Cedar City, Utah. It’s Good to Come Home.

September 23rd, 2013 by Rich Christiansen

This past weekend I was able to travel down to my hometown community area. I grew up in a rural town called Beaver where there were 1,000 of us, if you counted the cows. Close to this area is a little town called Cedar City. This is a dynamic and incredible town. I was able to go there and it felt so good. I was very impressed by this little community. Thank you for having me, I’m going to put this acknowledgement up here on my trophy case, so thank you, Cedar City.

I’ve spent the last two weeks in Europe and I went to many of the great tourist destinations, but not one of them had anything over Cedar City. This community has perfected an amazing ability to attract tourists from all over the world based on civic and community leaders working with small business owners. It is not often that you witness city-planning working in such great cooperation with entrepreneurs.

Cedar City’s Main Street is absolutely beautiful. It is lined with quaint little shops and businesses and period appropriate statues. There are benches and trees and everything is absolutely delightful. It is themed around the Shakespeare Festival. In addition to that you also have Southern Utah University, which is just an outstanding school. There are Summer Games that take place there as well as bike tours. Each weekend there’s a fun activity or event with some sort of theme taking place in the park.

The final result is that these strategies and events are able to very effectively drive commerce to all of the surrounding businesses. My hat is off to you, Cedar City. Thank you for having me come down. It’s always good to come home. God speed the Queen and bless you in the future.

Cedar City, Utah. It’s Good to Come Home.

September 23rd, 2013 by Rich Christiansen

This past weekend I was able to travel down to my hometown community area. I grew up in a rural town called Beaver where there were 1,000 of us, if you counted the cows. Close to this area is a little town called Cedar City. This is a dynamic and incredible town. I was able to go there and it felt so good. I was very impressed by this little community. Thank you for having me, I’m going to put this acknowledgement up here on my trophy case, so thank you, Cedar City.

I’ve spent the last two weeks in Europe and I went to many of the great tourist destinations, but not one of them had anything over Cedar City. This community has perfected an amazing ability to attract tourists from all over the world based on civic and community leaders working with small business owners. It is not often that you witness city-planning working in such great cooperation with entrepreneurs.

Cedar City’s Main Street is absolutely beautiful. It is lined with quaint little shops and businesses and period appropriate statues. There are benches and trees and everything is absolutely delightful. It is themed around the Shakespeare Festival. In addition to that you also have Southern Utah University, which is just an outstanding school. There are Summer Games that take place there as well as bike tours. Each weekend there’s a fun activity or event with some sort of theme taking place in the park.

The final result is that these strategies and events are able to very effectively drive commerce to all of the surrounding businesses. My hat is off to you, Cedar City. Thank you for having me come down. It’s always good to come home. God speed the Queen and bless you in the future.

Nanoparticles. All the Things We Don’t Understand.

September 16th, 2013 by Rich Christiansen

It’s amazing how we think we understand and grasp everything in life. It makes me think of the masses of old that thought the world was flat. We are like children, so naive to what lies before us. My eyes have recently opened to a new opportunity. I am currently involved with a company that stands on the leading edge of nanoparticle technology.

These magical, voodoo-like little nanoparticles do things that I find hard to wrap my brain around. For example, silver and gold nanoparticles diluted to one part per million and then sprayed onto a towel will embed themselves in the microfibers. You can then use that towel to wipe off a surface and those nanoparticles will kill all the bacteria it touches. It’s all but impossible to get this towel to stink! Believe me, I know! I’ve been trying.

Another example of this new technology can be applied to your car. A special type of nanoparticle placed in your engine will not only increase gas mileage but it also decreases emissions dramatically. Now, the challenge with this new technology is figuring out how to mass create it and distribute it to the general public. There are so many different ways this technology could be used.

I recall having a discussion some fifteen years ago in my office with a very intelligent engineer. He stated that the World Wide Web would never come to anything more than just a slight information portal and certainly no commerce would ever occur on it. His belief was that the Internet would be a scholastic endeavor rather than a business one.

I look back at that conversation some fifteen years ago and can only laugh as I trace the incredible bursts of opportunity that occurred because of that game-changing technology not only in the United States, but also throughout the entire world. It is my belief that we need to continually look for these new game-changing technologies such as nanoparticles.

Here is the good news: There are more opportunities to become involved now than ever before in the history of the world. It’s like a giant Easter egg hunt to find and become involved in these incredible, shifting technologies. Go find your nanoparticles and share in the profit and the fun.

 

Nanoparticles. All the Things We Don’t Understand.

September 16th, 2013 by Rich Christiansen

It’s amazing how we think we understand and grasp everything in life. It makes me think of the masses of old that thought the world was flat. We are like children, so naive to what lies before us. My eyes have recently opened to a new opportunity. I am currently involved with a company that stands on the leading edge of nanoparticle technology.

These magical, voodoo-like little nanoparticles do things that I find hard to wrap my brain around. For example, silver and gold nanoparticles diluted to one part per million and then sprayed onto a towel will embed themselves in the microfibers. You can then use that towel to wipe off a surface and those nanoparticles will kill all the bacteria it touches. It’s all but impossible to get this towel to stink! Believe me, I know! I’ve been trying.

Another example of this new technology can be applied to your car. A special type of nanoparticle placed in your engine will not only increase gas mileage but it also decreases emissions dramatically. Now, the challenge with this new technology is figuring out how to mass create it and distribute it to the general public. There are so many different ways this technology could be used.

I recall having a discussion some fifteen years ago in my office with a very intelligent engineer. He stated that the World Wide Web would never come to anything more than just a slight information portal and certainly no commerce would ever occur on it. His belief was that the Internet would be a scholastic endeavor rather than a business one.

I look back at that conversation some fifteen years ago and can only laugh as I trace the incredible bursts of opportunity that occurred because of that game-changing technology not only in the United States, but also throughout the entire world. It is my belief that we need to continually look for these new game-changing technologies such as nanoparticles.

Here is the good news: There are more opportunities to become involved now than ever before in the history of the world. It’s like a giant Easter egg hunt to find and become involved in these incredible, shifting technologies. Go find your nanoparticles and share in the profit and the fun.

 

The One Thing

September 9th, 2013 by Rich Christiansen

This past month I’ve been reading a book by Gary Keller titled The ONE Thing. A mentor whose insights I greatly value and who knows that I am a bit of a proficiency and production nutcase gave this book to me. I love the modeling of Stephen Covey’s Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern. I love the 80/20 Rule that proves how 20% of our actions yield 80% of our results. My life and business experiences have shown me that picking the key thing to do is far more important than picking the right thing to do. As I was reading this book I became enamored with several of the concepts in it, particularly that of the domino.

Did you know that the world record for toppling dominoes was made up of over five million dominoes? If you could harvest all that kinetic energy you could power a small city! However, the domino statistic that really caught my attention was that a falling domino has the capacity to knock over a domino fifty percent bigger than itself. What that means is that if you knocked over one little domino and in turn it knocked over another domino fifty percent bigger than itself and that one knocked over a domino fifty percent bigger than itself then in five or six or seven turns you would be knocking down a domino the size of a door. By the time you get to the eighteenth one you’ve knocked over the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Twenty-three brings you to a domino the size of the Eiffel Tower. By thirty-one you have knocked over a domino that stands three thousand feet higher than Mount Everest and by the time you get to the fifty-seventh domino you have pushed over the moon. The physics hold true. It is astounding.

The things in your business which are the most important do not always scream the loudest. You know, it really is true. The majority of what you want comes from the minority of what we do. I’ve frequently talked about how inefficient multi-tasking is but they estimate that twenty percent of your daily capacity is lost in multi-tasking.

We too frequently focus on being busy than being productive. The key take-away from this is to always do the most important thing first in your life. Pick one thing, not even three things, pick one thing, and then do that one thing. Watch the domino effect that will follow. Success is not about doing everything right, it’s about doing the right thing.

More is Usually Said than Done

September 2nd, 2013 by Rich Christiansen

This week I received a picture in an email from my brother. The picture read,

Dear Optimist, Pessimist, and Realist,
While you guys were busy arguing about the glass of water, I drank it!
Sincerely,
The Opportunist

Through the years I’ve been a bit apologetic for being an opportunist. To be honest most of my businesses are based on opportunity instead of strategy. The reality is that most zigzag and boot-strap businesses require that we start at the opportunistic level. This is no reason to hang our heads or be embarrassed or apologetic. Look for the lowest piece of hanging fruit, be aware of the opportunities all around you, and take it! I’ve discovered through the years that when all is said and done more is usually said than done. The thing about us opportunistic individuals is that we are doers.

Most people think that you have to do everything right to succeed. It’s more important to do the right things than to do everything right. Zigzagging is an art form. It is learning to prioritize and focus on the big impactful items in our life that will truly move the ball. There’s no way that we can get everything done while in bootstrap mode. The key to success is picking the right things to do and then doing them.

Thank you Brett for sending me that photo. And this Opportunist has indeed drunk the glass of water multiple times while the Optimist, Pessimist, and Realist were discussing it.

More is Usually Said than Done

September 2nd, 2013 by Rich Christiansen

This week I received a picture in an email from my brother. The picture read,

Dear Optimist, Pessimist, and Realist,
While you guys were busy arguing about the glass of water, I drank it!
Sincerely,
The Opportunist

Through the years I’ve been a bit apologetic for being an opportunist. To be honest most of my businesses are based on opportunity instead of strategy. The reality is that most zigzag and boot-strap businesses require that we start at the opportunistic level. This is no reason to hang our heads or be embarrassed or apologetic. Look for the lowest piece of hanging fruit, be aware of the opportunities all around you, and take it! I’ve discovered through the years that when all is said and done more is usually said than done. The thing about us opportunistic individuals is that we are doers.

Most people think that you have to do everything right to succeed. It’s more important to do the right things than to do everything right. Zigzagging is an art form. It is learning to prioritize and focus on the big impactful items in our life that will truly move the ball. There’s no way that we can get everything done while in bootstrap mode. The key to success is picking the right things to do and then doing them.

Thank you Brett for sending me that photo. And this Opportunist has indeed drunk the glass of water multiple times while the Optimist, Pessimist, and Realist were discussing it.