Business Consultant and High Performance Coach Mikkel Pitzner

If You Always Do …

If You Always Do What You’ve Always Done

You’ll Always Get What You’ve Always Gotten

If you are less than satisfied with your results that you have been achieving lately – say last year or even the last few years, then it’s time to review what it is that you are actually doing.

This goes for your personal results as well as for the results obtained in your business if that be the case.

Even if what we are doing used to be a good avenue for building our businesses, then invariably we find some day that it no longer seems to provide us with the growth we used to see – and ultimately we may find that our results are less than stellar if in fact not downright dissatisfying.

The world keeps evolving, but sometimes we individually or our businesses do not really keep up and evolve too and some day we realize that our personal results or our businesses are going nowhere or perhaps even have been dwindling over a period of time.

When finding yourself in such a position, it’s high time to look at what it is you are doing. If you find that you are doing what you have always been doing, then that may very well be the reason for your troubles. You simply have not evolved while those around you have or if nothing else your customers may have.

In my capacity of professional Board of Directors Member and in the role of High Performance Coach as well as in my role as a Business Consultant I often see this problem scenario in people’s personal results or in their businesses and I see it with myself and sometimes in own businesses.

Yet, it’s remarkable when I point this out, just how resistant people are to adopt any changes and it’s remarkable the length they will often go to with the excuses they will make up for avoiding implementing any changes whatsoever. Yes, human beings are not often very thrilled about making changes of any sort. We may say we wish for changes in our lives and our results and yet, we are so very resistant to actually commence doing something new or to go in a different direction – personally as well as professionally.

Business Consultant and High Performance Coach Mikkel Pitzner

But as the quote goes

 

If You Always Do What You’ve Always Done

You’ll Always Get What You’ve Always Gotten

 

How do you expect to achieve better results if you just keep doing the same thing?

We all heard the quote attributed to Albert Einstein that says:

 

The definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result

-Albert Einstein

 

Usually, I find that people and business owners will say to me something along the lines that “we’ll just do more of we have done” and then they hope that they will see more results.

It’s akin the people who, when constantly finding themselves with more month at the end of the money, finally come to the conclusion that they need to find a solution and then come up with something “hey, I’ll take a second job” or “I’ll work some extra hours”.

What is wrong with this picture is, that they do not stop up and review their value proposition. What value do they as an individual bring to the table? What value do they as a business bring to the market space?

Now, in contrast, I have had numerous experiences of successful outcomes and changing of trajectories of results when one has stopped up and reviewed how one could do things differently. Sometimes all it takes is small changes and other times you may find that you need to make some radical changes.

For changes in results for your personal achievements, it very often comes down to making some sincere adjustments in your daily routines and habits. It might also be changing things up completely, perhaps even opting for a complete change of direction.

If you have ever done any physical training of sorts, you may well have experienced reaching some plateau at which point it seems your results are stagnant despite how much more training you add on top of what you have been doing. Changing your routines by dropping some of the training you have been doing for some sort of exercise of completely other character and you may soon see renewed improvements come about.

When you have seen lack luster results in your personal income, you may find new opportunities and improved income by completely changing your chosen career.

For a business, sometimes the changes can come about just by restructuring your offerings, pricing, terms and conditions or a combination of same. Other times you may need to go forth with even more drastic resolve.

Is it scary? Yes!

Usually it is scary and often it is extremely scary.

Is it worth it?

Yes!

If you just continue what you have been doing and you haven’t been happy about the results, then you probably aren’t going to be happy with the results going forth. But change it up and you should soon see different results.

Will you see improved results always?

No!

There are no guarantees. You could choose a route that turns out to have catastrophic effects on your results – personally or in your business.

Is it easy?

No! Often it isn’t.

Look, if there were guarantees and if it was easy, you wouldn’t need to be scared and you would just do it – and everybody would be a millionaire.

Personally, I have found myself in this situation more than once – both personally and in business.

