“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass
Something so beautiful about this rendition – It makes you feel like you are in a realm of pure imagination. Sure a pure and magical place where anything is possible.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.Buckminster Fuller
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
When Gary talks to you (and in these audiobook versions I’m suggesting you pop on over to Audible and use your last credit for RIGHT NOW, he does talk to you) he cuts through all the sickly, sweet excuses we give ourselves each day and gets right to the heart of what causes us the most pain in our lives – our own actions and inactions.
In this book, he gets right into where we are hurting ourselves most and helps us think through the “Why”. It’s all about understanding how we began these thoughts that drive the self-sabotage that forms our lives day over day. Then taking us through steps to not control the thoughts, but to break out of the actions we take that continue to lead us on the lives we do not want and dream of breaking free from.
“End Self-Sabotage and Demand Your Life Back”
Don’t expect cuddles and baby talk here. Gary instead gives you what you really need – a way to get you moving on the path to your own success in an honest and no-holds-barred approach. He is known for straight talk and a knack for hitting you over the head with a brick of truth that lets you see the bullshit (his words – and mine) that blocks you from the life you KNOW you should be able to create. And he does this with a brutally honest and oftentimes funny style that ultimately offers a series of steps that may not be easy, but are well worth doing.
“What you are acting on is your opinion of life”Gary John Bishop
The book goes into how we get an opinion of life from the conditions we are born into, our past, our family, and the like, and how we create a narrative around those things that we may or may not have had any control over and what we tell ourselves about them. These things form our thoughts and create our opinion of life, which then form our actions. The things we have no control over don’t need to define us and he talks of self-acceptance and then how we can break free of all of that so we can be the people we choose to be.
Take a little listen to “Stop Doing That Sh*t” for yourself and then pick up the book. It’s go-to for me whenever I feel that self-sabotage slinking back – and it works.
“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
OK, it’s kind of scaring me now… it’s like a dam that the beavers have left long behind. We are up to:
11,024,170 Google Streetview/Maps Image Views
Like this recent Google Maps favorite of mine from the back patio at Buvette in NYC this past February... and yes it was cold out there.
Sometimes we need a little help… I little anything to keep going toward the dream we have in our heads and in our hearts. Take a listen to a new fav: Fight for It by Brave Holiday and keep going. You have got this!
A company’s Google Knowledge Panel is a huge driver of success for local businesses, as many companies are becoming aware of and it’s getting more and more valuable daily as the real first point of contact a business – any business – has with a potential customer. It’s your face to the world and your very first impression that can make or break whether or not somebody visits your actual physical location, makes that phone call to your sales rep or even clicks through to your website to learn more. If you are ignoring that window to the world, you are pretty much just giving away your share of the market to your competitors that are not.
You likely already understand the value of Google My Business if you are a local business that thrives on foot traffic or physical geography as key to your business success (restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, locksmiths, tow-trucks, delivery, etc.), but it has value no matter what the business entity. Even global or national businesses can have success with this program if they set it up correctly and understand what KPIs are their targets.
For example, when I launched a certain major city’s Google posts in April 2019, I faced a lot of questions regarding “why” we should do this. What are the required resources, value and expected ROI? How much work will this be? Isn’t Google our competition now that they show content results directly on the SERP? Why give them more content to use on their pages and not our own, etc. How much time will this take? Who else is doing it?
It’s hard for people to do something they have not done before.
There were only a handful of cities and states doing this and I just knew it was a great opportunity that was being offered to destinations and DMOs (destination marketing organizations) at the time (Note to all other DMOs: Sorry, this program has since been discontinued to new entries, but there are still a lot of other Google things that you can do to promote your location.). It was a way to get our own curated content about our brand – the city in this case – in front of eyes that might never find our website or search for those few hundred keywords we optimize for. I signed us up right away.
Can you imagine getting prime grade-A space on a city SERP on Google? FOR FREE*??
This had to happen. And we made it happen.
I knew this was going to be a hugely valuable channel that would have more referral potential, as well as direct-to-consumer curated brand value than any of our other channels, and after many conversations finally got the go-ahead to make it rain. Just by creating short blog post content 5 times a week about the fantastic things this city has to offer on the main city SERP page, we have at this writing delivered over 54 million new views of branded content to those who otherwise would only see the random pages that would come up through the algorithm. This content has become the largest referrer to the website since Covid-19 began – prior it was #2. It has always been the #1 organic referrer since its launch with an over 13% conversion rate at its peak. Currently, it is the highest referrer conversion rate and has been responsible for over 37% of key conversions since April 1, 2020.
In other words: SUCCESS!
And this is a non-traditional industry. Can you imagine what kind of results you could get immediately in regards to your KPIs on a strictly local business level?
Every company with a Google Knowledge Panel can and should be posting regularly. Whether it’s your business’ offers, events you are putting on or sponsoring, new menu items, new projects your shop is selling – whatever relates to your business that you think will have value to people, you should be using your business’ Google Posts to tell them about it.
Added bonus? It may even show up in somebody’s Discover section of their Android phone without them ever even doing an actual search.
It doesn’t take long to write the posts either. I mean nobody wants to read War and Peace when looking for a really great place for craft cocktails, do they? Just remember, there is no downside and only opportunity to engage more people with your company, shop, or brand and all for just a few short posts a week, so what are you waiting for? Start writing!
*OK, we did have to have somebody write the content, so not entirely for free 😉
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”Mother Teresa
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”Michael Jordan
There are times in your life when failure – and I mean complete abject failure occurs. Embrace it.
Lucille ball, arguably one of the most loved actors of the 20th century, also the first woman to build and head a TV studio and create original production methods (live studio audience anyone?) still used to this day. Did you know she had a very rocky life that was chock full of failures and downturns and people who told her that she would never succeed in her chosen path?
But what else did she have?
A dream, a goal, and persistence.
This was a woman who would not give up.
You know that gut-wrenching feeling when you don’t get something perfect on your first try or you are told by others that you will never succeed because you just aren’t good enough? That’s life. It happens and it hurts because you know – really know in your heart of hearts that you really could and really should be doing the thing (whatever the thing is). And that ‘knowing’, my friend, that’s the universe saying, “Bullshit to that, you got this. Try again.”
“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”Walt Disney
5,126 – that’s the number of failed prototypes Sir James Dyson created over the years as he tried, again and again, to perfect what he knew would be a revolutionary new vacuum. Three plus years after that before he was able to actually build and sell a version. He had to even create his own company before he could market it to the masses (Tesla, anyone?). And now? A technology that is used daily by millions everywhere and in many industries – and let’s not forget Sir Dyson’s net worth of over £16.2 billion setting him at the top of the Sunday Times Rich List as the richest person in the UK in 2020.
And now, Dyson gives that opportunity to try and fail and try again to those who work for him. “Nothing beats the thrill of invention. Letting people go out and try their ideas, getting them totally involved, and unleashing new thinking,” he says. “They’re not bound to any methodology — in fact, the stranger and riskier, the better.”
So, I say to you… and myself… Try again.