Building your network 101

Whether you are in business or wanting to build a network to increase career options here are a few simple steps to help you get started – even if you are a naturally shy person.

  1.  Make sure you have the following assets for yourself.  A good personal website, professional Linkedin profile, An profile, both a personal and networking Facebook page (Business page if you happen to own a business). Twitter Account.
  2. Start to find people via these social media products to study and when you find people you admire or look up to – promote them via your website and social media pages.
  3. Let them know you like their information and that you are sharing.
  4. Start to write ‘great’ content yourself, make sure it comes from the heart, it is good for everyone and add your personal experiences and touches to connect your material to you.

The more you take action the better chance you have of building your network, building your brand and learning from others as you research what you like and who is writing it.

and have FUN while you are doing it.

Take Care – hope this was helpful for you.


Find your Motivation then use SMART goals to succeed

Once you have defined what motivates you through working through what you want to achieve in your life, and understanding where you are in terms of your all-around balance between Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual desires the ability to set goals and make plans to achieve them is KEY to success.

Goal-setting will do more to help you achieve the things you want in life than will anything else.

The reward for establishing goals and making plans for them is being able to choose the kind of life you want to live.

Less than 3% of adults have written goals. Less than 1% review and rewrite their goals daily. A goal that is not written is still just a dream.

That means, if today you started writing down your dreams, and specify your goals every day from today forward, you would immediately move into the top 1% of all people!

If you’re in a leadership role, goal-setting is essential to motivating your team. But if you really want to maximise your goal-setting and goal-achieving skills, you must set SMART goals.

This acronym stands for:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Relevant
T = Time-bound

Most of the problems with goal-achieving are related to a lack of clarity in setting the goal in the first place. With SMART goals, both your personal and business goals will be perfectly clear to everyone.

The other problems will arise if you do not have the right ‘positive’ motivations and or your people are not motivated to succeed.


DEFINE WINNING so people know what they are striving for.

A manager’s job is to ensure his or her people achieve their goals.  If people have been assigned too much, it is the manager’s job to reassess, provide support or distribute parts of the project/task to other members of the team making sure everyone WINS.

You build great teams by getting great results, reward everyone for the win and build a strong team culture.  MAJOR work goals should always have celebrations attached, these MAJOR rewards that acknowledge the performance of the individuals and the team.

Ensuring you motivate teams to achieve this success. 

To get to major goals you need to plan your milestones, each milestone should come with an appropriate award, not necessarily of large monetary value but something that acknowledges the achievement.

Map your project success to the teams individual personal goals and you have the formula for success, retention and a happy work environment.

This all takes planning and the first 5-10% of planning should be identifying what the major goals is, then what milestones you need to get there.


Do something every day that moves you towards achieving your major goals.

Go Succeed!

Tony Cutting

If you would like help establishing a strong team environment or developing a meaningful plan for your own success, feel free to call me +6421911722 or email and we can discuss how I can help you.  I work with all budgets and have a number of solutions that will succeed if you follow them.

Personal development on a budget #3

The next book I recommend you invest in if you are truly interested in developing your personal skills – The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference …

Malcolm has written a great guide on ‘how little things can make a big difference’.  In this book, you understand more about the degrees of separation and learn that there is a process that at first can feel quite hard but with consistency, persistence, a focus on quality, and by engaging your mind you will reach that point where life takes off and your hard work pays off.

Turn your ideas into action and let ‘The Tipping Point’ guide you to success.


The Tipping Point


This book can help transform your thinking and push you in the right direction.

This is one of my favourite business books, I personally recommend it to everyone who wants to build a business or a better life.  I have experienced the ‘magical moment’ when an idea took off like wildfire, and still enjoy using that experience to motivate myself to create more.

Tony Cutting – Coach


There are Winners and Learners, nothing else.

If there is one blog I hope my children (and eventually my grandchildren) read I hope it is this one.

Growing up, developing skills comes from experience and learning.  The more we do of both, the quicker we become more proficient at whatever we wish to do.  At times, we learn that something is not necessarily for us, however, if we are put off by other people, or do not give things a go because we are not perfect or proficient the first few times we try then we have not learned this valuable lesson.

Without TRY, there is nothing.  Without persistence, there will never be greatness.

By embracing learning there can be nothing else but success, it is as simple as that.

As parents, grandparents or coaches one of our most important jobs is to install this thinking into those under our guardianship.  With this knowledge, firmly wired into our brains we can create unbeatable people who will go on and do great things.  It simply comes down to “do they LOVE it enough” this is the key ingredient, that will help you persevere through the hours of learning, becoming more proficient, more confident all along learning to be humble along the way. we also simply become better people, more tolerant, more supportive.

It is true, some people learn faster than others, and the better the coach, the quicker you will get to where you want to be. Good coaches make learning FUN, while also embracing the fact there is work to do.  Making it fun encourages persistence.

I was lucky enough to play in some pretty successful rugby (and football) teams when I was growing up as a kid.  I have been in many representative teams and won some impressive competitions. But one team I have very fond memories for was a team where we embraced both ‘Winning and Learning’.  We had a team song we would sing immediately after every game, it was simple and effective.

