PIECES OF ADVICE FOR RECENT COLLEGE GRADS, PART II

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LNE Consulting is here to offer a few more constructive steps towards success during post-grad life. Don’t be immersed in unnecessary stress. Breathe, we are here to help!

(If you missed Part I you can read it here!)

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Clean up your act! (Or at least just your social media)



Unless you’re applying for a social media based position, delete your social media accounts. Certain companies will find a way past your security settings. Leverage your network of friends and contacts, advisors, professors, parents, anyone who can get you a foot in the door. Just because you may have a mature presence in the social media world, does not mean your old high school friends that you haven’t talked to since PE Freshman year of high school do.

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Be yourself

“All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called YOU.”

– Tom Peters in Fast Company

While it is important to know what a company is looking for in a candidate, it is also important to bring your distinctive qualities to the table. We look for unique individuals at LNE Consulting. Many companies aren’t just looking at your education and skill set, but are also looking largely at your personality. Are you friendly? Upbeat? Positive? And most importantly, are you genuine? Don’t put on a front of anyone you’re not. If your most authentic self isn’t able to land you the gig, then it isn’t the gig for you. There is no sense in wasting both the employer’s time and your time pretending to be fit for a job that you you are not.

Work Hard

Dreams don’t work unless you do. Remember, embarking on this journey is new. Despite your degree, you don’t know as much as you think you do; don’t be above anything. Work hard. Ask questions. Work hard. Don’t expect it to be easy. Work hard. Don’t look for excuses.

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Always put your best foot forward, maintain a positive work ethic and be open to all the possibilities this new adventure will bring. At LNE Consulting, we understand how plunging into new experiences like post-grad life can be a scary process, but as one chapter ends, another begins, and with it comes excitement and opportunities.

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Pieces Of Advice For Recent College Grads, Part I (YOU WILL BE OK)

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Here at LNE Consulting, we know the struggle that comes with those post-grad blues. With graduation right around the corner, utilizing your degree and finding a job is imperative. Here are some helpful tips for landing a gig.

GET OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE 

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It’s important to push the boundaries of your comfort zone, and when you do, it’s a big deal. Did you know that Tauheed Epps – excuse me, Two Chainz – played basketball at Alabama State?! Epps was adept at playing three positions: point guard, shooting guard, and small forward. He was a versatile player, but only played in 35 games and averaged 2.8 points per game. After two seasons of coming off the bench for the Hornets, Epps decided to go pro in something other than basketball: hip-hop.

Within the first two years of transitioning into the hip-hop industry, Two Chainz was discovered by Ludacris and signed to Def Jam Records. By leaving what he already knew and had grown comfortable in, he opened up many doors to new opportunities. 
While your comfort zone provides a state of mental security that may reduce stress and anxiety, it also hinders you. Comfort kills productivity; without the sense of unease that comes with having expectations of yourself, we tend to take our foot off the brake and do the minimum required to get by. We lose the drive and ambition to do more and learn new things. But don’t just get by, thrive! The second you step out of your comfort zone, that is when the magic happens. Don’t be scared to try something new! Apply for jobs that aren’t in your field or jobs for which you may not be qualified but are passionate about.

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PERFECT YOUR INTERVIEW SKILLS

The interview process is brutal. Expect it. Companies will receive hundreds of applications for just ONE position and more than likely, there will be 40-50 candidates that meet the qualifications just to interview. Sometimes the job search is about timing, sometimes it yields to experience, and other times it quite honestly requires just a bit of luck. The most important piece is to perfect your interview skills. You may not have control over getting an interview, but when you do, put your very best forward to control that outcome, remember, confidence is key. At LNE Consulting, we have a strategic process to find the candidates that stand out from the rest.

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You are your biggest advocate and the only person who can truly market YOU. If you are able to step out of your comfort zone and leave a lasting impression, then you are ahead of game.

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Click here to keep reading… Part II awaits!

 

 

9 Quotes About Making Excuses – and How to Rid Yourself of this Terrible Habit

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lne-consulting-2Excuses are a dime a dozen, which is precisely why not everyone achieves success in their careers. At LNE Consulting, time and time again, we’ve seen top performers separate themselves from the “average” simply by ditching the excuses and taking accountability.

Successful people realize that excuses won’t pay their bills. They realize that while some people are making excuses, other people are always going to be making it happen — and if they want to be top performers, they’re going to have to deliver no matter what.

