Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | October 31, 2014

Human Capital is Everywhere

I’ve been travelling non-stop in my Life and now it dawned on me that it is time to reflect upon this long journey.

So here are the most important things that I’ve Learned from many years of nonstop Traveling for my itinerant world wide work.

Most Human Beings Are pretty much The Same and all have some greater measure of Goodness within the kernel of the heart than they allow to show through.

Over the past years I’ve shared a living space with thousands of different human beings. And for the most part, I see that we are all the same.

People all over the world are just people. Colour of skin, age of body, shape of figure, and sexual orientation do not matter once you get past the handicaps haters put forth in Life.

We all love and want to be loved. We all want meaning in our lives. We all want purpose and a job. We all want to be happy. We all eat. We all poop. We all celebrate.

We all do something to create value in the world. We all want to have the best for our families. We all do things to have fun.

We are all the same. Every human being is an equal. And those that think they are somehow better and more worthy or exceptional than all others — are usually the fucked up ones.

Because us HUMANS, have an infinite potential to love, create, and live with the Spirit that dwells within every single one of us.

After all we are made of Stardust and can shine bright whenever we want to.

So keep shining bright, smile and keep mulling this over inside your head.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

Keep remembering this because when we start to forget that, that’s when conflict erupts and people start dying in large numbers.

Disruption is the only key to Real Progress and Change…

This is the characteristic of the Leaders, Silicon Valley so often celebrates, and often has vilified before…

The Silicon Valley community celebrates those that are being the grand disruptors, always after the fact. Decades after the hard work and the blood and tears of conflict resolution and hard Thankless work, labouring alone like Sissifus — here come the accolades and the public acceptance. Yet in the years of awareness it is very rare that the Great Disruptors had any help…

Yet that is leadership and Disruption requires a Leader. It’s a very lonely path through Life and a seriously demanding job to be the Captain of Disruption, but being a Great disruptor like yours truly — requires the ability to be bold in the face of danger and to face fear squarely in the face and dismiss it. It is the job of the wise leader to have the willingness to push through problems with a reality distortion field-glasses of hope, positive optimism, and hype.

The disruptive leader has to have the rose tinted glasses of eternal sunshine and the proclivity for believing in yourself when others do not.

The great disruptive leader has to be able to love and embrace all comers and even the constant girlfriend of failure as just another step in a longer process, to the promised land.

While a lot of these aptitudes and attitudes are rights of passage, for a mature leader — the tech community in Silicon Valley believes that the heart of the idea of true disruption is much more pure when it is practiced by someone who walks the talk in Tech, in StartUps as well as in Social Enterprise and in Public Service. I’ve done all of these for ever, and therefore know what am talking about…

And I’ve always had principles to support me and the great strength of belief to hold me upright when things went awry — as they will always go at times in the great Disruptor’s journey. Yet it’s up to us to favour our soul with compassion and wake up our people with Love in order to serve Progress and the greater Good for All.

And although am well known as the Father of Wi-Fi for Seattle Wireless and many other high-profile communication companies, it is the social enterprises where I worked hardest and innovated relentlessly and thus disrupted the stale landscape of Society, Economy, and Global Governance.

The founding of the Environmental Parliament is considered by far the greatest disruptive innovation in the world of our global advocacy and Climate Change governance today. Yet this was never my greatest effort, because the most difficult work always included the many others who pitched in, and created the community of science, knowledge, and dedication, that earned the respect of Public Leaders who in turn embraced our legislative and Policy propositions across the globe. From China to the USA and the European Union our great policies like 20/20 are testament to what we have achieved.

Kudos. Well Done everyone.. Well done.

However it must be said that it always takes a village to do great things and creating one of the first cutting-edge technology companies in the telecoms convergence world was one of these Herculean tasks. And the second most demanding work was working with founders and always pushing entrepreneurs to be stars in their own right and helping them launch Innovative startups — almost a Thousand of them through my Innovation Master Class across the world’s best universities…

But now I have another Giant Disruption game and want to invite you to come along and become part of the village to bring it forth and change the world one person at a time. It’s called eVropa and is a community of Good People sharing kindness and Liberty. Sharing and caring for each other in the Social space of the web networks while satisfying the human need for the village “Commons” and for the way to do small acts of kindness for the people we want to have a Village with.

