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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!


Four years of blogging?

Four years of blogging?

Four years of spreading good news and trying to give quality advice, the kind of advice that I will follow. Four years of trying to build, from the ground up a motivational network of people who will encourage each other. Four years.

And what has it got me? A book deal: No, not yet. Any television n time: No, not yet. A movie deal with options on a sequel: No, not yet. So why do we do this again. Why do I do this again, blog in hopes of finding an audience?

I do this because I believe in seed time and harvest. My harvest may not have come in yet, but I plant seeds of good news and I water by trying and trying again, and encouraging others to try. I get peace of mind in knowing that I am trying to make things better by spreading good news instead of gossip. And I get to learn because I learn by doing, studying and mentoring others who are just getting started. I get to learn by talking to other people who are also blogging or speaking or networking and trying to help others. I learn because it is not enough for me to just blog, I want to make a difference by volunteering hands on so I go and help out when I can.   I want to make a difference so I invite others to join me when I can.

I could tell you that it is raining outside and my car won’t start; but I choose to tell you that no matter what you are going through to hold on, the sun will rise tomorrow.   I choose good news over bad. I choose the lesson over the pity party. I choose to want to make a difference instead of placing blame. I choose to keep blogging.

Four years of blogging and each year I reach more people. If only one person a day finds something I blog worthwhile, then maybe I can reach 365 people a year. If in 4 years 1000 people have found something worthwhile to hold onto from my quest to spread good news, then it is worth it.

No book deal, yet. No television interviews, yet. No movie options, yet. But in 2016 I hope to get out and speak more, I hope I can help produce some motivational and professional networking workshops. I also hope to help find 100 jobs for 100 people. I also hope I can volunteer once a month and invite others to join me. Four years of blogging and it has been worth it.

Thank you for tuning in. See you on the other side.

Dirty Hands and Clean Hearts:

Dirty Hands and Clean Hearts:

There was a time when the term “Getting Your Hands Dirty” meant to do the work that was needed to get done.  Think of a farmer who would be afraid to get their hands dirty.  Now “Getting Your Hands Dirty” is a negative thing.  Getting “Dirt on your hands,” now seems to mean getting “Blood on your hands.”  I think it is the heart’s intention that matters.  Can you get your “Hands Dirty” and keep your “Heart Clean?”

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  I try my best to find the positive no matter what I am going through, no matter what the situation.  So I am trying to see life from the good side.  So many people want others to do the work.  So many people have been cynical for so long that getting your hands dirty means doing dirty work instead of doing garden work.  So I say do the work but keep your intentions honest, keep your heart clean.

A cold heart and dirty hands are not a good combination.  We see people who keep their “Hands Clean” as people who don’t get involved in “Dirty Work.”  Again, I ask to think of a Farm and think of a Garden.  I would like to believe that people who garden, people who farm; that people who tend to crops understand that hard work and good intentions can lead to dirty hands.  Some people associate keeping your hands clean to keeping out of the line of fire and having other people do your dirty work.  Again, it is a matter of your intentions.  Do you have a “Clean Heart” or a “Cold Heart?”  If you have a cold heart, dirty work means you do harm to others.  A warm heart, a clean heart that nurtures others; when you get your hands dirty, it means you are willing to make the sacrifices for others when times get hard.  Lots of people “Talk” about what needs to get done, but “Who” is doing the work?

Dirty Hands and Clean Hearts are the people who will clean up a park.  Dirty Hands and Clean Hearts are people who will haul trash out of an abandoned neighborhood.   It means you will help paint a house for someone who may not be able to do it for themselves.  Dirty Hands and Clean Hearts are the people who will clean up after a disaster and help people get back on their feet.  If your heart is clean, do not be afraid of getting your hands dirty; do the work.  Be the person who will volunteer on the front line of neighborhood clean ups, or food banks or soup kitchens or homeless shelters.  If it means you mop the floors, then mop the floors.  It is easier to wash dirt off your hands than off your heart.  Keep your heart clean, but don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Dirty Hands and Clean Hearts:

G.I.V.E. – Get Involved, Volunteer to Empower.

G.I.V.E. – Get Involved, Volunteer to Empower.

Get Involved!  Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  I am asking you to act.  I am asking you to Get Involved!  I am asking you to do more than think about it, be worried about it or assume someone else will do what you think should be done.  I am asking you to take some time, give it some effort and get involved.

