DnD Stories - Overcoming Adversity Stories

Hey, what's up heroes? So, when you put out a new video every week, you never know where your next topic's coming from. This week's topic is actually from a Dungeons & Dragons session. So, I'm gonna give you three tips on how to overcome impossible odds inspired by a session where my group had to infiltrate a goblin kingdom, assassinate the king, and rescue a prisoner. So, if you'll stick around to the end, I'll tell you a little bit more about that story and give you a special bonus tip that's gonna put it all together for you. 

All right, so how do you overcome impossible odds? The first thing is you have to be prepared. You can't wait for the moment to arrive, you have to do everything in your power, everything you have control over, to get ready for that moment. The next thing is to be patient 'cause no matter how bad you want that moment to come, sometimes it is out of your control. So all you can do is be prepared, be patient, and wait for the moment to arrive. Keep your eyes out for that opportunity. And then the third thing to do is to attack. When that opportunity comes, you gotta jump on it. You can't be indecisive, you can't wait. You've gotta be ready to take action.

All right. So, back to that goblin story. My group had got some potions that would turn us in to goblins for three hours, so we were on the clock and it was looking like we were gonna fail. We had 30 minutes left. Even our Dungeon Master, he saw no way we're gonna get through this. And then that moment arrived. I'd been hidden for the better part of an hour, my character had been, and a door opened to the throne room. I rushed in, I was able to assassinate the king, I cast a spell to disguise myself as the king, and then walked out and ordered that we take the prisoners out of the kingdom, out into the woods to murder them, basically, 'cause they were causing problems. 

Of course, the prisoners were the ones who were trying to escape. The people taking them out were actually all the goblins in my group. And so, out of nowhere, we're totally desperate and then that moment came, we took the opportunity, and we were able to succeed, even though when we started, we saw no possible way it could work out. So, sometimes you just have to wait and you have to watch and you have to find that time when you can act and make everything you're trying to do work. All right, so that's my tip for the week and my little D&D story. If you liked this video, hit the like button below, share it with your friends, and don't forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching and I will see you in the next video. 

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Be the Coffee Bean - Lead Before You're a Leader

Hey, what's up heroes? Another week has passed. I'm now 30 videos into this channel so there's plenty of great stuff out there for you. This week I'm going to talk about how to lead when you're not in a leadership position, so make sure you stick around and check that out.

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I was thinking back to some stories that really were big life changers for me. The first one is a story of the coffee bean. If you've ever heard that it's basically if you take a pot of boiling water and you put a egg in the water the egg's going to get hard. If you put a potato in the water the potato is going to get soft. But if you put a coffee bean in the water the coffee bean will change the color of the water, so it's going to change the water. You want to be the coffee bean. 

That's a great story. I love that. It's just kind of a simple reminder. I remember having "Be the coffee bean!" written on my whiteboard back in the day.

That brings me to another similar story. If you've ever seen Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement speech, it's amazing. I'm going to link to that video in the description below. Steve Jobs talks about basically everything that's out there was put in place by people no smarter than us. There's nothing we can't change. He also talks about doing great work. He says, "If you're going to spend a large portion of your life going to work every day, so why not do great work." By being the coffee bean and trying to make the changes in the world, changes in your job, changes in your company that you want to see and trying to do great work, you can be a leader while you're still not in that leadership position yet.

That's my message for this week. If you take a look in the description below I'm going to include a link to my Facebook group, The Hero of Mastermind. Please come, connect with me on there. I would love to answer your questions, help you out with whatever you're struggling with, or just get to know you better. Come connect on Facebook.

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First Time Manager Tips - How to Manage Your Former Peers

What's up heroes? This week, we're going to be talking about how to manage your former peers and also just how to deal with those changing relationships in your workplace when you get promoted. Make sure you stick around in the end for a bonus.

Hi, I'm Roman Ryder, and on this channel, I'll help you unlock your powers and be the hero of your story. If you're new to my channel, make sure you click below and subscribe. I put out new videos every week, and you don't want to miss out. First thing to consider is managing your peers. This is pretty tricky. One, these people may be your friends, you know, you previously were working with. You have to start to kind of create some boundaries there between you and them. 