Check it out and let me know if you want to work with us because we are launching soon and need technical co-founders, working apostles, and social advocates. Let me know if you care to have meaning in your Life and Work and we’ll surely disrupt the ecosystem in a Grand Way.

Together we can…

Yours,
Pano

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | October 22, 2014

Greece is the Gaza of Europe

While Greece has become a vast concentration camp with most citizens facing jail time because of their inability to pay onerous taxes and the pampered judges punishing them with harsh penalties as a “Thank You” note to their GERMAN Masters who pay the judges the same fat salaries that no one else in Greece has been able to receive post crisis austerity cuts — the European bureaucrats are combing their lower hair imagining a “New European Narrative.”
This new narrative was created with hundreds of millions of Euros spent in PR, Focus Meetings, Branding and Marketing and they plan on spending billions to convince European people of the illusion. This was originally drafted by a EU bureaucrats and farmed out to cultural committees made up of well paid fat cats, who played with the idea for nearly a year, with large-scale meetings in Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Potsdam, Hannover, Munich, Strasbourg, and Milan. 

This incredible Houdini committee attempts a magic trick. How to make the dismal European project full of inequity, untransparency, corruption, tyranny, and oppression, led by Berlin, to appear as “European state of mind formed and fostered by its spiritual, philosophical, artistic and scientific inheritance, and driven by the lessons of history”

That is the daftest thing I’ve heard in a long time…

It is as much a failed magic trick as Houdini dying underwater tied up in the submerged tank.

And am not speaking in anger but in earnest, because Europe is already a state of mind that allows for its young citizens to become clossards for lack of meaningful work. It is a state of mind that turned Greece into the GAZA concentration camp of Europe. It is the state of mind that allows fat cat bureaucrats to lord it over the poor Europeans as Gestapo soldiers of the new Nazis residing in Berlin. It is a state of mind that accepts tyrannical German hegemony over this ancient continent without voicing the obvious questions of where die our patriotism, our Liberty and our Democracy went?

That is the sick state of mind that European idiotic bureaucrats today are trying to bombard us with. It’s a revolting thought and a terrible deed indeed.

Now contrast this stupidity of the “New Narrative For Europe” with the old school and ancient time tested ideals as forged through eons of fighting history and watered with millions of people’s blood and sinew.

The history of the eternal struggle against barbarity, and the forces of darkness. THe eternal fight of light against the power of death. The eternal march of people and nations towards progress always fighting against the fear mongers and the tyrannical despotic empires.

Yes — that narrative of EUROPE is the REAL HISTORY, and this is what I prefer.

Got that?

Yet the Ancient GREEK ideal of EUROPA is the one that goes beyond the grouping of Nation States, an internal market and the geographical contours of a continent. Europe is a moral and political responsibility, which must be carried out, not only by institutions and politicians, but by each end every citizen fighting and believing in the inalienable RIGHT to Democracy and Liberty.

Freedom and Democracy is Europe and this is the state of mind shared by citizens across the continent. This is the state of mind that launched and fought countless wars amongst our borders and a few global wars to boot. This is the sentiment that killed more that one hundred million people in the second world war alone and it’s global repercussions.

And this is the sentiment that students, researchers, scholars, artists, professionals and politicians who live, study work, think and journey across national borders, in Europe are coming to join me in Greece on November 13th to celebrate Democracy and prepare to fight for their own LIBERATION in the struggle against the “New German Narrative for EUROPE”

These are the Freedom FIGHTERS who convene on Athens on the 13th of November to launch a new movement for DEMOCRACY AND LIBERTY IN EUROPE. They come to work, to organize to agitate, to speak and share, and they do so in order to deepen and expand their knowledge, unleash their creativity, and widen their fight against the forces of oppression.

Strong messages indeed.

We must do away with Europe of Today, transforming it into a Country of Nations. A country of Peoples. A country of Freedom. A country of Democracy.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

The most important value in Europe is its HISTORY>

This is our heritage.

This history comprises three time elements: past, present and future. We need to consider these three elements together. Values, coherence, symbols, jobs, messages, construction, re-construction. Presence, oblivion, hope, impatience, respect. Build, debate, believe, do not despair.