In my very first business that I bought, I was looking at our offering to the market. It was my limousine service business, but it could have been a business of any other industry. I wanted to implement some rather drastic changes in our rates along with several other things.

Coming (almost) from outside, I inquired with the highly experienced staff members what they thought of my ideas and was met with huge resistance: “Oh, no, if I did that, I was sure to see all clients flee and lose everything on the floor”.

There were other changes I wanted to see happen, and invariably I found myself met with shot down ideas and negative reception almost no matter what the idea was about.

Ultimately, I got rather tired of the scenario and went ahead with all my ideas and revamped the entire offering. If memory serves me right my smallest price adjustment was about 30% or so in upward direction.

The result?

After my first 14 months, my profit line had improved to the tune of a 32 fold of the result of year leading up to my take over of the business. I don’t really think I lost any clients that I can remember at said point and I believe we even managed to strengthen a lot of our relationships and our positioning in the market.

Most of the staff members incidentally were changed out during that period too.

It was very scary, but it was so worth it.

At another point, our results had stagnated and we seemed to go nowhere and met challenges left and right with our own deliverables and service levels. When it got to a point that seemed it had gotten far enough, I took a very drastic course of action and changed out the entire operational organization with new people.

This was excessively scary, but within the same year our results shot up again.

I wouldn’t normally recommend anything this drastic, but I actually had to do this once more in the time I owned the company. It was frightfully scary both times, but it was so worth it both times and I have always been happy that I did this.

Today, I might take a less dramatic avenue. I’m a little older now and would possibly proceed with more caution and mechanisms of push and pull and so on. But there’s no denying the remarkable changes in results and value of what we delivered when I did this.

But the point is that you might actually get very far in the direction you want to go, if you are willing to take the risk, get out of the comfort zone and try something new. For you as a person, it may be to uproot your path entirely and take a different road. For a business, you may realize, that you may be able make relatively massive adjustments without losing your business on the floor, perhaps even find you ended up strengthening your relations with your clients and come out with hugely improved results

So in conclusion, if you are in a place where you are not too satisfied with your results – personally or businesswise, then consider changing things up – perhaps even a lot.

What daily routines do you need to change? What routines do you need to throw out? What new action steps do you need to incorporate on a consistent and continuous basis?

What new way do you need to take?

Is it scary?

Yes.

But it may very well be worth it!

Would love to hear about your similar experiences or about your current challenges. Comment or shoot me a private message. Let’s keep the conversation going. Thanks for participating, I very much appreciate it.

 

 Business Consultant and High Performance Coach Mikkel Pitzner

 

Mikkel Pitzner is a serial entrepreneur with vast experience of running a multitude of businesses spanning a wide variety unrelated of industries, States, Countries and even Continents. He is a professional Board of Directors Member and serves on several board in privately held companies as well as in publicly traded companies. As a High Performance Coach and as a Business Consultant, he helps respectively people and professionals and businesses vastly improve their results.

A new day that hold new opportunities

A New Day – A New Opportunity

A new day is dawning as I write this and that means a new day is offering yet a further opportunity to bring me closer to my goals and my visions.

Today is Wednesday, but it could practically be any day and the day would hold the excitement potential that this one does.

Many people wake up on a Monday morning and get a little grumpy for it means they need to show up at work again at a job that may interest them little – in which they in fact may be building someone else’s dream and not their own. Many people get so depressed about this, that in fact they may even start to ruin the pleasure and atmosphere of a day off on their Sundays, by the mere fact that “tomorrow they have to go back to work”.

I know about this – for I used to be in that situation myself. Long ago, I was working at a job that entailed a bit too much stress than I appreciated and at a job that robbed me too much of my enthusiasm for a job.

When you are working on your own vision and on your own dreams, then you don’t really have this kind of problem. When you are focused on something you find worthwhile and are putting in some serious efforts into making your dreams come true, you welcome each day that comes and that gives you the opportunity to move you one step closer.