“We won, because, we won, because, we won, because we won. We won, because we won, because we won, we won because we won …” this would go on for quite some time or alternatively and we purposely would sing this even  louder  and carried it on longer “We lost, because, we lost, because ….” all to the amusement of our supporters and the other team. It also earned us respect and allowed us to move on emotionally and mentally very quickly.

This mental approach enabled the team to get past ‘the learning’ very quickly and we became a stronger team, stronger as individuals and had a blast that year together, sometimes beating teams ranked above us and sometimes learning.  We did not win any championships that year but it was possibly one of the years that made me strong enough mentally to continue on and achieve what I managed to achieve.

This approach is not only great for sports teams and sports people, one of my favourite quotes is from Andy Warhol.

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol

There is true greatness in this attitude, it takes winning out of the picture and instils learning as the most important skill.  If you can teach your children, grandchildren and most importantly yourself this, you will accomplish what you truly LOVE in life, You will remove the pain of learning, instil patience and persistence and just get on with what you want to do, and is that not what life is all about?

Personal Development on a budget #2

Once you understand that whatever your age you should be learning, keeping your mind active becomes even more crucial as we grow older.  Committing to personal development will help you stay young and of course provide you with new skills and awareness.

The second book I recommend everyone should purchase and have in their personal library is the number one classic from the late 30’s.  This book written by Napoleon Hill is the standard go-to resource for most modern business coaches.

Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich

Napolean Hill was commissioned by Scotsman Andrew Carnegie arguably the richest man on the planet at the time, his task, to set about interviewing some of the most successful men in the world.  Through these interviews and subsequent research, he found a common factor which had helped all these people succeed.  This secret appears in every chapter in the book, the trick is for you to find it or maybe, just maybe it will find you.

Again, an extremely affordable book that provides valuable information for all entrepreneurs and people who wish to create wealth.

This is the stuff we should be teaching in our colleges and universities.





Personal Development on a budget #1

Too many people do not start down the path of investing in their own personal development as they perceive it to be too expense.  Or they feel they know it all or are too old to get into this personal development malarky…

Lesson one – we are never too old and we should always be spending sometime time each week working on the most important person in our lives – us.  With the knowledge we can help those we love, otherwise, we may just be adding to the problem.

Over the next series of blogs, I am going to share some of my coaching secrets and provide you with great tools at low, low cost to help you get started on your personal development journey.  I just ask if you like the blog please share it with your friends and family whether they be close enough to talk with or connected to you on LinkedIn or Facebook.

If you’re on a serious budget, I recommend you start to read, yes read.  If you don’t like reading – get over it.  Just start.  Once you have read a book you really like and you ‘Feel’ (you know deep down in your gut, or in your heart) that there are valuable lessons in it, read it again and right down the lessons learnt or highlight within the book.  Then share it with the ones you love and talk about it.  Teaching is a great way to learn!

#1 My personal go-to resource I use to sort out my clients thinking about money, wealth and debt.  This gem saved my bacon and I personally make sure all my children read this when they start their first part-time jobs as teenagers.  Of course, they need reminding a few hundred times afterwards but at least as a parent, we have done our jobs.

It costs less than $US 10.

The Richest Man in Babylon.

The Richest Man

I promise you, this is the book I recommend to all my clients, friends and family.  I read it once a year and just re-enforce the lessons from within.

You will love it.  Give it a read then visit my website and let me know what you think.

Take Care and ‘Live the life YOU design’

Tony C (Coach)

What if I don’t know what I want to do for a career?

Firstly, don’t let yourself stress about this.  In my experience, most people do not actually know what they want as a career. It makes you no better or poorer than those who do.  What’s important is what you want to get out of your life.

There are many coaches who would tell you to keep asking the question of yourself each night just before you go to sleep.  But my approach is a little different.  I never knew what I wanted to do as a career, but I did know what I did not want to do and it all worked out fine.

Where I think you can make a big difference is to allow yourself to dream, and dream BIG, don’t let anyone or anything influence what your dream life could be.  The next step is to get your dreams down on paper.  Notice I said get not write.  You see our minds work with pictures and the best way to activate both your logical and creative brains is to picture what you want.  I use Mind Maps but if you do not like drawing (then a visual board might be your thing).

Look up Mind Mapping it is worth having a play and seeing what you come up with.

Your first drawing/board should be massive, filled with all the dreams and desires you want your life to be.  You then slowly start to prioritise the dreams until you have the amount started to picture what is most important.  Then set about achieving your dreams, whether that be acquiring new skills you need or “Just doing” something every day that gets you closer.  The dreams should be massive, it should feel daunting otherwise, you are not stretching yourself and your living in the “safe” and frankly “boring” zone.

Again, don’t stress if you still have not worked ut what your career is going to be, it may be that your life is bigger than a career, yes you will need money.  But, if you are motivated to achieve your dreams you will take jobs and do things that make money.

When you are ready and you have the things you want to really achieve in your life, then find help.  A coach, mentor (not necessarily a family member or friend, they tend to have their own ideas for you).  Ideally, a trained personal coach who can guide you when you need guidance.

Love your life and design the life you will love.  If you don’t everyone else will do it for you.

Take care and have a great day.