There are hundreds of ways that you can help out.  I am not trying to tell you what to believe, I am asking you to get involved in any cause you truly think you should support.  My only hope is that your intent is not to hurt or suppress others.  You will be amazed by what you will learn if you get involved.  If you get around like-minded people who support the same causes you can share knowledge and refine your skills.  You will be able to network with people and hopefully learn from them.  You will also appreciate your skills more.  There is a lot of growth and satisfaction that can come from helping others.

G.I.V.E. – Get Involved, Volunteer to Empower.

Volunteer, it is simple.  There are plenty of great causes that need your help.  More than they need your money, they need Volunteers to help do the work.  You see, while there are many noble causes, not all people are noble.  Not all people can be trusted, and not everyone has your talents.  You may be the difference between one more person getting the help they need, or not getting any help at all.  This is worth more than money.  This can very well be about showing someone you care for them and their well-being.  Listen, sometimes is it better to find out where your money is going before you give your money to a cause.  If people what your money but not your help, maybe just maybe you should not give them either.  Find out the Truth of where the money is going first hand, Get Involved, Volunteer!

G.I.V.E. – Get Involved, Volunteer to Empower.

Empower.  The best way to help someone is to show them how they can help themselves.  After you get involved, after you have volunteered and you know that a cause is a worthy cause; help others get involved and learn what you have learned.  Bring more volunteers with you.  Leading more people to serve others is a form of Servant Leadership.  You can help change your community and build a network just by helping others get involved.  Simple things like Tutoring Services or Voter Registration Drives or After School Programs for the Children of your Neighborhood can make a big difference.  If you have gotten involved and volunteered than you can help others get involved and become a Leader in your own right.  You can help empower others to help change their neighborhood.  I have heard it said that “All boats rise with the tide.”  If that is true we all are helped by helping others learn to help themselves.  How can argue with that line of thinking?

G.I.V.E. – Get Involved, Volunteer to Empower.

What can one person do?

One person can make a difference.  Today I volunteered at Gleaner’s Food Bank Warehouse in Detroit.  Even though there were lots of people in groups, I volunteered as an individual.

Gleaners Crowd

You may wonder how much of a difference one person can make.  Today I am here to tell you, you can make a difference.  Regardless of your circumstance, I challenge you to get involved.  Volunteer one day a month.

Gleaners Pasta Box

Today my task was simple, take frozen pasta from big boxes and bag them up.  Each bag would more than likely feed a family.  I was able to do this much in one hour.

Gleaners Pasta Bags

I was working with a team of people taking boxes and filling bags.  In a few hours we were able to fill hundreds of bags pasta that will help feed hundreds of families.

Gleaners Hallway

You can make the same kind of difference.  You can volunteer at a food bank or a shelter one day a month and help make a difference in a lot of people’s lives!  A few friends of mine and I have started a new service organization called the Point of Light Network.  We are striving to provide Community Service, Team Building, Leadership Development and Motivation to provide Real World results!

Gleaners Community Food Bank


The Point of Light Network


The Point of Light Network on LinkedIn


The Point of Light Network on Facebook


Refresh your connections.

Sometimes after a while, I notice my links from my WordPress Blog to Facebook or LinkedIn or Google are broken.  Sometimes I receive a notice to repair my connections.  Depending on what computer system, operating system and web browser combination I am using at the time, this can be an easy or difficult process. So without getting overly technically “cyberiffic” let me say that is a good practice to refresh our connections.  So today’s topic is refresh your connections.

“Cyberiffic” is a new term I have coined a hybrid of terrific performance in cyberspace.  Now we can move on.  Refresh your connections.  This is more than just linking one webpage to another webpage.  This is a challenge to actually try to connect with people.  Instead of a mass spam hello, why not a personal message for each of your links?  Instead of a text message, why not a telephone call?  Instead of an e-mail, why not a postcard?  Instead of a Web chat or video conference, why not a face-to-face sit-down over lunch or coffee?

Refresh your connections.  I am going to challenge myself to volunteer at different community service organizations once a month and invite as many people as possible to join me.  I am going to try to connect with people once a month for sit down conversations, workshops and public speaking events.  I am going to try to film them and share them with as many people as possible.  I want to make real connections with real people and share these connections with the world.

