Episode 48

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22nd Oct 2019

EP 48 | The Myth of Low-Hanging Fruit

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… Today is an incredible NEW DAY to live without Head trash in the No head trash nation. I’m Greg Yates and today I woke up obsessed with results… the expectation of getting results… and the rapid fire search for that illusive Low Hanging Fruit….      And THAT”S what I want to talk about. Ever been there? 

We all want RESULTS.

We’re judged based on RESULTS.

Our entire identity is built on RESULTS.

We live in a society that values results so much that when I reached a period of my professional life when I couldn’t get those elusive results, I believed I had no VALUE.  

The addiction to results and validation is as real as any other. It changes our chemistry, and it ‘back-feeds’ into our beliefs. 

That’s what makes me wonder if this concept of ‘low-hanging fruit’ isn’t part of the problem.  

The Desire for Results is primal

It fires the neurons of aggression, urgency and triggers our need for comparison. It brings out the best and the worst in us. It conjures up a drive that contends with all primal instincts.

Growing up in business, I’ve heard it said hundreds of times. Look for the low-hanging fruit. Are you familiar with that phrase? In other words, look for the thing you can harvest (get results from) that will give you the most immediate benefit for the least amount of work. 

Makes sense, right? 

Maybe. There certainly are times we’ve already done the work and failed to harvest some apparent low-hanging fruit, but what if we set our sights on short term results rather than building great companies and cultures.

Will quarterly results be our legacy or our lunacy? 

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Circumstantial evidence is like the man who fell from the Empire State building. As he sailed past the 50th floor he was heard to say, “so far, so good.”  

Is low-hanging fruit available?  Yes.

Is it always the right time to harvest? That’s the question for the long-term performer.  

 ‘pruning’ the tree can increase results.    

Here’s my point. 

When things reach the proper time for harvest, the gains are optimal, but that takes patience. It takes investment, whether physically, mentally, relationally, in our faith or finances. It takes care and intent.

Factor that into the evaluation of that inviting, low-hanging fruit. It’s about living well while you’re doing well. It’s about acorns, not popcorn. 

Ever said this?

·        I wish I’d never sold that...

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The No Head-Trash Nation
Circumstances Lie but you don't have to listen.
There is a GAP between where you are and where you want to be. In that GAP is the Zone of HEAD TRASH. This is the ATROCITY preventing us from what we're capable of and it's time to talk about it. Feel the passion and hear the RANT of "Yates In Your Face" content and real-world examples of how real Head Trash is and how others have unmasked it in their physical, mental, relational, spiritual and financial lives. ... We need each other to Unlock our Purpose, Live with Passion and become who we were CREATED to be. *** Join the No Head Trash Nation on Facebook***

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Greg Yates

BIO: After more than 30 years in business, owning as many as 14 businesses at one time with hundreds of employees, Greg found himself under the influence of Head Trash when the Real Estate market crashed. In denial, Greg made decisions that ultimately cost him tens of millions in capital and a year in prison. Going from massive success to the brokenness of failure, Greg came face to face with the ‘head-trash’ that had blocked his decision-making process and left him isolated as a leader. Now, Greg trains high-level teams the 4 essential GETS if they want to Break through the barriers of Head-Trash. Greg takes leaders into a training environment he calls The Practice Zone where these four essentials and the HABITS necessary to implement them can be intentionally developed for success. Greg is the author of 4 books and his 5th book, entitled “Circumstances Lie”, will be released in the fall. His first book, “Broken, how being broken unlocked the greatest success of my life”, details his life, leadership, success and the entire story of his legal battles and prison. It’s a brutal story with extensive details Greg journaled in prison and how his return home sparked the desperate search for a new belief system and significance. Greg is a speaker, author, trainer, and coach but his ultimate mission is building the “Practice Zone Mastermind”, where men who are Christian Leaders can connect, train and network together. Men in leadership need a place to have conversations they can’t have anywhere else. Greg believes this network would have prevented catastrophic brokenness in his own life and is sharing purpose, passion and potential as the catalyst for exponential Breakthrough. "THE NO HEAD TRASH NATION" Podcast is where Greg rants about the Head Trash that's holding you back in short, inspirational bursts that bring clarity and focus for the Leader.