|Life and Times of JWN|
I would like to briefly discuss the concept of getting in "the zone" this week. It is an essential component of finding "success" in your pursuits in life. If you can put yourself in this trance of focused energy, your efforts will be more fruitful and fulfilling.
This week a friend of mine sparked an intense session of "zone time" with some of her words. When I get in this state I do my best to not let its power slip through my fingers. In fact, I ended up writing for hours, finally going to bed in the wee hours of the morning. This particular evening was what I dubbed a "Really Think" moment, a concept which I will feature in more depth in a later issue.
NOTABLE: There are multiple "zones." The most common is the "Go-Zone," and the one I will discuss today. It is characterized by a focused, positive energy directed towards your current activity. The other zone is the far less common and deeply reflective, "Really Think" moment, where the world takes on an incredible vividness. Both zones have meaningful places in our lives.
"So Joseph, how do I get into the "Go-Zone?"
When I have a particular task to accomplish, I tap into the "Go-Zone" by immersing myself in its content. For example, if I have a series of important phone calls to make, I will first list who needs to be phoned and the purpose of the call. This includes notes or homework I've done on each person, as described in my article, "Make a POWERFUL Impression."
Then, I visualize how each conversation will go in a very positive way. This step is essential because it gets you ready to succeed. If you do not truly believe it will happen, then it won't happen.
QUOTABLE: "If you think you can do a thing or you think you can't do a thing, you're right." -- Henry Ford
Then, once I've put myself into the right mind set with these initial steps, I just do it! I make the calls and I make it happen.
The "Go-Zone" can be tapped into for every task you embark on. Let's review the process:
1) Immerse yourself in the content. Know what you need to accomplish, how you're going to get there, and why.
2) Prepare yourself for success by visualizing a positive outcome.
3) "Just do it!" Make it happen for yourself.
If you prepare yourself for important activities by getting into this mind set, your tasks will be accomplished quicker and with higher quality.
It all comes back to my philosophy on "being present," whether that is during a conversation or completing a task. When you're there, be there!
Check back for more insight on "Really Think" moments, the "Go-Zone's" deeply reflective cousin. "Really Think" moments create the concepts and ideas that change the world.
Always my best, ~JWN
Monday, August 13, 2007
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VIP Fact Sheet: Mike Raszeja
- Has a lovely wife and two children; a son, 33, and a daughter, 27
- Thanks to his daughter and her husband, his wife and he are expecting their first grandchild in February of 2008
- Is an avid golfer – his first exposure was for a physical education requirement in college
- Attended the
; graduating in 1972 with a degree in Chemistry Universityof Central Florida
- Worked a little over twenty years for Kodak
- Purchased and ran Aldon Corporation in
until a year and a half ago when his partner bought him out Avon, New York
- Loves to travel the world
- Enjoys studying investing and finance; is involved with the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII)
- Has a penchant for politics
- Chaired the Public Policy Committee for the
Chamber of Commerce Livingston County
- Has a great sense of humor and enjoys some good joking around
Mike on his experience in sales and marketing for Kodak:
“What was interesting is I would go on sales calls with people. A lot of times I think people would think, “Oh boy, here comes another sales guy.” Then, we would get into a conversation about what their chemical needs might be and all of a sudden as we were talking they realized that it wasn’t another sales guy talking, it was another chemist. So, we were having a technical conversation and then their expectations of what I, and what Kodak, could do for them was raised. It was interesting on Kodak’s part that they took the chance on moving a technically trained person into that kind of environment. In this particular case it worked out for them and for me. That was a great opportunity.”
Mike on tragedy:
I always marvel at people who experience a tragedy, because you have two choices when that happens. You can rise above it and learn from it and really accomplish stuff, or you can just wallow in it for the rest of your life and say, “Oh, woe is me.”
Mike on business ownership:
As a business owner, if you get there at 6 AM and there is a truck that needs loaded and nobody is there, you load the truck. If the floor needs swept and nobody is there, you sweep the floor. There are no limits to how many hours you work when you run your own business.
So, if you are going to run your own business, you have got to have a good work ethic.
The good part is you end up having good people working for you. It is interesting to help them in their lives by paying them a decent salary and ensuring that they have a good job. You also get to learn a little bit about their families along the way – which is fun too.
JWN: What was your experience like at the
MR: I served under Steve Newvine. I have an interest in politics, so I led the sub-group on public policy. We got to go to
We discussed micro verse macro economics. At the state level, they chose to disregard long term debt, so it was one of our more memorable meetings.
I really got a kick out of working with the Chamber.
Mike on playing golf:
I’ll give you several recommendations on playing golf,
1) Make sure that you take lessons
2) Don’t listen to your friends
3) Make sure that you buy golf clubs fit to you
Your friends will try to teach you how to play golf. They think that because they’ve played for five or ten years they know how to play – but they don’t.
The number one is to take lessons though.
JWN: What was your experience like at Kodak?
MR: I was there when they were in their hey-day. There were 62,000 people working there. It was a wonderful company to work for because they truly rewarded people in a positive way. If you did a good job or things over and above the ordinary, they would do such positive, special things for you.
I worked in product development for many years, and then I got an opportunity to get involved with management. I began work for a subgroup that was responsible for selling chemicals. You can trace back to George Eastman’s time, selling chemicals outside the company.
I worked in a management position in marketing for this subgroup. It was really wonderful. Right about that time, our part of Kodak was being downsized and the assets sold to Fisher Scientific. I had the opportunity to work at a different part of Kodak, but at the same time, two guys who ran a chemical company in
Former Kodak Employee
Former Owner and CEO of Aldon Corporation
Former Board Member of Livingston County Chamber of Commerce