Chris Ruisi Advice for the Graduate

Advice for The Graduate – To Get in the Game

You’re at a great time in your life and it’s time to “get in the game”. Here are several points to keep in mind:

  • Recognize that you alone are responsible for your life, career and future and that you can create situations where you are the master of your circumstances and not a victim.
  • You can have whatever you want but recognize that you must work for it and earn it. Vince Lombardi once said, “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
  • Far too many make the voluntary choice to perform below their full capabilities because they think it may be too hard to do otherwise. Don’t be one of them.
  • Regularly question the “status quo” and be open to finding or creating new opportunities
  • See mistakes as an opportunity to learn something new so that you keep moving forward.
  • Don’t run from fear – confront it. Learn to take smart risks. Remember, a turtle moves forward by learning to stick out his neck.
  • Try to learn something every day – stay sharp and keep an open mind.

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Chris Ruisi Complaining

Stop Complaining

We’re challenged every day by distractions and issues so much so that we lose focus and allow ourselves to become the victim of our circumstances as opposed to the master of them.

When this happens, one of the easiest (and unfortunately most common) reactions is to complain about what is happening. When we allow complaining to be our “usual” response to problems, we start to lose sight of our ability to achieve our goals. If you make this a “habit,” you could find yourself in a downward spiral that you may not get out of.

You must work hard to gain back control and take charge of your destiny. But how? For starters, remember that we cannot control many of the outside forces or events that are impacting us – so focus on what you can control. Next, here are 5 simple actions you can take: Continue reading

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Being the “Go-To Person”

Chris Ruisi Driving Business Growth Podcast

 

Having a reputation as the “go-to person” puts many in a leadership role, often getting them stuck into thinking they have to do it all on their own. Chris describes how to get out of that trap.

 

 

 

 

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Chris Ruisi Goals

Getting the Right Things Done

Over the course of a typical day, week or month we always have things to get done. We also have an equal amount of things that can best be described as “distractions”. You know, the “stuff” that gets in the away and pulls us in every which way other than the right way. Unfortunately, more times than not we get pulled into solving someone else’s problem or worse yet we get “seduced” (what a great word) by the “shiny object” syndrome: something that looks good but does no good.

There will always be distractions and “shiny objects”. Our challenge is in how we not only fight them off but how we condition ourselves not to be tempted in the first place. Here are the 5 simple steps you can take to condition yourself to stay focused and get the “right” things done: Continue reading

Are You Asking Yourself the Right Question?

Chris Ruisi Driving Business Growth Podcast

 

Chris talks about a phenomenon that affects so many: They talk themselves out of success. He shares how to leave the state of “comfortable inaction” and what you need to do now to succeed.

 

 

 

 

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Chris Ruisi Leadership

If You Can’t Be The Best…Then Try Being The Worst

Every day you can find an article, blog or book on how to be the best leader you can be. To be the best (at anything), requires clarity, focus and self-discipline.

Let’s face it, it takes hard work to be the best. As such, it should come as no surprise that some make the choice not to accept the “be the best” challenge and end up at being the worst leader they can be. But we can learn something from those who are the “worst” leaders they can be. Here the top 7 worst I have observed over the years. Continue reading

Are You Working on the Right Things or Just Busy?

Chris Ruisi Driving Business Growth Podcast

 

Chris discusses the difference between reactive work and proactive work, and how to determine those things you have control over and those things you do not—and which you should ignore.

 

 

 

 

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Chris Ruisi Team

The Most Important Factor

The single most important factor that will determine the success of your company (and you!) is the quality of the team you have in place to execute your vision and interact effectively (and successfully) with your buyers or customers – Period.

An important business concept, it doesn’t get any simpler in terms of an area of your business that should demand the most of your time and focus. To modify a key phrase used in the 1992 Presidential election, “It’s the people stupid!”

The key point that every business owner needs to understand is that no one is that good that they can pull their company over the finish line all by themselves. Continue reading

Business Plan For Action

Are You Marketing or Wasting Time and Money with Nothing to Show for It?

The reality of today’s economy has one overriding message: “If you’re not telling your story correctly and directly to your customer, you are doomed to fail.”

Marketing is not the process of describing a topic, product or list of product features. It is not about how many videos or brochures you can produce. And, marketing is not demonstrating how much you know about your product or service.

Marketing is the process of emotionally engaging a potential customer by explaining what’s in it for them. Before people will buy from you, they must believe that there will be a measurable return for their money – that they can clearly see the “value” to them of your product or service. If they don’t see value, you’re not marketing, you’re just “describing.” Defining your value in such a way that your buyer sees their solution in your product is the number one thing you must do.

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Chris Ruisi Leadership Personal Willingness

Preparing to Be Your Best

Now we all from time to time have heard people tell us to do our best. It is great advice to do your best, but rarely does anyone suggest that you should first prepare to do your best or explain how to do that.

The most successful athletes, business leaders, entertainers, and other professionals all have practiced or prepared to give their best, so why shouldn’t you? Why shouldn’t you want to do and be your best? So let’s talk about preparing to be your best: Continue reading