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This is How Shaq Made $400 Million from Carwashes…

Did you know 60% of professional athletes end up broke within 5 years of retiring? Not Shaq though. Far from it, his personal business investments are growing to Warren Buffet status.

You won’t believe how many businesses he currently owns…

Shaquille O’Neal is one of the savviest businessmen in the North American sporting world who has managed to amassed an incredible $400 million net worth following the end of a successful 19-year NBA career.

Including over 150 car washes across the US…

 

Here’s a Breakdown of Shaq’s Investment Portfolio:

  • Shaq owns 10% of all Five Guys (that’s 155 locations)
  • 40 – 24Hour Fitness centers
  • 9 Papa John’s
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Shaq Shoes (sold over 120 million pairs)

Side note, Shaq is also the owner of one of the most pointless website on the internet…

Pettiness aside, here’s a video where Shaq breaks down his investment strategy:

 

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How Much Does Shaq Make on Endorsements?

In addition his business portfolio, Shaq makes a killing monetizing his personal brand too.

Shaq has endorsements with VitaminWater, Pepsi, IcyHot, and Taco Bell. All combined nets him a cool $20 million a year.

But that isn’t where he makes his fortune…His real money he prints while he sleeps in the fleet of carwashes he owns. All 150 of them, where he makes a majority of his earnings.

Watch for the full story…

 

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Five Common Fears That Leaders Need to Look Out For

We are all born with two fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. Any other fear is a story you’ve created, consciously or unconsciously.

You are not born with the fear of failure, public speaking, dying, or even spiders! If you were born with those fears, why would some people not have a fear of failure, public speaking, dying, or spiders? There is more to it…

We create our fears through catastrophic thinking about certain situations and events. We are the master storyteller. If our negative narratives go untested, they become ingrained as beliefs and impact our behavior. Our fears limit us. The only way to overcome a fear is to face it, unravel the story you have created and test it to see if it’s true!

Everybody has fears, and leaders are no exception. Individually our fears can hold us back. But as a leader of others, leading from a place of fear can have a broader negative impact where your response to the events around you do not come from your best self.

Here are five common fears that leaders, in particular, need to look out for:

#1 The fear of being seen as an imposter. 

If you secretly feel you’re not good enough or intelligent enough to be in a leadership position, you are not alone! 

We are all imposters! We are all called to lead into the unknown. We don’t know what we don’t know! That is where the power of the team comes in. Leveraging the collective wisdom of your team will make you agile and adaptable to the unknown. It’s not all up to you!

Next time you experience imposter syndrome, ask yourself: when was the last time you faced this exact situation, and how did you deal with it? 

A ridiculous question, am I right? You have never been where you are at this moment! Every moment is a new moment. You feel like an imposter… but you are self-generating and innovating, and creating in real time! 

#2 The fear of being criticized. 

Facing criticism is part of the territory of leadership. You should be concerned if you never hear criticism because that means you’re probably playing too safe or your people don’t feel the emotional safety to offer criticism. Criticism is feedback; feedback is information. Learn to listen to criticism and take the important messages for your growth and improvement!

Actively seek feedback. Ask your team this powerful question: On a scale of 1 – 10, how would you rate my leadership this week? Whatever number they give you, ask what specifically you did to get that rating (this gives you clues about what they are looking for from you). And then ask the follow-up question: What would it take to make it a 10? See what is requested and decide if it’s something you will do! 

#3 The fear of being a failure.

When you become afraid to fail forward, you miss out on new learning experiences and opportunities for growth. Failing is a form of learning. Pay attention to the information, adjust the course, and frame failure as a learning opportunity. Humility opens your heart and mind for growth.

Ask yourself this powerful question: What does it cost you to act like you know? 

#4 The fear of making hard decisions. 

As a leader, you need to be able to make hard decisions without getting stuck in “paralysis of analysis.” You will never have all the information you think you need when deciding. Learn to trust your gut, include everyone in the decision that the decision will affect (the best you can), and then commit, pay attention to the feedback, and adjust as necessary.  Making a decision creates movement, new information will emerge, and you can course correct it if necessary.

Remember, not making a decision is making a decision! Avoiding tough decisions doesn’t make them go away. It can, however, make the situation worse and impact your credibility. 

#5 The fear of not getting enough done.

As we all know, hundreds of distractions and millions of diversions can slow us down. Leaders must produce results—yet so much of what leaders do is intangible. 

Our role as leaders is to unify a group of people around a shared purpose and work collectively to achieve that purpose…and all the other stuff in between!

Our success is measured by how well that group of people can unite and work collectively. Your job as a leader is not so much doing as it is being

We all have fears. As leaders, we must learn to recognize when we are operating from fear, take a breath… and question: 

  • Am I falling? 
  • Was there a loud noise? 

If not, it’s likely a story you have created. Sit in the story, question it, rewrite the narrative, and lean in!

If you are ready to address your fears, step into your potential and be triggered less of the time. Come join me in my upcoming Free Masterclass WHY DO I SOMETIMES LOSE MY SHIT… & What To Do About It, where we’ll help you unpack just that. 