It should be a little bit uncomfortable. You don't want to be too buddy-buddy with them, because one, you want to be their boss. Two, they need you to be their boss. You can't be their friend. You need to be their boss. Okay. Two, you may have interviewed against some of these people. They're watching you to see what you're going to do in this position, to see if you actually deserve it. Hopefully, everybody that was your peer thinks you deserve it. They've worked with you, and hopefully they have high thoughts of you, and kind of understand why you were hired to fill that position.

You're going to have to go out there and show them you're capable of doing this. How do you do that? One thing you can do is start to fix some problems. You know what the problems are. You have a huge advantage, because you just came from there. You understand the issues they're dealing with, so you can look for some quick fixes, some quick wins to help them out and make their jobs a little better. They're going to appreciate that you're in that position, and you're helping them out and making things better. The other thing you can do is to ask them what the problems are, because they may have things that you don't know about that are specifically affecting them in their role.

If you take a long in the link above and the description below, I'll link back to my video from a few weeks ago on how to deal with your first 90 days in a new supervisor or management role. There's some great stuff in there that'll help you out and help them get adjusted to you being their new boss.

The next thing to consider is your new peers. You were working for them, right? One, you've got to learn from them, and two, you've got to become one of them. You can't let them talk down to you or try to give you silence. They should be going to the people that now work for you. You need to kind of stand up for yourself and kind of still walk that line, where you're learning but you're establishing yourself as one of their peers now. 

Something you can do to help with that is, they ask you to do something, just delegate that down to somebody. Show them that you're a boss capable of delegating, and you're not going to do those medial tasks anymore. Another thing you can do is just to show them that you're there to make a difference, so you can find out what pains they have. You're filling this position now. Hopefully there's some opportunities for you there to grow and to help them and make their job a little better. Figure out what you can do to make a difference at your new level, and help out your new peers.

Alright, now the other thing you got to consider is your new boss. The person you're now working for was two levels above you, so you've got to also change their view of you and show them you're capable of doing this job. Make sure you're standing up for yourself, you're acting at the level you're at. Don't let them kind of assign stuff to you that should be going below. Do as I said before, delegate that and tell them you're delegating it. Just kind of make your new role work for you, so that you're getting established in this new position at this new level, and people are seeing you that way.

Alright, so this week's bonus is to just go in there and make a difference. You can't really stand out just by maintaining the status quo, so you were promoted to this position for a reason. Show them why you were promoted. Look for the big wins you can have, the big changes you can make. The things that bothered you when you were in your previous role. Go out there and make a big difference. Show them why they promoted you, and show them that you're the best person to fill this job. 

Alright, so if you take a look in the description below, I'm going to include the link to my new Facebook group, the Hero Mastermind. I'd love to connect with you on there and help you with whatever you're working on in your career. Hit me up on there.

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Leadership and Development - How to Get Promoted to Manager

I've always said you have to be before you become. So this week I'm gonna give you some tips and help you figure out how to be a leader and to land that role that you really want. And make sure you stick around the end for a special bonus.

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Alright, so tip number one is to Dress For Success. So, basically, you always want to try to dress one level above the current role you're in if that's feasible. Sometimes you're gonna be in a role that maybe it's not feasible to wear a tie to work every day, but I know for me, I was a supervisor, but I was still out in the field and getting dirty, and I would go to, whether it be sales or places like Sam's or Costco. I would basically just try to get my clothes as cheap as possible, so I got stuff that looked fairly nice, but I could go out in the field and tear it up, and it wasn't the end of the world. So basically, dress for the job you want, and that doesn't mean dress as Batman. Because somebody recommended that to me when I mentioned that. So anyway, dress for success.

Alright, tip number two is Seize Opportunities. So basically you want to look for any opportunities to do special projects, especially if it's projects that are gonna get you visible outside your workplace, maybe to be on a team, especially if you can lead that team, because then you're showing you're able to lead a group already, so you're 'being before you become' the actual leader. Also if you don't have many opportunities like that, sometimes it's just a matter of finding something that you're really passionate about, that maybe nobody else is working on, and you start working on that thing and start drawing attention and getting backing for it. So you basically build your own project to improve something that you're passionate about at work. 

