My Teenage Daughter, Migrant Farm Workers, and the Real Power of Personal Productivity

This is a guest post by Bill Zipp. He is a speaker, coach, and consultant. He helps busy leaders do what matters most in business and in life. Bill is also the author of the popular ebook, The Smart Leader’s Guide to Personal Productivity, available FREE to my readers.

There I sat with my thirteen-year-old daughter on a dirt floor eating rice and beans with some of the poorest people on the planet.

Father and teenage daughter outdoors

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We traveled over forty hours in a cramped van to the southern half of Baja Mexico to provide humanitarian aid to migrant farm workers laboring there. A trip that would have never happened except for the real power of personal productivity.

A Secret Project I’ve Been Working on for Months

With the publication of my new book last year, I introduced to you the importance of building a platform and shared a framework for doing so. It was an exciting time. The book hit the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

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More meaningful to me, I received thousands of e-mails and social media messages from readers who were inspired to start building their platform. Evidently, my book created the possibility and pointed the way.

But that was just the beginning …

How to Give Yourself an Edge in Making 2013 Your Best Year Ever

I first met Robert D. Smith in 1996. He was managing Andy Andrews, a comedian who would eventually become the author of several New York Times bestselling books.

I was immediately taken by Robert’s enthusiasm and zest for life. It was contagious! I can honestly say I have never met anyone like him before or since.

I will be speaking at the Shaw Industries Annual Dealer Conference. This will be a keynote session for VIP dealers and Shaw staff.

Date: January 20, 2013
Time: 08:45-09:45 a.m.
Event: Shaw Industries Conference
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: Shaw Industries, Inc.
Venue: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
Location: 9939 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
United States
Public: Private

I will be speaking at the Shaw Industries Annual Dealer Conference. This will be a breakout session for dealers who are just getting started with social media.

Date: January 22, 2013
Time: 03:00-04:30 p.m.
Event: Shaw Industries Conference
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: Shaw Industries, Inc.
Venue: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
Location: 9939 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
United States
Public: Private

I will be speaking at the Shaw Industries Annual Dealer Conference. This will be a breakout session for dealers who are just getting started with social media.

Date: January 21, 2013
Time: 03:00-04:30 p.m.
Event: Shaw Industries Conference
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: Shaw Industries, Inc.
Venue: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
Location: 9939 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
United States
Public: Private

Do You Have a Personal Platform Plan for 2013?

A young man once asked a wise old woman, “When is the best time to plant an oak tree?” She answered: “Twenty years ago.” He then asked, “When is the second best time?” She answered, ”Today.”

Personal Platform Plan

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So it is with a platform.

It would have been great if you had started five or ten years ago. But if you haven’t, 2013 is the best time ever to launch yours or take it to the next level.

How a Quick Analysis of Your Top Posts Can Improve Your Blogging Results Next Year

Now is a good time to review your previous year’s blogging results and see what you can learn. I just went through this exercise today and thought I’d share what I learned. Hopefully, it will encourage you to do a similar assessment.

How a Quick Analysis of Your Top Posts Can Improve Your Blogging in the Year Ahead

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Here are my top 10 posts for the year, along with the number of page views they generated:

Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit

I stumbled onto this poem as I was browsing through my Evernote database. The source is unknown, though many claim to have written it. Regardless, I found in inspiring and thought you would too.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit

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When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.