Monthly Archives: April, 2016

Zero Capital Sweat Equity Event Planning or Z.C.S.E.E.P.


Zero Capital Sweat Equity Event Planning or Z.C.S.E.E.P. Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo where I try to make an Acronym out of just about anything.

Z.C.S.E.E.P: or Zero Capital Sweat Equity Event Planning is a technique I have been trying to Master and hope to teach others. I can break it down for you, but you have to give me a minute or two of your time. See I have worked as an Engineer for about 20 years and I have found out there are Acronyms for just about everything. And no one can agree so they make different acronyms for the same thing. So I figure why can’t I just make up a few along the way?

Zero Capital Sweat Equity Event Planning or Z.C.S.E.E.P.

So I have worked on launching processes and products and there is a concept of a Zero Capital Launch. This means the company will not invest any money into new capital. This means you have to salvage as much from the company’s existing stored inventory. Now for this case, it means if you are going to plan an event, you have to do the best you can to not spend any money. You can use free online tools to plan and promote your event. Let’s face it, people get their news from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and all the other Social Media Tools as much as they do from Traditional Media outlets. You can use Free Email, Free Online Office Tools and even Free Conference Calling and Video Chatting. Who needs to spend money to get people involved?

Z.C.S.E.E.P: or Zero Capital Sweat Equity Event Planning:

So Zero Capital Event Panning or Z.C.E.P. should be easy to understand. But this is about Zero Capital Sweat Equity Event Planning or Z.C.S.E.E.P. so where does the Sweat Equity come into play? Lots of people who have been involved in Real Estate understand Sweat Equity.   When you buy a house and fix it up yourself before you sell it. The work you put in is called Sweat Equity. So what if you used social media to get a bunch of people together to clean up a park or start and after school program in your neighborhood. The work that people put in by volunteering would be Sweat Equity. Maybe you can find a sponsor to buy t-shirts and provide snacks. See people are not getting paid a salary; they are putting in Sweat Equity.

Z.C.S.E.E.P: or Zero Capital Sweat Equity Event Planning: The opposite of Pyramids and Ponzi Scams.  Too many times people fall for get rich quick schemes or believe they can make something out of nothing. Truth of the matter, most get rich schemes are based on you putting money in and then trying to hustle to get your money back out. Sign up to a system, buy a monthly minimum of product that you have to try to sell and get more people to sign up to your business. Does this sound familiar? So what if someone said, hey; let’s get a bunch of people together to volunteer at a food bank or a homeless shelter. Let’s partner with them and do volunteer drives and fund raisers and let’s use Social Media to spread the word. Zero Capital Sweat Equity Event Planning:


So maybe I have to work on this Acronym? Z.C. S.W.E.E.P. or Zee-See-Sweep: What do you think? What if you could join a group on LinkedIn of Facebook where you could encourage people and then find other people who think the same way? Then you could invite people to get involved in their community? That is the purpose of the Point Of Light Network. Why not join us? The Point of Light Network! Join us On LinkedIn: & Facebook. Find out more on Slideshare:

Z.C.S.E.E.P: or Zero Capital Sweat Equity Event Planning:

You can make something out of nothing. You can make a difference without throwing money at a problem. You can help others just by sharing your story. All you have to do is try!


Dream the Big Dream

Dream the Big Dream

Wright Brothers

Then break it down into goals:

Then break the goals down into steps.

The make a plan for each step.


Dream the Big Dream!

Break the big dream down into goals and milestones with dates and deadlines. Figure out what you can do on your own and where you need help. You will find you will get more done if you find help, if you find a mentor you can trust and build a team you can trust.


Break the goals down into steps. Figure out what needs to be done first and get started. Invite others to join you. Action and Energy create results. Share those results. Share the credit and take more of the blame. Make sure your team really wants to be a part and gets recognition for what you do as a team. Make your team matter.

Take each step and turn it into a plan. Ask for input and ask for help. Make sure everyone has help.   You do not need heroes and renegades; you need people who work well together. Work together, learn together and grow together.


You may find not everything goes as planned. Change the plan, but do not change the dream

You can still thank your team for the work they have done. Even if you miss a goal or two do not miss out on building a stronger team. Thank people, take the time to write them a note, or talk to them. Make a personal connection to go with the professional connection. Respect each other, Learn from each other and get stronger together.


You may have to adjust your goals but do not adjust the dream.

You may beat or exceed your goal, you may fall short.   Adjust your plan but do not adjust your dream. Keep working, keep learning and keep growing. Make sure you use every Milestone to make your team stronger. Thank the team for their work at every milestone. Continue to learn together and grow together. Do not give up on the dream.


Dream the Big Dream; then break it down into goals. Then break the goals down into steps. The make a plan for each step.


Dream the Big Dream! Plans may change, but do not change the Dream, Steps may change but do not change the Dream and Goals may change but do not change the Dream.

Air Cav infantry Soldiers compete in company challenge

Chase the Big Dream!

Being the Best you can Be!

Being the Best you can Be!

The only think that you can really do is be the best version of you. The only thing that I can be is the best version of me. Joe Luellen as inspired by Dr. Seuss.