Alright, tip number three is to Step Up. So look for any opportunities you can to fill that role that you want. I know for me, personally, I looked for opportunities to step up and fill the supervisor role, whether the supervisor was leaving for the day, or going on vacation, or whatever the case may be. Same thing if you're looking to move into a management role. I can remember one time I was filling in for my superintendent and also for my plant manager at the time. One was out of the country and one was out of the state. So those are good opportunity to go and get in that role and make some calls, get the feel for what it's like, and you can also include that when you're looking for that role, say, "Hey, I've done this job before."

That brings me to this week's bonus, and that is to make your Resume Fit The Job. That means actually doing the things that that job requires. So look for every opportunity you can to get involved in things that are gonna be part of that role. So when they're reading your résumé, when they're interviewing you, they're thinking, 'wow, this person is already doing this job.' So for me, that was doing things like getting involved in budget meetings and doing different projects and things that would be required of me when I've moved up into that new role that I wanted, so I did everything I possibly could to already know that role before I moved into it.

Alright, if you take a look at the description below, I've included a link to my Facebook group, the Hero Mastermind. I would love to connect with you on there and help you with whatever it is you need to help you move into that leadership role you want.

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The Pareto Principle - How to Improve Productivity

Do you ever feel like you're just always busy, and you just don't have enough time to get everything done? Well this week I'm gonna give you three tips to help you be more productive, and make sure you stick around the end for a special bonus tip.

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Tip number one is to identify the task. So the way I like to do this is to get a pad of sticky notes, and I just write down everything I can think of. So I think about what I do daily, what I do weekly, and what I do monthly, and I just write it all down, take a good 5 or 10 minutes to just write everything you can possibly think of.

Tip number two is to prioritize the task. So the way I like to do this is to take a piece of paper, or a whiteboard, or whatever you have available, and split it up into four quadrants. And as you go up higher it's gonna be a higher impact, and as you go across it's gonna be a higher ease, and you're gonna take all those sticky notes and you're gonna put them in those four quadrants on that chart. And then you're gonna identify the things that are really highly impactful that you can do.

So, if you've ever heard of the Pareto principle, well, this kind of goes with that, or the 80/20 rule. So basically, what that says is that 20% of the things you're doing are gonna have 80% of your productivity. So as you start to put these things in your chart, you'll see those things up top, with the high impact, are gonna be more of the things that fall in that 20% that are getting you 80% of your results. So that's where you'll wanna focus your time and effort.

Tip number three is to apply the four Ds. All right, so the four Ds are: to do it, to delegate it, to defer it, or delete it. So those things that are in the first quadrant, the high impact, high ease, go ahead and just knock those things out. They're easy for you, they're gonna have a big impact; those are the things you wanna do, whether it'd be doing them daily, weekly, monthly, whatever it is, that's where you're gonna focus your time, that's where you're gonna get your 20% that are giving you 80% of the results.

All right, those things that are high impact, low ease, now you really have to think about those. Is it in your strength and passion to do those things? If not, you probably don't wanna waste your time, so go ahead and delegate those. And that means, whether we're finding somebody else to do it, or paying somebody else to do it, whatever you have to do, because your time is worth more than that, so don't waste your time there, get somebody else to do it.

Now, those other two quadrants, the ones that are low impact, that's where deferring and deleting come in. So just either put it off for later, or just totally get it out of your mind and get rid of it off your list. Don't do it anymore, it's a waste of your time.

This week's bonus is clarity, because when you really know what you want, it's easy to decide what you need to say yes to, and what you need to say no to.

And I have a simple question I use for that, and I just ask, "Is this moving me closer to my goal?" If that answer is no, then that's not something I need to be doing.

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Hack Freedom - The Matrix Red or Blue Pill

Put on your sunglasses, because this week we're plugging into the Matrix. I will be giving you five tips on how to hack your freedom and be the one. So buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye.

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Tip number one is take the pill. One of the most famous scenes in the Matrix is where Morpheus offers Neo the choice of the blue pill or the red pill. 

You take the red pill you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit goes.

