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thought of the day: whatever you practice more of, you get more of

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This week, we’ve been listening to Preston Smiles on The School of Greatness podcast and thinking about the relationships we’re building with the people around us.

Of course The Apprentice Program and The Simplifiers believe in mentoring and empowering others but we also strongly believe that it’s a two-way street. Actually, when you’re doing it right, we KNOW it is.

If you want to be in a tribe that is supportive and empowering – practice being supportive and empowering! Your tribe benefits but you will too.

Whatever you practice more of, you get more of. (2)

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Take back control and build your business

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We all want to be on top of things, build our businesses and take our firms to the next level.

But sometimes we just get overloaded and our focus is pulled away by a mountain of tasks and to-do’s.. We end up spending our days running around desperately trying to check things off our lists.

Sound familiar?

We believe that well-trained interns are the answer to your problems.

How?  When you empower them through quality training, they help you focus more time on sales and business development.

Here’s what Susannah of 11:11 Events (Austin, Texas) had to say about The Apprentice Program:

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thought of the day – keep it simple.

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


thought of the day:

What if today we focused on just the top 3 things on our to-do list…and nothing else?

Sure, we’ve all got obligations, inside and outside of work.

If you’re like me, you’ve kids that need to be driven to school, beds to be made, laundry to be done, sandwiches to be made and a whole mountain of tiny chores that need to be tackled before 8:30am every morning.  By the time I roll into the office, I’ve accomplished at least 15 things before my 2nd cup of coffee.

To the working moms out there, #SOLIDARITY.  And to everyone else out there, I stand with you as well.

As a unified events industry, what if we all pledge to try something different today?

Keep it simple.

Take the first 5 minutes of being in the office to examine your to-do list.

ask yourself:

What are the top 3 MOST IMPORTANT things that need to be done today?

And what are the top 3 MOST URGENT things?

Are they the same?  If you combined those two lists, can you narrow down the top 3 that are both IMPORTANT and URGENT?

Focus here first.

Work in 25/5 splits (25 minutes working, 5 minute break), a la Pomodoro method (use this timer here) to keep you focused on the task at hand.

Don’t try to multi-task.  Just do one thing at a time…in short 25 minute bursts.

Don’t keep your email open in the background.

The outside world can wait.

And once you’ve finished those top 3 things, congratulate yourself…get outside and stand in the sunshine…meditate and breathe.

And then tackle the next 3 things.

(rinse, repeat)

Remember, you set the pace for your life, no matter what is thrown at you.  Keep it simple.

You got this.


~your undercover superhero,


Let us know how your day goes today by leaving a comment below.  Did the Pomodoro method work for you?  What things did you do on your 5 minute breaks?

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8 ways to get an energy boost without caffeine

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Are you finding that your 3 cups of coffees are leaving your nerves a bit frayed at the edges?  Sing it, sister…me too.

Today, give your adrenal glands a break by going caffeine-free.  Yes, you heard me right…step away from the coffee machine, just for one day, 24 hours…and see if it works for you.


Here are 8 super simple tips that’ll give you a caffeine-free energy boost, so you can blast through your to-do list like a superhero. An un-caffeinated one. Read More