Archive for February, 2009
We raised almost $200K on the live auction and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (right) and Jeff Gordon (left) were awesome! In addition to being phenomenal NASCAR drivers, they have huge hearts for charity! Check out www.NGYCP.org for more information on the charity. Thanks, Kelly
Registration opens today at RotoHog for MLB 2009!
UCLA Anderson School of Management is excited to celebrate Entrepreneurship Week on the UCLA campus for the second time. The events weave together high profile entrepreneurs from different field for a cross-campus pollination of ideas, discussion and collaboration. ALL EVENTS FREE EXCEPT TCA “Fast Pitch Competition” on 2.24.09 and Greater China Business Conference on 2.27.09. RSVP’S close the day of the event or when tickets sell out. Parking available in lot 4 for $9.
Check out our latest Sports Market Ticker for NBA player pricing movements!!!!
Great mention on Forbes.com about RotoHog monetizing the Fantasy Industry.
Fail to plan, plan to fail. It is as simple as that.
By plan I don’t mean have some idea in your head about your business or your career. I mean a REAL plan. A written plan…that you work on frequently. People always ask me how to get started on their plan and it is really quite simple. I like to use what’s called heuristic, or backward, planning that I learned in the military for my planning process. Basically, you start with your objective in mind then work back to where you are now. This type of planning process can be distilled down into three basic steps:
1. Identify your overall objective.
2. Determine the intermediate milestones and supporting tasks to reach each milestone.
3. Measure your performance and adjust your plan.
Let’s take a look at each of these three steps in the planning process…
Identify your overall objective.
Hopefully, you’ve incorporated your passion into your overall objective. That objective can be anything from getting a job in a new industry or at a specific new company to owning a major league sports team. Whatever it is just make sure it is something you’re passionate about and that it is defined. Once you’ve identified your overall objective, you can begin the processes of achieving it!
Determine intermediate milestones and supporting tasks to reach each milestone.
For any objective you identify, there will be many milestones. And for each milestone there will be many supporting tasks. For instance, if your objective is to find a job in a new industry, say real estate, then you’d have many potential milestones that could include: 1) obtaining some level of formal or informal education about real estate, 2) developing an understanding of the different jobs available, 3) conducting a self-assessment and comparing that to what you’ve learned about the industry to determine for which roles you’d be most suited, and 4) developing a structured network to assist you in finding, closing and excelling in your new job. These are just a few potential milestones, but based on your ultimate objective there can be many, many milestones and they need to be individually mapped out. For each of your milestones there are supporting tasks that must be accomplished. The more specific you are in identifying tasks and timing for them to be completed, the better you’ll be able to track your progress. .
Measure your performance and adjust your plan.
Tracking your progress is critical to success. You can’t know how you’re doing if you don’t measure against your plan. The milestones act as measuring point where you can assess your development and gauge your progress. As part of the process of measuring your progress you may find some interesting things occurring: You may learn that there are new milestones that you need to put in place to reach your objective; some of the milestones you thought you needed to reach your objective may not really be necessary; or you may even find out that you need to adjust your overall objective. Adjusting your plan is all part of the process and will ultimately enable you to achieve your objectives.
Planning is one of the most critical leadership principles that will contribute to your ultimate success in business and in life. Remember: identify your objective, set appropriate milestones and list their supporting tasks, and measure your performance so that you can adjust your plan as necessary.
A-MUZE-ING MOVIE ONE-LINERS TO BENEFIT WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
Muze Clothing taps the creativity of the U.S. Armed Forces to raise monies for military service members wounded in the line of duty
(SCOTTSDALE, AZ., FEBRUARY 10, 2009) – Muze Clothing, the T-shirt company that celebrates the application of classic movie lines to real world scenarios, is continuing its commitment to helping worthwhile causes with its latest promotional venture “Muze for Our Warriors.” From now through April 1, 2009, men and women currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and their supporters, are encouraged to submit their favorite movie one-liners along with a T-shirt design for their chance to win a trip for four to Los Angeles, California on May 16th 2009 for the official T-shirt launch party.
100% of the proceeds raised from the subsequent sale of the winning T-shirt will go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
“Supporting our troops is the number one priority of the entire Muze family,” said Bill Deacon, co-founder, Muze Clothing. “This campaign taps into the talents of our service men and women, challenging their creativity to come up with our next Muze T, while raising awareness and financial support for an incredibly worthy cause. We hope it will also serve as a poignant reminder of the incredible sacrifice our military men and women make every day for our country.”
The winning T-shirt will be selected from all eligible entries by a panel of celebrity judges. New judges will be announced on the Muze for Our Warriors Facebook page. The celebrity judges already announced are NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick, CEO of Rotohog.com and former Apprentice winner Kelly Perdew, and MLB All-Star Mark Loretta. Current military service members, veterans of combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, service academy and contracted ROTC cadets and midshipmen are eligible to win via their own submission or a submission made on their behalf by a supporter. Submissions are currently being accepted through the Muze Clothing website at www.muzeclothing.com/warriors. In addition to attending the T-shirt launch party at a famous Los Angeles mansion, the grand prize winner will also have the opportunity to host the available celebrity judges for a day of training at the service member’s home base and will receive a T-shirt for every member of their platoon (or service equivalent unit).
“We are impressed and appreciate the dedication of the Muze family to supporting our troops going back to when founders Bill Deacon and Jeremy Roenick honored the troops at San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical Center in 2007,” said Dana Spencley, Events Manager for Wounded Warrior Project. “We are grateful to Muze for donating the proceeds from the sale of Muze for Our Warriors T-shirts and hope this new partnership will help us draw needed attention to this extraordinary group of men and women who have served our country bravely and helped protect our ability to live freely.”
For further information about the “Muze for Our Warriors” campaign or to find out more about how you can support the Wounded Warrior Project, please contact David Gowel at (617) 401-3345 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Muze Clothing:
Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Muze Clothing, co-founded by Bill Deacon and NHL All Star Jeremy Roenick, combines classic movie lines and a progressive graphic design into a comfortable, stylized T-shirt. Fashion forward T-shirts and tanks are currently available for men, women and mothers-to-be. From the onset, Muze has caught the attention of Hollywood celebrities with paparazzi capturing stars such as Ryan Seacrest and Tony Romo donning a Muze original. Muze has dedicated itself to assisting worthwhile causes with charity work for the Brooke Army Medical Center, Center for the Intrepid, Fight against ALS, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and now the Wounded Warrior Project. To get your own Muze original, view the full catalog offering at www.muzeclothing.com.
About Wounded Warrior Project:
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. For more information, please call 877 TEAM WWP (832-6997) or visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Congrats to Chuck Champion and the remaining team members at ProElite, Inc. who are still alive and kicking! Looks like King of the Cage is going to be their mainstay and that it is being operated profitably.
I do believe I’m the luckiest man alive!
What do you think of the B2B look and feel? Should have the new site up for formal feedback in the next week.