Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thomas Edison would have been a great in Sales because he never accepted No for an answer - by Chris Coltran

Thomas Edison

One of the most well-known inventors of all time is Thomas Edison.  Born in February of 1847 and lived until the age of 84, he invented and developed numerous items that have changed the way most people live their lives.  The first thing most people think of when they think of Edison is his invention of the light bulb.  He didn’t actually invent the first light bulb, as that was first demonstrated in 1800, decades before he was born.  What he did do was be the first person to be able to commercially produce a practical incandescent light bulb.  The first inventions of light bulbs were crude and rudimentary and would only last a few minutes at best before burning out.  After over a 1000 attempts on perfecting the light bulb, he filed for a US Patent in November of 1879 and received his official patent in January 1880.  His other inventions include the motion picture camera, which led to the inception of the movie industry, as well as the phonograph, which in effect created the recording and music industry.  He also invented the steel alkaline storage battery.  Imagine a world without these few Edison inventions.  I bet there is some background noise right now as you read this page, either music being played from an iPod, a stereo, or television.  If you have a cell phone, Edison is responsible for the development of the first batteries that make it possible for your phone to charge without being plugged into the wall.  Chances are you recently watched a television program, watched the news, or went to a movie; all of which would not have been possible if it were not for the ingenious mind of Thomas Edison.  If he hadn’t kept thinking positively and speaking the invention of the light bulb into existence, we might all be still using candles for light. 

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

Edison understood that what you say is what you get.  He knew how important his words were not only to himself but the words he spoke publicly.  He would actually make a public statement regarding a particular invention or modification of a current apparatus to force himself into action.  He knew by having the pressure of the public on him, he would find a solution.  He knew if he spoke the words publicly it would happen.  He knew if he spoke them to himself they would also happen.  He would work tirelessly, most days up to 18 hours, until he solved his dilemma.  I have also found that when you really want to accomplish something you have been struggling with, one of the best ways to make it happen is to express your intentions to others.  Tell them what you are going to do.  The pressure of them asking you if you have accomplished your goal will force you to apply daily action until it is completed.  I used this technique when I was writing my first book.  When I was close to completion, I knew if I told people around me I was writing a book, they would continue to ask me about it, thus forcing me to complete it so they would stop asking.  Some people work better under pressure than others.  Edison put this pressure on himself to help him accomplish his goals. 

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Edison’s words when he spoke this WYSIWYG moment were spot on.  Isn’t it funny when you lose your car keys and you find yourself frantically searching the house for them?  You’re late for an appointment or late for work and you are acting like a crazy person; employing anyone else in the house for help; blaming who you think the last person who drove the car was; when after 10 minutes of frantic searching you realize they are in your own pocket.  Once you find them you quietly make you way to the car and act like it never happened.  Whenever you lose track of something and search for it, isn’t it funny how you always find it in the last spot you looked?  Of course it is always the last place you look because once you have found it, you stop looking.  I know this is making light of Edison’s statement about how close people get to success when they give up; but it is true that people are too quick to give up on whatever it is they are trying to accomplish.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

I couldn’t write about Thomas Edison without mentioning probably his most famous quote.  It is used in almost every sales or business training on the planet.  If you find yourself in the same daily, monthly, or yearly routine, and hoping that things will be different, you are insane.  Unless you plan on winning the lottery or magically getting a new job handed to you, why should this month or this year be any different than the last?  As Edison put it, “you’re insane.”  If you want a different outcome to your circumstances, you need to do something different.  It might mean making a minor tweak to your daily routine, or making a major change.  I see people all the time hoping for change, and the reality is that change is not going to happen.  For a change to occur, the first thing that has to change is you.  Change the way you speak to yourself.  Change the way you speak to others.  Maybe you need to make your intentions public?  Not to the world, but to those you are close with. 

Before his death in 1931, Edison had his name on 1,093 patents in all, thus making him one of the most well respected inventors in history.  As well as the inventions I mentioned above, he helped invent or improve the typewriter, the telegraph, and the first electric motor.  He made numerous improvements on the X-ray tube and invented the machine that crushed the rocks down to a fine powder and discovered that crystals of Calcium Tungstate were highly fluorescent to the X-ray.  His advances he made in the telecommunications industry and the power industry forever changed the world.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Thomas Edison knew how important his public words were.  He knew how powerful the words he spoke privately to himself were as well.  He proved over and over again that What You Say is What You Get.

Chris Coltran is available for conventions or a retail, wholesale, manufacturing, distribution, management, affiliate, mlm, executive, real estate, marketing, advertising, banking, direct sales or entrepreneur annual association meetings.  Chris is a professional speaker and keynote speaker, author, consultant, management trainer, sales trainer, and business development expert.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The number 13 - Is it Lucky or Unlucky? Ask Jesus, Taylor Swift, Dan Marino, or Kirk Warner - It depends on your perspective

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th has long been believed as one of the unluckiest days of the year.  This is most widely believed in America, but the superstition has spread across the globe.  There are numerous reasons that people believe this day to be unlucky.  I believe in the theory that it is actually a combination of two old superstitions that merged together sometime during the 1800’s.  The two superstitions are that 13 is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.  So when they occur in unison, it is considered an exponentially unlucky day on the calendar.
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First off, the number 13 has long been considered unlucky because it is not as perfect of a number as its predecessor, the number 12.  Twelve has long been considered a perfect, complete number for many reasons;  twelve hours on the clock, twelve months in a year, there are twelve Gods of Olympus, twelve signs in the Zodiac, twelve Apostles of Jesus just to name a few occasions of the importance of the number twelve.  Because of so many times in history where the number 12 was so significant, the number 13 just didn’t feel right.  This is why the number 13 has long been considered an unlucky number.

