written by john c ashworth
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I invest a lot of money every year in personal and professional growth. I always have. If you’re not growing, you’re dying.
You’ve been a subscriber for awhile so you know that. I write a lot about that here and on my blog.
In a terrific audio interview I listened to recently with Brian Tracy, one of the best sales trainers and success habits gurus of our time, he was asked what he thought was the most important ingredient for success.
His answer: FOCUS
He didn’t hesitate for even a moment. He knows this is true for himself and knows this is true from his experience in working with so many entrepreneurs.
I agree with him. In fact, if I had to choose the one thing that often gets in the way of me making more strategic progress on my goals, I would tell you that it’s my lack of focus. My tendency to get bored and look for something new to work on.
This is the great curse of the entrepreneur. The fact that we are always so excited about the next BIG IDEA, that we lose sight of the day to day discipline needed for true progress.
As you know by now, I’m currrently working as an inside sales guy selling technology applications to funeral homes. Each day, I go in to work with many ideas. Then, I sit down with a fresh cup coffee and my morning yogurt and remind myself that my primary role is salesman, and that I have one very important thing that I must do every single day – work the telephone! Work the list!
No matter what, I’ve quickly discovered that in spite of all the big ideas I might have about how to pursue this role, getting on the phone every day and making 30-50 phone calls is the one task that produces the BEST results. So, for now, I remain focused on that, and that alone.
When I come home in the evenings and on the weekends I have a second focus – fatherhood and my writing. Writing, and producing content for The Ash Flash, my personal labor of love.
The true lesson here, though, is this…
When it comes to the writing and producing content for The Ash Flash, there is still only so much time and energy left at the end of each day and on the weekends. Dads with teenagers are busy maintaining the support structure it takes to raise these young adults. Not to mention finding a way to pay for all of it. As such, if I don’t add the same level of constant and consistent focus with my writing and content creation, I won’t accomplish much.
Right now, my writing and content production is focuses on helping you save BIG MONEY on your next car purchase. I spent five years in the car business and accumulated a tone of expertise and I can really help you with this. The challenge for me now is in staying true to this project while I let all of the other ideas sit quietly in the back room, waiting their turn.
If you’re not in the market for a new or used car right now, you will still find great value in being a subscriber and I encourage you to stick around. In fact, one thing is for sure about the car busisness. It’s full of great stories and insights that can be extremely entertaining. There are lessons and inspirations everywhere and great writers find ways to tie them together no matter what the subject matter might be.
There are many reasons to stay connected with me here on The Ash Flash. Saving BIG MONEY on your next car is just one of them.
Thanks for being here and as always, I would love to hear from you 🙂
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I just added another great free report:
“Beware of the Bump”
This is something great car salespeople do to you without you even knowing. It’s good to be aware of this sales tactic. It usually happens to you almost immediately, and once it does, you’ve lost control of the car deal, and will end up spending thousands more dollars than you need to.
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