Fight stereotypes. Create empathy. Understand that things are not given once and for all. Recall that we are born free and yet live in chains in this time and space called Europe.

Because when GREECE today has no HABEAS CORPUS protection for it’s citizens, then the whole of Europe is in chains.

Understand that when Greece’s DEMOCRACY is torn asunder under the jackbooted GERMAN THUGS — the whole of Europe is under OCCUPATION.

And let’s remember that it was not always that way. We were able to liberate ourselves and rejoice in our freedoms. We were able to democratize ourselves and live through self determination.

And let’s remember that once we were able to be happy and live in PEACE AND HARMONY

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | October 21, 2014

Europe’s Failure is seen in Occupied Greece Today

The current situation of Greece sinking rapidly under the tyrannical regime, the austerity programs, and the violence of poverty, forced upon it by Germany and the barbaric stranglehold on it’s economy and society — is best described as an occupation.

Sadly as is always the case, the occupied people themselves fail to recognize their condition until it is too late. By then they are languishing in the Gaza of Europe. A vast concentration camp designed by Berlin to exterminate the very Greek nation.

But let us wake up the slaves and se miracles happen. Because the inability of the bondaged slave to understand their dismal fate is a psychological defense mechanism. Simple as that…

The inability to know your bondage when you are enslaved through mental bonds of fear uncertainty and doubt and low self esteem is part of the psychological warfare enacted against the Greek nation in order to enslave it. Sleep and you are a slave. Wake up and you are free. The nightmare cannot last for ever… It is a classic “Cave Paradox” as described by PLATO who was taught by the Master of philosophy SOCRATES himself. In short what the cave paradox describes is that the slaves rarely if ever do they recognize their condition and if someone tells them the truth of their predicament — they seek to kill the messenger.

Similarly today we are faced with an intractable problem with democracy, and liberty in that it is often terribly ill-equipped to face it’s true enemies, let alone the little seen rising threats. Maybe because the conviction of its natural superiority over other forms of power, and its wait-and-see attitude which often accompanies its tradition of tolerance saps it;s will. Or maybe the positive confidence in the intelligence of the people, the conviction that things will turn out ultimately for the better sometimes enables other forms of tyrannical governance to take over power, through democratic elections.  

A short flashback through European history reminds us exactly of what we are talking about. Hitler’s rise through the democratic electoral process is but one example of this and it is now sen in Greece clearly.

Sadly one of the founding principles of the European project was, precisely, the establishment of a system based on joint decision-making, in order to prevent any form of deviance and ensure the supremacy of the common interest. This acknowledgement was repeated at every step of European integration : after the War, among the six founding Members; with Greece, Spain and Portugal, at the fall of their respective dictatorships; and more recently with the accession, of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, after the fall of another form of dictatorship which devastated that part of the continent for half a century and still bedevils Europe today as seen in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and all the Baltic states. 

Today, however, it is time to sympathize with the plight of the GREEK PEOPLE and their trials and travails under the new German occupation. Perhaps best to remember the contribution of the Greeks to the war effort during World War II when Winston Churchill the Architect of Victory said that it is the heroes fighting like Greeks and not the other way around.

And I want to remind you that these people were fighting for Liberty and Democracy and not for anything else. Same as their predecessors fought in marathon and Salamis for Freedom and Democracy and won.

It is my certain belief that they will win again. But first they must be moved to rise up and fight. That is the difficult part.

And to that I recall Socrates’ admonishment to the Athenians during his trial, saying that the new system of Democracy, created on the Pnyx, the small hill overlooking the Acropolis, was not irrevocable. Democracy needs to be protected, and its principles constantly improved. Democracy, as culture, is not a fossilised concept. It must be watered with blood, and served with courage, in permanence. 

At this moment when Democracy is under wraps and the people are bondaged we need to rise up. And even though adverse winds are battering our economies, and doubts are mounting about the ability of the European process to address the continent’s ailments, it is high time to question the priorities of our values and their appropriateness as regards to the evolution of our societies.

Our money or our Freedom? Do we want to be comfortable and diminished as slaves or do we want to be Free and able to carve our own path?

