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Energy Vampires

Brian Tracy is Chairman of Brian Tracy International, a company that specializes in training and development of individuals and organizations. Last week I had a heartening call with a franchisee. Afterward he sent me a video similar to the one in this post by  Tracy. It’s worth a few minutes of your time. It was certainly worth mine.

Tracy points out that most of the things you try will not work the first time. He says that in “90% of businesses the business succeeds once it starts in an area completely different from what the founders thought than when it began. You must  keep moving, learning, getting experience and constantly change direction as you get new information. It’s important to be with people who recognize this is the way the world works.” The interviewer calls those that are in our way are “energy vampires.” They don’t appreciate when we want to take a risk and tend to hold us back as we travel on the journey to success.

In this era of open leadership with mantras of  being “open, transparent and authentic” I made a decision to reach out to my franchisees for their assistance. Some say I took a risk asking very direct questions which could possibly open criticism around my leadership. I was also told there are a few that have a pessimistic view on the future and will only share their negativity. Jeff Hayzlett, Kodak’s former chief marketing officer said “An open leader has to be willing to take criticism and know when it’s important or not” in his book The Mirror Test. I met Jeff last month and in a presentation he explained that much of Kodak’s transformation and success came from his ability to listen.

I consider myself an open leader. I believe I have a strong dose of optimism and belief that openness, sharing, and collaboration will achieve my goals and objectives to transform my organization.

I don’t have time for “energy vampires.”

Stand for Something

A local church displays a motivational quote weekly. They are always inspiring and sometimes very humorous. The posting for last week was: “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” This was unfamiliar so I did a Google search and found the photo of The Statue of Liberty with the quote by  author Les Brown. He has another motivational quote that caught my attention: “You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.”


There are times when I lose my focus and my sense of purpose. My goals seem out of reach. I let outside challenges consume me. My journey to greatness becomes a burden. I doubt my ability to accomplish my goals. When this happens I become tired, defeated and lose my motivation. It’s crippling and very unproductive. I go to work daily completing tasks with very little feeling.   I drove by the church motivational board daily and one day I internalized the message. Why wasn’t I taking a stand for what I believed in? What would it take to get back on track  to accomplish my goals.

I took a stand. I confronted what was not working. I wrote my monthly letter to our franchise system with a very direct message. I spoke to my partners (vendors) and outlined my expectations. I visited with co-workers and supervisors to eliminate my complacency and theirs. I am once again committed to taking risks due to the optimism I have in the future and ignoring the dissatisfaction I have of the past. 

As I continue my journey to greatness  I’m fully committed to success!

My own, my team, my franchise.