The key to eliminating excuses is recognizing that you are in control. Instead of feeling like the world is happening “to” you, make the decision to exercise your power wherever you possibly can. Don’t like your circumstances? Check your attitude and tackle the problem head on.

It also helps to remind yourself that excuses are not just keeping you from hitting your goals — but they’re damaging to your credibility as a professional. Every time you make an excuse it’s like the story of the boy who cried wolf — you might be able to get away with it once or twice, but eventually those around you will stop believing you.

Here are 9 of our favorite quotes that will hopefully inspire you to ditch the excuse-making!

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” -George Washington Carver

“Your excuses are just the lies your fears have sold you.” -Robin Sharma

“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

“Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.”

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Success is what comes after you stop making excuses.”

“Replace excuses with effort, replace laziness with determination, and everything will fall into place.”

“When I lost all of my excuses I found my results.”

“Excuses are the enemy of excellence.”

Cliché or not, you have to admit that these quotes are on point! For more quotes from LNE Consulting, follow us on Twitter.

Do You Have a Billionaire Mindset? These 2 Charlie Munger Quotes Will Help You Develop One

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lne-consultingAt LNE Consulting we wholeheartedly believe that the most efficient way to become successful is to learn from those who have been there before you. And who better to learn from than the greats?

You’re undoubtedly familiar with billionaire Warren Buffet, but a man you may not know as well is Charlie Munger, his business partner. Worth about $1.4 billion, Munger has been a mentor and friend to Buffet for many years. He is the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway as well as a generous philanthropist.

We found a few great quotes from Charlie Munger that stuck out to us:

Three rules for a career: 1. Don’t sell anything you wouldn’t buy yourself; 2. Don’t work for anyone you don’t respect and admire; and 3. Work only with people you enjoy.” – Charlie Munger

We love everything about this quote because it speaks to authenticity and the ingredients for a happy life. The team at LNE Consulting knows first-hand the benefits of selling a product that is truly a cut above the competition, and we’ve been incredibly fortunate over the years to represent companies with impressive product lines. We also could not agree more with Munger’s suggestion to work only for those whom you respect and admire. This is why leadership by example is of utmost important to us. Working with people you enjoy is also crucial. When your coworkers become more like your “work family,” everything about your day to day life is better — and this we can attest to from experience!

“It is really useful to be reminded of your errors. I think Warren Buffett and I are pretty good at that. We do kind of mentally rub our own noses in our own mistakes. And that is a very good mental habit.” – Charlie Munger

Our favorite thing about this quote is the way that Munger looks at failure. At LNE Consulting we teach our team to fail their way to the top. The more mistakes a person makes, the better! So many people get caught up in failure and never give themselves the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. So take a page out of Charlie Munger’s book and develop a billionaire’s mental habit of acknowledging your errors and making positive changes.

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LNE Consulting on the Importance of Failure

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At LNE Consulting we believe that repeated failure is the key to success. Like we often tell our management trainees, the key to getting promoted faster is failing faster. The more quickly you can make and learn from your mistakes, the more rapidly you’ll be on your way to becoming a master. Take a look at two quotes we love that embody this philosophy.

“When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed, and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” —Ellen DeGeneres

Success is a decent teacher, and failure is an amazing teacher. It’s important to be able to learn from both.

When things are going well for you, don’t just ride the wave. Take the time to recognize why you’re doing well. Have you been getting more sleep lately and taking care of your health? Have you been dedicating the time to planning more effectively? Has your sense of urgency and efficiency been extra on point? Are you spending extra time building relationships with your customers or team members? It’s important to write these things down because they’ll serve as a checklist to return to when everything is not running as smoothly.

On the flip side, do your best to look at failure in a positive light. Anyone who has ever become great at something has failed and failed and failed. As a rookie, it’s easy to forget that making mistakes is normal. It’s easy to beat yourself up and be tempted to give up because you don’t think you’re a “natural.” The reality, though, is that as long as you’re giving 100%, making mistakes is the healthy thing to do. Focus your energy on learning from your mistakes, and do everything in your power not to make the same mistake twice. Continuous learning will be the key to your success.

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” —Chris Hardwick

This quote is so accurate! Without any doubt, the most interesting and respectable people we’ve ever met have been those who have been through a lot in their lives and careers. Think about the opposite: a person who wakes up one morning rich, who didn’t have to do anything to earn it. There’s nothing inspiring about that. The greatest stories are from those who have endured a struggle and overcome it.

Connect with LNE Consulting on LinkedIn for more business inspiration!

