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Ideas@Work! - Strategies for Success

February 7, 2006

In this issue...
Point to Ponder
Welcome to a Fabulous February
Overcoming the fear of rejection
Add these to your success library
A few last minute thoughts and notes
Thanks for reading this issue...

Point to Ponder

How to handle the 'dream killers' in your life

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey

YOU have this great dream or this fantastic idea bursts into your head. You're excited about the unlimited possibilities and can't wait to share it with your closest friends and family.

What is their reaction? All too often, their initial reaction is to ridicule the idea, to point out its flaws; to remind us about our lack of education, our lack of money, our lack of experience; or to point out how so and so tried it and it didn't work. The result, too often, you let your dreams die, be minimized, or give up on your ideas. You let your friends and family rob you of your future and your potential for greatness!

Why do they do that? It might be for a variety of reasons, some of them with the best intentions. It might simply be their concern to see you avoid getting hurt or to side step what they see as a path to failure. It may be based on their own fears projected to your action and life. It might be due to a personal failure on their part and a fear that, if you succeed, they will lose you. Or a fear they will have to deal with the reality that, just maybe, they could have done something about their "seemingly impossible" situation. Your potential for success scares them.

How do we handle these "helpers" or "idea killers" in our life? One of the best ways is to be aware of 'their' existence and seek to avoid them in areas of vulnerability. I don't mean to cut them off completely, just realize that they are not 'committed' to or understanding of your dreams and desires. Make a conscious choice to keep these areas private, especially during the embryonic or incubation stages of exploring or establishing your dreams and ideas.

Maintain your focus and keep moving forward to seeing your idea or dream become a reality. As someone once wrote, "Show no regrets for the past, no fear for the future. Expect to win!

It's a funny thing in life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you often get it."

We may not choose our family, but we do have full control over the friends we make and over the amount of time we spend with either. This is where we make the decisions that help shape and determine our destiny. In life, there are those who would kill our dreams and those who would, if asked, help nurture our dreams. We can identify and choose each group in which to associate and invest our time.

One of the most effective ways of dealing with an idea killer is in doing your homework. When you have fully researched your dream and have done your due diligence, some can even be brought around to being at least a neutral observer, if not supporter or cheerleader.

Use feedback from these Idea killers as mirrors to reveal your blind spots. Often, they may see things that you might miss in the heat of passion. Keep in mind their input is for information only and check it for accuracy before you allow it to impact your decisions.

Demonstrate by your actions; that you're committed to seeing this project through to completion. Demonstrate that you are committed to working on it regardless of the obstacles you may face.

Perhaps our past track record of starting and not completing projects influences their support and enthusiasm. This is especially true with immediate family members.

Idea killers may occasionally become allies, but it takes massive work on your part to win them over to your team. Keep focused on your Dreams and working with those who are fellow dream builders and cheerleaders!

Don't let another person's critical attitude determine your self-worth or your future. You don't know how high or how far you can fly until you spread your wings and take to the sky. Please, don't let another person's limiting beliefs, no matter how well-intentioned, stop you attempting to dream big, to compete for the ultimate prize, achieving your personal dream.

In the mid 80's I belonged to The Entrepreneurs Association. Our Credo was:

"I do not choose to be a common man (or woman). It is my right to be uncommon, if I can. I seek opportunity, not security! I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state took after me. I want to take the calculated risk, to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will NEVER cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, 'This with God's help, I have done. ' All this is what it means to be an Entrepreneur." (Entrepreneur Magazine was initially our Association publication.)

This too, could be your credo in being a 'dream builder' and in encouraging others to build their dreams. This belief is what part of my work as a speaker, trainer and business coach is grounded on.

It is too easy for those around you, who are hopelessly mired in their own mediocrity, to criticize you for trying to follow your dream or acting to implement your great idea.

