My thoughts on 2017, in Spirituality, Family, & Marketing a Business

In 2017 I  learned so many things that have helped me to grow in my spiritual walk, as a husband, father and Business owner and I want to share with you a few of the things that I picked up in 2016 that will help lead both you and I in 2017.

Ok, now I’m just being honest here, I’ve failed so many times its ridiculous and quite frankly I’ve become accustomed to loosing, but because of my faith I always end up winning in some capacity of unexplainable proportions and it just continues to baffle me. When I evaluate all aspects of my life I have to give thanks.

What I learned in my faith:

I learned that I don’t know much about Jesus, and that I need to get closer to him. The book our small group is reading now called “Follow Me” by David Platt, is showing me that I have not really been following Jesus, but I have been proclaiming his name, but have not necessarily been discipling anyone to know more about Jesus.

In the Bible it says that many will call on him and say father, father but I called out your name, and he will say I never knew you. I honestly don’t want that to be me, so my intention this year is to make sure that I tell more people about my belief in Jesus. If you are still reading this, you are most likely saying that this is a different kind of blog, its supposed to be about Marketing & Business, but I feel that I need to express my faith publicly so nobody has any doubt who my Lord and savior is.

What I learned about me and Family:

I learned that I had been letting others dictate my time because I was always on for them when they needed me. So when I would be playing with my daughter and someone sent an email looking for me to respond, I did immediately and it truly hurt my daughter knowing that Daddy was always on, and never took a real moment to spend with her.

With a now 11 year old daughter she is quickly approaching those years where independence kicks in and they don’t really need us for much except to guide them through the years where they believe they know it all. So in 2017, I am going to have a cut-off time and let people know that I won’t always be on, because I won’t be accessible 24/7 to my work, but 24/7 to my family. This time is so precious and I need to spend as much quality time with her before the time is gone.

My mentor informed me that I needed to take time with Just my wife, Just my kids, and all together and be intentional about it. Well, that is what I intend to do.

What I learned about Building my Business:

In the area of Business I learned that if you don’t respect your business enough others surely won’t do it for you. I learned that hiring can be tough, but when you get it right, with the right people, it just clicked. I made some great hires this year and I’ve made some lifelong friendships because of those hires.

Building a business is not easy in this day and age, but it is so rewarding. I love being able to choose the clients I want to work with, and fire those that want to use your talents and not pay. I’ve had my share of companies last year that just benefited from our hard work and dedication and never paid us a dime. I could have been really mean, but I decided to let the chips fall where they may.

I learned that being always being intentional for our clients and listening to their wants and needs and delivering those results are critical. Allot of our clients grow with us and believe in the services that we are offering. When it comes to digital marketing, there are so many options and many customers are doing it wrong, because someone sold them some Buzz words. One thing that I can pride myself on is that if you do Business with WebMobileFusion and you give us a solid 12 months to prove our expertise, your Business will grow exponentially and we will give you concrete numbers to show your return on investment.

The Bottom Line:

All in all, I have been blessed in 2016 and I know that God will continue to direct every action that I make. I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds because I know the future is bright.

Question: What expectations do you have for 2017 in these areas of your life? What are you doing about it?

Where trash and marketing meet

When Marketing meets Trash

As CEO of a small Digital Marketing company that title does not carry much weight and to be honest I could care less about titles because when it comes to business is about results not titles. A close mentor of mind told me that it does not matter the size of your company but the results you produce for your clients and personally we pride ourselves with stellar results for our clients.

Over the past few months I have been having the debate internally about starting my blog as myself (lincolnparks.com) or within the realm of my company. I chose this route because it will allow me the ability to write on Leadership and Marketing at the same time and connect with my business clients and friends who didn’t know me as someone who likes to write.

The reason why I am writing this blog is because when inspiration hits me I like to write and listen to podcasts. Well earlier this week I was mowing the lawn, and I was dog tired, so you know how tired I was and I still had to edge, blow and pickup the trash. I started debating if I should just pick it up tomorrow and finish it up then because it was getting dark. I almost did, but I thought I would be cheating myself out of going the extra mile.

I often think about how many other Entrepreneurs, CEOs or Business Owners don’t pick up the trash in their Businesses. Going the extra mile for excellence is something that I will keep doing because it’s gotten me this far when other businesses that started alongside with me have folded. Our relationships, true friendships and clients I’ve met along the way have been a tremendous help to me and our organization.

In this blog series that I will release every Wednesday I will share our Journey, ups and downs, Leadership challenges and Marketing tips to help tip the scale in your favor online. I hope you find value in what I write and it brings you some insight.

If you have gotten this far in the blog, thank you for reading up to now. Next week I want to cover some tools that you can and should be using for your Business because if you are not using them, you are behind the eight ball as a business owner.

Question: Can you share a time when you went above and beyond for better results?

5 Leadership principles I learned from Corporate America

I remember the exact day when after 8 years of working at Georgia-Pacific in Downtown Atlanta my tenure at the company had come to an end. I came to work that day with things to do and work on my mind but little did I know it would be my last. Imagine pulling up to your desk and settling into your cubicle for the day and you hear a knock on your cube, you spin around to see your Boss & Human Resources. I would like to share with you the 5 Leadership traits I learned in 8 years at Georgia Pacific.

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