What You Can Learn from Bill Belichick to Improve Your Own Career

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billbLNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) recently joined the 111 million plus people who tuned into Super Bowl 51. It was a record-breaking wild turn of events, as you probably saw, and the New England Patriots walked away with their fifth title since 2000. One of the common denominators is Coach Bill Belichick. When you take a deeper look into his coaching style, you will find a few strategies that can translate into business leadership as well. Here are a few that we also apply at LNE Consulting.

Bill Belichick and the rest of his staff are constantly evaluating the players’ performance. No one is entitled to a position merely because of his tenure on the team. This is something that we hold near and dear to our hearts here in Hollywood, FL. We do not believe in seniority either. Rather, that the performance and results that an individual brings to the table will determine his or her ability to grow within our company.

The New England Patriots under Coach Belichick completely changed the metrics that they measured themselves against. They weren’t trying to be average. Here at LNE Consulting we also do not settle for the status quo, which is one reason we’ve thrived for so many years. We are always looking for ways to improve our team and our performance, thinking outside the box for new ways to get an edge on the competition.

xupoqdtqdwv48mabrqWith numbers at hand, the Patriots coaching staff has made their decisions unemotionally and based on numbers. This is extremely important in business, especially marketing and sales. In fact, when someone joins our team this is one of their first lessons — how to take emotion out of your results and focus on the numbers. When you master that, everything becomes much simpler and the path to success is that much more evident.

Lastly, Coach Belichick has instilled a matter of team pride in the New England Patriots that is unwavering. They believe, to their core, that the team comes first above the individual. In order for any organization, business or sports, to reach unprecedented success, this has to be their attitude. Here at LNE Consulting, we have massive goals that we are striving for and the only way we will do so is with a strong team camaraderie. To learn more about our company culture be sure to check us out on Instagram @ LNE_Consulting.

Austin Event a Huge Success for LNE Consulting

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It was yet another successful trip for the management team of LNE Consulting. They spent the long weekend in Austin, TX at one of their favorite annual events and reportedly this year’s was one for the books! The 2017 kickoff event was packed from start to finish with a variety of seminars, meetings, and gatherings. Let’s take a look at the itinerary!

austinThe team flew from Hollywood to Austin on Thursday and quickly the day was underway. First, Julie met with a women’s empowerment group for female business owners, of which she is a founding member. Discussions were centered around building wealth and achieving success. Next was a meeting with Julie’s fellow industry consultants and then later an Operation Smile ambassador meeting.

On Friday, the LNE Consulting management team attended a large meeting with one of their clients. Together, they reviewed the success of 2016 and discussed growth strategies for 2017. Across the board, it was agreed that the focus of this year should be organic growth, increased production, and quality sales.

Friday evening featured a cocktail welcome reception for the event’s 700 attendees. The LNE Consulting crew enjoyed catching up with the many colleagues with whom they’ve built relationships over the years. Later that evening, Julie and the firm’s HR staff enjoyed dinner with a large group of colleagues at Café Blue in downtown Austin.

lne-consulting-julie-edmondsSaturday kicked off bright and early with breakfast, lots of coffee, and then the conference’s General Session. The LNE Consulting crew enjoyed hearing speeches from various industry pacesetters. Julie, one of the conference’s speakers and organizers, handed out awards on stage. She shared with us, “This was one of the real highlights for me. It was great to be able to recognize both Elijah and Maryanne on stage.” She was referring, of course, to two entrepreneurs whom she has coached for many years.

Next, Julie hosted a luncheon. She recognized the success of a handful of individuals and discussed several highlights from 2016. Excitingly, Julie announced the upcoming launch of a new online magazine. The group also heard from the CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation who shared tips about planning a productive schedule. Lunch gave way to breakout groups for the conference attendees. Julie, one of the speakers, held a breakout session about financial planning. She discussed ways to calculate sales averages, cut expenses, and maximize profit margin.

The evening commenced with a cocktail mixer. The event’s theme was “lux” and the attire was black and white. The ladies wore long gowns. The team enjoyed mingling and winding down after a stimulating day. Next was dinner and a whole lot of photo opportunities. More awards were handed out and a raffle was drawn to raise money for Operation Smile.

As the team headed back to Hollywood, FL, they reflected that the event was a success: they were motivated, energized, and ready with new action items to make 2017 a success.

Be sure to watch LNE Consulting’s YouTube video to relive the event!

3 Killer Quotes to Motivate You Today

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At LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) we love a good motivational quote, and here we’d like to share three that made an impact on us. Enjoy!