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Chatting with Bestselling Author Giorgio Garofalo

Giorgio Garofalo is one of those authors whose passion and storytelling skills propelled them to great heights and popularity. Recently his book ‘Korian: Ark of the Fallen King’ hit the bestseller list becoming a breakout favorite for readers and reviewers.

‘Korian: Ark of the Fallen King’ is part of the The Korian Epic Fantasy Adventure Series, which offers readers a fascinating adventure taking place in a world that is captivating, bold and dynamic. In this book, which is the second book in the series, readers are drawn into a dystopian world loaded with mystical beings, sorcery, and combat, as well as passion, friendship, and survival.

For seven years, a remote island has served as a bucolic sanctuary, but a strange light in the southern sky summons more than curiosity. With a handful of his friends, and with help from a surprising face from the past, Korian – the Azura and bearer of the enchanted spear – returns to resume the brutal battle against the evil Aaron Hades and his army of Stragoy.

In this unique tale where a creature the size of a mall island pays it forward, a mysterious eye holds the key to buried secrets, and a heroic battle amid ancient ruins determines more than the future, the origin of the insatiable evil that pervades Endura is horrifically revealed. Follow Korian as he learns why the secret within the Ark of the Fallen King threatens the foundation of all Endurian life.

‘Korian: Ark of the Fallen King’ is a book that will have you craving more – yes it is that good., so much so we are grateful Garofalo is working on the third book of the series. Recently he took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to me about his success, the fantastic world he has created in his books, and what he is listening to while he is writing.

Your book ‘Korian: Ark of the Fallen King’ recently became a bestseller what was that like on a personal and professional level? How did you celebrate when you heard the news?

When I first became aware that Ark of the Fallen King became a bestseller, I had to exit the Amazon site and jump back in several times just to be sure. A bunch of emotions surfaced at the same time. There was an overwhelming feeling of gratitude to those who have given Korian a chance. I felt a huge sense of achievement. I remember thinking, ‘My wife and kids are going to take me serious now. They may even be happy for me.’ Just kidding. They’re elated. I’m so encouraged and blessed that my story has touched people, and I’m very excited that the book is getting some traction. On a professional level, achieving bestseller status gives an indie author a certain level of credibility. I hope to leverage this experience for greater exposure and hope to pour the many lessons learned into my next book.

To celebrate, I grabbed a cigar that I had put aside should this day ever arrive—a Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios—and paired it with my favorite scotch. There was a full moon that night, and I remember thinking that from this day forward, every time I see a full moon I’m going to think of the time I learned the news that Ark of the Fallen King had become a best seller.

Writing a series is very different than writing a stand-alone book. What made you want to write the Korian Epic Fantasy Adventure Series, and what was this process like for you?

I wanted to tell a story, not rushed and not to just churn out books, but to pour a piece of myself and my beliefs about being human into a fantasy adventure. I felt that a series is what it would take to adequately relate the themes I wanted to exploit. In the back of my mind, was George R. R. Martin’s answer to a question he was asked in an interview once of why he did not want his books converted into a movie, choosing instead to do a series. He did not feel the volume of his work could be adequately portrayed in a two-hour movie. Similarly, I did not want to rush the story. It had to unravel on its own pace. I found I had to fight the urge sometimes to rush to get to certain outcomes. I forced myself to focus on showing, not telling, and as a result, I’ve learned discipline and another level of patience I didn’t realize I had.

If you could spend some time with any of the characters in your series which one would it be and why? What would you all do on your one-day adventure?

I’d chose to spend some time with Oren, the three-foot tall, humanoid creature. I’d relish in his wisdom and in his stories. I figured he’d have a few to tell. After all, he’s lived more than two-thousand years.  I’ve always found it quite intriguing to speak with a person who is somewhat long in the years. In fact, I look for it and rather enjoy the exchange. Those moments are always fascinating and enlightening.

What would we do on our one-day adventure? I’d spend it in the valley of the Jayen—true giants of Endura—probably sitting on a ledge with Oren overlooking the goings on. I’d listen to his stories, while Korian and the gang would be brewing some magic potions under the guidance of, Zohar, the alchemist, to use as weapons. The colossal Jayen would gracefully stroll across the valley, tending to their entrapped beasts. Around us would be an awe-inspiring forest of thousands of spiraling pillars, striking monoliths, or towers of stone.

I’d ask Oren what lessons he’s learned and he’d be forthcoming. Who knows, maybe I’d include some of the things I’d learn from him in my next book.

Your books are epic reads which fascinate readers. What is it about the fantasy adventure genre that you find so intriguing?

Besides being a fan of both the horror and fantasy genres for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been intrigued by the way they give the storyteller the freedom to present themes in unconventional ways. I wrote a blog called “Writing Roots and Influencers – Why Dark Fantasy,” on my website, www.giorgiogarofalo.com where I describe my fascination with these genres in great detail. I reference two stories that I believe were integral in my journey. Interestingly, one was science fiction and the other, a little horror and science fiction combined.

The first was Mary Shelly’s, Frankenstein and the Modern Prometheus, and the second was The Streets of Askelon, by Harry Harisson, a short story released in 1962, also published under the title, Alien Agony. I used concepts from both these books in the Korian series.