Too many people get wound up in petty drama situations or drama discussions – on the home front or at work. They spend enormous amounts of time and energy on gossiping and following the latest story on what the neighbor did or didn’t do. The extreme version of these characters sit in front of the television keeping up to date with the latest Jerry Springer show and a bunch of other low content entertainment with day long talk show marathons.

These are the same people who tend to have a lot of dramas in their lives. They seem to attract it. Whether real drama shows up at their door step or not, they will certainly end up creating it out of the blue. Why? Cause they have no focus on something worthwhile. It’s like the brain needs to create a stimuli to ensure life is interesting. Unfortunately, a very unproductive kind of stimuli – if in fact not highly destructive.

The great thing – other than the fact that you may be spending your time, effort and work on something that is actually valuable – is that you just don’t really occupy your thoughts with all these petty dramas. You simply have no room for it in your life and you don’t have time for it.

Also because you are so engaged in bringing your dreams into fruition you are also so entertained, charged and motivated – time just whizz by.

When there’s too much drama somewhere in your life, be it at work or perhaps on the home front, it’s probably because you don’t have a dream you are actually working towards – or if on the home front, I’m afraid to say this, because your spouse doesn’t have a dream he or she is working towards.

The remedy seems clear though. Find out what really motivates you. What gets you going? What would you like in your life and for your life? What would you like see improved in the world?

Find that goal and start working towards it. Really work towards it. Soon enough and sure enough you will find you have a different sense of fulfillment in your life and soon enough you will be more excited, more energized and yes, soon enough you too, don’t really wish to spend too much energy on the latest gossip or creating dramas where there really aren’t any.

I don’t blame people who are working in less than interesting jobs to lose motivation. My favorite mentor used to say:

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

– Jim Rohn

Yes, a lot of “ordinary” jobs do not hold much of spark or promise of a better future. In addition, I don’t believe it is for everybody to become an entrepreneur and to pursue his or her own dreams that way. But I believe it is within the power of every individual to make a better life and a better world for themselves – somehow – some way. Even if it seems impossible.

So even for those who may seem stuck in dead boring jobs, I would venture to say, that when focused on worthwhile goals – perhaps somewhere else in your life, perhaps outside the work situation – you too, can make a worthwhile life and don’t have to have the repetitive never ending dramas. You too can be looking forward to every new day and know that, it’s going to be a good day, cause that’s how you create it.

You create your life, so why not make it a good one?

A new day that hold new opportunities

Ready For Take Off

I have truthfully been unsatisfied with my own results for quite some time. It’s time that this changes. It has been time for too long, but honestly, I wasn’t doing much about it.

Well, that’s about to change. This is one of those things that is great, when you have finally gotten enough – and I have finally gotten enough. I need to change this and that means I need to change.

Here’s what Jim Rohn said:

I used to say, “I sure hope things will change.” Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change.

So as I said, I’m very willing to make the necessary changes and have already taken several steps to get it going. Sometimes the only way to really get going, is – to really get going.

For me that means that every day, I’m taking massive action steps to bring me one step forward. Forwards towards that new goal line that I have set up for myself. To keep me motivated, I revisit continuously (and certainly every morning as the day begins) what that goal line is. To keep on track, I revisit every day the time frame that I have set up for myself for reaching the goal line. It’s no good falling behind too much, for catching up can already be hard when you have set an ambitious goal to begin with. And your goal should be ambitious.

My father always said:

“The day that is spent never returns”

– Axel Pitzner

In other words, you need to ensure that you spend every day wisely and not miss your opportunity to progress and move forward. Make the most of every day you have.

I’m ready for take off. I’m ready and willing to make the changes and accept the sacrifices that they entail. I’m also ready to reap the rewards.

Ready for Take Off at Mikkel Pitzner -passenger jet plane flying over airport runway against beautiful dusky sky use for aircraft transport and cargo logistic and traveling business industry

Yes, I need to change and though making changes is not easy for us in general, I’m so committed to it now that I actually find great excitement in it.

