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Each Life A Legacy
By Bob 'Idea Man'
Our life is a portrait of who
we are - autograph your life with style! Whether we realize
it or not, our life leaves a legacy. That legacy can have positive
or negative ripples - the choice is ours. People we know, work or
live with will have a lasting impression based on their experience
with us. Why is it, that we wait until they are gone to acknowledge
the important people in our lives? Life is a choice.
- Why not leave a lasting
legacy that has contributed in a positive way?
Once we understand that we leave a
legacy behind, we can make a conscious choice to make sure it is a
positive one. We can choose to invest our time, resources, and
energy in helping those organizations that create lasting value and
in the lives of those we love and
My parents left us in 1999. They left
a big hole in the life of both my sister and myself. But, more
importantly, they left a legacy of love and commitment to family and
community that has been ingrained and lives on in us. In fact, I
work to ensure their legacy is enhanced by what I have chosen to do
with my life and vocation.
- Acknowledging the
accomplishments and contributions of those around us!
Over the years I've learned that
people all too often die unacknowledged and unappreciated. This is
one of the biggest losses in our rich culture and legacy as a
nation. We have people who have made an impact in our lives; who
have made a difference to, and they don't know - because we never
told them! Resolve to tell people now and tell them often how
important they are in your life and where they have made a
difference. It can be the most valuable gift you can
- Investing in the lives of
others can be our best legacy!
I've often heard, "You can't
take it with you!" Interesting thought. In one sense it is
true. When we pass away we leave everything we once held important
behind. I've yet to see a hearse pulling a u-haul trailer. If we
take true leadership with our time and resources, we can invest them
in the people we want to help now, and in those who might be joining
us one day. Think of all the people who have invested in your life
and your success. Some may have passed away. However, their
investment in you is still paying dividends as you continue to grow
and pass on what they taught.
- Realize the impact you have
and 'choose' to make it a dynamic one!
We make an impact on the lives of
others each day and in each encounter we have. We have an
impact on strangers and on people who we may not even know.
Like the ripples on a lake that bounce off each other, we have an
impact and we change the patterns of those we connect with, as they
have an impact on us.
One of the most decisive and
productive decisions I made was to undertake to make a difference in
my life; to leave a positive legacy behind me. A legacy of empowered
and encouraged people, audiences, readers, family and friends who
knew I loved and cared enough to give them my very best. People who
know I believed in them and prayed for their success and success in
life. To making sure my words, written and verbal were based
in truth, delivered in love, and focused on the positive
opportunities in life.
Lord willing, I have quite a few more
productive years ahead of me. I still have book ideas to birth,
countries I want to visit (www.havemouthwilltravel.com), and friends around
the world I have not met, as yet. But, regardless of the time
allowed, I pray that when I go, I leave a legacy as rich as those of
my parents Ron and Marge Hooey. I would be blessed indeed if I
was able to leave that kind of legacy behind.
Copyright 2010 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
All rights reserved. Bob is a Business Enhancement Success
Thinker, Success Mentor, Motivational Speaker and Trainer who loves
to make sure people are acknowledged and encouraged enroute to their
successful goals. He is the author of 10 business, sales,
leadership, and career success publications and his articles and
programs have entertained and challenged ten's of thousands of
business professionals across North America. Visit www.ideaman.net for more
information on how to connect with Bob and have him become part of
George Torok is a CAPS
colleague, co-author and friend. His article is right on the money
and will help you enhance your career or grow your business.
Personal marketing makes it
easier to sell, by building relationships nurtured on awareness,
value and trust. Make your relationships more fruitful by
making them personal. Use these powerful yet simple tips from the
book, "Secrets of Power Marketing: Promote Brand
You". It is the first guide to personal marketing for
non-marketers. When deciding to buy we first buy you, then your
company, and then your product. Understand the importance of that
sequence. We would rather buy from someone we know and
How can you build the relationships with your
clients and prospects? Follow these examples. You will be
pleasantly surprised with the results.
Everyone wants to hear 'thank you'. The easiest way
to say thank you is verbally - but the most powerful and memorable
is with a hand written note. We receive so few hand written notes
that we read them first and value them because we know you took the
time to write it personally. Say thank you to your clients for the
opportunity to work with them. Say thank you for considering you -
even if they did not hire you. Look for opportunities to say thank
you; thanks for the lead, information, invitation, advice, idea,
introduction, publishing your article...