Theodore Roosevelt, who was often criticized wrote, " is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The CREDIT belongs to the man (or woman) who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly - who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion ... and spends himself (or herself) in a worthy cause. Who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and at the worst, if he (or she) fails ... at least fails while daring greatly, so that his (or her) place shall never be with those cold and timid souls ... who know neither victory nor defeat."

"Do not follow where the path may lead ... go instead where there is no path and leave a trail," writes an unknown scribe.

If you are to receive criticism, and you will, let it be for following your own vision and personal leadership and in daring to build your dreams. Couple that with a sage tip from me, "Remember, they don't build monuments to critics."

Good luck in your continued efforts to lead, to build your career, leadership or your business. Don't let the dream killers succeed. Your success is a beacon to the rest of us who also sail the challenging seas of opportunity.

© Copyright 1995-2006 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey All Rights Reserved. Bob is a Creative Catalyst and Idea Farmer who loves to work with people who still have dreams and works to assist them in building foundations for success under those dreams. Visit for more information on his innovative programs and services.


Welcome to a Fabulous February

"Nothing is as real as a dream. The World can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away." Tom Clancy

No doubt, some of you will recognize Tom's name from the multitude of well-crafted action books he has written, many of which have been transformed into movies. I've read and enjoyed each one and am amazed by the detail and delight I get from allowing myself to become absorbed in his stories. With the travel required in my work, I love to find a good book or two to take along to make the journey 'shorter'. Some are business and career styled books, but there is always a good novel or two in my bag or briefcase.

  • What has absorbed you lately?
  • What has stirred your passion?
  • What dreams stir your soul and give you purpose in your work and life?

I believe we need to nurture our dreams. Often, we have been told to stop dreaming and get into the real world. Am I saying that we should live in a dream world to the exclusion of our responsibilities to our loved ones, clients and coworkers?

No! What I am saying is we need to be in touch with those dreams and desires which give us a sense of passion and purpose. Someone once told me, "My dreams were too small. They had no power to stir my soul!" He was right! In times of challenge and disappointment, our passion and purpose (fueled by our dreams) can carry us. Dream on!

One of my dreams is seeing this Ideas@Work! e-zine grow in reach around the world. We have quite a few people from countries I have yet to visit who have signed up. Perhaps this year you might help us expand our reach by passing along your copy to a friend or colleague.

Make February a fabulous month for yourself, your family, your clients and your coworkers. Get in touch with your dreams and allow their power to enthuse your life with passion and purpose.


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Overcoming the fear of rejection

by Denis Waitley

Editor's note: I have long been a fan of Denis Waitley, both in his writing and his speaking. He has been kind enough to allow me to share his words. If we are to be successful in seeing our dreams become realities, what he shares is an essential and acquired skill. Our dreams are on the otherside of rejection. We need to continually work to create them, to sell them and to see them become alive. Enjoy and apply his words of wisdom.


Denis writes:

To conquer your fear of rejection, you need to handle the word "no" in a constructive way. When people turn you down after a presentation, you have to interpret the "no" as "no this is not right for me now." We also can interpret "no" as meaning, "I need to know more about this opportunity or the products before I can say yes."

I look at the service I offer to others as a gift that almost everyone desires. It's like a nutritious dessert. What if waiters or waitresses in a restaurant said to customers at their tables: "Would you like our special strawberry parfait for dessert? It's the best in the world!" And they were told "no" by their patrons, three out of five times.

Would they go to their manager, throw up their hands and quit, lamenting, "They don't like me or my strawberry parfait?" Of course they wouldn't. They'd go on about their business, thinking the patrons had missed out on something delicious.

That's why I treat products as a gift, much more nutritious and beneficial than a fruit dessert. But what is being rejected is the presentation, not the presentor. When I can separate my self-esteem from offering the products or business opportunity, I can live with rejection and look for ways to get a positive response more often.

When you are experiencing rejection, that's the time to network with mentors and role models. It's also the time to listen to upbeat music and read articles like this, to attend meetings and conference calls, and to hang around with optimists and winners.

