In This Issue: Cisco 10GBase-LR SFP Module | Purpose Driven Goals | News to Start Your Day
Happy Friday! We hope you had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend! Any fun things planned? Also, we know that a lot is happening in the world. If there is any way that we can be praying for you, please let us know!
The CK Daily – Back on the Conference Route!
Happy Friday, folks!
I don’t know about you all, but I’m looking forward to a restful weekend! Why? We attended our first conference this week, the first conference I’ve been to since January 2020! I love to travel, meet with prospective partners, and enjoy some GREAT food! It was exciting to be able to attend a conference again! I will say it’s WAY smaller than it used to be. However, the smaller conference allowed us to spend more time with prospective partners, which is always good!
So this brings me to the question: are you ready to attend conferences or meet face to face with your partners or clients?
Hot Topic of Day
Manchester City is the reigning champions of the English Premier League and they are now seeking to reduce the amount of landfill waste. They will introduce an “edible coffee cup as an amazing solution to waste. You’ll be able to eat your cup!
The cup is made by a Scottish startup called BioBite, and is essentially a 100-calorie vegan biscuit in the shape of a cup. Made with wafer in much the same way as an ice cream cone, the cup will stay leak-proof for 12 hours, and even more amazingly, crunchy for a full 45 minutes, which for the American readers is exactly and always one-half the duration of a ‘football’ match.
Do you think you’d enjoy this cup alternative? Would you drink it fast enough before the biscuit becomes soggy? We’d love to know what you think! Let us know your thoughts over on the CK Facebook page!
Product Spotlights & Updates
We’ve made it to the end of the week CK Family! We’ve saved one of the bests for lasts – the Cisco 10GBase-LR SFP Module.
The Cisco 10GBase-LR SFP+ transceiver module was designed for long range data transmission and supports data transfer over a distance 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) using singlemode fiber. This transceiver module transfers data at a rate of 10 Gigabits per second and is an ideal option for connectivity needs in large data centers, enterprise wiring closets, large campuses, and Metro Area Networks.
While this SFP+ module is capable of transmitting data over long distances, there is no minimum distance required. As such, this module is also suitable for short range data transmission as well.
Pick one up for 25% off this week!
Purpose Driven Goals – Jon Gordon
Enjoy today’s motivation from Jon Gordon. You can find the full article here.
For years I chose Organic Valley milk over other brands in the supermarket. I had no idea why until I spoke at their remote headquarters surrounded by acres of farm land in the middle of Wisconsin.
I discovered a company that didn’t believe in sales and revenue goals. Of course they forecasted sales for budgetary, planning and growth purposes and measured numbers and outcomes, but they did so with the belief that numbers were just a byproduct of how well they were living and sharing their purpose.
Instead of focusing on goals with numbers, Organic Valley passionately focused on their purpose driven goals: providing opportunities for farmers to make a living; sustainability of the land; and providing families with healthy dairy products that were free of hormones and antibiotics. The result: Organic Valley’s numbers kept growing and growing.
While speaking to an NFL team a few years ago I had each player write their goals on a piece of paper. After a few minutes I had them rip up the paper they had just written on. I was inspired by my friend Joshua Medcalf’s book Burn Your Goals but didn’t want to be the guy known for causing a fire in an NFL meeting room so I had them rip up the paper instead.
You could hear the complaints and feel their anger and frustration while they ripped up the paper they had just spent time and energy writing on. I then asked, “How many of you wrote down win a super bowl, win x number of games, achieve x number of yards, have x number of interceptions, etc.?”
All the hands went up. I told them that every person in every NFL meeting room has the same goals. So it’s not the goals that will make you successful. Otherwise everyone and every team would be successful after writing down their goals. Instead it’s your commitment to the process, your growth and your purpose that drives you to reach these goals that will determine what you accomplish.
I then had them write down their commitments and purpose for playing and had them share with the rest of the team. It was powerful.
The truth is numbers and goals don’t drive people. People with a purpose drive the numbers and achieve goals. Research clearly shows that true motivation is driven by meaning and purpose rather than extrinsic rewards, numbers and goals.
A study of West Point alums showed that those who had intrinsic goals, “I want to serve my country and make a difference” outperformed those with extrinsic goals “I want to rise in the ranks and become an officer because it’s prestigious.”
Goals may motivate you in the short term but they will not sustain you over time. Without a good reason to keep moving forward during challenges you either quit or go through the motions like one of the walking dead.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t measure numbers or have goals. It’s okay to have a goal you want to achieve but once you identify a goal or outcome you will be more powerful and energized if you focus on your purpose. Your greater purpose will lead to greater performance!
Purpose-driven goals sell more milk, win more football games, enhance performance and lead to outcomes that far surpass your numbered goals.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- Apple will allow app developers to email their users about alternative purchase options, in a major change to App Store policies. App makers want to contact their customers directly to encourage them to pay directly and avoid Apple’s App Store fees, which range from 15% to 30% of gross sales.
- The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it will forgive $1.1 billion in student debt for 115,000 borrowers. The debt forgiveness will go to those who attended ITT Technical Institute, a for-profit school that is now defunct.
- Peloton said it’s cutting the price of its less expensive Bike product by about 20% to $1,495. The price drop will also take effect in the U.K., Canada, Germany and Australia.
- Tropical Storm Ida is strengthening in the Caribbean Sea and is forecast to threaten the northern U.S. Gulf Coast as a major hurricane this weekend.
- Tesla filed an application with the Texas Public Utility Commission to sell electricity in the state.