He Said She Said Podcast Episode 41

It’s time for Episode 41 of the He Said She Said Podcast with Hasseman Marketing!  This podcast is designed to give an inside look at being married and being entrepreneurs and the projects we are working on and the challenges we are facing!    We talk about business, family, community and more. So listen in and let us know what you think!

On this episode we talk about…

Trending Topic

This week Kirby and Amy talk about the importance of getting away.  During this different time, Kirby and Amy discuss their struggle with the idea of needing some time away to recharge…and how to do it.

Weekly Whirlwind

This week in the Weekly Whirlwind we talk more updates on the building at 539.  Progress is really happening as the 2nd floor nears completion and destruction on the 3rd floor starts.  Kirby talks about an uptick in print business during this time and the new Hasseman U.  You can learn more about that here.  

Lesson In Life

This week in the “lesson in life” Kirby and Amy talk about the importance of showing up and doing a little each and every day.  You can read a short blog about that here.  So many people succeed because they just don’t stop!

Shout Outs

Each week we want to give a shout out to an organization or an individual doing good work.  This week we talk about two couples in Coshocton County that drove around Coshocton in an RV, playing patriotic music on the 4th of July and handing out hot dogs and popsicles.  So cool.  Learn more!

So that’s a wrap!  Thanks for listening to Episode 41 of the He Said She Said Podcast!   Any feedback will be welcome as we try to provide you value!  If you want to subscribe you can do that where you normally get podcasts…or you can head here to follow on Soundcloud.

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The ONE Thing Successful People Have In Common

When you look at people that are successful, it can be easy to become intimidated.  You look at the person you admire and see all the places where they might be exceptional.  And you would be right.  The problem, so many times, is we start to look at the places they are strong and compare them to where we are weak.  It’s just one of the problems with comparing.

But for the most part, it’s hard to pinpoint one thing that makes people successful.  And in trying to nail them down, we tend to focus on things that are not in our control.  Your hero might be:

Smart

Eloquent

A talented writer

A gifted dancer

Tall

Thin

You get the idea.  They have something that seems to allude you.  That is the reason they have succeeded where you have not (yet).  But most of the time that is not the reason at all.  Sure, those are gifts and they might give them a head start.  But if you look at the history of people that have succeeded (long term) in any field, they have one thing in common…and it’s something we all have access to.

Perseverance..  They keep showing up.

People who succeed tend to have perseverance.  It’s not that they have never failed.  Most of the time they have failed plenty.  They just kept going.  They have been frustrated and disappointed, and they showed up anyway.  While their competitors and their peers have looked at the mountain they needed to climb and decided it was just too long and too steep, they kept putting one foot in front of the other.  They were not smarter or more gifted…they just kept going.

This is great news for me and you.  I don’t have to be the smartest person in the room (thank goodness).  I just need to persevere.  And while I can’t control how talented I am, I can keep working my craft…and so can you.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other…for a long time.  And when you look back, you will be proud of how far you have come.

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What To Do When You Are Stuck

I got up early this morning.  I would love to say it was because I was filled with purpose, passion and inspiration, but in fact, my dogs woke me up.  But since I was up and at it early, I wanted to “push out some good in the world” and write a blog.  Of course I wanted it to be meaningful and I wanted the content to inspire.  I thought about the topics I might cover.  Then I considered what might have the most impact.

The problem was, I was coming up with nothing.

I searched Facebook and Twitter for topics, but as you might expect, I got pulled into an infinite number of unproductive topics.  Then it occurred to me that it had been a while since I had read Seth Godin’s blog.  Godin writes a new post every single day.  His blog often inspires me and almost always makes me think.  So I type in his blog address and find this post:

The simple cure for writer’s block

Write.

People with writer’s block don’t have a problem typing. They have a problem living with bad writing, imperfect writing, writing that might expose something that they fear.

The best way to address this isn’t to wait to be perfect. Because if you wait, you’ll never get there.

The best way to deal with it is to write, and to realize that your bad writing isn’t fatal.

Like all skills, we improve with practice and with feedback.

 

I read this and sat back.  Wow.  Sometimes the universe will show you a simple truth if you just take the time to look for it.

For me it comes down to being intentional about what I put into my brain first thing in the morning.  When I am not intentional, I default to time wasters, fillers and negativity…and the pattern of my day follows suit.  Today was a simple but powerful reminder.  Find things that inspire you, make you think and help you move your day (and your life) in the right direction.

Thanks Seth Godin for the reminder.

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2 Reasons I Needed To Ask For Help

It has been a great strength and a great weakness in my life.  When I want to do something, or I want something done, I don’t ask for help to get it done.  My motto has always been “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”  While that independent streak can be a blessing, it can also be a curse.

The good news is, I am not held up waiting on others.  If I want to do something, I do it.  I don’t have to get permission.  There is no need to get consensus.  I can jump in and tackle the problem…and I am proud of that.