And of course he chooses the red pill, and he goes further down the rabbit hole. Well, the red pill is really about freedom, and that's kind of the underlying theme of this whole movie. Is that you have freedom of choice, and your fate is not set. When you have opportunities presented to you make sure you choose freedom. Choose that opportunity, and go after it, because like Agent Smith says, there are billions of people in this world living completely oblivious, and they're oblivious to all the opportunities that surround them, and their opportunities to seize their freedom.

Tip number two is to load the software. Just like Neo needed to learn things in the Matrix, there are things you need to learn as well. Just like Neo, you can load the software. So you need to figure out where you're at, and where you want to be, and what you need to learn to get there. So whether it be to advance your career, or get the next promotion, or to start a business, or to take your business to the next level. Whatever it is the knowledge is out there, you just have to load the programs and learn it. 

Tip number three is fight the agents. Morpheus tells Neo that everyone is part of the system, and they want to protect the system, and anyone can be an agent. Well, an agent is those people that are telling you that you can't do it. They're the ones telling you that you can't get that promotion you want, you can't start the business, you can't get out of your job. Whatever it is, you have to keep fighting those agents and not let them tell you that you can't do it.

Tip number four is to shape the world. The Matrix is a world that is pulled over your eyes to hide the truth. The truth is that you can make it anything you want it to be. So just like in the Matrix the rules can be bent or broken. Now one of my favorite quotes is from Steve Jobs, and it was a game changer for me. He said, "That once you realize that everything around you is made up by people that are no smarter than yourself, then you can change it." So go out and shape your world.

Tip number five is believe you're the one. You can't just think you're the one, you have to know you're the one. I can show you the door, but you have to walk through it. You have to be willing to hack your freedom. The Matrix doesn't define Neo, and this world doesn't define you. Whatever happened in your past doesn't define who you are today. Don't let it hold you back. Go out and get the things you want, hack your freedom, and be the one. 

I'm going to include a link in the description below to my Facebook group called the Hero Mastermind. It's a great place for you to go and connect with other people that are on their journey to be the one. 

A world where anything is possible. 

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Leadership Mindset - Building Trust in the Workplace

When you win it's "we" or "they," when you fail it's "I." This is a huge shift in mindset and many leaders struggle with it. So this week I'm going to give you three tips on how to make this shift in your mindset, and make sure you stick around in the end 'cause I'm going to give you a special bonus.

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Tip Number One: is to take care of people. When people leave their house, to stay and go to work, their family is entrusting you as their leader to take care of them, and make sure they come home safe. So treat the people that work for you just like family and take care of them every day.

Tip Number Two: is to recognize people. When you become a leader it's no longer about making yourself look good, it's about making your team look good. If you look in the description below I'm going to include a link to my video on employee recognition and it includes some of my favorite ways to recognize people. So make sure you check that out.

Time Number Three: is to take responsibility. So no matter what happens, it's ultimately your responsibility as the leader of your team. So make sure you have your team's back and take responsibility, and when you do that they're going to recognize that and they're going to have your back as well.

All right, now it's time for today's bonus and that is trust. Because when you do these other three things, you will build trust, and trust is the most important factor for a team. When your team trusts you they will go above and beyond to make a difference, and to make your team successful. They are going to be more engaged, they're going to bring you their ideas, they're going to bring you concerns, and everything is just going to work better. So make sure you do these three things and build trust with your team.

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Managerial Decision Making Process - How to Make Good Decisions

I've had people tell me that I think and act faster than anyone they've ever met, and the reason is because I learned to make decisions at an early age. By the age of 25, I was supervising the engine room of a nuclear powered submarine and I had to be able to quickly figure out what was going on and make good decisions because people's lives depended on it. 

And this week I'm gonna give you four tips on how to make decisions and a special bonus, so make sure you stick around to the end.

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Tip number one is to get the facts. I always say that great leaders ask great questions. When you become a leader, you don't always want to be the smartest person in the room, but you do want to ask the best questions in the room so you can find out exactly what's going on and get all the facts.

Tip number two is to consider the consequences. You want to think about all the different possible outcomes from your decision and decide if it's a low consequence or a high consequence decision, and that way, you know the best way to move forward. 

Tip number three is to consider the timing. You need to decide if this is a decision that has to be made right now or if it can wait 'til later, because if it's a high-consequence decision, you may want to put it off until later or sleep on it or gather some more information.