We have a unique opportunity and responsibility to define what we want to do now, on the occasion of the European Year of Citizens. Because citizens are intrinsically linked to the concept of democracy, they also represent its main actors, because it is for them that Democracy was created in the first place, and the fruit of Freedom was tasted. But is also the Greek people’s’ disillusionment, and despair, and being downbeaten through needfulness and selfish clinginess to old glory and comfort — that they surrender Democracy to occupiers and tyrannical power, all too easily, albeit at their own expense. 

 If I dare speak openly about this grave matter, it’s because the Greek Occupation by Germany has become all too real and the rest of Europe is unaware. Even though the other European nations are under imminent threat of the same occupier. A replay of the blitzkrieg of the 1940’s is upon us now through economic and psychological warfare, and the effects of Germany’s belligerence are becoming quite tangible and difficult to ignore.

And although I’ve become a target of the German command of their local collaborators — yet I speak openly because I would like to disassociate myself from the other European political leaders, who will feign surprise when they will pretend to discover the scope of the disaster.

And while everyone knows that these things are really happening, still everyone pretends that they are happening in a different planet. And yet these things are happening NOW. In Greece and soon in Spain, Italy, Portugal and in your country too…

And yet not everyone is unhappy about this turn of events. Many collaborators and useful fools in government Ministries and in Business and in all walks of Life will benefit. Not just the well fed German collaborators everywhere in European government service, and in Brussels and Strasbourg, but the Liberty haters themselves. Those grandiose yet worthless folks that are really small minded people who were waiting exactly for this moment. Those despicable vermin of collaborators who are now the current Greek government ministers and all the servants of Germany everywhere in Europe are the real enemy of Democracy and Liberty.

Learn to identify those who are the convenient collaborateurs, the unpatriotic black market profiteers, and the jackbooted thugs, maintaining “Law & Order” in the name of the occupiers, while feasting like vultures upon the breast of the carcass that once was Greece.

I saw them.

They are enjoying their reptilian moment, tearing off the flesh of the fallen victim of their terrible betrayal.

Yet we know who they are.

And as a whole Nation of People — we remember their ultimate betrayal and their treason. We shall make certain that they will answer for their wrongdoings.

We will make the country whole again.

We will seek restitution of all wrongs. And their greatest TREASON will always be remembered as the national surrender to the enemy without a fight.

We will reanimate Democracy, regain our Liberty, and reliven Greece, and then we will erase even the memory of the traitors from our midst.

This is what will be their epitaph.

Yours,
Pano

PS:
The vision of Loss of Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights, reminds us of the need not only to remain vigilant (because vigilance as such is not enough when these people engage in action); they remind us that we must also act.

We must learn to call things by their name. We must learn to denounce their views and their practices. We must take responsibility, in order to salvage our Democracy and Liberty and to protect the future of our children.

And we must act if only to ensure that never again, entangled in our wait-and-see policies, will our children scream to our face:
What did you do in the war Dad?
Why didn’t you get the courage to fight off the invading Huns? What happened to my country? 

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | October 21, 2014

Liberty Democracy and the Ancient Marbles

This last week I spoke in a conference in Athens on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Elgin marbles taken from Acropolis and interned into the British Museum.

And it was also the 20th year anniversary of the organization I had founded named REUNIFICATION that was the first foundation in London that worked to reunite the Elgin marbles with Parthenon, the magnificent temple to Athena in Acropolis.

The occasion allowed participants to recall a few truths about Greece and Europe. As I stated in the conference: “The marbles were taken from Greece when she was under Ottoman occupation and perhaps best that they should be returned now when Greece is again under occupation — hoping that it would sparkle Resistance, Revolution against the tyranny of slavery and the eventual winful Renaissance. After all, this has been the only path for regeneration of Democracy over the centuries and preceding millennia. Yet Greece is pivotal in this worldwide human struggle against the fgorces of darkness, because here is where the concept of Liberation of Man and Self Determination was first created.

And it is a sad day when the current Prime Minister a simple servant to the German economic power comes and sullies the very word itself speaking about Democracy, while enslaving the Greek people to the occupying barbarians.