“For Things To Change – You Have To Change

For Things To Improve – You Have To Improve”

-Jim Rohn

The great thing is that I have amble experience in a wide variety of endeavors and I have previously had some very satisfactory results, so I know what it takes. Among other things, it takes a lot of work. I find that I’m actually looking forward to doing this work. No, not all of it is so much fun, but a lot of it can actually be, when you are focused on where it is you wish to go.

I’m privileged too, for I have several endeavors that I’m currently pursuing and they are incredibly cool and hold very big promises of what can be. I invite you to come along for the ride. Your company will be appreciated and I look forward to journeying with you.

To come along on the journey I suggest that you sign up for the future updates. No, I hate spam as much as anybody and I will not be sending you a ton of junk. I will only be sending you what I believe can add value to you, your endeavors and your life – and should I tire you after all, then you can always unsubscribe with an easy and simple click of the mouse. Also your email will rest safe with me as I will never share or sell off that information.

You might also consider following my page on Facebook and please by all means feel free to comment here below or on the Facebook page. I would love to learn what you are working on and where it is taking you. So please come join the fun.

Let me know what you are working on.

Let me know what your goals are.

I’m ready for take off. Are you?

Journey Down The Rabbit Hole

 

I’m excited as I have been working on something that I believe is really cool.

I call it The Rabbit Hole.

And I invite you to journey with me down The Rabbit Hole.

Where will it take us?

Who knows?

It’s actually very much up to you.

But The Rabbit Hole is  the entrance into vast set of opportunities and possibilities alive inside this website.

You see, my experience in so many things is vast. My personal engagement in so many businesses, spanning many non-related industries, countries and States on many different levels is huge and growing. From all of this I have picked up and continue to pick up so many things. Insights, new knowledge, new experiences from successes as well as from failures, new resources and many valuable connections and contacts.

You are invited to come along.

And you will be choosing where we will be going.

It’s a journey like none other.

At least I have never seen anything offered quite like this.

My promise to you is that I will endeavor to bring you huge amounts of value and not be wasting your time.

But it’ll require your personal attention and participation.

For unless I receive your feedback and you tell me of your choices, then I will have a hard time helping you on the way further down the Rabbit Hole.

In other words if you are a tire kicker or a whiner, then please do not apply and please do not venture forth. You’ll just be wasting not just your own time, but also mine, and quite frankly, I can waste that all by myself and don’t need your help for that.

But if you are someone who wants more. More life, more zest, more results (in any area). If you are an action taker and an implementer, then let’s go. Let’s dare take the next step and let’s see together where this will take us.

But hurry.

Time’s Ticking.

Let’s go.

Ready?

Well, then click the image below and whisk yourself onward one step closer to the entrance of The Rabbit Hole.

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Don't Count The Cost

Don’t Count The Cost…

Here’s yet another motivational video for you. Directed at students, but the message has something for all of us:

 

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Can A Butterfly Sing

Came across this video this morning and just found that it had a nice feel to it and of course liked the reference about sticking with your dreams regardless of how impossible the might seem. Enjoy.

 

 

Dream

Start-Ups Are For Crazy People

Start-Ups Are For Crazy People

In an article featured in Inc. magazine recently, Reddit co-founder and start-up enthusiast Alexis Ohanian was asked the question: Are you done founding companies?

and gave the following answer:

“I can’t say never, but I have no interest in doing another start-up. There are things I would have done differently, but overall, I’m really satisfied. It’s also a lifestyle decision. I dont work much less than I did as a start-up founder, but I’ve got less mental anguish. Start-ups are for crazy people. I should know; I was one.”

The title of the article was: “Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Startups?

In the article Ohanian argues that anyone can be an entrepreneur. But does that mean everyone should be one?

 

Well, seeing that I’m currently in the midst of starting up 9 new businesses, it got me thinking: Am I totally Crazy Then?

