Wow, what a month! And I’m not saying that as happy guy who just beat his numbers and exceeded expectations. No, I’m saying that like a man staring down a locomotive while tied to the racks.

This has been a tough month, but my team rode it out.

When I was a young man, a very good friend of mine said, “John, life is difficult and once you understand that it gets a whole lot easier.”

When life is tough, I often revert to that statement. The moment I first heard this, I felt like life was REALLY hard. This feeling can strike you at any time in your life and sometimes more than once. That fear will punch you in the gut and give you a reality check that you desperately don’t want. How you react to that fear will define you as a person.

“Life is difficult.” I understand that now, and it has become a mantra. Be grateful for today, grateful to fail and to have opportunity,  grateful for family, friends, co-workers and teammates.  It’s not going to be easy every day. It’s going to be difficult. So go ahead….have FEAR.

FEAR = Face Everything And Rise

When it seems like it’s all going bad, you need passion for your job or whatever it is to take you through it. If you don’t have the passion to get through the tough spots, you will fail. Face what is hard & rise up.

This month was not what I expect from me or from my team at 9DOTS. What are we doing about it? I know what we aren’t doing. We aren’t taking it on the chin or quitting.  We will rise. When you feel like you are struggling, sometimes you can forget that the opportunity for change is there for you to seize at any moment. Change happens every day: a sunrise on a brand new day. The beginning of a new week, a new month, a new quarter, a new year.

Life is difficult. Understanding life and living it is a journey. Change is the only constant. When something occurs that gives you pause, face it, study it, rise over the challenge.

Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” If you aren’t getting the result you’re expecting, CHANGE! Tomorrow is a new day. Soon after you read this, there will be a new minute, a new hour. Don’t wait. Make it happen.

From Einstein to Rocky Balboa. There is inspiration all over for you to use as motivation. Rocky Balboa says something I think about often,

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place… and I don´t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That´s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits.“

August, we took the hits, but we WILL keep moving forward. We have FEAR.

Be the change you want in life. Know that “life is difficult.” Have the passion and the will to overcome the tough spots, be grateful for the tough spots. There is a new opportunity to improve happening every minute, every hour and every day. Take the hits.

FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE. That’s how winning is done!


The work environment can be filled with many distractions. The chatter of your coworkers, the pop up ads on your computers asking you to take a quick quiz, or even your cell phone just staring at you to take a quick scroll down Facebook. You may just be tired from that late-night Game of Thrones episode.

I have some Monday Motivation: five ways for you to improve your productivity at work so that you can finish the MOST tasks in one day, even when you get distracted.


At the end of your workday, create a schedule for the next day before you leave the office. You should be able to prioritize what tasks need to be done for that day. It is always helpful to have a to-do list handy! You can also get a sense of accomplishment when you scratch off that you finished that task.


If you’re starting to feel yourself slowing down, it is probably that time of the day when you need to get away from your desk. This can be a 5-10 min break, or it can be a lunch break. Head to the water cooler, or go to the cafeteria to pick up some food or a coffee. Anything to get your self out of the funk.


Albert Einstein always said, “ A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind”. Try and keep your desk in a way that is comfortable for you. Always know where your papers, emails, and important documents are. You don’t want to waste time looking for things that should already be organized.


You know how you work best. Don’t let your coworkers and other disruptions get in your way. If you need to shut your door or plug in those headphones, do it! Turn your phone on silent, exit out of those unnecessary tabs, and get to work!


Do you get more done when you multitask? Yes. Is there a higher chance of errors and mistakes? Yes. Multitasking also reduces creativity and engagement. Try and focus on just one task at a time.

Finally, productivity at work is what helps you accomplish your tasks. Think about how you’re spending your time at work. Make some changes! If you ever feel like you are falling behind, make sure you think about these five tips.

More monday motivations here

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy free time.” This is a quote from the best article I have found all year. New research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science determined that people who spent money on time-saving investments (like, paying for a house-keeper or paying a little extra for grocery delivery) reported more happiness & greater life satisfaction.

6,000 participants answered questions about how often they spend money to buy themselves free time, how often they felt stressed about time and their overall life satisfaction. They were also tested to spend $40 of free time over $40 of a material purchase. The results were CLEAR. Buying TIME had a significant effect on their lives, and there was greater life satisfaction. (This rang true through all income levels).

So why does spending money on these types of tasks make us feel good? “Our experiment provides the clearest window into this process, by demonstrating that people felt less end-of-day time pressure when they purchased time-saving services, which explained their improved mood that day,” the authors wrote in their paper.

Okay, so what am I getting at? Buying time from 9DOTS can not only make you happier, but it can ALSO make you more money. 9DOTS recently helped a client purchase time-saving services. 9DOTS saved Company X project managers 4 hours each a month. This is 4,080 hours saved a year. Here is where your time saving service makes you more $$ ALSO. If a project manager costs your company $50/hr, the company would save $200,000 a year. If Company X wanted to use this new found time for a billing activity, and chose to bill at $100/hr…

   they would make: $1,000,000 over 3 years. 

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“Research has shown that people benefit from buying their way into pleasant experiences. But our research suggests people should also consider buying their way out of unpleasant experiences,” said Elizabeth Dunn, PhD.

Spend money on time saving services. It could benefit you in more ways than one. and if you want to know HOW 9DOTS can save you time, subscribe here to our newsletter because we have something exciting in the works!