Why We’re Working On the Weekends

Do you work weekends too?

When I send an email or tweet to someone on a Friday evening, it’s always interesting to watch who responds before the weekend is over.  Those are the 8pm Warriors.

They are usually the most successful people I know.

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The interesting thing about their success is that it has nothing to do with actually working on the weekend, but rather why they’re working on the weekend.

Why do you do it?

Most people don’t work weekends because they like to enjoy a break from work. They want some time to do what they love and spend time with people they love. Me time.

I totally understand that.

However, when people do work they love and work with people they care about, every day is like the weekend. Their work is joyful and exciting and meaningful.

That is why they’re successful.  Not because they need to work weekends, but because they want to.  That is the key to success.

You must love what you do to be successful.

If you don’t love what you do Monday through Friday, get a new job or create one.

Live inspired.  Follow your passion.  Work weekends.

Have a great weekend,

Aaron @Biebert

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Leaders Should be Leadership Experts First

Surprisingly, I’ve met many leaders who don’t care much about leadership.  They would rather be an expert in their “primary function” such as marketing, finance, sales, or engineering. Leadership is a distraction to them.

They’re wrong.

If your role is to lead people in a particular functional division, you must be a leader first.  Your passion must be your people, your team. Not the function.

When you become a leader, you must change your focus from functional expertise, to leading others towards that expertise and success.  Leading your flock means more than just flapping your wings stronger, faster, or longer than before.  You must set the direction.

You must lead first.

If you’re a CFO, I believe you must lead the finance people, not be the lead finance person.  If you are the CMO, you must become great at leading marketing people, not being one.

Function follows leadership.

No one wants to follow a great accountant.  They want to follow a great leader.

Never forget that.

Have a great night

Aaron@Biebert

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The Secret Way to Find More Time in the Day

This isn’t a joke or scam.

Recently a group of scientists officially declared that time travel was impossible.  However, I did find a group of 8pm Warriors that discovered a way to extend each day by about one to two hours.

That isn’t much time, but it should be enough to finally work on the things you’ve always wanted to do with your life.

Curious?

I don’t think they’ll mind if I tell you the secret.  I only ask that you promise to use it only for good.

It’s actually an ancient magic spell that you cast on yourself. It’s a bit different for everyone, however there is only one secret ingredient you must have:

Every day you must do work that you are passionate about.

That’s it.  After that, you may want to add something to increase it’s effects. Some add caffeine.  Others add nutrition, vitamins, hydration, natural foods, or other ingredients that give them energy.

It really works!  

I find that when I’m under “the spell”, extra hours magically appear at the end of the day. It works the same way for kids. That’s why you shouldn’t get theme excited at the end of the day.

Personally, my day has been extend by about 3 hours.  From 11:30pm until 2:30am are now magically available to me each night to do more work.  I still wake up at a normal time each day and drink absolutely no caffeine except when I stay up even later.  (For instance, I wrote this one at 4am last week and needed some Warrior tea in the morning)

It works for me and it will work for you too.

Do work you love.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Against Your Will

When observing others, isn’t it critical what difference someone’s will makes in nearly every situation?

It changes everything! Look at these situations:

  • Apologizing” or “Apologizing against their will”  (A chance to fix a problem vs. a waste of time)
  • Cooking” or “Cooking against their will”  (Art vs. Action)
  • In their underwear” or “In their underwear against their will”  (Sexy vs. Abused)
  • Serving others” or “Serving others against their will”  (Noble vs. Slavery)

If you’re doing something against your will, the rest of the world notices. It’s time to do something different.

The same goes for leadership. If you’re leading someone who doesn’t want to do their job, lead them somewhere else.

The human will is powerful. Don’t fight it.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert
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9 Steps to Succeed in the New World (Commencement Address)

It’s May and that means graduation season.  Right now millions of college graduates are chasing a limited number of jobs. It’s a war out there and the time has come for students to turn into warriors.

Every year, I write a commencement address and here are my notes for 2011.  Please add your tips in the comment section or on the 8pm Warriors Discussion Forum on Facebook.

Here is just one 8pm Warrior’s simplified plan to succeed in the “New World” we all face:

1)  Commit to something bigger than yourself.

It’s harder to quit on something more important than yourself.  Have a goal. Be on a mission. Change the world. Save a life.

If you want to succeed, you must commit yourself to doing something big. Go big or go home.

2) Figure out what you love to do.

I guarantee you will not succeed doing anything you don’t love.  It’s just too hard these days to conquer the challenges you will face if you don’t love your work.

I am convinced that no matter what, if you do what you love, you will find a way to make money.  The internet allows passionate people to make money on niches.

3) Start doing it. Now.