The good thing at least is that I have gone through start-up businesses before. I have founded several and I have co-founded a few. Not all of them have been successful, but unfortunately even that is to be expected. You have probably heard and read numerous times over that most new businesses actually fail. I believe the most quoted number is about 85% of new businesses than don’t make it through the first 5 years (or was it just through the first year alone?).

I can probably relate to Ohanian’s comment about anguish. Start-ups can be quite a nerve-wrecking thing to go through, but usually also very exciting (in good as well as bad ways).

You do your due diligence. You make your projections. You look at budgets and market opportunities. And you weigh in and out all sorts of scenarios and questions. Regardless, you will probably not have thought of absolutely everything or every contingency. You will more than likely be thrown a curve ball or two.

But then again, this is partly was makes it interesting too.

If it was easy, everyone would do it.

And if everyone would do it, it wouldn’t be that interesting or indeed special when you hopefully turn out to be one of the successful few.

Should everybody be an entrepreneur?

No. Not at all, I would say. It’s definitely not for all.

Yet, at the same time, I’m personally so hooked on it, that I often cannot grasp why everybody wouldn’t want to be one.

But we are all different and thank goodness for that. Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same.

Along the same lines as these thoughts, I also happened to come across a video that I thought was very relevant. I’m pleased to present to you said video here:

 

 

Lots To Come – Exciting Times Indeed

I’m super excited these days as I’m in the midst of launching not just one new enterprise, but several. In fact last count had about 9 new enterprises that are in the process of launching or being commenced.

Yes, that’s a lot to chew on in one go, but that’s how I like it. It’s not what I recommend to other entrepreneurs, to whom I suggest they concentrate one one specific thing that they truly believe in and preferably one in which they posses special skills, advantages or other aspect that will aid them with better chances of success.

Naturally, I wouldn’t be able to do this many had it not been due to utilization of systems and not least other people and partners. So I’m thankful for the good partners that I have that put in some serious efforts and days’ work. I’m also thankful that we live in times that affords us so many technological advances that makes so much more possible for us and breaks down the boundaries and indeed physical borders.

I right now have enterprises going on in 5 different countries, spanning 2 continents. My plans involves oh so many more countries and actually entail hopes for several of the enterprises to go worldwide.

It’s not necessarily going to be easy and yes, I’m nervous for all the risks that I’m accepting. But that being said, I’m truly excited and feel more alive than the past few years in which I took the attitude of preservation and treading carefully.

This was a limited mindset and not the way I am and certainly not the way I thrive. It also is the sure way to NOT bring about any great results or progress.

But it was a mindset that came about after having lost so incredibly much in such an incredibly short time in the fall of 2008 when the world experienced a worldwide systemic crisis. I know I was not alone in losing big and I know many suffered. I would venture to say that probably most suffered. I sympathize with all and I can relate to a lot of the suffering – even if indeed I never had to lose my house or fancy cars etc. (on paper, I lost more than I was worth). It was tough to go through and the true friends revealed themselves (and they were few) and the true personalities of so-called friends, business partners and yes, even family members showed up in droves.

But it ain’t over till the fat lady sings, and I’m back. With more fervor and strength and more powerfulness and ambition. So watch this space. There will be much to follow and I would love to have you come with me on the journey. It’s gonna be a great ride and hopefully will not go down, but only up, up and up.

 

New Entities and new identities. Each new venture is its own and most of the enterprises that I’m in the midst of starting up have not relation to each other and have no activities that relate to each other either.

I will – I apologize – be somewhat secretive about the specific activities or identities as of yet and until a more public “launch” can be announced. But just to get you going, here’s the first logo of one of the entities that I’m most excited about:

 

 

 Loobject 500

 

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Brilliance All Around Me

 

A mentor of mine once got the impression during a Mastermind session that I was fascinated by famous people. But I had to correct him there, as it is not the fact that they might be famous in certain cases, but rather that they portrayed brilliance in their specific areas.