For centuries, Fridays have been considered the unluckiest day of the week.  In Rome, Friday was the day of the week that executions were carried out.  Friday was also the day Jesus was crucified.  The great flood is also believed to have begun on a Friday and it is also believed that Eve seduced Adam in the Garden of Eden on a Friday.  In modern times, many people believe that starting a new project on a Friday is bad luck.  The early Church believed that Fridays were for heathens.  King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar on Friday, October 13th, 1307.  It is for these reasons as well as many others that Fridays are thought to be the unluckiest day of the week.

It really doesn’t matter why people think that Friday the 13th is unlucky.  What matters is the fact that people have been telling themselves and people have been telling others that it is an unlucky day.  I don’t know a person who hasn’t said it at one time or another in their life.  If you believe a specific day is going to be unlucky and that something bad may happen to you, you will probably be right.  What you say is what you get.  The British Medical Journal conducted a study in 1993.  Researchers proposed that, “the risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent” on Friday the 13th.  The two year study also showed that fewer cars were on the road on Fridays that were on the 13th day of the month.  Researchers concluded that superstitious people tended to not drive, choosing other means of transportation, and stayed off the roads on those particular days. 

If you believe Friday the 13th is unlucky, it will be.  If you believe it will be like any other day, no more lucky or unlucky than any other day, you will also be right.  A Friday that falls on the 13th of the month is no different than any other Friday.  If we didn’t number the days of the month, there wouldn’t be a Friday the 13th.  History has proven this day to be unlucky, and your brain believes whatever information you put into it. 

Unlucky 13

Fear of the number 13 has a specifically recognized phobia.  It is called Triskaidekaphobia.  Those sufferers inflicted with this phobia try to avoid bad luck by keeping away from anything numbered or labeled with a 13.  Some companies and organizations have even used other unique ways of numbering and labeling to avoid the number 13.  Hotels and office buildings many times don’t have a 13th floor.

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Dan Marino was one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks in history who played his entire career for the Miami Dolphins.  He wore #13 on his jersey.  He set numerous passing records during his playing days, but he never won a Super Bowl.  Maybe the reason he never won the Super Bowl was because of the unlucky number he wore on his back?

There were thirteen people around the table at Jesus Christ’s last supper.  The twelve apostles and with the presence of Christ, there were 13.  Because one of the thirteen, Judas Iscariot, was the betrayer of Christ, some religious people believe the number 13 is unlucky.

In some ancient cultures, long before equal rights, femininity was represented by the number 13.  This was because it was in sync with the number of menstrual cycles in a year; thirteen. (13 x 28 = 364 days)

Lucky 13

Taylor Swift, country music legend, was born on the 13th of December.  She has always considered 13 her lucky number.  Her first album took 13 weeks to reach gold.  She often sits in the 13th seat, the 13th row or a section with a connection to 13 at award shows for good luck.  During her concerts, she also writes the number 13 on her hand for luck.

Apollo 13 was one of the most famous NASA space missions.  Even though they didn’t make it to the moon, despite multiple failures with their spacecraft, they did return home safely to Earth.  This could be considered lucky or unlucky, depending on how you look at it.

If you were in a bakery, getting a “baker’s dozen” is a good thing.  That is thirteen items instead of twelve.  In that case, 13 cookies or 13 donuts is always better then 12.

Colgate University was founded in 1819 by thirteen men with thirteen dollars, thirteen prayers and thirteen articles.  Because of these facts, the university considers 13 a very lucky number and a good omen.  Their address is 13 Oak Drive in Hamilton, New York. 

The American flag has thirteen stripes to represent the thirteen colonies.  America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave.  America was able to break free of England and today remains the most prosperous country in the world.
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Kurt Warner, NFL quarterback wearing #13 on his jersey, led the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl XXXIV victory over the Tennessee Titans.  He threw for a Super Bowl record 414 yards.  No other quarterback has ever thrown for more than 400 in a Super Bowl.  He also won two league MVP awards, in 1999 and 2001.  Kurt Warner was boxing groceries at a supermarket for a living prior to his unlikely entrance into the NFL and stardom.  The number 13 was very lucky for him.   

The number 13 stirs up a wide range of emotions with most people.  For many, the number 13 is a negative, while for some it is viewed as a positive.  I have always liked the number 13.  Some people share my feelings as it being a lucky number, while many feel the exact opposite.  The number thirteen is just a number.  It is only unlucky if you believe it is.  You are the master of your mind and only you can control your thoughts.  Whether you say it to yourself, think it, or write it down, you decide if it is positive or negative, lucky or unlucky. 


Chris Coltran is based in Acworth, GA. He is a published author and President of C2 Unlimited. He has worked in manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, and retail, as well as being a sales and marketing consultant to various companies for over 20 years. Chris is a Keynote and Motivational speaker, having spoken to various groups in the floor covering, furniture, automotive, direct sales, multi-level marketing, and service industries at conventions, and association meetings. He is also an entrepreneur helping other entrepreneurs with business development. For more information or to contact Chris, he can be found on the web at: www.chriscoltran.com and via email at: chris@chriscoltran.com