The bad news is, I am limited by my own abilities.  I often have a “ready, fire, aim” approach that doesn’t always serve me (or my business” well.  As the African Proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”

A couple of years ago, I took a big step in the right direction on this front.  While I am competent on the finance side of my business, it’s never been my strength.  I have to work really hard to make my mind speak that language.  I can do it, but I am not confident.  It is taxing.  So I enlisted the help of an expert.  I started meeting monthly with Steve Schillig from the Small Business Development Center.  He helped me create our first budget and we meet to see how we are holding up.  This has been a game changer for me.

It Forces Me To Look At The Numbers

Do you notice that before that committee meeting, you do a bunch of work to make sure you don’t look foolish?  Yeah, me too.  Having this meeting with Steve forces to me to do my homework on the numbers.  I don’t want to look foolish.  Since the finance side of the business is not my strength, I can often avoid this.  I would rather write a blog, make a sales call or create a video.  Steve serves as an accountability person in our finances.  And by this simple act of studying the numbers, I get stronger.

It Gives Me More Confidence

The funny thing is, by asking for help, it has given me more confidence on this side of the business.  Weird, right?  It turns out I know the numbers better than I thought.  By working with Steve it has given me confidence that I know where the business really is.  It’s not just my “gut feeling.”

I have always been uncomfortable asking for help.  I don’t want to look weak.  This is what keeps a lot of us from reaching out when we need a hand.  But what I can tell you is, this simple act of asking the expert to give me advice has actually been freeing.  Asking for help has not been a sign of weakness…it’s a sign of strength.

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He Said She Said Podcast Episode 40

It’s time for Episode 40 of the He Said She Said Podcast with Hasseman Marketing!  This podcast is designed to give an inside look at being married and being entrepreneurs and the projects we are working on and the challenges we are facing!    We talk about business, family, community and more. So listen in and let us know what you think!

On this episode we talk about…

Trending Topic

This week Kirby and Amy talk about working from home.  Most people were forced into working from home during the quarantine.  Some people say it’s here to stay.  Kirby and Amy discuss their thoughts on what is next on “working from home.”.

Weekly Whirlwind

This week in the Weekly Whirlwind we talk more updates on the building at 539.  The 2nd floor is really coming together and Amy talks about that.  If you are interested in being on the waiting list you can find that here.  Oh…and we are trying to think of a name, feel free to weigh in with your ideas.

Lesson In Life

This week in the “lesson in life” Kirby and Amy talk about the difference between being “interested” versus being “committed.”  What is the difference?  They talk about it here!

Shout Outs

Each week we want to give a shout out to an organization or an individual doing good work.  This week Amy shines a light on the group of people that organized the Black Lives Matter rally in Coshocton County.  Well done!  Kirby talks about the OPPA group that is working to keep some events going on during 2020 to help keep the wheels of the economy moving.

So that’s a wrap!  Thanks for listening to Episode 40 of the He Said She Said Podcast!   Any feedback will be welcome as we try to provide you value!  If you want to subscribe you can do that where you normally get podcasts…or you can head here to follow on Soundcloud.

Thanks so much for listening!  If you have any topics you want Kirby and Amy to cover, please comment and let us know!  Oh…and if you like this content, check out this page where you can find all of the content we create!  

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I Am A Part of the Problem

Like many Americans, I am struggling right now.  I don’t know what to say.  The words don’t seem to match my feelings.  I am frustrated, and scared, and sickened.  And when these feelings bubble up, my initial reaction is to find someone to blame.  That might be natural, but I don’t know that I can sit here and tell anyone else what they should do, say or feel.  So I will focus on me.  Let me start with an acknowledgement.

I am a part of the problem.

Like nearly every person, I have my own biases.  I have opinions about people based on my past experiences.  I judge people based on their appearances.  I make snap judgements based on my feelings rather than logic.  My decisions are often motivated by my own insecurities, fears and ignorance.  I want to be better than that.  But I am human.

I am a part of the problem…but acknowledging it is the first step.

The video of the George Floyd incident is one of the more disturbing things I have seen in quite some time.  It sickened my soul.  And while every person I know said it was terrible, I struggled with the idea of commenting on it.  My silence was certainly not intended to condone anything.  I was just hesitant of what I could possibly say to add to the discussion in a meaningful way.  Let’s face it, as a white male in a predominantly white region, how could I possibly understand?

I can’t..  But I can understand right and wrong.  And if that happened to a person I cared about, I too would be hungry for justice.

As I mentioned, I have my own personal biases.  To be candid, I think we all do.  These biases are natural.  But they do not help with the current dialogue if they are left alone.  If left unchecked and unchallenged, these biases become stronger.

I can certainly tell you I am not a racist.  But I don’t know anyone that would say they are (at least out loud) so what good does that do?

What I do think is important for me to do is to take out these biases and talk about them. I need to inspect them.  By authentically, honestly and openly discussing these opinions and fears (and make no mistake, many of them are based in fear) we take away some of their power.  In between sensational video clips of riots, we are seeing some of that dialogue now, and it provides me hope.

So what can I do?  I think acknowledging my bias is an important first step.  Then I need to enter the conversation with an open mind and an open heart.

How can we make this better?  I am not sure…but I want to help find an answer because I think our children (and their children) deserve better than this.

I am a part of the problem…but I am committed to making it better.

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