And it is brilliance that I’m particularly fascinated by. And yes, I wish to be closer to this brilliance that some of these people have and thus like to be closer to people portraying the brilliance. One never knows, it might just rub off on you. In fact I do believe that we are all easily a product of the people we are close to and the people we hang out with. This is a subject for another discussion that I will take up in future, but it’s not really pertaining to what I wanted to talk about this time round.

No, for this discussion I wanted to touch on brilliance and in fact I think this will be just the start of a string of posts to come or shall we say the birth of a new category here on my ego website blog, which I will be naming – you’ ve got it:

Brilliance.

But before we leave the subject of famous people, let me just note that without knowing a lot of them personally (in other words, I could just be making a judgement here which bears little merit or draw conclusion without offering fair discrepancy to specific individuals), that I believe there are many famous people who hold little, if any, brilliance, just as there are many people who are a far cry from being famous who are very brilliant. There are though also some, who has great brilliance without necessarily receiving the judgement by most peers of being brilliant. So as with most other things, there are variances of truths – or at least of perceptions.

Don’t quite get what the hell I’m saying here?

Well, let me explain just a tiny bit further with an example.

Take Kim Kardashian for example. She’s is super famous, right? At least she is super famous in the States (as in the United States) and as it would appear also in places such as Dubai and thus probably also some of the similar neighboring countries. For some of my Northern European friends (apparently, they don’t get Keeping Up With The Kardashians show over there), let me inform you that she is a reality show star, a business woman and has some attractions (looks). Now, while she is super famous, she is probably not the type of person who has given the majority of people an impression of being super brilliant and super smart. In fact, earlier this year in the Success magazine, they brought an article about her only to be hammered by loads of negative remarks on how Success magazine could lower themselves to such standards as bringing an article on her in their coveted magazine that usually portrays people very well know for true brilliance (examples such as: Jim Rohn, Peter Diamandis, John C. Maxwell, Richard Branson and the like).

But what some of these readers probably failed to see, was the fact that although she is probably no rocket scientist, she certainly has some very spectacular abilities for building awareness and brand. In fact it has been stated that her personal brand along with her business endeavors could be valued upward a billion dollars – billion with a B. And not to be focused on the money, but rather on the value, which in this case is measured in dollars. If you can build up your brand to a billion dollar mark then you do show some brilliance.

So OK, personally, I’m probably more focused that she has looks, more than appearance of a bright mind, but I admire the brilliance that is showing up in the results she has created. And indeed, if she didn’t do it, but is just surrounded by a team of brilliant people that made it happen, well, then she shows brilliance for aligning herself with such people. So either way, there is brilliance here.

 

But alas, this post was not and is not about her. But it is my commencement into mentioning people of brilliance and the brilliance that we can sometimes take joy in ourselves – even from afar.

So to start up the series (the posts of which will be coming as I get around to it or as I’m inspired to do so), why not let me start it up by something that truly lights up. Literally lights up.

I’m a very fortunately man. I have already lived through much, seen much and experienced much. I have the best little personal family, wife and so far two children (the very best!), and a few very highly valued friends. I’ve got great company relations and work with many extraordinary people some of which have demonstrated time and time again real brilliance. Through my huge and ever fast growing network and relations via my projects, business activities as well as extra curricular activities, the companies that I work with or am involved with and their projects I’m connected with, engaged with or aligned with brilliance and brilliant people and brilliant projects. In fact I see brilliance all around me. And I love it and I treasure it and I must admit, continuously crave for more of it.

If you are familiar with my ego website, you probably already have seen some of the people or learned about some of the names of whom I’m talking and yet, I have only mentioned a tiny fraction of them so far. You might have already noticed some names that you know of already, such as Brian Tracy, Jack Canfield, Dan Kennedy, Robert G. Allen, Brendon Burchard, but there so many more people that deserve mentioning in this regard and I am intend on doing so over time. A lot of them are by no means household names nor famous in any way. But it makes their brilliance no less phenomenal. If I fail to mention some, it is hopefully not because I have failed to recognized their brilliance, but rather that time prevented me, or distractions such as other shiny objects stole my attention away elsewhere or that I simply haven’t gotten there yet.

