Meeting Keith Ferrazzi

Had to share this..

One of the books I really recommend is to read is “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. You can look at it as a masterful book on networking or you can look at it as a career changing book. I had a career change after I read that book on building relationships and actually doing what I want to do in life. Working for Gartner I am very fortunate in meeting authors and great entrepreneurs.

This past week I actually got to meet Keith Ferrazzi. He is definitely the way he wants you to be. Very generous, humble and smart. He has a new book out called “Who’s got your back.” Just started reading it and its amazing.. Hope you will too.

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@MJASSAL

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My financial cents

Stock market is hitting new highs and I hope you are making money. Here is what you need to do according to me based on all the books and videos on finance I have seen. Tons of research as well on asset allocation.

  • Only buy index funds!  (even in your 401k, only have these funds)
  • If you need an advisor, please get a FEE ONLY advisor
  • If you can, definitely invest in a Roth IRA and max it out every year.
  • Do not get any annuities or permanent life insurance products (scam)

I have a 4 fund portfolio which i think works for 98% of average investors:

  1. VG total stock market index fund
  2. VG total international stock index fund
  3. VG total bond market index fund
  4. REIT index fund

You decide your own asset allocation.

The whole strategy here is long term .  In 20-25 years this is going to be any actively managed funds and save you A LOT on fees.

Enjoy.

@mjassal (please free to ask me any question at all)

Jim Rohn is too gooood!

My favorite from Jim Rohn:

Leadership & Management

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“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

“We must learn to help those who deserve it, not just those who need it. Life responds to deserve not need.”

“My mentor said, ‘Let’s go do it’, not ‘You go do it’. How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s!'”

“Good people are found not changed. Recently I read a headline that said, “We don’t teach people to be nice. We simply hire nice people.” Wow! What a clever short cut.”

“Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.”

“Learn to help people with more than just their jobs: help them with their lives.”

Leaders, whether in the family, in business, in government, or in education, must not allow themselves to mistake intentions for accomplishments.

Managers help people to see themselves as they are. Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.

Leaders must not be naive. I used to say, “Liars shouldn’t lie.” What a sad waste of words that is! I found out liars are supposed to lie. That’s why we call them liars — they lie! What else would you expect them to do?

We must learn to help those who deserve it, not just those who need it. Life responds to deserve not need.

My mentor said, “Let’s go do it,” not “You go do it.” How powerful when someone says, “Let’s”!

Leaders must understand that some people will inevitably sellout to the evil side. Don’t waste your time wondering why; spend your time discovering who.

When dealing with people, I generally take the obvious approach. When someone says, “This always happens to me and that always happens to me. Why do these things always happen to me?” I simply say, “Beats me. I don’t know. All I know is that those kinds of things seem to happen to people like you.”

We could all use a little coaching. When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything.

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.

As a leader you should always start with where people are before you try to take them to where you want them to go.

Quotes by Jim Rohn, America’s Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International ©2011.
As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change.
For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com

@Jetblue is my friend

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I wanted to write this post a while ago but it slipped my mind.  So the story goes: I was coming back from Gartner Symposium and got to the airport (pre-checked online) to stand at the bag drop line for Jetblue. The line was long and slow. I saw a Manager (checking his phone every 30 secs, looking like he was texting) stand there looking like he does not care that the line is getting longer and only 2 people are helping at the bag drop counters.  

So I did what everyone should do, but they don’t.  I took a picture of the manager texting and sent it to @jetblue via twitter.  My message: Line is getting longer @jetblue and the manager does not care! 

The first response I got was from another person online saying that they “feel my pain.” I love that. But Jetblue got back to me in 2-3 mins saying asking me what airport I was at, I told them “MCO.”  They told me they will check whats happening and that the manager is only using his phone for work related stuff.   

Another 2-3 mins passed by more people came at the counter and the line started to move faster.  THAT’S THE POWER OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA! Jetblue wrote back to me that we asked and the manager was using his phone for work related issues and that the line is moving along well now. This was awesome. A regular passenger like me had power to make a difference! 

I have to commend and praise Jetblue on getting back to me in a timely manner, treating me like a human and not a number. Will I use Jetblue for a long time even though it might cost me a little more? You betcha!  

(I also love how they are helping out NY now after Sandy, which is why I posted their image) 

Manpreet

@mjassal