E. R. Haas is CEO of the TQ Smart family of web sites including ThinkTQ.com, IntentionalExcellence.com, MyBizIQ.com, MyBelieversGuide.com, MarriageWithPurpose.com and hundreds of others.
E. R. is a "serial entrepreneur" and has created over 20 different businesses in software, manufacturing, finance, publishing and many other areas.
He is married to Jan Haas who shares his interest in model railroading, gardening, and traveling by train. Together, they have 5 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
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Ten years ago, on September 9th, 2009 we launched Success On Purpose.
Over the last 10 years we have seen thousands of lives changed by the simple process we developed to first help people FIND their authentic purpose in life… and more importantly… go on to actually LIVE it.
Without question, there are two great tragedies in life.
The first is to never know your true purpose…
The second is to know your purpose but never live it fully.
Chaos Driven Success. The economy is once again going into a period of absolute chaos. This is GREAT news for the prepared but TERRIBLE news for people clutching to failed strategies, practices, and out-dated thinking…
Phil Knight is right.
Chaos is inevitable but it can be managed with the right leadership skills.
With the right skills, you grow powerful and successful.
Wealth, freedom, opportunity, and respect are your rewards.
Permit chaos to rule, you will die broke, humiliated, and stupid.
Regrets will take the place of results and you either give up, give in, or work yourself to death trying everything…
According to Chronos, “Empowerment entails creating an environment that fosters growth. For small businesses, empowerment can take many forms, each with the potential to enhance your organization’s efficiency and profitability, as well as your ability to work with others toward common goals. Sharing power might be hard at first, but focus on the long-term benefits of improving the function of all the various aspects of your business.”
Passion is one of those words that people use often without really understanding the original meaning of the word.
When most people refer to “passion”, they use it to mean strong emotions reflecting an intense desire or boundless enthusiasm.
That’s a good start.
But passion actually means something entirely different:
A Willingness to Suffer for What You Love.
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life.
It is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.
A good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare.
“Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – The World Health Organization.
According to several studies, the most common health problem in the world is depression. This problem is often manifested in the form of insomnia, stress, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, obesity, and heart disease, etc.
Irrespective of a person’s age, size, shape or perceived attractiveness, it is wellness that is the cornerstone of quality of life. It determines how we ultimately look, feel, interact with others and thrive in life and work.
It’s Independence Day here in America!
We fought with honor for the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We fight for freedom.
We fight for success.
We fight for the right to be challenged.
We fight for the right to find our own path in life, unencumbered by the shackles of bondage and despair.
Samuel Smiles said it best…
I love to start with a common definition, but we all know what a goal is and can mouth the meaning easily…
A GOAL is a DREAM with a DEADLINE.
You have some dream — more money, a second home, real career power — whatever, so the only question is, WHEN do you expect it to show up?
A great goal presupposes you know the big WHY…
And believe you have the skills to make it happen… the big HOW.
With the what, when, how, and why set the outcome is simple to see…
You either can take the actions necessary to achieve it, or not.
What is leadership? A simple definition is that leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal.
In a business setting, this can mean directing workers and colleagues with a strategy to meet the company’s needs.
This leadership definition captures the essentials of being able to inspire others and being prepared to do so. Effective leadership is based upon ideas (whether original or borrowed), but won’t happen unless those ideas can be communicated to others in a way that engages them enough to act as the leader wants them to act.
Courage is a giant word that simply means the ability to ACT in the face of challenges.
To ACT in the face of your fears.
To ACT when you have imperfect information.
To ACT when you know you must do the right thing, regardless of the cost.
This is a HABIT to be grown, not just a response to a condition.
When we think of building self-confidence, we understand that it means having confidence in yourself.
But, when you understand that there is a continuum we all live on, this issue starts to make sense from a practical viewpoint.
There are actually 3 different steps on the continuum:
The term opportunity has a very simple definition, and yet, is all-encompassing:
An exploitable set of circumstances with an uncertain outcome, requiring a commitment of resources and involving exposure to risk.
So, what we are suggesting you actually do each day is to make this a HABIT:
When we think of all the men and women who died for our freedom…
who gave their very being for our right to live a good and honorable life…
we recognize that it is our responsibility — indeed, our duty — to not just remember their service, but to live our lives as a testament to their sacrifice, courage, and honor.
The term Miracle has a very simple definition…
A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency… a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.
A miracle is an event so marvelous that it seems like it was sent from above. Catching that foul ball from the stands at the World Series? A miracle!
The term Leadership has a very simple definition:
Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal.
Most experts agree that there are 5 prime characteristics of a great leader: Vision… Trust… Perspective… Focus… Action…
So, what we are suggesting you do each day is to make this a HABIT:
Follow these 3 rules and you have a real shot of achieving entrepreneurial greatness.
Don’t, and no matter how hard you work… how hard you want success… it just won’t happen.
Yes, I am the proverbial expert in this matter!
I have tried it both ways.
A couple of times I skipped rule 1 and 2… resulting in total disaster.
The term empowerment refers to measures designed to increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination in people and in communities in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on their own authority.
It is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.
Empowerment as action refers both to the process of self-empowerment and to professional support of people, which enables them to overcome their sense of powerlessness and lack of influence and to recognize and use their resources.
To do work with power.
The Small Biz Paradox…
The dilemma — you want to grow your small business to become a titan of industry.
The paradox is that your business cannot grow any bigger than its leaders.
It will never grow beyond your abilities because you simply will not let it.
In the end, the more you try to grow, the faster you will fail…
Self-love means having a high regard for your own well-being and happiness.
Self-love means taking care of your own needs and not sacrificing your well-being to please others.
Self-love means not settling for less than you deserve.
Loving yourself doesn’t mean you think you’re the smartest, most talented, and most beautiful person in the world. Instead, when you love yourself you accept your so-called weaknesses, appreciate these so-called shortcomings as something that makes you who you are. When you love yourself you have compassion for yourself.
How many times each day are you kind… versus nice… or just plain mannerly?
What is your KQ… Kindness Quotient? Take the past 3 months, would you say you were kind, or just NOT meanspirited?
Kindness is — and always will be — one of the most beautiful and powerful forces for good that exists in the entire world.
Why? A quick search on the net finds this from Kindness is Everything…
Kindness Is Love In Action.