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- Jeannie Samson, President, Inc

  • How My Father Still Influences My Business...

    1/18/2008 12:00:00 AM Link |  | Add comment


    photo by Anna Cervova

    Growing up I always sought my dad's opinions and approval for my new bigger and better ideas for business. More often than not my father used to tell me that my big idea did not meet the 4 rules. As a lifelong Rotarian it was very important to him that all business ideas and ventures reflect completely the four-way test of the things we think, say or do.

    1. Is it the truth?
    2. Is it fair to all concerned?
    3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
    4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

    With this ideology I consistently maintain my father's test throughout the growth of my business. Through passion and hard work to achieve what is beneficial to everyone involved I have built a foundation for business and real networking. The power of personal interaction in business has also become foundational for a successful business network. 

    I've recently become more aware of the power that is gained through personal interaction in business.  Networking and the power of the people you know is more influential in your success than any contract that is signed. How do you get in the door to your next potential client? How do you get the ink on paper? It takes a little finesse and a lot of guts and passion. In a world overrun with digital communications its never been more important to utilize personal interaction to help build your relationships to get the deal.

    A strong relationship is the glue that keeps our personal and business lives running smoothly. A strong relationship with your significant other can make or break a marriage. Similarly, a strong relationship with a client can make or break a successful business venture. The ties that bind us together aren't the email communications that we receive and send daily, they aren't the dollars that we exchange in business, its the personal relationships that we foster within our network and the passion that drives us.  The typical saying, its all in who you know not what you know is golden in the business of doing business. You can't make a dime if you don't have a fostered relationship with someone who will buy in to your ideas. Just remember that its not just who you know its how well you know them and the passion for the business.

    Apply the four-way test of the things you think, say or do in business. Increase your passion for what you do in business and make yourself aware of the truth, the fairness, the goodwill and the beneficiary of your decisions in business. Your success is intimately tied to your ability to meet the four rules.

    Foster relationships with your business contacts. Make personal interaction a goal for 2008. Call your clients. Develop deeper relationships with your business partners. Make the relationship more important than the business conducted within the relationship. The more passionate you are about your business, the stronger your business relationships become and the stronger the fundamentals for success will have you answering yes to the four-way test.

    Jude Samson
    Levelfield Inc.

  • The gift of an invitation

    1/2/2008 10:23:29 PM Link |  | Add comment


    I have 4 amazing children. I have realized that my children and I don't share many interests. I would like to do fun stuff with them but most of the things they want to do are not fun for me. I had almost given up on things that I enjoyed doing  with my children. I  was happy to participate with them in activities that they enjoyed.

    Every Tuesday morning I go to a breakfast meeting. During the meeting I shared my passion for Soccer. One of my friends Darrell Logterman mentioned that his daughter  Stephanie Logterman plays soccer for the University of Texas Longhorns and that I should go watch a game.

    I went to a game with 2 of my children. We had a wonderful time. I had finally found something all my children enjoy doing together. We are going to another one today. I will have my  wife's van and take 4 of my kids with 2 of their friends to the game. I bought a few  tickets and have a friend and his 3 kids meet us there. Last week I took 3 business associates to a soccer game.

    As a person that usually avoids parties and large social gatherings I have found something that helps me nurture  and build the relationship with my children and also business contacts in a setting I enjoy.

    The next time someone invites you to something consider it carefully before choosing... You never know....

    Jude Samson
    Levelfield, Inc.
  • We're off to the Triathlon World Championships

    10/17/2007 12:00:00 AM Link |  | Add comment

    Family, Personal, Small Business

    Jeannie Samson - Bandaged Woman Triathlete

    At the end of this month Jeannie and I will be leaving for Lausanne, Switzerland for the Triathlon World Championships.

    Even though Jeannie crashed on the bike at the National Championships in Kansas City, she still finished 10th and her time was good enough to qualify her for the World Championships.