Refresh your connections.  You can do this also, you can invite people to do more than just show off, promote a party or be a voyeur into other people’s lives.  You too can use social media to create real world results.  That is kind of the point of 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo and the Point of Light Network.  Creating real world results, all you have to do is refresh your connections.  Take an extra minute to make a personal connection instead of a mass spam induced grab for attention.

Repair your connections.  You may have to take a minute to get back in touch with someone and rehash something where you could not find agreement.  You may have to let time heal an old wound.  In the past I have held grudges and hurt people.  Am I sorry, yes I truly am; but we need to find a way to keep moving forward.  Sometimes you have to realize there are some things you can fix and some things you can’t and keep moving forward.  It is not about holding each other back, it is about not blocking someone from finding their own way if they do not want to go your way.  Am I good at repairing connections?  No, but I can try.  Am I good at refreshing connections, maybe and that is even easier.  They both start the same way, reaching out with a simple hello.  If you have wronged someone, say you are sorry and admit what you have done.  If you can work it out, work it out.  If you can not agree, then it is better to leave it alone than to keep stirring the pot.

Refresh your connections.  Try to make a real personal connection.  Take an extra minute and let people know how they are special in your life and tell them about their unique gift or talent.  If you are going to be friends, be friends who look out for and appreciate each other.  This is more than just who has the most links, it is about who can make quality connections.

Again, I am going to invite people to come along with my a couple of times a month to volunteer and to have some face to face conversations.  You can do it also, or you can do your own thing your own way.  Just find a way to refresh your connections!

Brainstorming and Barn Raising:

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo, where I shoot from the hip and try to find inspiration and motivation from what ever I see, hear or just comes to mind.  Today’s topic is Brainstorming and Barn Raising.  I am a big dream hunter.  This is just how I am wired.  It took me a minute to get here.  It took some effort from my friends to get me here.  So I will try to tell you how all of this relates to today’s topic.  Give me a minute, give me 60 seconds to work my Mojo.  Thank you for tuning in again.

Brainstorming and Barn Raising:

Search out Brainstorming and you will find many different points of view.  Wikipedia puts it this way:  Brainstorming is a group or individual creativity technique by which efforts are made to find a conclusion for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its member(s).  So here is my take.  Write down your ideas, don’t worry about solving them yet, just write them down.  Now, get together with some people you can trust and just throw some ideas out there.  Keep it light, make it fun.  After a little while, try to find what people think is the best idea, or the best way to solve the problem.  Take a vote, don’t play favorites.  Give everyone a chance.  Once you pick a solution that everyone can agree on, run with it.  Talk is cheap, put the idea into action.  The best idea in the world is worthless if you do not pursue it.

Brainstorming and Barn Raising:

Now once you have an idea that you can agree on, it is time to move onto Barn Raising.  Again, if you search out this term you will get plenty of answers.  My old stand by puts it this way:  A barn raising describes a collective action of a community, in which a barn for one of the members is built or rebuilt collectively by members of the community.  So basically a barn raising is when a bunch of friends get together and try to get something done that would take one person a long time to do alone.  Raising a barn maybe impossible to do by yourself without a lot of heavy machinery, but if enough people work together you may be able to get it done in one day.

Brainstorming and Barn Raising:

The secret ingredient to both Brainstorming and Barn Raising is people working together.  You see in life, one person can working against you can make things a lot harder than they need to be to get things done.  If everyone will set aside their differences and look for the best answer, and then work together to get it done; you would be amazed at the results.  Now you may say that I am old fashion or I am half crazy.  I would say that I am not old fashion but I may be half crazy.  What do you have to lose by testing my theory though?  I have been trying to find a way to get people to work together, and yeah I am getting closer everyday; but I am still nowhere near where I want to be one day.

So how do I know this works?  Well, my wife and I have helped organize fundraisers for charity.  We have volunteered at different food banks and homeless shelters.  We have also tried our hand at team building.  When people work together, you get a lot done and have a lot of fun.  When people don’t show up or work against each other it causes nothing but hurt feelings and bad blood.  I figure I got one shot in life to leave this world a better place than I found it.  What do I have to lose by sharing this with you?

Brainstorming and Barn Raising:

It is what I firmly believe and it is the life I am going to pursue.  Good Old Fashion Brainstorming and Barn Raising in the information age.  Get a bunch of people together, figure out something that everyone can agree on, and see if you can get it done.