There are basically four things we do in selling our products and services, and only four. We use the products and services ourselves, we talk to people about the products and services, we talk to people about the financial benefits we offer, and we coach them to refer us to others who do the same thing. First, we are coachable and willing to learn something new every day. Then, we become coaches. All you really need to move up to the next level is have faith in yourself.

"To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out for another is to risk involvement. To expose your feelings is to risk revealing your true self. To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd, is to risk rejection. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing at all. People who will risk nothing --- do nothing, have nothing, and become nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or live. Chained by their certitudes, they are slaves. They have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is truly free."

And one last idea you can live and believe, is the more that you give ----- the more you'll receive.

Credit Statement 
Reproduced with permission from Denis Waitley's Weekly Ezine. To subscribe to Denis Waitley's Weekly Ezine, go to or send an email with Join in the subject to Copyright © 2005 Denis Waitley International. All rights reserved worldwide.  


Add these to your success library

As promised here are a few suggestions for your success library. I'm sure you'll enjoy and find these publications useful in enhancing your career and assisting your staff in being more productive.

The Daily Drucker

7 hidden reasons employees leave

Seven Secrets of Inspired Leaders

In addition to these three, if you are dependant on selling, I'd suggest this new book written by some of Canada's top sales experts. Quite a few of these are fellow professionals from the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. You can get it directly from any of the authors. Or visit:


A few last minute thoughts and notes

January was definitely a jump-start month for me.

Had the opportunity to jump on 5 planes and numerous shuttles enroute to speaking in Long Island and Las Vegas on the way home via Calgary, AB. Good way to start the year.

Had the opportunity to jump on a quick turn around to share some thoughts on sustained leadership with a group of managers and directors for the City of Edmonton on the 26th, and to jump last minute into an Edmonton Toastmasters' TLI (Toastmasters Leadership Institute) doing a full house session on dealing with difficult people and how that relates to being an effective leader.

Also had the pleasure of seeing "Legacy of Leadership" finished and out to those of you who had requested your copy as my gift. If you missed it... please click on the title to download your personal copy. This gift is my investment in your leadership this year. BTW it is a large pdf file, 5.62MB. If you are on dial up (like me out in the country), go have a coffee or a tea while it downloads.

Each of us are leaders; each of us is more effective when we take personal leadership in our lives and careers. I would ask that you keep this link for your 'personal' use only, as "Legacy of Leadership" is going to be available for purchase online soon.

February will be a fabulous month.

I've begun working on two writing projects.

One for a national retail client with an initial print run of 6000-7000 books for distribution to their employees across Canada. They are making a minimum 3 year commitment to this leadership in customer service campaign (book is part of the company-wide campaign) with options to update and reprint in successive years. This exciting  project will also see us create a campaign launch video, e-book and mp3 versions, audio cd, a special section on their website, training program and materials, reinforcement and follow up materials, MP3 Files, and audio CDs to support this initiative each year.

Wow! They are serious about engaging, educating and empowering their team to better serve their customers. I am privileged to be asked to take the creative lead and work directly with their President as we develop and deliver this exciting project.

Will also be continuing work on "Quantum Success" with 28 plus top North American writers and experts. The response for authors for this exciting project to support Laura's Hope has been building, as additional authors agree to share their wisdom. More about this as it comes together.

I will be away from the office Feb. 17th - 25th. (I will check my emails but probably not my voice mails... smile) Have been invited by one of my clients to join them in Cancun, Mexico to address their Canadian dealers on the topic, "The Legend begins..."   

I am turning it into a midwinter, mini-break. Practice what I preach in allowing balance and flexibility into my life and work. Hope to swim with the dolphins, snorkel and do a bit of tourist activities. Be taking Tom Clancy and a few other authors along for company... smile. When I am on a beach with a good book, I am a happy camper!


If you are having a company or association event, I'd invite you to check out what I bring to the table. Visit our Ideaman website for more information. I also invite you to visit the Skoochie website for access to special event online assistance. Use my key code K25BA (should be a choice of sponsors) and it won't even cost you. 


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