    As always there's a business lesson to be learned from Jeannie's experience. In your business you're going to have failures and setbacks. That doesn't mean it's the end of the race, even though it might feel like it. When those things happen it's important to honor your commitments and not honor the way you are feeling. Jeannie honored her commitment to finish the race and qualify. She was slower after the crash, but because she honored her commitment to finish and qualify she'll get to start a brand new race. This time on the world stage.

    She also launched her very own website this week. Learn more about her story, check out some more photos and learn more about how she does it all. - Wife, Mother, Triathlete

    While you're there don't forget to read her Triathlon Blog

    The next time you experience a setback remember to honor your commitments, keep your chin-up and move forward.

    Jude Samson
    Levelfield, Inc.

  • I'm so proud of Jeannie: My Wife, Mother of 4 and Triathlete!

    9/12/2007 12:00:00 AM Link |  | Add comment

    Family, Personal, Small Business

    Jeannie Samson Triathlete with 4 Kids!

    My wife, Jeannie, is truly an amazing woman. In addition to being my wife and the mother to four children she is a pretty incredible athlete.

    I'll be talking more about Jeannie in the next couple of weeks. For now here are a few highlights from the last few years. You can see that good hard consistent training over time really pays off!

    • 2006 Highlights

    • Corpus Christi Triathlon-1st overall
    • Texas State Triathlon- 2nd overall
    • Cactus Challenge Triathlon-2nd overall
    • Capital texas Triathlon-3rd overall
    • Danskin Triathlon-1st overall
    • National Championships  10th overall (Bike Crash)
    • 2005 Highlights

    • Splash Triathlon, Sea World, San Antonio, TX - 1st Overall
    • Texas State Triathlon - Canyon Lake, TX - 5th Overall - A G Win
    • Cactus Challenge Triathlon - Austin, TX - 3rd Overall
    • Capital of Texas Triathlon - Austin, TX - 7th Overall - A G Win
    • Danskin Women's Triathlon - Austin, TX - 4th Overall-took wrong turn 
    • Ironhead Dallas Triathlon - Grand Prairie, TX -  1st Overall
    • Cinco Ranch Triathlon - Katy, TX - 4th Overall, A G Win
    • 2004 Highlights

    • Danskin Women's Triathlon - Austin, TX- 10th overall - A G Win
    • Ironhead Dallas Triathlon - Grand Prairie, TX - A G Win
    • Dilloman Triathlon - Austin, TX - 2nd Overall, A G Win

    Jeannie - Wife - Mother Writer _ Triathlete

    Clearly her consistent effort over the last 2 years is really starting to pay off. Your efforts in your own small business are no different. It’s just a matter of doing those things that will make you successful consistently over time. There will be days that doing those behaviors will be particularly difficult. The rewards come when you push through those days, and put in the miles anyway.

    I’m sure there’s something in your life that you’re great at. If you look at why you are so good in this area it’s probably because you’ve put in consistent effort over many years.

    This principle applies to all areas of your life. If there’s something else you’d like to be great at, just apply the same principles to this new area. You will get excellent there too!

    Start becoming great today. Decide what you need to do everyday to get there, and do it!

    Jude Samson
    Levelfield, Inc.

  • My Family

    8/15/2007 12:00:00 AM Link |  | Add comment

    Family, Personal

    David, Aliya, Asha and Shanti
    David, Aliya, Asha and Shanti

    In many ways I continue to build Levelfield around supporting my family and the people I work with. At the heart of it is a value system I honor: To be of service and provide value to everyone connected to Levelfield.

    Today I will touch on my family. I have four kids: Aliya (4), Asha (6), David (9) and Shanti (11).

    Not only does Levelfield put food on their plates and a roof over their head, it also gives me a chance to educate them. The office is only a couple of miles from home so they have a place to come and do homework after school. Now that it’s summer David and Shanti spend more time in the office. They get to interact with the rest of the staff here, and learn about business and the value of hard work.

    Next week I’ll tell you about my wife Jeannie. Mother of 4… and that’s not all!

    Focus on your business and what is important to YOU!

    Jude Samson
    Levelfield, Inc.

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