When a book is so successful readers always want more. When will you be releasing a new book? Can you tell us about it?

I have started writing Book 3 and hope to be in a position to publish by summer 2023.  I’ll be introducing a new realm, a few new interesting characters, and I plan to bring back one surprising character from the past. There will be more epic battles, a few twists and I’m certain the ending will surprise you.  I’ll be sure to provide updates on my website of progress and for other exciting promotions. Stay tuned

When you are writing what kind of music are you listening to? What kind of music do you chill out to?

I like all types of music but find that I change the tune, pardon the pun, based on the mood. When chilling I really like contemporary jazz that’s a mixture of smooth, groove, well-engineered, crisp and clear sounding that’s totally cool! Most of it is instrumental. Some describe it as a sophisticated oasis of sound. My go to has, and will always be rock and roll. After all, we always seem to have a certain affinity to music we grew up to, and rock is home for me.

When writing, I throw on headphones and play music that I think will inspire the mood or setting. I often put soundtracks to movies on. They inspire more than you realize. Two of my favorites are the soundtracks to ‘The Last of the Mohicans,’ and, of course, “The Lord of the Rings.”

You can find more about Giorgio Garofalo and his work on Amazon.

 

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What Can “Customer Experience” Teach About Building Your Personal Brand?

A Riddle
I can be your most powerful ambassador
and an efficient way to attract your ideal audience,
but I am often skeletal and without heart.
I’m a touch point for your customers,
accessible 24/7 across all time zones,
but you cannot know when I will be seen.
I’m used to vet board members, job candidates and vendors.
I am both the most used – and most ignored – part of your personal brand.
What am I?

 

Ponder this riddle for a bit, and we’ll come back to it…

Successful corporate brands are using Customer Experience (CX) experts to help them understand how customers are responding to each touch point along their Customer’s Journey. To explore how the discipline of Customer Experience might apply to personal brands, I asked for input from a fellow member of the National Speakers Association, Dan Gingiss, who teaches his clients and audiences how to create remarkable experiences that become their best sales and marketing strategy.

Dan shared with me that the discipline of Customer Experience explores how customers feel about every interaction with the brand. The Customer Journey, he explained, starts well before purchase and continues beyond the lifetime of the product. With each interaction or touch point with the brand, the customer’s opinion of the brand may either be reinforced or adjusted positively or negatively.

How can we apply that to our personal brand? A key concept from Customer Experience is that everything counts – every touch point with the brand shapes our opinion of the brand.

Most of us understand that how we dress for business (yes, even when we’re just seeing people on Zoom) is part of our personal brand, as is how we appear in our online meetings. Our offices and virtual backgrounds are also part of our brand because they are part of how we appear when we attend a virtual meeting. We can plan for how we show up in these business settings.

We understand that what we say and how we act at a meeting or in an office setting is part of our brand, as is anything we have published.

But we often forget that a huge part of what others consider to be an important part of our personal brand is something we seldom pay any attention to. Yes, you’ve probably guessed that the answer to my riddle is your LinkedIn profile.

In my one-on-work consultation with senior leaders, it’s not uncommon to hear comments from clients like:

“Well, if I had known that they were going to be looking at my profile, I would have polished it up.”

“Oh, I set it up X years ago and haven’t looked at it since.”

“Why is that skill is in my profile? I’ve never used that skill!”

“Our company just bid on our biggest project ever and noticed that each of our leaders’ LinkedIn profiles were visited by the other company. We were all embarrassed that our profiles are out of date.”

Why are we surprised that people making judgments about us by looking at our LinkedIn profile? It is a touch point that is accessible 24/7 and ranks highly when our name is searched on Google. People assume it is up to date and a fair representation of who we are. And yet, very often, it is neither.

Here’s a challenge:
Today, read through your LinkedIn profile from top to bottom as though you are learning about a stranger, and ponder these questions:
1. What did you learn about this person?
2. How does their profile make you feel about them?
3. From your reading, can you determine their purpose, business passion and principles?
4. Does this person seem like someone with whom you’d like to do business?

If the feeling you had about this stranger was not strongly positive, it’s time for a serious overhaul of your brand online. If you are a C-suite executive or senior leader who would like to improve your online personal brand, LinkedIn profile, and presence, I can make it easy for you. Based on my knowledge of how LinkedIn works and how people respond to what they see there, I can ensure everything is ready and your profile conveys exactly the message and impression you’re aiming for. Let me help you attract the talent you want to hire, increase your visibility and influence, and steer your career. Contact me through my website: www.carolkaemmerer.com or profile: www.linkedin.com/in/carolkaemmerer.

To your success!

About Carol Kaemmerer: Named one of six top branding experts in 2022 by The American Reporter, I’ve helped countless C-level clients over the past ten years to use LinkedIn to frame conversations, impress customers, and introduce themselves before their first conversation takes place.

Contact me through my website https://carolkaemmerer.com for:
• Executive one-on-one assistance with your online brand
• Professional speaking engagements on personal brand and LinkedIn
• An autographed copy of my book, LinkedIn for the Savvy Executive-2ndEdition
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