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

So today I tackle a very touchy subject. I challenge everyone out there ot be the best version of themselves that they can be. I challenge you to be the best you that you can be. I challenge myself to be the best me that I can be.

A long time ago, a friend of mine bought a book on how to solve the Rubik’s Cube. We practiced all summer and got pretty fast at it. We even entered a contest at our local shopping mall. We could solve the cube in about 90 Seconds. That was the best we could do after all the practice that we did. 90 seconds after reading a book and memorizing a series of moves for each situation. The thing about it, was that there were people who could solve it in under a minute. They we better than I was at solving the Rubik’s Cube. I was ok with it. I did my best.

Now there have been times in my life where I have been called arrogant and have been told that I think I am better than other people. This is where the paradox of this article begins. How do you become the best that you can be at something without other people thinking that means you think too highly of yourself? How can you have confidence without being seen as arrogant? If you truly are the best at something and if you get paid a ton of money to do it, will the money turn you into a monster?

I see this all the time in Business, Entertainment, Sports and Politics. People flock to be ever so loosely associated with people who are famous. The clothes they wear, the items they buy are endorsed by celebrities who are getting paid to wear and sell those items. It is ok for our favorites to be larger than life, but people hate if it someone they know tries to make a name for them-self? Why? Why, why, why? I love to play the Bass Guitar. I feel like I am above average at it. I pushed my-self for years to be the best I could be. Some people made fun of me, but I had fun playing the Bass Guitar. It is something I practiced. Now that did not make me a better Cook or Plumber or anything else. It did not make me rich or famous; it was just something I loved to do. I think people are all unique and all of us have different skills. I think everyone should be the best that they can be based on the God given gifts we all possess. Should you be paid less at something you are very good at and worked very hard at because the next person may not have the same level of talent, skill or maybe just flat out luck?

Why do we love our favorite Entertainers, Business Idols, Politicians and Athletes who are very confident in their abilities, and yet when someone we may or may not know wants to rise up, we hate them? Why would you hate someone for wanting to be the best they can be? Maybe you don’t hate others; but if you try to be the best you can be, someone may hate you. They may be jealous or threatened by you. You may be better than them. Remember haters gonna hate.

I have no love loss and nothing to gain by loving or hating most musicians. I personally find it funny how all the larger than life videos out their made by people trying to be more than they were and then they go bankrupt. From MC Hammer to 50 Cent lot’s of musicians who bragged about living large and were loved by fans went bankrupt, but if you walked around saying how large you were living, someone out there is going to hate you.

So how do you become the best you that you can be? How do you promote yourself without coming off as fake? I am not sure but I think… 1: You do your best. 2: Try to promote for others. 3: Don’t define yourself by the hate of others. 4: Keep self-promotion to minimum. Be the best you that you can be and remember haters are going to hate.

So if a friend of mine loses their job should I quit or take a pay cut? No. I will help them find a new job. But me having a job does not make me better than someone else. It just means that I am fortunate to have a job. That does not mean I do not have my share of problems. See sometimes people only see what they want to see and not the whole picture in your life. Haters are gonna hate. You don’t have to hate back. You are your only competition. Be the best you that you can be.

We have all heard it a bunch of times. This cold hard world will hit you with everything it has. The rat race will run you over. The big machine will chew you up and spit you out. The only way you have a fighting chance is to believe in yourself, help others, accept others help and keep fighting. If you are doing your absolute best, someone is going to hate on you. Don’t let that stop you. Know who you are and give it your best!

Planning a successful event:

Planning a successful event:

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  I try to spread good news and encourage people.  Most of the time I feel like I am encouraging myself more than anyone else, so if I can reach 1 person or 10 people that is enough for me.  So I hope this post and blog finds you well.  I have had the honor and privilege of helping plan, promote, organize, run and perform at different events in different capacities.  Some were successful and others were not.  Each step of the way I was able to learn some things and I would like to share what I have learned.  I hope I can help you take your ideas to realistic and successful completion.

All events start as an idea in someone’s mind.  It can be a birthday party or a school dance or a church picnic or a community parade.  Then they are communicated to a group of people who begin to plan and organize the event.  Then after work and promotion word is spread and hopefully the event becomes a reality.  Depending on the size and scope of the event many factors have to be considered.  If event is ultimately successful cannot be fully gauged until everything is over and done.  Any range from a dozen things to hundreds of things must go right for one event to be considered a success.  Don’t let this scare you.  Start with the idea and learn at each step along the way.  Let me break it down into a simple list, and then I will go in-depth into each point.

1:  Make a list of ideas for events you want to try to create.

2:  Pitch your favorite ideas to a few people.

3:  Put together a team of people you can count on to help you.

4:  Define what you call a successful event.

5:  Put together a to-do list and a time line

6:  Stay Flexible

7:  Stay focused on the goals

8:  Ask for feedback at each milestone

9:  Thank everyone as much as you can.