Yet for me things are simple. I saw the modern day slavery of poverty and dependence and unmet need for food and medicine in GREECE today in the year of the Lord 2014. I see GREECE suffering the fate of Sisifus inside the wealthiest market alliance, the European Union. And I cannot stomach that.

Woe to the German puppets of Greece masquerading as Ministers and NMangers of a small yet proud people. Woe to the Germans and their European allies who pretend they do not know the depth of their dishonesty and the errorr of their ways assaulting Democracy and the very idea of Europe itself through their tyrannical austerity forced upon a once happy people. Woe to the betrayers of the highest ideals thqat define Europe.

Andf woe to Europe itself becuase the main legacy of Greece to Democracy and Liberty is Democracy and Liberty itself. And the main legacy of Greece tgo Europe — is Europe itself.

Still when I spoke at the Acropolis conference with my usual candor and passion and asked Greeks and Foreigners living in Greece, to recognize their condition of Serfdom and wanton Slavery as a prerequisite before being able to revolt and remove their shackles of bondage — there was an eruption in the room. The whole audience of the amphitheatre stood up. Some were clapping while others feigned distress. Some were screaming halleluiah while others screamed obscenities. There were primal screams and shouts of woe, joy, and sorrow…

At least nobody stood unmoved. Of course several of the participants felt hurt and bristled at my mention that Greeks are slaves again and under German occupation once more after the second world war occupation. But it was especially satisfying when a government Minister and fellow speaker, standing at the panel, exploded in full rage, ad-hominem attacks, and undignified behaviour against me.

I thought the poor fellow would have a heart attack or a stroke — or best a combination of both…

But the majority of the audience members correctly interpreted my speech as a call to arms for Greece to not only regain the marbles but above all else regain it’s Liberty and Democracy once again.

Socrates first told us that we need to know ourselves and face our condition if we are to recognize what ails us and then go ahead and treat it. Same with the current slavery. First we recognize that we are slaves and then we go ahead and fight for our Liberation. And when we have a giant deficit of Democracy
that is all we have to do. As we have done many times in the long history of this wondrous little nation.

That is why I use the reference of the ancient marbles as a metaphor to Liberty and Democracy itself — because as the marbles were sculpted and placed on the temple of Democracy in Ancient Athens, they were there in order to commemorate the men who fought in Marathon and had fallen winning the battle against the then Occupiers of Greece.

But it was a full Democracy of Pericles and of the Free Athenian people who created those marbles back then. Free People and a Democratic State created the miracle of parthenon and the Acropolis that to this day symbolizes Democracy the world over. These were the leaders of Democracy and the rightful owners of the marbles. And by Rights the descendants of these Free and Democratic people are the owners of the marbles today — not a bunch of slaves to the barbarian gothic huns…

Legacies, Memories, and Ancient Values, all mean very little today when the Greeks are subjugated to the German puppet masters. Yet the metaphor of the Quest for the Return of the MARBLES, is the very Quest for Democracy and liberty once more. So the Greeks are called once again to ward off the new occupiers of Athens. I ask them to send the barbarous Huns back to their land and . The deadly threat this current occupation poses to Greece’s Democracy, Liberty, and nationhood, is the main spark that could very well destroy the entire European project

It is only an existential crisis that the Greeks respond well to. Everything else is unimportant when their core ideals are usurped and their dignity efaced. That is far more important than the lifeless marble statuary safely ensconced in the British museum.

Greeks are practical people… Who cares for marbles when your daughter is prostituting herself in Berlin because there are no jobs to be had in Greece for anyone in your family and she is tired of living with hand outs and charity? And worse yet — who can blame her?

Yet Greeks are idealistic people too… So who cares for euros and comforts of serfdom when your heart skirts at the mere mention of Liberty and Democracy?

Because the most important value demonstrated in the ancient marbles is undoubtedly the concept of democracy and liberty. These two qualities of self governance and self determination, are precisely the soul of Greece and they also represent our whole lot of European aspirations.

This is the sum total of Europe itself…

And when the very conception of democracy and liberty are diminished by the Germans today in Greece — the rest of Europe is gravely threatened in the times ahead.

