Productivity / 8 posts found

My grandmother’s secret advice

by Kyle Paterson
While growing up I spent summers with my grandparents out in the country. Both my grandparents were retired, but they stayed busy working in the gardens, raising chickens, and involved in church activities. My grandmother always made time to take me fishing at the family pond or at one of the local fishing holes everyday. When I was 14 I saved my allowance for a couple of months and bought the most expensive fishing gear I could find at the local hardware store. On the other hand my grandmother had this old Zebco 33 that she got with GreenBack stamps that looked like […]

Libraries & bars

by Kyle Paterson
Almost exactly 16 years ago I was standing in a public library in Horry County staring at rows of business books while trying to stay cool and wondering about my life.  Since my childhood libraries have been my safe escape from the real world, someplace nicer. So it would make sense that I would look for a library as my home away from home. To me libraries and bars are alike; both places have a mix of people who are looking to escape life, either by drinking or reading.  I was trying to escape my dead end job with the […]

My 3 day Tony Robbins binge that saved my business

by Kyle Paterson
I don’t know about you, but when I got started in business I suffered from the WCS (“Woulda Coulda Shoulda”) syndrome. No matter what I tried to do, I would second guess myself. Have you ever had that happen to you? It was insane. I felt like a starving hamster stuck in a ball chasing the last piece of cheese in the world. It didn’t make a difference what I tried, I was stuck. I think a Magic 8 Ball could have made better decisions than me. It was so bad I would spend days planning to do something only […]

Feeling Overwhelmed?

by Kyle Paterson
It’s natural, and it happens to everybody. But it’s how you handle that feeling that makes all the difference in the world. In the past I would try to cope with stress and overwhelm by consuming Red Bulls and junk food. Needless to say, that didn’t solve anything. Most people get overwhelmed and instead of looking at the real problem they just try to power through it like I did. You are stressed and overwhelmed because you are thinking about or trying to do too much. Step back and prioritize everything. Look at what can only be done by you vs. […]

Can Goals be Dangerous?

by Kyle Paterson
Few people will ever admit this, but goals are the most dangerous things for you to have. I’m sure you’re thinking that I’ve lost my marbles. How can goals be dangerous? Goals will drive you to accomplish more than you could imagine, but here is the elephant in the room. The wrong goals will sabotage your success because they don’t push you out of your comfort zone. People are afraid to fail so they end up making goals they know they could accomplish. This keeps you from pushing yourself to become more. It’s kind of like failing the 1st grade […]

How I get so much done everyday.

by Kyle Paterson
What’s your plan for this week? I used to just wing it, and I hated the thought of having to plan anything. Planning was crushing my productivity. It was restrictive. How could anyone create anything great? Well times have changed. I know better, and I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did. It wasn’t until I became a project manager that I learned the value of planning. I would plan out every part of a project down to the smallest details. This allowed me to pull off some crazy projects and meet deadlines that most people would call unrealistic. But […]

Whats Stopping You From Success

by Kyle Paterson
Hey, this is Charles Kirkland. Welcome to episode number nine of Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneur. You’re busy. We don’t have time for an intro. So, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this. What’s stopping you from success? Now I ask that question to all kinds of entrepreneurs. I get a variety of answers. Truth of the matter is, the thing that’s stopping you is most likely you. We could have a million reasons. We have like, “Well, you know Charles, if I only had this. If I only had that advantage.” No. It’s not about somebody […]

Could Sleep Be Sabotaging Your Success

by Kyle Paterson
Hey, this is Charles Kirkland. Welcome to episode three of Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneur. You’re busy. We don’t have time for an intro, so let’s go ahead and jump into the meat and potatoes of this. Now, this is a very, very, very controversial thing. Are you getting enough sleep? You say, “No. No, Charles, I’m an entrepreneur. I will sleep when I die.” I said that so many times, you know. I’ll rest when I’m dead. I got stuff to do. There’ve been times when I’ve had so many ideas where I have literally worked 24 hours […]