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” – Michael Phelps

There is no one better to share words of wisdom like these than Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time. His results speak for themselves: he’s set goals that undeniably forced him to step outside what would be comfortable, even for a top athlete. We humbly echo his sentiments here at LNE Consulting and encourage every member of the team to set audacious goals to really push themselves.

“I know how it looks. But just start. Nothing is insurmountable.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda

This quote speaks to how difficult it is to get started on something new, but how important it is to try. The great thing is, once you get going, momentum will take over and help carry you forward. With the right attitude and work ethic, there are few things that can’t be accomplished. So the next time you find yourself procrastinating getting started, just force yourself to take the first step, even if it’s a baby one.

“Hustling is putting every minute and all your effort into achieving the goal at hand. Every minute needs to count.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Vaynerchuk is a master motivator if we’ve ever seen one, and he couldn’t be more right about what it means to hustle. When you’re truly hustling you know it. You’re not just “sort of” focused and “kind of” working hard. When you’re hustling you’re running on all cylinders, you’re a man with a plan, you’re a woman on a mission. If you’ve ever been in the zone, you know what it feels like to put every minute and every ounce of your energy towards achieving a goal. Why is this important? Because this is the key to achieving greatness.

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Giving 100% and Stepping Outside One’s Comfort Zone: Two Essentials for Success

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Developing a successful mentality is an integral part of the management training program at LNE Consulting in Hollywood, FL. Here, we will share two quotes that speak to the philosophies that are most important at our firm.

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” – Walt Disney

The most important part of this quote is where Disney talks about devoting all of your energy to a goal. Anyone who has ever accomplished something major will tell you that it’s all about giving it your all. When you keep your back doors open and don’t fully commit to seeing something through, you’ll find that your likelihood of success shrinks dramatically. As Disney said, when you give 100% to your goal, you’ll either achieve it, or you’ll discover something even greater. The key is to go all in if anything is going to be worth your while.

“Sometimes, I shake if I have to do something that I’ve never done before –– maybe not noticeably, but inside. But I’ll do it, because I know it’s not an insurmountable task; I’ve done plenty of tasks in my life.” – Martha Stewart

Say what you will about Martha Stewart, but you have to admit that she’s a well-accomplished woman who’s accumulated a lot of wisdom in her day. This quote is all about comfort zones. As we like to say at LNE Consulting, it’s about getting comfortable being uncomfortable.

It’s totally normal to feel timid when it comes to trying something new. It’s important to realize, though, that living outside of your comfort zone is almost like exercising a muscle: the more you do it, the stronger you become. If you get in the habit of pushing yourself, you’ll develop confidence that only comes from accomplishing the thing you thought you couldn’t.

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2 Success Quotes that Will Give You Necessary Food for Thought

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lne-consulting-1At LNE Consulting we believe that the road to success is almost entirely a mental one. Sure, hard work has its physical components; but, the ability to take action starts in the mind. The rare qualities of self-discipline, grit, optimism, and perseverance are those that separate the successful from the unsuccessful.

Let’s take a look at two of LNE Consulting’s favorite quotes that demonstrate this very thing:

“Pressure can bust pipes, but it also can make diamonds.”  – Robert Horry

We love this quote because it’s all about perspective. Pressure can be destructive, there’s no doubt. But it can also have truly wonderful consequences. If you ask anyone who’s been successful in business (or in any field, for that matter!), they will tell you that they are thankful for the tough lessons they’ve learned along the way.

For every handful of people who cave to pressure and end up giving up, there’s always that success-minded person who makes the decision to turn a potential negative into a real positive. The strongest, most experienced, most successful people are those who have simply toughed it out.

“If I fail more than you, I win.”  – Seth Godin

As confusing as this quote seems at first glance, it’s really quite simple. No one becomes an expert without screwing up. In fact, the fastest way to become successful is to fail as often as possible and learn from your mistakes. Think of the most successful person you know. Do you think that person got there by being flawless and perfect at every moment? We think not! In fact, we know not!

The reason this quote makes sense is because successful people fall hard and then they don’t stop there. They recover from their failure and then they fail again! And again, and again, and again.

Unsuccessful people, however, are often deterred by a single failure. In fact, many people are deterred by the very idea of failure. So, for the people that have the guts to keep on failing, they are eventually going to figure it out, and therefore win.

Stay in touch with our Hollywood, FL team for more quotes and success tips. We’re on Facebook and would love to connect!