The main threat has actually already materialized in the Greek capital, bristling with GERMAN BUREAUCRATS regulating the affairs of all Ministries and of the prime Minister himself.
And I can see its sprawling symbolic impact during each one of my visits and working sojourns in Athens.

The symbols of German Reich are not difficult to see amidst the chaos of the upended Greek lives. The German influence is felt in the children eating off the garbage bins. It is seen in the schools where children faint because of lack of having had any breakfast at home. It is seen in the many instances of citizens incarcerated for being unable to pay unfair and onerous taxes they cannot bear. It is seen in the austerity program that stifles all enterprise and business opportunity and relegates all Greeks to be servants of the visiting Germans. It is seen in the lack of Habeas Corpus rights for the Greek people. It is seen in the vast Debtor’s prisons that are being built to house the best of Greeks. It is seen in the only free Greeks, the Ten Thousand Suicides each and every year of life under the new German occupation. It is seen in the eyes of the German Gauleiter Mr Horst Reichenbach and the lavish German Receptions in their embassy feasting all the Greek collaborators and their Greek servants running the local government and oppressing the people on their behalf. It is seen in the cruelty with which they deny offering any compensation for the victims of their previous occupation on 1940-1944 and for the million Greek people they killed back then through executions, and forced starvation and famine induced by German occupation much like today’s Austerity program foisted upon the Greek people by the Germans and their collaborators. It is seen in the cemeteries where the suicide victims are now interned for the first time in contrast to religious law and as the spirit of defiance takes over even the black robbed Greek priests who recognize the acts of heroism and personal freedom of those giving up their lives rather that being slaves like the rest of the living in Greece.

The disaster that Greece is now is evident in the ghetto that Athens has become as if it is the Gaza of Europe. The worst hit poverty stricken nation of the union looks like a bombed out city in many parts of the capital and the Germans are lording it over the ruins of people and lives lost.

Ten Thousand suicides can’t be

It is seen in the Germans having a second home called Greece….

full of servants called Greeks…

Yours,
Pano

PS:
Revolutions happen for a reason and there is ample reason in Greece today to revolt and overthrow the tyranny and regain the living meaning of the marbles: Liberty, Democracy, and Self Determination.

This is how Government of the people, by the People, and for the People, came to be known across the world with it’s Greek name for two Thousand years and this is the Real Marble that GREECE can hang on to forever.

All else is just PR and talking about the lifeless marbles is a diversion from the real issue of Liberty & Democracy.

This has to be reclaimed in order to reunite the Greeks with the ancient ideas these marbles remind us of. Freedom and Self Governance. Ideas as old school and as powerful that the current crop of Nazis tremble at the mere mention of.

Time for Greece to reclaim that mantle of Leadership.

Nothing Less will suffice, to appease the Greek citizens whose blood is boiling already…

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | October 18, 2014

I’ll be back…

If you’re a very high level leader in a large organization, government, or state, you live a good part of your life in a bubble. The higher in your organization you are the bigger, stronger, and least transparent the bubble becomes.

It is a form of entropy that grows with rank.

Of course, You may disagree with this statements, but that’s because you live in a bubble. Obviously the bubble can’t be seen from the inside but it is pretty obvious to anyone looking at it from the outside.

The bubble causes lots of issues for leaders. Generally speaking the bubble makes it more challenging to be an effective leader. That’s because not only can you not see the bubble, you can’t see the haze the bubble puts around everything you do see. The bubble also muffles the voices of a good many people you talk with.

Now, it’s not anything that a leader does that causes the bubble. A bit of the bubble is caused by people’s almost natural fear of being themselves around what I’ll call an “authority figure.” When you’re the boss you have a measure of control over a big part of your people’s lives and that tends to make a lot of them a bit skittish.

The biggest cause of the bubble however is what leaders don’t do. They don’t take concrete steps to escape the bubble or better yet, simply destroy the bubble entirely. They do not make themselves an approachable leader.

So, how does a leader get outside the bubble or eliminate it completely?

Communicate, communicate, communicate.

Transparent, consistent, honest, open, frequent, wide-ranging, real, two-way communication. Communication is a great way to bring downs walls and burst bubbles. There are many ways to effectively communicate these days, even if your team is very large.