The cousin to 'thank you' is
'congratulations'. Say, 'Congratulations on becoming president of
the association', 'getting the new job', 'appearing in the paper',
'completing a successful project', 'volunteering for a charity',
'winning the award', 'being nominated', 'expanding the business',
'opening a new office',.. This is a great way to make first contact
with a prospect or key influencer. Always say it in a hand written
Open your mail. What
do you find? - bills, junk, flyers, post card. What do you read
first? I read the post card to see who it is from and from where?
When you travel, (on business or vacation), send post cards to your
important clients and prospects. Keep your message simple and sign
your full name clearly. Even when you don't travel use post cards to
stay in touch, say thank you or congratulations. You could use
postcards of a local attraction or print your own customized
Most receive and throw
away a lot of business cards. But when we receive a book we keep it
and put in on a shelf. We might read it or at least glance at it.
Give a book that supports your message or one that you know your
client will love. Always sign it with a personal note. Check with
the authors - they might give you a deal if you buy a
Volunteer in your Associations and
Don't volunteer because you think it is good
marketing. It is, but you never know when it will pay back. Get
involved in causes in which you believe. Others see you doing good
things and they begin to know you and like you. And we would rather
do business with those we know and like. The Body Shop has used this
strategy to effectively market itself. Notice how many big
consulting firms get involved with The United Way. It is a good
cause and they get to meet prospects in a friendly
Maintain Your Database
a list of names and information about your clients and prospects.
Include what and when they buy. Look for patterns. Treat your best
clients better. The airlines and hotels do this well. Stay in touch
with your clients through your database and record all contacts.
Record any personal information you learn such as birthdays,
spouse's name, favorite pastime and awards they won. Remember how it
feels when you walk into your favorite restaurant and the maitre'd
calls you by name and asks if you want your regular
Celebrate What's in Common
those who are like us. Don't change your ways. Instead associate
with those who share your interests and make sure they know about
your business. Every one of your interests and pastimes brings you
closer to others. Are you a golfer, runner, gardener, sailor, square
dancer, parent, soccer fan, ..?
with your clients and prospects. It is the best way to sustain your
© George Torok is co-author of "Secrets of Power Marketing:
Promote Brand You". To arrange your keynote speech or training
program call 905-335-1997 To receive a free copy of 50
Power Marketing Ideas® visit http://www.powermarketing.ca/
Last Minute News
Irene and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary on Monday
October 4th. Interesting how quickly time flies when you are having
fun... and in love.
"I don't need
a fancy place to go
things to do.
To make every
I am so blessed to have
Irene in my life... she has enriched it on so many levels and has
been an amazing partner in life and in helping me with the
is starting to get busy... a few
4th: Our second anniversary.
15-16th: Our 3rd annual CAPS
meet in the middle event with attendance from both CAPS chapters in
Edmonton and Calgary. I will be conducting the live auction on the
16th following my quick drive back to Red Deer and
16th: Doing an early morning keynote for the Canadian Sales
team of a 108 year old multinational company. Company is
headquartered in Sweden and has 45,000 employees worldwide with a
presence in over 120 countries and 100 manufacturing locations
around the world. They are opening a new facility in Edmonton and
combining a national sales meeting.
I am working to
have my new Sales Success Mentorship program ready
to share with them. With that many branches around the world, I am
confident that we might see some good spin off work.
Post card (web supported) post card marketing program with Canadian
associations and some of Canada's best employers.
an option to work with a Phoenix based educational learning company
in providing some of their programs in Canada and Australia.
work is done at our place in the country. We accomplished
quite a lot this summer. I just need to re-organize the garage so we
can fit a car in there again for the winter. Going to keep
working on the inside, especially my creative office. Working to
reorganize and move a big part of my reference library upstairs so
we can create a work area and office for Irene's Vitrak
Creative Services, web design business downstairs. A
challenging winter project, for sure.
Bob 'Idea Man'
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Alexa, the newest,
Bigoray joined our extended family this past month.
She made her mom and dad (Christine and Kelly) and the rest of
the family very happy. She will be totally loved and spoiled.
And she even threw a pizza party
the night she came home from the hospital to introduce herself
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Bob is the co-founder
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of CAPS Halifax, as well as being an active member
of CAPS Edmonton. He served as CAPS National Director
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