Don’t let this list bother you.  There is a lot to do if you want to make an idea a reality.  You can have fun, but you need help.  The bigger the event you want to plan the bigger the team you need.  Have fun with it.  That is the whole point.  I have planned smaller events and participated in larger events and have learned a lot along the way.  Some went very well and some failed; I learned something from each one.  I have had big dreams and small dreams.  I am still chasing the big dreams.  I have learned that big dreams are actually a series of small dreams and big events are a series of small events.  Now let’s walk back through this list.

1:  Make a list of ideas for events you want to try to create.

Let your mind wander.  Make a list of every type of event you want to produce.  Then make a short list of your favorites.  Start with one.  It is ok to start small; one of the major mistakes people make is trying to “Go Big” on their first events instead of learning from the process.  Pick your favorite event and think it through.  Picture it in your mind; try to see it from the planning stages and the point of view of the person who would attend the event.

2:  Pitch your favorite ideas to a few people.

Some people will like it and some people won’t.  Some people will promise to help you and others won’t.  Don’t let that stop you.  It is not that your idea is not good, it may be that you see what you are trying to do and others may or may not see it, they may or may not agree with you or they may have their own ideas.  Either way this is all part of the learning process.  The Beatles were turned down many times before they signed their first recording contract.  Hold on to your favorite ideas and keep pitching them.  You may have to refine your pitch but you will know when the time is right.

3:  Put together a team of people you can count on to help you.

There is a difference between putting together a team and putting together a team you can count on to help you.  Some people will promise to help you and then you will never hear from them again.  Others will always be too busy to help even though they said they would.  There are people who will only help if you let them take control of the idea and take all the credit, and there are people who say they will help purely to try to find a way to take advantage of you.  You need to keep your Radar “ON” and figure out who will actually help you.  Brainstorm the details of the event.  One clear sign that people will help is when people ask for specific tasks and deadlines.  They will ask, “What do you need me to do and when do you need it by?”  That is a good sign and gives you a timeline you can track.

4:  Define what you call a successful event.

What is this event designed to do?  Is it to raise awareness about a cause?  Is it to celebrate a milestone or accomplishment?  Is the event planned purely for people to have fun in a safe environment?  If you have five people planning the event, ask the group what a successful event will be, what are the goals?  This will give you targets to track.  Not all events are designed to turn a profit, but will more than likely need to know how much of a budget you are working within for the event.

5:  Put together a to-do list and a time line

Let’s get a bunch of people together and go do???  Who, what, when, where, why, how, how much… these are all questions that need to be answered.  A “To-Do List” and a “Time Line” are the things that help an idea become a reality.  What needs to be done and by when and who is going to get it done?  Have a plan and a backup plan for each detail.  Yes, I have seen some people just say, Hey I am throwing a party and just shoot from the hip and a bunch of people show up.  This is rare.  It happens all the time in a movie, where a big party breaks out.  Not every concert is a sell-out, not every song is a hit; so not every event will be standing room only.  How many people is enough, how many is too much, how many are not enough?  Have a plan and backup plan.  How are you going to get the word out about your event and by when?  Have a plan and a backup plan.  Should people RSVP or buy advance tickets or can they just show up?  Have a plan and a backup plan.  The answer is in the details and the details are the “To-Do List” and the “Time Line!”

6:  Stay Flexible

Life Happens so have backup plans.  It is important to have back up plans and back up people in case the people you need drop out or let you down.  Track the deadlines along the way.  Everyone needs help now and then.  This is all part of getting to know who you can count on.  Give people the benefit of the doubt, but don’t let them keep letting you down and while you continue to count on them.  You cannot do everything.  Let me say it again and again, you need back-up.  Sometimes it is better to let others take the lead while you are their backup.  I have learned a lot by standing back and watching people run or not run with their own ideas.  Some things you can let slide or find a way to work around if someone or something let’s you down.

7:  Stay focused on the goals:

Listen; there are the Big Goals and all the details.  Stay focused on the Big Goals.  Too Many Big Goals at one event is a way to guarantee failure.  Keep it simple and don’t sweat the small stuff.  Book after book have been written on the subjects.  If the goal is to raise $1000.00 for charity and you raise $900.00 but the band didn’t show up, can people still have fun and was the event still a success?  What if the band shows up and you raise $2000.00 for charity but a bunch of fights break out?  Was the event still a success?  Stay focused on the Big Goals.  Too many details can be worse than not enough details.  Look back at Item Six!

8:  Ask for feedback at each milestone:

What is working and what is not?  Are you ahead or behind schedule?  People work harder when they are having fun.  Make sure you are asking for feedback from people who are helping.  Ask for input, but don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Save some ideas for the next event.  Keep building and growing and learning along the way.  Find out who you can count on and train up backup people to take over so you can give other people a break.  You can be all things to all people in all places at once, you need a team and you need to know how well people are responding to each thing that needs to get done.

9:  Thank everyone as much as you can.

Give yourself credit if you have given your best, but give others more credit; it takes a team.  Phone calls, emails, card and letters.  Say thank you to people and really mean it.  If you give others credit, sooner or later you will get credit for what you do.  If you are working with people you can count on, things will get done and you can share the spotlight.  Stay focused on working with people who can count and people who will work together as a team.  This is when the most work will get done and people will have the most fun along the way!