Nothing will ever replace face-to face conversations. No matter what anybody says, nothing will replace the personal touch. So as I suggest a couple of alternatives to live, personal interactions please understand that I’m not suggesting you use these instead of personal communication, I’m suggesting to use these along with your frequent human interactions.

Write a company or organization blog. Don’t have it written, write it yourself. Seriously, a blog post saying hey, here’s what happening lately should take less than 30 minutes to write. Once or twice a month is enough and a reply or two can be done on the fly.

Obviously you can’t share proprietary information or make anyone an inside trader but you can stay more visible. The reality today is that people read blogs, your people will most certainly read yours. You can share your weekend plans, tell a story about your family, discuss a topic in the news. You may wonder why your people would care but know this: they do. You had better hope they do because if they don’t care about you as a person they can’t care about you as a leader. Let them know you’re human, just like them.

Do a weekly Podcast. A two or three minute podcast with current information and a shot of motivation delivered straight to your team’s email each Monday morning. Again, it’s purely conversational, personal and connecting. A two or three minute podcast shouldn’t take much longer to record than, well than, two or three minutes.

Both of these ideas require time. The question is does interacting with your people seem like an expense of your time or an investment of your time? As a leader, remaining close to the people who make-up your organization is priceless. It costs so little yet means so much.

This is an investment that will pay returns almost immediately, and unlike most investments this one is almost a sure thing. Why wouldn’t a leader make this investment today?

Because only the persistent leader who communicates well and constantly, is able to win the hearts and minds of the people, and thus achieve all his goals.

And here is an example of winning persistence, constant effort, and communication:

Who is the Man who became a Republican governor of a state traditionally dominated by Democrats?

Some astute political pundits would call this achievement the greatest of this man’s career because overcoming the “party line” mentality in most US states is often an impossible feat for candidates.

Did I mention that this man became virtually a millionaire before he even started bodybuilding in the States? He and a few friends ran wildly successful mail order and construction businesses when he was an unknown.

How did one man reach the pinnacle of bodybuilding, film, and just about the pinnacle of American politics in one lifetime?

He Was Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

This man was Arnold Swartzenneger.

An ultimate communicator and an ultimate fighter for what he believed to be right….

He worked hard for his goals and trained relentlessly up to the point of throwing up. Really deploying the vomit comet would have someone quit but not Arnold. Arnold Swartzenneger said in the bodybuilding movie Pumping Iron that: “I have thrown up in the gym many more times than I can remember. It was all worth it.”

He worked out so intensely that he would sometimes vomit each and every time after doing a set. He saw the goal of being Mr. Olympia and didn’t care about any momentary discomfort he experienced to reach that point.

I also learned early on in my political career that if I wanted to grow I had to become super uncomfortable at times.

I transferred that same mindset to my blogging career. I write 4000 to 6000 words daily. No excuses, no complaints, no “putting it off for another day.”

I have been featured on over 100 authority blogs in the last 3 months alone…
I had my books endorsed by New York Times.

Been asked to speak at prestigious Universities and Summits.

Published 27 Books in 13 years (and am working on 2 more as of this writing)

No matter how uncomfortable I feel, I write. Growing is so darn freeing but it’s a bit unpleasant at times.
Stretch. Reach a bit beyond. Practice writing. Tweak your copy. Push yourself.
You’ll find that when you dive into uncomfortable areas you’ll free yourself from constricting limiting beliefs.

Devote all of your Energy to Doing 1 Thing Well.

Arnold didn’t try to win the Mr. O, to become the biggest star in Hollywood and to become a Republican governor in California all at once. He prioritized and followed his flow path.

He devoted all of his creative energies to 1 chief purpose at a time.
Doing so helped him reach the top. After each major achievement he chose to move on to a new definite major purpose. He may have held a vision of himself achieving each goal but he never tried to do more than 1 thing extraordinarily well.

Where your attention and energy goes, grows.

Look at Matt, the wildly successful owner of this blog. He is an SEO and affiliate marketing wizard. Both niches work so well together, so he devotes almost all of his creative energies to mastering SEO and affiliate marketing.
Evidence of his intent is his stunning success.

So, stop trying to master ten tasks at once, because you cannot carry ten watermelons with one arm.