But like I said. I’m fortunate and although I didn’t always think that of myself, I have always been fortunate. Some of the brilliant people that I have met go back to early or later school years, which actually also means that I have not had much contact with many of these since. Oh, and don’t get me wrong – and I’m judging here once again, I know – it’s not that I believe everybody to be brilliant. But recollecting over my encounters I have been surrounded time and time again by brilliance and brilliant people. And my school, Herlufsholm, of my earlier years (when I was 10 thorough to 18 years of age) actually had a lot as pupils.

So the first story that lights up this category, is one of my fellow school mates. From way back in the ninth grade in the Danish school system, which I have no clue what would be called here in the US where I now live, but which is just before High School, I guess (in Denmark, just before Gymnasium).

What brings recollection to this person to me at this point is opening up the latest magazine from American Express, the magazine named Departures, and inside see a one page image and small mentioning under the headline NEW THINK and LIGHT OF THE WORLD. It’s a mentioning of a little product called Little Sun. The guys behind the product is my old ninth grade fellow school kid, engineer Frederik Ottesen, who with Danish-Islandic Olafur Eliasson, have designed a little plastic flowery shaped rechargeable lamp, that is good for 1,000 charges and can help light up in homes or where ever you are (small enough to bring with you). Little Sun uses the natural energy of sunlight where energy is unavailable or unreliable, not affordable or not sustainable and thus a lot of the company of Little Sun’s efforts are taking this little lamp to people in dire need of it in third world countries while also aiding in greening the world with more eco-friendly solutions.

Here is what the article said:

NEW THINK

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

A solar-powered lamp puts art in the hands of everyone. Plus, the new tech finds that make life better

Like all well-designed items, this clever LED light by Frederik Ottesen and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliason is deceptively simple. Little Sun may appear to be just a bright desk object, but it’s actually a powerhouse: Good for 1,000 charges, it provides five hours of light. Not only functional, the tiny lamp also aims to replace eco-friendly kerosene lamps in developing countries like Kenya and Ethiopia, where it will be sold at a reduced price. It’s the kind of beautifully conceived piece that most any aesthete would covet, with the added bonus of doing some good for the world. $25; littlesun.com – Steven Leckart

(also in the article: Little Sun. The plastic frame’s flowery, hollow shape improves airflow, provides shade and increases surface area to help cool the lamp’s batteries while charging in direct sunlight).

 

I’m not much in contact with Frederick, except for the updates that come by my eyes on occasion on Facebook (which I find being a great tool for keeping a little bit in the know of what people you know or once knew are up to, how many kids they now have, what interests them etc.). But I do recall back in the day, that when Frederick wasn’t just obnoxious or irritating, then he definitely showed signs of a great mind and always had lots of fun ideas. Cheeky smile and very charming also – I knew that he had something. And now I see that he not only still has great and grand ideas, but also shows savvy with bringing them to fruition and spreading the awareness of it.

Frederick’s concept of his Little Sun seems to encompass ideas that are bigger than himself, which may just be the ticket to really big results in near future.

I commend that and I have much respect for it.

Frederick Ottesen thus gets the honor of starting off the series of Brilliance – and he will be in great company.

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Is Richard Branson Reading My Blog?

 

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Is Richard Branson reading my blog and did he just quote me?

OK, so I don’t actually believe that Sir Richard Branson has found his way to my blog yet, but I couldn’t help but enjoying reading this little line that said:

“Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You then have to catch up with them”.

The quote from Sir Richard Branson was highlighted in an article brought in the November 2012 issue of Inc. and it almost sounds like he is quoting me.

The quote from Sir Richard Branson came from his response to the question: Have you ever encountered a challenge you dismissed as simply too daunting?

