Friday, May 30, 2014

Eric Standlee May 30, 2014 at 08:15AM

Will be known as an encourager: J Osteen A simple affirmation, an encouraging comment, or a bit of praise can make a huge difference. When you bless people with your words, you speak faith into them.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Eric Standlee May 27, 2014 at 12:00PM

You're why or dream is THE most important success ingredient. Do you have clarity around your dream? Have you created a dream board yet?

Eric Standlee May 27, 2014 at 10:45AM

You are designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness. Ziglar

Eric Standlee May 27, 2014 at 09:30AM

Do you clearly see your dream? Tell me privately so I can help keep you accountable.

Eric Standlee May 27, 2014 at 08:15AM

Un Líderes primera responsabilidad es definir la realidad. Maxwell

Monday, May 26, 2014

Eric Standlee May 26, 2014 at 06:15PM

Los mejores líderes son oyentes. Maxwell

Eric Standlee May 26, 2014 at 05:00PM

Si se siente solo en la parte superior , usted no está haciendo algo bien. Maxwell

Eric Standlee May 26, 2014 at 03:45PM

Your Biggest Mistake Is Not Asking What Mistake You're Making. Maxwell

Eric Standlee May 26, 2014 at 02:30PM

Keep Your Mind on the Main Thing. Maxwell

Eric Standlee May 26, 2014 at 01:15PM

Don’t Send Your Ducks to Eagle School. Maxwell

Eric Standlee May 26, 2014 at 12:00PM

To See How the Leader Is Doing, Look at the People. Maxwell

Eric Standlee May 26, 2014 at 10:45AM

A Leaders First Responsibility Is to Define Reality. Maxwell

Eric Standlee May 26, 2014 at 09:30AM

Get in the Zone and Stay There. Maxwell

Eric Standlee May 26, 2014 at 08:15AM

The Best Leaders Are Listeners. Maxwell Leadership Gold

Eric Standlee May 26, 2014 at 07:00AM

Never Work a Day in Your life. Maxwell Leadership Gold

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Eric Standlee May 22, 2014 at 01:15PM

God is in complete control. So be a prisoner of hope. Get up each day expecting His favor. Osteen.

Eric Standlee May 22, 2014 at 10:45AM

Resolve to move forward. Don't stay there. Put on a new attitude.

Eric Standlee May 22, 2014 at 09:30AM

I'm closer than I think. Right now God is lining up things in my favor: the right people, the right breaks, the right opportunities.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Eric Standlee May 20, 2014 at 05:00PM

The median household income in Houston was $42,877 in 2011, so an EXTRA $3000 a month or $36,000/mo building residual is BIG!

Eric Standlee May 20, 2014 at 03:45PM

"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails." John Maxwell in DTLWY

Eric Standlee May 20, 2014 at 02:30PM

Eric Standlee's Blog: Self-Improvement Journey

Eric Standlee May 20, 2014 at 01:15PM

the best networking lesson: Help others first and you’ll always make new friends.

Eric Standlee May 20, 2014 at 12:00PM

Network your noggin. Attend public lectures and events at local colleges. These might feature a guest speaker or expert panel. The events are usually designed to drive conversation among attendees before and after—giving you a ready-made conversation starter for meeting people.

Eric Standlee May 20, 2014 at 10:45AM

Rub the right elbows. A great way to support a nonprofit cause and build your network is to volunteer at a gala or pricey fundraiser.

Eric Standlee May 20, 2014 at 09:30AM

Leverage LinkedIn. Send invitations to everyone in your contact database, those in the stack of business cards on your desk, and everyone you meet or see daily.

Self-Improvement Journey

In 2012, because of a new business project, I began to put much more effort into personal development.  I figured it would be good to share my personal development journey.

But, it is way more important who you are talking with than that I share at all.  So, let me introduce myself.

Today, I might be considered a successful person. 

"A winner knows how much he still has to learn even when he is considered and expert by others. A loser wants to be considered and expert by others before he has learned enough to know how little he knows." Sydney J. Harris

But, I grew up the first son of a single mother who had to work 4 jobs to make ends meet most of my young life. When I was 5 she worked 4 jobs and carried a full load in her education masters program while on the dean's list. When I was in junior high and high school, she worked 4 jobs just to keep food on the table. Then she started a venture when I graduated high school that is now a 25 year old company that has funded 1000s of companies and billions of dollars.

I own 10 different companies in different stages of success. But, I count my success in the time I get to spend with my family and the success stories I have created in my funding clients and in my sales teams.

So, maybe my journey in self-improvement might be of some use to others.  Like I said, my current journey in personal development started with a new business project 2 years ago.  Before that, I am not so sure I was aware of personal development per se. I think I read books that some would say I should read, but no one had told me to read them. I just found them. I read books like The Magic of Thinking Big and Think and Grow Rich. I read others like Never Eat Alone and How to Win Friends and Influence People.