Tip number four is to consider the players. Sometimes it's not your decision to make. I remember one time when an engineer and I got together and we decided to repair a pump, and it turned out the repair cost was way above my approval amount, so sometimes, it's not your decision to make, so make sure that you don't jump the gun, and consider everyone involved.

Alright, and this week's bonus is to find out if they already know. Sometimes, if you've done a good job with surrounding yourself with good people, they already know what to do. They just don't want to make that decision and take responsibility. So ask them: what do you think we should do? And find out if they already know.

I'm a visual person and I cannot resist the irony of making a decision tree for making decisions. So if you look in the description below, I'm going to include the link to that file, and when you download that file, you'll be the first to know about our free course I'm going to put together on how to make decisions, because I literally had pages of notes when I put together this video and I've got a lot more I'd like to share, so make sure you check that out.

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Millennial Workplace - What Millennials Want in the Workplace

Do you struggle to figure out how to inspire and engage your millennials? Well this week, I'm gonna be telling you what millennials want in the workplace. Make sure you stick around the end for a special bonus.

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The first things millennials want is a voice, so from day one, you need to be getting their ideas. They bring a really different perspective to the workplace. They look at things of how they can apply technology or how they can bring a social aspect to it. So they're gonna bring some really unique ideas and solutions that you need to capture.

The second thing millennials want is to learn and you need to let them learn and grow as fast as they possibly can. You don't want to use the status quo of how long it takes to learn a certain process. Get them involved. Let them go at their own pace. Let them learn and grow as much and as fast as they possibly can and keep them challenged and engaged with your team.

The next thing millennials want is to advance and they're gonna want to move up as fast as they possibly can. So don't look them from how long have they been with the company. Look at them from what skills and expertise they bring to the position.

I really identify with this because I remember as a kid taking karate and I moved up through white and yellow and green and purple belts and four months. Then they told me, "You can't move up again for six months. That's just the way it works." I hated it and that's how millennials feel. Just 'cause you think it always takes that long to move up, for them, if they have the skills and expertise, well, they're ready to go. If you don't move them up in your company or at least find the opportunity for them to learn and grow, they're gonna move out. 

All right and that brings us to my special bonus for this week and that is referral 'cause that's what they're gonna be looking for is they don't get what they need in the workplace. With no pensions, you're typically looking at three to five years for people who are moving, if not sooner than that nowadays. So you really have to figure out how to keep these millennials inspired and engaged. Give them the opportunities they need. Let them learn and grow. Let them advance at the pace that they're ready to do so and get them involved as being the next leaders in your company.

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Interview Tips and Tricks - How to CRUSH a Job Interview

Are you in the market for a new job? Well, this week I'm going to teach you how to absolutely own your job interview. Make sure you stick around till the end because I'm going to give you a bonus that will help you get the right job for you.

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Tip number one is to be prepared. I like to take some notes on my resume prior to the interview, and on that I'll put things like projects I've done, teams I've led, maybe some things from different jobs, different times in my life that aren't included in my resume, and also I like to include some stuff from outside of work like maybe charity work I've done or just different organizations I've been involved with. You never really know what's going to come up, and this way you have some sources to go to, to give you ideas.

Tip number two is to drive the interview. In this case, I want you to drive it like it's stolen. When they ask you a question, go ahead and write that question down, and while you're doing that, look at the notes you took in tip number one and then you're going to answer that question and you're going to steer towards one of those things that you wrote down that you really want to talk about. And you're going to talk until you can't talk anymore, or they tell you to shut up. In this way, you're going to get to cover all of the things that you want to make sure come out in the interview.

Tip number three is to turn the table. Not only are they interviewing you, you're also interviewing them. You want to make sure it's a good fit and you want to ask them the hard questions during the interview. So ask them what are the biggest threats for their organization, what are their challenges, what are the o pportunities for the role that you're interviewing for. The earlier you can bring that up, the better because you can use that in your answers to show them how you can solve their problems.

All right, so now it's time for today's bonus tip and that is to be yourself. You want to go in there and answer the questions honestly and show them exactly who you are and what you're about. So if they give you a job offer, you know that they know what you bring to the job and that you're a good fit for their organization. 

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