His full answer as brought in the Inc Magazine article was:

Inc Magazine Richard Branson Mikkel Pitzner“My first book was called Losing My Virginity. I nearly called it Talking Ahead of Yourself. Because I sometimes think in life you’ve got to dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You then have to catch up with them. You can make what people believe is impossible possible if you set big enough targets. Flying from New York to Australia in, say, two hours. Can we do it in our lifetimes? I’m determined to try. If you don’t dream, nothing happens. And we like to dream big.”

 

Inc Magazine Richard Branson Mikkel Pitzner

If you read my blog post from July 20th, 2012 which “I titled Set Yourself A (Seemingly) Impossible Goal” along with my article Set Yourself An Impossible Goal you should know what I mean.

In the blog post and in the article I wrote the following:

Set yourself a seemingly impossible goal and you will find yourself in a position where you need to stretch yourself and dig deeper into yourself mentally, physically, creatively and find those hidden extra resources and capacities that you perhaps didn’t even know you possessed, and you just might come out and surprise yourself and those around you. What’s more is, that you will have moved your set point and your compass for what you now know is possible for you to do and for you to accomplish. You have grown and developed. You are now stronger and more resourceful, and you have more power readily available to you.

You have grown into a person who can.

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Blogpost on www.mikkelpitzner.com from July 20, 2012

 

Anyway, I found the similarity of my writing and Richard Branson’s quote to be very clear and it made me smile and made me think the guy had found his way to my blog. Well, Sir Richard, I’m very pleased to have you here and to be a source of inspiration to you, hehe

Alright. It’s probably just a coincidence, but then again you never know. He might just have come by my writings. More importantly, if Sir Richard Branson also says that we should set bigger challenges for ourselves, bigger goals, then perhaps we should ponder that. Perhaps we should adjust our thinking a bit. Imagine what we could achieve. Imagine where we could take ourselves.

So my questions to you are:

Are you setting big enough goals?

Are you setting impossible goals?

Are you setting at least seemingly impossible goals?

If not, why not?

If not yet. When?

What are you waiting for?

 

Let me know your thoughts about setting impossible goals? What do you think? Is it just silly to do? Should we just stick to the SMART goals? Should we just stick to the realistic goals?

 

(PS. Sign up for my Newsletter to stay informed about when my Setting Goals Program will be launched)

 

 

 

 

 

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I will not die an unlived life


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Mikkel Pitzner and The Blue Ocean





I came across a poem today that really spoke to me because it reminded me of something that I have recently promised myself to do going forward. The promise to myself was to be more courageous!

Too many things are not done out of fear. Out of fear of what will happen if I don’t succeed. Out of fear of, What will they say? Etc.

We often live lives unaccomplished to even a minute amount of what I believe we are all capable of – quite simply because we don’t dare.

So that’s why I made myself the promise that I MUST step out of that comfort zone, risk more, stick my nose out and just roll with the punches, but probably even more likely actually get to enjoy the fruits of the journey and of what I will become. For things to change towards what I wish them to change to – I have to change.

Anyway, here is the nice poem that I read. I’m sure you will enjoy it too.




I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

Fully Alive – Dawna Markova




How Bad Do You Want It On Mikkel Pitzner

Motivational Mania # 12 – How Bad Do You Want It?

How Bad Do You Want It?

How badly do you want success?

 

When You Want To Succeed As Bad As You Want To Breathe, Then You’ll Be Successful

 

 

Or see the full version from Eric Thomas “The Hip Hop Preacher”:

 

 

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Motivational Mania #10

My Motivational Mania series continues with this little video of a great athlete named Derek Redmond who was favored to win a medal in the 400 meter Sprint discipline in the 1992 Olympic games.

But something happened.

 

The video has a powerful message that says:

 

When You Don’t Give Up.

You Cannot Fail

 

So don’t ever give up!

Enjoy.

 

 

 

Motivation Mania #5

If at first you don’t succeed,…

 

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Air and 100s of other companies, shares some thoughts on how to stay strong when things seem tough and how to learn from failures