So now learn to devote your creative energies to doing 1 thing really well, like Arnold, and you’ll become successful so much more quickly.
Become a master of 1 niche, not a mediocre jack of many niches.

He Held His Dream Tightly

Arnold often shares how he was the product of a strict, conservative upbringing in Austria. He was regularly punished for wanting to stand out from the crowd. He would see bodybuilders and movie stars in magazines from the USA and dreamed of being free, of expressing himself, and of being super successful.
He walked for miles to visit the nearest gym in Austria and sometimes broke into the gym to get his pump on. No matter how much his family tried to reign him in he held onto his dream and faced resistance to make his dream a reality.

I had to dream big to make this life a reality, and to get through all types of resistance.
I’ve read about countless leaders who experienced all types of hardship but they kept their dreams alive and they became stunning successes.
When you face resistance, hold your dreams tightly. If you want to be the Leader, or if you want to be an entrepreneur and just quit your 9-5 to work from home to be with your family, hold this dream in mind to propel yourself through rough times.

After Arnold moved to the States he made a small fortune running a few prospering businesses. Having access to steady cash flow allowed him to spend hours each day working out, so he could chase his dream of being Mr. Olympia.
He had to juggle tasks and become ruthless with his time. As you can see, his strategy has worked quite well.
I read once that during the filming of the 3rd Terminator movie, Ahhhnold would wake at 4 AM to workout. He hit the set after the early morning workout session and would put in 12 to 15 hours filming. At night, he’d put in a second workout session so he could look buff despite being in his 50′s.
He’s always made the sacrifices necessary to be the best. Naturally, he became the best.
Internet marketers, you’d be wise to hold onto your day job to properly fund your online dreams. Pad your savings while devoting 2-3 hours each weekday to grow your online venture.
Spend 6 to 8 or even 10 hours on your off days to grow a sustainable, prospering online business.
If you’re a full time online entrepreneur, build your day around what you value. Value freedom. Value running a prospering business. Value helping other folks to do the same thing. You’ll soon learn that sacrifice is releasing something of a lower nature to make room for something of a higher nature.
He Paid His Dues during Humbling Times

When Arnold decided he wanted to become the biggest movie star in the world studio folks laughed at him. His accent was too strong – in their minds – so terrible, that his voice was dubbed over in the film “Hercules in New York.”
Arnold said: “It was very difficult for me in the beginning. I was told by agents and casting people that my body was too weird, that I had a funny accent, and that my name was too long. You name it, and they told me that I had to change it. Basically, everywhere I turned I was told that I had no chance.”
He even played a deaf-mute hit man in his second movie because studio folks didn’t want him to speak.
Arnold kept at it, until he became one of the highest grossing movie stars of all time.
Don’t give up when times are tough. Simply humble yourself. If you haven’t made a cent online, I’ve been there. Virtually all of us have. The folks who become the pros simply knew why they wanted to succeed and held that reason through all of the resistance they faced.
Pay your dues. Craft brilliantly insightful, helpful comments on authority blogs. Create stunningly valuable, in-depth resource type posts as Matt does right here on this blog.
If you create value persistently you’ll reap the rewards now or later. Sow. Reap. Pay your dues and in time you’ll succeed wildly.
He Became an Icon by Turning His Biggest Weakness into His Greatest Asset

“I’ll be back.”
Who doesn’t know that movie line? It’s iconic. We can all recite it in Arnold’s voice.
Ahh, the accent. His biggest weakness made him an icon. Although he took English lessons to become fluent he explicitly did not try to remove his Austrian accent because he knew it made stand out.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

Brilliant, right?

As Arnold stayed true to himself, and became more and more popular, the very accent that forced many short-sighted casting agents to make this guy play a deaf mute made him the biggest and wealthiest movie star on the planet during his heyday.
The same accent made him an icon, an icon that parlayed his fame and political savvy into being a Republican governor in the heavily Democratic, huge state of California.

Be true blue. Be true to yourself. Be true to You.

In time, your “weirdness” or “weakness” will become your greatest strength because what you are trying to hide will make you remarkable, admirable and if you keep at this game, it may just make you world-renowned.

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