If you don’t love what you’re doing, make a change.  Don’t put it into your 5 year plan.  Start today.  Even if you have to get/keep your day job, get an 8pm Warrior job and then listen, learn, and begin tonight.

4) Meet others who love what you love.

Few people can win alone anymore.  The world is too complex and we need people to pick us up when we’re tired, broken, and failing.  It’s a war out there, and you will fail, fall, and need help.  Find others, learn from them and win.  Together you are stronger.

5)  Be different.

There is too much in this world:  too much information, too many things, too many messages, and too many people.  If you’re a “One in a Million” type of person, that isn’t good enough anymore.  That means there are 6,800 other people just like you out there, and they are all connected on the internet.

You need to stand out, find a niche, and be unique.  You need to be the lone zebra in a stable of horses at the dude ranch.  Guess which one everyone will want to ride. Be the zebra.

6)  Make long-term plans, not short-term ones.

If you’ve committed yourself to something special, keep your eye on it.  Make short-term adjustments, but focus on the big picture.  It’s too easy to get distracted these days, so you need to be working towards long-term goals.  Don’t waste energy on achieving short term goals.  Everything should lead toward the end goal.

7)  Work until you drop.

Once you’ve got a focus, a method, and a plan, you need to work it until you pass out.  Don’t forget about your family, but do forget about long vacations, spa days, and “hanging around the house”.  Tick, tock, tick, tock.  You are getting older, the world is moving forward.  Rest when you make it or you die.

8 )  Don’t be selfish.

You will need to give things, thoughts, and time away before you get anything in return.  I’m not sure exactly why, other than people like nice people and are willing to help them in return.

Give, give, give.

9) Take your magic step.

If you will succeed, there will be one magic step only you will discover.  The very nature of our world is that we cannot all have the same path, the same steps towards our dreams.  You will need to take a unique step along the way, and it will be something that only you will find.

Call it magic or whatever you’d like, but you’ll need it and I can’t tell you what to look for.

It might be like the moment Bill Gates quit college to start Microsoft or when Mark Zuckerberg pushed send to share Facebook for the first time.  We all have a step in life that we will need to take to achieve our dreams.

When you see yours.  Take it!

Let me know if I can help.

Have a great life,

Aaron@Biebert
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The Need to Lead

In a world of so many choices and distractions, it’s not enough anymore to just want success in your life, career, or latest venture.

There must be a need.

When the going gets tough (success rarely comes without extreme pain, suffering, and challenge), people may quit on things they want.  However, they never quit on something they absolutely need.

It’s human instinct.

  • If you need food, you find it...even if you have to beg, borrow, or steal for it.
  • If you need sleep, you get it…even if you pass out in your car, at your desk, or on your way to bed.
  • If you need freedom, you break free…even if you lose your home, your wealth, or your life.  It’s called revolution.

Everyone has instincts that push them and they always find a way to get what they need, or they die trying.

It’s the same with success.

For those who need to do certain work, they will find a way to have success at it…even if it takes them years and countless nights of learning, pushing, and planning.

And so it is that talented 8pm Warriors will be most successful when they do work that inspires them to go harder, go further, go faster.

The work that they NEED to do.

When I look at myself, I can see that I need to lead teams and chase goals.  I’m not saying I’m always good at it, but it is clear to me what sort of work I need (love) to do and I plan on doing it the rest of my life.  I will be successful at it or will die trying.

Either way, at least I’m doing work that I love.

Tonight I passionately urge you to put aside any distractions for a minute and ask yourself:  “What do I need to do?”

Then get to it.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Why are you working tonight?

Is it because you need it or want it?

In the short term, there won’t be much difference.  However, the issue with needing to do something versus wanting to do something is sustainability.

Circumstances can force you or someone else to work longer and harder than others, but if you don’t want it (you’re missing the passion) there is only a matter of time before you quit or burn out.

That’s why long term 8pm Warriors have to love what they do.

They also have to rest, take breaks, vacation, and breathe.  I’m not sure which comes first, but sometimes burnout causes one to lose passion, and sometimes a lack of passion causes burnout.

If you find yourself starting to lose the love…take a break.  You’ll be more successful.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

Settle Down!

Do you ever have family or friends tell you to “settle down” when you get a little too caught up in a discussion?

I do.

I’m a passionate person about nearly every topic.  I take sides.  You probably do too.

Unfortunately, in a world of increasing relativism, it can make people feel uncomfortable (especially during Christmas).  However, in times of deep need, guess which people they want on their side?

That’s right.  The passionate ones.

It’s okay to “tone it down” when asked, but never be ashamed of your nature.  Passion and fire are rare qualities in this world, and will be desperately needed in a world of ever changing technology and gut wrenching challenges.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert