June 21, 2011

It’s officially here!!

Get outside!! It’s the Summer Equinox!  The longest day of the year!!

Get outside!  Go for a walk!  Ride a bike!  Do something outside!! 

Get that blood flowing!  You’ll feel better and your body will love it!!

Make it a great one!!




June 17, 2011

After you work in ANY industry for a decent amount of time, you begin to build relationships.  Whether it’s vendors, representatives, customer service personell or potential clients, you are making an impression all day long.

Add in some consistency and a dash of business and you have now developed some connections.  Connections are one of the best by-products of doing business; you are already processing orders/purchasing goods/accomplishing something with the other party, now you are also starting to build a rappaport with that person. 

Conversations evolve from just your standard small talk to all sorts of topics.

You have a vendor who you wish you could do more business with; you learn that he/she has a 15yr old daughter, who just got her permit and is looking for a beat up vehicle to drive.   The ironic part is that just yesterday a rep for one of your supply companies was shooting the breeze and flippantly commented that he has a 1998 VW Jetta that he can’t sell for $1000.

Well, it kinda seems like those two were made for each other, right?

So, you put connection A in contact with connection B and both parties are satisfied, and both have you to thank for making it happen.

And, YOU come out smelling like a rose in the end.

Isn’t that what we all seek after all?  Smelling like a rose in the end?

Make it a great day, and Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there including mine.



Value and how to asess it

June 13, 2011

We all are taught that nice things are cheap and good things cost more.  It’s primitive economics 101.

When pricing a commodity, regardless of what it is, keep in mind a few points;

a) not only how much money are you saving up front, but are you calculating in repair costs/upkeep?

b) if the worst case scenario were to occur one year from now, and you still had XPRODUCT, which was the cheapest, will you still want it after the stuff hits the fan?

c) have you factored in what you spend on the difference between the cheaper product Y versus the more expensive X as far as reliability, etc?


Do your due dilligence; shop around until you find the best deal.  Just don’t lose sight of the fact that there is a price to be paid for low-balling whatever product you’re searching for. 

Make it a great day!!




Nostradamus & the like

June 9, 2011

There’s a reason just about everyone knows the name Nostradamus.  And it’s not because it’s Nostradamus.

It’s because, somehow, this guy was able to predict the future with just a shred of accuracy. 

He’s not the first guy to go out on a limb to predict something was going to happen, and he certainly wasn’t the last, but he’s more accurate than most, and thus the recognition he receives can be justified.

The funny part is there are men and women out there that do his job all day long; granted, these people aren’t predicting earthquakes or storms or financial windfalls or civil unrest, but they’re predicting the future.  With some accuracy as well.

They’re called Actuaries.  Without going into too much detail, they crunch thousands upon thousands of numbers, and gather information.  From those numbers and that information they help insurance companies decide what competetive rates the companies charge.

Yes, sometimes insurance rates escalate.  Ask anyone affected by the tornadoes in Missouri if they give a darn about their increased homeowners insurance after watching their homes fly away.  Chances are they’re just happy they were covered.

Just keep in mind next time you feel like griping about your bill going up; chances are, a modern day nostradamus helped calculate your bill.

Make it a great day!



June 8, 2011

Monday through Friday, 9-5.  Bankers hours.

Many a desk jockey are very familiar with these hours and log them eternally. 

Today’s blog has nothing to do with them.  Or those hours.

The word sacrifice has many different interpretations; sometimes we sacrifice a little of ourselves to let someone know we care.  Sometimes, we sacrifice a few of our hard earned dollars for a nice little break from the job, or a nice night out, etc.

Then, there are the people who LIVE a different definition of sacrifice, the men and women in the armed services.  They’re out there every day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, defending themselves and others because their lives depend on it.  Not their jobs, or their homes.  Their lives.  They sacrifice their lives so we can live free.

Take a second.   Recognize how much these people sacrifice.  Every day.



Freshness Guaranteed!

June 7, 2011

I don’t like eating stale food. 

Anything in my closet percieved as stale will inevitably end up either at the Salvation Army or just in a bag outside the 2nd hand store.

A majority of the time, fresh is what people seek.  Whether it’s food, music, clothing, information….just about anything you covet; the fresher it is, the more appealing it’s going to be.

Three County Insurance uses that motto when approaching the wide world of insurance.  Take the health insurance industry for example; it’s changing by the month, week, and even sometimes daily.  We are constantly reading up on the lastest news feeds and blogs to make sure our info is up to date.

Nobody wants a stale dinner.  Don’t settle for stale insurance.

Make it a great day!!


Understanding Growth

June 6, 2011

There is a reason we went to 15+ years of school before we were unleashed upon the world.  IKEA desks and the like come with instruction booklets and pictures with directions on them.

Multiple fortunes have been made writing books with the lead-in of “______ for dummies”, implying that we may not know all there is to know about the subject of the book.

Sometimes, we lose sight of the fact that, at one time, we too were learning.  Whether it’s surfing or sewing or cooking or keeping your garden alive, we all had to learn how to do it.  At one point, we were THAT GUY/GAL.  The one who didn’t know a thing about a particular subject and had to ask questions and learn the hard way.

Don’t forget those times.  Keeping them fresh will help you be more patient when helping others.  And helping others will help two people, you and the one you help.

Make it a great day!!