It frustrates me to know that I might have had even more success than I have had if someone had encouraged me to read personal development books much earlier.  Of course, personally I am a Christian and of course I read the quintessential personal development book we call our Bible.  But, I learned the hard way the value of personal development.

I don't like to read much. Prior to two years ago, I mostly read fiction outside of reading the Bible.  So, when this business project brought the awareness of my lack of development to the forefront, I began to read like I have never read before. I began reading on subjects like leadership, encouragement, happiness, business success, case studies, biographies, how-to books, and anything I could get my hands on. For instance, one time I heard Will Smith, a personal development mentor from a distance of mine, that he read the book called The Alchemist, I immediately began a search for it. I found that it was so old that it was out of print and could only find a PDF of it online. I read that one book all the way through as quick as possible.

Now, I am in the middle of close to 20 books at any one time and re-reading several in that list for multiple times.

I had heard that "Leaders are Readers" but it sounded trite. As I started reading more, I began to agree with that saying. How can a man get better without looking in the mirror? And, reading a book is like looking the mirror of someone else's life and journey. 

So, the first part of my journey was to find time to read and not take away from my family and my businesses. I began to wake up "earlier" and stay up later to get more "me time" in and work on me instead of me just working.

As I share this journey from time to time, I want to share books that I have found valuable, and I want to share lessons that you can take away from my journey.


  • Begin to read today.
  • Find a personal development mentor or coach either in person or virtually like in a book or on youtube or in audios you can listen to.
  • Find accountability partners who will ask you how your commitment to personal development is coming.
  • But, find time no matter how short a time, and no matter when you can find it even if it is listening from your phone as you drive down the road, but find time for personal development in your life.
I don't currently have any personal development books for sale. I am not trying to sell you anything.

Please share and comment and let others know about your journey too.

Eric Standlee May 20, 2014 at 08:15AM

Your business card is worth more in someone else’s pocket. Always offer your business card to a new friend—even those in flip-flops.

Eric Standlee May 20, 2014 at 07:00AM

Never judge another person based on how they look. Jerry lived this to a T. He was an equal-opportunity introducer. This made his network unique even in our metropolitan area of a million-plus people.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Eric Standlee May 19, 2014 at 06:15PM

When you introduce yourself to a stranger, both of you make a friend. Most people would like more friends.

Eric Standlee May 19, 2014 at 10:45AM

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation. Buck

Eric Standlee May 19, 2014 at 09:30AM

I know that in order to light my fire, I have to get clarity around my dream and own it.

Eric Standlee May 19, 2014 at 08:15AM

Ordinary people can live extraordinary lives when they follow their dreams. (Who said that?)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Eric Standlee May 17, 2014 at 08:15AM

A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.Allen

Eric Standlee May 17, 2014 at 07:00AM

Keep pushing, keep believing, keep hoping, before long you will give birth to that promise and that dream.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Eric Standlee May 16, 2014 at 07:00AM

With every step repeat, "I am going to make it. I am closer than I think. My time is coming. I will come out with twice the joy, twice the peace, and twice the victory. My time is coming. The promise is in me and I will not die until I see it come to pass."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Eric Standlee May 15, 2014 at 11:37AM

You have self confidence. Whatever it is you choose to do, you know you can do it and you choose to do it. You believe in yourself you choose to have incredible belief in who you are now, what you can do, and who you can become in the future.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Eric Standlee May 14, 2014 at 01:15PM

Fear does not exist but hesitation only ever serves to enlarge it. TAKE ACTION.

Eric Standlee May 14, 2014 at 12:00PM

You're not a failure just because you've failed. You're supposed to fail. Get to great going through failure. Not dead yet, can't quit

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Eric Standlee May 12, 2014 at 02:58PM

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Eric Standlee May 12, 2014 at 08:17AM

“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.” ― Will Smith

Eric Standlee May 12, 2014 at 07:01AM

Dream BIG! You give your dreams value by acting on them.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Eric Standlee May 06, 2014 at 08:36AM

“Until thought is linked with purpose, there is no intelligent accomplishment.” James Allen The idea of having a thought without purpose behind it, is the same as having a sailboat without a rudder. No matter how favorable the winds, you will go where you are directed not where you selected. Consider this... You may think great thoughts for yourself but if you don’t know why the thought should be part of your life...Purpose... then even a great thought could be a distraction. Think Purposeful Thoughts Be-Aholic Peter Remington

Eric Standlee May 06, 2014 at 07:00AM

Who should I meet in El Paso Wednesday Evening thru Friday Morning. Can we get coffee, breakfast, lunch, or dinner and network? 281.377.6296

Monday, May 05, 2014

Eric Standlee May 05, 2014 at 06:59PM

I will be in El Paso Wednesday Evening thru Friday Morning. Coffee, breakfast, lunch, or dinner and network? Who do you know? 281.377.6296