Flying Solo and The Kwan for a Wingman

Jerry Maguire, played by Tom Cruise, was a lustrous and  glossy sports agent with 72 clients to brag and 264 calls a day to make. But all of a sudden, a breakthrough emerged  as he reprimanded himself by not finding the simple pleasures in job.

The revelation led to a revolutionary mission statement. The  bottom line: Fewer Clients; More Attention; Less Money. The key to the business is personal  relationship.

His mission statement, albeit the accolades and ennobling  objective, got him fired.

So where  does the Flying Solo and Kwan come into the picture?

Jerry had no choice but to leave the Goliath company — armed  only with his inspiring vision under his wings to make a difference.

Rod Tidwell was the only client who stayed with Jerry.

On a Monday Night Football Game, Jerry jabbed into Rod’s  brain and heart the KWAN. The very own word coined by Rod which means love,  respect, community… and the dollars too. Rod clamored for the KWAN and entrenched  this word to Jerry before he swore his loyalty to him.

From what looked like a somersault in the air, Rod managed a  touchdown. The audience was held captive in anticipation, agony and vertiginous  falling sensation when Rod remained unconscious after hitting the ground.

Recovery ensued as he slowly opened his eyes, and then slowly  moved up to dance to the cheering crowd.

The Personal  Relationship

The most touchy-feely and pivotal scene in Jerry Maguire’s  movie was when Cuba Gooding and Tom Cruise hugged each other exalting without a  doubt of obscurity the depth of their client-agent relationship.

Another football player who witnessed the sincere and  emotion-drenched embrace between Cuba and Tom asked his agent, “How come we  don’t have that kind of relationship?” Then the athlete left his surprised agent  behind.

The Solo  Flight is not for Everyone

I am not here to profess that flying solo is just a simple  and graceful swan-like spreading of the wings. What works for me does not mean  it will work for the other agents. I  detest bureaucracy. I don’t like  manager looking over my shoulder and asking me, “What have you done for me  lately.” I believe I can do better without a person telling me what to do and  what not to.

I cut the Gordian Knot despite the lack of arsenal that other  huge companies are equipped with. I  have the support of a cyber-based community among others. Thanks to Active  Rain.

Here is my  Question to you

Would Fewer Clients, More Attention and Less Money work for  you? Money is a very strong  enticement. Can you achieve More  Clients, Unwavering Attention and More Money at the same time?

For the highly successful and most productive agent, this  could be achievable. But my question  is, “Did you ever feel that you have compromised personal touch or relationship  as you increase your business?”

Hiring competent assistant is the obvious solution. However, be honest and sincere. How do you  maintain personal relationship as you expand your piece of the pie?

I love  my solo flight as long as my wingman stays with me.

Shine Bright like a Diamond in the  Sky

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How Animals can Teach Humans Lessons in Life

Dog owners know exactly what their babies shower them unconditionally: Loyalty, companionship, love, and therapy.

Statistics and studies proved that there are health benefits  than can be derived from owning dogs or other pets such as cats, fish, birds, etc.

Aside from the health benefits they provide, we, the dominant species, can learn lessons in life from animal behavior. Motivation, learning, cognition and emotion shape an animal’s behavioral decisions.

Yes, animals function and interact with their brains and emotions too. And the most neurological common ground between humans and animals is the survival instinct.  According to NYU scientist Joseph Ledoux, “The survival circuit concept integrates ideas about emotion, motivation, reinforcement, and arousal in the effort to understand how organisms survive and thrive by detecting and responding to challenges and opportunities in daily life.”

How animals respond to challenges in life will fascinate you as you read the following story.

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL :

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.