough times are ahead for him, but I believe that if you’re not making someone uncomfortable, you’re probably not making real changes.

It’s his job.

He was elected 52% to 46% by campaigning to make these sorts of significant changes in a State facing a $3,000,000,000 budget shortfall.  Now he’s working hard and fast to complete needed changes quickly, much like 8pm Warriors around the country have to do every day to survive and thrive.  That’s why Governor Scott Walker is this week’s 8pm Warrior of the Week.

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Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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